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Sunset at Royal Park
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The setting sun shining between two tree trunks. For ABC TV News/weather.

Taken with an iPhone 4S at just the right time. Adjusted levels in GIMP to make the tree silhouettes darker. Boosted colours via the FX-Foundly LAB Color Punch filter. Sharpened the flattened result with the standard Sharpen filter. Straightened the horizon.

If you want a fancy-pants copy, visit Redbubble.

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution #umbrellarevolution #UmbrellaMovement
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Image by Studio Incendo
#occupyhongkong #umbrellarevolution #occupycentral #hongkong #hk #admiralty #iphoneography #iphone

"By Katie Brinn

The scene in Hong Kong over the past week has gone from chaos to calm and back again, as tensions grow and pro-democracy throngs clash with pro-China demonstrators.

It all started on Sept. 26, when hundreds of students gathered in a courtyard in Central Hong Kong, demanding an end to Chinese oppression and control. China’s modern history with Hong Kong has been complicated, to say the least. For more than 150 years, Hong Kong belonged to Britain. Then in 1997 Britain handed the thriving metropolis back to China in a political deal called “One Country, Two Systems,” which allowed Hong Kong to maintain some of the freedoms and independence mainland Chinese people do not have, such as freedom of the press and the right to assemble. The people of Hong Kong would even be allowed to elect their own leader in 2017.

But this summer China started to backpedal. It announced to Hong Kong that those elections could proceed only if the Chinese government selected all the candidates. To the people of Hong Kong, that meant they wouldn’t have much control over their own government after all.

The students hit the streets, and thousands from Hong Kong rushed to join them in the days that followed. The Chinese government and the protesters have dug in their heels, and negotiations have failed. Now counter-protests from pro-China residents are complicating the situation.

To understand how the protests have escalated to this point, check out the video above, so as we watch the conflict develop, you can say, “Now I Get It.”"

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SND Chicago 09: Train Sketch - MacBook
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Image by Mike Rohde
A photo of the sketchnotes captured on-site and live in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook at the Society of News Design, May 16, 2009 at the Tribune Tower in Chicago, IL.

Created by Mike Rohde |

Photo-a-Day Year 3 Mosaic
MacBook News
Image by Bill Selak
One: 1. Day 365: Busy Little Bees, 2. guitar hero, stuffed edition, 3. Rock out., 4. Attention... water comes out of faucets, 5. embodies a sole, 6. meet the bride, 7. new house, new puppy, 8. with a face like that, 9. lobby tree at APU, 10. Good sit Taylor, 11. Snowflakes in Glendale, 12. our first christmas tree, 13. nose

Two: 1. knit, 2. the red brick road to the ocean, 3. twist cap, 4. Good Fortune, 5. Daily Subs Lease, 6. Puma, 7. Basement, 8. Jason the Chef, 9. Emerald Bowl, 10. blue glow, 11. Three pointer, 12. Isabelle meets Ryan, 13. get your gift receipts ready

Three: 1. marriage license, 2. croissaint my heart, 3. learning the routines, 4. negative space, 5. Duaflex project, 6. blue jeans in a black and white world, 7. housewarming guests, 8. rosemary, 9. the heart of, 10. in case of emergency, 11. welcome home, 12. I hold the key, 13. Where did all the trick or treaters go?

Four: 1. I ate all my vegetables, 2. put up fences, 3. Taylor, off!, 4. One shot locker, 5. puppy accessories, 6. Earn Your Keep, 7. Taylor discovers the carpet, 8. Reminisce immediately, 9. sleeping puppy (for now), 10. Meet Taylor, 11. Crate, 12. soup, because it's getting cold, 13. blinds to the world

Five: 1. rollercoaster tracks, 2. fireside chats, 3. Pop goes the birthday present, 4. droplets on infrared, 5. warp speed, 6. Take a stand!, 7. an uninspired shot, 8. I wear dark sunglasses that aren't tight, 9. swells, 10. Ladies and gentlemen, Wayne on the clarinet, 11. steadycam, 12. Chasing the tail, 13. rhythm

Six: 1. Your #1 Fan, 2. widescreen tv webcam, 3. surprise party, 4. the library is set up, 5. Graduate campus, 6. new faucet, 7. Angels move on in the playoffs, 8. the future library, 9. ground it out, 10. say hello to jack, 11. the cable guy, 12. Next time, lock up the entire bike, 13. dinner guests

Seven: 1. liquid metal, 2. Chase this light, 3. A visit to LACMA, 4. Gas or electric?, 5. instrument inventory time, 6. new kitchen, 7. old fridge, 8. new fridge, 9. Setting up the library, 10. we got the keys!, 11. hammerfist, 12. the posted speed limit, 13. clo

Eight: 1. usb on blue, 2. packing jenga, 3. before the pack, 4. the francis band, 5. escrow papers (photo tip #3), 6. the cup is completely empty, 7. Lady Love, 8. three valves, 9. Them thar's hills be burnin, 10. You are two, 11. faster phone, 12. What the H?, 13. Back up your hard drives

Nine: 1. Day 1,000, 2. Out at Home, 3. Photo Tip #2, 4. How do you see the world?, 5. Letterman Jackets, 6. A box of chai, 7. Photo Tip #1, 8. A Big Kid Joke, 9. wilted roses for you, 10. birthday dinner, dark light, funny moment, 11. blinds, but now I sees, 12. compound playground eye, 13. Bob and John

Ten: 1. Spartan field, 2. Man of Many Phonemes, 3. Welcome to Michigan, 4. James and the Giant Dog, 5. dog goggles, 6. Trinity Brewery, 7. LoDo, 8. a clunker, 9. no U turn, 10. reflection, 11. the gig, 12. rehearsal, 13. Stone Brew

Eleven: 1. Sweet Baby James, 2. The Pendleton Loop, 3. air hockey, 4. The Brass Menagerie, 5. Do you take palm trees in your coffee? Or just cream?, 6. Countertops, 7. barrel tasting, 8. Hello new computer lab, 9. signs, signs, 10. She thinks she can get away with anything with that smile, 11. surfing the web, 12. chocolate peanut butter cups, 13. That's right, Pat put his MacBook Pro precariously on top of his car

Twelve: 1. Jenga with Jenga, 2. Now I Notice Tiles, 3. More Donated Dreamworks Computers, 4. Waiting for her daddy, 5. I put the X in X-ray, 6. Three point lighting, 7. zebra stripes and wine glasses, 8. Dashboard magic, 9. Call for Help, 10. caught on tape, 11. Major League Baseball, 12. Michael Jackson Memorial Service, 13. It's world wide

Thirteen: 1. the working musician, 2. Color burn building reflection on an empty Old Town Pasadena fourth, 3. Ribs Rock at Robin's, 4. Three hours in traffic, 5. The nephew snuggle, 6. Digipower, 7. skunk, 8. Mr. Soda Nose, 9. To the beach... and back, 10. The Infamous Bread Toss of 2009, 11. Closing In, 12. endless, 13. the best parking spot ever

Fourteen: 1. REV, 2. stepping stones, 3. Welcome to Texture City, 4. we will miss you, 5. the pool inspected at the above address has been inspected and is producing mosquitos, 6. The Replacements: donations, 7. Geoff here, on CBS-2 News, 8. just add water, 9. Congratulations Deacon Alan, 10. El Mariachi, 11. a cool looking gem-type rock, 12. birthday phone calls, 13. Landon likes cake

