Thursday, December 30, 2010

Train from DC to NYC

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This is a video exercise with an HDSLR & Adobe AE. The footage was from a train ride before the recent blizzard. The uploaded file is 960 x 540, not HD but it loads faster for mobile devices.

Myrtle Ave., Clinton Hill

Myrtle Ave., Clinton Hill, originally uploaded by cisc1970.

City Island, The Bronx

City Island, The Bronx, originally uploaded by cisc1970.

City Island, The Bronx

City Island, The Bronx

City Island, The Bronx, originally uploaded by cisc1970.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Deep thoughts on Towing

I have deep thoughts on this You Tube video. Kudos to the guy with the camera and witnesses. It would appear there are only 2 people involved in the towing. The tow truck needed rear wheel snow chains.

The front end loader should have chains too. A third person should have been a ground guide. There was no communication between the 2 operators. Handie talkies would have helped.

Lastly, maybe a front end loader can "inch worm" maneuver.As an afterthought it looked like the front end loader still had hydraulic power to move its bucket. If it could have pushed it down to inchworm out of the spot, then it might get towed.

It would been have easier to tow the SUV out of the way but the tow truck didn't have chains anyway. Our collective brains were on ice that day, but that's good no one got seriously hurt there.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Washington Ave. Halloween Blues

After a day photographing the animals at the Bronx Zoo, we returned to Brooklyn and enjoyed watching the evening Halloween celebrants. On Washington and Dekalb Avenues, a band played on the driveway for surrounding blocks and trick or treaters. The group called itself The Stern Brothers Blues Band after their song.

227 Waverly Ave. Brooklyn Halloween 2010

Halloween fell on a Sunday night this year but there were still plenty of goings on around the neighborhood. At 227 Waverly Ave., the 1st Annual Brooklyn Halloween Science Fair for the Mentally Deranged took place. I have seen this house celebrate over the year and they put on a great show Halloween night.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I made this video of bell peppers grown on the windowsill. The peppers were at different stages of growth. Soon they will be part of an omelet.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Revlog: Jerseyband

"French Parade"

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This was originally posted March 19, 2006. It was from Jerseyband's March 15, 2006 show. Jerseyband will be playing in Brooklyn tomorrow with Grizzly Adamz.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Pavement, Sept. 19, 2010 Brooklyn

We saw Pavement on Sept. 19, 2010 in Brooklyn. It's not the complete set and all clips are less than 40 seconds long. When I got their CD's in the mid 90's, they didn't include bonus tracks. More on this show can be found at NYC Taper.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

'Miss New Orleans?

This is a quick video of some of our visit to New Orleans in March of 2010. I might seem out of context but I would also like to share quotes to this post because I want to make a general impression of my attitude. Here are the quotes:

"With mirth & laughter let old wrinkles come & let my liver rather heat with wine than my heart cool with mortifying groans." - Shakespeare

"Any day I would prefer the company of fools sages psychotics geniuses than those who reek of self righteous morality."- Deepak Chopra

"If you cannot find a companion equal to or better than yourself, journey alone- do not travel with a fool" - Buddha

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Orleans & Governor's Island

Some New Orleans from April 2010 (after Katrina before BP oil leak) and Governors Island, June 2010. The group briefly featured is Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews and the Orleans Avenue Band.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Storm, Sept.16, 2010 Clinton Hill

This was tonight's rain storm (possibly a tornado) seen from our window.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

"Buffalo Soldier" The Persuasions

The Persuasions ( performed for free Aug. 7, 2010 at the Brooklyn Plaza Medical health fair.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Car Less Community by the Ocean

This is a 6 & a half minute video of car less community by the ocean from a few days ago. Note how people look healthy and businesses thrive. There's hardly any smog and pollution. Sadly, plastic washes up on the beach here & there.

Saturday Ft. Greene Brooklyn Flea

This is a short video of the outdoor flea market down the street from us, every Saturday.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Antoine Dodson

Antoine Dodson is brave and honorable. I hope the intruder who attacked his sister gets caught. A good thing that might come out of this is an awareness much like the show "America's Most Wanted" brings to the public in its segments. Also the viral video may bring attention to the law enforcement community in that town to step up its patrolling.

