Lost Your Camera? Did You Look On The Internet?

In 1977 while hanging out with some friends in Philly, I inadvertantly left my camera at an outdoor lunch joint near Second and South. Having shared a few bottles of Merlot (to wash down the double cheese steaks with onions and mushrooms) I hadn't realized the camera was missing until later in the evening and by then, I figured I was out of luck. In those days, there was no craigslist on which to post lost & found, and I had no idea of the name of the place where we'd eaten lunch (see Merlot … [Read more...]

Requiem for The Polaroid

The days of the in your face - no touch-up's - crappy lighting - crappy paper - instant photograph have come to a close, as Polaroid ascends to the big darkroom in the sky.I could write about the history of Polaroid, but then you could Google it if you were really interested. And you should because it's pretty good reading. Instead, today, I'm going to tell you the story of Amelia. Amelia was just ten years old when I was a volunteer at the Bancroft School in Haddonfield NJ, a … [Read more...]

Power To The Poster

Nobody in their right mind becomes an artist for purpose of making a sensible living. And most artists will tell you that one doesn't become an artist, an artist is born and merely polishes his or her skills and knowledge over the years in hopes of people noticing what they do. Garnering a following is a notch better and causing conversation and intelligent debate, two notches. Dead presidents are the cherry on the pallet.   Introducing Power to the Poster, a somewhat user generated yet … [Read more...]

Simplicity In A Box

Last year, I asked my husband for a radio for Christmas. Something for my kitchen counter. Something that would allow me to listen to NPR while I cooked. Nothing fancy, I didn't even really want anything digital, as I grew up in the day of the radio dial. I'll even go so far as to admit that in my preteen years, all the cool stations were still on AM. In recent years, I had a boombox, one that had a CD player on the top and looked like a WMD with an antenna. Big and oblong and obnoxious … [Read more...]

Virtual Prostitute Wrecks Marriage

Considering all the recent news about people getting in trouble for virtual crimes committed while playing online games involving virtual people, virtual places and virtual things, it seems to me that there is probably a valid and tangible market for a virtual legal profession. In a recent divorce case involving a British couple and the internet game Second Life, his avatar was found cheating on her avatar with a virtual prostitute. Suspicious, her avatar hired a virtual … [Read more...]

Online Hoax = Computer Fraud

Alright. Now maybe we're getting somewhere. The last time I wrote about an alleged cyber crime I debated the efficacy of the Japanese police regarding a woman who had logged into a friend's internet game account (with the login info he himself had given to her) and killed off his beloved avatar. A "crime" for which she was arrested and jailed. (See Murder On The Avatar Express)   Recently, a federal jury in Los Angeles handed down what legal experts say is the country’s … [Read more...]

Murder on the Avatar Express

I bought my first computer in April of 93 after my typewriter broke. A trip to the local electronics store and two thousand dollars later, I walked out with a Compaq 386 windows 3.1 jam packed with 2 megs of ram. I could have gotten 4 megs but as the salesman noted, "Nobody will ever need that much memory." Fast forward fifteen years. Today, we can do virtually anything online. Our computer is an office. A school. A university. A shopping mall. A tennis court. A baseball stadium. It … [Read more...]

PhotoVoice

It is well established that if you give someone a fish, they'll have dinner for one night. Teach someone to fish and they'll have dinner for the rest of their life. In 1998, Edinburgh University Social Anthropology students Tiffany Fairey and Anna Blackman established two projects which sought to integrate participatory photography into their MA dissertations. These projects, the Rose Class project in Nepal and the Street Vision project in Vietnam, encouraged and inspired refugees from these … [Read more...]

Photofunia.com

It never fails. Just as I get rolling on something I need to finish, someone emails me something which completely catches my attention and takes me away from whatever it was that I was doing. (what was I doing?)   Distraction du jour: Photofunia.com. There are several online tools which allow you to have fun with images, Dumpr and Gooifier are two free sites that I've used in the past, but Photofunia, also free, offers a more sophisticated selection and I like their interface better. … [Read more...]

Review: Young At Heart

While preparing dinner at my kitchen counter the other day, I saw a commercial for an Eagles concert at the local Hard Rock indian casino. I immediately conjured a visual of what they looked like back in the seventies, when I was in high school and listened to their music. (which I still do, and which my kids grew up listening to on my car radio set to classic rock and NPR.) I glanced up from my chopping block fully expecting to see long hair and an attitude, and there on the TV screen … [Read more...]

Write of Passage

I never really gave much thought about the actual process of writing, or even that it was a process at all. I liken it to brushing my teeth or walking or breathing. It's just something I do. And while we all get a little writer's block from time to time, like constipation, eventually you know that something's gonna give.   So when a friend recently asked me to blog about "signs" (no smoking, no parking, caution-crime scene etc) I thought "Sheesh. What could I possibly write … [Read more...]