Monthly Archives: December 2009

An Early Start

Brooke’s Throw 7 One New Year’s Resolution I may well manage to keep: clearing out several shelves in the closet off my office. Some of the shelves contain old computer software manuals, some of them dating back to C/PM days … Continue reading

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Avatar, Round 2

Jesse on White 16 Saw Avatar again yesterday, with my wife this time. Every bit as intense, every bit as engrossing, every bit as extraordinary as the first time. Patricia, who usually doesn’t like sci-fi or CGI stuff, enjoyed it, … Continue reading

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You Can’t Get Away From This Stuff

G 15 So here I was reading Jeff Sharlet’s The Family (more about which in a future post) during the recent period of Internet withdrawal, and the author is describing how he had obtained an eighteen-tape lecture created for a … Continue reading

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Erin’s Valediction 14 Hope everyone had a great Christmas. We were stuck in a place with no Internet, which explains the lack of posts here. On the way home today, so I hope to have something of greater substance in … Continue reading

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Gianni & Tifanee It won’t happen now, and probably not until after first of the year, but I want to present at least two more “war on photography” blog entries. In one I will attempt to present the matter from … Continue reading

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The Curious (IL-)Logic of Authoritarian Intrusion on Photography, Part II

Earthly Body 12 They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety We begin with Franklin’s hoary quotation because it strongly applies to freely giving authorities your identity. It’s part of … Continue reading

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Like, Islam is Such a Cool Religion, Man

Gianni & Tifanee Word out of Saudi Arabia that authorities there may soon execute a Lebanese broadcaster for the crime of sorcery. Ya gotta love those cool religious police cats! Thankfully, you and I have other matters to distract us, … Continue reading

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Meg Darkly 15 Some may consider me a shill for the latest CGI extravaganza to come down the cinematic path. Be that as it may. Certainly I am occasionally enthusiastic, it is true. Yet I am choosy about the movies … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Greatest Scene

Figure Model 23 I have spoken before of my undying admiration for Shakespeare in Love, with script by Tom Stoppard. Near the movie’s middle falls a scene with words nearly purely from the play that is so sweet, so lyrical, … Continue reading

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The Curious (IL-)Logic of Authoritarian Intrusion on Photography, Part I

Victoria 8 That wasn’t much of a break, was it? I said I had more or less finished with my expansive discussion of atrocious police interference with photographers and street photography. Two subjects continue to bother me, however: 1) the … Continue reading

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