Oasis of the Seas
This is the largest cruise ship ever built. It’s a monster and while cruising like this isn’t my thing, the technical aspects of this project are fascinating.
Check out the various videos, especially the entire “building” section and within that, the one on “propulsion.” Wow.
Mark Menjivar: You Are What You Eat
Click on “projects” and then, “you are what you eat.” Fascinating. Don’t forget to read the artist’s statement and image captions.
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.
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.
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.
From Raw Stone to Ring
Fantastic process images of diamonds in various stages of development.
Washington, Connecticut. Took a long walk through Steep Rock Preserve, continuing down to Judd’s Bridge in Roxbury, then back on the other side. Fall colors were spectacular. One of our longest walks yet in this area.
Afghanistan, October, 2009
The Big Picture has an incredible collection of images from Afghanistan.
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.
My parents, Walter and Frances, sometime between 1948 and 1951, before I was born.
This is my submission to the fantastic weblog: My Parents Were Awesome.
My parents, Walter and Frances either just before I was born or just after (1951 plus or minus a few).
This is my runner up submission.
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]
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, sit for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House, Sept. 1, 2009. (Official White House Photo)
Photo by Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office
Interesting. Maybe this is “TARP for photographers.” Nice shot Annie.
My Parents Were Awesome
Fantastic collection of images of people’s parents, sent in by kids. What a great collection. I’m gonna get on it and find a great one of my folks.
[via Coudal Partners Blended Feed]
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.
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.
This image is about 1 inch edge to edge.
Luminous Landscape review of the Epson Stylus Pro 3880.
This will probably be my next printer. It won’t replace my Canon Pixma Pro 9000 Mark II but will be an addition to it for making larger prints with pigment inks. I’m not in a big rush but I have little doubt this printer is in my future.
[via Dale Allyn]
Eyes, as Well as Ears
Harrison E. Salisbury’s images of Kabul, Afghanistan from the 1960′s through 1970′s. Incredible images, what a place.
‘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.
American Masters: Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound.
American Masters examines the life and career of recording artist and activist Joan Baez.
This is an excellent piece, well produced with lots of great archival footage of this extraordinary person who really walked the walk.
The full episode will be online from October 15th through December 10th. Highly recommended.
The Big Picture: World Animal Day 2009.
Absolutely incredible collection of animals from all over the world. Wow, this is really a must see.