Can You Picture That?

Picture it: You have a memory stick full of digital pictures, and you really want to display them, but somehow, the notion of printing every single one just doesn’t appeal to you. Or maybe you have printed a bunch of them out, but you haven’t got the time to mount and frame them. Thankfully, we live in an age of technological magic, and there is such a thing as a digital picture frame.

I have to confess, when I first heard the phrase, I thought, “Digital picture frame? A normal one won’t work?” But then I took a look at the website for DigitalFramez, and realized that what they’re actually selling is essentially a small monitor screen bordered like a photo frame, attached to a card reader. You plug in your memory stick or data key, and it lets you display any digital photo.

Frames come in sizes from 7 to 10 inches, and run from $99 to $199. They come with a remote, so you can change the setting of your digital frame on the fly, and – how cool is this? – these you can even show short movie clips, the kind you take with a regular camera, on a digital picture frame. It’s just like having one of the talking pictures from the Harry Potter books.

Oh, and if you’re worried that digital frames won’t match your decor – don’t. They’re not all shiny and metallic. Some are wooden, and some are clear acrylic, as well. ships worldwide, according to their website, but you should contact them if you have any questions.


I feel guilty for not participating in Blogathon this year, but only a little bit guilty. Why? Because by not having to come up with clever new content every thirty minutes, I’ve been able to actually surf the blogs of the folks who are participating.

So far, btw, I’ve seen at least seven with Harry Potter themes, and one with a Degrassi theme. Degrassi is one of my top secret obsessions, because I’m almost 37 and shouldn’t be watching a show for kids. Shh, don’t tell.

I also got to write a guest post for Jessica The Rock Chick, who is blogging for VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. Jessica has a lot of friends who love music and recognize the importance of arts education – and specifically music education – in public schools, and it’s an honor to be in such company. Wanna see what I wrote? Go here. (Any formatting issues are mine, not hers – I forgot to remove return tags before I sent the file.) And make sure you click on Jessica’s “sponsor me” link, and throw some dead presidents her way.