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A Bird’s-eye view of the Bagel

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An Aerial View of the Bagel
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The flight arrived on time; and the twelve hours while on board passed quickly and without incident. To be sure, the quality of the Cathay Pacific service was exemplary once again.

Heathrow reminds me of Newark International. The décor comes straight out of the sterile 80’s and is less an eyesore than an insipid background to the rhythm of human activity, such hustle and bustle, at the fore. There certainly are faces from all races present, creating a rich mosaic of humanity which is refreshing if not completely revitalizing after swimming for so long in a sea of Chinese faces in Hong Kong.

Internet access is sealed in England, it seems. Nothing is free; everything is egregiously monetized from the wireless hotspots down to the desktop terminals. I guess Hong Kong has spoiled me with its abundant, free access to the information superhighway.

Despite staying in a room with five other backpackers, I have been sleeping well. The mattress and pillow are firm; my earplugs keep the noise out; and the sleeping quarters are as dark as a cave when the lights are out, and only as bright as, perhaps, a dreary rainy day when on. All in all, St. Paul’s is a excellent place to stay for the gregarious, adventurous, and penurious city explorer – couchsurfing may be a tenable alternative; I’ll test for next time.

Yesterday Connie and I gorged ourselves at the borough market where there were all sorts of delectable, savory victuals. There was definitely a European flavor to the food fair: simmering sausages were to be found everywhere; and much as the meat was plentiful, and genuine, so were the dairy delicacies, in the form of myriad rounds of cheese, stacked high behind checkered tabletops. Of course, we washed these tasty morsels down with copious amounts of alcohol that flowed from cups as though amber waterfalls. For the first time I tried mulled wine, which tasted like warm, rancid fruit punch – the ideal tonic for a drizzling London day, I suppose. We later killed the afternoon at the pub, shooting the breeze while imbibing several diminutive half-pints in the process. Getting smashed at four in the afternoon doesn’t seem like such a bad thing anymore, especially when you are having fun in the company of friends; I can more appreciate why the English do it so much!

Earlier in the day, we visited the Tate Modern. Its turbine room lived up to its prominent billing what with a giant spider, complete with bulbous egg sac, anchoring the retrospective exhibit. The permanent galleries, too, were a delight upon which to feast one’s eyes. Picasso, Warhol and Pollock ruled the chambers of the upper floors with the products of their lithe wrists; and I ended up becoming a huge fan of cubism, while developing a disdain for abstract art and its vacuous images, which, I feel, are devoid of both motivation and emotion.

My first trip yesterday morning was to Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal Gunners. It towers imperiously over the surrounding neighborhood; yet for all its majesty, the place sure was quiet! Business did pick up later, however, once the armory shop opened, and dozens of fans descended on it like bees to a hive. I, too, swooped in on a gift-buying mission, and wound up purchasing a book for Godfrey, a scarf for a student, and a jersey – on sale, of course – for good measure.

I’m sitting in the Westminster Abbey Museum now, resting my weary legs and burdened back. So far, I’ve been verily impressed with what I’ve seen, such a confluence of splendor and history before me that it would require days to absorb it all, when regretfully I can spare only a few hours. My favorite part of the abbey is the poets corner where no less a literary luminary than Samuel Johnson rests in peace – his bust confirms his homely presence, which was so vividly captured in his biography.

For lunch I had a steak and ale pie, served with mash, taken alongside a Guinness, extra cold – 2 degrees centigrade colder, the bartender explained. It went down well, like all the other delicious meals I’ve had in England; and no doubt by now I have grown accustomed to inebriation at half past two. Besides, Liverpool were playing inspired football against Blackburn; and my lunch was complete.

Having had my fill of football, I decided to skip my ticket scalping endeavor at Stamford Bridge and instead wandered over to the British Museum to inspect their extensive collections. Along the way, my eye caught a theater, its doors wide open and admitting customers. With much rapidity, I subsequently checked the show times, saw that a performance was set to begin, and at last rushed to the box office to purchase a discounted ticket – if you call a 40 pound ticket a deal, that is. That’s how I grabbed a seat to watch Hairspray in the West End.

The show was worth forty pounds. The music was addictive; and the stage design and effects were not so much kitschy as delightfully stimulating – the pulsating background lights were at once scintillating and penetrating. The actors as well were vivacious, oozing charisma while they danced and delivered lines dripping in humor. Hairspray is a quality production and most definitely recommended.

At breakfast I sat across from a man who asked me to which country Hong Kong had been returned – China or Japan. That was pretty funny. Then he started spitting on my food as he spoke, completely oblivious to my breakfast becoming the receptacle in which the fruit of his inner churl was being placed. I guess I understand the convention nowadays of covering one’s mouth whilst speaking and masticating at the same time!

We actually conversed on London life in general, and I praised London for its racial integration, the act of which is a prodigious leap of faith for any society, trying to be inclusive, accepting all sorts of people. It wasn’t as though the Brits were trying in vain to be all things to all men, using Spanish with the visitors from Spain, German with the Germans and, even, Hindi with the Indians, regardless of whether or not Hindi was their native language; not even considering the absurd idea of encouraging the international adoption of their language; thereby completely keeping English in English hands and allowing its proud polyglots to "practice" their languages. Indeed, the attempt of the Londoners to avail themselves of the rich mosaic of ethnic knowledge, and to seek a common understanding with a ubiquitous English accent is an exemplar, and the bedrock for any world city.

I celebrated Jesus’ resurrection at the St. Andrew’s Street Church in Cambridge. The parishioners of this Baptist church were warm and affable, and I met several of them, including one visiting (Halliday) linguistics scholar from Zhongshan university in Guangzhou, who in fact had visited my tiny City University of Hong Kong in 2003. The service itself was more traditional and the believers fewer in number than the "progressive" services at any of the charismatic, evangelical churches in HK; yet that’s what makes this part of the body of Christ unique; besides, the message was as brief as a powerpoint slide, and informative no less; the power word which spoke into my life being a question from John 21:22 – what is that to you?

Big trees; exquisite lawns; and old, pointy colleges; that’s Cambridge in a nutshell. Sitting here, sipping on a half-pint of Woodforde’s Wherry, I’ve had a leisurely, if not languorous, day so far; my sole duty consisting of walking around while absorbing the verdant environment as though a sponge, camera in tow.

I am back at the sublime beer, savoring a pint of Sharp’s DoomBar before my fish and chips arrive; the drinking age is 18, but anyone whose visage even hints of youthful brilliance is likely to get carded these days, the bartender told me. The youth drinking culture here is almost as twisted as the university drinking culture in America.

My stay in Cambridge, relaxing and desultory as it may be, is about to end after this late lunch. I an not sure if there is anything left to see, save for the American graveyard which rests an impossible two miles away. I have had a wonderful time in this town; and am thankful for the access into its living history – the residents here must demonstrate remarkable patience and tolerance what with so many tourists ambling on the streets, peering – and photographing – into every nook and cranny.

There are no rubbish bins, yet I’ve seen on the streets many mixed race couples in which the men tend to be white – the women also belonging to a light colored ethnicity, usually some sort of Asian; as well saw some black dudes and Indian dudes with white chicks.

People here hold doors, even at the entrance to the toilet. Sometimes it appears as though they are going out on a limb, just waiting for the one who will take the responsibility for the door from them, at which point I rush out to relieve them of such a fortuitous burden.

I visited the British Museum this morning. The two hours I spent there did neither myself nor the exhibits any justice because there really is too much to survey, enough captivating stuff to last an entire day, I think. The bottomless well of artifacts from antiquity, drawing from sources as diverse as Korea, and Mesopotamia, is a credit to the British empire, without whose looting most of this amazing booty would be unavailable for our purview; better, I think, for these priceless treasures to be open to all in the grandest supermarket of history than away from human eyes, and worst yet, in the hands of unscrupulous collectors or in the rubbish bin, possibly.

Irene and I took in the ballet Giselle at The Royal Opera House in the afternoon. The building is a plush marvel, and a testament to this city’s love for the arts. The ballet itself was satisfying, the first half being superior to the second, in which the nimble dancers demonstrated their phenomenal dexterity in, of all places, a graveyard covered in a cloak of smoke and darkness. I admit, their dance of the dead, in such a gloomy necropolis, did strike me as, strange.

Two amicable ladies from Kent convinced me to visit their hometown tomorrow, where, they told me, the authentic, "working" Leeds Castle and the mighty interesting home of Charles Darwin await.

