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Saturday, February 21, 2004
1:55 PM      

Shot from a moving bus with dirty widows. Still, I kinda like it.


It's gearing-up now.

The Republicans ran this banner ad on one of the pro wrestling websites recently. I'd never noticed how much pro wrestlers and Republican politicians sound alike. I guess they've found the perfect target market. Oh, and like Florida, those matches aren't staged!


Double Malaprop
Over the last several months, I've seen what is starting to be my favorite malapropism, because it's a two-way malaprop. People can't seem to get Hugh and huge straight. I got an e-mail saying that Huge Grant was in Rockefeller center. Makes Hugh sound like his porn-stud cousin (I'm making that up, but it's fun). The other day, I saw a flier advertising an apartment with hugh rooms. Yeah, English is an easy language.

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Friday, February 20, 2004
9:09 AM      

Monopod Mania
I took the rig with me yesterday, and of course, I had a chance to put it to the test. It's easier to work with than I imagined. I need to find a better way to carry it, though.

Crime Scene. 1/2 sec. f=3.5 Picture was taken around dusk.

1/25 sec. f=3.8

It's interesting to notice that people aren't as sensitive to having a camera pointed at them as I once thought. I don't know if that's a change in my attitude, or theirs. This woman had to have seen the focus assist light flashing, and yet she stood in the middle of the shot for several frames. The original idea for the picture had been about the circular window with the graffiti and the sticker, which reads “bias.”


Wooster Collective – A celebration of street art.


I'm a Fan of Zicam
When I first heard the claim that this stuff shortens the length of a cold, I couldn't believe it, but I was a little curious. When I started to feel like I was coming down with a cold (actually something maybe a little worse than your basic cold) this time, I decided it was worth a try. I bought the Zicam on the second day that I felt symptoms, and applied the stuff to my nose right away.

Instantly, I felt relief. The scratchiness in my throat faded as soon as I applied the stuff. It seems that the source of the sensation that we call a scratchy throat is really somewhere inside the nose.

I continued to apply Zicam for several days, and my symptoms never got any worse. I never developed a runny nose, sneezing, or coughing. The gland in my throat that felt a little tender has returned to normal. Not every symptom is gone, but I definitely feel on the mend. My colds never turn out this way on their own.

The best thing about Zicam is that it's not a drug, and there are no drug interactions. It's actually a form of zinc – a mineral – in a gel suspension. I didn't take any other cold remedies, and I didn't have to worry about the Zicam interacting with the wine I had with a few of my meals.

The literature that came with Zicam gave the best explanation I've ever seen for why people are more likely to get colds in the winter: the mucous membranes inside the nose dry out, and become much more susceptible to the agents that cause colds and flu. Zinc has been shown to help the body in fighting off illness, and the Zicam allows you to apply zinc directly to the place where colds first develop. Because it's a gel, the zicam also helps keep the inside of the nose moist. The net result is that the cold infection is essentially nipped in the bud.

You could call it a cold extinguisher.

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Thursday, February 19, 2004
3:23 PM      

It's All Spam to Me

Doorknob Maureen crosshatch Eisenhower? Are the Helpful Health Newsletter and the Informative Health Newsletter one in the same? Why do so many strangers feel the need to say “hi?”


I suppose setting up a counter inside the lobby would be going too far

Poetry on wheels

Outlived their usefulness

Someone maintains this shrine on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope


A Welcome Surprise
Camera shake is a much bigger problem with Nikkita (my D100) than with the old Coolpix 990. Nikkita's a lot heavier, so I went out and picked up a proper ball head for my monopod so I could use it with the D100. I got the Manfrotto 484RC2 - a ball head with a quick release attachment. The monopod is a model 3006 4-section lightweight monopod.

The combination is really solid, and easier to carry and quicker to set up than a full tripod. Of course, there will be times when a full tri is still the way to go, but the monopod offers a good deal of stability, and the quick release makes attaching and detaching the camera a piece of cake. I took a couple of shots with the new rig last night. The compositions were nothing to write home about (or post here, for that matter), but I was surprised how much better the color rendition was, now that the camera is stabilized. Less blur, better color. Now, that's what I call a worthwhile upgrade.


Vintage Cadillac near Boro Hall

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Interesting Bio-Trivia
Human eyes are optimized for acuity, while nocturnal animals like cats have eyes that are optimized for higher sensitivity. The back of Human eyes have a layer of pigment cells that absorb any light that is not captured by the photosensitive cells in the eye, while cats' eyes have a reflective layer called the tapetum. Unabsorbed light is bounced back into the photoreceptors in a cat's eyes, so that they have a second chance at catching what little light is available. The reflective layer is what makes cats' eyes seem to glow at night, and it also scatters some of that light inside the eye, making cats' vision less sharp than ours.

We see three primary colors because we have three distinct types of color-sensing receptors in our eyes. Our ability to distinguish reds probably evolved so that we can distinguish ripe (red) fruit on green foliage.

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