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January 2019

2018 Photo Picks

2018 Photo Picks
2018 Photo Picks

At the beginning of this year, I ran across Alex Burke’s blog, while researching about film scanning. Among loads of other useful posts, I noticed Alex’ “The Bets Of …” posts, where he picks of 9(ish) of his best shots of the year.

I really like this idea. It’s a great opportunity to go through all the photos I’ve taken over the year, remember and re-live some of the memories, as well as take a more critical look at the photos and make purposeful choices.

I like the format of nine shots. It’s enough to capture the year, make a concise presentation, yet it’s small enough to force some contention and force critical look for the picks. Albeit, I took a slightly different angle and my picks aren’t necessarily the best picks, but they are the ones that mean most to me, be it because they are some of the best, or because they recall the best memories.

Alpaca in a field
Alpaca in a field

We took our dog for a walk while visiting relatives, and found this lone alpaca in the field. The alpaca was sensing our dog, so I didn’t have much time to grab a shot. It’s a little oddly framed, but that’s partially why I like it.

Sunset at Rathtrevor Beach
Sunset at Rathtrevor Beach

It poured for two days straight, but eventually we were rewarded by a beautiful sunset.

The British Columbia Sugar Refining Company, Ltd
The British Columbia Sugar Refining Company, Ltd

Experimenting with my Kiev 80 camera and scanning film.

Collection of ropes. Cannery museum near Prince Rupert, BC.
Collection of ropes. Cannery museum near Prince Rupert, BC.

Onward and upward
Onward and upward

Hiking steep trails on Haida Gwaii, BC.

Views around Smithers, BC
Views around Smithers, BC

A fall hike at Mt. Shuksan, Wa
A fall hike at Mt. Shuksan, Wa

Fall in Vancouver
Fall in Vancouver

Goat on a roof. Coombs, BC
Goat on a roof. Coombs, BC

These goats are so much fun. I love their fuzzy beards and behinds. Shot on Fuji Pro 400H with Kiev 80.

The Real Story Behind The Havana Embassy Mystery

If you view what happened to the diplomats in Havana as an “attack,” you must look for something capable of producing such an assault. It would have to emit a sound that varied widely from listener to listener. It would have to strike only people who worked at the embassy. It would have to assail them wherever they happened to be, whether in their homes or staying at a hotel. It would have to produce a wide range of symptoms that seemed to bear no relation to one another. And it would have to start off small, with one or two victims, before spreading rapidly to everyone in the group.

As it happens, there is and always has been one mechanism that produces precisely this effect in humans. Today it’s referred to in the medical literature as conversion disorder—that is, the conversion of stress and fear into actual physical illness. But most people know it by an older, creakier term: mass hysteria. […]