October 23rd, 2006

Cthulhu Joyce

Metal Screwposts

This is my new portfolio cover:

It is sleek and will match my inevitable MacBook.

I've been trying to choose pictures to put in it. I'm limiting myself to 12 to 15, shooting for 12. I'm trying to choose a progression of sizes and theme. So far i'm thinking of starting with either the tomato or the skewed capitol picture and ending with the other. I figure from there I can progress between organic to in organic with steps in size of subject heading towards either spectrum end.

I'd try to group black and white photos as well as tose that are highly digitally altered, if I even include those. I'm haven't made a decision about the lomo photos. some or really good but they'd likely not fit in with the rest... well unless I were to include a group of lomo photos in there. That may work.

What would you do? Include the fake lomography or are they too close to digital art to include in a mostly photography portfolio? It is mimicking a photographic style and they are among my favorites in all my stuff. I'm just not sure it's the image I want to portray.
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We're looking to get Fox's Mom a new computer for Xmess. Suggestions on retailers?

Profile of user:
No gaming.
Moderate Internet use.
Watches videos - like Youtube, not necessarily DVDs.
Moderate to heavy email use
Moderate to heavy Word use.
Not opposed to laptop but has no wireless hub.
Has a cat.

I was surprised that i could get a pretty robust (hardware wise) machine from HP for under $500.
Dell came in around 600 for a similar configuration. I was vaguely considering a Mac mini but Fox says that would be a pain to teach her a Mac.

She's not going to be rough on it at all. I was thinking I'd have her install AVG which should protect her from any random content she may download, which wouldn't be much.

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Fighting Bob

Fighting Bob
Originally uploaded by ABMann.
This is a statue of Fighting Bob La Follette.

From Fightingbob.net:

"ON March 25, 1921, at the age of sixty-five, Robert M. La Follette Sr. took the greatest risk of his long political career. Four years after he chose to lead the Congressional opposition to World War I, La Follette was still condemned in Washington and in his native state of Wisconsin as a traitor or--at best--an old man whose political instincts had finally failed him. But La Follette was not ready to surrender the U.S. Senate seat he had held since leaving Wisconsin's governorship in 1906. He wanted to return to Washington to do battle once more against what he perceived to be the twin evils of the still young century: corporate monopoly at home and imperialism abroad.

The reelection campaign that loomed just a year off would be difficult, he was told, perhaps even impossible. Old alliances had been strained by La Follette's lonely refusal to join in the war cries of 1917 and 1918. To rebuild them, the Senator's aides warned, he would have to abandon his continued calls for investigations of war profiteers and his passionate defense of socialist Eugene Victor Debs and others who had been jailed in the postwar Red Scare.

The place to backpedal, La Follette was told, would be in a speech before the crowded Wisconsin Assembly chamber in Madison. Moments before the white-haired Senator climbed to the podium on that cold March day, he was warned one last time by his aides to deliver a moderate address, to apply balm to the still-open wounds of the previous years, and, above all, to avoid mention of the war and his opposition to it.

La Follette began his speech with the formalities of the day, acknowledging old supporters and recognizing that this was a pivotal moment for him politically. Then, suddenly, La Follette pounded the lectern. "I am going to be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate," he declared, as the room shook with the thunder of a mighty orator reaching full force. Stretching a clenched fist into the air, La Follette bellowed: 'I do not want the vote of a single citizen under any misapprehension of where I stand: I would not change my record on the war for that of any man, living or dead.'"

The photo is actualy a tritone with black and sepia, as you can tell, but I added a third gray tone. THe third gray ink acts as a contrast enhancer making the difference between black, white and sepia more apparent. I think it adds strength and character to Bob's face, which he so seriously earned.