I never panic

It might be because I am been introduced to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I borrowed from library the dvd of the 1981-2 television program. I am really hitching to listen the original BBC radio version. There is just too much on the internet about Douglas Adams and his works. I would like to offer some images.

hg

hg

hg

hg

hg

hg

Stage for Disaster Area

host of Disaster Area concert

stage

I also would like to offer works by William Cordova, which might have been informed by “The Guide.” here. And especially his exhibition “William Cordova: No More Lonely Nights, organized by MOCA November 29, 2003 – February 8, 2004”. More images are pending.

books and search

There is a lot of talk about the Library Project of Google in collaboration with University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, The New York Public Library, and Oxford University. The Project will have Google digitize the holdings of the participating libraries and have the content searchable via print.google.com. Currently, books in the public domain can be browsed entirely. Other books are limited to a few pages and one is limited to how many books are avaliable and users are monitored. An authors’ guild have sued Google claiming copyright violation and would like for Google to ask every single copyright holder to give their consent. Some points to Fair Use should be sufficient to allow Google to proceed. Many logically concludes many more will be sold because links provided by Goggle’s Ad-Sense.
On the Media have piece(mp3) about this and Siva Vaidhyanathan argued that he would prefer the Library of Congress spearhead such a project on behalf of us all and not a behemoth of a company using proprietary methods. I totally agree. As much as I accept Google doesn’t intend to be evil but the biggest kid in the class is always feared. The French government feared the anglo-centric nature of the project so they will have their own program, featuring books written in french. And today, Yahoo and some others(including the Internet Archive, the University of California, and the University of Toronto, as well as the National Archive in England) announced the Open Content Alliance which will similarly digitize library contents and make them searchable and downloadable, but the alliance will initially(my emphasis) provided contents from book in public domain.

I would like to see our local libraries invest in similar open projects for contents that are at least Florida specific.

HP

As a parent, one is asked to juggle mutiple items and to multitask daily. And so, about three weeks I was not so succesful and ended up driving a few blocks with our digital camera on top of the car. As we turned right on to US1, I saw something in the rear view mirror flying off the top of the car. Then I remembered what was the last thing I had to do. Drivers in incoming traffic did a good job avoiding the camera as it lay in the middle of the intersection. The small camera’s sensitive and fragile circuitry didn’t really survive the shock.
Yesterday, I called HP and inquired about repairing the camera. The technician told me that HP would replace the camera instead. I still had to pay a repair charge, but I think it was a bargain. I basically purchased a new camera. Plus, I purchased a two-year replacement plan, which will replace the camera no questions ask. This means I spent $54 to assure that my daughter can become camera savvy.
This morning while I was looking for the nytimes, Fedex delivered my camera. Damn that was fast!
HP’s service was superb. Now they just have to make nice and cleaner software and have their hardware play nice with Linux.

images from the paper

We started getting the nytimes everyday. We usually get just the sunday (Florida) edition. It think it is free for a few months. I think the subscription is actually sponsored by someone/some company. And so, the nytimes gives us a free paper, but they somehow count it toward their subscription numbers. Anyway, we did this before a couple years. The only problem is that we end up with a lot of newspaper in and around the house. The nice thing is, of course, lots of good reading. Here are few images that I have scanned from this week pile of of paper. I think I’ll continue to add some scanned images every now and then.

An image of jenny Holzer project commemorating September 11.
The article profiled Jenny Holzer and spoke of her methods, her reading and her approach to the task of commemorating September 11. I especially like the fact some reading were of documents made avaliable through the Freedom of Information Act.

A painting by Ed Ruscha of a horse or mule.

I am a fan of Ruscha.

beautiful stage and lighting @ the Metropolitan Opera.

Congratulations to the dancer, choreographer and lighting designer for this moment.

I am a fan of the stage, especially scene and lighting design. I wish that we had the resources, so that we can attend plays, operas and dance concerts. But more importantly, I hope that our new Performing Art Center will be the venue for such good stage works. I attended a couple of operas by the Florida Grand Opera, at their current Dade County Auditorium location. And I remember being bored by the design and the mise en scene. I wish that the FGO will retire its old painted props, its uninspired costume and pasty make-up and entice us all to its operas with beautiful music and a lovely stage works.

love the hair.  this image feels a bit staged.
This is supposed to be backstage at a fashion show. Apparently, everything goes. As long as, there are no pictures. The article is about Kate Moss’s woes. I really like the hair and the martini. I suspect that this image might be slighty staged.

