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Here be a few examples from the final roll of expired Portra 160NC that I took at The March for Science. Thank you for indulging me. I realize there have been a lot, and usually I post a smaller selection of photographs from events and locations. I do feel the systematic political attack on science and reason is a terrifying problem and it is a good thing to amplify in my small way the voices of these individuals.

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“defunding SCIENCE defunds our FUTURE”

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“MAD SCIENTIST”

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“THERE ARE NO ALTERNATIVE FACTS STAND UP FOR [too small to read]”

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“I ♥ PEER REVIEW!”

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“FacT = FacT LET Science unify”

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“Solar energy would be everywhere —if Big Oil Owned the Sun”

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“PEACE LOVE ISOTOPE”

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“KEEP ON DRiNKING the SNAKE OiL! Trump's presidential SNAKE OiL From our pipelines to you as seen on Fox”

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“SCIENCE MAKES AMERICA STRONG”

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“THERE IS NO PLANET B”

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“Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans. Neil deGrasse Tyson”

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to boldly split infinitives where no one has split them before

Mum and Don were helping us prepare the room formerly known as the Library for kiddos arrival yesterday. On the way to Ikea, mum went on a little rant about split infinitives. Years ago I had a friend who was sort of a grammar nerd so I asked her how she felt about split infinitives, expecting hellfire and damnation but she responded with a big shrug. So I did a little research about it and found that the “rule” against split infinitives is more of a guideline used by people who don't realize there isn't any good reason not to boldly split your infinitives. About the most compelling argument in favor of the unsplit infinitive seems to be in Latin you can't split an infinitive because it is a single word. This should be noted I suppose when translating the opening monologue to The Original Series and The Next Generation. I suppose. Although given the pool of native Latin speakers maybe that isn't really a good rationale for a made up “rule” with no factual historical precedent. Mum and I got into a friendly little argument of the sort that we are apt to fall into. The sorts of arguments that we get into are almost always the sort that sharpen our wits rather than leave bad feelings. So that is good. Last night I researched again about split infinitives, and I found a more reasonable argument not to boldly split your infinitives:

The only logical reason to avoid splitting infinitives is that there are still a lot of people who mistakenly think it is wrong. If you write from a position of power, split your infinitives as much as you want. Be guided by the sound and flow of your sentence. On the other hand, if you have to please others or avoid complaints, it’s safer to avoid splitting infinitives. There's no reason to deliberately split infinitives when you know it's going to upset people. — Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl on Split Infinitives

Although the same source also argues that sometimes you can't avoid a split infinitive. I am not actually cognizant of how often I in practice split my infinitives in my own writing and speech. I do regardless have a strong opinion on split infinitives apparently.

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INS vs. DMV

I had to call the DMV[1] because my insurance company had mislead me. I angrily told the person on the other end of the phone that it was my insurance company's fault, after she already told me that they would give me a waver for the lapse in coverage. This brings up two memories thanks to the random neurons that fire in my brain.

  1. That time I was describing the agency formerly known as Immigration Naturalization Service (INS) and somebody thought it might be vaguely similar to the DMV. I contend INS was and probably still is in its new form much much worse a thing to have to deal with , because 100% of the “customers” do not have the vote[2]. In this case the person on the other end of the phone (DMV) fixed things fine, and the whole experience was totes better than INS.
  2. I always try to be kind to people in call centers (mentioned previously this week even), because I was good friends with someone who worked in a call center once. Most of the time she just wanted to help people who were having trouble with the product, and she couldn't do that if they were yelling at her! So even though I did pointlessly express my displeasure at someone who probably wasn't in a position to do anything about fixing what is wrong with the DMV, at least I didn't raise my voice and I effusively thanked her at the end of the conversation.

Mum has arrived for a few days. She brought with her my new Nintendo Switch. I played a little bit of new Zelda. So far I like what I see, but it is quite different from the direction that Zeldas have been going in the last few games. Nintendo need more titles for this system. I feel like this might be the last Nintendo console. Although I thought the Wii U might be too.

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I found this funny old photo of me that my old friend Melly took of me when I was visiting her in Houston, many moons ago. Probably at least a decade.

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Store window in Beacon, New York. Reads: “Elvis was NOT seen here last week buying one of our guitars... (it was the week before)”.

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The Getty in LA. Tyler and I went there on one of my many trips out there. From memory, I thought the architecture was more interesting than the artwork!

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I added some pictures to my cube at work. The three black and whites are ones that I printed last weekend.

Showed off the room formerly known as the Library (aka kiddo's room) to mum and Don. Don really liked the rocking chair. I told him that he was welcome to come use it anytime he wants to babysit, to which he responded “Ah now you are starting to talk like a dad”. Eek! The D word. Not sure that I am ready to be called a “Dad” or“Father”. Yikes!




  1. called MVA here for some reason
  2. Interestingly, the day that I did get the right to vote, when I was naturalized, the INS and the federal government was conspicuously missing
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Sciencely

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Here are a few more signs and some buildings from the March of Science. Yay for science. A few of these are from the last roll of Portra 400, but most of them are expired Portra 160N.

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“Make the Barrier Reef Great Again!”

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“Cancer, Zika, Antimicrobial Resistance, H7N9, Diabetes, Ebola, MERS SARS, AIDS, etc. Can't be stopped with missiles! The wars we are waging shows us We do need more Defense $ as in Treatment, Prevention, Cures! #SupportScience Save Lives! #MarchforScience2017”

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“I am a statistician. You can count on me.”

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“MAKE AMERICA SMART AGAIN!”

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“CHERISH THE PALE BLUE DOT... CARL SAGAN”

“‘BUILLIONS AND BILIONS’ CARL SAGAN”

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“PENCE IS AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT”

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“BIO-FOOL”

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“SCIENCE NOT SEANCE

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“The Professor SAYS HAIL SCIENCE”

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“Feline unsure about global warming? www.skepticalscience.com

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“I SPEAK For The TREES I ♥ EPA”

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“FUND SCIENCE NOT WAR”

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“Science NOT Silence”

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“IT'S GETTING HOT! HOT! HOT! RISING SEAS SUPER STORMS CLACIERS MELTING GLOBAL WARMING”

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“I TRUST SCIENCE”

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I have just one more roll to go through and will probably post next weeek.

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existential scandal

Circa 2004.

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More black and white slides. The tech to do black and white slides is considerably more complicated and more expensive now than it was when I took these photos. Agfa Scala film no longer exists. Every now and then I think it would be fun to shoot black and white slides, but then I look at what dr5 is charging for the service and shake my head no. This photograph is taken on Main Street in Beacon, New York. I lived in Beacon for almost two years before moving back to Australia. It was the first time I can remember being able to walk into town from my home, which was nice.

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Close up on a pile of bricks.

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Here is a little islet in Nuclear Lake[1], which was a common hike that I used to do when I lived in the Hudson Valley. Good times.

Okay. So question. Can we not go an entire week before experiencing yet another presidential self-inflicted existential scandal?

Flowers finally showed up on Monday, but no thanks to the delivery service! The actual (incorrect) recipient called Lena and they managed to coordinate and she left the flowers on our doorstep. Still no explanation as to what happened even though the people on the other end of the phone promised me three times to provide status.

Also huge medical bill was in the post for the PT that I had back in April. It seems like it should have been covered, but honestly I have no idea. Experience tells me that you can go to a provider, they tell you that they take your insurance, and then they send you a bill for the full amount anyway. Lena was on the phone with the insurance company for almost two hours. (Currently not sure if I will have to end up paying or not; more painful phone calls will likely be required). I don't understand any of it. Lena says she doesn't understand it either, but she holds her ground and keeps at it. This is what makes us a good team. Different skill sets for handling adversity. I gave her a big hug after.




  1. yes real name
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Timon on Mum's Day

Operation Mum's Day began with brekky in bed for my fave mum-to-be, which was well received. I gave Lena the one egg that I managed to fry without running. Two hours later it was time to call my mum and wish her a happy Mum's Day. Before the play, we went to Cheburger for lunch.

We'd gotten tickets to see Timon of Athens at Folgers Shakespeare Library. Like the other stuff that we'd seen there it was a very modern production, with mobile phones, machine guns and rave music. Great stuff. I sometimes reflect on how timeless some of these plays are and how easily they fit into a modern context. The play is about the wealthy and generous Timon is flattered by his “friends” when things go well, but when he goes into debt his friends scurry for the hills and abandon him. In the second half of the play he is homeless and more than a little crazy (in this interpretation, he has clear OCD in the first half of the play which shows an interesting insight into the play). It was a treat to see this play, as it is seldom performed. Good stuff.

Mum got her flowers and sent us some pictures via hangouts. She was thrilled by the gift. Good times. When we got home, I was hoping then Lena's flowers would be waiting for us on the doorstep. Unfortunately they were not, so I sent a message to the company that I had ordered them from indicating that they had not delivered what I had ordered, hoping for a refund. They called, but I didn't pick up because phone was still on silent mode from the play. (Lena rightly complains that I am hard to get a hold of because I do not pick up my phone). (Frequently it is because I have to silent the phone and forget to unsilent it). So I called them back, and actually this is the THIRD time and they gave me the same run around. When I get angry with a company when talking to someone in a call center I always try very hard to balance my feelings of rage with treating the person on the other end (who is likely not responsible for said company's failure). I expressed my rage but also thanked her for their promise to call me later for a status update. Even though I estimate a 1% chance that they will actually do so. I expect to be calling them for a forth time tonight when the flowers still have not shown up.

Anyway, Lena had come downstairs and heard me talking on the phone, I was avoiding her finding out, so I explained to her why her flowers did not come (that she wasn't even expecting; they were supposed to be a surprise). She reminded me of what I had told her years ago, which was all these special days are nice and fun but the thing that really counts is how we treat each other on the other 364/365[1]. So yay for that.

We also watched Space Zombie Doctor Who. Lena said she was going to miss the Twelfth Doctor. Yes, it has once again come to that stage where there are murmurings of a regeneration and we say “don't go” and “we don't like the new guy/gal[2]” until the new Doctor is around for a while and we do it alllllll again.

Mum sent more picture of her flowers which had started opening. Well at least half of the flowers made it!

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Today I am sending off my latest batch of film to Blue Moon Camera and Machine. I am eagerly awaiting the results as usual. I officially endorse both Blue Moon, and thedarkroom.com, the two mail order labs that I use the most often (each have excellent service, each with different pricing advantages depending on what you are processing and whether or not you need scans). I only mention this endorsement because someone asked me about it the other day. Though that was probably an aberration, probably aren't that many people who care where I send my film. (Also if you are shooting black and white I endorse processing it yourself)! (But I know that is not always convenient so if you can't then Blue Moon or thedarkroom.com are a good alternative).

I spent most of Saturday in my darkroom printing. An activity that I hadn't done in a number of months. I expect that I will less often have the opportunity so I wanted to do a little printing before kiddo arrives.

Politically last week was a crazy roller-coaster. With all of the references to Watergate swirling it got me to thinking about the way we think about constitutional crisis or crisis of constitutions. After all, we are told, this is not a constitutional crisis because the President has obstructed justice by simply firing the FBI director; something he is perfectly allowed to do by the constitution. Is it not, then, a crisis OF the constitution that it allows such corruption at the highest level? We are also told that this is either is or is not really like Watergate for this or that reason, but regardless, I wonder if this is what it felt like during that crisis? After all I have always viewed Watergate as history, rather than as something that I lived through. My brain processes it in a more nuanced way, but essentially: “the President did bad and under threat of impeachment resigned; to some degree, however imperfectly, the system worked out in the end”. I never had the opportunity to think (to this degree at least) “the President did bad, but it seems without a hostile congress it seems unlikely for the system to even imperfectly work”. One day I expect to look back and know how it turned out, but I will also look back and remember how it felt. “Interesting times” as they say. Sometimes I think that little has changed since Timon of Athens the (non-fictional) person was doing his thing back in the day. Only with fewer mobile phones, and machine guns and rave music.




  1. depending on leap years
  2. maybe this time?
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wooden horse

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Wooden horse in a store window. Somewhere maybe in Beacon, New York. Shot on Agfa Scala 200 black and white transparency. At least ten years ago.

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Flag in window with blinds.

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more signs more peoples

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“science not Fiction!”

Some more signs and people from the March for Science. These have been picked out of two more rolls of Portra 400.

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“MY HOT FLASHEST ARE NATURAL ~ HERS AREN'T.”

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“Science NOT Silence”

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“Only When The Last Tree Has Died And the Last River Has Been Poisoned and The Last Fish Has Been Caught Will We Realize That We Can't Eat Money”

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“THE UNIVERSE IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE IN PERFECT HARMONY WITH HUMAN AMBITION”

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“a MUTATION in FGFR3 makes ME short MEDICAL RESEARCH keeps ME HEALTHY”

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“STAY Curious SEEK EQUALITY & JUSTICE”

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“I ♥ SCIENCE ‘IT'S TRUE whether you Believe it or not.’ - Neil deGrasse Tyson”

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“ANTY-SCIENCE NOT ANTI-SCIENCE”

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“WE WON'T BACK DOWN”

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“SUPPORT SCIENCE? YOU BET YOUR LIFE ON IT!!!”

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“LESS INVASIONS MORE EQUATIONS”

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“SAVE THE EARTH because saturn's moon is a bit DESPERATE”

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“Einstein was a refugee”

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“Science TIME MARCH FOR SCIENCE WASHINGTON, DC HAPPY EARTH DAY! 4 22 17”

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“DON'T BE A URANUS BRING BACK PLUTO”

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“NO SCIENCE NO BEER”

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“I AM SORRY BUT YOU'RE JUST NOT SIGNIFICANT”

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“2+2≠5”

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“The oceans are rising And so are we”

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events surrounding the guardians

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Every year this lone flower blooms by our doorstep. Photographed on some wacko expired AGFA hence the colors (plus very slightly adjusted in The Photoshop).

I got tickets ahead of time for Lena and I to see Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2, and then mum messages me asking if we are going to see it together. Wait? What? She seemed really excited about it, so I asked if she had seen the first one, and she reminded me that we had seen it together. Timelines are tricky for me, like Lena will ask me do you remember when you said X while Y was going on. Then I will say oh. Those were related? I remember saying X, and I remember Y happened, but wow, they were coincident? Crazy. (Usually that I at least remember both happening is enough to save me). Anyway, after explaining that Lena and I were going to see it opening weekend, mum decided to watch the film at the same time as us (only in Salt Lake City) so that we could call up at talk about it post credits. (Side note: yes there are like five post and intra credit sequences in this movie, so no we didn't really any more post-creditness). Mum was still excited. That was good.

Saturday I woke up early, and made my gringo adaptation of huevos rancheros for Lena. Brekky in bead! I had eggs the day before so I just had cereal. Oh and OJ that Lena had made, mentioned previously. Then we walked around Lake Frank. We were early enough that the rain was threatening but not manifesting. We got about half way around the loop, but the stream looked tricky to ford and we decided to go back the way that we came. Normally I think we'd do it, but didn't want Lena to have a nasty spill.

We drove into Rockville to find that the streets downtown were blocked off for a little art fair. So we strolled through a few of the vendors to see what they were flogging. One guy was selling black and white (silver) prints and had a fun collection of vintage, but probably not functional film cameras. Another guy was into reflections. Like. For ten years that is all that he's photographed. It's good to have focus! Anyway, I love to photograph reflections, sometimes in water, but usually in glass, so we chatted for a little bit. We discussed the problem of “which side is up?” that you often have with photographs of reflections. I usually prefer to have the picture in the way I took it. What sometimes seems like upside down if the reflection is in a pool of water under the (indirect) subject. People's brains have trouble with this and will want to turn it upside down. This annoys me. (but only a tinylot). The artist related a story by which he was delivering a print to someone and the buyers partner wanted in addition another print, but wanted him to frame it upside down. Sure! Whatever! He said. This is why it is good that I am an amateur, because I would want it right side up! Always! Except maybe. If there was a good reason to put it upside down.

Then the movie. It was good. I thought. But you can go see it to make up your own mind. Excited about trailers for: Spider-Man, Thor, Star Wars. Not sure about trailers for: Wonder Woman. (Not because female lead; need more super hero films with that characteristic; but because DC has been so terrible so far). Unexcited about trailers for: Transformers. (I know dead horse, but can Michael Bay PLEASE STOP MAKING TRANSFORMER MOVIES).

Driving home I asked Lena to call mum so that we can start talking about the film. Only apparently they missed the movie to go protest the abolishment of Bears Ears National Monument. I proudly thought to myself wow, mum's become quite the activist. Also Lena was talking to her mum, who said that we had also seen the first Guardians with them. I was like. Wait. What? Timelines you are trying to confuse me again. Lena's mum said that we hadn't seen it with my mum, but I asked Lena to lookup the opening date for the film, and sure enough it was about a week before we had our courthouse wedding way back in 2014. So. I am pretty sure that we must have gone to see the movie that weekend when both families were here for the wedding. Also another event coincident that I had forgotten.

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expired randoms

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Here are some randoms from an expired Agfa that I took a few weeks ago. Here is some firewood outside the super market.

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Chalk hert on bricks.

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Lena is wearing a T-Shirt with Jean-Luc Picard saying “Make it snow” that I got her last Christmas.

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blue chairs.

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conflicting feelings

Lena put some oranges through the juicer on her day off yesterday so I had some lovely freshly squeezed OJ with my brekky this morning. It is lovely for her to do this since she herself doesn't drink OJ. In the store last weekend I saw there was a new Yoshi game for 3DS. I decided to get it for Lena and made a surprise gift of it this week. Not that I am down on Birthday or Chrissy presents, but I enjoy giving random “ah here is something that I think you might enjoy for no reason” type gifts. Lena tends to play the Yoshi games from the Nintendo catalog. I am more of a Mario and The Legend of Zelda type player.

On Tuesday I went to the monthly Perl Nerds meeting. It was a small crowd of just the four regulars and one other guys who is there to ask Brock for help. Brock is super patient and helpful. He's great. I have been threatening to invite the four regulars (plus partners) over for Enchilada night at our place. Hopefully we will be able to find a free weekend to do that soon.

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A friend made a post that tangentially mentioned flags and it got me to thinking about the things. I don't usually wave flags because I feel they act as a substitute for ideas. The American flag for example is supposed to stand for America and American values. Yet people feel that it should be exempt from First Amendment protections which is a pretty important American value. On the other hand I like to photograph flags because they have pretty bold flags and they look striking especially when photographed on slide film. I took the above photograph of the flags around the Washington Monument the day of the March and even though it was a dark drizzly day there is something inspiring about seeing the stars and stripes. I also for sentimental reasons have a little American flag that I was given when I was naturalized as a citizen here. It sits on my desk near a little paper Australian flag, which I think I picked up at an ANZAC Day parade years ago. I guess I keep them for sentimental reasons. I wouldn't hoist a flag at the door to my home and I likely wouldn't wave a flag on the 4th of July, but I don't think ill of people who do.

BTW- (spoilers!) A great fictional example of the way flags get misused is in Star Trek original series episode The Omega Glory, in which the Communists are finally defeated by the Yankees in a parallel Earth. The Yankees have been living in a barbarian existence for so long that although they still have the constitution and the flag they do not understand what they mean anymore. The lesson you are supposed to learn from this episode is that Kirk and company can teach the savages to embrace their American roots of “Freedom” (referred to as a Yankee “worship word”) and presumably democracy. The lesson I learned from it is that people forget the meaning of the things they supposedly fight for.

On Friday I watched a clip of Trumpy meeting with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull. (Naturally with US and Australian flags decorating the background). Trumpy made a dig at how terrible the ACA is and how it would all soon be fixed by the AHCA, and how in Australia they had better health care than America. This was pretty hilarious. Somebody probably should have briefed the president on the fact that Australia has universal health care, something that he as a Republican is supposed to be against. Actually I suspect that somebody probably tried, but you know. Policy isn't as interesting as trading personal insults on twitter.

It is a bit of a relief that Trumpy and Turnbull are getting along better now. I have always found US foreign policy troubling, along with Australia's tendency to go along with every US military intervention since World War I. However when Trumpy threw a hissy fit about the refugee deal Obama made with Turnbull it was deeply troubling to me since Australia and the US have always been such close allies.

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signs and people of the march for science

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My processed film was returned last Friday I think, so I was able to get a head start on scanning the negs from the March for Science. Equipment used for this project was Nikon F6 + Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8. I don't usually like to haul the long zoom (the 70-200) with me, but I have to say my faves were taken with that lens, and the weight was definitely worth it. Film stock was five rolls of Kodak Portra 400 and two rolls of expired Kodak Portra 160NC (the pictures I am posting today are all from two of the fresh rolls). I spied a few other people shooting film that day.

