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Wednesday, January 05, 2005
1:36 PM      

Opening reception: Thursday, January 27th, 2005, 6:30-8:30 PM

Come on down!

The winning images of the Show Us the Light contest, along with the judge's picks and finalists, will be on view at the contest's co-sponsor,, in Brooklyn. The show will remain up for viewing through mid-March. The Positive Focus web site will also carry the images by finalists and staff picks. (Images should be up by the opening!)

The gallery is located at 343 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY. The windows are open 24/7 for your viewing pleasure. You can get directions or preview the show by visiting


No(n) Sense of Styles
I'm grappling with styles and formatting in a large Word document that I'm importing into inDesign. Several attempts later, I still have a mess on my hands. The document was originally styled to be printed on legal size paper. It has to be made to print nicely on 8.5 x 5.5 (half-letter) format. That means scaling everything down, including making the text smaller.

One problem is that styling, including font size, was applied inconsistently and directly in many places. As a result, I can't simply pull the text into inDesign and change the base style definitions. Then, there's the mess with tables. After a couple of attempts, I think the approach to take, is to convert the tables to tabs before importing.

I've fooled around in inDesign for a while this morning. I think I'm going back to Word one more time, to see if there isn't an easier way to clean up the styles over there before importing.

Wish me luck.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005
2:11 PM      

Happy Twenty-Ought-Five.

It's taken me a few days to post this entry, so it's evolved a bit since I started writing it on January 1.

The year begins with several good friends moving out of the country. One family moved to Toronto, a city I already had reason to re-visit; now I have another, even better reason.

I didn't go crazy with resolutions this year. The main one is to make more art, though I don't think that phrasing of it really gets to the heart of what I'm talking about. It's about shooting, editing, exploring, reading, critiquing, and finding my way closer to an even more pure and authentic voice and visual language. Cubism and Surrealism have both been very interesting to me for a very long time. We'll see where that leads.

Last night, Denise and I noticed that there didn't seem to be many “year in review” shows on TV this season. It might simply be because we watch a lot less TV than we used to, which wasn't much to begin with. Still, I wonder if it isn't because the idea has just gotten stale, or if the newsies didn't want to rehash so many bad stories. It was a rough year, with scandal after scandal (including Abu Grahib), Mothra going to jail, the election, and Janet's nipple.

Here's hoping that the new year is a great one for all of us.


:: 1924 – 2005 ::

“I'd like them to say that Shirley Chisholm had guts. That's how I'd like to be remembered.”

“I ran for the Presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo... The next time a woman runs, or a black, a Jew or anyone from a group that the country is 'not ready' to elect to its highest office, I believe that he or she will be taken seriously from the start.”
- From her book “The Good Fight.”


From National Women's Hall of Fame

From Pagewise


Saw the movie “Born Into Brothels” last night. The movie tells the story of a woman photojournalist who moved into one of the red light districts of Calcutta and found herself involved with the children growing up there. Really, it's the story of the kids with the woman as moderator. She instinctively got them cameras and started teaching them photography, though she acknowledges that she's neither a social worker nor a teacher. She discovered the often amazing talent of the children, and the children discovered there were other ways to live than the ones they had known. The relationships grew into a project to get several of the children into good schools — the only way out of the brothel, the only chance to break the cycle of mothers and daughters working in “The Line,” and the only chance at a different lot in life.

That work has evolved into the Kids With Cameras project.


It's official. On 12/28, I got word that I'm a finalist in the latest Positive Focus contest. The theme was “Show Us The Light,” and the photo at left was selected. It'll be included in an upcoming show at GalleryThe.Org, and I'll also have online gallery space at both Positive Focus and GalleryThe.

Nice way to kick off the new year. It's the first photo contest I've entered since college!


Ten $Mil a Day for Four Days
I don't remember how many inaugural balls there will be, but it seems a bit excessive. I mean, it's a little more than 1/10 of the amount of relief the US has committed to the tsunami relief efforts as of 1/1. Even though none of that cash is going to the military, the firefighters, the police, or the people who run soup kitchens in Texas, spokespeople for the series of galas say these events are to honor them. Sounds a bit like calling someone a hero after they're dead. Sounds like a different take on “putting your money where your mouth is —” I'm sure they'll all eat, drink and be merry.


Save the Date — 12/24/2012
It's the end of time/humanity, according to the Mayan calendar.


Hmmm... Trio is no longer available on DirecTV. Damn. That was a good channel... and no more Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In! Wonder what happened.


The best thing that could happen to a metropolis like New York would be to impose draconian rent controls on major landlords and developers. This would inhibit construction of the hideous and hideously expensive personal monuments being constructed by both the public and private sectors. It would also help maintain some kind of sensibly balanced demographic. It's currently almost impossible for young people to live here. The people who could offer the city their drive, imagination, and sheer joy have effectively been banished. We are rapidly becoming a metropolis of geriatric millionaires and wise-guy carnival operators in freak-show over-stretched limos that are hazardous to everyone's mental, aesthetic, and physical health.
- 60 Minutes Correspondent Morley Safer in the January '04 issue Metropolis Magazine

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