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What your name again?

There is a good bit of overlap between my technical life and my photographic life, but I don't acknowledge it very often here. This cartoon from the nerd blog "xkcd" seems to merit an exception.

From "xkcd". Used with permission under Creative Commons License.

Paper, because

Paper fights back.

And this is where I say it again: The digital world is great, but the real, physical world is greater. Real friends — people you actually get together with — are a thousand times better than virtual "friends" on Facebook. Sharing a cup of coffee with somebody in person is worth a thousand Skype calls. Real physical intimacy is a thousand times better than "cyber intimacy." And photo that doesn't get printed and printed properly is a photo that didn't fulfill its destiny.  One picture is worth a thousand words, and one print is worth a thousand digital images.

Brides throwing cats?

Brides throwing cats? I thought I'd seen it all.

If you were thinking of doing this at your wedding, I'd be grateful if you'd let me know in advance.

Oh, this is all Photoshop? Well, I guess it's okay then.

Sayonara, Hayao Miyazaki

No, he's not dead. Just retiring. Again.

Hayao Miyazaki was not a photographer but he was a great visual genius and I think any photographer can learn from him. In any case, although I'm not a knowledgeable fan, I am a fan. I have seen seven or eight of his films and love them; so does my daughter. Here is Time's listing of his top 10.

Hayao Miyazaki: Ranking His 10 Movies (Time online)

I particularly agree about ranking Spirited Away #1 — although really, you can't go wrong with any of those I've seen. I think this list includes just films he directed, not his screenplays (like The Secret Life of Arietty).

In some ways, watching his films is, for me as an American adult, a bit like eating a piece of foreign candy. Strange. And yet, the visual imagination is great — and universal. I haven't tried this but I'm tempted to watch one of his films in Japanese, which I don't know at all. The dialog doesn't seem to be the point.
Miyazaki is quoted as saying…