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“Science Shall Rise Again”

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“SCIENCE BENEFITS EVERYONE even you!
Norman Orentreich:
Developed modern hair transplation techniques
‘I got you, bro’”

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“I AM A FORCE FOR SCIENCE FORCEFORSCIENCE.ORG #Force4Science”

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“Don't mess with SCIENTISTS OR WE'LL send you to the MOON. Which we can do BECAUSE science”

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“Know Science NO TRUMP”

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  • We all are born on the same Planet which makes us Earthlings
  • We all are Composed of the same Elements
  • We all need Oxygen; Water; and Sustenance to Survive
  • We are ALL the Human RACE!!!
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“THE ENDANGERMENT FINDING HAS PASSED SCIENTIFIC & JUDICIAL REVIEW. LET EPA DO IT'S JOB”

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“WISDOM begins with WONDER Socrates”

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“DAMN. BE HUMBLE. SIT DOWN. @GOP”

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“SCIENCE IS NOT A LIBERAL CONSPIRACY”

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“IM SURE THE DINOSAURS THOUGHT THEY HAD TIME TOO”

Sadly Unicode doesn't have any dinosaurs (what up with that?), or I would put them in the test version too!

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“CELLS DIVIDE. WE DONT HAVE TO. United in Science!”

You can see the African American museum and the Washington Monument in the background

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“HEY TINY HANDS FUND EPA STUDY QUIT BEING CRETACEOUS!”

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“I KNOW SCIENCE. I have the BEST SCIENCE. It's HUGE!”

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“Mr. Trump: For every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction.”

“POWER TO THE BEAKER”

“TRUMP BLACK HOLE WORLHOLE”

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“HATS OFF to SCIENCE”

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“HATS OFF to SCIENCE”

“SCIENCE IS CHEAPER THAN IGNORANCE”

“Sad.”

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“MAKE GMOs NOT WAR”

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“MAKE AMERICA THINK AGAIN”

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“This is my sine”

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“Science = Life... LITERALLY!”

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“Science TRUMPS Opinion Make the planet great again!”

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“LESS Invasions MORE EQUATIONS”

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“SAVE THE YELLOWSTONE GRIZZLY NO DELISTING NO TROPHY HUNTING #SAVETHEYELLOWSTONEGRIZZLY savetheyellowstonegrizzly.org

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“Scientists. Not just resistors. We are transformers!”

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“STAND UP FOR Science”

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March volunteer trying desperately to get people out of the path of the oncoming march!

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Beaker from the muppets. I also saw someone dressed as Bunsen.

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There were some youngsters doing a synchronized dance

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This guy with a press pass was shooting medium format film on his Fuji 6x9. He also had two Nikon DSLR bodies though you can't see them in this photograph.

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A number of people had these knitted brain hats an analog to the pink pussy hats from the Woman's March

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This looks like an manual focus film body hiding from the rain under a brolly.

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“The Element (Wtf) of Surprise”

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the parable of the letter jacket

One of my professors freshman year at uni liked to recount the parable of the letter jacket. Wherein a successful high school jock makes it to college campus and wears his letter jacket until after a few months he realizes this does not make him a big man on (college) campus and ships it back home (quietly) in his second semester. I can't remember which professor it was, but I want to say English. That professor was in fact so fond of this parable that I wonder if maybe he wasn't compensating for something.

I was thinking of this parable when I heard that Trumpy was handing out electoral college maps to reporters hoping for favorable coverage of his 100 days. I don't know if this is a true story, but it certainly does seem plausible given his public tweets of late. I have heard a number of smart and knowledgeable people express dismay at the focus on 100 days and claim that it isn't a real thing. My view is that even if it isn't inherently a thing, people's brains are so wired to pay attention to it that it becomes a thing inherent anyway. As someone who has turned 40 (just once), I can say even for people who don't think arbitrary passages of time are a big deal, you do notice it when you turn 40. It can be not a big deal and a big deal at the same time.

We canceled our trip up to New Jersey this weekend because I wasn't feeling very well on Friday morning. In the event I have been getting better at speed, despite a lingering cough. We could have gone to New Jersey, perhaps, but I think it was just as well to stay home and rest. Saturday we went looking for cribs, and we bought one. On Sunday I put it together. The room formerly known as the library is starting to come together. Lena would like to call it the nursery. She feels bad when she slips her tongue because I liked having a place to put my books and cameras. The thing is though, my books and cameras have a place. But I will still probably call it the room formally known as the library for a while.

