I’ve been a fan of the blog FamousDC since I moved to the area. It’s run by NJI Media in Alexandria who run a host of other popular blogs. Yesterday, while reading some of the content I’ve missed out on while traveling the past couple weeks, I was flattered to find that they used one of my Instagram pictures as one of their feature photos in a blog post titled “Through the Lens of Brian DiCola”. Very cool! In fact they also used the picture in a hilarious blog post entitled “Famous DC’s Guide to Surviving DC”. The post has many gems including:
On where to live… “Arlington. One word: LOLNO” – (Burn).
On where to hang… “Georgetown Waterfront is what some may call a ‘sweat cocktail.’ It’s hot as hell and you’re drinking a $15 cocktail in a plastic cup next to men wearing pink and their collars popped higher than the national debt.”
The image that Famous DC used was a photo of the FTC building shot with an iPhone while at a stop light. It had been a cloudy day and a storm was brewing, in fact, it had just started to rain. I could see the capital building behind me and the blue hour of the day really made headlights and streetlights stand out. I prayed for a red light so I could stop and take a picture of the scene and alas, one came. It was one of those moments where I took one shot and it happened to turn out well. It’s a decent picture, it generated a significant number of likes compared to other pictures that I have posted to Facebook. A few friends who have seen this shot have also made a comment about it in person. That said, I have taken other Instagram shots that I thought were much better, had better composition, and that I was much more proud of… Many generated little or no interest. So, this was a bit surprising. I guess it goes to show that you don’t know what you don’t know.
I’m meticulous about “backing things up”. The contents of my hard drive are backed up to a RAID drive locally and to the cloud each night, so I have an on-site and off-site copy of everything. I attempted to send a better resolution of this picture to FamousDC (Instagram caps at 619×619 pixels), I could not find it. It looks like I never did back it up, which is disconcerting. I no longer have the original… In the past, my go-to temperament in this situation would have been cornicopious (is that a word?*) indignation. But I’m okay with it. In the original Instagram post I typed out a quote from the Tao Te Ching, which I was reading at the time. In all actuality the quote was an interpretation of the quote in the Tao Te Ching, written by former Beatle, George Harrison, for his song “The Inner Light” which was a B-Side for the single “Lady Madonna”.
The line is: “Without looking out of your window/ You can know the ways of heaven.” That line is open to interpretation, of course. How does it apply here? It probably doesn’t, other than my personal interpretation probably belies the meaning. But follow me for a minute. It means that everything is inside of us. We don’t need to travel anywhere, we do not need to go to a special place to feel something. We have the capacity to create that on our own. It’s about awareness. Focus on what’s here. That’s all.
The links to the picture and to the blog post are below. Click on the images to be taken to the respective site.
* P.S. Cornicopious is definitely not a word.
***Update: Found the Original: