3649 – Have a Seat

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Oct 152016
 

I think I’ve mentioned it when it happened: I’ve bought a fisheye. It’s not the fancy over-the-top Olympus 8/1.8, but instead a manual Walimex 7.5mm f3.5 lens that was on sale at Amazon.

These and yesterday’s wall are some of the first images taken with it. I don’t expect to use it very often, but at times it’s funny. The extremely short focal length makes it pretty “fishy” even on Micro Four Thirds. The subject? A forklift in a factory building.

3648 – Convergence

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Oct 142016
 

This is a little bit odd and actually surprising. Exactly ten years ago I’ve posted “1 – After Grandma Has Gone“. Ten times 365 plus three days from leap years, in my book that makes 3653. Somewhere along the line we’ve lost five posts, have we?

Maybe not. I can’t be sure that I haven’t missed a post or two, although I deem it unlikely. Five posts? No way!

The most likely explanation is, that I’ve re-used the last number five times. It happens. I’ve caught myself doing it, and so far I have assumed that I’ve caught myself every single time that it happened. I may have been wrong.

Anyway. This blog is ten years old and I pretend it has been daily. I’m not going to look for the errors and renumber a few thousand posts 🙂

When I began, I found my numbering scheme a little pretentious, but I decided to do it anyway. I saw it as kind of motivational, and really, it was. Next target: 4000 in little less than a year.

3617 – In Evening Light

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Sep 132016
 

The last images were all taken with the 25/1.8. It’s a faultless lens. It’s light, small, it focuses swiftly, and in fact I greatly prefer it over the Panaleica 25/1.4.

Now Olympus is coming out with a 25/1.2 PRO. It will be big, heavy and gorgeous. Will I want it? Yes, sure. Will I need it? Hell, no! Will I buy it? I have no idea.

The other new lenses? A 30/3.5 macro sounds like the perfect materialization of what I don’t need. I’ll pass this one for sure.

Then there is a 24-100/4 PRO. Hmm … Sure, why? But then … ???

And then there are all the other gadgets coming out this fall. A new Macbook Pro? Stupid, stupid, stupid, but tempting.

A new Google phone, now that my Nexus 5 won’t be blessed with Nougat? Well, my Nexus 9 tablet is, and I can’t see much difference. But still …

Oh, and then there is the OM-D E-M1 MkII 🙂

Isn’t all that terribly stupid? But then, I may dodge one or the other stupidities rolling my way, but I can’t imagine dodging all of them. Let’s seee 🙂

3616 – The Big Engine

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Sep 122016
 

This is a power station in Vienna, not far from my office. I should have had it in view from my room on seventh floor looking west. Now I’m on fifth and looking east, but I should have seen it for more than a year. Interestingly enough I never consciously saw it.

Of course when I stood in front of it, there was no way to ignore it, but isn’t visual perception a funnily subjective process?

3590 – Something Coming Our Way

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Aug 172016
 

Here’s another image made with the cheap and lowly Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R, also known as “The Plastic Lens”. It even has a plastic mount. The glass is OK though. Wide open (which is not wide at all) it is not comparable to the 40-15/2.8 PRO, but like here, at f10, you won’t see that much of a difference. Give it some light and it shines.

Mar 262016
 

Capitalism is a magnificent wild beast. It creates the best iPhones one can buy, and if you think of it, when the iPhone appeared out of thin air (not yet eight years ago), it created a whole new industry. Mostly it did so in China though.

It’s not only modernization losers who’ve got a sinking feeling nowadays. To be accurate, the whole concept of losing does not make sense any more.

You can’t lose when there’s nothing to win. Our “conservative” politicians love it to portray the world as a place of equal opportunity for all who are willing to work hard. While it never was that simple and success always was tied to luck, things have changed fundamentally.

Transport has become incredibly cheap. It has become so cheap, that we can grow potatos in one country, wash them in another and fry them in a third. And that’s even before they are sold.

The most fundamental consequence of cheap transport though is the concentration of all manufactoring in a few Asian countries. We just don’t build anything around here any more. The owners of our factories have become the owners of factories in other, cheaper countries. Countries, that offer their workers less social security, less civil rights. Globalized capitalism does just that: it shifts work away from the middle class, it shifts work away from unionized workers, it shifts work out of democracies.

This leaves cheap jobs in the service sector, and of course for a tiny minority it leaves the most profitable practice of all: buying and selling fictional goods that have no connection to anything in the real world. Credit default swaps, for instance.

No, it’s not just a bunch of modernization losers who vote far right here in Europe or there in the US, it’s just a bunch of damn idiots, who can’t understand that the Nazis always are in bed with their capitalist funders.

This image shows part of an old industrial complex here in Vienna. The fragments have been integrated into a do-it-yourself store. It’s directly opposite my office, therefore you may see it once in a while.

3269 – Old Industry

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Sep 302015
 

This is how people used to work. Those people were our parents. Things used to change and they changed fast, but it was not in any way comparable to the crazy speed we move on today.

When industrialization began, we saw many of the same extremes we see now with the follies of globalized capitalism. Things changed slow enough to allow for adaption though. The abuse of workers was met by self-organization in the form of unions, and in many parts of the world a kind of social equilibrium was reached.

Globalization changes all that. Multi-national enterprises can evade all rules, the nation states are powerless to enforce what could guarantee welfare.

What do the nation states? They sign free-trade treaties that further codify their irrelevance and formally hand all power over to the multies.

What could the nation states do? They could use the power of international treaties – to reign in the power of globalized multi-nationals. After all, the power of globalized corporations is to blackmail the nation state by threatening to go elsewhere. That’s what treaties should really be about: making an end to corporate blackmail by ensuring that there is no “elsewhere”, that there are equal conditions everywhere.

Jun 262015
 

Today we have part of an old factory building directly across the street from work. It’s one of the few remaining parts of a greater industrial complex, dating from a time when we still had domestic industry 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Factory” by Martha Wainwright. Hear it on YouTube.

3061 – Rusty Scars

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Mar 062015
 

These two images show parts of some dismantled machine near a power plant at river Drau. I have no idea what it is, but the parts are big, they go way over my head, and they are heavy.

The second image shows more of the context and its color temperature is more accurate, while the Image of the Day was kept deliberately abstract.

The Song of the Day is “Rusty Scars” by Summer Heart. Hear it on YouTube.