Navigating the perils of Broadway and 79th Street
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on the east side of Broadway, at the intersection of 79th Street; I was on the south side of the street, and these two women were on the north side.

I assume that the younger woman on the right was a caretaker/assistant, and that perhaps the couple had been out shopping somewhere in the neighborhood …

But what impressed me the most about this scene was the dignity and the bravery and the grace of the elderly woman on the left. Look how well she’s dressed and made up, and look at her determination to navigate her way along what seems to be a very minor transition from the sidewalk to the actual street between the north side and the south side of 79th street…

Note: this photo was published in a Mar 19, 2009 blog titled Spinal Cord Stimulation Shows Promise for Treating Parkinson’s Disease." It was also published as an illustration-link to an article titled "Preventing falls in the elderly ."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Mar 2, 2010 blog titled "Caring for a Loved One with Parkinson’s: Keep Them Active." And it was published in a Jun 27, 2010 CancerType blog , with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Nov 8, 2010 blog titled "The cost of care at home." For some bizarre reason, it was also published in a Nov 23, 2010 blog titled "What would u do if i licked your face?" And it was published in a Dec 1, 2010 blog titled "La cuisine de la dépendance." It was also published in a Dec 8, 2010 blog titled "Disease Management versus Cure, Part 1."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Feb 15th "Cool Young Women Health Questions images, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written for this Flickr page. And it was published in a Sep 11, 2011 blog titled "The cycle repeats."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jul 13, 2012 blog titled "Pain In Lower Right Abdomen- Diagnosing And Treatment," as well as a Sep 2, 2012 blog titled "Heel Pain & Ankle Pain." It was also published in a Sep 7, 2012 blog titled "Understanding Your Nighttime Sweating." And it was published in an undated (mid-Sep 2012) blog titled "Symptoms Of Hemorrhoids And H Miracle," as well as a Sep 20, 2012 blog titled "Pain In Lower Left Abdomen Caused By Minor Problems," and a Sep 24, 2012 blog titled "Why Is It That We Get Fever Blisters?" It was also published in a Sep 28, 2012 blog titled "What is NAFLD and Its Issues." And it was published in an Oct 14, 2012 blog titled "Feet Pain & Ankle Pain." It was also published in a Dec 1, 2012 blog titled "Liver cirrhosis." And it was published in a Dec 29, 2012 blog titled "Are You Tired Of Hemorrhoids? Read On."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 2, 2013 blog titled "The Psychological Facet of Diabetes." And it was published in a Jan 15, 2013 blog titled "The Mental Aspect of Diabetes." It was also published in a Jan 24, 2013 blog titled "Factors, Indicators and Treatments of Liver Disease." It was also published in a Feb 28, 2013 blog titled "Cold Sores Symptoms, Treatments and Protection."

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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.

My Room (the clean portion)
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Image by iDanSimpson
This is one of the walls of my room – these shelves, from IKEA, definitely make it my favorite wall. I like it like this.

my new mac
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Image by Keith Seekwhence
15" powerbook G4 DVI Titanium 1GHz. The very last one in this build (’04) and in my opinion, ushered in the future. At the time, it seemed everything else were chunky variations of black plastic. As hailed as it was for its lightweight and minimal design, titanium alloy however strong and light, was later discovered, suppresses wi-fi signals, therefore not ideal for portable computers relying on wireless networks. Among some other known issues with this architecture, the hinge design was flawed and over time, severed at the display side of the hinge. The surface area of contact could not support the torque needed to sustain the pressures from opening and closing which also led to stressed and pinched inverter and LVDS cables. This gave way to the wider bezel and flushed hinge design that was implemented with the aluminum architecture.

With consideration to form and function and a bit of pampering, this is my personal favorite powerbook design yet. Apple abandoned the black keyboard keys for silver with the Aluminum series that followed the Titanium only to return to black 4 years later with the current Uni-body.

A memory upgrade to 1GB (2 x 512), new optical drive, zeroed out hard disk, pram battery zap, 10.5 install & download of TenFourFox, maxes this one out nicely. Run on.


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