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Archive for October, 2007

Urban Jungle

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

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One of my better flower photos. Taken in a small door step garden box of an office building in London near the Tower of London!

Act like Monkeys

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

“When it comes to their social behavior, people sometimes act like monkeys…”

From Humans and monkeys share Machiavellian intelligence [sciencecodex.com] via Science Codex [sciencecodex.com]

Cockroach Radiation

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

“Contrary to popular belief, not a significant amount of research goes into cockroach radiation,”

Grant Imahara (Mythbusters), from “‘Mythbusters’ test seeks to determine if cockroaches could survive a nuclear holocaust” [tri-cityherald.com], from The Tri-City Herald

Because California has no bugs

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

“When bugs from the east coast have to be trucked to California to pollinate an exotic tree because California has no bugs, it’s a pretty whacked-out agricultural system.”

Randy Oliver, What Was Behind the Honey Bee Wipeout? [alternet.org] by Gina Covina, from Terrain magazine

Trespassers will be Prosecuted

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

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Photo taken at Old Changi Hospital in Singapore. The rest of the set is here [flickr.com]

American Fascism

Friday, October 12th, 2007

“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”

Sinclair Lewis

Beautiful Stinger

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

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The new America

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

“In the Name of God the Flag and Bush Almighty. This is my America, my New Republic…

This is my America. An America with Homeland Security, a Patriot Act. An America with paranoia. An America with hatred and ignorance. An America that wraps itself in its President and its flag. This is my America.

Now when I see the eagle of freedom, I see an eagle of fascism. Now when I see the American flag, I’m afraid for my America. We have become an ugly nation. A nation that has wrapped its eyes so tightly in red, white and blue that it has gone blind. Blinded by nationalism. This is my America. And this is why they hate us, and its not because we love freedom. They hate us because we think like that.”

Christopher Morris, TIME Magazine’s White House photographer

Read more and see the photos here [alternet.org].

Jakarta, Indonesia — October 2007

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

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I’ve been to Jakarta three times on business, all three times it was fly in in the morning, have a meeting and then fly out. This time the meeting was on Friday afternoon so I decided to stay a night and see about some photos.

First off; there is nothing in Jakarta to photograph if you want typical Southeast Asian travel photos. No great ancient temples, no colorful Chinatown (there is a Chinatown but it’s not much different than any other part of town. The closest thing to interesting sites is old Batavia where the Dutch built their capital. Unfortunately for me it seemed to be under renovation—the whole damn city square!

Jakarta is a sprawling stinking polluted mess of a city. Dotted with ‘heroes of the revolution’ type statues and monuments that would not be out of place in Stalins Moscow. The constant haze and pollution means getting decent photos of these monument is hard.

I guess there must be little back alleys and hidden places that would be interesting to photograph, places that would be fun or exciting to visit but even the Lonely Planet only devotes two pages of it’s Southeast Asia on a Shoestring book to Jakarta.

It’s just not that interesting.

Profits

Monday, October 8th, 2007

“Profit is to be found not just in pleasing dissatisfied customers, but in dissatisfying them in the first place so they will then pay to be pleased.”

Robert X. Cringely, You Can’t Get There From Here: The myth of bandwidth scarcity and can Team Cringely really make it to the Moon?” [pbs.org]