Fifteen: 1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is fun again, 2. stripes and dots, 3. chipotle chicken burrito to go, 4. wanna play it, 5. I'm the wise guy with the bright idea, 6. chain gang, 7. teaching, 8. stuck behind a really, really slow vehicle on the way to work, 9. drip, drip, 10. this shot socks, 11. Lactase, 12. a trip to the Mann Chinese, 13. a thousand dances on an empty canvas

Sixteen: 1. love the staff parking, 2. painting our perfect home, 3. aye matey, 4. a sidewalk lunch with Chris, 5. Congratulations Divine Master, 6. a formal rose, 7. Welcome to our Deep Blue Sea, 8. the long and winding (and distorted) road, 9. meteorite storm, 10. battle of the cupcake, 11. rear view mirrors, 12. digital projection is a beautiful thing, 13. inside the gears of a clock tower

Seventeen: 1. Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart, 2. Stop ahead, behind, and under ahead, 3. The Rosedale Project, a fence without homes, 4. drive thru view of the Orange Bang dispenser, 5. small dog, big head, 6. A ride along the San Gabriel Riverbed Trail, 7. smoked baby back ribs, 8. follow the three blue lines as they travel through the frame, 9. pastel cassette deck mix tape, 10. giant green hose, 11. from the earth to the moon, 12. four twenty five was eight days ago, 13. Gene

Eighteen: 1. The 70s is alive and well, 2. commerce building by night, 3. high key parrot gradient, 4. Let's Go Fishing, 5. closing the blinds on mediocrity, 6. reflecting upon a time, 7. one legged man on a bus bench, 8. Blue in Orange, 9. Geneva Swings, 10. slow twitch muscle fiber, 11. put a cork in it, 12. the low end is the heart of the band, 13. The Lord looked down from heaven on the children of men

Nineteen: 1. old time gas station and a hand built motorcycle, 2. Let me ask you a question, how do you feel about frilly toothpicks?, 3. Bob Tron and his green bowl, 4. aerodynamic and warm, 5. called out of retirement, 6. a moon made of diamonds, 7. heirloom, 8. Easter egg laughs, 9. at the table, 10. deville devlle, 11. manipulative, 12. KidSpace, 13. Stone Brew stonework

Twenty: 1. mosquito hawk, 2. strawberry donuts, 3. caught you, 4. drinks all around, 5. rear view rear view, 6. crossing, 7. neon rectangles, 8. command, 9. Happy Birthday Maggie, 10. one shot wonder, 11. bleeding candle, 12. bounce the light, 13. blue hanger

Twenty One: 1. tow, 2. up against, 3. dance dance, 4. zig zag, 5. foggy storm before the calm, 6. need coffee, 7. pot of green, 8. chasher, 9. Rise of the Machines, 10. Family Portrait, 11. 270, 12. three walls, 13. pillar of salt

Twenty Two: 1. modern pyramid, 2. greenhouse, 3. Netbook, 4. Thermal camera, 5. shopping graph, 6. Wick, 7. electric mayhem, 8. Matt, 9. prison break, 10. fitting in, 11. 1, 2, 3, 12. 5 seconds of Scotty, 13. behind the waterfall

Twenty Three: 1. birthday cake, 2. endless, 3. argyle, 4. mirrors, 5. Isabelle looks, 6. snowman, 7. custom drink, 8. teacher mugs, 9. me - rain = happy bill, 10. tron, 11. iron off, 12. heartless, 13. here is the church, here is the steeple

Twenty Four: 1. broken heart, 2. francis a la iPod, 3. Eyeball, 4. large diaphragm, 5. fresh as a lemon, 6. bookshelf, 7. Ryan at dinner, 8. my shoes, 9. folded valleys, 10. I made homemade, 11. highs and low, 12. rewind, 13. Stout hearted

Twenty Five: 1. wtr sptlght, 2. unShure, 3. wshr, 4. Rules of podcast engagement, 5. iLife, 6. fenced in, 7. rllr cstr, 8. USB, 9. frozen vine, 10. table and wall at Starbucks, 11. Obama, 12. sew what, 13. Maggie inside

Twenty Six: 1. the captain, 2. cut, 3. ruby slippers, 4. Green flowery flower centerpiece, 5. Enemy of the State, 6. forked, 7. Vintage Everet, 8. f1.4, 9. Greg Laswell, 10. floored, 11. headbanger, 12. Emergency box, 13. Your function

Twenty Seven: 1. knit, 2. the red brick road to the ocean, 3. twist cap, 4. Good Fortune, 5. Daily Subs Lease, 6. Puma, 7. Basement, 8. Jason the Chef, 9. Emerald Bowl, 10. blue glow, 11. Three pointer, 12. Isabelle meets Ryan, 13. get your gift receipts ready

Twenty Eight: 1. the lattice from above, 2. my sister took me to see Schuyler Fisk, 3. Forth Winery, 4. Zebra Mountain, 5. Bird on a wire, 6. Intersection, 7. Zebra bells, 8. I hate the rain, 9. In, please, 10. Profile on a photographer, 11. Jolly Old Man, 12. Nightmare Before Christmas, 13. five o'clock shadow

MacBook News
Image by nooccar
I'd never really understood the iPad. I knew I could play games, read some online news sites, handed it over to my kid who would play educational games on it, etc... but suddenly I realized the real purpose. I carry it with all of my research reading on it and view them through a PDF viewer and note taker. Then when I sit down to write, I prop open the iPad next to my MacBook Pro and then I go! Just like Shelley here and the brilliant idea!

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iPad Mini
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News Clocks
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Image by kengo

iPad Mini
iPad News
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flickr Black Day
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Image by pickled_newt
What we are protesting is this newly proposed beta page layout -
which would soon take effect. I think I got enough from this current
flickr page. I don't mind the black background , it's ok with me but whenever
I download a page , it takes much longer which is a pain .The overall
appearance of a flickr page at the moment with all the pictures isn't
that nice, I have to put up with it. If you've seen or tried the Beta page
it's adding more agony into the injury . The comment section which
is layed out on the right hand side of the photo is too cramped up , has a
a small space for description and the comment section can only display
a limited few. This beta page is a stretch towards the breaking threshold
anyone can bear up with.
I just love the old way flickr
used to be for years. This may not be reflective of everyone's
preference . I am not against change ok, but if only flickr
could give us few options how we present our pages.

Those who wish to join in the protest should not upload any image on the
8th of December except an all in black dominated image , either of your creation
or you can copy the image floating around flickr also with more info and links from :

... and post it on your page .

Also you can sign in the petition advocated by Toby Tenma ,
hoping to get at least 10,000 signatures calling for the old
flickr page back or at the least if flickr can give us back
the options. This has to be delivered to the Flickr CEO Marissa
Mayer . If we share the same sentiments with the spirit
of solidarity and would like to call out flickr's attention you
can click : HERE

*Marissa Mayer's flickr site

Still have the same drift ? You can get this viral quick . Please, please
please , spread the news
to as many people on flickr , that'll be great !

At least we tried 🙂

Thank you 🙂


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Still, Love You Grandma aka Nanay. It's been years but I still miss you everyday.

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Steve Jobs Dies Aged 56 / Apple Shaped Full Stop
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Please also look at this image, cheers Surian

CNET Tonight
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Following the sad news that CNET senior editor James Kim's body has been located in the Oregon mountains, TV reporters have been doing stand-ups in front of the curbside CNET logo all day, as employees created a makeshift memorial (of flowers, iPod headphones, and Muni passes) just out of the cameras' view.

Nice Apple TV News photos

A few nice Apple TV News images I found:

Ramsey Mohsen interviewed on KCTV about the Apple iCloud and iTunes Match
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Today KCTV5 News had me on-air to share my thoughts on the Apple announcements today. Here's what I told them:

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memories of the Eighties
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I started with the 1960s and the 1970s and continue with the 80s.