Castles in the sky

Vicenta Casañ - Castillos en el aire

A couple of weeks ago, Vicenta Casañ‘s exhibition of photographs “Castillos en el Aire” opened at Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts.

Vicenta Casañ - Castillos en el aire

Vicenta Casañ - Castillos en el aire

Vicenta Casañ - Castillos en el aire

I enjoyed the premise of this exhibition, at least what I have deduced. I like the fact that Vicenta Casañ makes works about where she lives. In earlier works, she vested an interest in the study of her environment. There is a critique of Miami real estate development in these works, but I perceive a stronger poetic statement in her search for beauty in the image of Miami and her selective portrayal of this town.

katrina: npr sounds

NPR has been doing a great job reporting on Katrina and its aftermath. Here are a couple of links:

Geoff Nunberg, who is a contributor to Fresh Air, wrote an essay about languge used in news reports, specifically–looting and refugee. He has a longer version of essay on his website. here is the story link on npr. NPR’s realplayer link. And here is my home-recorded ogg file.

All Things Considered‘s Laura Sullivan and Daniel Zwerling reports on Katrina’s timeline, in two parts. On The Media have and will be reporing on Katrina-related language as well and media coverage. Here is Bob Garfield quoted from OTM’s email newsletter:

September 9, 2005

Greetings from NPR’s On the Media…

Over the years, we’ve periodically taken closer looks at certain words or phrases that seem to be particularly resonant in the media. This week’s “Word Watch” is about refugee, the term applied to Katrina victims forced en masse from their homes and communities. Nobody had given it much thought until early last week, when various black leaders began to protest. They said applying it to the mainly African-American victims smacked of racism. Shortly thereafter, many media organizations decided to use evacuees instead.

The assignment was to look at the question – linguistically, sociologically, politically and, of course, journalistically – to see what all the fuss was about. That job could have fallen to either Brooke or me; the other would do a survey of movies set in New Orleans. As it turned out, the sequence of elements in the show dictated I’d get the Word Watch.

My first impulse was to dismiss the whole controversy. I’m very skeptical of political correctness in general, but especially so when it abuses language to codify its tyranny. Call a thing by its name, I say, and “refugee” certainly did the job for me. For starters, these unfortunate souls are people taking refuge. Secondly, they are a large displaced population. Thirdly, as the piece observes, previous American victims of hurricanes had been called refugees, and nobody has squawked before.

But then, damn, I started talking to people. And, damn, my point of view changed. I direct you to the lead piece of the show to see precisely how. But it’s worth noting that this happens quite a bit at On the Media. We are not un-opinionated people. We are not shy with our points of view. And often the pieces that we do reflect the very axe we determine to grind from the Monday story meeting onward. (I refer you to my screed later in this week’s show about “the blame game.”) But very often they don’t. Because while we are subjective, we are not doctrinaire. We don’t forage for stories that seem to validate our unshakeable positions; we look for issues and explore them. This occasionally results in our learning something – which kind of sucks, because who likes being disabused of preconceived notions? But it’s an occupational hazard.

If only we could be more simplistic. They pay much better at Fox.

– Bob Garfield, OTM co-host

good for me

Microsoft and Ensemble Studios just released a demo of Age of Empires III. Now, AoE2 is one of the best real time strategy games out there. It features players competing as 13 different civilizations by getting resources, progressing a technological line, raising armies/navies, battling and ultimately, trying to conqueror one’s enemies. Mac-users go here. Well, AoE3 uses a gorgeous, brand new game engine. The game itself seems to be a mix between Aoe2(resources,technology timeline and battle) and Conquest of the New World(‘Home City‘, colonization, more Native American tribes).
screen capture

screen capture

I don’t need Steven Johnson to encourage me to play. I just don’t have the time. Now that the art season is in full engagement, time to play is dwindling. Plus there is the issue of the minimum requirement of contemporary games. Nowadays a fancy 3D video card is required. AoE3 will not be an exception. I am not a fan of first-person shooters, but i do want to play Doom3, Half-Life2. Those two games, features awesome game environments, are now the yard stick for hardware requirements. Even The Sims2 is dependent on some decent hardware. The good thing though, is that a good platform to play games is also a good platform to do multimedia works like video and surround sound audio projects. So a computer upgrade is in my future.

screen capture

screen capture

screen capture