December 7, 2017

Slides, More Slides

Tanglewood Audience - Agfachrome - 1983
Tanglewood, 1983, Agfachrome.

Sears Building, Fenway, Boston - Agfachrome - 1985
Sears warehouse building in The Fenway, Boston, Agfachrome, 1985.

Nantucket Light Ship - Kodachrome
The Nantucket Light Ship, Kodachrome.

MBTA Back Bay Station Construction - 1986
Construction of the MBTA Back Bay Station in Boston, 1986.

Copley Square, Boston - Kodachrome
Copley Square, Boston, Kodachrome, showing Trinity Church and the two John Hancocks.

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December 5, 2017

Slide Scans

World Trade Center Shadows - 1985
Shadows of the World Trade Center in 1985.

Old John Hancock, Boston - 1986
The old John Hancock building in Boston.

John Hancock Tower, Boston - 1987
The (newer) John Hancock Tower in Boston.

Guitar Case - Kodachrome - 1987

MIT - Kodachrome - 1987
MIT in 1987, Kodachrome.

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November 27, 2017

Slides From The 1980s

Wrigley's, Charles Green Shaw - Art Institute of Chicago - 1987
At the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987, not Kodachrome.
Artist was Charles Green Shaw.

Yellow Flowers - Kodachrome - 1987
1987 Kodachrome.

Statue of Liberty Torch - Kodachrome - 1987
The Statue of Liberty's torch, Kodachrome, 1987.

MBTA North Station - Green Line - Kodachrome - 1987
Elevated Green Line stop at North Station, Boston, Kodachrome, 1987.

Longfellow House - Cambridge, Mass - Kodachrome - 1987
The Longfellow House in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kodachrome, 1987.

Flowering Tree - Ektachrome - 1987
Ektachrome, 1987.

Chicago Skyline - 1987
Chicago skyline 1987.

Cambridge Power Plant Western Ave - Kodachrome - 1987
Power plant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Western Avenue crosses the Charles River, Kodachrome, 1987.

Tanglewood - Agfachrome - 1983
Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts, Agfachrome, 1983.

Paramount Theater Boston - 1986
The Paramount Theater facade on Washington Street in Boston, 1986.

Charlotte G - Kodachrome - 1988
Kodachrome, 1987, probably in Provincetown, Mass.

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November 24, 2017

Yet More Slides

This Looks Like Iowa - 1983
This looks like Iowa
, but I can't be more specific than that. Dates from 1983.

Tanglewood 1983 Agfachrome
Tanglewood 1983 on Agfachrome.
The camera the woman is using looks like an Olympus XA. I went through a couple of those.

Sailboat Hawaii Kodachrome 1986
Hawaii on Kodachrome, 1986.

Interior Agfachrome 1985
I have no idea where this is
, but if I had to guess I'd guess that it's at Alcatraz. Agfachrome, 1985.

Hawaii Ocean Sunset Kodachrome 1986
Sunset in Hawaii, Kodachrome, 1986.

Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges 1985
The Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, 1985.

100 Summer Street Boston Polachrome
This is another Polaroid instant slide, but this one is color, Polachrome.
The subject is in Boston.

You can see more of my slide photos by clicking this link.

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November 23, 2017

More Slides

Hunt Drugs 1985
Hunt Drugs was the best photography store in Boston when I lived there
and it still exists. They've expanded to several other locations, and it looks from here like they've dropped the drug store half of the business. It was an odd store. Probably three-quarters of the floor space was for photography while the other quarter was regular drug store stuff.

Statue Of Liberty 1985
The Statue of Liberty in 1985
.

Orange Flower
Ektachrome.

New England House 1984
I can't recall where this house is, or its significance.
But I can safely say it's in New England. If you can identify it, please let me know.

Helmsley-Spear Inc - Polaroid Instant Slide
This is a Polapan Polaroid instant slide
. The building is probably in New York City. A little more info about the film can be found here. Here's a video about the use of the film.

Frog Pond Boston Common 1983
Frog Pond in the Boston Common, 1983.

Christian Science Mother Church Annex (2) 1985
The Christian Science Mother Church Annex in Boston
; publishing house in the background.