God it all comes rushing back! I thought it was all just a bad dream!. (A sure sign of the ageing process)

It was a time when Don McClean's version of Roy Orbison's 'Crying' sat atop the singles chart, its glum chorus summing up a country struggling to emerge from the late-70s doldrums.

GDP had dropped by -1.8 per cent while unemployment, at 5.8 per cent or 1.56million, was still some 0.3 per cent or 360,000 short of today's more painful figure.

While Britons got by on an average wage of £6,000 (the equivalent of about £19,000 today), petrol cost 28p a litre (90p), a pint of beer was 35p (£1.10), a loaf of bread 33p (£1.10) and a pint of milk 17p (54p).

At the month's end, the pre-decimal sixpence was withdrawn from circulation. Later that summer, Alexandra Palace in London was part-destroyed by fire.

The British Olympics team returned from Moscow with a medal haul – including five golds – that left them ninth in the table, below Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. The USSR finished top with 80 golds.

Earlier in the year, the first episode of Yes, Minister had been broadcast by the BBC and SAS officers ended a hostage crisis by storming the Iranian Embassy in London, killing five terrorists and free all the captives.

Political events were to prove emblematic of the coming decade. In June it was announed that nuclear weapons were to be stored at RAF Greenham Common, prompting years of protests from the CND.

The 1980s set the mould for Britain today!.

It was the decade of Thatcher, yuppies and big phones.

In October, amid murmurs that she would be forced to make a U-turn in her economic policies, Margaret Thatcher, the prime minister, told the Conservative Party conference: "You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning."

In November, Ronald Reagan, the Republican former actor and Governor of California was elected US president, defeating by a landslide Jimmy Carter, who had presided over a sharp economic decline.

Back in Britain, after the resignation of Jim Callaghan, Labour elected the left-winger Michael Foot as leader, opening a generation of in-fighting that would see them fail to retake power for another 17 years.

In sport, while England failed to progress past the group stages of the European football championships in Italy, there were also then-unknown reasons for long-term optimism: future stars Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Ashley Cole were all born during the year.

Meanwhile, the assassination in December of John Lennon outside his New York apartment building capped a year of terrible losses to British arts. Among others who died were the film-maker Sir Alfred Hitchcock, the photographer Sir Cecil Beaton, the actors Peter Sellers and Hattie Jacques, and the musician Ian Curtis.

But for many of you reading this, it was all about BMX bikes, big hair, bright socks and New Romantics.

I remember the 80s as a consumerist paradise with massive phones, filofaxes and flash suits. There were also downsides outside of London, with riots and unemployment but to be honest the UK was rightfully feasting on Jambon at the table of European Commercialism and Progress.

Thank God I was an adult (in age anyway) in the 80s!

Being born in 1949 and then growing up during the 50s, 60s and 70s I found the 80's a huge disappointment!

In the 60s we had free love, drugs, wild new music, in the 70s Glam and Punk rock, more free love, fun clothes.

But just as you were getting old enough to enjoy yourself without parental supervision! The 80s gave us Thatcherism, Aids, poncey poodle fashions and the most celebrated music star - Boy George telling us 'War, War is stupid...'

It was the decade of spend, spend, spend, for some of 80s Britain.

The Cold War

A poll conducted in 1980 found 40 per cent of adults said they believed a nuclear war was likely in the next 10 years.

Yes deep insecurities were being sown in people's minds as tensions between East and West heightened.

In the early 80s there was an intense awareness of the Cold War. Every move of the Kremlin was watched by the media at the time, should some crisis in Central America or the Middle East ignite World War Three.

Ronald Reagan was the president, talking of the evil empire, and spending huge sums on the military. Cruise missiles were being delivered to Greenham Common and Molesworth to much protest at the time.

As an adult now, you can appreciate the doctrine of "outspending, outperforming" the communist bloc which in the end hastened its demise. But at the time, watching the Soviet soldiers marching through Red Square in front of Brezhnev, you did wonder what might happen.

The nuclear threat was addressed in pop music with Nena’s 99 Red Balloons and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Two Tribes, on television with The Day After and Threads and in films such as Defence of the Realm and WarGames.

Britain busy being born

The Eighties were more subtle and significant: there would be no Katie Price without Samantha Fox, no Lady Gaga without Madonna, no Simon Cowell without Stock, Aitken and Waterman and no David Cameron without Margaret Thatcher.

The Eighties marked the death of one Britain and they hinted at another Britain busy being born.

The Eighties can appear endearingly unfamiliar. What did we do with our hands when we didn’t have smart phones? How did we waste time before Twitter?

Britain in turmoil

There was massive unemployment, whole of Britain in turmoil under thatcher, lads like me off to a phony war for political gain, and criminals like Archer and Maxwell running riot with Justice...I lost some respect I had for the police in the 1980s, following their handling of the 1984-85 miners' strike.

It struck me that they were quite happy to stand back and watch football hooligans run riot on match days, for example (a genuine disturbance of the peace issue), but were overly keen to viciously truncheon miners and charge them with horses as and when required (a legal dispute between employees and employers).

The police should only be used to enforce the law and not be used to implement a political agenda (in this case, Thatcher's destruction of our coal mining industry).

I remember huddling around a small battery-operated black and white TV by candlelight through yet another electricity strike, watching news reports of rats collecting around piles of uncollected rubbish in the streets.

Everyone lived at the mercy of the trade unions, employers could not remove lazy workers, and British manufactured goods, famous for their poor quality, were a worldwide joke.

The rise of capitalism, the inner city riots, rise of city yuppies and estate agents, we eventually saw the dark side of capitalism, where money, greed and power became more important than anything else. The eventual collapse of the banking system was the inevitable result of an economy reliant on money which did not actually exist.

From the miners’ strike, the Falklands War and the spectre of AIDS, to Yes Minister, championship snooker and Boy George.

Falklands War, the Miners' Strike and the Brixton riots, as well as those reflecting on industry in the 1980s, unemployment and redundancy, and HIV and Aids.

Britain changed more in the 1980s than in almost any recent decade. The rise of the City and the fall of the unions, the wider retreat of the left and the return of military confidence, the energy of a renewed entrepreneurialism and the entropy of a new, entrenched unemployment.

The 1980s, destined to become the darkest decade for English football, opened with a portent of things to come when England travelled to the European Championships in Italy.

The rioting on the terraces during that tournament was a sight that was to become commonplace whenever the national team travelled abroad in the ensuing years.

You name a European city and it will have experienced so-called England fans terrorising stadiums or rampaging through the streets and squares.

It is good on music, showing how music evolved from political protest songs by the Specials and UB40 in the early 80's, through to Live Aid in 1985 and then to Stock, Aitkin and Waterman whose musical production line with songs by the likes of Kylie and Rick Astley dominated the last few years of the decade.

Any memeories of Britain in the 1980s must inevitably revolve around the former Conservative Prime Minister and Thatcherism.

The Thatcher years

Yet Thatcherism was the bell-ringing herald of an age of unparalleled consumption, credit, show-off wealth, quick bucks and sexual libertinism. When you free people, you can never be sure what you are freeing them for.

Ted Heath had fought and lost an election on the question of ‘who governs?’ in the 1970s; and Thatcher was determined history would not repeat itself. Those on the right will regard her as a heroic figure that dragged Britain kicking and screaming into the modern age.

"Thatcher the milk snatcher" had the reins - and there was a sad anticipation that things were not going to get better.

Elected just after the industrial unrest of the "Winter of Discontent", she embarked on a tough reform programme with the top priorities of tackling inflation and the unions.

