The time in Brooklyn is now:
Fri Jun 9 12:02:36 2023
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It looks very bad right now for the Ukraine and this is the closest in my lifetime that the world is near global conflict. 20 years of failed pacifist foreign policy is pushing the planet to the brink - even to nuclear war, with hot spots in the Ukraine, China, Yemen, The South China Sea, Lebanon, Iran, Kurdistan, Pakistan, North Korea. The UN has been shown to be totally morally bankrupt and politically incompetent. Our inter-dependence without regard for political or moral consideration has proven to be our weak point and the world is now a powder keg as the West has preserved and strengthened genocidal despots all across the globe from China, Russia, and the Middle East. Events are overtaking us and spinning out of control. We are entering a very dark time and humanity itself is threatened at every turn, socially, economically and politically.
I would like to look back a year from now and see that I was mistaken about this, and that as the world comes into 2023 that it enters a safer and freer place where individual rights and peace reign about the world. But I see nothing in the present to cement that as a likely outcome from a society that is increasingly accepting of being under surveillance by government and private conglomerates, and truly ruthless tyrants who are willing to throw the dice and bet that through violence that they can fulfil their fantasies of global conquest and personal glory. That would include China, Iran, and Russia, but not only.
Over the last few years, I've been slowly reorganizing this site according to the site map. In the process, I've done a lot of recent writing and trying to get more of the images into organized compartments and onto webpages. I hope you find some of this material useful.
I've recently been struggling, as a web designer, in finding a compromise between making pages cellphone/tablet compatable or making use of the full desktop screen. The problem, of course, is that people have moved away from desktops to the small devices. Truthfully that sucks.
Just as the technology for video and photography is finally reaching the capacity to produce truly analogue quality, even museum quality, images, video and sound, people are being stripped of the full experience, and jettisoned to the their tablets. That not only limits their experience, but also prevents them from owning their own data. Ideally, your desktop systems are running your home and offices, and your phone is just a satellite to your home and office servers. We have a situation where the tail is wagging the dog. Partly out of frustration, I have decided (actually starting with the post of that above image of my desk), to stop robbing viewers of the full depth of media which I can produce, and to expand image sizes and videos. Fuck it. Nobody visits anyway and google refuses to list my considerable writings in a strange form of censorship. So I think I will start to display images and videos at their most effective size for full desktop display. Anyway, I almost always have Easter egg images all about the site, so don't be afraid to click on things.
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Everything here, at least what has been produced by me, has been written with VIM, and the graphics have been created with the GIMP and other Free Software. EMBPERL, modperl, Perl and Python are used for development. I try to keep all graphics as PNG or JPG files.
There are a lot of images buried in this webserver. I never thought of myself as a photographer, and I make no claim, but here we are. Starting with my Cannon AE-1 on film, until today, with my Cannon T3I rebel and my new G9X, I've managed to rack up thousands of images, and many of them are worth seeing, just for artistic purposes. I think I will start posting a few of them here, just to exhibit them and to give regular viewers something to enjoy from month to month.
Fishing in Brooklyn
Horse Racing at Sheepshead Bay
Nechama Sussman letter of recomendation from Refuah Health Center in South Fallsburg. This is a very special girl.