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If you had been following me on a certain image sharing site, you might have noticed over the past three or so years an occasional series of photographs that I was calling #filmcamerabody. This is the collected directors cut version of those posts.

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This camera just arrived from film photography project to be one of our table cameras at event15[1]. The AiBORG looks like Darth Vader and handles like a truck. It is however on of my favorite recent acquisitions thanks to its eccentric qualities. #filmcamerabody

(nine more fab film bodies)
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This Fujifilm GA645Zi is a medium format point and shoot. Thus and odd duck, indeed. It takes 6x4.5cm photos so I get 16 shots on each roll of 120. Because I use it almost exclusively at the widest zoom I sometimes wish I had gotten the GA645Wi which has a fixed lens at a wider angle. #filmcamerabody

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My Nikon F3 with a Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 fisheye that I got with Amazon gift certificates. This lovely manual professional camera was a mainstay well into the autofocus era in part because it was a great camera and in part because pro photographers are conservative and resistant to change. #filmcamerabody

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Here is my Nikon F6 flanked by its digital brothers the D700 and D300s. They are all wearing normal lenses and their vertical grips. You can tell they are the same vintage from the styling, but perhaps surprisingly the only one of these that Nikon still makes and sells is the film camera F6. #filmcamerabody

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My Nikon N75 (F75 in Europe) winds the film all the way out and then winds it back into the roll as you shoot. This means already exposed frames are protected if you accidentally open the back. You also know how many frames you have left instead of how many you've taken. Handy when you can't remember if you fed your camera a roll of 36 or a roll of 24. I've taken advantage of both features. Last night my F6 had a dead battery after Christmas, and this was the back up body that got me through the night. #filmcamerabody

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Elvis likes to take pictures with his Nikon FG, the best of the Nikon entry level cameras from the manual focus era. Along with the Nikon Series E 28mm f/2.8 it is a lightweight wonder and one of the first Nikons with a P (Program) mode. #filmcamerabody

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Today was the first time I really gave my FM3a a workout (five rolls of film). I got it second hand eBay but it looks brand new. I don't think the previous owner ever used it. So I feel bad using it as I am probably devaluing it. On the other hand I also feel bad not using it since it is such a nice camera. In this picture it is sporting my Nikkor 35mm f/1.4. #filmcamerabody

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One of my two N65 bodies with kit lens. It makes a good back up body when shooting AF film Nikon. Today I finished a roll of Pan F+ that had been sitting inside for a few months. #filmcamerabody

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Found my rollei :-) This is a pre-WWII eara Folleiflex TLR that shoots 120 film. It has two fixed lenses. One is the viewing les that lets you frame your shot. The other is the shooting lens that exposes the film. #filmcamerabody

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Probably my favorite plastic camera is this Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim clone. It is a dream to load and economical with the leader so you can frequently get 38 or 39 frames on a 36 roll. Not sure if it is this model or my copy, but the shutter is a little slow so you can get a nice sense of motion by moving the camera during the shot. Claims to be a 22mm lens so it gives you a wider shot than most plastic camera. Small form factor means I can tuck it into my back pocket on the way to the beach. #filmcamerabody

Predictably I picked up Lena's cough. Fortunately it didn't hit me as bad. We are both feeling pretty exhausted from everything. I am glad that the week is almost over and we are getting better.




  1. historical note: This is how I referred to our second or “party” wedding
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it's been a long time

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Saturday while we were marching, Lena made her Russian Praga cake and decorated it with the logo of the march. On Sunday Kathy and her daughter stopped by on their way back to the Hudson Valley for morning tea and cake. We talked for quite a while and “we really should get going” was said several times before it became afternoon tea. Eventually though we had a group picture thanks to the self timer on my Nikon N75, and waved goodbye.