The Eighties did not begin on January 1 1980; they began on May 4 1979 with the arrival of Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street.

Queen Elizabeth may have reigned but it was Thatcher who ruled the Eighties

She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. A Soviet journalist called her the "Iron Lady", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism.

She was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990.

Thatcher became Prime Minister on 4 May 1979. Arriving at 10 Downing Street, she said, in a paraphrase of the prayer Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace:

"Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope".

Falklands War

The defining event of her premiership was the conflict over the Falkland Islands. In many respects the Falklands War was a bizarre conflict: as Ronald Reagan was moving towards promulgating a missile defence system that would involve space-based interceptor missiles, Britain found itself embroiled in a conflict ‘whose origins owed more to the preoccupations of the nineteenth century … in that it was about the ownership of territory’

The weapons that both sides used were by and large still those of the Second World War; and newspapers were the most immediate means for the public to gain information about the conflict.

The ‘last of the good-old fashioned wars’; a throwback to the days before humans became so good at killing each other that conflict now potential involved the destruction of the entire planet. And ultimately, the conflict was a more close-run thing than popular memory allows. It should also be noted that some people claim that reports of a ceasefire in the Falklands conflict began to emerge during the 1982 World Cup final. This is highly unlikely, given that the ceasefire was signed on 14 June and the World Cup final took place on 11 July.

Although it undoubtedly played its part, victory in the Falklands War was not entirely responsible for Thatcher’s re-election in 1983. Opinion polls suggest the tide had begun to turn at the start of 1982, with the unemployment rate still growing – but more slowly – and the economy beginning to turn around. That said, the Falklands transformed Thatcher from a unreliable quantity into the Tories prime electoral asset. In contrast, opposition leader Michael Foot attracted large amounts of derision, with one Times columnist describing him as the sort of man ‘unable to blow his nose in public without his trousers falling down’

Meanwhile the novelty of the SDP had quickly worn off after its formation in the early 1980s – there was now no need for ‘for the media to dispatch a camera team every time Shirley Williams stepped deftly from a railway carriage onto a station platform’

Thatcher's Children

But many of you were oblivious to the political drama and the social changes sweeping Britain because you were growing up.

The Eighties. What do you remember?

See below for childhood memories in the 80s.

BMX bikes, Rent-a-Ghost and ZX Spectrum computers were more important.

Digital watches that were usually made by Casio, and which sometimes doubled as calculators.

Gordon the Gopher (and the Broom Cupboard) Phillip Schofield's adorable squeaking sidekick

Back to the Future or anything involving Michael J Fox


Heavy Metal

Wham! George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley (aided and abetted by Pepsi and Shirley) sold 25 million records worldwide between 1982 and 1986. A similar number of British market stalls sold knock-off 'Choose Life' T-shirts.

Sun-In The best thing to happen to '80s hair along with the perm, Sun-In turned your barnet blonde (or more likely, orange) in an instant.

Arcade/computer games Pac-Man, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Pole Position... If you weren't playing them at home, you were playing them down the arcade. Pocket money was never spent so quickly.

The Young Ones Even if we were too young to understand all the jokes (especially the rude ones), 'The Young Ones' was an unforgettable - and incredibly quotable - comedy feast for us '80s kids.

Torvill And Dean Bolero. Mack and Mabel. And here, Barnum. Suddenly, ice skating wasn't just a sport but a moving, musical spectacle.

PEZ sweet dispensers Dispensing little tiny fizzy sweets was never so much fun!

Sinclair Spectrum.

Commodore 64.

Madonna She chewed gum, snogged boys and showed her bra - all while singing and dancing. We British children had never seen the likes of it, and were forever changed.

Transformers Transformers - more than meets the eye! Transformers - robots in disguise! And so on.

Slush Puppies The best way to get brain freeze as a child in the '80s.

Grange Hill In the '80s, British children liked nothing more than coming home from school to watch a show about children at school. Which was perfectly understandable, because that show was 'Grange Hill'.

Bucks Fizz They won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with an audacious display of catchy pop, fluffy hair and skirt-losing. And lo! British kids had four new pop heroes.

Neighbours A must-watch for British schoolchildren at lunchtime, after school, or both.

Duran Duran Did we know what they were singing about? No. Did we care? No. They had great tunes, and ever greater hair.

The Sony Walkman Which enabled us to listen to Duran Duran everywhere. Hoorah!

John Hughes' movies Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club... Hughes' movies weren't just relatable, they were a slice of cool American escapism.

He-Man ...and the masters of the universe, of course. "By the power of Greyskull!"

Five Star "Britain's answer to The Jackson Five" weren't really that. But they were fine purveyors of kid-friendly bubblegum pop and shoulder pads.

BMX bikes What the Chopper was to the '70s, so the BMX was to the '80s. Especially after we all saw 'E.T.'

The Adventure Game The same tasks each week, yet never a moment of dullness? It had to be the delightful, Douglas Adams-esque 'The Adventure Game'.

Trivial Pursuit At last! British families had another board game to play apart from Monopoly. And it really sorted out the smart people from the, erm, people who regularly got stuck on blue Geography questions, ie everyone.

Breakdancing As popularised in the movie 'Breakdance: The Movie' and attempted, badly, by children at school discos throughout Britain.


The Royal Wedding/Princess Diana British girls now had a pretty princess to coo over, British boys now had a member of the royal family they could actually fancy, and British kids everywhere got a day off school. Hoorah!

Saturday Superstore The tradition started by 'Multi-Coloured Swap Shop' continued with 'Saturday Superstore', which ran from 1982 to 1987 and was hosted by Mike Read (he of the colourful glasses), Sarah Greene (she of the hair scrunchies) and Keith Chegwin (he of the annoying laugh).

Culture Club "Is it a boy? Is it a girl?" No sooner had Boy George confused British kids with his androgyny than he'd swept them off their feet with a string of catchy hits. Marvellous.

The Rubik's Cube There was only one question on kids' lips in the '80s. And that was: "Can you do it?"

Now That's What I Call Music... The best music compilation albums ever? Back then - when they were being sold to us by a pig voiced by Brian Glover - most certainly, yes.

Fame The 'Glee' of the '80s. Hands up who didn't dream of flying to New York, auditioning for the High School Of Performing Arts and dancing on top of a yellow taxi? We know we did.

Acne, puberty, A-Team, Night Rider, Young Ones, Only Fools & Horses, Miami Vice, XR3i and the Lamborghini Countach.

Wham, many young girls were so in love with George Michael. All that lusting, then you find out he's gay!. Remember the "lewd act" in a public lavatory!.

The A-Team and Mr T

Michael Jackson and the huge anticipation around the release of the Thriller video. The album probably remains the best selling of all time.


Street Hawk

Waca-Day & Timmy Mallett

10p sweetie mix-ups

Liverpool FC & John Barnes/Ian Rush

Wimpy burgers

Atari consoles & Space Invaders

Thriller & the moonwalk

Roland Rat

Campri ski-jackets

Robin Of Sherwood

Hoddle & Waddle


Different Strokes

'VW' badges

Newcastle FC/Brazil pom-pom hats

The Karate Kid

Mexico 86 & Gary Lineker's wrist bandage

Music was loud and often involved electric pianos the size of Wales.

TVs were multiplying as well as getting bigger

Top loading video recorders and huge microwave ovens appeared whilst trim phones disappeared.

Monster record players started to shrink and CD players started to grow.

Home computers spread like wildfire

Work computers often filled entire rooms but started to shrink.

