August 2002


Aug 22

I am totally fascinated by most of Japan’s modern “culture”. Somehow, it’s as if you had put a lot of stuff into a blender and had let the result sit a little bit too long. Check out these Pocky commercials. Junk food combined with young girls. It’s interesting how it’s much easier to see behind the sexism in advertizing when it’s from a different culture. In the West, I hardly notice that any longer. Bikinis and breasts are everywhere. But if it’s school girls in some insane setting who dance like freaks to advertize junk food I notice it.
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Aug 19

David Levinthal has been shooting photos of dolls and toys in various settings and sizes - soldiers, cowboys, girls.
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Aug 13

One of the most fascinating aspects of evil is that most evil people are also amazingly normal. Allow me to use the word “evil” here. I know it’s a word which is too simple for almost all cases - especially when being used by a president. But I’ll have to use a word here and I chose “evil”. Anyway, there is a series of documentaries made by a German historian about all those first- and second-rank people who helped Hitler. It turns out that almost all of them are pretty normal people. Well, maybe ordinary would be a better word. It doesn’t matter. The thing is that what I called evil more often than not lurks underneath the surfaces of normal people. Today, I found a conversation between Studs Terkel and Paul Tibbets who flew the Enola Gay over Hiroshima. It is delusional to call dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima anything else but genocide and a serious war crime and it is fascinating and sad to see what Mr Tibbets has to say about it.
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Aug 5

The other day, I found an article in the New York Times about Alfred Stieglitz. Until then, I had never been too excited about him but the article featured one of his photos which got me pretty excited. I decided to look for his work online. The best site I could find is the George Eastman House Alfred Stieglitz series. The photo I had seen in the NY Times - an amazingly modern looking portrait of Rebecca Strand - unfortunately cannot be found here but there are tons of other treasures.
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Aug 2

How does mp3 work anyway? It’s all based on what the people from the Fraunhofer Institut call “perceptual encoding”. Check out this link. That’s a copy from a Fraunhofer page - they invented mp3 yet their own server is painfully slow.
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Aug 1

The Nocturnes is a web site about night-time photography. There’s a lot more to night-time photography than just the same old cliched pictures of city skylines and of traces of driving cars’ lights. Two of the galleries there caught my eye, Troy Paiva’s and Bill Schwab’s.
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