Me and my shopping cart
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken near the north end of Verdi Square, near 73rd Street & Broadway. I had watched this elderly woman slowly navigate her way from 72nd Street northwards, in no hurry at all. I guess she had been out shopping, though there was no real evidence of groceries or goods in her shopping cart. In any case, she shuffled by, and eventually disappeared up Broadway…

Note: this photo was published in a Jun 19, 2009 blog titled "Less Parking, More Healthy Food." It was also published in an Aug 15, 2009 PS3 Blog posting titled "Ein Bonuscontent für eine mögliche Modern Warfare 2: Super Extended Prestige Ultra Ultimate Edition (HD Remix)…." And it was published in an undated (Apr 2010) Cheap Cell Phone Accessories blog with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in a May 23, 2010 blog titled "ABUNDANCE VS. SCARCITY, “FUN SHOPPING CART MESSAGES” EDITION."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in an undated (late Jan 2011) blog titled "Cool Cheap Computer Accessories images, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Apr 25, 2011 blog titled "A Vision of Our Shopping Future."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jun 2012 blog titled "Are Your Stores Suited To Serve Seniors?"

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 14, 2013 blog titled "Placemaking blog series: The benefits of aging in place."

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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.

Me and my new cubicle thingy
Computer Batteries

Image by sylvar

Hektor III Power Connector Pinout
Computer Batteries

Image by Nathan Chantrell
The pinout for the power connector on the Hektor III computer.

The original power supply with mine (the one it had from new) is a 9V AC 1.5A but they show it in the manual as 10V AC and also says you can connect it to a 12V DC battery (2nd diag down) so it isn’t too fussy.


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