a silver bronze steel lining

some days you get more than spam in your inbox.

Dear [AIF]
Your entry titled “River of Humanity” has won the Honorary Mention Certificate in the
Journalism Section at the National Salon and Exhibition being conducted by the
Photographic Society of Madras.

We commend the efforts that you have taken in both shooting and presenting this picture
for this competition. Our judges consisting of Mr. Benu Sen – FRPS; MFIAP; ESFIAP;
FNPAS; Hon FBPS; Hon JIPF from Kolkatta, Mr. H. S. Ganesh from Bengaluru, Mr.
Iqbal Mohammed from Ootacamund, Mr. T. N. A. Perumal – MFIAP; FRPS also from
Bengaluru and Mr. Venkat Ram from Chennai were impressed with the quality of output
and your perspective as a photographer.

Your entry will take pride of place during the exhibition to be conducted at Lalit Kala
Academy from 17th to 21st September, 2008 and will be viewed by thousands of
enthusiasts and also covered by the press and TV Channels

i’m quite happy today.

in case you’re wondering, this is the photo

The World in Photoshop

the NYT has some good stuff, when not dealing with matters of overty political import. One Example pops up today, about the extensive use of Photoshop to alter our personal histories and present a different version of reality to the world. Of course, the world has had the ability to manipulate images since we started making them. greek sculptors, renaissance painters, the pictorialist photographers etc.are famous for presenting the world with an altered reality closer to their ideals… which are now ours in part. The only difference is that any old guy or girl can get on the internet and lay their hands on some free software that can help you to do all this on any beat-up old computer. that means you!

US of AIPAC-MIC-Bomb Brownie

the Obamagic begins now!

(courtesy the good Michael J Smith)
Our starting point must always be a clear and strong commitment to the security of Israel…. we must help the Israelis identify and strengthen those partners who are truly committed to peace, while isolating those who seek conflict and instability….

We should expand our ground forces by adding 65,000 soldiers to the army and 27,000 marines….

I will not hesitate to use force, unilaterally if necessary, to protect the American people or our vital interests whenever we are attacked or imminently threatened….

We must also consider using military force in circumstances beyond self-defense in order to provide for the common security that underpins global stability….

…. we must develop a strong international coalition to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons program…. In confronting these threats, I will not take the military option off the table.

…. we must strengthen our homeland security….. checking all passengers against a comprehensive watch list.

shorter Obama: Watch me prove Ralph Nader right after all!

Happy Diwali

Festival of Lights

Diwali, or Deepavali, is the traditional indian festival of lights which some of you probably already know. it’s basically an indian food-snorkel, followed by lots and lots of fireworks, which are going off even as i type.