I’m nursing a pint of Green King Ruddles and wondering about the profusion of British ales and lagers; the British have done a great deed for the world by creating an interminable line of low-alcohol session beers that can be enjoyed at breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner; and their disservice is this: besides this inexhaustible supply of cheap beer ensnaring my inner alcoholic, I feel myself putting on my freshman fifteen, almost ten years after the fact; I am going to have to run a bit harder back in Hong Kong if I want to burn all this malty fuel off.

Irene suggested I stop by the National Art Gallery since we were in the area; and it was an hour well spent. The gallery currently presents a special exhibit on Picasso, the non-ticketed section of which features several seductive renderings, including David spying on Bathsheba – repeated in clever variants – and parodies of other masters’ works. Furthermore, the main gallery houses two fabulous portraits by Joshua Reynolds, who happens to be favorite of mine, he in life being a close friend of Samuel Johnson – I passed by Boswells, where its namesake first met Johnson, on my way to the opera house.

I prayed last night, and went through my list, lifting everyone on it up to the Lord. That felt good; that God is alive now, and ever present in my life and in the lives of my brothers and sisters.

Doubtless, then, I have felt quite wistful, as though a specter in the land of the living, being in a place where religious fervor, it seems, is a thing of the past, a trifling for many, to be hidden away in the opaque corners of centuries-old cathedrals that are more expensive tourist destinations than liberating homes of worship these days. Indeed, I have yet to see anyone pray, outside of the Easter service which I attended in Cambridge – for such an ecstatic moment in verily a grand church, would you believe that it was only attended by at most three dozen spirited ones. The people of England, and Europe in general, have, it is my hope, only locked away the Word, relegating it to the quiet vault of their hearts. May it be taken out in the sudden pause before mealtimes and in the still crisp mornings and cool, silent nights. There is still hope for a revival in this place, for faith to rise like that splendid sun every morning. God would love to rescue them, to deliver them in this day, it is certain.

I wonder what Londoners think, if anything at all, about their police state which, like a vine in the shadows, has taken root in all corners of daily life, from the terrorist notifications in the underground, which implore Londoners to report all things suspicious, to the pair of dogs which eagerly stroll through Euston. What makes this all the more incredible is the fact that even the United States, the indomitable nemesis of the fledgling, rebel order, doesn’t dare bombard its citizens with such fear mongering these days, especially with Obama in office; maybe we’ve grown wise in these past few years to the dubious returns of surrendering civil liberties to the state, of having our bags checked everywhere – London Eye; Hairspray; and The Royal Opera House check bags in London while the museums do not; somehow, that doesn’t add up for me.

I’m in a majestic bookshop on New Street in Birmingham, and certainly to confirm my suspicions, there are just as many books on the death of Christianity in Britain as there are books which attempt to murder Christianity everywhere. I did find, however, a nice biography on John Wesley by Roy Hattersley and The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I may pick up the former.

Lunch with Sally was pleasant and mirthful. We dined at a French restaurant nearby New Street – yes, Birmingham is a cultural capitol! Sally and I both tried their omelette, while her boyfriend had the fish, without chips. Conversation was light, the levity was there and so was our reminiscing about those fleeting moments during our first year in Hong Kong; it is amazing how friendships can resume so suddenly with a smile. On their recommendation, I am on my way to Warwick Castle – they also suggested that I visit Cadbury World, but they cannot take on additional visitors at the moment, the tourist office staff informed me, much to my disappointment!

Visiting Warwick Castle really made for a great day out. The castle, parts of which were established by William the Conquerer in 1068, is as much a kitschy tourist trap as a meticulous preservation of history, at times a sillier version of Ocean Park while at others a dignified dedication to a most glorious, inexorably English past. The castle caters to all visitors; and not surprisingly, that which delighted all audiences was a giant trebuchet siege engine, which for the five p.m. performance hurled a fireball high and far into the air – fantastic! Taliban beware!

I’m leaving on a jet plane this evening; don’t know when I’ll be back in England again. I’ll miss this quirky, yet endearing place; and that I shall miss Irene and Tom who so generously welcomed me into their home, fed me, and suffered my use of their toilet and shower goes without saying. I’m grateful for God’s many blessings on this trip.

On the itinerary today is a trip to John Wesley’s home, followed by a visit to the Imperial War Museum. Already this morning I picked up a tube of Oilatum, a week late perhaps, which Teri recommended I use to treat this obstinate, dermal weakness of mine – I’m happy to report that my skin has stopped crying.

John Wesley’s home is alive and well. Services are still held in the chapel everyday; and its crypt, so far from being a cellar for the dead, is a bright, spacious museum in which all things Wesley are on display – I never realized how much of an iconic figure he became in England; at the height of this idol frenzy, ironic in itself, he must have been as popular as the Beatles were at their apex. The house itself is a multi-story edifice with narrow, precipitous staircases and spacious rooms decorated in an 18th century fashion.

I found Samuel Johnson’s house within a maze of red brick hidden alongside Fleet Street. To be in the home of the man who wrote the English dictionary, and whose indefatigable love for obscure words became the inspiration for my own lexical obsession, this, by far, is the climax of my visit to England! The best certainly has been saved for last.

There are a multitude of portraits hanging around the house like ornaments on a tree. Every likeness has its own story, meticulously retold on the crib sheets in each room. Celebrities abound, including David Garrick and Sir Joshua Reynolds, who painted several of the finer images in the house. I have developed a particular affinity for Oliver Goldsmith, of whom Boswell writes, "His person was short, his countenance coarse and vulgar, his deportment that of a scholar awkwardly affecting the easy gentleman. It appears as though I, too, could use a more flattering description of myself!

I regretfully couldn’t stop to try the curry in England; I guess the CityU canteen’s take on the dish will have to do. I did, however, have the opportune task of flirting with the cute Cathay Pacific counter staff who checked me in. She was gorgeous in red, light powder on her cheeks, with real diamond earrings, she said; and her small, delicate face, commanded by a posh British accent rendered her positively irresistible, electrifying. Not only did she grant me an aisle seat but she had the gumption to return my fawning with zest; she must be a pro at this by now.

I saw her again as she was pulling double-duty, collecting tickets prior to boarding. She remembered my quest for curry; and in the fog of infatuation, where nary a man has been made, I fumbled my words like the sloppy kid who has had too much punch. I am just an amateur, alas, an "Oliver Goldsmith" with the ladies – I got no game – booyah!

Some final, consequential bits: because of the chavs, Burberry no longer sells those fashionable baseball caps; because of the IRA, rubbish bins are no longer a commodity on the streets of London, and as a result, the streets and the Underground of the city are a soiled mess; and because of other terrorists from distant, more arid lands, going through a Western airport has taken on the tedium of perfunctory procedure that doesn’t make me feel any safer from my invisible enemies.

At last, I saw so many Indians working at Heathrow that I could have easily mistaken the place for Mumbai. Their presence surprised me because their portion of the general population surely must be less than their portion of Heathrow staff, indicating some mysterious hiring bias. Regardless, they do a superb job with cursory airport checks, and in general are absurdly funny and witty when not tactless.

That’s all for England!

what’s in my pocket?
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I’ve been using this blog mainly for posting photo’s which unfortunately hasn’t been much these past few months with all my attention on the letterpress thing. However Faizel Boorany (check his blog gave me the idea that I could also use it as a reference of personal history that I don’t mind sharing in public.

With this in mind I thought I’d post what I carry in pockets every day because I’m usually changing gadgets and/or preferences so will be an interesting reference for me later on.

This is what is in my pocket.

iPhone 4 – I previously had a Blackberry Bold but as soon as this baby was available on an MTN contract I jumped ship. Since then I’ve been sorely missing the Blackberry keyboard and it’s robust e-mail functionality. The iPhone can’t really compete with these two features but fortunately everything else is just a treat. There are some amazing apps out there and it makes the iPhone the most productive and fun device I’ve ever used. The cherry on the top has to be it’s awesome camera so I don’t feel the need to lug my SLR around all the time.

Slim wallet – I ditched my bulky old school wallet last year. This slim wallet only has space for two cards, my preference of which is my driver’s license and a credit card. It also an internal pocket accessible from the top in which I’ve put a small piece of cardboard with all my other important details like health insurance, vehicle assistance and any other vital numbers and info. The back has a metal clip to hold all my cash notes and there is no place for coins which I just offload in my cars ashtray holder (the idea is to reduce bulk after all).

