2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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SS United States Update

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Today, the SS United States Conservancy announced that a preliminary deal has been made to save the SS United States and restore it as a mixed use facility including a museum. Conservancy director Susan Gibbs released the following information:

Dear SS United States Conservancy Supporters:

We are very pleased to confirm that we have now entered into a preliminary agreement in support of the redevelopment of the SS United States.  Negotiations have been underway for some time, and planning will continue with a variety of stakeholders. While further due diligence is conducted, the Conservancy will receive financial support to cover the vessel’s core carrying costs for at least an additional three months.

The project remains at an early and delicate phase, but we wanted to update our supporters about this encouraging development. As you can appreciate, the ship’s potential redevelopment represents a multifaceted engineering, real estate, and curatorial undertaking that will take considerable time to advance. Many challenges must still be overcome.However, we are fortunate that our new partners are very well equipped to handle this unique project’s scope and scale, and the Conservancy looks forward to working closely with them in the months to come.
  
Because negotiations are advancing on a confidential basis, we are unable to offer further specifics at this time. We will share additional information as soon as we possibly can. Again, the Conservancy views this as a very positive development which, while still in its initial stages, gives us renewed hope that we can, at long last, Save the United States.
  
We have reached this moment because so many of you have helped us. You are the real heroes of this effort.  We are particularly grateful to Gerry Lenfest, whose transformative contributions enabled the Conservancy to take title to the SS United States in 2011, and who has been a steadfast supporter of our efforts.  We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to Jim Pollin. Without his leadership gift and challenge grant to the Conservancy last summer – and without such a generous response from far and wide to Jim’s call – we would never have achieved this milestone.
  
While the ship is safe for the moment, this achievement doesn’t mean our work is done. The Conservancy continues to plan our ship-board museum and educational center, build our archival and curatorial collections, document and disseminate the ship’s historic importance, plan for contingencies, and work together with our new redevelopment partners to prepare the SS United States for her voyage to her next port of call.
  
Again, we can’t thank you enough for joining us on this journey and for helping us reach this point. We will honor your commitment by continuing to work tirelessly to ensure that America’s Flagship endures and inspires for generations to come.

With our warmest wishes for the holidays,

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Susan Gibbs
Executive Director
SS United States Conservancy 

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Happy Thanksgiving

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November 27, 2014 · 10:37 AM

Remembering Steve Jobs

It is hard to believe that it has been three since the death of Steve Jobs. Apple and the world have moved on, but Steve is certainly not forgotten. His spirit lives on in Apple and its products. We also honor Steve by reflecting upon his accomplishments as a businessman and as a family man. In his 56 years, he made a number of memorable speeches and presentations, but I think the one that we can learn the most from is his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University. In this short speech, Steve reflects on the crossroads of his life and how he never gave up when all seemed lost. Never giving up on himself and tuning out the critics is what allowed Steve to accomplish great things and make a dent in the universe.

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Happy Independence Day!

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July 4, 2014 · 11:00 AM

Honoring Those who Serve

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May 26, 2014 · 1:00 AM

EW-Photography Launches

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I know that I have neglected The Whole Earth Blog for a few months, but I hope to end the post draught soon! Until then, please check out my new website: EW-Photography. I have written a number of posts for this website about my interest in photography, and I want to take my photography to the next level. Part of this process is creating a separate website that focuses on the world of photography,  but The Whole Earth Blog will still be my outlet for everything non-photography related.

I appreciate everyone for following the The Whole Earth Blog for nearly four years and hope you will take some time to check out some of my other work.

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