Onwards into July

July is a month that’s always held special resonance to me. In fact, the word resonance has always had a specialness to it, in my mind’s ear (which reminds me I should review John Berger’s Ways of Seeing for its relevance to resonance that I recall from a composition course at Vanderbilt…which leads obliquely to the works of Joan Didion). 

This current July promises to be among the most July-est of the bunch. At least for this year!

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Communication Generalist

I’ve heard the phrase many times before, “Jack of all trades/Master of none.” It’s only recently that I saw a second part to that refrain: “Oftentimes better than a master of one.” So I’m making my own revision now:

   Jack of all trades,   

   Master of some:

   Oftentimes better

   Than a master of one. 

After all, I see myself as more a Communication Generalist, anyway. Not the path for everyone, but it’s been (and shall continue to be) the path for me. Onward, various modes of communication!

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Launching, launching…

This summer I’m determined to make some progress on my ever-present quest to help improve community communication. (Yes, the obscure name I’ve given this endeavor is The Community Communication Project.)

I’ve leased some space in the Mountain Arts Community Center on Signal Mountain, giving the CCP a tangible “first home” to get started. By the end of this summer (2012), I intend to officially launch 10 Actions (separate yet linked) to give concrete examples of how our communities might be better at sharing information. Meanwhile, I’m busy making trailers and descriptions, updating websites and Twitter, designing posters and planning meetings (when I’m not assembling office furniture and, oh yes, working on my freelance video projects for my clients).

If you’re interested, wander over to Communify.org for more information, or follow me on Twitter @CommunifyNow. You can also email join@communify to get involved.

 

 

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New revised website

New day dawns
New day dawns for pluckey's web

Motivated  by Concentric Network Solutions’ closing of Chattanooga Online at the end of May 2011 (and thus the shuttering of the webspace I’d been using since, oh, 1995), I made the move this weekend to this new format for this blog and associated materials. I’m using WordPress self-installed on the new web host. So far, so good. I’m still filling in holes and repairing broken links, adding titles and fixing categories, uploading content and refining interfaces (most notably to picture galleries and other archives, coming soon).

A few glimpses at previous incarnations of my website. Here’s a Wayback Machine link to 1998. Then I simplified the look; here’s a link to 1999’s version. Then around 2000 I hit on the color scheme seen today, but still with an unrefined interface.  I made some minor improvements (mainly adopting Blogger as my infrastructure), leading to this peek at 2004. And other than intermittent blog and picture posts, the website remained the same… until this weekend’s complete renovation. What are my plans for pluckey’s web? It’s a place to store what I’ve written, shot, created, thought; an archive of interesting (to me, anyway) glimpses and resources. Yes, I use Facebook for status updates and promotion and such; but I intend to use these pages for more in-depth coverage on the things I find important (or trivial — it’s just a website, you know). It’s all part of being a content producer:  producing (and sharing) content.

old website: 6,163 visitors
The old website had accumulated 6,163 visitors since 12/5/1999
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SF 2010, Part 4


Part 4 of my pictures
from my San Francisco trip in January 2010. On Friday I departed from the Bay Area via AmTrak’s California Zephyr train. Originally intended to go from Emeryville, CA to Chicago, the Zephyr’s journey was cut short due to severe winter storms. Instead, the train only went as far as Denver. I enjoyed my private little sleeper compartment (The Roomette), the meals in the Diner Car, the soothing clickety-clackety of the rails. Once I got to Denver (left California on Friday morning at 11 am, arrived in Denver Saturday night at 9 pm), I stayed in the downtown Marriott and flew back home on Sunday. Another great trip!

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My father’s obituary

My father’s obituary:

“William Thurston Luckey, Jr., originally from Thomson, Ga., born August 5, 1933, left this earthly home to reside with his Heavenly Father in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 29, 2009, after a six-year battle with cancer.

William was retired from sales and was founder of Lucktronic Technologies. He was an alumni of Middle Georgia College, Georgia Tech and Purdue University, and was a faithful member of East Maryville Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, William T. Luckey, Sr. and Alma Luckey; and sister, Wilma. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Flynn Luckey; sons, Scott Luckey of Kansas City, MO, and Philip Luckey of Chattanooga; granddaughter, Abigail of Kansas City, MO; step-children, Carol and husband Mike Low, Nick Shipley and wife Kristy of Maryville, and Phillip Shipley and wife Candy of Social Circle, Ga.; step-grandchildren, Mikey Low of Murfreesboro, Shelby Low and Kaylee Everett of Maryville; mother-in-law, Julia Flynn of Maryville; sisters-in-law and husbands, Linda and Rev. Terry Russell, Pam and Mike Brown of Maryville; cousins and many friends.

The funeral service will be on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in Smith’s Trinity Chapel (Maryville, TN) with the Rev. Keith Johnson, Rev. Terry Russell, and Rev. David Webster officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at Grandview Cemetery (Maryville, TN) for the interment.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in William’s memory be made to East Maryville Baptist Church Building Fund, 1150 Brown School Road, Maryville, TN 37804. We would like to thank all those who prayed for him, our church family, Thompson Oncology Group, Hope for Today Cancer Support Group and Susan Johnston of Blount Memorial Hospice. Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2009 in Smith’s Trinity Chapel. Arrangements by Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, 865-983-1000. www.smithmortuary.com”

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The Wide Canvas of Faces

I made my public debut as a video artist on Saturday, April 4th, 2009, at the CreateHere gallery on Main Street, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’ve titled the piece “The Wide Canvas of Faces.” I built an 8-foot by 2-foot canvas from wood strips, canvas dropcloth, and white paint, and projected onto it from a strategically-placed video projector. Here’s an example of roughly how it looked. I enjoyed the entire experience, from concept to execution, and learned a lot about the logistics of Relief Projection. Thanks to everyone for their help!

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