Notebook – this is a Moleskine cahier journal that is the perfect size for my pocket. Yes I love the digital world and have enough note taking and to-do list apps on my phone but there is still no killer replacement for a notebook. I can takes notes quicker, doodle when I want and never have to worry about it’s battery going flat.

Pen – my preferred pen is currently a Uni Pin Fine Line pen that uses pigment ink that is waterproof, doesn’t fade and is apparently archive safe. Main reason for this choice is that I find Moleskine paper tends to be on the thin side so other pen’s ink shows through rather bad to the other side. This pen doesn’t and the fine tip makes it a pleasure to sketch and doodle with.

Pocket Knife – Whenever I needed to cut something I always used my trusty Leatherman (just one of my favourite presents of all time). This multi-purpose wonder does the job but it’s also bulky and impractical to carry around. Sometime last year I stumbled upon upon this article at the Art of Manliness and decided to go out hunting for the slimmest knife I could find. This Kershaw knife is so light and thin, especially after removing the pocket clip it came with, that I don’t even feel it in my pocket. I probably find something to use it on everyday, even if it’s sometimes just to cut up a chocolate bar to share with a friend.

Flash drive – It’s not in the photo but I also carry a 8GB flash drive on my car key chain. These little things are indispensable but is getting far less use since I’ve been using Dropbox. If you don’t know about Dropbox it’s simply the best web-hosted file sharing service in the world. You can sign up for free and if you do so via this link I’ll even be rewarded with an additional 2GB space, so thank you.

Well that’s about it.

They must be tourists
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Let’s face it: New Yorkers don’t walk around the city wearing a t-shirt that proclaims how much they love where they live. Well, maybe one passionate individual might do so — but not a pink t-shirt, for goodness sake! And here we have two such people, marching along in their t-shirts, at the southwestern corner of Columbus Avenue and 72nd Street…

Thus, they must be tourists — and God bless ’em, I hope they spent oodles of money to help keep our economy afloat…

Note: even though the girls, and this photo, have nothing at all to do with Times Square, the photo was published in a Jul 26, 2009 blog titled "Avoiding Times Square." I guess that’s called "artistic license" … In addition, a cropped version of the photo was published in an Aug 13, 2009 blog titled "Travel Gear Then and Now." And it was published as an illustration in a Sep 2009 Mahalo blog titled "Whatever It Takes T-Shirts," at www-dot-mahalo-dot-com-slash-whatever-it-takes-t-shirts. More recently, it was published in a Nov 13, 2009 blog titled "10 Ways To Spot An American Tourist," as well as a Nov 16, 2009 blog titled "Textildruck mit Städtenamen." And it was published in a Dec 15, 2009 blog titled "How To Shop On A Budget in New York."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 7, 2010 blog titled "Ventajas de no parecer un turista al momento de comprar." And it was published in a Feb 16, 2010 Travel Fitness blog with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Mar 10, 2010 blog titled "Travel Packing List Part 2 – Clothing." And it was published in a Mar 29, 2010 Gadling blog titled "How not to be a traveling target." It was also published in an Apr 13, 2010 blog titled "Shopping tips for the budget traveler." It was also published in a June 2, 2010 Daily Forex News blog and a Jun 9, 2010 Forex Trading EA blog, and a Jul 7, 2010 "Latest ‘Forex News’ News blog", with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Jun 22, 2010 blog titled "I ♥ NY T-Shirt." It was also published in an Aug 20, 2010 blog titled "17 things travelers need to know this month." And it was published in a Sep 24, 2010 blog titled "ニューヨークのお買物ガイド." It was also published in an Oct 13, 2010 blog titled "Come fare shopping a New York senza spendere un capitale." And it was published in an undated (mid-Nov 2010) blog titled "Forex News – Why Most Traders Use it in the Wrong Way and Lose!" It was also published in a Nov 19, 2010 blog titled "Q&A: Where can I find a foreign exchange?? And it was published in a Nov 24, 2010 blog titled "Forget Black Friday, Can 15 Fashion Addicts Give Up Shopping for a Year?" It was also published in a Dec 4, 2010 blog titled "Global Forex Trading – What is so Appealing About This Forex Opportunity?" And it was published in a Dec 6, 2010 blog titled "What is the best forex robot available and do you recommend?" and a Dec 8, 2010 blog titled Three Very Important Forex Trading Tips for Newbies," as well as a Dec 10, 2010 blog titled "Global Forex Trading – Lesser Known Facts That Can Lead To Your Personal Wealth." It was also published in an undated (mid-Dec 2010) blog titled "Comments on Forex Trading Account Sizes, Lots and Margin Calls."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 10, 2011 issue of The Huffington Post, in a blog titled "7 Countries With The Worst Dressed Tourists (PHOTOS)." It was also published in a Jan 22, 2011 blog titled "Which areas in the USA has most people trading Forex? I can’t find any info on this anywhere!?" It was also published in an undated (early Feb 2011) blog titled "Dreaming Big Pips With a Forex Robot." And it was published in an Apr 9, 2011 blog titled "Touristism NYC 2011." It was also published in a Sep 30, 2011 blog titled "The Brass Sitdown: How To Travel, With Staffer Jane," as well as a Sep 30, 2011 Girls Clothes Images blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Dec 6, 2011 Gawker blog titled "NYC Tourist Pro Tip: Don’t Let Anyone ‘Borrow’ Your Credit Card." And it was published in a Dec 25, 2011 blog titled "Celebrity fashion: Emmy’s best and worst dressed."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Feb 28, 2012 blog titled "Am I at a healthy weight? How can I lose weight? Fitness tips?" It was also published in a Mar 22, 2012 blog titled "When Do You Really Become a New Yorker?" And to was published in a Jun 4, 2012 blog titled "Tourists Are to Thank for Manhattan’s Current Retail Boom." It was also published in an Aug 30, 2012 blog titled "Winning In The Forex Market Requires Excellent Knowledge." And for some mysterious reason, the photo was published in a Sep 12, 2012 blog with the bizarre title of "is there actually any bloody forex trading robots that work on the intercrap!!!?"

Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Mar 8, 2014 blog titled 22 People Who Are Living The…" It was also published in an undated (mid-May 2014) blog titled "21 VANLIGA MISSTAG SVENSKA TURISTER GÖR I NEW YORK."


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.

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Leonard Nimoy, with Isis the Cat, Star Trek TOS, “Assignment: Earth,” 1968
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Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 26, "Assignment: Earth"
Original U.S. broadcast date: March 29, 1968

Synopsis, via IMDb:
While back in time observing Earth in 1968, the Enterprise crew encounters the mysterious Gary Seven who has his own agenda on the planet.

This episode of "Star Trek" featured guest stars Robert Lansing (June 5, 1928 – October 23, 1994) and Teri Garr (b. December 11, 1947, billed as Terri Garr).

Some trivia about this "Star Trek" episode, via IMDb:
The original draft script was not a "Star Trek" project. Gary Seven was an Earthman from the future who had been sent back in time to combat the Omegans, an evil alien people who’d mastered time travel. "Assignment: Earth" was written to introduce a hoped-for spin-off series of the same name which never materialised. The series would have featured Robert Lansing as Gary Seven, Barbara Babcock as Isis, and Teri Garr as Roberta Lincoln. In the new series, the intrepid trio would have worked to make sure humanity achieved the destiny glimpsed via the "Star Trek" characters and Seven’s mysterious extraterrestrial information.
This episode features one of the first uses of stock footage of the first test launch of the Saturn V moon rocket in November 1967.
Barbara Babcock supplied the voice of the Beta-5 computer, as well as the cat Isis’ vocalisations. However, Victoria Vetri, Playboy Playmate of 1968, portrayed Isis in human form. Had the series gone into production, it’s not known whether Vetri would have been available for the spin-off.
Spock mentions all the events which are to occur on that date the Enterprise travelled back in time to the 20th century and met Gary Seven. Among the events mentioned was an important political assassination. As it turned out, there were ultimately two important political assassinations in 1968: just six days after this episode aired on March 29, 1968, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, and two months later, on June 6, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was killed in Los Angeles, California on the night that he won the California Democratic presidential primary.
Three black cats were used for the role of Isis.
No scenes for this episode were actually shot at Cape Kennedy itself. The illusion of being in Florida was achieved by using a combination of stock footage and Paramount studio locations.
The aliens which Gary Seven represents call themselves "The Aegis" – another word for "shield". Gary’s tool/weapon is known as a "servo". The Marvel Comics, fictional agency S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention, Espionage & Logistics Directorate) was depicted as S.E.R.V.O., which sounds like "brain" (cerveau) in French.
Gary Seven’s "servo" is used in this episode in ways not unlike Doctor Who’s "sonic screwdriver," which had been ‘invented’ for the now-famous BBC series just a couple of years earlier. Whether this is coincidence or the writers had some awareness of Doctor Who’s now-iconic tool is unknown.
While at the launch base and showing his ID to the security person, Mr. Seven shows a National Security Agency credential card. The NSA was one of the worst kept government secrets, but was not publicly acknowledged until nearly 25 years after this episode originally aired.

