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sun 18 feb 01

a couple of random observations, from wandering around this weekend for the gallery shots ...

america's car culture is ruining the charm of santa fe, and other places. i didn't take any photos to demonstrate this yesterday, but i plan to. the overbearing presence of cars on narrow, historical streets significantly decreases the pleasure of experiencing santa fe. the noise, the fumes, the radios, the shouting honking grimacing tourist drivers. americans seem to think that if you can't drive up to something, it isn't worth seeing. to a certain degree, that's good (wilderness areas) ... on the other hand, tourist destinations like santa fe have to cater to this kind of individual. i'd love to see them prohibit cars, strip off the asphalt and return to dirt and boardwalks ... and, watch that horsechip over on your left, ma'am ...

a big camera is a definite minus for street photography. i was able to get some interesting things with a video camera, because i can pick and choose my stills out of running tape. turn on the camera, tuck it under your arm, and you're ready to film just about anything surreptitiously. but catching things on film or digital is much different. the twin lens reflex has an advantage here; people aren't used to seeing someone looking down into a viewfinder. to me, that gives an advantage to a digital camera with a swivel viewfinder. and ... that would allow one to tip the camera at odd angles, perfect for viewing things *behind* adobe walls ... ah, the mysteries i'll uncover ...

the other thing, is america's reverence for the dumpster. it's amazing to me, that wherever you go, there's always a clear, broad swath to a graffiti-tattooed dumpster, overflowing with garbage. it's always within walking distance of the office/house/retail establishment. it usually has some privacy screening. i think in eons to come, future archaeologists will believe 21st century man worshipped at these steel repositories of the gods ...

oh, and police tend to follow you for a while, if they see you doing closeup shots of garbage cans by yourself ... (grin) ...

beer at el paseo, 208 galisteo. when's key francis coming back? dance with 20 other people in 6' of floor space ...

timesizing, not downsizing ...

interesting angle on osama bin-laden ... don't worry about involvement with iraq; worry about india.

old russian, slavic and gypsy lyrics. gotta find the chords ...

spanish civil war, libertarian communism.

from the referrer logs: www.bridge.com. high-tech finance ...

deserted farms.

how many cowboys do *you* know who can ride a park bench one-handed?

talk. focalwidth.com.

directory: photo-start.com.

imagine ... the 'no rules' street photography site.

greenspun.com: discussion on 'street photography' ...

towards the end of this week, i may be finally cashing in on a website/horse barter i put in place a year ago. get to ride for a day or so around abiquiu. film camera, for sure.

cnn: dale earnhardt dies in final lap of daytona 500. gilles villeneuve was bad; ayrton senna was worse. dale was a hard-charging driver ...

okay, okay. so i'm not *that* busy ...



andrea asked if i can take the captions out of the ALT tags and put 'em on the page ... later, later. i've a guest in the house, and i'm trying to program *two* e-commerce sites ...

selecting a compactflash card.

advogato: thoughts on the world of gui's.

nando: in the final three months of 2000, online sales boomed.

goodauthority: some deeper issues of cloning.

zdnet: get ready for instant messaging spam.

... in other words, you haven't seen santa fe yet. patience.

it is difficult to capture santa fe; it changes with your moods. i'm in a somewhat black mood at the moment, so that's being reflected. also, winter's a difficult month ... red-brown sludge all over everything. it'll take many more 'galleries' to present santa fe ... these are just 'tourist downtown', one of the areas residents don't visit very often ...

galleries are going up right now.