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15-01-19 From A Smart Phone

The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?

Edward Weston


9-13-14 Weekly Photo Challenge Humanity (2) _iPhone

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

Albert Camus

“One love, one heart, one destiny.”

Bob Marley

I bet that it is no surprise that I am revisiting Humanity. My first go is Here.

This time I thought I would iPhone it. The first three shots are from a fascinating opening I went to tonight. The show is called  the“Bronx Artist Documentary Project“.

It is a very simple idea “The Bronx Artist Documentary Project is a borough-wide collaborative endeavor involving Bronx photographers documenting Bronx visual artists at work in their studios or other Bronx venues.

The results are really good and moving in some cases. I would have gone to see the exhibit in any case but since I know three of the photographers (Angel Franco, Ricky Flores, Robert Fass) and one of the documented artists (Helena Starcevic) I went tonight. If you are in NYC between now and October 8th, you should try to check it out.

The second set of pictures are from my visit to The New Museum.

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Other humanities

4-18-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

An artist who had certainly known the feeling of being on top died yesterday.  RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

“In the parlor was a huge camera on wheels like the ones used in public parks, and the backdrop of a marine twilight, painted with homemade paints, and the walls papered with pictures of children at memorable moments: the first Communion, the bunny costume, the happy birthday. Year after year, during contemplative pauses on afternoons of chess, Dr. Urbino had seen the gradual covering over of the walls, and he had often thought with a shudder of sorrow that in the gallery of casual portraits lay the germ of the future of the city, governed and corrupted by those unknown children, where note even the ashes of his glory would remain.”
Gabriel García Márquez – Love In The Time of Cholera

The photo challenge this week is On Top.

I will start with three views.

On Top of The Empire State Building overlooking The Hudson


What’s actually on top of the Empire State Building


Boro Walk

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11-18-13 Spring HDR Phone Urge Go

I get the urge for going
But I never seem to go
I get the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown
Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in

Joni Mitchell

Even though we are on our third day of 60 degree plus weather the Winter Solstice is only 33 days away and this song has been appearing in my mental playlist more and more frequently.

The sky has been spring beautiful for the most part these last few days and the Pro HDR app on my phone called to me and I answered.


42nd Street

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96th Street

Columbia University

Columbia University

11-5-13 – “I Should Have Stood In Bed.” (Apple Genius Bar Edition)

The above is attributed to a number of sources but the most common one is Joe Jacobs, a fight promoter of the 1930s. Many of us probably remember it from “Easter Yeggs” a 1947 Bugs Bunny cartoon shown repeatedly over the years since. I always thought it was “I shudda stood in bed” but both sportswriters, Wiki and a dictionary tell me I am wrong.

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Several people were kind enough to ask me why I have been wasting my life at The Genius bar in my local Apple Store.

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Long story short: In May I went to Apple Genius to merge two Apple iTunes identities so that I could actually have simultaneous access to songs that I had bought.  (Let the buyer beware). When I was young and foolish I didn’t know that Apple id is forever (No superego can override it) and you can never cause it to marry or subsume itself in your new ID. Oh, by the way, god forbid you have closed the old email account the ID is associated with and can’t remember your password. Then you are SOL.

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It took an hour but it seemed we had merged libraries successfully and off I went. After a few days I noticed an anomaly.  Some songs (frequently my most played or else why would I have noticed) would be playing along and suddenly in the middle of a song one of two things would happen. Either dead air – but the counter continued to move so some information was reaching the brain of the iPhone – or the next song would start but the name of the old song and the artwork would still be displayed until the original song “finished” playing, at which point the song that had jumped in would start over.

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Oh did I mention that I only have this problem with the iPhone. All music plays perfectly on the computer.

After 5 visits and a phone call, I have:

wiped my phone and reinstalled everything (3 times);

moved all music to the Cloud and back to the computer (4 times);

Replaced the computer OS;

been treated like an idiot (innumerable times);

been told my problem was fascinating and the senior level genius in Cupertino CA wished he was in NYC to see it in action;

Been told I would get a replacement phone and waited 4 hours for it;

and after getting the new phone, putting back my contacts, calendar, and finally the music had the problem persist. I was told to go away, wipe the phone again and start it as a new phone, again (this was yesterday).

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If I was a 25-year-old hipster from Williamsburg in Brooklyn I would now write a snarky line about “white people’s problems” and move on. Only there were a LOT of people at the Genius Bar last night, all ages, races, sexes, ethnicities, and nationalities many with iPhone problems, others with iPad or Mac problems and so I choose to write that Apple Inc has some big problems, people problems, that are starting to affect their overall performance.

I will be going back of course. If anything interesting occurs, I will let you know.

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