Monday, January 31, 2011

Photos: Women of the Egyptian Revolution

Photo compilation by Leil-Zahra Mortada: democratic underground

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Monday afternoon

Oh, by the way, for anyone who is interested . . . the absence of photos for the last two weeks has been due to:
(a) the unremitting cold weather and (b) the current camera (Canon G11) is with Canon's Customer Care Service [sob].
They say I'll have the camera back by 12 February [double sob].

Still, old habits, as they say, die hard. While the the old Canon G7 camera's ability to focus is now somewhat iffy, the urge to open and close the shutter persists!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Al Jazeera: Egypt

Been watching events in Egypt since Friday, thanks to Al Jazeera English's live stream. The news organization has crews in Egypt's capital Cairo as well as the cities of Alexandria and Suez.

Al Jazeera English has been superb: news, reported by bilingual journalists, and commented on by analysts who know what they're talking about.

Al Jazeera English live stream

Elsewhere, the role of Egypt's ultra football fans in the Egyptian revolt: War in Context

Translation of Egyptian pamphlet issued by activists just prior to the onset of the street demonstrations: nation

About an hour ago, the Al Jazeera office in Cairo was visited by plain-clothes 'security' officers who told Al Jazeera to take down their camera on the balcony and stop broadcasting. Al Jazeera has taken down their camera there, but they continue to broadcast images live from other parts of Cairo. . . reporters on the ground are, however, no longer being identified by name: Al Jazeera live blog

Again, Al Jazeera live stream

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Adam Curtis: The Century of the Self

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

From Adam Curtis's documentary. This excerpt focuses on Edward Bernays . . . the man who realized other people's desires can be manipulated . . .

Friday, January 28, 2011

In praise of coffee

For the longest time, I used to drink "instant" all through the day. Then I stopped.

Why? Partly because one of Hong Kong's big supermarket chain stores on a little island in the South China Sea starting selling Melitta Italian Gourmet Medium-Strong Roast.

That, coupled with the fact I stumbled on a knock-off of an Italian expresso maker in one of the local hardware stores here on the island. Amazing.

Now I kickstart the day with a cup or two and then that's it, finito for the day!

Best way to make an expresso: Bialetti

Fifteen things worth knowing about coffee: oatmeal

Monday, January 24, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Nat King Cole: Let's Face the Music and Dance

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

And, oh, what a pleasure . . . Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers . .

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Weather report

Posts are liable to be episodic for the next ten days or so, in part due to the continuing cold spell.

To paraphrase one line from a song by blues man Buddy Guy, this weather don't suit my clothes.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Brian Eno: Just Another Day

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

The video clip is a very cool 'time lapse' forest . . .

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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The third god (But who is he? What's he holding in his right hand. Why?)

Monday, January 10, 2011

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Two Chinese gods (but which two?)

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Adele: Rolling in the Deep

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

A contemporary British 'dark bluesy gospel disco tune' . . .

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Monday, January 03, 2011

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Van Morrison: Astral Weeks

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

And a very good way to start a new year . . .

Happy New Year!