Fair Use Doctrine; if you use this photo, please provide attribution credit; not for commercial use (see Creative Commons license).

Died before their time
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musicians who died young. So young, in fact, that many of the performers on the following list did not reach their 40th birthday.

John Henry Bonham (31 May 1948 – 25 September 1980) was an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin. Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast right foot, distinctive sound, and "feel" for the groove. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock music. Rolling Stone readers named him the "best drummer of all time" in 2011.


On 24 September 1980, Bonham was picked up by Led Zeppelin assistant Rex King to attend rehearsals at Bray Studios for an upcoming tour of the United States—the band’s first since 1977. During the journey, Bonham asked to stop for breakfast, where he drank four quadruple vodkas (sixteen shots, between 400–560 ml). He then continued to drink heavily after arriving at the rehearsals.

They stopped rehearsing late in the evening and the band retired to Page’s house, the Old Mill House in Clewer, Windsor. After midnight on 25 September, Bonham fell asleep; someone took him to bed and placed him on his side. Benji LeFevre (who had replaced Richard Cole as Led Zeppelin’s tour manager) and John Paul Jones found him dead the next afternoon. Bonham was 32 years old.

At the coroner’s inquest it emerged that in the 24 hours before he died, Bonham consumed approximately forty shots (1-1.4 liters) of 40% ABV vodka, after which he vomited and aspirated the vomitus, causing asphyxiation. A verdict of accidental death was returned at the inquest, held on 27 October 1980. An autopsy found no other drugs in Bonham’s body.

Colin Flooks (29 December 1947 – 5 April 1998), better known as Cozy Powell, was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.


THE SEVENTIES’ rocker Cozy Powell, who once said that he drove cars like he drummed – madly – was on the phone to his girlfriend as he hurtled down a motorway at 104mph without wearing his seatbelt, an inquest heard.

Powell died on 5 April 1998 following a car accident while driving his Saab 9000 at 104 mph (167 km/h) in bad weather on the M4 motorway near Bristol.

Powell was dating a married woman who was having troubles with her husband. Upset, she phoned him on 5 April 1998 and asked him to come quickly to her house which was approximately 35 miles away. As he was driving to her house she phoned him again and asked "Where are you?" He informed her he was on his way and then she heard him say "Oh shit!" followed by a loud bang.

Powell was ejected through the windscreen and died at the scene. According to the BBC report, at the time of the crash Powell’s blood-alcohol reading was over the legal limit, and he was not wearing a seat belt, in addition to talking with his girlfriend on his mobile phone. The official investigation also found evidence of a slow puncture in a rear tyre that, it was suggested, could well have caused a sudden collapse of the tyre with a consequent loss of control of the car.

In a statement, Ms Reeve said that Powell had just told her he was having problems finding fifth gear, and hoped the engine would not seize up as he was going so fast.

Then she heard him say: "Oh shit", and the line went silent.

She kept trying to ring him back until she realised something was wrong and contacted the police. Powell, 50, was found to be slightly over the drink-drive limit after the car spun, hit the central kerb, and came to rest on its roof.

Paul Forrest, the Bristol coroner, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

It would appear that Cozy was alone in his Saab 9000 when he lost control on the M4 motorway, and crashed between junctions 18 and 19 near Bristol. He died of his injuries in the hospital.

Mr Powell, who was over the drink-drive limit and not wearing a seat belt, had complained that he was having trouble finding fifth gear and said he hoped the engine would not seize up because he was driving so fast.

The Saab suffered a rear tyre puncture shortly afterwards that sent it spinning out of control. It hit the central reservation and rolled several times before coming to rest on a grass verge.

Pc Ian Cater, who was off-duty and travelling in the opposite direction at the time of the accident, said he saw Mr Powell’s car come "cartwheeling" past him before it landed on its roof.

Cozy’s funeral took place on Saturday 18 April at a crematorium in Wiltshire, which is about 90 miles west of London. It was a simple service, with hymns and prayers, as well as a reading by a friend of Cozy’s, keyboard player Jim Johnson, and an emotional tribute by one of Cozy’s closest friends, Frank Aiello, who was the singer with Bedlam and Hammer. The service ended with ‘Let It Be’ by the Beatles.

There were dozens of floral arrangements and wreaths, with messages of sympathy from Tony Iommi, Geoff Nicholls, Tony Martin, David Coverdale and many others. Those attending in person included Brian May, Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Don Airey, Glen Tipton (Judas Priest), Denny Ball (Bedlam), Spike Edney and Jamie Moses (Brian May Band) along with family members and other close friends. There are no definite plans for a memorial/tribute event, but I’m sure that something will be organised after people have had time to get over the initial shock of Cozy’s death.

He was living at Lambourn in Berkshire at the time and had returned to the studio shortly before his death to record with Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green. At the time of death Cozy had recently had to pull out of tour rehearsals with Yngwie Malmsteen, having suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident. One of his last phone calls, to his fanclub editor, was to express distress about this, but also enthusiasm of the then forthcoming Brian May tour. By that time, he had been the drummer on at least 66 albums with minor contributions on many other recordings. Many rock drummers have cited him as a major influence.

Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) was a Scottish-born artist and musician best known as the original bassist for the Beatles. Sutcliffe left the band to pursue his career as an artist, having previously attended the Liverpool College of Art. Sutcliffe and John Lennon are credited with inventing the name, "Beetles", as they both liked Buddy Holly’s band, the Crickets. The band used this name for a while until Lennon decided to change the name to "the Beatles", from the word Beat. As a member of the group when it was a five-piece band, Sutcliffe is one of several people sometimes referred to as the "Fifth Beatle".

When the Beatles played in Hamburg, he met photographer Astrid Kirchherr, to whom he was later engaged. After leaving the Beatles, he enrolled in the Hamburg College of Art, studying under future pop artist, Eduardo Paolozzi, who later wrote a report stating that Sutcliffe was one of his best students. Sutcliffe earned other praise for his paintings, which mostly explored a style related to abstract expressionism.


While studying in Germany, Sutcliffe began experiencing severe headaches and acute sensitivity to light. In the first days of April 1962, he collapsed in the middle of an art class after complaining of head pains. German doctors performed various checks, but were unable to determine the exact cause of his headaches. On 10 April 1962, he was taken to hospital, but died in the ambulance on the way. The cause of death was later revealed to have been an aneurysm in his brain’s right hemisphere.

Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul and rhythm and blues. His singing style was powerfully influential among soul artists of 1960s and helped exemplify the Stax sound.


By 1967 the band was traveling to gigs on Redding’s Beechcraft H18. On December 9, 1967, they appeared on the Upbeat television show produced in Cleveland. They played three concerts in two nights at a small club called Leo’s Casino. After a phone call with Zelma and their children, Redding’s next stop was Madison, Wisconsin; the next day they were to play at the Factory nightclub near the University of Wisconsin.

Although the weather was poor, with heavy rain and fog and despite warnings, the plane took off. Four miles from their destination at Truax Field in Madison, the pilot radioed for permission to land. Shortly thereafter, the plane crashed into Lake Monona.

Bar-Kays member Ben Cauley, the accident’s only survivor, was sleeping shortly before the accident. He woke just before impact to see bandmate Phalon Jones look out a window and exclaim, "Oh, no!" Cauley said the last thing he remembered before the crash was unbuckling his seat belt. He then found himself in frigid water, grasping a seat cushion to keep afloat.

A non-swimmer, he was unable to rescue the others. The cause of the crash was never determined. James Brown claimed in his autobiography, The Godfather of Soul, that he had warned Redding not to fly in the plane.

Aretha Franklin stated, "I heard it on the TV. My sister Caroline and I stopped everything and stayed glued to the TV and radio. It was a tragedy. Shocking."

Other victims were pilot Richard Fraser, drummer Matthew Kelly, lead guitarist of the Bar-Kays Jimmy King, tenor saxophonist Phalon Jones, organist Ronnie Caldwell and drummer Carl Cunningham.

Redding’s body was recovered the next day when the lake bed was searched. The family postponed the funeral from December 15 to December 18 so that more could attend.

