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“Tune your television to any channel it doesn’t receive and about 1 percent of the dancing static you…”

“Tune your television to any channel it doesn’t receive and about 1 percent of the dancing static you see is accounted for by this ancient remnant of the Big Bang. The next time you complain that there is nothing on, remember that you can always watch the birth of the universe.”

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Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything (via mappeal)

There’s a poem in here, somewhere, methinks.

May 20

What did you learn today? The perils of fungal infections on lens elements. And now, back to editing.

What did you learn today? The perils of fungal infections on lens elements. And now, back to editing.
May 20

The Toxic Nature of Email – don’t feel guilty. There’s only one of you, and only so many hours in a day… http://bit.ly/9Kn7BN

The Toxic Nature of Email - don't feel guilty. There's only one of you, and only so many hours in a day... http://bit.ly/9Kn7BN
May 20

How your email account may have been hacked (hotmail, anyone?) and advice on passwords… http://bit.ly/bQFelI

How your email account may have been hacked (hotmail, anyone?) and advice on passwords... http://bit.ly/bQFelI
May 20

“Even the most productive writers are expert dawdlers, doers of unnecessary errands, seekers of…”

“Even the most productive writers are expert dawdlers, doers of unnecessary errands, seekers of interruptions – trials to their wives or husbands, friends, associates, and themselves. They sharpen well-pointed pencils and go out to buy more blank paper, rearrange offices, wander through libraries and bookstores, chop wood, walk, drive, make unnecessary calls, nap, daydream, and try not “consciously” to think about what they are going to write so they can think subconsciously about it.”

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—Donald Murray

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May 19

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May 19

“What poet would we most like to have construct a Heaven for us…?” – James Dickey on Marianne Moore, via firmuhment – http://bit.ly/8X6LSd

"What poet would we most like to have construct a Heaven for us...?" - James Dickey on Marianne Moore, via firmuhment - http://bit.ly/8X6LSd
May 19

“She has asked, and the world has answered, for it understands, in all its billion of parts, how to answer when questions are rightly put”

"She has asked, and the world has answered, for it understands, in all its billion of parts, how to answer when questions are rightly put"
May 19

For WordPress people: version 3.0 sounds like a serious update… http://bit.ly/bjRwju

For Wordpress people: version 3.0 sounds like a serious update... http://bit.ly/bjRwju
May 19

I don’t really post images on here much these days (unless…



I don’t really post images on here much these days (unless they’re my own) - I save that for one of my other blogs. This one by Joshua at thelongbrake.com broke through my in-built content filter. Head over to Joshua’s site for a series of images depicting the disassembly and repurposing of an old Goldstar television. Because who needs a screen when the content’s that good?

May 18

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May 18

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-5-16)

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-5-16):
  1. Res (33)
  2. Samoyed (11)
  3. Cinematic Orchestra (10)
  4. Dorian Concept (10)
  5. Mr. Beatnick (9)

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May 18

Youtube Think Video on social media – “connecting people with one another is what works online…” http://bit.ly/bkB67r

Youtube Think Video on social media - "connecting people with one another is what works online..." http://bit.ly/bkB67r
May 18

“…vast distances are joined, the brain’s landscape equal to the stars.” – Brian Turner, VPR http://bit.ly/cixyLY

"...vast distances are joined, the brain’s landscape equal to the stars." - Brian Turner, VPR http://bit.ly/cixyLY
May 18

“The relentless progress of digital photography places an enormous psychological pressure on the…”

“The relentless progress of digital photography places an enormous psychological pressure on the modern photographer to upgrade his equipment constantly. Those of us still shooting film, however, neatly sidestep this insanity by using cameras that were out of date decades ago and are therefore in no need of upgrading. We learn to work with their foibles and failings, and eventually to love them; they’re not going to be fixed in subsequent generations so we have to make the most of it, and we don’t yearn insatiably for every new feature. We are so removed from the iteration of technology, that the arrival of the next greatest gadget from Canon or Nikon — and the next, and the next, and the next — means no more to us than waves crashing on a distant beach: we hear the rumbles, one after the other, and quietly go about our business.”

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The Photon Fantastic (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

Yes. Except, as Nathan goes on to say, it’s so easy to fall into collecting old film cameras, once you get started. For someone who’s not a photographer by trade, I’ve already accumulated a tidy little collection of 35mm cameras - though with the acquisition of the Yashica, everything else is gathering dust. I shoot Canon (500D), Yashica (124G) and iPhone. I hereby pledge to stop scanning Ebay for other alternatives that I don’t really need. 

May 17

I know. I'm turning into a bit of an Apple (iPad) fanboy. But have you seen Scrabble? http://bit.ly/aa6kAQ

I know. I'm turning into a bit of an Apple (iPad) fanboy. But have you seen Scrabble? http://bit.ly/aa6kAQ
May 17

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May 17

“Bigger is only better when you’re talking vision.” Jarvis/Sagmeister on keeping it real… http://bit.ly/b2jZEK

"Bigger is only better when you’re talking vision." Jarvis/Sagmeister on keeping it real... http://bit.ly/b2jZEK
May 17

Poetry + GPS + iPhone = City Poems app – http://bit.ly/9Xhe5E

Poetry + GPS + iPhone = City Poems app - http://bit.ly/9Xhe5E
May 16

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson plays each instrument individually in one…



Miguel Atwood-Ferguson plays each instrument individually in one of a series of beautiful and inspiring videos from The Qualities of Light.

“Our mission is to creatively cultivate a series of visual displays to highlight the lives of inspiring people or organizations within the Los Angeles area.   We are sharing distinguished people in action doing what they love and investing time into making a positive difference in this world and the lives of others.”

There’s only three up so far (at time of posting), including a rough home-studio session with Computer Jay, and a pretty inspiring glimpse into the life of esteemed artist Augustine Kofie. Long may they continue. 

May 16