Swimming with the Razorfishes

Saturday, June 12, 2004

I just noticed that the Arcata Eye is publishing its brilliant police log as a book.

Friday, June 11, 2004

This is an indication of how my afternoon is going.

I think it is time to cut my losses and start the weekend.


Overheard in Starbucks:

"I'll have a tall, soy, no water, 165-degree chai"

I really miss my old coffee shop, where people just ordered coffee, rather than these asinine, nancy-boy, poofy whipped drinks.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

"NEW YORK - Paintings of President Bush and former President Clinton, accompanied by messages referring to the artist's bodily fluids, mysteriously appeared last week on the walls of two major city museums and reportedly at two other museums in Philadelphia and Washington."

I'd love to see how this person managed to get the paintings stuck to the wall.

"The 9-by-15-inch work, done on a frameless canvas, was affixed to the wall with double-sided tape. A label taped next to the painting said it was made with "acrylic, legal tender and the artist's semen.""

Ug. I can't believe Ray Charles died. It will take some time for this to sink in.

All day, CSPAN has been airing live video of people walking past Ronald Reagan's coffin in the Capitol. For some reason, this reminds me of the yule log footage that airs in New York during Christmas.


I love Chinatown. I want to move there.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004


In the subway, freaky trumps scary.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

It looks like I forgot to pay the cable bill. For a while. They turned me off, because I owed $450.

I don't even remember getting a bill.

Busy busy today. No time to talk!


Monday, June 07, 2004

This AirPort Express thing is pretty cool.

$130. An 802.11g base station, a print server, and an audio-out jack for streaming music from laptop to stereo.

But the form factor is its best attribute. The same size as a normal laptop power supply. If I were a traveling businessman, I'd get one for the road. Plug into an outlet; instant wireless.


If you have to stop and change a lens, this is a pretty nice place to do it.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

It was a demonstration!

It was a meele!

It was chaos! Pandemonium!

Well, not really. It was mostly a bunch of geeks with cameras, but we took a lot of pictures, dammit.

More than once, I heard the question, "can I take a picture of your crotch?" Or something like that.

Flash photography in the subway is a no-no, by the way.

Photog Protest

Sunday, June 6. 1 PM.
Meeting at the info booth, main floor of Grand Central Terminal.

This will be a peaceful demonstration against the MTA's proposed Photography Ban, conducted in the spirit of Rosa Parks. We will simply ride through Manhattan with our cameras, taking as many photographs as we please, of whatever we please. This is a completely legal protest, as photography within the subway system has not yet been banned (even though the police seem to have been told otherwise). The proposed ban of photography in the subway system will only serve to compromise security instead of increasing it. Furthermore, it is "Too little too late", as key information about the subway system is easily available in numerous books, magazine articles, and websites.

Read the FAQ page for a list of further points on why this proposed ban is, to state it simply, an incredibly dumb idea.

Come on time with your camera and if you choose to make one, a witty sign. The mere act of taking photos is protest enough in and of itself.

Total duration of this protest will be approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. However, you are encouraged to continuing photographing within the NYC subway system whenever you so desire, whether or not the ban is approved.

Routing will be as follows:
4/5/6 from GCT to 14th street.
L cross town to 8th av.
A/C/E to Penn Station
Walk through penn station to 1/2/3/9
North to Times Square, 7 or S back to GCT
End official protest, perhaps by walking by MTA HQ at 347 Madison av (right near GCT), to take some nice photos of the neighborhood and perhaps drop off a signed petition.

This is YOUR protest. Make it as big as possible by spreading the word to as many NYC Photography and transit related web boards as possible. Notify media outlets. Spread the word in every direction you can imagine.