Month: March 2008

HDR images of Chicago

A great flickr slide show of HDR images of Chicago.

This is a terrific collection of HDR (high dynamic range) images of Chicago. HDR pushes photograhpy in a fascinating way and while I don’t do it (currently) I love looking at it. Pushing photography toward painting really appeals to me, either with HDR, blur, or other photograhic and graphic means.

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Who Are We? New Dialogue on Mixed Race

The New York Times: Who Are We? New Dialogue on Mixed Race

James McBride, 50, who described growing up in a Brooklyn housing project with his white mother in a memoir, “The Color of Water,” said that, like Mr. Obama, he identified himself primarily as a black man of mixed race. As a child whose father was black, he said: “I really wanted to be like all the other black kids. It was the larger group around me.” And through life, because of his brown skin, society has imposed its own label. “If cops see me, they see a black man sitting in a car,” he said.

But being proud to call himself African-American, Mr. McBride said, does not negate his connection to his “Jewish part,” his mother’s heritage. Asked which part of him was dominant, he said, “It’s like grabbing Jell-O.”

“But what difference does it make?” he added. “When you’re mixed, you see how absurd this business of race is.”

Great article, watch the video, it’s fantastic.

Alice Walker endorses Obama

Alice Walker endorses Obama

I am a supporter of Obama because I believe he is the right person to lead the country at this time. He offers a rare opportunity for the country and the world to start over, and to do better. It is a deep sadness to me that many of my feminist white women friends cannot see him. Cannot see what he carries in his being. Cannot hear the fresh choices toward Movement he offers. That they can believe that millions of Americans –black, white, yellow, red and brown – choose Obama over Clinton only because he is a man, and black, feels tragic to me.

When I have supported white people, men and women, it was because I thought them the best possible people to do whatever the job required. Nothing else would have occurred to me. If Obama were in any sense mediocre, he would be forgotten by now. He is, in fact, a remarkable human being, not perfect but humanly stunning, like King was and like Mandela is. We look at him, as we looked at them, and are glad to be of our species. He is the change America has been trying desperately and for centuries to hide, ignore, kill. The change America must have if we are to convince the rest of the world that we care about people other than our (white) selves.

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Asperger’s: My life as an Earthbound alien

Asperger’s: My life as an Earthbound alien

One CNN manager recently learned — at 48 — that she has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. Today she shares an inside view of life with the condition.

I could tell you so much more, but instead let me share one last insight. Don’t pity me or try to cure or change me. If you could live in my head for just one day, you might weep at how much beauty I perceive in the world with my exquisite senses. I would not trade one small bit of that beauty, as overwhelming and powerful as it can be, for “normalcy.”

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The Kitty turned 18 today

The Kitty turned 18 today

Warren, Connecticut. Our wonderful old cat had her eighteenth birthday today. She’s quite arthritic and has a tough time getting around these days but she does have her moments and we do our best to keep her happy. The Kitty was born a month before I met Anne and has been with us through three houses and many happy times. She’s what Anne calls a "professional cat" which I’m told is one who eats her kills. These days the kills are in her dreams.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express is a free, flash-based online image editor, picture organizer and gallery. It has a nice feel but feels like version 1/beta software in terms of responsiveness. I can’t tell if the slowness and problems I had with it just now are it being in beta or Safari not working too well with flash or a bit of both.

It’s an interesting product and will no doubt be useful to a lot of people.

Gary Kamiya: Rev. Jeremiah Wright isn’t the problem

Gary Kamiya at Salon has written a spot-on piece: Rev. Jeremiah Wright isn’t the problem.

The taboo against any critical national self-examination has always existed here. But 9/11 sealed it in blood and made it virtually untouchable. Only a few academics, Middle East specialists and outspoken journalists have dared to suggest that U.S. foreign policies played a role in the 9/11 attacks. The Democrats, terrified of being called unpatriotic and “weak on national security,” won’t go there. Which is a big reason that the desperately needed national discussion over how to deal with the Arab/Muslim world after Bush leaves office still hasn’t started.

Glenn Greenwald on McCain’s mistatements on al Qaeda and Iran

Scott Horton Interviews Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald, former constitutional litigator, renowned blogger and author of A Tragic Legacy discusses John McCain’s so-called “misstatement” in trying to foist the neocon talking point that Iran backs al Qaeda in Iraq against U.S. interests there, the major media’s refusal to call him out for it since they love him so very much, the fact that McCain would still have been at least wrong even if he had simply blamed Iran for training “extremists” of any description besides that of the U.S. supported Iraqi government itself, and the recent victory against immunity for the telecoms who conspired with the government to break the law and wiretap Americans without warrants.

I read Greenwald daily on Salon: Glenn Greenwald.