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women in the city

Image via Tumblr

Here’s another one I took while stuck in traffic. The women’s faces are a little bit blurry in the original. But I had to increase the blur to meet the standards of, say, Google Street view. Too bad. It’s actually more interesting if you can make out their features just a little bit.

I have no idea what those two blue dots are. They’re in the original photo.


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let me out!

Image via Flickr

Last night I made the hair-brained decision to go to Cherry Beach for sunset. The traffic was unbelievable. With our population explosion this city is almost non-functional except during the off hours. Anyhow, I made it. And managed to get this interesting photo, which I digitally recomposed with Photoshop Elements to give something of The Scream effect.


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Red barn

Red Barn via Flickr

Here’s one I took last summer, near Port Hope Ontario. This was a second attempt. The first time around a stunning sunset was hitting the barn, surrounding fields and water tower.

Much to my chagrin on returning home, I found that my SD card had munched it. I think the problem was that I either switched the card among cameras without reformatting. Or maybe I did a Windows format instead of an in-camera format.

In any case, I lost the first photo. So this one was a retry, taken several weeks later. Instead of stunning sunset we have haze and mist.

Oh well. It’s still okay.


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Triple Sunrise

Here’a a pic i took a few summers ago. No photo editing re the three suns, btw. It just happened that way. I woke early in the morning and there it was.

Triple Sunrise © Michael Clark 2017.


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More summer cyber travels – Paris


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Google Street View – What is Big Brother Watching?

My screen capture of Google Street View – Click on image for full size. Follow this link for “live” travel and image credit >> https://goo.gl/maps/ZVjnLLMNHPJ2

Web cams in public spaces are a fact of life. Also, individuals with video-equipped phones have changed our way of life. In a nutshell, abusive people can’t get away with what they used to get away with, because chances are they’ll be videoed and perhaps charged.

That’s the plus side.

The down side, detractors say, is that we lose some degree of our human rights and freedoms. Supporters will rejoinder that public cams enhance human rights, because nobody has the right to harm another or trangsress their right to live in peace.

This debate has been going on for decades. In its political form, probably for centuries.

I first read about it in Zygmunt Bauman’s book, Socialism The Active Utopia. But subconsciously I’ve been aware of it since my teens. Power, government, freedom. It’s a delicate balance.


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Game of Thrones – Game of Greed?

With much delight I discovered Season 7 Episode 1 of Game of Thrones was available for free preview on HBO Canada. Otherwise, I’d have to wait for the DVD release and grab a library copy.

Searching for something good to watch over the past few weeks, I stumbled on another TV show called Vikings. Maybe it’s just the switch or a summertime appropriateness. But I am enjoying Vikings more than GOT. Sure the dialog and accents might be slightly less nuanced. GOT seems more realistic in this sense; various social ‘classes’ look and sound more true to form. Of course, GOT is fictional fantasy. But it succeeds partly because it conjures up echoes from our collective past.

Despite its sense of accent, Vikings is turning my crank right now. GOT, on the other hand, reminds me of when your favorite rock band tries to follow up after its peak LP. Just can’t do it. So for me, Season 7 Episode 1 was good, but not great. Sort of like Magical Mystery Tour after Sgt. Peppers (baby boomers will be able to relate…).

Other than, perhaps, The Hound, most of the GOT cast seemed bored and distracted. Older too. We can’t fault them for that. But when a show is so inherently visual, the actors’ appearance arguably does matter. Another factor just might be greed. That tends to kill creativity. How much does Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) get paid per episode? Look it up. You’ll be amazed.

In the old days… (sigh, yawn) cable was relatively cheap. 10 maybe 20 bucks per month. And everything was covered. You didn’t have to pay extra to subscribe to “specialty” channels. You just got everything. So watching landmark shows like Roots, Columbo and Star Trek didn’t cost an extra cent.

Alas, everything has changed and affordable TV probably won’t return for a long, long time.

Maybe the rich really do get richer and poor, poorer. I’m not sure. But GOT seems to be sinking under all the hype and greed. Well, if not sinking, definitely springing a few leaks.

They say art should imitate life. Well, in this case, it might be circular. As Oscar Wilde put it, life seems to be imitating art.

—MC

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