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3666 – Two Sisters in One Day? That’s Fast!

You can take a lot of images of an architectural marvel like Silvacane, but once you’re through, you’re through.

In our case it was only half past noon, exactly the time we’d reckoned. Speeding from one Abbey to the next, we came around this bend and through this gate ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, photographically there would have been much better places than that where I chose to take two images. In fact I had seen quite a few fantastic places. The problem is, that you find no proper spot to hold the car. In fact this always makes me nervous, and when I finally can stop, I often take a few images, mostly to at least document the type of landscape that I’ve passed through.

The village in the third image is Bonnieux. Their website claims

No matter what route you take to Bonnieux, you will see the church tower well before you arrive

It seems I managed to find a spot from where you don’t see it ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, it’s a nice place, but we were only passing through. You can’t properly visit every place that deserves it. Sad but true.

2643 – Brothers

I haven’t taken bicycle images in a long time. The place where I live now has fewer of them and I spend less time walking the streets.

Still, you’ve got to practice or you’ll rust, right? Well, here are two unlikely brothers in similar pose, one at the entrance of the building where I live, the other in the foyer of a jeweler’s shop. Don’t ask ๐Ÿ™‚

The Song of the Day is “Brothers” by Bobby McFerrin and Rob Wasserman. Hear it on YouTube.

2405 – They’re Red Hot II

Here’s a post for Saturday. The pictures were taken a few days before in Simmering, a part of Vienna with a high percentage of foreigners, many or most of them Turks.

In February, when I moved my furniture, I hired a few helpers from a Turkish transport company. Only one of them spoke German. He is married to an Austrian woman, maybe himself Austrian citizen by now, maybe not, and we had an interesting and friendly conversation about what it means to be Turkish in Austria.

What can I say, it’s not a pretty story and nothing to be proud of as an Austrian. There’s definitely a hierarchy of foreigners, with the Turks being lowest of all non-colored people. What makes it easier for them is their sheer number, the fact that they can get work, often employing each other, and finally that many of them have been here for a long time. On the other hand cultural differences work against them, their number seems to frighten many people, and of course there is the matter of Islam, the oh so convenient enemy since the Twin Towers collapsed.

Being in a part of Vienna like Simmering always amazes me. I immediately feel like being in another country, feel how the world is open and new. That’s pretty much the opposite of what seems to trouble other people ๐Ÿ™‚

This red-hot shop is a Turkish supermarket opposite the church in the other image, and the Robert Johnson classic “They’re Red Hot” is also the Song of the Day. I’ve used Peter Green’s version in “844 โ€“ Theyโ€™re Red Hot“, hear Hugh Laurie on YouTube today.

2130 – Slow Your Speed

There are more of these mirrors around and once you start looking for them, they are really everywhere.

Well, not all of them have these attractive faults like blindness, but here’s a good one in Rosegg, Carinthia, half-way between Villach and the lake where I usually swim.

The Song of the Day is “Slow Your Speed” by Jimmy Witherspoon. There’s no video around, but on junodownload you can hear most of the song. Instead of providing 30 seconds samples, they just cut off the first 30 seconds and let you hear the rest.

2090 – Santa Maria, Strela do Dia

Strange song for that image? Well, maybe, maybe not. The Cantigas de Santa Maria are a collection of pilgrim songs from medieval Spain, so maybe the bus stop, the road and the motorbike are not completely off.

I had a time, about 12, maybe 15 years ago, when in my voyage through musical history I had arrived at a point where I couldn’t easily go back any further. Those pilgrim songs, the songs of the troubadours, the original Carmina Burana, they all lack reliable notation. All performances are speculative. In the early fourteenth century, with the advent of Ars Nova and its notation capable of denoting rhythm, that all changed, but still, think of all the controversies about how to perform Mozart, and that although Mozart employed a rigid notation system. What could we possibly expect from the thirteenth century?

Any earlier than the troubadours and music stops being interesting to me anyway. Gregorian Chant? Sorry, it bores me to death and I find nothing that differentiates one song from the other. I admit, I didn’t try hard though ๐Ÿ™‚

The Song of the Day is “Santa Maria, Strela do Dia” by Jordi Savall. It’s not a bad version and it’s available in my collection, as digital download and on YouTube.

1803 – The Warrior

Oh dear, it’s so insanely late! I’ve spent the whole day (well, most of it) with my new phone. I could have waited for the iPhone 5, but I don’t like Apple’s walled garden approach anyway. What I got instead is a Samsung Galaxy S2 16 GB with an extra 16 GB SD card. Nice to have your images, your books, an offline Wikipedia and so much more in your pocket.

The Song of the Day is “Warrior” from Rejane Magloire’s 2005 album “Forbidden Opera”. Hear it on YouTube.

1694 – It Was Raining

So, over on April’s blog, Flo considers me a “contemplative photographer”. Really, I’ve no idea what they’re talking about, they discuss a book that I’ve not read, but when I just try to understand what it could mean, I arrive at something like this picture. Contemplative enough?

This should have been an image of Wednesday, but although I have some, there is nothing that inspires me. This one is from today (actually yesterday already). We had rain in the morning and several times during the day.

The Song of the Day is “It Was Raining” from the 2003 Devil Doll album “Queen of Pain”. Hear it on YouTube.

1671 – Complicated Shadows

Oh dear, it’s already Wednesday and I have not posted the image for Monday. Sorry, here it is ๐Ÿ™‚

The Song of the Day is “Complicated Shadows” from Elvis Costello’s 2009 album “Secret, Profane And Sugarcane”.

Funny, it seems I have not used the song before, although I could have sworn I did. Maybe because there was no video available? Well, now it is. YouTube has a great 2010 live version from Spanish television.

1450 – New Company

I have used Opera as a browser for pretty exactly ten years. That’s a long time, and although it was not always the best supported browser (in fact it got pretty much neglected by web designers around the world), at least it was the best, the fastest and it had unparalleled cross-platform support.

Most of the goodies, that we now take for granted, originated in Opera. Just think of tabs, sessions, crash recovery, mouse gestures, bookmark synchronization, …

Opera is still a good browser, but the Linux version has been pretty much behind for more than a year, and it still leaks memory. With a big session of maybe 15 tabs it starts out using 20% of my main memory, and after a while it consumes 40%, and then it gets noticeable and I have to restart the browser. OK, that’s normally after a week or two, but still.

Firefox is not an alternative. It has all features that I need, but it is too slow, especially with big sessions. So what?

Google Chrome was the answer. It is not yet as polished as Opera, its extensions are not yet as sophisticated as those for Firefox, but we’re getting there. Most important though, it is much faster on Linux, faster in GMail (small wonder :)), and it consumes much less memory.

Of course I’ll try Opera when the next version comes out, but I am not likely to switch back.

The image is a bit of chrome from Friday morning. It’s Sunday now, I’m on the train back to Vienna and instead of taking photographs, I have spent this Sunday cooking. Not bad either ๐Ÿ˜€

The Song of the Day is “New Company” from Solomon Burke’s 2010 album “Nothing’s Impossible”. Good stuff! Hear it on YouTube.