• Fantastic:
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  • The New York Times presents "Obama's People," a photo series by Nadav Kander made up of 52 portraits of "Barack Obama's top advisors, aides[,] and members of his incoming administration." Get to know who's taking over the federal government next week. (And turn it into a deck of cards?) (2) #
  • If you were jumping over a highway median while smoking a cigarette and brandishing a handgun towards a bunch of cops, following an armed robbery and a high-speed car chase, I'm pretty sure you couldn't look more badass than this. Of course, you'd also get shot and arrested. (via reddit) (2) #
  • The "Green Sahara":
    The Neolithic Subpluvial... was an extended period (from about 7,000 BC to about 3,000 BC) of wet and rainy conditions in the climate history of northern Africa. It was both preceded and followed by much drier periods. The Neolithic Subpluvial was the most recent of a number of periods of "Wet Sahara" or "Green Sahara" during which the region was much moister and supported a richer biota and human population than the present-day desert.
    The Big Picture just posted an excellent series of photos of an archeological dig in this area. The giraffe petroglyph is awesome. (0) #
  • Nevada picture of the week:

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Summer photos

Donner Lake
Lake George 

I've uploaded a selection of photos taken during my various weekend travels around the Eastern Sierras and its foothills for the first half of the summer. Locations:

*Reno (NV)
*Lake Tahoe (CA)
*Virginia City (NV)
*Lassen Volcanic National Park (CA)
*Truckee River (CA)
*Donner Lake (CA)
*Mammoth Lakes (CA)
*Devil's Postpile National Monument (CA)

Mon, 07/21/2008 - 11:07am
  • Researchers funded by the Air Force have been able to successfully photograph an object using quantum entanglement, pointing the camera at the light source rather than at the object itself. Says the Air Force Times:
    Air Force satellites could use ghost imaging by pointing a light sensor toward the Earth’s surface and another toward the sun. The technique could allow the service to penetrate clouds or the smoke that follows airstrikes.
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  • has an awesome new daily feature, The Big Picture, that covers recent news stories with a series of high-resolution and often beautiful photographs. Consider me subscribed. (via kottke) (5) #

Pictures from an Omaha hangar

As promised, here are some pictures from my unexpected stopover in an Omaha airport maintenance hangar after a bomb threat diverted my flight from Vegas to Hartford. We didn't take too many, and were trying to be discreet about it since we didn't want anyone to take our camera. There are a few more in the Flickr set.

Tue, 01/01/2008 - 11:06pm
  • Pitchfork just published their "The Year in Photos" list, a collection of photographs of musicians and performances from 2007 -- and there are some damn good pics. (2) #
  • Errol Morris has posted the conclusion (and solution) to a massive three-part blog essay about his pursuit to answer a seemingly simple question: which of these two photographs was taken first? What makes it interesting is that the photographs were taken in the exact same spot, are over 150 years old (taken by Roger Fenton during the Crimean War), and that at least one of them was physically staged. Here's parts one, two, and three. (23) #
  • Errol Morris's second post on his NYTimes blog is about the Abu Ghraib Hooded Man, who was originally mistakenly identified by an article in the Times.
    The photograph should be a constant reminder of how we can make false inferences from pictures. And of how pictures and language can interact to produce falsehood.
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  • Errol Morris has a new blog about photography, although it could disappear behind the New York Times pay wall at any moment.
    Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but there are two words that you can never apply to them: “true” and “false.”
    His upcoming Abu Ghraib project will likely deal with the meaning of photography. (2) #