Tag Archives: history and culture

the sky crane and the bus

Helicopters are cool, and Soviet military aircraft are cool, and sky cranes are cool, so a Mil Mi-10 Soviet military sky crane is by definition very cool indeed.  Plus, I like buses and this Mi-10 is getting ready to carry … Continue reading

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farewell to top gear

Unless you have been living under a rock with no internet connection, have no interest in cars or British TV shows, or all three, it won’t be news to you that Jeremy Clarkson has been fired from Top Gear,  that … Continue reading

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a japanese matchbook label for spring

What better way to celebrate the last days of winter than to look ahead to spring with another one of those classic Japanese matchbox labels. The vernal equinox is on Friday, and I fully expect that by Saturday it will … Continue reading

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the accidental renaissance

Everything old is new again and some people who are wise and observant and love art have been finding interesting (and probably really not so accidental parallels) between some excellent modern photographs and Old Master paintings.   If you want … Continue reading

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mammoths (were really big)

Mammoths were really big.  There’s a reason their name was adopted into many modern languages as a tighter-reading synonym for that awkward phrase.  Yes, the name of the animal came first, entering Russian at the time of the first recorded … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: celtic treasure

The caption in this image reads Trésor celtique découvert en Ardennes.   My high school French renders this as “Celtic treasure either discovered or uncovered in the Ardennes”.  I seem to remember that découvert means both or either, depending on context, and in … Continue reading

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leonard nimoy

Leonard Nimoy is gone, but Spock lives on.  There’s a lot to say about Mr. Spock and his place on the list of oddly immortal characters to come out of the “good junk” range of low-to-middlebrow genre media.  Most of … Continue reading

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all over the country

and around the world, kids are thanking Leonard Nimoy for the gift of Mr. Spock.  Grownups too.

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wrestling with a portrait lens

That’s a title with a double meaning, in case you were wondering: I went to a pro wrestling exhibition and took photographs with a portrait lens, and while I was there I wrestled epically with that lens. (No light.  There … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: we do not have

a dinosaur. Or the pictures from the Auto Show (although they are out of the camera and there are some good ones). Or the pictures from yesterday’s photo trip to Wrestling at the Moose Lodge (still in the cameras).  Or … Continue reading

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