Oh, damn ...
just look at DP Review today. A plethora of goodies. Leica, and Olympus. Wow. At least, I’ll send you directly to the digital Leica M8 hands-on preview. Roughly $4,750 + tax. In spite of the premium price, one can still hope that used prices in a couple of years, when they upgrade, will be more reasonable (not).
NY Times Op-Ed:
Death of a Farmer. Poignant. Reminds me of my time in Knoxville, Tennessee during college. I was not just the ‘town kid’, but the ‘Yankee cousin.’ You can probably imagine the jokes that got pulled.
The art of espresso. I’ve noticed a greater tendency to emphasize the artistry in the froth-pour lately, where previously it was unceremoniously dumped in the cup and shoved your way. Time-of-day dependent, also; rush hours, forget it.
Off on a tangent, mentioned in this article: Tattoos, ok. But I draw the line on baristas with multiple or fresh piercings. Call me a killjoy if you will, but swollen pinkness and thickened skin wrapped around shiny surgical steel, resembling a still-living fetal pig in the process of dissection, ruins my thirst and appetite. Coffee’s supposed to suppress hepatitis, but it’s better to just not go there.
NY Times Europe:
In the Netherlands, Life Runs on 2 Wheels (Sometimes 3). Hooray for my ancestors.
NY Times Business:
End of the road for the Town Car? Ah, memories. Being limo’d home from Manhattan, from Wall Street. Coincidentally, often by the twin towers. Or, we’d rent a TC if we couldn’t get a minivan, because you could stuff so much gear in it. Our entire crew once fit in a TC; 12 people. Vegas. When the four people came out of the trunk, you should have seen the look on the valet’s face. But it’s a gas hog, and it has had a long heyday. Time to retire.
SF New Mexican:
Santa Fe High: Rock-hurling students put teacher in hospital. Read the comments.
SF New Mexican/AP:
SF New Mexican:
Current trends in web design. Not earth-shattering, but good reference material nonetheless.
I didn’t know they were putting Capitan Alatriste on the big screen. Cool.
Rest in peace,
Ann Richards. You raised hell, you’ve gone to heaven. We will miss you.
You know you’re far from the ‘60’s,
when you hear a DJ exclaim, “That was Robin Trower, Bridge of Sighs ... she was one of the great guitarists ...”
budget deficit, 1961 to present. Seems legit, the revenue creeps up after the Bush I tax hike, and keeps on under Clinton. I’d like to see it plotted against GDP and trade deficit, too.
Pentax comes out fighting with the new K10D.
American Buddhism on the rise. It is now the fourth-largest religion.
Two from Commentary:
The top 10 classical music downloads on iTunes. The reviewer misses the link between the 1812 Overture, and ‘V for Vendetta.’
NY Times Science:
SF New Mexican:
Food for thought. A GMO advocate is giving a lecture series at SFI.
Some server problems
this morning. Bear with me.
Rising payments on adjustable-rate mortgages contribute to 53% jump in foreclosures. Putting Greenspan in a stockade might not do much good, but he would deserve it.