Cars still fell apart (unless Japanese or German) but started getting demographically faster with 205 and Golf GTi, more valves and the occasional turbo. Diesels still smelt and were usually lorries. People started to forget what a choke was, and only owned a 4x4 if they had a field or hillside to drive it over.

Pizza was suddenly the "in" food. Of course in the early days it was usually your typical frozen ones. They were great for dinner during school holidays, a real change to boring sandwiches.

Rubik cubes, the rise of 1980s hair. LA Hair Metal and the death of Punk, the original Live Aid concert. Big shoulder pads, thanks to Dallas - which also started the "I Shot JR". BMXs, cassettes and LPs were still on the go. Boy George and Adam Ant doing the "Prince Charming"

Sinclair Spectrum computers, Commodore 64s and Amstrad 1640, BBC Computers and Acorns and the rise of the Apple Mac. Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the conclusion of the Indiana Jones trilogy, Back to the Future and Gremlins.

The series finale of M*A*S*H and such classics Dallas and Cheers.

Ray Ban sunglasses. The must-have designer labels on clothes. The "I must have MTV". The Michael Jackson and his groin-grabbing routines. The Madonna and her controversial music videos.

Seeing ET in the cinema and crying at the end!

Being madly in love with Simon le Bon and wanting to be like Madonna, riding around on a battered BMX, watching Live Aid on telly, Marathons in a selection box every Xmas, drinking Quantro and trying to get drunk on Top Deck. Being a teenager when the second summer of love happened in 89...Happy days!!

Ra-ra skirts, po-go sticks, Dallas, Tenko, Soda-stream, Wagon wheels and the slipper at school!

The Smiths

...ah, Heaven...80's weren't bad after all!.

More memories of the 80s

Being worried about getting Aids from banknotes; trying to persuade dad to build a nuclear bunker; and Jimmy Knapp the hero of London commuters who stopped us being able to get to work during the summer of 1988 and 1989!

Ah, the thawing of Cold War. The collapse of communism in Europe. The intifada in Israel and its disputed territories. The revolving door of Soviet Union leaders spinning faster than ever. The stock market crash of 1987.

Coal. Snow. Cold winters in the south. No radiators. Hair gel and shellsuits. White socks, white trainers and Run DMC style wearing the tongues out of the laces. Multicoloured luminous and mismatched socks and Bruce Lee Kung Fu slippers. Betamax and VHS. Madness and The Young Ones.

Women could wear fur coats without the Anti brigade being very hypocritical, ie wearing leather and saying fur was bad! Choppers (bicycles)! Huge Video Cameras, even bigger phones, shiny suits and cool cars.

More bits of plastic in the wallet. In turn followed by interest rate hikes, less work, negative equity.

Memories of a phone box as the privatisation improved telecoms beyond recognition. Shops no longer closed Wednesday afternoon, and power cuts caused by strikes.

The music and popular culture of that decade (especially the New Romantic early 80s) made such a vivid contrast with the nihilism of the late 70s punk era. Boys started wearing pastel pink and yellow and still looked cool (in spite of the mullet hairstyles).

The North/South divide was at its height in the 80s.

The age that made cocaine, political and financial incompetence, nepotism and tasteless extravagance acceptable.

Flying a Union jack when the Falklands War started.

Miners Strike going on forever, Cruise Missiles and strikes at News International.

The fear of nuclear annihilation being a topic for normal conversation at work.

The Smiths, Billy Bragg, the first truly successful global political campaign, the anti apartheid movement and a generation of dedicated and hard-working young people opposed to the wanton greed of Thatcherism and 'Thatcher's Children'.

Boys from the Blackstuff. The dole and a wee bar job on the side. And yes I had a filofax, a Marxism Today filofax, if you will.

The miner's strike - the one thing that galvanised the left (briefly) and polarised the nation. It was Thatcher v Scargill - there could've been a solution but neither protagonist was really looking for solutions for the people in mining communities.

Being young and coming to terms with sex in a post-Aids society.

Nokia Mobira phone and it was £25 per month and 25 pence per minute outside the M25 and 50 pence per minute inside the m25! Why, I have no idea!

Mobile phones, I was considered quite sophisticated by having my own BT Phonecard to ring home; CDs, we were still all vinyl and tapes.

The appeal of going to the cinema faltered in the 80s when the VCR became widely available. However they weren't cheap. I remember buying my first one in 1982, it cost £280 - compare that to what they cost now (if you can still find any on the High St). And the cost of pre-recorded films were even higher, I remember ET coming out, I think it was £84 to buy a copy - so everyone hired it from the video hire shop.

Rotten, nasty self-centred right-wing government. Cynically high unemployment. Pretty grim for the common man, woman and child.


At the start of the Eighties there were three television channels, all terrestrial. MTV was launched in 1981 and Sky started broadcasting in 1989. The seeds of the TV explosion that would change our viewing were sown in the Eighties but it was the last decade of the truly national shared television experience. It isn’t the 28 million who watched the 1981 royal wedding that astonishes, it’s the 19 million who tuned in to Blankety Blank. It’s hard, too, to believe I spent my Saturday afternoons watching a fat old man in a shiny Union flag leotard chase a paunchy fellow dressed as a samurai inside a wrestling ring.

Since there were so few channels, sporting occasions were also national cultural events: Ian Botham’s 1981 Ashes, the 1985 world snooker final between Denis Taylor and Steve Davies. That match, now known as the “Black Ball Final”, was watched by more than 18 million who tuned in over the weekend of April 27-28, 1985. Less than three months later 1.9 billion people across 150 countries watched Live Aid, arguably the defining cultural event of the Eighties. Looking at the list of artists who appeared on stage in London and Philadelphia, I was reminded that the Eighties was the last decade of the truly global superstar: artists like Madonna and U2, plus Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen – who both sang on We Are the World but did not appear at Live Aid – were cultural colossi who transcended musical genres.

The other key cultural moment occurred three years after Live Aid with the Second Summer of Love and the rise of acid house and the use of ecstasy among the young. The Eighties began with teenagers sniffing glue and ended with them taking E.

In the absence of downloads we had to go to the cinema to watch films. And it was a time of action heroes who were brawn in the USA: Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis boxing, terminating and blasting their way through the decade. It was also the age of the video nasty – films with lurid titles such as I Spit on Your Grave.

It was the Rushdie novel, published in 1988, that was to offer a glimpse of an uglier future Britain. The protests that erupted after the release of The Satanic Verses were the first indication of a religious militancy among some British Muslims that would put the benign assumptions of multiculturalism under severe pressure.

Cultural consumption revealed a similar fracturing, as the computer rivalled the television and the CD as sources of entertainment. The first Sinclair home computers went on sale in 1980. Then at the end of the decade, in 1989, a British scientist, Timothy Berners-Lee, wrote a proposal to create a means for scientists to exchange information by computer.

His title for this invention was the World Wide Web, a final demonstration of how modern Britain – the good, the bad and the ugly – was created in the Eighties.

Pop Music


1 Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid, 1984
2 Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood, 1983
3 I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder, 1984
4 Two Tribes - Frankie Goes To Hollywood 1984
5 Don’t You Want Me - Human League, 1981
6 Last Christmas - Wham!, 1984
7 Karma Chameleon - Culture Club, 1983
8 Careless Whisper - George Michael, 1984
9 The Power of Love - Jennifer Rush, 1985
10 Come On Eileen - Dexy’s Midnight Runners, 1982

The early 80's saw the rise of a new, but short lived phenomenon - the appearance of cross-dressing pop stars. While the men were trying the look like women, the reverse also applied - although it wasn't as wide spread.