The service took place at the City Auditorium in Macon. More than 4,500 people came to the funeral, overflowing the 3,000-seat hall, although many did not know who he was. Johnny Jenkins and Isaac Hayes did not come, fearing their reaction would be worse than Zelma Redding’s.

Redding was entombed at his ranch in Round Oak, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Macon. Jerry Wexler delivered the eulogy. Redding died just three days after recording Dock of the Bay. He was survived by Zelma and three children, Otis III, Dexter and Karla. Otis, Dexter and cousin Mark Lockett later founded the Reddings, a band managed by Zelma.

She also maintained or worked at the janitorial service Maids Over Macon, several nightclubs and booking agencies. On November 8, 1997, a memorial plaque was placed on the lakeside deck of the Madison convention center, Monona Terrace.

Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and musician.

Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s with a string of hits, including "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", and duet recordings with Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". During the 1970s, he recorded the concept albums What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of its production company.


The Reverend Marvin Pentz Gay Sr. (October 1, 1914 – October 10, 1998) was an American minister of the House of God. He was the father of American recording artist Marvin Gaye and gained notoriety after shooting and killing him on April 1, 1984 following an argument at their Los Angeles home.

At around 11:38 am (PST) on April 1, 1984, as Marvin was seated on his bed talking to his mother, Gaye’s father shot Marvin twice. The first shot, which entered the right side of Gaye’s chest, was fatal, having perforated his vital organs. Gaye was taken to the emergency room of the California Hospital Medical Center and was pronounced dead on arrival at 1:01 pm (PST). Gaye died a day before turning 45. The gun with which Marvin Gay, Sr. shot his son, was given to him by Marvin, as a Christmas present, to keep Marvin safe from intruders.

Following his funeral, Marvin was cremated with part of his ashes spread near the Pacific Ocean. Gaye did not leave behind a will or an insurance policy at the time of his death.

During his first police interview, Gay snr, would tell cops that he didn’t mean to shoot him, but that he had been scared that he would be hurt and only shot him in self-defense. When the police asked him if he loved his son, Gay softly told them, "let’s say I didn’t dislike him." When the police later told Gay that his son had died from his shots, he reportedly sobbed and wept uncontrollably before he was taken to prison and was promptly charged with first-degree murder for his son’s death.

Gaye’s father pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge and was sentenced to probation. He later died of pneumonia in 1998. Marvin’s fans have held vigils for the singer at the final residence to celebrate the day of his birth.

Samuel "Sam" Cooke (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964) was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music.

His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Preston and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was "the inventor of soul music", and possessed "an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed."


Cooke died at the age of 33 on December 11, 1964, at the Hacienda Motel at 9137 South Figueroa Street, in Los Angeles, California. Answering separate reports of a shooting and of a kidnapping at the motel, police found Cooke’s body, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes but no shirt, pants or underwear. He had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, which was later determined to have pierced his heart.

The motel’s manager, Bertha Franklin, said she had shot Cooke in self-defense after he broke into her office residence and attacked her. Her account was immediately questioned and disputed by friends and acquaintances.

The official police record says that Franklin fatally shot Cooke, who had checked in earlier that evening. Franklin claimed that Cooke had broken into the manager’s office-apartment in a rage, wearing nothing but a shoe and a sports coat, demanding to know the whereabouts of a woman who had accompanied him to the hotel. Franklin said the woman was not in the office and that she told Cooke this, but the enraged Cooke did not believe her and violently grabbed her, demanding again to know the woman’s whereabouts.

According to Franklin, she grappled with Cooke, the two of them fell to the floor, and she then got up and ran to retrieve her gun. She said she then fired at Cooke in self-defense because she feared for her life. Cooke was struck once in the torso and, according to Franklin, he exclaimed, "Lady, you shot me", before mounting a last charge at her. She said she beat him over his head with a broomstick before he finally fell, mortally wounded by the gunshot.

According to Franklin and the motel’s owner, Evelyn Carr (some sources identify the motel owner’s last name as "Card"), they had been on the telephone together at the time of the incident. Thus, Carr claimed to have overheard Cooke’s intrusion and the ensuing conflict and gunshot. Carr called the police to request that officers go to the motel, telling them she believed a shooting had occurred.

Some of Cooke’s family and supporters, however, have rejected Boyer’s version of events, as well as those given by Franklin and Carr. They believe there was a conspiracy to murder Cooke, and the murder took place in some manner entirely different from the three official accounts.

Singer Etta James wrote that her viewing of Cooke’s body, before his funeral, led her to join those who question the accuracy of the official version of events. She said the injuries she observed were well beyond what could be explained by the official account of Franklin’s alone having fought with Cooke. James described Cooke as having been so badly beaten that his head was nearly separated from his shoulders, his hands were broken and crushed, and his nose mangled.

No concrete evidence supporting a criminal conspiracy has been presented to date.

A coroner’s inquest was convened to investigate the incident.

The woman who had accompanied Cooke to the motel was identified as Elisa Boyer, who had also called the police that night shortly before Carr had. Boyer had called the police from a telephone booth near the motel, telling them she had just escaped being kidnapped.

John Henry Rostill (16 June 1942 – 26 November 1973) was an English bassist and composer, recruited by The Shadows to replace Brian Locking.

Stylistically, Rostill combined the solidity of Brian Locking and the adventurousness of Jet Harris. Many of his bass lines were heavily syncopated and he developed a range of new sounds on the Burns bass during his time with the group, a longer period than Harris and Locking put together. To many players, Rostill was ahead of his time and included double-stopping in his technique. Unusually, for that time, Rostill sometimes played bass finger-style as well as with a plectrum, depending on the sound he wanted.


John Rostill died in Radlett, England, on 26 November 1973. He was electrocuted by his guitar owing to faulty or incorrectly earthed electrical equipment. His body was found by Bruce Welch.

He was survived by his wife Margaret and his son Paul (a year old when his father died).

Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie, later named John Beverley (10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979), was an English bass guitarist and vocalist, most famous as a member of the influential punk group the Sex Pistols.

Nancy Laura Spungen (February 27, 1958 – October 12, 1978) was the girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and a figure of the 1970s punk rock scene. Spungen’s life, and her death, have been the subject of controversy among music historians and fans of the Sex Pistols.

Raised in Philadelphia, Spungen was an emotionally disturbed child who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 15. After being expelled from college, she went to London at the height of the punk rock craze and became involved with Sid Vicious. Their relationship was punctuated by bouts of domestic violence and drug abuse. The press soon labelled Spungen "Nauseating Nancy" for her shocking behavior. After the Sex Pistols disbanded, the couple moved to New York City and checked into the Hotel Chelsea. They spent their days consuming drugs and were regularly visited by drug dealers.

In October 1978, Spungen was found dead in the bathroom of the couple’s room, of a single stab wound to the abdomen. Sid Vicious was charged with her murder but died of a heroin overdose in February 1979, before the case went to trial. Various authors and filmmakers have speculated about Vicious’ role in Spungen’s death and the possibility that Spungen was killed by a drug dealer who frequented their room.

On 22 October, ten days after Spungen’s death, Vicious attempted suicide by slitting his wrist with a smashed light bulb and was subsequently hospitalized at Bellevue Hospital where he also tried killing himself by jumping from a window as well as shouting "I want to be with my Nancy" or other similar words, but got pulled back by hospital staff. In an interview he gave in November 1978, he said that Nancy’s death was "meant to happen" and that "Nancy always said she’d die before she was 21."

Near the end of the interview, he was asked if he was having fun. In reply, he asked the interviewer if he was kidding, adding that he would like to be "under the ground." It was also at Bellevue that he met his lawyer James Merberg, who did everything he could to keep Vicious out of jail.

Second arrest: assault

He was charged with assault after attacking Todd Smith, singer Patti Smith’s brother, at a Skafish concert at Hurrah; a New York dance club. Peter Kodick and Steve Dior were there to grab him, and the chaos that followed consisted of people chasing the trio down the street and potentially causing a lot more trouble at the bar.

Vicious was arrested on December 9, 1978 and sent to Rikers Island metro jail for fifty-five days to undergo a painful and enforced detoxification. It was revealed in the pilot episode of Final 24 that Sid was raped, abused, attacked and subjected to various other humiliating assaults, but no one has reported witnessing these events. He was released on bail on February 1, 1979.