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cloudy, distant, dark

Yesterday as planned I met up with my long term friend Kathy from the Hudson Valley and her nine year old daughter, and Kathy's friend Stacy from uni and her daughter of a similar age. So it was just the five of us off to the March for Science. Yay for science #marchforscience! When we got to the rally site (near the Washington Monument) we easily coasted through security after a few pokes in my bag with some wooden sticks. There was a line of port-a-potty (of course I took a picture) as we walked to the main stage and beyond. We made our way to the teach-in tents, but apparently you had to sign up for them and the were all booked up. The kiddy tent was open though so that gave the kids something fun to do and learn, while we waited for the main event to start. After that diversion we made our way to one of the jumbotrons and watched a bit of the rally. The kids were getting restless and it was starting to rain after not too long, so we zipped out the back entrance to make our way to one of the museums for a respite until the march started. By this time there were very long lines to get into the rally! Oops! All of the museums were like “all signs have to fit in your bag” which wasn't going to happen. So Stacy took the kids in and Kathy and I waited outside and chatted about different things. We mildly gossipped about our mutual friends from the Hudson Valley. We had gearhead discussions about cameras and lenses. We talked about politics. Even though our backgrounds are quite different we agree on a surprising number of issues. She is from deeply red Nebraska, but this shouldn't be surprising. Even in deeply red Nebraska, or deeply blue San Francisco people are not monoliths. It is best to remember this. We talked about where we might live next. The situation at the company formerly known as The Company[1] are not so great. We both agreed that Colorado had its pluses, and that San Jose was expensive place to live and a bit of an armpit. I realize now how much I miss talking to Kathy. There is a shared history and values to some extent, and we have a number of friends in common. We had a bit of time to kill before march started at 2pm, and the line had killed any enthusiasm for getting back into the rally, so we found a dry spot under the overhang of the new African American Museum. I took lots of pictures. There were many good signs. The kids were popular with other protestors. Everyone wanted a picture. I saw someone with a Trumpy mask selling snake oil. I saw Beaker and Bunsen. It was pretty great. At about fifteen to two we made our way to the march starting point. There were hoots and hollers when I got there so I knew someone famous must be coming and sure enough Bill Nye walked by to much excitement. We hitched a ride to the marchers as they passed and marched all the way to 3rd down by the Capitol. At this point we were tired and wet, but had made our point and headed out of the city by train.




  1. The division of The Company where I used to work, and where Kathy still does work got bought out by another company a couple of years ago
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The minutes change like seasons

Circa January.

I mentioned taking some pictures at the Woman's March. And that it was film so it was gonna be a while. I did get around to scanning them and even made some prints but didn't share of them here. I thought I should post a few of them at least before I send off more film from more recent marches :)

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(The port-a-potty's were leftover from the inauguration which seems appropriate)

I already posted some pictures taken by Lena (DW version) along with my impressions of the day.

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tremble on the edge of the bed

Circa 1992.

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In the 90s I broke the camera that I had inherited from my grandfather. I felt so bad about it that I didn't get a new film camera until the early 2000s. So the film that I do have from the period are mostly like this taken by other people. I am significantly less cute in this photo. We are also about to be eaten by the end of the roll. That is my dad with me. I am pretty sure this was taken after he'd moved back to Australia. Probably the first time that I visited after he moved back.

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Um. I have no idea.

Lena and I were planning on going to the DC March for Science, but she still isn't feeling well. (She is much better than she was and is getting better). I have friends from the Hudson Valley coming down for the march, and Lena encouraged me to go with them while she recuperates. Yay for science. Boo for ignorance!

I forgot to mention that the other day I got a third post card from Katherine / cactus_rs. Which is always appreciated. Only now I think I will have to send some post cards in the opposite direction. I don't want to telegraph too many details though otherwise it won't be a surprise. Yay for surprises. Boo for spoilers!

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reciting memorized lines

Circa 2017.

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Found this little dinosaur trying to eat a car when I was in the CVS yesterday. Found him, that is, after I posed him that way. I was bored, waiting for them to fill Lena's prescription. They seem to have gotten much better at doing that quickly lately. (Hopefully they really have and it isn't just by chance). The CVS store is really boring though, I'd much rather be wandering around the Rite Aid, which is also closer to our house. For some reason we always get the prescriptions at the CVS though.

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Found this in the “toys” section. Vehicle toy set contains a tank, Humvee some jets and... a petrol pump. (I should say gas pump). The petrol pump seemed out of place somehow. But then so are the construction and road signs I guess.

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cutting through jello with a very sharp knife

Circa 1983. (Again).

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This came from a box labeled “People Mostly Graham 80-85”. (Also: boy does that box of slides deliver on that label). I think it is actually from the same day the picture from this entry was taken (DW version). My dad mixed up all of the slides, which I find slightly infuriating. I just liked this picture because you can see some more detail of what the bridge looked like before it got fenced off. Not much else has happened since I posted. Lena wanted to thank the well wishers from my last post :)

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