What I say just from his original interview and his subsequent response the following day is this-- he appears to be comfortable, happy with himself, in touch with his emotions, and has great self esteem. He defended his sister, protected his family, and warned his community about a rapist on the loose. Those are all admirable acts.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nu D' Lux July 25, 2010 NYC

Nu D' Lux performing at Pier 54 July 25, 2010 NYC. A similiar event occurred last year, photographs here--

Friday, July 23, 2010

"Play Me, I'm Yours" NYC Piano Me I'm Yours Piano in Manhattan. Anonymous person plays Michael Jackson.

Neighborhood Mildred Pierce Shoot

Neighborhood Mildred Pierce movie shoot a few months back.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Yoga in Central Park for 13,000

On June 22, 2010 roughly 10,000 plus yoga practitioners got together on the Great Lawn in Central Park. An estimated 13,000 registered for the free event. Reggie Watts entertained the crowd. The yoga class ended early due to rain.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

After Katrina, Before BP

After Hurricane Katrina, before BP oil leak, Chalmette holds a crawfish festival.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Brooklyn Sakura Matsuri 2010

Moments from the Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, May 2010.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Brooklyn Museum, May 2010

This is a short video of free live music & dancing on a Saturday night at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The people could dance, listen to live music, and peruse the art galleries.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Mermaid Parade 2010

Mermaid Parade 2010, originally uploaded by cisc1970.

This event was primarily shot using aperture priority at f8, using ISO 100. Auto ISO would activate if the shutter speed was slower than 1/60 of a sec.

The on board strobe was in Commander mode which triggered a handheld strobe off to the right of the subject. Most of the vertical photos had the onboard strobe firing to the left while the hand held strobe was on the right.

Strobes use more battery power & you may lose shots if you wait too long for them to recycle. You may need to engage your subject & take more time setting up your shot.

While walking it might be better to shoot at 1/250 of a second to prevent movement blur. At F8, it's going to demand higher ISO & brighter strobes. It might be easier to just open a full stop to get the shutter to freeze action. The summer is full of parades to get better.

Friday, May 28, 2010

2010 NYC Bike Tour

Short video of 2010 NYC 5 Borough Bike Tour.

Monday, May 10, 2010

LA Swamp Hunting Cabins, March 2010

These are hunting cabins in the swamp used during the summer months. These were in Slidell, LA March 2010.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

San Juan, Puerto Rico 02/14/10

A one day layover in San Juan, Puerto Rico gave us time to rest.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Breadfruit--Dominica, 02/16/10

This is a video short of having breadfruit at Pomme's organic farm in Dominica, Feb. 16, 2010.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Brooklyn Bridge Second Line, 04/03/10

I video blogged the Brooklyn Bridge second line hosted by Dancing Man 504 (Daryl Young) put together by James Demaria, producer and director of Treme Life. It began at 10 am on a cool beautiful Saturday, April 3, 2010.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Swamp Tour, March 2010

There is a great tourist attraction called Dr. Wagner's Swamp Tour in Slidell, LA.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

New Orleans Jazz Vipers, March 29, 2010

New Orleans Jazz Vipers, performing March 29, 2010 at the Spotted Cat in New Orleans. Joe Braun (saxophone) & Jack Fine (coronet), are in the band. They are not using mics in the loud bar.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

People in the Park. Manhattan, Aug. 2007

peopleonthestreet21.jpg, originally uploaded by cisc1970.
People in the Park, Manhattan

-1 ev to -2 ev Aperture Priority with TTL fill flash using 35mm Fuji Sensia 100. Flash filtration is amber. Lens is Nikkor 1/4 50mm AIS.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dominica, 02/17/10 Getting Around by Truck

Getting around by trucks on Dominica's roads, you'll see people in towns, villages, and cities. You'll also see Dominica's roads along the ocean and the mountains all around the coastline. Driving is on the left hand side, roads can be narrow and winding.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ubuntu Netbook Remix on the EEEPC 900

In Sept. 2008, my 2003 laptop called it quits. I needed a portable for school so I picked up an ASUS Eee PC 900 16G for $349. It came with Xandros Linux. It could handle web video, internet, and Open Office. Pretty basic, small, and effective for my uses. The folks at Mozilla and Adobe updated their software so soon I needed to update my Firefox & Flash. Being a newbie, I could only use the built in update tool and not terminal.