Boy George was probably the first 80's performer to popularise the gender bender style which saw a momentary peak in 1983. Marilyn soon followed, but in an effort to become a more serious performer, he dropped the frock and quickly fell into the fickle 80's fashion abyss. Around the time of Boy George's rise, Annie Lennox also appeared in Sweet Dreams - sporting a short orange haircut and male suit. While this fad seem to disappear by late 84, a momentarily resurgence of the gender benders appeared in 1985 with Dead or Alive.


1 Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits, 1985
2 Bad - Michael Jackson, 1987
3 Thriller - Michael Jackson, 1982
4 Greatest Hits - Queen, 1981
5 Kylie - Kylie Minogue, 1988
6 Whitney - Whitney Houston, 1987
7 Tango In The Night - Fleetwood Mac, 1987
8 No Jacket Required - Phil Collins, 1985
9 True Blue - Madonna, 1986
10 The Joshua Tree - U2, 1987


1 ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, 1983
2 Crocodile Dundee, 1987
3 Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988
4 Fatal Attraction, 1988
5 Crocodile Dundee II, 1988
6 Ghostbusters, 1984
7 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, 1983
8 Back to the Future, 1985
9 A Fish Called Wanda, 1988
10 For Your Eyes Only, 1981

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Helping the homeless
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken about halfway up the block on the east side of Broadway, between 79th and 80th Street. It's at the north end of the "Filene's Basement" store on the corner, and it's a place where I've often seen homeless people holding up a sign that asks for assistance...

With very rare exceptions, I haven't photographed these homeless people; it seems to me that they're in a very defensive situation, and I don't want to take advantage of their situation. But something unusual was happening here: the two women (who were actually cooperating, and acting in tandem, despite the rather negative demeanor of the woman on the left) were giving several parcels of food to the young homeless man on the right.

I don't know if the women were bringing food from their own kitchen, or whether they had brought it from a nearby restaurant. But it was obviously a conscious, deliberate activity, and one they had thought about for some time...

What was particularly interesting was that they didn't dwell, didn't try to have a conversation with the young man; they gave him the food they had brought, and promptly walked away. As they left, I noticed the young man peering into his bag (the one you see on the ground beside him in this picture) to get a better sense of the delicious meal these two kind women had brought him...

Note: this photo was published in a Jan 6, 2009 blog posting entitled
"Six Lessons from a Wooden Boy: Lesson Three: Don't be a Social Media Jackass." It was also referenced (and possibly published) in a Jan 27, 2009 Swedish blog entitled "Firmy na celom svete prepustia 76-tisíc ľudí." And it was published in a May 4, 2009 blog titled "More on the .18 million for homeless prevention in Tacoma." It was also published in a May 18, 2009 blog titled "Helping the Homeless: To Do or Not To Do. That is the Question!" It was also published in an April 28, 2009 blog titled "Blog Sobre Mi Tiempo Devocional." I've also just discovered that it was published as a "related image" illlustration on a Dec 6, 2008 blog titled More recently, it was published in an Aug 27, 2009 blog titled "Ideas for a New Marketing World: Day 36." And it was published in a Sep 2, 2009 blog titled "Eagle Scout Rehabs Homeless 'Mission House'." It was also published in a Sep 20 2009 blog titled "Dallas Outlaws Crimes of Compassion." And for reasons I don't understand, the photo was published as an illustration that I found on Sep 30, 2009 in a Boorah blog titled "Kitchen 2 Kitchen, Tacoma (even though it has nothing to do with Tacoma or restaurants)." It was also published in a Nov 22, 2009 blog titled "Keeping Gratitude in Thanksgiving."

Note: since this is the second most-viewed image in my Flickr archives, I decided to make some minor editing improvements on Aug 6, 2009. I used Apple's Aperture program to eliminate "hot spots" and "cold spots" in the photo, and also adjusted/decreased some of the shadows. Most people probably won't notice the difference...

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Feb 9, 2010 True/Slant blog titled "Should the homeless be arrested or rehabilitated?" And it was published in a Feb 10, 2010 blog titled "Doar à Deus é doar ao próximo." It was also published in a Mar 12, 2010 blog titled " Beck: Beware 'Social Justice Christians'." And it was published in a Mar 23, 2010 blog titled "“Homeless Count 2010″ now underway in Vancouver." It was also published in a May 26, 2010 French blog titled "Concours des blogs : Votez pour moi ! (ou pour les autres)." And it was also published in a Jun 21, 2010 blog titled "How To Advocate For The Homeless," as well as a Jun 25, 2010 blog titled " Language in the Clinician's Office." It was also published in a Jun 30, 2010 blog titled "Take a Photo of Someone Doing Good." And it was published in a Jul 28, 2010 blog by "homeless girl" title "Giving Just Food To Panhandlers Is Lazy, Self-centred And Predictable." It was also published in an Aug 30, 2010 blog titled "5 More Homeless Lent Credit Cards To See If They Give Them Back," and an Aug 29, 2010 blog titled "The Emmaus Center Homeless Shelter." It was also published in a Sep 2, 2010 blog titled "Would You Trust a Panhandler with your Credit Card?" and a Sep 15, 2010 blog titled "Helping the homeless requires compassion." And it was published in a Sep 29, 2010 blog titled "Nice Self Improvement Tv photos." And it was published in an Oct 27, 2010 blog titled "When Doing Good Is Bad." It was also published in a Nov 13, 2010 Gobal Debate blog titled "Oxford Round Five Motion," as well as a Nov 21, 2010 blog titled "Lastest 21 Tv Dallas News." I also discovered that it had been published in an Oct 15, 2010 blog titled "Gettin’ all eh??" It was also published in a Dec 21, 2010 blog titled "Q&A: How to convince my parents to get a snake?" And it was published in a Dec 27, 2010 blog titled "Over one million of America's students are homeless." It was also published in a Dec 30, 2010 blog titled "How Applying Behavior and Motivator Assessments Can Improve Your Life: Part 4."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a blog titled "6 Myths That Get Us Stuck (Myth #5 - Self Help)." And for reasons I don't understand at all, it was published in an Apr 10, 2011 blog titled "Sunday Night Football Odds: Giants vs Eagles." And it was published in a Jun 6, 2011 blog titled "Arrested for Feeding Homeless People." It was also published, in a cropped/sepia-toned form, as an illustration on the Lean On Me Outreach website. It was also published in a Jul 17, 2011 blog titled "Bad Credit? We Can Help!" The photo was also published in a Dec 24, 2011 blog titled "Home for the Holidays to assist homeless people of Boston."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Feb 2, 2012 blog titled "Bronx Interfaith Nonprofit Saved." It was also published in a Mar 13, 2012 blog titled "Bartle, Bogle, Hegarty (BBH) Dehumanizes the Homeless with Their ‘Homeless Hotspots’ Campaign." And it was published in an undated (mid-May 2012) blog titled "HOw To Help Someone With Depression?" It was also published in a May 30, 2012 blog titled "The Secrets of the Healthy Mind." And it was published in a Jul 10, 2012 blog titled "Moved With Compassion." It was also published in a Sep 13, 2012 blog titled Problems With Help?" And it was published in an Oct 30, 2012 blog titled "29 Positive-Thinking Tips from My 29 Years." It was also published in a Dec 3, 2012 blog titled "Who Are Our Neighbors?",as well as a Dec 7, 2012 blog titled "GIVING TO THE POOR? (JOURNAL ENTRY)." And it was published in a Dec 14, 2012 blog titled "One Person Can Change the World." It was also published, as one of several illustrations, in a blog titled "YOLO: 10 Things You Should Do Before the World Ends.."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 28, 2013 blog titled "5 Rules for Helping and Being Helped." It was also published in a Mar 7, 2013 blog titled "My Purpose Driven Life: 3/7/13 Thursday – Day 13 – Worship That Pleases God." And it was published in a May 23, 2013 blog titled "Brain Can Learn to be Compassionate, Study Reports." It was also published in a Jun 19, 2013 blog titled "Where to Put Your Savings." And it was published in a Jul 6, 2013 blog titled "Compassion: A Jewish Perspective." It was also published in an Aug 18, 2013 blog titled "'Direct' - buying insurance remotely." And it was published in a Sep 5, 2013 blog titled "Generosity Pays Off In The Long Run." It was also published in an Oct 30, 2013 blog titled "Blanket and coat drive helping Montgomery’s homeless," as well as a Nov 15, 2013 blog titled “Bloomberg Says Poverty Numbers On His Watch Better Than Other Cities" and a Nov 27, 2013 blog titled "Los Angeles Considers Ban on Publicly Feeding Homeless People." It was also published in a Dec 4, 2013 blog titled "Ethics & Photography – 22 Pictures of the Homeless."

Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Jan 29, 2014 blog titled "Altruistic acts more common in states with high well-being." It was also published in a Feb 19, 2014 blog titled The Unlovable." It was also published in a Mar 17, 2014 blog titled "Is It Possible to be Truly Selfless?" It was also published in a Mar 25, 2014 blog titled "Five Myths About Panhandlers." It was also published in an Apr 17, 2014 blog titled "Who is most likely to be compassionate towards a stranger?". And it was published in a May 14, 2014 blog titled "Prompt #1024 The Basis of Compassion." It was also published in a May 26, 2014 blog titled "Aggression rises in Surrey panhandlers." It was also published in an undated (mid-July 2014) Law Street blog titled "The Costs of Criminalizing Homelessness."

Moving into 2015, the photo was published in a March 1, 2015 Dutch blog titled "Zo eenvoudig en goedkoop is het om een einde aan dakloosheid te maken."


This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan -- between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don't like to intrude on people's privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they're still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what's right in front of me.

I've also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting -- literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I've learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture ... after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it's pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

For the most part, I've deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don't want to be photographed, and I don't want to feel like I'm taking advantage of them. I'm still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We'll see how it goes ...

The only other thing I've noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They're probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I've photographed ... but there was just nothing memorable about them.

Jogger in pink and black

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Jogger in pink and black
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Upper East Side, Central Park - Jun 2008 - 085

These pictures were taken on two successive days when I had doctor appointments on the Upper East Side of NYC, and had the chance to walk along Fifth Avenue, and then through Central Park in order to return to my apartment on the Upper West Side, at Broadway & 96th

I had spotted this woman jogging in Central Park a little earlier -- how could you not notice someone in a bright pink top and pink hat? She had been running south, while I was walking north, and she went by too quickly for me to get a picture.

But about ten minutes later, as I was approaching Columbus Avenue and 96th Street, she jogged past me again ... she had to stop at Columbus Avenue, because of the traffic, so she was actually jogging in place when I took this picture...

Note: on Sep 26, 2012, I replaced the original version of this photo with a slightly edited one. All I did was some relatively minor adjusting of "hot spots" and "cold spots" -- but unfortunately, I was unable to remove all the monochromatic blackness in the woman's tights Unfortunately, the original photo was shot as a JPG image, before I learned about the benefits of shooting in RAW and making more subtle adjustments with my Aperture photo-editing program...

Note: this picture was published in a Sep 21, 2008 blog article entitled "Road Kill." It was also included in a June 6, 2009 photo mashup, as seen in the comment below, and as displayed in full-sized format on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Aug 4, 2009 blog titled "What Kind of Music Do You Listen to When You Work Out?" More recently, it was published in a Sep 1, 2009 blog titled "How Far Should You Run In A Workout?", which was republished in a Jul 19, 2010 blog, and again in a Dec 17, 2010 blog. And it was published in a Sep 28, 2009 blog titled "Treadmill Vs. Outdoor Running," which was reprinted in a Jun 30, 2010 Bike Swim Run blog with the same title. It was also published in a Nov 6, 2009 blog titled World Run Day 2009 is This Sunday!" And it was published in a Dec 12, 2009 "Sweet California" blog titled "Tomorrow's the Day."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Feb 25, 2010 blog titled "Is Less Exercise More Effective?" It was also published in an undated (Mar 2010) blog titled "My yeast infection cure." And it was published in a Mar 31, 2010 "Wellwire" blog titled "What's My Motivation?", as well as a Mar 31, 2010 Suite-101-dot-com blog titled "Term Insurance Comparison by Age for Women Only," and an Apr 1, 2010 blog titled "Encouraging Activity With Group Health Insurance Discounts." It was also published in an Apr 22, 2010 Italian blog titled "Ti alleni con la musica? Apple sostituisce le cuffie che non resistono al sudore." It was also published in an Apr 23, 2010 Insured Life blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Apr 27, 2010 Italian blog, titled Alternare i tipi di allenamento per migliorare i risultati. It was also published in a May 24, 2010 blog titled "How Physical Activity Enhances Productivity." And it was published in an undated (May 2010) blog titled "Exercise for Women." It was also published in a Jun 3, 2010 blog titled "How to Look Cute While Jogging."

In the second half of 2010, it was published in a Jul 7, 2010 blog titled "Women’s Workout Guidelines Are Mostly Guesswork." A tightly cropped version of the photo was published in a Jul 14, 2010 blog titled "3 Reasons Not To Use An iPod Armband." And a very tightly cropped version was also published in an Aug 26, 2010 issue of the French version of Slate, in a blog titled "Ecouter de la musique pousse à s'entraîner plus fort." It was also published in a Sep 11, 2010 blog titled "Working Out in Maintenance Mode." And it was published in a Sep 26, 2010 ArticleTZ blog, with the same title (and notes) as what I had put onto the original Flickr page. It was also published in an undated (Oct 2010) Cool New York Group Health Insurance images blog , with the same title as the caption that I put on my Flickr page.

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in an undated (early Jan 2011) blog titled "Top Picks in Running Sneakers." It was also published in a Mar 15, 2011 blog titled "Ready To Race? Getting Started & Running In NYC." And it was published in a Sep 9, 2011 blog titled "Sport: risultati migliori cambiando ritmo."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 3, 2012 blog titled "5 Resolutions Diversity Practitioners Should Make in 2012." It was also published in a Feb 15, 2012 blog titled "High-Tech Health: Your Smartphone and the Gym." And it was published in a May 8, 2012 blog titled "5 Signs Your Exercise Habit Might Be Getting Out of Hand." It was also published in a May 31, 2012 blog titled "Five Practical Tips for Developing a Sustainable Workplace for Employees." And it was published in a Jun 1, 2012 blog titled "Workout Camp." It was also published in a Jun 17, 2012 blog titled "A hidden message of encouragement in my exercise playlist." And it was published in an Aug 30, 2012 blog titled "Tips To Help Avoid Yeast Infections," as well as a Sep 3, 2012 blog titled "Think You Can’t Do Anything About Your Yeast Infection? Think Again!" It was also published in an undated (late Sep 2012) blog titled "10 Most Powerful Success Habits," as well as a Sep 26, 2012 blog titled "Celebrate National Women’s Health and Fitness Day!" And it was published in an undated (late Oct 2012) blog titled "Ti alleni con la musica? Apple sostituisce le cuffie che non resistono al sudore." It was also published in a Dec 27, 2012 blog titled "Saving Money on Term Life Insurance."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 7, 2013 blog titled "Simple Way On How To Deal With Yeast Infection," as well as a Jan 7, 2013 blog titled "Alternative And Natural Treatments For A Yeast Infection," and a Jan 24, 2013 blog titled "Tips To Avoid Yeast Infections In The Future." It was also published in an undated (late Jan 2013) blog titled "The 16 Most Popular Habits of Highly Successful People." And it was also published in a Mar 26, 2013 blog titled "Exercise With Music For Bigger Benefits." It was also published in a May 24, 2013 article titled "ランニングの際に使いやすいアームバンド," as well as a Jun 3, 2013 blog titled "Alternative And Natural Treatments For A Yeast Infection." And it was published in a Jun 24, 2013 blog titled "Stop Trying To Deal With Yeast Infections Without Good Advice. Read Here!"

