Month: October 2009

Apple pie time

Making pies

Warren, Connecticut. My wife Anne and our friend Joy Brown finishing up the first batch of what turned out to be ten apple pies (ten more to go). My job was already done, I peeled all the fruit and at this point my hands are so tired I can hardly hold the camera.

Some of the pies are our traditional pie mix and some have experimental supplements. As the wine flowed, the supplements got more adventurous: blueberries, cranberries, raisins, walnuts, and various combinations of these.

We’re scheduled to have another baking session here soon to use up the fruit we bought at our local orchard. Oh, we don’t eat all pies right away (tempting), we seal and freeze them for use at Thanksgiving and Christmas. When the turkey comes out of the oven (2 pm or so) turn the oven off and put the frozen pies in. By the time you’re ready to eat again the pies are defrosted and warmed up and great. Serve with high butter fat vanilla ice cream.

The one we ate

After dinner we ate one of the "experimental" pies. This one had our pie mix plus dried cranberries, raisins and walnuts in it. Anne was skeptical but we all agreed: killer pie. I’d say this particular pie was one of the best Anne’s ever made. Must have been Joy’s influence.

Met Life in fog

Met Life in fog

New York City. A quick shot looking up into the fog before we went inside Grand Central and boarded the train home. Fog is beautiful and had I had more time in the city I think I could have made some nice images of these big buildings with their lights in fog. I’ll call this image a placemarker for a future trip.

Teapots Have a Dribbling Problem—Who Knew?

Teapots Have a Dribbling Problem—Who Knew?

To fix the issue, Duez and company made the teapot lip as thin as possible. And, being intelligent scientists with access to really cool shit, they also coated the lip with “the latest generation of superhydrophobic materials.” Even cooler, these materials can be controlled electronically.

Great, all that learning in ceramics for nothing.

[via Gizmodo]

Jane Brown, The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

From Nixon to the Beatles, Bette Davis to U2… Over the past 60 years, The Observer’s Jane Bown has photographed many of the world’s greatest personalities. On the eve of her retrospective, she talks to Robin McKie about her life’s work.

Excellent narrated slide show by this renowned photojournalist and portrait photographer. Worth watching full screen.

[via Dale Allyn]

Frontline: The Warning

Frontline: The Warning

As head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC], Brooksley Born became alarmed by the lack of oversight of the secretive, multitrillion-dollar over-the-counter derivatives market. Her attempts to regulate derivatives ran into fierce resistance from then-Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, then-Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and then-Deputy Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, who prevailed upon Congress to stop Born and limit future regulation.

Summers and Geithner got it wrong then and they’re working for Obama now. We have no regulation on any of this stuff yet and the ratings agencies that rated all of this junk AAA aren’t regulated either.

Obama, are you listening? Summers and Geithner have to go.

Methimazole in syringe

Methimazole in syringe

Warren, Connecticut. It’s raining so time for a little kitchen table macro fun. This is the syringe of methimazole that we give our 19.5 year old cat for hyperthyroidism two times a day. We’ve been doing this for many years now and her thyroid condition is under control. These "dosings" are not her favorite time of day and she attempts to hide if she thinks I’ve got the syringe in hand.

This image is about 2 inches edge to edge.

Methimazole in syringe closeup

This image is about 1 inch edge to edge.

Shepard Fairey admits lying about image used in HOPE poster

‘Hope’ Poster Artist Admits Error

Shepard Fairey, a Los Angeles-based street artist with a long, often proud history of breaking rules, said in a statement Friday that he was wrong about which photo he used and that he tried to hide his error. It was not immediately clear whether he would drop his lawsuit against the AP over the use of the photo.

This doesn’t clear up the copyright infringement issue but it does show that Fairey isn’t the best poster boy for fair use policy debate.

The issue isn’t that he used the image, the issue is that he used the image without citing the photographer and then sold posters based on it.