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Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Curb on 83rd
If you want to watch this thing being built. I realized today
that I was doing satellite photography of the curb and surroundings
from about 3 feet. But it is fascinating because you can shoot
different pieces at different times of day, different weather, and you
alter the perspective. I was thinking that I would do the next
section when it snows. I'll probably get bored with it before
it's done. The top row is made up of about 8 shots.
Item 1: An official fedex drop-off center opened on the corner of my block. Fantastic.
Item 2: Finished sending out four orders. However, only one new order in the last few days. Okay, don't get greedy.
Item 3: I'm continuing to fool around with these - what shall I call
them - variations, ripples, waves? Where you take several images
of something, either along one plane, or around three dimensions - and
then try and arrange them in the 2-dimensional space. Not exactly
photography at this point - a little closer to interior design - but it
is fascinating to me right now. Haven't made any prints from any
yet since I don't consider them done.
Item 4: Did some more testing with the Epson Lustre and the Epson
Semi-Gloss and I still like both the Ilford Pearl and the Ilford Smooth
Glossy better. The latter seem to hold the blacks better and the
paper feels heavier to me.
Item 5: As I was matting some of the recent prints this morning, I had
to wonder if even I could tell whether this stuff was done in a
darkroom with high-quality RC paper or on an inkjet. The answer
is, I could tell by feeling the surface (the spray gives it
away). But I'm not sure anymore if I can tell my looking,
certainly not at normal viewing distance. This also assumes that
I didn't give it any sort of tint with IMAGEPrint but did it
neutral. In short, very happy with current results.
Item 6: OH - AND SO WHAT DO
YOU TECH-MASTERS RECOMMEND FOR BACKUP. My current situation is
this: I am doing a Win2K Utility Backup on an external hard drive; and
keep one copy of all the digital stuff on DVDs. But I'm thinking
of upgrading, and wondering whether RAID - and which one - would be
overkill? Wouldn't the best of the best be some system with
mirrored drives where you could just keep adding drives as you need
them, and maybe an internal tape drive? Or is this WAY too much
money for me? How much is too much? Dunno.
$2000? $2500? And then $500 per year for an extra set of
drives. Is this in the ballpark or have I been reading too many
This is a serious request. I posted it once a while back and no
responses. I called all my cub reporters but no one could bring
back the story: WHY ARE THE BLUE STATES BLUE, and the RED STATES RED?
And at an even deeper level, do the RED AND BLUE STATES change color
over time? If New York were by some stretch of the imagination to
have gone for Bush in this last election, would it then be considered a
RED STATE in the next presidential election?
These are two separate questions - the first has to do with why the
color scheme? The second about what makes a red state red.
Hey, at least I didn't ask why the sky was blue.
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Josh posted this last time, but I must have missed it:
"Since the advent of color TV, there has been a formula to avoid charges
of giving any party an advantage by painting it a 'better' color. Here
is the formula: the color of the incumbent party alternates every 4