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Africa

Friday, 11 May 2012
Baldrick

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This is an African dog that I met on my recent trip to Cape Town.

Posted by bigblue on 11/05/2012 at 10:06 PM
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Friday, 04 May 2012
You know you’re in Cape Town when…

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You spot “healthy natural vegan petfood” in the health supermarket freezer.

Posted by bigblue on 04/05/2012 at 08:53 AM
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Monday, 30 April 2012
Maidens Cove

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The rocks on the seashore at Maidens Cove, near Cape Town. It was a grey and wet day today and the Twelve Apostles (part of the Table Mountain range) in the background are covered with cloud.

I was interested in the “knuckles” on this rock, which appear to be a natural formation.

Posted by bigblue on 30/04/2012 at 08:30 PM
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Sunday, 29 April 2012
An African Sunset

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This evening’s view over the harbour.

Posted by bigblue on 29/04/2012 at 11:17 PM
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Sunday, 07 August 2011
Hiroshima Day

Yesterday, 6th August, was Hiroshima Day.

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing"the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.

Link: Isao Hashimoto, who writes about “1945-1998” ©2003/:

This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second.  No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier.  The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted.  I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.

(via Dean Whitbread).

Posted by bigblue on 07/08/2011 at 10:09 PM
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Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Clocolan bicycle portrait


A lovely video portrait of someone who enjoys her work.

Posted by bigblue on 15/06/2011 at 06:15 AM
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Sunday, 30 January 2011
Egypt

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I have found it personally moving to watch the momentus events in Egypt that have been beamed on our television screens these past few days. The scenes of popular revolution in the streets evoke memories of the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 when the people of East Berlin and other cities took to the streets and overthrew unpopular dictators. What is different today is that the governments of the USA and UK (among others) seem more muted in their calls for democracy and freedom for the people of Egypt, compared to their statements and actions in 1989 demanding democracy for Eastern Europeans. Is this because we were opponents of Eastern Europe in the Cold War, but the dictators of Egypt and other corrupt Middle-Eastern countries are our allies? In the Orwellian double-speak of our leaders:

The United States has a close partnership with Egypt and we’ve cooperated on many issues including working together to advance a more peaceful region.

According to Robert Baer, former CIA case officer:

If you want them to be tortured, you send them to Syria. If you want someone to disappear—never to see them again—you send them to Egypt.

And, in a grotesque irony, the man in charge of the “disappearing” has just been appointed Vice-President, supposedly in order to lead the transition to an open society!

Supposedly he will bring “stability” to Egypt. Steve has written a good post on “stability” and how this is considered such an important quality in a country, except when it isn’t.

The photograph above is from the NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center’s photostream and is reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence.

Posted by bigblue on 30/01/2011 at 09:40 AM
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Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Tunisia as model

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I thought I would accentuate the touristic nature of where I stayed in Tunisia last year, with this miniature style photograph.

I was interested to see Tunisia in the news recently for social unrest resulting from political protest.  While we were in Tunisia we met a young man who basically told us

You only live once. In Tunisia,
we eat what we want,
drink what we want,
**** who we want.
We just don’t mention politics.
Our rulers don’t like the people to be interested in politics.

According to the BBC, dozens of protesters have been killed by police. The unrest in Algeria and Tunisia may be linked, and protesters are using social media tools. One of the BBC articles also says the protests may have been partially triggered by unflattering revelations about the Tunisian government on Wikileaks.

Posted by bigblue on 11/01/2011 at 08:28 PM
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