Brooklyn Bridge 1985
This bridge is for sale
.

Boston Back Bay 1985
Boston's Back Bay in 1985 viewed from Cambridge
.

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November 21, 2017

Old Slides

I have a load of good slide photos from before the turn of the century that I have never shared digitally. I used to have a good slide scanner, until it stopped working years ago. I've finally acquired another scanner, and have set forth to scan some old slides. Here are a very few. Some, but not all, are Kodachrome. So far, my Ektachrome and other E6 slides are holding color well.

Kauai 1986 (3)
Kauai in 1986, this must be Waimea Canyon
, but I will accept corrections.

Washdown, Kauai, 1986
Also on Kauai in 1986
, we were up in the mountains and had been out hiking. All the dirt there is very sticky red mud and we were covered with it. So we decided it was much more sensible for all of us to hose each other down out in the yard of the mountain house, rather than waiting for each to use the only shower in the house. That's me in front, behind me left to right are Chuck, Bob & Alden. Alden has not gained weight since then.

New England, 1986
Somewhere in New England, 1986.

New England Autumn
Kodachrome, fershur.

Geese In Winter
I'm pretty sure this is Muddy River in Boston or Brookline.

Downtown Boston in Winter, 1987
A winter scene I do not miss.

Boston University - MLK Memorial
Boston University Chapel
with the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in front.

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November 18, 2017

My First 4K Video

Waokiye at Cabot's Museum is the subject for my first 4K video.

I recently acquired a ThiEYE T5e which is $170 at Amazon, but just under $100 at GearBest which is in China. I know buying direct from China is a crapshoot, but a 41% discount is pretty substantial. Reviews of this camera point out that it is genuine 4K, not interpolated from 1080p.

I have a 4K display, but my Mac Mini can't do any better than 1080p, so the only way I can see this in 4K is to connect the camera directly to my monitor and play it from there. I also don't have any software that can output a 4K video, so I can only upload them exactly as shot. Can't even trim off shaky starts or ends without lowering the resolution to 720p.

The video above is on Vimeo, who claims they don't degrade videos. I've also uploaded this video to YouTube which supports 4K, but they degrade the videos somewhat. If you think you can see the difference, here's a chance to do an A/B comparison.

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October 7, 2017

President Clinton Library

On my way to Tennessee I stopped in at the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

William J. Clinton – Presidential Library and Museum (4030)

William J. Clinton – Presidential Library and Museum (1394)

William J. Clinton – Presidential Library and Museum (1389)

Clinton Presidential Park Bridge viewed from the Clinton Library (1393)

The complete set of photos is here.

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October 4, 2017

Whispering Oaks

Over the last 10 days or so, I traveled to and camped at Whispering Oaks, a clothing optional campground in Tennessee. Some photos:

My Tent (4078)
My tent
. As you can see, nothing like Burning Man.

Near FIrst Meadow (4129)
At a far corner of the property
.

Ford Tractor in Second Meadow (4159)

Whispering Oaks (1471)
The central area of Whispering Oaks
.


Babbling Brook at Whispering Oaks, Tennessee.

More photos here.

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September 21, 2017

A Few Of My Burning Man 2017 Photos

Burning Man 2017 (7182)
Dusk on Sunday, just before the Temple burn.

Action Figure Family - Atlas (7209)
Atlas, of the Action Figure Family, had this little surprise for those Burners who were sufficiently curious to open the door on his crotch.

Action Figure Family - Atlas' Chest (7201)
Inside the chest of Atlas.
Quite remarkably, there was no vandalism of the Action Figure Family, as far as I could see. Someone did steal the mini-Etch-a-Sketch, but it wasn't attached to anything and I kind of expected it to disappear.

Action Figure Family - Jacky (7206)
Jacky at the end of the week.

Action Figure Family - Jallen Arrives (7213)
Jallen arriving at the scene of the art.

Action Figure Family location tag (0381)
Our address tag, sort of.

Action Figure Family location on the Artery map (7215)
On the big master map at the Artery.

My Tricycle (1733)
My tricycle on the evening of the Temple burn.

Tree of Ténéré during disassembly (7181)
Beginning to disassemble the Tree of Ténéré.
This was one of the two brightest pieces of stationary art on the playa. (The Flower Tower was the other one.)

