I read a New York Times headline about the earthquake in Chile as: "Are you in an affected area? What are you stealing?" In fact, of course, the NYT is simply looking for eyewitness accounts, not confessions of looting - "What are you seeing?"...
According to the BBC, a Latvian hacker based possibly in Britain has been slowly leaking details about the wrongdoings at Latvian banks from a set of millions of records stolen from computers:
"Data leaked so far includes pay details of managers from a Latvian bank that received a bail-out.
It reveals that many did not take the salary cuts they promised.
Other data shows that state-owned companies secretly awarded bonuses while publicly asking the government for help."
How long before the first "it couldn't happen here" bu***hit is spouted by a politician or journalist in the UK? And how long before the populace here go postal on the parasitic banking class? Too long, of course, as in, it'll never happen. Nice to dream though.
never seeing again: 1. Pier disappearing into calm misty lake. 2. 20 year old girl looking moody in her bedroom. 3. Dew covered flower. 4. Dog with funny expression. 5. Falling on to bed shot. 6. Splash from coffee cup. 7. Any other sort of splash shot. 8. Bokeh made from heart shapes. 9. Macro of love heart sweets. 10. 20 year old guy looking mean and moody in his bedroom. 11. Any picture with a title similar to the following: "The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size." 12. Boulders on a beach with sunrise / sunset in background. 13. Any food or drink shot taken in Starbucks. (I mean really!). 14. An HDR'd homeless person with a lined face.
That's Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain of course, the countries of the EU that make a mildly insulting anagram and who have in common the fact that their economies are in trouble. I guess the UK isn't in there because it would ruin the anagram. Anyway, I was interested to read on the BBC website today that EU law prevents the bailing out of failing euro-based economies by successful euro-based economies. Which begs the question as to what is the point of the much lauded summit held today? Waffle and words about France and Germany "standing by" the weaker economies? Who cares - what does "standing by" mean in these circumstances? Hard cash would count for something, words? Not so much. In these circumstances it is hard to imagine how the euro can survive in its present form; it is also interesting to try and imagine how the euro economies might revert to individual currencies - maybe they will have to turn the PIIGS out into the cold one by one, a…
Here's a blogger / photographer, Tim Parkin, I've just come across who not only takes beautiful pictures but who also writes about photography, and in particular the art of photography, in an articulate and engaging way. Were I more interested in large format photography (and I love the results, it is just that I cannot see myself out there with the 40lbs of gear required - having to lug this around would significantly, I'd suggest, impact on my productivity), I could imagine trying to get to one of his weekend seminars / workshops.
The video shows the winner of "Ukraine’s Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.
The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about £75,000.
She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated.
It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears.
She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.
This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monu…
Well, the deed is done and the machine has been upgraded. Bit early to say if there are going to be problems but, fingers crossed, wood touched and curly hair stroked (?!), so far it appears to be running OK, though Smallimage doesn't appear to work any more and hopefully they will update their software soon.