Thursday, 15 August 2002
Pix of the Day: Ageless Beauty
Although I look at a huge number of images, I rarely want to own any of them. I am not given to decorating the walls of my living space, so whenever an image does stir the sin of covetousness in me I ask myself if it is "wallspaceworthy". To find two that pass the test in two consecutive days must rank as a personal best: yesterday's 'Geometrical Manhattan' and today's 'Ageless Beauty' qualify with ease.
The photographer for today's picture is Eolake Stobblehouse, who must be one of the most diligent creators on the web. A Google search for 'stobblehouse' returned 458 results, but even this belies the size and popularity of his output. Today's featured picture came from his personal website at stobblehouse.com. The source page for that picture was Women pictures, which for those of you for whom such things matter does contain tasteful female nudity: thumbnails provide sufficient warning.
Eolake's most visited site is www.domai.com, a humorous reference to the 'Dirty Old Men's Association International', an organisation founded by Eolake, and I guess he is the major member. The site offers 'simple nudes of pretty girls', and there is a generous free sampling with a membership option. Your intrepid reporter was allowed access to the members' area, and can assure you that what is there is fairly represented outside: if you're looking for pornography then look elsewhere. Founded in 1996 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Domai is now in the top 0.2 percentile of the web's most popular sites according to Alexa. The site's gravitas might be discerned from the quotation I saw on the home page when I visited while writing this: "Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite." - John Kenneth Galbraith.
Eolake's third site is www.maccreator.com, which will be a familiar destination for users of Apple Computer's awesome products. The site has articles that will interest non Macintosh users, however. I particularly enjoyed Eolake's interview with famous 'technomad' Steven K. Roberts, the man who has equipped both a bicycle and a boat as computing centres, then travelled around while using them for real. The last of the quartet of websites is www.WhatMeArtist.com, which offers 37 succinct but thought provoking lessons 'designed to work for painters, musicians, writers, sculptors, filmmakers... anybody working creatively, professionally or not. The lesson plan is free, though if you want some additional support that too is available by email at the modest cost of $50.00 for one year.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)