Bail was originally set at ,000., but lowered after court hearings and negotiations from his lawyer. Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols’ manager, worked to raise money and the bond was eventually covered by Virgin Records. John Lydon has stated that Mick Jagger stepped in and paid for the lawyers for Vicious, and has praised Jagger for never seeking any publicity for this.

1979: Sid Vicious dies from drugs overdose

Sex Pistols’ bass player Sid Vicious has died of a heroin overdose in New York.

His mother, Anne Beverley, found him dead in bed with his sleeping girlfriend in an apartment in Greenwich Village this morning.

There had been a party in the flat to celebrate Mr Vicious’ release on ,000 bail yesterday pending his trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, last October.

The precise details of his death are unknown but party guests say Sid Vicious – real name John Simon Ritchie – took some heroin at midnight.

His mother, once a registered addict, said: "He knew the smack was pure and strong and took a lot less than usual."

Shortly after taking the drug Mr Vicious, 21, collapsed, went into seizure and displayed the symptoms of overdose.

He revived 40 minutes later and went to bed with his girlfriend, Michelle Robinson, at about 0300 local time.

The first police officer on the scene later in the morning was Robert Zink who discovered "a syringe, a spoon and what is probably residue near the body."

The troubled punk musician – renowned for his violent behaviour – had been on a detoxification, methadone programme in prison, but he had developed a £40 a day habit since meeting Miss Spungen last year.

It was the second time Virgin Records – the Sex Pistols’ label – had to bail out Sid Vicious.

He was re-arrested after his initial bail for assaulting Patti Smith’s brother, Todd, in a New York disco and had just served another 55 days in prison.

A spokesman for Virgin boss Richard Branson said: "In retrospect he was obviously far safer in jail where the temptations that ultimately killed him were not present."

Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McClaren – who was planning a comeback for the band – also blames the person who gave him the heroin at the party.

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It was taken about halfway up the block in the east part of Broadway, between 79th and 80th Street. It really is within north end of "Filene’s Basement" store on the place, and it is a spot in which I usually seen homeless people holding up a sign that wants support…

With extremely unusual exceptions, We haven’t photographed these homeless individuals; this indicates to me that they’re in an exceedingly protective scenario, and I also do not want to make the most of their circumstance. But one thing uncommon was occurring here: the 2 ladies (have been in fact cooperating, and acting in combination, despite the rather bad demeanor of this woman on left) had been giving several parcels of meals to your younger homeless guy on the right.

I don’t know if the women were taking meals from their own kitchen area, or if they had brought it from a nearby restaurant. However it ended up being demonstrably a conscious, deliberate activity, and something that they had considered for quite a while…

The thing that was specifically interesting had been which they did not dwell, did not make an effort to have a discussion with the young man; they gave him the foodstuff they had brought, and promptly wandered away. As they left, we noticed the child peering into his bag (the one the truth is on the ground beside him inside photo) getting a significantly better feeling of the tasty meal these two type women had brought him…

Note: this picture was published in a Jan 6, 2009 web log publishing entitled
"Six classes from a Wooden Boy: Lesson Three: avoid being a Social Media Jackass." It had been in addition referenced (and perchance posted) in a Jan 27, 2009 Swedish blog entitled "Firmy na celom svete prepustia 76-tisíc ľudí." Therefore was published in a May 4, 2009 weblog titled "More regarding the .18 million for homeless prevention in Tacoma." It was additionally posted in a May 18, 2009 weblog entitled "Helping the Homeless: to-do or perhaps not to complete. This is the Concern!" It absolutely was in addition published in an April 28, 2009 web log named "Blog Sobre Mi Tiempo Devocional." I also simply discovered that it was posted as a "related image" illlustration on a Dec 6, 2008 weblog named…. More recently, it was published in an Aug 27, 2009 weblog named "Ideas for a fresh Marketing World: Day 36." Plus it had been posted in a Sep 2, 2009 blog entitled "Eagle Scout Rehabs Homeless ‘Mission Home’." It had been additionally published in a Sep 20 2009 web log named "Dallas Outlaws Crimes of Compassion." As well as factors I do not understand, the image had been posted as an illustration that I found on Sep 30, 2009 in a Boorah web log titled "Kitchen 2 Kitchen, Tacoma (although it features nothing to do with Tacoma or restaurants)." It had been additionally published in a Nov 22, 2009 web log called "Keeping Gratitude in Thanksgiving."

Note: since this is the 2nd most-viewed picture during my Flickr archives, I decided to produce some small modifying improvements on Aug 6, 2009. I used Apple’s Aperture system to eliminate "hot spots" and "cold spots" into the picture, and also adjusted/decreased some of the shadows. Most people probably won’t notice the distinction…

Moving into 2010, the image was published in a Feb 9, 2010 True/Slant web log named "Should the homeless be arrested or rehabilitated?" Plus it had been published in a Feb 10, 2010 blog titled "Doar à Deus é doar ao próximo." It was also published in a Mar 12, 2010 weblog titled " Beck: Beware ‘Social Justice Christians’." Also it had been posted in a Mar 23, 2010 blog site entitled "“Homeless matter 2010″ now underway in Vancouver." It had been in addition published in a May 26, 2010 French blog titled "Concours des blogs : Votez pour moi ! (ou pour les autres)." And it has also been published in a Jun 21, 2010 web log called "How To Advocate When it comes to Homeless," along with a Jun 25, 2010 blog named " Language when you look at the Clinician’s Office." It was in addition published in a Jun 30, 2010 weblog entitled "Take a Photo of Someone Performing Good." Therefore had been published in a Jul 28, 2010 blog by "homeless girl" title "Giving Simply Food To Panhandlers Is Lazy, Self-centred And Predictable." It was in addition posted in an Aug 30, 2010 blog site named "5 even more Homeless Lent charge cards To See should they provide them with right back," and an Aug 29, 2010 weblog entitled "The Emmaus Center Homeless Shelter." It had been additionally posted in a Sep 2, 2010 blog site entitled "Would You Trust a Panhandler along with your bank card?" and a Sep 15, 2010 blog site named "Helping the homeless requires compassion." And it ended up being published in a Sep 29, 2010 web log named "Nice Self-improvement Tv photos." Therefore ended up being posted in an Oct 27, 2010 blog site titled "When Doing Good Is Bad." It was also posted in a Nov 13, 2010 Gobal discussion weblog titled "Oxford Round Five Motion," plus a Nov 21, 2010 blog entitled "Lastest 21 Tv Dallas Information." I also found that it had been posted in an Oct 15, 2010 weblog entitled "Gettin’ all eh??" it absolutely was in addition posted in a Dec 21, 2010 web log entitled "Q&A: how exactly to persuade my parents to get a snake?" Plus it had been posted in a Dec 27, 2010 blog site entitled "Over one million of The united states’s pupils tend to be homeless." It had been also published in a Dec 30, 2010 blog titled "How Applying Behavior and Motivator Assessments Can boost your Life: role 4."

Getting into 2011, the picture had been posted in a web log named "6 urban myths That Get Us Stuck (Myth no. 5 – Self Help)." As well as factors I do not comprehend after all, it was published in an Apr 10, 2011 web log titled "Sunday Night Football Odds: Giants vs Eagles." Therefore was posted in a Jun 6, 2011 blog site titled "Arrested for Feeding Homeless Folks." It absolutely was in addition posted, in a cropped/sepia-toned kind, as an illustration from the Lean On Myself Outreach website. It was in addition published in a Jul 17, 2011 blog site entitled "Bad Credit? We could Help!" The picture has also been published in a Dec 24, 2011 weblog entitled "Home the Holidays to help homeless individuals of Boston."

Stepping into 2012, the image had been published in a Feb 2, 2012 web log named "Bronx Interfaith Nonprofit Saved." It had been in addition published in a Mar 13, 2012 weblog entitled "Bartle, Bogle, Hegarty (BBH) Dehumanizes the Homeless with Their ‘Homeless Hotspots’ Campaign." Plus it ended up being posted in an undated (mid-May 2012) blog titled "HOw To Aid Someone With Anxiety?" It had been additionally posted in a May 30, 2012 blog site named "The Secrets of the Healthy notice." Plus it had been posted in a Jul 10, 2012 web log named "Moved With Compassion." It absolutely was additionally posted in a Sep 13, 2012 blog site entitled Problems With Help?" Plus it was posted in an Oct 30, 2012 blog site titled "29 Positive-Thinking Tips from My 29 Years." It was additionally published in a Dec 3, 2012 web log titled "Who’re Our Neighbors?",as well as a Dec 7, 2012 weblog called "GIVING TO YOUR POOR? (JOURNAL ENTRY)." And it also ended up being published in a Dec 14, 2012 blog site entitled "One Individual Can Change the whole world." It had been additionally posted, among a number of pictures, in a blog called "YOLO: 10 issues must do prior to the World Ends.."