Having heard good things about Ubuntu, I tried their distros for netbooks. At first I tried Easy Peasy 1.4. I couldn't get it to complete the installation. I didn't bother to check the MD5 sum. I abandoned it & tried the Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Being a newbie, I had a hell of a time figuring out making a bootable USB install drive using the downloaded iso image.

It was too complicated for me without an optical USB drive. I gave up trying to make a bootable USB flash drive using OS X terminal. A cheap OWC Value Line FireWire/USB2 SuperDrive was within budget so I got one. Now I could install distros using iso's burned to CD's or DVD's.

Kubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix mostly worked out of the box. Wireless LAN worked after researching the user forums and following instructions. The camera was recognized but it wasn't a priority. I needed Open Office, Firefox, and wireless LAN. All these worked flawlessly. After 8 months though, my noob skills did me in. The Firefox stopped working. I felt I had a good enough time using KDE. K Suite is alright.

I tried Amarok, Dolphin, and Konsole. These all worked pretty well. The Firefox stopped working though. It was just the getting stuck with Konqueror instead of Firefox that persuaded me to try Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook remix. Back in 1998, GNOME looked like the interface for Fisher Price toys. It just looked too unsophisticated compared to KDE. Anyway it's all about usability, and this is why I like Debian packages and Mac OS X.

Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix installed really easily. I have Open Office, Firefox, wireless LAN out of the box. The built in camera didn't work with Cheese! at first but my noob instincts told me there had to be some software dependencies somewhere with my 3 year old hardware. I installed an older web cam software using the software install manager (Debian makes it easy) and automagically the package somehow did something. Now Cheese! works.

I would like to try another browser. I can't get Facebook or Chatroulette webcam functionality. I also want to load it up with some music & see how Rhythmbox compares with Amarok. With this old hardware, I don't think it's practical to video edit but Ubuntu has a media editing distro that looks interesting. Linux continues to deliver useful, stable, and free software.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Kayaking Grande Bay, Dominica 02/19/10

We took kayaks out to the ocean to look at the coastline and to get a better view of Grande Bay.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Victoria Falls Hike, Dominica 02/17/10

A moderate hike takes us along the White River. We cross streams & clamber over boulders to Victoria Falls. A swim in the beautiful green pool is well deserved under the refreshing waterfall.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Boiling Lake, Dominica 02/18/10

After hiking to the Boiling Lake, our guide, Brother tells us about someone who fell in.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Holy Wars" -Howard Zinn

"Holy Wars"- Howard Zinn (audio mp3)
From Democracy Now!

Rest In Peace Howard Zinn

R.I.P. fellow veteran Howard Zinn who worked for peace, witnessed & taught history, & advocated civil rights.

I've seen Howard Zinn in "You Can't Be Neutral On a Moving Train", Democracy Now! interviews, readings of A People's History & in person for a 92Y reading. Rest In Peace Howard Zinn.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Spoon Live at Fillmore West on 2008-09-22

As with most Spoon Live downloads from the Archive, this is recorded fairly well.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Motion to Amend

Motion to Amend

The rights of man should be protected regardless of the amount of property he has. All men and women should have equal freedom of speech regardless of their wealth. Corporations have no business regulating free speech and controlling the people's government.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Anyhow enough politics.

I'm prefering Haiti news coverage that puts its history in context-- its 1804 independence, its reperations to France for a whole century, its help to Simon Bolivar, its rice farmers muscled out of the business by the World Bank, & its 1st democratically elected president exiled to South Africa.

Anyhow enough politics.

Support Doctors Without Borders in Haiti

Wednesday, January 06, 2010