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Early Friday Photography Blog No.59

by In Wales Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:27:00 PM EST

Here we are again!  I've been off jet setting once more.  This weeks theme could be sights of Italy but that would be a little mean.

I do have such a sight here:
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Instead the theme will be, "Getting Up Close"
 

This will accompany the usual "Ask the Expert" about anything you like, composition, technical things and so on.



and of course "Photos As Usual", whatever you want to post.

Please try to keep to 600 pixels width and less than 100kb in file size and take a look at Wednesday Photography Blog No.2 for the technical bits on how to post. Please reply under one of the headers and not directly to this diary.

Here is the Master list of previous photoblogs, which really needs updating... still. Sorry.


Please enjoy!

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"Getting Up Close"
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:27:26 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:30:57 PM EST
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A better likeness of 'Basement Cat - the Early Years' has never before been achieved ;-)

Total focus, intense desire cooled down extrenally to absolute zero - a botox beelzebub. His name was Enoch - he who walked with Ceiling Cat.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:37:14 PM EST
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It's also a very striking composition. Your best yet, In Wales ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:38:41 PM EST
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Well thank you.  I'll make sure my parents get a copy.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:41:52 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:32:33 PM EST
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Love the mushrooms ... nicely captured.
by olivia on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 07:53:55 PM EST
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Depth of field not quite enough...

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Ditto that one.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:34:51 PM EST
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f/16 at least.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 12:34:14 PM EST
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Wasn't enough light, plus the darned thing kept moving!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 03:12:25 PM EST
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I think I'm going to experiment with using the flash for macro shots.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 05:08:04 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:36:57 PM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 06:11:24 AM EST
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Did she drink that all by herself?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 06:15:20 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 06:15:55 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 08:27:04 AM EST
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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 12:24:16 PM EST
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Bee
by olivia on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 07:48:59 PM EST
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You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Nov 2nd, 2008 at 08:36:15 AM EST
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lol what food remains are on there?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Nov 2nd, 2008 at 08:50:10 AM EST
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I had just drained some broccoli...

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Nov 2nd, 2008 at 10:25:12 AM EST
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"Ask the Expert"
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:27:57 PM EST
estHer wants a film (OMG) camera for Christmas. Can anyone recommend one, either used or new, and not too expensive since once she tries it she may decide to satay with digital? She loves to shoot in black and white if that helps in the decision making.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 12:49:55 PM EST
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Um. That's a pretty wide ranging question. Can you give us a budget, at least!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 01:11:04 PM EST
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More questions:

  • Does she want fully manual or does she want automation?

  • What does she want it to look like? Classic? New? Chrome? Black metal?  Plastic?

  • How big should it be? Pocket? Handbag? Backpack?

  • What sort of shooting does she want to do with it? Special projects?

  • Why does she want to shoot film? What does she want to learn?

I mean, I have six or seven different film cameras and they're all different in all these dimensions and I could easily own several more if I wanted to cover more options.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 01:46:27 PM EST
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Yay for estHer!  There are lots of good ones and they've never been cheaper.

For my money (not necessarily in order of preference):

(1) One of the 35mm Voightlander rangefinders like Colman sports.  Not exactly cheap, but the interchangeable lens options are top notch and there are several varieties of the camera with different mounts.  Cons: a bit slow when compared to modern styled cameras with manual everything - but highly flexible for creativity.  Some of the best remembered street photographers used this type of camera/lenses (Leicas).

(2) A good, used modern 35mm SLR like a Nikon F100 or F90. (a used F100  goes for about $329 at B&H).  Others like the F70/80 can be found for much less. A brand new F75 goes for under $170 w/o lens. (Maybe she could borrow dad's lenses!)

(3) A manual 35mm SLR like the Nikon FM10.  ($249 new at B&H with a 35-70mm AIS lens). Advantage is that it is all manual and there are lots of used lens options for manual focus Nikons. This camera also has multiple exposure, mirror lockup and depth of field preview. Many higher end cameras don't have this anymore.

(4) If you want better B&W images, also think about medium format.  Used SLR kits are even more competitively priced now than 35mms.  I saw a used Mamiya 645 Pro on e-Bay the other day that went for about $600 and included a metered prism viewer, 80mm lens, case and film back. This was Mamiya's top of the line manual focus 645 format camera for years and the same kit purchased new was about $3K. Today, the manual focus lenses for this camera are widely available for good prices. I believe the new AF versions (camera body) can also use digital backs (not inexpensive) and can be found used.

Hope this helps.
 

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 01:39:58 PM EST
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The three pictures below are with the Voightlander R3A and a 50mm lens on C41 process B&W film - the type you can take to a lab to get developed.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 01:42:26 PM EST
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Were those shot wide open? Nice shallow depth of field, and in doors.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 01:48:29 PM EST
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Yup. Hexanon 50/2 (or CV40/1.4 for the first two, maybe??) on something rated at ISO800 - don't remember if it was the Neopan or the Kodak BW400CN, and the film is filed away now.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 01:50:40 PM EST
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Very nice!