Placed Camps Along Four-Thirty
Map of the placed theme camps along the 4:30 axis.
Burner Buddies are in pink.

Lasers at Burning Man (2578)

Cool Bike (7150)
You can tell this is the boy's bike because the tires are pink.

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September 7, 2017

The Action Figure Family on the playa

Action Figure Family by Pat
This photo by Pat M. shows how the Action Figure Family looked after a few days on the playa of the Black Rock Desert
.

Action Figure Family in Rolling Stone
Andrew Jorgensen's photo of the Action Figure Family at twilight
. Here's a link to the Rolling Stone article with more pictures of other art projects at Burning Man.

AFFcrew
The Action Figure Family crew (Palm Springs Branch)
. L to R, top row: John, Jallen; bottom row: myself, Dennis. The fifth member, Stitch, is the San Francisco branch and primarily helped with dealing with Indiegogo and other financing attempts.

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August 21, 2017

NASA Photo Of The Eclipse

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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August 11, 2017

Los Angeles Neon Tours

Recently I went on two different bus tours offered by the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale. We toured on two Saturday nights, starting at 7:30 PM in downtown Los Angeles. The tours, while mostly about neon, become tours of architecture and history as well as drinking and dining suggestions. The buses rarely stop and stand still just where you want them to, but the surprisingly good image stabilization and fast focusing of one of my cheap Canon cameras managed to produce some good images.

Tower Theater (1024)
Tower Theater, which has been acquired by Apple to become the downtown Apple Store
.

The Last Book Store (1459)
Just like it says, in downtown LA
.

Palace (1537)

Out Of The Closet (1599)

L.A. City Hall (1485B)

KFC (1601)
Neon KFC!

KLYT Entrance (1447)
To my utter surprise, I learned this is the oldest gay bathhouse in LA!
I'd never heard of it before...nor had any of my friends who I asked. Klyt (I don't know what it stands for) opened in the 1920s on 4th Street not as a gay bathhouse, but evolved into one. How this escaped the 1980s, I can't imagine. My fear of bedbugs will keep me from exploring this one, although I'd really like to check it out.

K.G. Louie (1507)

Hotel Rosslyn (1453)

Downtown Los Angeles August 2017 (1488)
The Chinatown Chevron must have the highest prices in the state
. The price at Furnace Creek this day was only $3.069.

Downtown Los Angeles (1464)

Downtown Los Angeles (1440)

Coffee Breakfast (1615)

Chinatown (1510)

Bradbury Building (1437)
The Bradbury Building
.

Angels Flight (1426)
Angels Flight
, which is supposed to return to service in 2018.

2nd Street Tunnel - Los Angeles
2nd Street Tunnel video
. Click through to see the video.

US Bank Building (0899)
Still the tallest building in L.A., IMO
.

Eric Tour Guide (0821)
Eric, the tour guide for the first tour I went on
. The guide for the second tour was also named Eric, but looked a little different.

New Chinatown dates from the 1930s (0855)
"New Chinatown" is Chinatown
, which was moved here in the 1930s to clear way for the construction of Union Station.

Hotel Normandie (0936)

Bend (1010)
"Bendix," of course, but the bus was rolling and by the time I got the camera aimed, this is all I got
.

Axis on 12th (1008)

Mayan Theater (1002)
Mayan Theater

Eastern Clock (1018)

Clifton's Cafeteria (1029)

Bradbury Building New Lights (1046)
The Bradbury Building with its controversial new lighting
.

Main Street Garage (1051)
A parking garage at 4th & Main
. I think it's just art.

The complete sets of photos can be seen here.

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August 4, 2017

Dore Alley 2017 Photos

A few photos from this year's Dore Alley ("Up Your Alley") in San Francisco.

Dancers (1289)

Pink Man (1191)

Hug (1400)

Dore Alley was a sausage fest (1082)

Dore Alley (1114)

Dore Alley nude

Dore Alley nude seated

Many more NSFW images available here.

