Saturday, June 13, 2009

ocean of air


ocean of air, originally uploaded by an0nym0n0us.

Pic of the day (whilst I import and pick through all my old Blogger entries; discarding most of them)...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

unknown city from a glass negative, 100 years old...


Night exposure, originally uploaded by an0nym0n0us.

purchased at an antique store in Alabama. It's about 100 years old; wish I knew the city...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Belize


Belize, originally uploaded by an0nym0n0us.

The most photogenic land I've visited (outside Paris)...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Miami dawn


Miami dawn
Originally uploaded by an0nym0n0us

Random pic for today.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Death to Journalspace?

I read the news today.... per Slashdot, Journalspace has died due to a "failed backup." Supposedly, the database containing the posts (and, presumably, user information, plus paid subscriber stuff) was "overwritten" and the only backup was a mirror that was likewise overwritten. (Much of the Slashdot article was devoted to geeky fulminations against using a mirror as a backup.)

Personally, I think it was deliberate. Per the farewell posting, Journalspace will not rule out sabotage. But my inner, small voice tells me that it was an inside job... a polite exit, with plausible deniability. Based on a smattering of postings from Journalspace expatriates that I grazed this afternoon, the site was having a difficult time of late, with lots of downtime. The site had lost a lot of users for this reason alone.

Went to Wikipedia... and Journalspace did not even merit an entry there; one had been penned in 2006, but was deleted because, I think (in Wikipedia-speak), Journalspace was too unimportant.

Well, this is sad, in a way. I was there, briefly, three years ago, under the nom de plum of "damnedged4life." I got a few readers. I actually thought that the site was the best blogging forum extant. Most of the posters were high-quality, literate, and quite a contrast from the usual dreck that you might find on, say, Blogger or LiveJournal. But I took everything down and left. I didn't think I belonged there. It was too claustrophobic. Strange as it may sound, I don't enjoy being read very much. I much prefer to be ignored. And I was getting read a bit too much for my comfort there. (Fortunately, this problem doesn't exist on Blogger.)

However... for a good writer with something to say, Journalspace was the best. Sad that the admins and owners let it go to seed.

So, here's a tip of the hat to ya, Journalspace.

The Hamas-Israel conflict and my feeble photojournalism....

I posted a bunch of photos that I made of the Arab-American protest in Nashville this Wednesday. I noticed a few lensmen there, including (natch) the local Fox station. I'm sure we got fair and balanced from them. I had merely my first generation iPhone. A small voice told me that morning, "Why not bring your new Luxim LX3 to work today?" But I didn't. Woulda had better pics. But this is what I could do.

It was quite an exciting experience. Metro police were parked around the area but did not interfere; a Metro helicopter hovered overhead, apparently, watching to make sure that there was no violence. But it was quite peaceful. I was proud of Metro for not interfering. It was, in essence, a classic, all-American protest. We haven't had many of those here lately, and we've needed them.

Now, beyond the photographs, my personal opinion of the sitation is essentially informed by a couple of indisputable truths.

First... about 70 percent of the American public believes that the United States should remain neutral in the current Israel-Hamas conflict. Not pro-Israel... but neutral. Over two-thirds.

Second... The United States is the prime supplier of arms to Israel. Not saying that's bad; not saying that's good. It's just the truth. And Nashville has received it's fair share of military spending loot. So, if the Arab-Amercans want to protest the war in Nashville, I say, "Be my guest." I noticed at least one Nashville poster who gave the standard jingoistic retort on a local news site, "Don't protest here--go back to where you came from." My response: If you got money jangling in your pocket by benefit of the military-industrial complex, as most Nashvillians do, then give these people a few minutes of your attention. Be informed.

I did.