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 01:56:35 PM EST
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For esther, there's a pile of other options - I'm thinking some of the 50s or 60s fixed lens RFs or maybe even a folding 6x6 like my Zeiss Mess Ikonta. Fully manual, good lenses, small, fun to use, cute in a retro sort of way.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 01:53:50 PM EST
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Oh, and pretty cheap.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 01:54:28 PM EST
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Maybe even a TLR!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 01:54:55 PM EST
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I was going to mention Rolleiflex's TLRs, but seems they are getting a bit pricey.  I've been following e-bay bids for several weeks.  However, Yashica's and Mamiyas are pretty reasonable.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 02:36:57 PM EST
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In Wales likes her Yashica, I think.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 02:43:47 PM EST
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Indeed I do!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 03:23:18 PM EST
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I love my Chinese made Seagull 109, but I've heard complaints about build quality.  Mine has been perfect for 6 years but I'm hesitant about recommending the brand.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 03:42:48 PM EST
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I would go to a camera store and get a used Nikon or Canon SLR. An older one would be pretty cheap and also more or less compatible with a digital camera of the same brand...
by asdf on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 10:30:21 PM EST
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Thanks for the replies. I'll show them to estHer tomorrow-she's partying tonight.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 02:23:07 PM EST
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"Photos As Usual"
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:28:19 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:29:34 PM EST
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Siena cathedral and pagan symbol :-)

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 12:29:49 PM EST
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I had to stalk this poor girl all weekend to get some decent shots. Black fur needs special trix to catch.  We had a slight mishap where in my attempt to remove a blade of grass that got in one of the shots, I ended up chucking a load of dry soil in her face.  I haven't ever felt so terrible about anything before - miaooooooooOOOOOOw.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 05:41:13 PM EST
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In Wales,
 I can`t believe how your cat reminds me so much of Kasper.
He has the ghost`s name because I couldn`t see him at night.
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The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.
by Knucklehead on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 10:35:05 PM EST
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Witches good or which is bad.
This one happens to be a very bad good little witch.
My grand-daughter  did the post processing on this image of her doll.
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The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.
by Knucklehead on Thu Oct 30th, 2008 at 10:44:32 PM EST
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The tip is for your grand-daughter. :-)
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 07:15:52 AM EST
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Thank you Fran,
I shall be sure to put it in her piggy bank.

The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.
by Knucklehead on Sun Nov 2nd, 2008 at 02:25:03 AM EST
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by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 08:35:41 AM EST
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Mommy!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 08:40:00 AM EST
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Drool!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 08:46:20 AM EST
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Growing fast!  Was he drooling at your camera?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 09:23:55 AM EST
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Villefranche 26th October

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"My turn!"

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Photos not quite as usual:

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 12:21:21 PM EST
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Playing with glass & it`s transparent & refractive qualities, can play havoc.
A picture of a glass is opaque, so one has to create the appearance of transparency, to retain the glass.
This wine glass was shot with an ivy wall as a background. (I have no clue why I even took that shot)
I saw the image later & had to play with it.
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The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.
by Knucklehead on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 06:03:08 PM EST
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"open"


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by town on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 02:42:49 PM EST
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Some of my Halloween images & artwork.
The "LITTLE WITCH"  is my grand daughter`s doll, & she directed me in post production.
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Field of dreams
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Blue Plate Scare
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Leaves & Let Die
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Death Row
( check the original size, please)
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Sultan of Neewollah
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The Little Witch of Ubilam
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Sacked Monk
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I`ll have you, my pretty.
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What`s good with children? I`m still hungry.
WHERE`S-THE-DOG--DS
A few bad apples.
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The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.
by Knucklehead on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 02:57:20 PM EST
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Wow, just wow.

(Is that your signature? You might want to put in in between <em></em>)

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 31st, 2008 at 03:17:57 PM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Nov 1st, 2008 at 07:25:37 PM EST
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This must surely be a rendering of Helen's plan of an industrial scaffold for the mass public hangings of 2009?

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Nov 1st, 2008 at 07:45:14 PM EST
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I`m putting my money in hemp stock.
Hemp rope that is.
By the looks of the scaffold, plenty of rope will be needed.

BTW, What are pancakes? ..Same as pie?

The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.

by Knucklehead on Sat Nov 1st, 2008 at 07:51:21 PM EST
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This is no time for provocation. I will not mention pancakes, lemons nor Marmite. There may be grandchildren observing.

Put your money, by all means, in hemp stock. The fiber is used for making longer lasting bank notes (it is a long fiber) and there will be a lot of printing going on in the next couple of years.

Hemp oil is healthful. Best source for Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Doesn't have a long shelf life, and is thus optimal for local pressing.

Dope hemp is the easiest route to the tourist edge of Zen. Non-violence Will o' the Wisp.

Sadly there are no strains, AFAIK, that provide all three benefits (fibre, oil, humanity), but there is a vast repository of seeds in Sankt-Peterburg that could do with additional financing.

But you know all this...

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Nov 1st, 2008 at 08:08:31 PM EST
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BTW I think your photography and processing are fantastic. Truly impressive. Especially the black gamma.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Nov 1st, 2008 at 08:09:28 PM EST
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Thank you very much.
I really should add the text that I write up for many of my images.
While some are simply what they are, some are more than their sum, in why I created them, & what they represent. (I will post an example of what I mean shortly, using one of the above images.)

I really do appreciate the compliments.

Black Gamma?  .... or Royal Gramma?

The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.

by Knucklehead on Sun Nov 2nd, 2008 at 01:58:51 AM EST
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While I must admit I know much of which you speak, much of it is due to my study of the stars. This is one of the charts I reefer to periodically. It is the constellation Cannabis Major.
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The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.
by Knucklehead on Sun Nov 2nd, 2008 at 01:44:34 AM EST
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"We are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars"

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Nov 2nd, 2008 at 10:25:59 AM EST
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Looking at the Northern Lights...

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Nov 2nd, 2008 at 11:03:53 AM EST
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"Leave & Let Die",
A statement on lynching.
Even though the bones seem to sleep in peace, the broken neck & remnants of rope, are testament to the violence of humanity, & as nature benefits from the return to earth, humanity will never benefit if these horrors are forgotten.
From the incidents of torture coming to light in the recent past, there is still a long road ahead.
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The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.
by Knucklehead on Sun Nov 2nd, 2008 at 02:22:49 AM EST


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