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March 13, 2017

Ceci n’est pas Andy Warhol

True story: when I was a kid I once got yelled at by Andy Warhol who thought I was surreptitiously taking his photo. He was really furious and his

September 23, 2015

Wawa No Cidal

Some preliminary thoughts on having just seen 太陽的孩子 Wawa No Cidal. First of all, this is an emotionally charged film that shows some of the real

August 30, 2012

Happy Tongue

February 9, 2008

Research Paper

The above picture gives a pretty accurate account of my winter vacation. (Via Why that’s delightful. Original source unknown.)

December 29, 2007

Warner Taiwan Image Collection

This Japanese Era water and ink drawing of the Su-hua highway (which links Hualien with the North of Taiwan) was found on The Gerald Warner Taiwan

December 9, 2007

High ISO

When I was telling people I wanted a compact camera which could perform well at a high ISO, I think many misunderstood. What I really should have

December 6, 2007

Wide Angle

After much deliberation I finally got a Panasonic DMC-LX2. The main competitor was the yet-to-be-announced LX3, and what finally made my decision

November 17, 2007

2007 Chharanagar Photos

I finally finished editing and uploading my photos from last February’s shoot in Chharanagar. I did a lot of portraits this time, but haven’t yet

October 2, 2007

Moon Map

Via How Design: “Moon Mapping from the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Research Project.” {design, maps, moon, astronomy}

May 28, 2007

No AIDS Love Only

I liked the graphics on these Taiwanese AIDS awareness flyers: {AIDS, graphic design}

March 3, 2007

Mountain Air

As I said in my last post, owning a dog has gotten me out and about a bit more. That and the fantastic weather we’ve had the last few days. There is

February 20, 2007

Kerala Pics

With my dissertation, job hunting, filmmaking, moving to Taiwan, starting a new job, etc. we haven’t had a vacation since our honeymoon seven years

December 9, 2006

Script Map

I love this map of South Asia, showing the names of each of the various countries and states in the local language and writing system. Image from

September 2, 2006


While I earlier made fun of the The Five Friendlies, the official mascots of the Beijing Olympics, I really like the pictograms they have chosen to

September 1, 2006


One thing I’ve learned about the British: they love to tell you alternative routes. If you ask how to get from point A to point B, don’t expect to

August 12, 2006

Achieving Representation

According to Crooked Timber, this powerpoint slide is Rumsefeld’s plan for ending the war in Iraq: Maybe we should put Edward Tufte in charge of

July 10, 2006


I stitched together a 360° view of the valley as seen from the National Dong Hwa University campus. If you have QuickTime installed you can explore

June 21, 2006

Abstract Art

This wonderful diagram, made in 1936 by Alfred Barr, appears in Edward Tufte’s new book, Beautiful Evidence. Banksean made a wonderful interactive

June 9, 2006

10-10 vs. The Sun

Years ago I read a paper* about politics and architecture in Taipei which pointed out (among other things) the ways in which architecture and

June 8, 2006

Las Meninas

A lot has been written about Las Meninas by Velazquez, most notably Foucault in The Order of Things, and later Searle’s response in “Las Meninas and

May 23, 2006

Stormy Weather

I finally got my camera from the states, but I’ve been enjoying taking pictures with the crappy camera on my cell phone. In some of the pictures

May 20, 2006


When I think of life in New York City, I think of the train I used to take every day. The train we heard in the distance from our bedroom window …

January 21, 2006


About a year ago I blogged about coming across an online exhibit including photos of an old friend of mine, Thorne Anderson, who I hadn’t seen in a

December 14, 2005


**Guest post by tf As of November 7th, Le Monde has changed its look. The new format makes greater use of color photos, eliminates the short

December 1, 2005


Guest post by tf The will to exoticize is often flagrant in Paris. This is a window display from an agency of a large French travel chain: It seems

August 10, 2005

Big Eyes

Amazing, one of the most famous photographs in the world, and I had never seen it before. (via Jonathan Dresner at Frog in a Well) {china,

July 16, 2005

Taiwanese Food

I’m glad to have discovered this wonderful gallery of Taiwanese food by Taiwan Tiger. It is a project I have always thought of doing myself, so

June 5, 2005

Google Home

A large satellite image of home via Google Maps Wallpapers: Click for a larger view, with the train stops marked. Also, via the Map Room, the

April 16, 2005


Last year, when I was offered the opportunity to teach a course on anthropology and photography at Haverford College, I immediately knew I wanted to

April 16, 2005

Sin Ciné

I was surprised by Sin City. I thought I would be bored by the story but enjoy the visuals. After all, so much had been made about how brilliantly

March 23, 2005


This is just too weird to ignore. Scroll down for the punch line. (via Kevin Drum) {bush, bald, photos}

March 6, 2005


Detail from Amusement park — Baghdad, copyright Thorne Anderson

February 11, 2005

Fish tank

Here is my first foray into video blogging, a strange toy fish tank I saw in Chinatown. I took it with my digital camera, which has a video capture

November 19, 2004


Talking about stress, one of the endlessly fascinating things about humans are all the creative ways we come up with to let off a bit of steam.