Public Service Announcement

The Colorado State Department of Fish and Wildlife is
advising hikers, hunters and fishermen to take
extra precautions and keep alert for bears when outdoors this season.

They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such
as little bells on their clothing to alert but not startle
the bears unexpectedly.

They also advise the carrying of pepper spray in case of
an encounter with a bear.

It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of
bear activity.

People should recognize the difference between brown bear and black bear droppings.

Brown bear droppings are smaller and show the remnants of nuts, berries and vegetable matter.

Black bear droppings have little bells in them and
smell like pepper spray.

New Book

Lartigue en Hiver

Lots of book stuff lately.
Anyway, today at lunch, I went to the Shimada Yosho Foreign Book Sale that I mentioned and picked up Lartigue en Hiver.
My friend Ed Pollack first introduced me to Lartigue’s work about ten years ago, when he showed me a copy of Lartigue’s “The Family Album”, which was done in the style of a turn of the century family album. It struck me as a strange work at the time – the photos were tipped in, much the way you might paste photos into an album yourself. I didn’t realize it at the time, but these turn of the century images, many of which are quite famous now, were all but unknown until the book’s publication in 1966.
As a teenager, Lartigue took candid photos of his family, their friends and the things that they did and saw.
His photos of auto races, like the one below, are pretty much unparalleled in their depiction of the speed and excitement of the race.
Car Trip, Papa at 80 kilometers an hour – 1913
His society pictures are remarkable:
Avenue du Bois de Boulogne, Paris – 1911

A short biography of Lartigue from appears below:

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Strange Day

Today was a sort of odd non-day. Work was the same as usual, spent programming a web app in perl and poking at the web, checking the five or six sites that I usually check until lunch time rolls around.
Today’s lunch, I went out on my bike with my camera and my new 20mm wide-angle lens, hoping to find something to shoot. First I headed to Omotesando and saw nothing.
Then I rode down to Harajuku, which seemed like a good bet, but none of the freaky teenagers were out, except for a couple of desperate posers in front of the Gap and I wasn’t quite desperate myself to bother taking their picture.

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The Moon

On the way back from Nozawa Onsen, I got out at a rest stop and took this picture of the moon.
(300mm lens, handheld, manual exposure.)
When I was in Pennsylvania for Christmas, I got a chance to play with my sister Leslie’s Celestron NexStar telescope. After about half an hour of fiddling with it, I was able to see both the rings of Saturn as well as Jupiter and its moons.
If I didn’t live in Tokyo, where there is so much light pollution, I’d love to get one and get the camera adapter for it.
I’ve always loved astronomy, but I really don’t know much about it formally. I just like looking up at stars, I guess.

We’ve Got to Stop Eating Like This

This is *really* cool…
A school where they actually make great food themselves for the same cost as using a commercial institutional “catering” service. Plus, the students love it.
They should post the recipes on their website… – Magazine – We’ve Got to Stop Eating Like This

If food companies are to grow, so must we, it seems. What would transform our diet on a national scale?

And how is the food at the Calhoun School in Manhattan this year, now that Chef Bobo is in charge?

“It’s awesome,” says a student diner. “The hot dogs don’t bounce.”