Stepping into 2013, the picture ended up being posted in a Jan 28, 2013 blog site entitled "5 procedures for assisting being aided." It absolutely was additionally published in a Mar 7, 2013 web log entitled "My factor Driven lifestyle: 3/7/13 Thursday – Day 13 – Worship That Pleases Jesus." Therefore was published in a May 23, 2013 blog site titled "Brain Can learn how to be Compassionate, learn Reports." It absolutely was in addition published in a Jun 19, 2013 blog site entitled "Where You Should Place Your Savings." And it had been posted in a Jul 6, 2013 weblog entitled "Compassion: A Jewish Perspective." It absolutely was in addition published in an Aug 18, 2013 blog site titled "‘Direct’ – buying insurance coverage remotely." Also it ended up being published in a Sep 5, 2013 blog site entitled "Generosity Takes Care Of Over Time." It was additionally posted in an Oct 30, 2013 web log titled "Blanket and coat drive helping Montgomery’s homeless," including a Nov 15, 2013 weblog titled “Bloomberg Says Poverty Numbers On His Watch Better Than Other Cities" and a Nov 27, 2013 blog site named "Los Angeles Considers Ban on Publicly Feeding Homeless People." It absolutely was in addition published in a Dec 4, 2013 blog called "Ethics & photographer – 22 photographs of Homeless."

Getting into 2014, the photo was posted in a Jan 29, 2014 blog titled "Altruistic functions more prevalent in says with high well being." It was additionally posted in a Feb 19, 2014 weblog named The Unlovable." It had been in addition published in a Mar 17, 2014 blog site entitled "Is It viable to be Really Selfless?" It had been in addition posted in a Mar 25, 2014 blog site named "Five Urban Myths About Panhandlers." It had been in addition posted in an Apr 17, 2014 web log entitled "that is likely to be compassionate towards a stranger?". Therefore was published in a May 14, 2014 blog site called "Prompt #1024 the cornerstone of Compassion." It absolutely was in addition posted in a May 26, 2014 blog site titled "Aggression rises in Surrey panhandlers." It was in addition posted in an undated (mid-July 2014) Law Street weblog named "The Costs of Criminalizing Homelessness."

Stepping into 2015, the photo ended up being published in a March 1, 2015 Dutch web log called "Zo eenvoudig en goedkoop is het om een einde aan dakloosheid te maken."


This is section of an evolving photo-project, that’ll most likely carry on through the entire summer time of 2008, and maybe beyond: an arbitrary collection of "interesting" individuals in an easy stretch for the Upper western Side of New york — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, particularly along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don’t choose to intrude on individuals privacy, so I generally utilize a telephoto lens to be able to photograph them as they’re however 50-100 legs from myself; but this means I have to carry on concentrating my interest from the men and women and activities half a block away, in the place of on what’s right in front side of me personally.

I have in addition learned that, most of the time, the opportunities for an interesting image are extremely momentary — actually a case of a couple of moments, prior to the person(s) at issue proceed, turn away, or stop performing whatever ended up being interesting. And so I’ve learned to keep the digital camera switched on (which contradicts my standard urge to store battery), and not be concerned a great deal about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … in the end, after the electronic image is uploaded to my computer system, it’s pretty insignificant to crop out the parts unrelated to the primary topic.

In most cases, I intentionally prevented photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy individuals. There are many of them around, and additionally they would definitely produce some remarkable pictures; nevertheless they usually wouldn’t like become photographed, and I also wouldn’t like to feel like I’m benefiting from them. I’m however hunting for possibilities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which can encourage others to reach out and help all of them. We are going to observe it goes …

Really the only other thing I’ve observed, so far, is the fact that while there are numerous interesting individuals to photograph, there are far, far, far more and more people who’re perhaps not so interesting. They truly are most likely fine folks, as well as may be much more interesting versus people I’ve photographed … but there is only absolutely nothing memorable about all of them.

Playboy Playmate Victoria Vetri, Star Trek TOS, “Assignment: Earth,” 1968
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Celebrity Trek: period 2, Episode 26, "Assignment: Earth"
First U.S. broadcast date: March 29, 1968

Synopsis, via IMDb:
While back in its history observing world in 1968, the business crew encounters the mysterious Gary Seven who has his very own schedule in the world.

This episode of "Star Trek" showcased guest stars Robert Lansing (Summer 5, 1928 – October 23, 1994) and Teri Garr (b. December 11, 1947, billed as Terri Garr).

Some trivia about it "Star Trek" event, via IMDb:
The original draft script was not a "Star Trek" project. Gary Seven had been an Earthman through the future who had previously been repaid in time to fight the Omegans, an evil alien people who’d mastered time vacation. "Assignment: Earth" was written to present a hoped-for spin-off group of the same title which never ever materialised. The series would have featured Robert Lansing as Gary Seven, Barbara Babcock as Isis, and Teri Garr as Roberta Lincoln. In brand-new show, the intrepid trio would have worked to be sure humanity realized the fate glimpsed through the "Star Trek" characters and Seven’s mysterious extraterrestrial information.
This event features one of the first utilizes of stock video footage of first test launch regarding the Saturn V moon rocket in November 1967.
Barbara Babcock supplied the voice regarding the Beta-5 computer, as well as the pet Isis’ vocalisations. However, Victoria Vetri, Playboy Playmate of 1968, portrayed Isis in human being type. Had the show gone into manufacturing, it isn’t known whether Vetri would have been readily available for the spin-off.
Spock mentions all the occasions that are to happen thereon time the Enterprise travelled back in its history toward twentieth century and met Gary Seven. On the list of occasions mentioned was an important governmental assassination. Since it proved, there have been ultimately two crucial political assassinations in 1968: simply six times after this event broadcast on March 29, 1968, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, as well as 2 months later on, on Summer 6, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was killed in Los Angeles, Ca on night that he won the California Democratic presidential primary.
Three black kitties were used the role of Isis.
No moments for this event were really shot at Cape Kennedy it self. The illusion of being in Florida had been achieved by utilizing a mixture of stock video footage and Paramount studio locations.
The aliens which Gary Seven signifies call by themselves "The Aegis" – another word for "shield". Gary’s tool/weapon is recognized as a "servo". The Marvel Comics, imaginary company S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention, Espionage & Logistics Directorate) ended up being portrayed as S.E.R.V.O., which appears like "brain" (cerveau) in French.
Gary Seven’s "servo" is employed in this episode in manners not unlike physician who is "sonic screwdriver," which had been ‘invented’ for now-famous BBC series one or two hours years earlier on. Whether that is coincidence or the writers had some awareness of Doctor that is now-iconic tool is as yet not known.
While on launch base and showing his ID to your security person, Mr. Seven reveals a National Security department credential card. The NSA ended up being among worst held government secrets, but was not publicly acknowledged until nearly 25 years after this event originally broadcast.

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Xmas Tree Bokeh 2
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This picture has some rights set aside beneath the creative commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike license. Basically you can make use of it, but do not make money using it. Should you choose use it, provide attribution to me by connecting right to this page on flickr. Many Thanks.

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Playing around once again with all the xmas Tree template I meant to fit over my 50mm f/1.8 for our photo. This time with a tree with coloured lights.

I like this, probably because there are more tints, plus the tree shape.

This effect is achieved by using a peice of card infront regarding the lens with a form cut-out of it. I basically cut a group the exact same dimensions while the end associated with the lens regarding a cereal packet, then slice the form of a Christmas Tree out from the middle. Next we slashed a long peice of card about 4cm large so that as lengthy given that circumference associated with the circle. Roll it into a cylinder and tape it into the circle so that it makes a ‘cup’ using the circular card with all the shape in because the base. This will after that be connected on the lens.

Place your digital camera into manual focus and aperture priority modes. Aim the digital camera in the subject (one thing with fairy lights works pretty well, but something with point sourced elements of light can do) and throw the focus way-out, you need to begin to see this impact. The even worse the focus, the bigger the shapes. Today be sure that you are utilizing the greatest aperture your lens will attain (lowest f number). We used a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D lens which includes a somewhat huge aperture, nevertheless should be able to understand this influence on all D-SLR lenses really, to an inferior or better level.

Now shoot the image! You will need a tripod if the shutter speed is lengthy, this shot had been portable.

