Saturday, August 18, 2007

Seeing and Not Seeing

Errol Morris of the Times provides a thoughtful, exhaustive essay on how photographs are mementos, not the thing itself. Years ago I heard the term fetish used to describe photographs. That is, they are placeholders for the thing, the person, the event, the memory—not the thing, the person, the event, nor the memory itself.

Monday, August 13, 2007

What the..., Blogger?
How in the world did Blogger's spam-prevention robots determine that my blog might be a spam blog? What writing characterizes my silly little Blogger site as a threat? Indeed, I think it's the lack of context that makes robots so...well, ultimately stupid and useless. Perhaps characters like my way of showing decreased expedition:

Or maybe the 'bots take umbrage at my activities? Weird. Weird approach to censorship perhaps. Quien sabe?