Seen on a recent trip to San Antonio, Texas, which is probably the last place
you’d expect to see any attempt to constrain the use of any kind of headwear.
Obviously they don’t mean you can’t wear your own hat while taking photos; what
they want to prevent is people wearing the display hats for the purposes of
having their photographs taken. Or at least I think so; there were no hats in
the vicinity of this particular notice.
There used to be a joke in photographic circles that most people had rolls of
film printed with “Christmas at each end and a beach in the middle”. This blog
hasn’t been idle quite that long, but I’ve just got back from a very nice
vacation in Bruges inspired by the visit I made for the conference mentioned in
the last two entries.
Mmmmmm, chocolate… and, apparently, pixies. Who knew?
I was contacted a couple of days ago by a Wikipedian who had seen this picture in my flickr stream. He had a story to tell about this lion, he said, and would I be prepared to re-license the image appropriately to allow this?
Of course I agreed, and the Wikipedia article on the Piraeus Lion is now available. Of course I’m immensely chuffed that something I took as a holiday snapshot should turn out to be a bit more useful than that.
I knew there was some sort of story connected with one of the lions when I took the picture, but wasn’t able to see the rumoured graffiti even with it right in front of my face. One of the most interesting things to me about the Wikipedia article is that the second image illustrating the topic is actually an enhanced version of a detail from my own image.
I spent a few days in the Hyatt/McCormick Place Arcology in Chicago recently, afraid to venture outside lest my limbs break off like brittle sticks in the -15C temperatures. So, here are some entirely unadventurous pictures taken out of the window on the 23rd floor of the hotel.
We have recently returned from a very enjoyable week’s vacation in Venice, Italy. I have posted a flickr image set of a few of my happy snaps; you can view it as a slide show if you like.
Venice makes a pretty restful place to visit for anyone tired of city traffic noise. They might also have the best gelati I've ever tasted. I heartily recommend the mela verde, limone and melone from Bar Solda' in the Campo Ss. Apostoli if you're in the area.
The photographs were all taken with my Nikon E5700, mostly in RAW format
this time round. Post-processing was done in beta 3 of Adobe Lightroom. I
must say I am really impressed by Lightroom; I hope they don’t charge an arm and
a leg for it once it becomes a real product.
Another fun street sign, this one from Burano (near Venice) in Italy. A
“fondamenta” is the kind of street that runs along the side of a canal. Just
the place you’d expect an assassin to ply his trade, perhaps, but the colour
doesn’t match the image somehow.
Number one in a series of probably at least two “Great Street Signs of the World”.
Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate is the name of a very small street in the city of York,
England. In York, “Gate” means “Street”, but “Bar” means “Gate” (as in “city
gate”). It is probably something to do with those Vikings.