100 views of Cuba, Dec 2011 - 90
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This set consists of what I felt were the best 100 photos of the 3500+ images that I took in Cuba during a weeklong visit in December 2011.

One of the few political poster/banners that I managed to photograph during the trip...

Note: this photo was published in a Dec 18, 2014 blog titled "UK Viewpoint on Cuba: Obama Policy Is a Risk Worth Taking."

Moving into 2015, the photo was published in a Jan 27, 2015 blog titled "キューバの青年たちが独自のプライベートネットワークを9000台ものPCで構築." It was also published in a Mar 27, 2015 blog titled "Cuba's Long Memory."


Cuba. For today's generation of Americans, the notion of traveling to Cuba is probably like that of traveling to North Korea. It's off-limits, forbidden by the government -- and frankly, why would anyone bother? But for someone like me, who spent his childhood in the Cold War era of the 1950s, and who went off to college just after Castro took power, and just before the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban missile crisis, the notion of traveling to Cuba has entirely different overtones.

And yet Cuba is only 90 miles away from Key West (as we were reminded so often in the 1960s), and its climate is presumably no different than a dozen of Caribbean islands I've visited over the years. Numerous friends have made quasi-legal trips to Cuba over the years, flying in from Canada or Mexico, and they've all returned with fabulous pictures and great stories of a vibrant, colorful country. So, when the folks at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops sent out a notice in November 2011, announcing a series of photo workshops in Havana, we couldn't resist the temptation to sign up.

Getting into Cuba turned out to be trivial: an overnight stay in Miami, a 45-minute chartered flight operated by American Airlines, and customs/immigration formalities that turned out to be cursory or non-existent. By mid-afternoon, our group was checked into the Parque Central Hotel in downtown Havana -- where the rooms were spacious, the service was friendly, the food was reasonably tasty, the rum was delicious, and the Internet was … well, slow and expensive.

We had been warned that that some of our American conveniences -- like credit cards -- would not be available, and we were prepared for a fairly spartan week. But no matter how prepared we might have been intellectually, it takes a while to adjust to a land with no Skype, no Blackberry service, no iPhone service, no phone-based Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. I was perfectly happy that there were no Burger Kings, no Pizza Huts, no Wendys, no Starbuck's, and MacDonalds. There was Coke (classic), but no Diet Coke (or Coke Light). There were also no police sirens, no ambulance sirens, and no church bells. There were no iPods, and consequently no evidence of people plugged into their music via the thin white earplugs that Apple supplies with their devices. No iPads, no Kindles, no Nooks, no … well, you get the picture. (It's also worth noting that, with U.S. tourists now beginning to enter the country in larger numbers, Cuba seems to be on the cusp of a "modern" invasion; if I come back here in a couple years, I full expect to see Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets on every corner.)

But there were lots of friendly people in Havana, crowding the streets, peering out of windows and doorways, laughing and shouting and waving at friends and strangers alike. Everyone was well-dressed in clean clothes (the evidence of which could be seen in the endless lines of clothing hanging from laundry lines strung from wall to wall, everywhere); but there were no designer jeans, no fancy shoes, no heavy jewelry, and no sign of ostentatious clothing of any kind. Like some other developing countries, the people were sometimes a little too friendly -- constantly offering a taxi ride, a pedicab ride, a small exchange of the "official" currency (convertible pesos, or "cuqs") for the "local" currency (pesos), a great meal or a great drink at a nearby restaurant or bar, a haircut, a manicure, or just a little … umm, well, friendship (offers for which ran the gamut of "señor" to "amigo" to "my friend"). On the street, you often felt you were in the land of the hustle; but if you smiled, shook your head, and politely said, "no," people generally smiled and back off.

As for the photography: well, I was in one of three different workshop groups, each of which had roughly a dozen participants. The three dozen individual photographers were well equipped with all of the latest Nikon and Canon gear, and they generally focused on a handful of subjects: buildings and architecture, ballet practice sessions, cockfights, boxing matches, rodeos, fishing villages, old cars, interiors of people's homes, street scenes, and people. Lots of people. As in every other part of the world I've visited, the people were the most interesting. We saw young and old, men and women, boisterous children, grizzled elders, police officers, bus drivers, and people of almost every conceivable race.

The streets were clean, though not spotless; and the streets were jammed, with bicycles and motorbikes and pedi-cabs, taxis, buses, horse-and-carriages, pedestrians, dogs (LOTS of dogs, many sleeping peacefully in the middle of a sidewalk), and even a few people on roller skates. And, as anyone who has seen photos of Havana knows, there were lots and lots and LOTS of old cars. Plymouths, Pontiacs, Dodges, Buicks, and Chevys, along with the occasional Cadillac. A few were old and rusted, but most had been renovated, repaired, and repainted -- often in garishly bright colors from every spectrum of the rainbow. Cherry pink, fire-engine red, Sunkist orange, lime green, turquoise and every shade of blue, orange, brown, and a lot more that I've probably forgotten. All of us in the photo workshop succumbed to the temptation to photograph the cars when we first arrived … but they were everywhere, every day, wherever we went, and eventually we all suffered from sensory overload. (For what it's worth, one of our workshop colleagues had visited Cuba eight years ago, and told us that at the time, there were only old cars in sight; now roughly half of the cars are more-or-less modern Kia's, Audis, Russian Ladas, and other "generic" compact cars.)

The one thing I wasn't prepared for in Havana was the sense of decay: almost no modern buildings, no skyscrapers, and very little evidence of renovation. There were several monstrous, ugly, vintage-1950s buildings that oozed "Russia" from every pore. But the rest of the buildings date back to the 40s, the 30s, the 20s, or even the turn of the last century. Some were crumbling, some were just facades; some showed evidence of the kind of salt-water erosion that one sees near the ocean. But many simply looked old and decrepit, with peeling paint and broken stones, like the run-down buildings in whatever slum you're familiar with in North America. One has a very strong sense of a city that was vibrant and beautiful all during the last half of the 19th century, and the first half of the 20th century -- and then time stopped dead in its tracks.

Why that happened, and what's being done about it, is something I didn't have a chance to explore; there was a general reluctance to discuss politics in great detail. Some of Havana looks like the less-prosperous regions of other Caribbean towns; and some of it is presumably the direct and/or indirect result of a half-century of U.S. embargo. But some of it seems to be the result of the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, and the subsequent collapse of foreign aid that Cuba depended upon.

As for my own photos: I did not attend the ballet practice sessions, nor did I see the rodeo. I did see some interesting graffiti on a few walls, which I photographed; but for some reason, I missed almost all of the numerous political billboards and stylized paintings of Che Guevera on buildings and walls. What I focused on instead was the "street scenes" of people and buildings, which will hopefully give you a sense of what the place is like.


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In response to a question on the Dancing with Elephants family podcast (, here are some apps that I have on my iPod touch.