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July 14, 2017

John Furbee

DHS Boys & Girls Club Ribboncutting (8743)
L to R: Rep. Raul Ruiz, Mayor Yvonne Parks, Councilmember Scott Matas, unknown man in back, John Furbee, V. Manuel Perez
at the ribbon cutting for the Health & Wellness Center in 2013.

John Furbee - Local Philanthropist, Businessman and Civic Leader Passes Away

Desert Hot Springs, July 13, 2017: It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of John Furbee, a long-time Desert Hot Springs philanthropist, businessman, civic leader and youth supporter. John passed away on July 12, 2017 surrounded by his loving family, following an extended illness.

John Furbee arrived in Desert Hot Springs over 50 years ago, and quickly established the well-known DHS Drug Store. He went on to own and operate several successful businesses within the city and served the community as the President of the Boys and Girls Club and Mission Springs Foundation and sat as Chairman of the Board of both the Desert Hot Springs Planning Commission and Desert Hot Springs Economic Committee.

His commitment and dedication to the city earned him the distinct honor of being named the Senior Inspiration Award Recipient for the City of Desert Hot Springs in 2006 and in 2012 the City Council named the Aquatic Center at the Community Health and Wellness Center the "John H. Furbee Aquatic Center" in his honor. This dedication was based on the significant contributions John made to the community he loved so much, including the donation of the property upon which the facility was built and a significant monetary contribution toward the Center.

John Furbee was a community hero, known for his dedication to the youth, animals, and local charity's. He had a kind heart and will be sorely missed by our entire community.

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June 30, 2017

Some Photos

Some photos not previously shared.

The Perfect American - Long Beach Opera (3397)
The stage at Long Beach Opera at intermission during The Perfect American
.

Precision Electric Company (3909)
This is not an old sign
.

Pink Barbie (6811)
I've got my eye on this pink Barbie
.

Edward Wenzlaff Education Center (0484)
Edward Wenzlaff Education Center
, formerly Edward Wenzlaff Elemntary School in Desert Hot Springs.

Desert Hot Springs Police (0486)
Like it says on the label
.

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June 18, 2017

L.A. World Naked Bike Ride Photos

LAWNBR Route 2017 (2)

LAWNBR (0310)

LAWNBR (128)

LAWNBR (324)

LAWNBR (0529)

LAWNBR (0534)

LAWNBR (0540)

LAWNBR (7082)

LAWNBR (7086)
Here's a link to the full size photo if you want to read that tattoo.

LAWNBR (7092)

LAWNBR (7114)

LAWNBR (205)

LAWNBR (0610)

More photos here.

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June 17, 2017

Pink Houses

I visited these houses in L.A. that have been painted entirely pink, pending their demolition. NBC had a story about them.

L.A. Pink Houses (3975)

L.A. Pink Houses (3960)

L.A. Pink Houses (3972)

L.A. Pink Houses (3940)

L.A. Pink Houses (3933)

L.A. Pink Houses (3915)

Complete set of photos here.

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June 8, 2017

Queer Burner Retreat

Over Memorial Day weekend I returned to Saratoga Springs, this time for what used to be called the "Queer Burner Retreat," but has been renamed to the meaningless "All Of Us." As a result we got one paying guest who feeling the need for a meditative weekend Googled and found Saratoga Springs, which led her to "All Of Us." She read no further, knowing that she must be one of us. She submitted her credit card and showed up to be rather surprised to find a Burner party underway. She stayed one night and then escaped.

Dan Reeves
Dan Reeves, the artist behind The Journey Project
.

The Journey 43
About one-quarter of the Journey Project
.

The Journey 19

The Journey 20

Home at Saratoga Springs
My little camp
.

Tent View
The view from my tent door
.

Comfort & Joy cabin
The well-known colors of Comfort & Joy, the biggest gay camp at Burning Man
.

Hottub
The jacuzzi, all fresh and clean when I arrived
.

Hottub after a couple of days
After a couple of days of hard use
.

Main Lodge Front Porch - Saratoga Springs
On the front porch of the main lodge
.

Rand Larson & Me
Rand Larson on the left
.

Saratoga Springs 23
A new fire escape and an entirely new deck!

Unicorn Poopie

The complete set of photos can be seen here.

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May 18, 2017

New York At Stress Levels


A Taste of New York.

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