Sunday, September 26, 2021

ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): a very beaten-up but resolute Phil softly and gamely singing 'Moonlit Knight' & 'Carpet Crawlers.'
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Self-assigned photojournalism

Extinction Rebellion, Vancouver BC, 25 September 2021, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
"Photographs lie. Even great photographs. Especially great photographs. The Falling Man in Richard Drew's picture fell in the manner suggested by the photograph for only a fraction of a second, and then kept falling. The photograph functioned as a study of doomed verticality, a fantasia of straight lines, with a human being slivered at the center, like a spike. In truth, however, the Falling Man fell with neither the precision of an arrow nor the grace of an Olympic diver. He fell like everyone else, like all the other jumpers—trying to hold on to the life he was leaving, which is to say that he fell desperately, inelegantly. In Drew's famous photograph, his humanity is in accord with the lines of the buildings. In the rest of the sequence—the eleven outtakes—his humanity stands apart. He is not augmented by aesthetics; he is merely human, and his humanity, startled and in some cases horizontal, obliterates everything else in the frame."
Wednesday, September 08, 2021

"How do we estimate how many times [the] rock has been painted? The problem is like this: suppose you've got things numbered 1 to N, like the paintings, and you pick k of them (uniformly) at random. You don't know how big N is, but you want to estimate it from the sample. Where do we go from here?

One way, which requires a little knowledge of statistics, is to calculate the 'maximum likelihood estimator.' This turns out to just give the maximum number of the sample. So perhaps Jake did some frequentist analysis in his head, who knows. But this is clearly not the answer - our search continues. How about taking the average distance between numbers in your sample, then adding them to the maximum number? Assuming the data is uniformly distributed, this works like a charm. This gives our first estimate of:

N ≈ m(1+1/k)–1, where m is the maximum of the sample, and k is the size of the sample. In the case of Captain Holt's rocks: m=367, k=2, which gives us approximately 550 paintings of rocks."

Bernadette, Beau & me
Monday, September 06, 2021

Summer afternoons, 2021

(Appropriated & retitled, not made: "Inside Dignitas," by photographer David Levene, originally commissioned by the Guardian)

Thursday, September 02, 2021
An Important Vancouver Collection that couldn't be bothered to hang its color photographs out of the sun, or to spring for UV glass = only important in the auction house's eyes.

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