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December 31, 2021

Four From Palm Springs Pride

All of these were shot on Let It Snow! film with a dark red filter.


Pride On Palm Canyon Drive

Posing At Pride (1)

Leather Teddy Bear

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"I guess I'm for democracy in other countries, I guess."

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December 29, 2021

What You Can Do With A Track Bike And A Lot Of Practice

Plus a bit of rain to slicken the pavement.

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Venice Beach Live Cam

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December 28, 2021

Four More On Let It Snow! Film

All of these were shot with Film Photography Project's Let It Snow! film which is sensitive into the infrared zone. I used a dark red filter.
Palm Springs Bike Rack (1)
A Palm Springs bike rack

Palm Springs' Downtown Park Fountain (1)
The fountain in the new Downtown Park in Palm Springs

History Of Suspended Time by Gonzalo Lebrija (5)
Another shot of "History of Suspended Time" by Gonzalo Lebrija
, this time with Palm Springs Pride happening in the background.

The mural at Delicia's on Pierson Boulevard in Desert Hot Springs

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Canon Announces No New DSLR Models . . . Ever

"Canon CEO, President and Chairman, Fujio Mitarai, confirmed the EOS-1D X Mark III will be the company’s last flagship DSLR camera." IOW, they will not be advancing the line. All their creative energy will be going into mirrorless cameras. So it's not the end of Canon DSLRs, at least not yet.

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December 26, 2021

A Kodachrome and Three Agfa Scalas

Beacon Hill Viewed From Longfellow Bridge
A view towards Beacon Hill
shot from the tower on the Longfellow Bridge that is on the downstream Cambridge side. Agfa Scala film, probably around 2001.

Longfellow Bridge & Back Bay
View from the same spot across the bridge at the matching tower on the upstream side
with the two Hancocks and the Prudential in the Back Bay as background.

Echo of the Waves
"Echo of the Waves" by Susumu Shingu
at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Kodachrome, 1991. Checking Google Streetview, this sculpture is no longer standing there. This page in the Smithsonian's Art Inventory Catalog makes no mention of its removal. I can find no information about its removal.

Cereus peruvianus (1)
My Cereus peruvianus cactus
forming a flower bud while living on my windowsill in Boston. Agfa scala film, around 20 years ago.

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December 23, 2021

Santa Claus Nabs A Hit & Run Driver

You'll probably appreciate this more if you speak French, which I do not.

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Cheapest Place To Live In California?

El Centro. Now aren't you sorry you asked. The cost of living there is 6.6% below the national average. The cost of living in California as a whole is 10.4% above the national average. Shelter expenses in El Centro are 35% below the national average.

El Centro real estate. You can still find cheaper home prices than these in Desert Hot Springs.

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December 22, 2021

Jurupa Mammoth Vandalized

The well known sculpture of a mammoth in Jurupa Valley along route 60 has been vandalized with about 10 gallons of paint. It stands on the grounds of the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center where they call it "Eddie The Mammoth." The Press-Enterprise misspelled it as "Eddy," but I won't ask if it's really supposed to be male or female. I had assumed the sculpture was by Ricardo Braceda, but Googling turns up no identity for the artist who created it. The Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center site has lots of photos of the mammoth, but no information on the artist.
Eddy The Mammoth

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Jewish Lights Over Broadway

The Museum of Neon Arts seems to be able to schedule a tour (or two) during each COVID low point. This past Sunday they offered "Jewish Lights Over Broadway." The route was simple. We met at the Eastern Building which is almost at 9th and Broadway. From there we walked up to 4th and Broadway (the Bradbury Building), turned around and came back down on the opposite side of Broadway. Along the way the tour leader shared his incredibly detailed knowledge on the history of the buildings, the neon, and the people who built it all, many of whom were/are Jewish. I'd be willing to do this tour any time of the year, although if you tried it in the summer you'd have to wait until well after 9 o'clock to insure solid darkness to appreciate all the neon. But at this particular time of year it appealed to me even more because it looked like a social event during the holiday season that was NOT likely to include traditional Christmasy stuff. And Hanukkah has passed, so I wouldn't even have to hear a dreidel song.

Eastern Columbia Lofts (7480)
The entrance to the Eastern Columbia Lofts

Villa Moreliana (7509)
At the Grand Central Market

United Artists Theatre (7486)

Orpheum Theatre (7552)
The neon wasn't turned on, but it was still up there

Neon Display at Grand Central Market (7515)
Also at the Grand Central Market
. The MONA had some connection to the creation of this display.

Globe Theatre (7530)

Broadway Bar (7546)

Apple Tower Theatre (7534)

The complete set of photos is here.

Filed under Architecture,Art,Cities/Urbanism,History,Photography | permalink | December 22, 2021 at 12:15 PM | Comments (0)

Burning Man Music

After every Burning Man, Rockstar Librarian provides links to all the recordings of music at the event that he finds. I only just now discovered that Muloka provides Soundcloud playlists of Burning Man music at music.bm. Here, for example, is one of two playlists for music from 2019, the last official BM event. 468 tracks. It doesn't look like Soundcloud calculates the total duration of that playlist, but most tracks are at least an hour long, a few may be several hours long. Then there's playlist two of two for 2019 with another 187 tracks from that year. Those should keep you set for a while.

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December 21, 2021

Fiber Lithium Battery

MIT Researchers "have developed a rechargeable lithium-ion battery in the form of an ultra-long fiber that could be woven into fabrics." As proof of concept they have produced one fiber battery that is 140 meters long and only a few hundred microns thick. "[T]he material can also be used in 3D printing or custom-shape systems to create solid objects, such as casings that could provide both the structure of a device and its power source."

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Three Kodachromes and a Digital

Autumn Color on the Esplanade
On the Charles River Esplanade
, Kodachrome, 2001. IIRC, I shot this on 9/11/2001. I worked in downtown Boston as a federal employee. We were sent home early, it was a beautiful day, and I wasn't sure the subway would be entirely safe, so I walked home, getting this photo on the way.

Saguaro (4)
Kodachrome, 1988

Ford "Toy" Convertible
Kodachrome, 2002

"Shoshone" (5690)
"Shoshone," by Mark Di Suvero
at the base of FourFortyFour South Flower in Los Angeles. That's the Bonaventure hotel in the near background. This is a digital shot that I took two days ago.

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Jesus of West Virginia

Jesus of West Virginia

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December 19, 2021

Trump 2020

Trump 2020

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December 18, 2021

"a winter of severe illness and death"

"For the unvaccinated, you're looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm." That's th word from White House COVID coordinator Jeff Zients. About 40% of Americans who are eligiblle for a booster shot have gotten one.

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December 17, 2021

Q: How Many Milwaukee Cops Does It Take To Pull Over A Minivan With Two Flat Tires Going 20 MPH?

A: All of them, apparently.

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December 16, 2021

Four Locations

Quincy Market (1)
Kodachrome, 2001

Merchandise Mart & Chicago Skyline
, Ektachrome, 2000.

Pru & Christian Science Center - 2001
View of the Pru from the Christian Science Center in Boston
, Kodachrome, 2000.

AIDS Lifecycle 1 (8)
AIDS LifeCycle 1 in West Hollywood
, Ektachrome, 2002.

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Lobster Rescue

They are called Leon.

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