Saturday, January 29, 2011

"life liberty and pursuit of happiness!"

I've railed for along time about the down sides to this new technology, and there are many... but when i see what is going on in Egypt, and watch the constant stream of twitter updates on and how ( egyptian) people are making some things happen that were not on any prognosticators map?
I can't help but cheer!!!
I am also listening to a collection of Mark Isham work, soundtracks to recent war related movies, that's my soundtrack to this... a very good one.
People are standing up, and some are dying....
MLK said in his speech on the Wash. DC mall many years ago, in so many words.... "life liberty and pursuit of happiness!"
"the riches of justice, the security of freedom"
if you have never watched it, watch it NOW!
The message seems to resound, and echo, across the world.... no matter how many years it's been.
...and no matter who hears it? they definitely get it!
Bob Marley said it pretty well too - "get up, stand up, stand up for your rights!"
I think many americans are watching w/ bated breath - we definitely want you to succeed! - !!! an end to the dictator!!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

1/16 - A day trip to 'The Rock' - Alcatraz!

But first... the 'whatever catches my eye' file is fat!

The Slow-Photography Movement
'What is the point of taking pictures?'
By Tim WuPosted Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at 10:25 AM ET

Photo Enlargers Loom Like Dinosaurs of the Film Age
January 18, 2011 - by Pete Brook

well, my Beseler 45MX has a very secure place in my bathroom... which doubles as a darkroom. Hell will freeze over before this changes....

Mon Jan 17, 9:49 am ET
Scientists warn California could be struck by winter ‘superstorm’
by Liz Goodwin


Font fans may be typecast, but they love it
Alec Scott, Special to The Chronicle
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Tue Jan 4, 3:36 pm ET
Famous ‘shoe tree’ chopped down by dastardly vandals

Definitely dastardly vandalous assholes!!
'Hang 'em high', I say!
There are a few shoe trees that haven't made headlines, and I hope they don't suffer the same fate.
They are a marvelous communal work of art, that should be left for all passerbys to enjoy - there's nothing nicer than coming upon something like this, in the middle of nowhere.

Computers That See You and Keep Watch Over You
Published: January 1, 2011 - NYTimes - By Steve Lohr
'Despite such qualms, computer vision is moving into the mainstream. With this technological evolution, scientists predict, people will increasingly be surrounded by machines that can not only see but also reason about what they are seeing, in their own limited way...'

Watch the series of 'Terminator' films.

AWESOME!!! If you haven't seen this, check it out!!!

If you want to see ALL the images:

Once again...we have another very significant passing to think about:

R. Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Leader, Dies at 95
Published: January 18, 2011
Mr. Shriver, who scouted talent for the incoming administration — people who came to be known as “the best and the brightest” — was assigned to the task of designing the Peace Corps, which was established by executive order in March 1961.
As director, he laid the foundations for what arguably became the most lasting accomplishment of the Kennedy presidency. As the Peace Corps approaches its 50th anniversary this year, more than 200,000 Americans have served as corps volunteers in 139 countries.
"Break mirrors", Mr. Shriver advised graduating students at Yale in 1994. “Yes, indeed,” he said.
“Shatter the glass. In our society that is so self-absorbed, begin to look less at yourself and more at each other. Learn more about the face of your neighbor and less about your own.
'begin to look less at yourself and more at each other. Learn more about the face of your neighbor and less about your own'
Yes, exactly. Thank you SS, for a life well lived.... and some excellent advice.

This one just appeared yesterday (1/25) - what a hoot!!! I love it!
Whoever did this has a great sense of humor... and some serious boating skills, don't you think?!

Mysterious piano appears in Fla. bay:
Now if Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard showed up to pound those keys?... that would be awesome, wouldn't it??


Time to take a break, shake it up a bit... some dig. pix from a recent day trip...
San Francisco is a pretty unique place to live, there are so many interesting places to go for photography. I guess you could say that about many other places, too...But so far, after living here for 18+ years, I have no thoughts of moving anywhere else.
Alcatraz is in the middle of the SF Bay, 1.5 miles from the city, but that 1.5 miles is a killer, literally. The water is never more than 55 degrees, the tidal currents are treacherous.
A great place to put ... a Starbucks and Burger King?... No way - how 'bout..a prison!

Initially Alcatraz was a military prison, and eventually became a federal penitentiary, for the most hardened & incorrigible inmates.

You get there by buying tickets (for the boat ride) in advance, online, they are usually sold out for several days in advance, if not more.
So I got myself a ticket on 1/15 for the next day, being totally bored w/ living in front on monitor.
We'd had a whole lot of fog in recent weeks - not coastal fog, but tule (valley fog) that forms on the central valley, and works it's way out thru the delta. It's super dense, and it hadn't been clearing hardly at all. I took a chance... and it paid off - I like some good strong sunlight - just what i like! -
Sunlit hi-lites, and deep shadows! Big contrast!

The island has a lot of interesting architecture - I photographed architecture for 10 years back east ('82 - '92) and I still find it interesting.
So here's a small preview:

For more:

Got a lot more darkroom cooking... check back in, in a few weeks...
I think the first one will be this 'path'.....

If, after all this, you need a laugh?....
I couldn't possibly come up w/ anyone who could do it better than Richard Pryor!
Star Wars bar:

I always check the links before I post, and just checking the link?... I watched at least half of this, again. For the 20th time!
RIP, Richard. This was broadcast on SNL, so it is heading out into deep space, indefinitely.
I hope whatever aliens receive it?... are 'LMFAO' too.