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1035 – Back In Your Own Backyard

Yesterday morning I have protested inwardly against Ove’s verdict that the summer is waning. I’m afraid he’s right. We had rain in the afternoon and evening, and it has cooled down substantially.

The first image was taken in the afternoon, during one short spell of sunshine, while I was on my way to the passport office. I need a new one and now I get one of these biometrically secured passports with encoded fingerprints. Oh well.

The other image is from the morning.

I may be known for my fascination with bicycles, but I certainly have a fascination with doors and doorways as well. I like these half-covered views into semi-private spaces. It is not voyeurism, have a look at it, there is nothing to see here, but it is the idea that these places, strange to me, have complete familiarity to some other people. It’s not my home, but it’s a home to someone. Sure, this is only assigned meaning, but isn’t all meaning only assigned?

The Song of the Day is “Back In Your Own Backyard” by Billie Holiday. I have it in one of those 10 CD boxes that I recently got for 10€ each. I have looked, the most affordable variant on Amazon is another 10 CD box for $60, but at least you get a 100 pages booklet, and $6 for a CD is still a nice price. Hear the Song on YouTube.

1032 – Standing In The Doorway

Yesterday, when I arrived in Vienna, it was all but raining. I had made some poor images in Carinthia, but nothing that I wanted to present to you.

The advantage was, that I had four hours on the train to figure out how to install Linux on my laptop, inside of a VirtualBox virtual machine. Turned out there was not much to figure out. You just install VirtualBox (I did it on my Vista laptop), define a virtual machine with access to your local DVD drive, put an operating system install DVD in your drive (I used Fedora 11), boot the machine and install. It works out of the box, and you can mix and match hosts and guests however you like.

After you’re done with the installation, you can export the virtual machine to run it on any other computer that has VirtualBox installed. It’s already running on my desktop in Vienna 🙂

In my case I need it to get familiar with Django, a web development framework unavailable under Windows.

Later, when I was in Vienna, I had little hope to find anything usable at all, but when I was on my way to the supermarket, I saw this doorway.

What caught my attention was the globe of the lamp in the corner, and having only the Sigma 28/1.8 mounted and with me, I asked myself how to best capture the scene. It must be an unusual view, I thought …

The Song of the Day is “Standing In The Doorway” by Bob Dylan. It’s originally from the 1997 album “Time Out of Mind”, and in 2003 it was featured in the film “Masked And Anonymous”. Hear the original version and see the version from the movie, both on youTube. If you see only one, choose the latter. There is hilarious dialogue in it as well 🙂

536 – Donegan’s Gone

I shot this image today on my way home. In reality, I have to admit, I don’t know this man, but one thing’s for sure, he can’t be Donegan, because Donegan’s gone.

The Song of the Day is “Donegan’s Gone” from Mark Knopfler’s 2004 album “Shangri-La“. See him perform it live and explain the story on YouTube.

Oh, one more thing: Bill Birtch has a new blog, so if you link to him, it’s time to update now. For the time being I keep the old link as well. Much too much great stuff there 🙂