Which is it! We’ll publish photos for the cardboard ‘template’ accessory once I can.
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I truly takes no credit the concept, I very first saw it here, but there are numerous other examples on flickr.

Have some fun! I would want to see what effects other folks can make! Either post all of them here or send me personally a flickrmail!

Bad Credit Charge Cards – When You Should Make An Application For One

Bad Credit Charge Cards – When You Should Make An Application For One

In the event your credit history takes a winner, you may find it tough for a unique charge card. Loan providers today are looking for clients with well-established credit, and if yours does not measure, it can be hard to obtain authorized. This presents problematic for many who have actually dropped into problems pertaining to the current recession in the united states.

Bad credit credit cards could be the response to your credit concerns. It’s not hard to get approved for this particular card, and you may put it to use while you begin working your way support the financial ladder. Here are a few signs that you are prepared apply for one.

Low credit history

even although you at this time manage your finances really, if you’ve had trouble in the recent past, it can take some time for lenders to understand that you are today on the right course. This could cause a reduced credit rating that hangs on for months, if not years. Once you make an application for a card, most organizations check your score and then react correctly. If yours is reasonable, your application will most likely be refused.

Bad credit credit cards, but tend to be create for people within footwear. When you have an undesirable score, you should have a less strenuous time getting approved for this style of card. Then you’re able to use it to start out rebuilding your rating.

A necessity for Plastic

in the present plastic-oriented world, it really is sometimes better to use a card to pay for things. If you store on the web, want to rent a vehicle or would you like to book flight tickets, having a credit card is effective. Also for each day expenditures, you may want to swipe a card rather than create a check.

Should this be the case and you’re having issues getting a card, a poor credit charge card makes it possible to aside. You should use it when you shop on the web or in a store. After that repay the total amount at the end of the month.

A Stepping Stone for Better Credit

If you’ve had issues in past times with credit, you are anxious to make things around. Having a negative credit credit card makes it possible to do that. You will have the opportunity to work on managing an account sensibly, and can make repayments every month in order to prevent holding increased stability.

These cards generally are accountable to significant credit bureaus. By doing so, others will be able to note that you may be managing finances well. Since the months go by, your credit rating will slowly increase. When this occurs, you can submit an application for other forms of credit, or cards with additional benefits attached to them.

If you should be ready to make a start in the financial world, a negative credit charge card are best for your needs. The key to taking advantage of this particular card is to utilize it in the easiest way possible. Spend the charges attached to the card and keep carefully the stability down. By doing so, you’ll be able to rebuild your credit while having more monetary opportunities inside following years. Since’s anything to smile about.

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Great Bad Debt Charge card pictures

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Some cool negative credit rating credit card photos:

examining the lake
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< img alt=" poor credit bank card" src="" size=" 400"/ > Picture by< a href= "" > Vocal singing With Light Simply returned from my Journey to Uganda, the meeting itself went quite well, but was a tedious journey where numerous things went wrong,
Started off with my glasses obtaining scractched intially not to bad but they simply kept obtaining even worse and also even worse till in the end they were unusuable,
Am making use of some temp analysis glasses that althought not ideal allow me to obtain on right here and also catch up
after that on concerning day 3 of the journey my laptop crashed with around 600 shots on it, that I just had there, ideally I can recoup those, so switched from shotting RAW to JPG as well as have about 600 odd I revived on the cam and will certainly begin gradually resolving.

And also to add to issues on the journey my charge card details obtained caught someplace and also 2 chargeds of a couple of grand each wwere tried to be placed on it, thankfully the bank caught iit and also blocked the card, so apart from not having a charge card on the trip it wasnt to bad

This is the first one of them, taken at the Speke Hotel where we had the meeting, an attractive place, which with any luck a few of my shots will certainly justify

Will gradually be capturing up with all your messages

better on B l a c k M a g i c

Visionaire homework March 5.
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< img alt=" negative credit report bank card" src="" size=" 400"/ > Photo by< a href= "" > Tamara Artis” HOMEWORK: A Style aim for a selected Designer – if no Ls, go to Gizza or any freebie corner! Raw Photo that is naturally modified as if you are doing a publication shoot for a developer and also consist of design card – assuming factor: what are u intend to focus on? your face? or the clothes?”

Ok so I really felt kinda negative because I was primarily reusing my customers photos for classes while others are doing something new so now I made the effort to think exactly what and also the best ways to do. And also thank you to my Manoush that found this awesome looking gown:-RRB-)).

The educators claimed natural edit so I simply dealt with the hair a little bit and included couple of strands aside, and modified few shadows. Windlight is midnight one somewhat transformed, graphics were on ultra and I assume thats it.

Outfit:.:: Dead Dollz::. Ligeia Evil one’s Offspring – Mesh Gown.
Horns: Accessory Digital Dream (ty Mali for aiding me obtain them).
Gloves: Full Perm FitMesh Ladies Arm Gloves With 6 Hand Poses.
Shoes: _ CandyDoll _ Newell Heels Black (FEET NOT INCLUDED.
Hair: [LeLutka] -BOUFFANT hair/Dark Red.
Eyes: Eyes IKON Spectral Eyes – Blue.
Lashes: * MC * “” Falsies” Mesh Alpha Eyelashes with HUD – Pack1.
Skin: * Organization * Jen Medium Aqua (Bosom C).
Forming I obtained from Lotus so ask her:p.
Scene:! Ruckus – Sanctuary Ruins.

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Well the unpreventable finally happened. The EOS 5D went down below,000 at B&H Picture. So after my mess with PriceRitePhoto attempting to purchase my 5D I learned an useful lesson. You need to take more care in who you deal with online. One name that turned up time and again as a credible dealer was B&H Picture out of New york city. So after seeing B&H’s price on the 5D and waiting on it to drop below,000 it lastly did. Many thanks to Sam Bloomberg-Rissman for the direct when it dropped. So I browsed the web and also positioned an order with them for the cam, a 4 job Sandisk sd card, in addition to a 135mm L series lens.

The results? I mean about like could be expected. B&H claims that if you order prior to 3:30 pm they can get you the electronic camera out the same day. I ordered it on Friday and received an email from B&H on Sunday stating that they might not process my order. They stated that they were unable to confirm some payment details on my charge card. I got in touch with Monday a.m. as well as consulted with Ivan. Ivan claimed that American Express can not verify the contact number that I had actually provided with my order. (When I called American Express later on to ask about this they informed me that they did not have a company contact number on declare me so I updated my documents with them).

Ivan consented to telephone me back at my work number to validate it, the number that I gave in my order, and after that when I addressed he consented to ship the camera that day. I discovered Ivan to be an extremely respectful and valuable sales staff. Ivan carried out in truth send it Fed Ex on Monday however I didn’t really obtain it up until Wednesday. Fed Ex-spouse asserted that the general public transportation strike in New York held it up a day. And also after that the other day (Wednesday) it was below. I did not mention to Ivan that I was a blogger or would be covering my experience.

The cam is really pretty remarkable as well as I really feel quite lucky to be able to have the luxury of getting it. I take images each day and also it is an enthusiasm of mine so component of my warranting the amount invested was that it will certainly have an excellent house and also obtain great deals as well as great deals of usage. I’m going to compose a testimonial on the camera later on yet I took it out for a spin late last night and it genuinely is a great piece of tools. I took the picture above with the video camera last evening.

Overall I have to say I was pretty pleased with B&H. As my order was a larger order I can recognize where they would certainly desire to check and also confirm my info and work/shipping phone number and I can not actually criticize Fed Ex-spouse on the someday delay due to the transit strike. There was no high-pressure salesmanship to acquire extra accessories at B&H as well as I got the cam that I orderd in exceptional problem, well jam-packed, for a fantastic cost. I will definitely be getting more points from B&H Photo in the future as well as am really pleased regarding my experience with them.

Although my whole fiasco of trying to purchase my 5D via PriceRitePhoto left a poor taste in my mouth, I believe it was a great understanding experience in the end for me. As well as my subsequent favorable experience with B&H mosts likely to reveal you that not all online merchants misbehave guys as well as that you just have to do your homework and also be warry of a firm’s on-line credibility when ordering. Certainly among the reasons that B&H is as succesful as they are is because they perform in truth appreciate their track record– nothing else video camera dealer obtained a lot more favorable praise when I started blogging my issues relating to PriceRitePhoto. This partly is why I picked them to acquire from them as well as why I’m certain I will buy much more from them in the future.

Many thanks B&H for a fantastic video camera as well as a wonderful on-line buying experience.