- 6 February 2008
- No. 1,725 (cartoon)
- Little things bother me.
Youre a small person.
- 7 February 2008
- The Most Important Things
- Suzette seemed puzzled when I told her about my plans to photograph the tubular contents of canned food.
What is it with you and banality? she asked.
Youre underestimating the value of a low entertainment threshold, I explained, The most important things in life are the least important things.
- 8 February 2008
- Spare Credit Card?
- I was walking down Valencia Street this evening; thats where I heard a mendicant asking passersby for spare credit cards. I watched him for a few minutes, and saw that he wasnt getting any responses.
Hows business? I asked. Any takers?
Not yet, he replied.
Sorry to hear things are getting worse, I said. Times are hard all over.
Things aint that bad, the beggar replied. I didnt get no credit cards, but then I wasnt gettin no spare change, either.
As always, economics continue to befuddle me.
- 9 February 2008
- Ships and Boats
- Ive told some people I used to live on a Greenpeace boat. Ive told others that I used to sail on a Greenpeace ship. Thats because I never knew whether the fifty-meter long oceangoing vessel was a boat or a ship.
But tonight, I heard an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard explain the difference: ships have names, and boats have numbers.
After poking around a bit more, it seems that I aha-ed prematurely. It looks like the names versus numbers solution isnt widely used. The columnist Cecil Adams had a more useful distinction: ships have to be big enough to carry boats, and boats have to be small enough to be carried by ships.
Thus I was on the Greenpeace ship. I shall continue to occasionally refer to it as a boat, though, since its an excellent way to annoy prissy semanticists.
- 10 February 2008
- An Aesthetic Confession
- A number of my learned friends have contacted me to complain that theyve been unable to even come close to duplicating the results I achieved in my piece, Thirteen Irradiated Wienerwursts.
Dang; Ive been caught!
I used cheap hot dogs instead of expensive wienerwursts as I claimed. Thats why no ones been able to get the same results with pricey sausages that I did with cheap biological waste. Im sure the wide variety of animal detritus scraped off the slaughterhouse floor was responsible for the pleasing variations in the third-rate, rubbishy hot dogs.
- 11 February 2008
- No More Polaroids
- I read that Polaroid Corporation is going to stop making Polaroid film. The company name will survive (maybe the corporation will sell shampoo and fertilizer?), but the products as I knew them will be history. This doesnt really bother me, in that I havent made a Polaroid photo in years, and have never thought about making one since.
Todays news sounds familiar. I expect Ill continue to hear more and more stories about business failures in the analog photographic marketplace. This isnt a personal loss; I havent used film or been in a darkroom in a millennium. The net effect of todays news is that I feel really, really old. It seems more and more likely that Ill live long enough to see analog photography become as popular as woodcuts or linoleum prints.
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