one day at a time…
Monday 4 August 2003

Pix of the Day: On This Day in 2002
Google answers for the search term "Sunday 4 August 2002". CREDITS (L. to R.):
© Thomas Mattern & Dave Houston/Snares Islands Project
© Eric Lindsay & Jean Weber/Avalook at Australia - News Issue 35
© Paul English/Falmouth Photo Page
© BBC Radio 4/The Food Program - Raspberries
Oamaru Blue Penguin © Thomas MatternFloating or Swimming © Eric Lindsay & Jean WeberMeaningless Stove © Paul EnglishRaspberries © BBC
The Jim Bridger archive is now online. Today we have once again combined the regular 'Pix of the Day' feature with the 'On This Day' feature: we hope you will follow the links to at least one of these sites.

We greatly enjoyed the Snares Islands Project (German language page - click the flag in the top right hand corner to switch then continue in English) from Thomas Mattern and his colleague Dave Houston. However, the site is mainly in the form of a project diary that has an irritating 30 second undocumented auto update to load last diary entry. You may like us be old and set in your ways, preferring to start at the beginning on Sunday 14 July 2002, then reading forward to the penultimate entry on Sunday 6 October 2002. There are ten diary entries, plus #11, which is accessed as the 'Start Page', and is for Sunday 27 October 2002.

We think this was a work in progress when the ship went down, or we are just getting too old and long in the tooth to cope with anything where we are not led by the hand. Even so, we think this site is worth the effort: there are good sections on the Snares themselves, which are south of the main South Island of New Zealand, and the project itself, but the section on 'The Snares Crested Penguin' seems never to have been completed. The thumbnail is from the diary entry for Monday 4 August 2002, of course, and the image is captioned on the popup as 'Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony - This season's first egg'.

The apparently least interesting thumbnail in today's selection led us to another very interesting antipodean web site: Avalook features 'Australian places and activities of interest to independent, active, over-50 travellers who want to get away from the major cities, and prefer not to take a packaged tour.' Provided 'independent' does not mean 'independent means' then the description fits us like a glove. We thoroughly enjoyed the travelogues on the web site - we just wish the pictures had been upsized somehow to do them justice. We will return later for a prolonged visit!

Sometime photographer Paul English must be worth reading, if only for his views on web sites versus blogs: did we mention that he once met Tim Berners-Lee, and discussed this very subject? What we loved about the featured page is that it is dated, which is how we found it, and titled, which is a technical requirement though the name is singularly unhelpful thank goodness.

Beyond that the page is just a collection of images of nothing very much in particular, the sort of thing that we very much enjoy, albeit that we declared earlier that we had a need to be led by the hand. The bicycle and the kitchen stove appeared in Google's answers: we are sure Marcel Duchamp would have no problem making sense of such a page. On Paul's home page check out the amusing feature 'Not Me' in the top left hand corner - click the picture and the asterisks.

The wireless show The Food Programme represents for the UK what in America is called 'quality programming' by National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Here in America the excellent public services have to grovel for donation money to provide their programs: we think it is high time they were properly funded from federal resources in the same way as their UK counterparts. Quality programming is not something that should be left to the caprices of public opinion and charitable giving, but rather something that is forced upon the population, whether they like it or not, for their own good and at their own expense. Societies that aim low risk missing: just our contribution to the debate.

The sidebar links to 'Previous Programmes' on that BBC web page will keep foodies busy for many hours of harmless, but informative, enjoyment and education. Check out Derek Cooper, one of the stalwarts of the BBC.

We hear those people who moan about the quality of all forms of media, but we are bemused: we think they must be reading the wrong newspapers, watching the wrong TV programs, and listening to the wrong wireless stations. We need at least another 12 hours in every day just to enjoy a small proportion of the wonderful stuff that is freely available, or at least available at a very low relative cost, in every part of the English speaking world that we can reach. Access to even more, from even more cultures, is only constrained for us by the cost.

Caricature of the Day courtesy of Caricature Zone
IDENTITY LINK: click the image below. Click this text for a BIO-FINDER LINK.
Caricature Zone
American actor (1940-). Born Ramon Estevez, he admired and took his screen name from Monsignor Fulton J. (Peter John) [SharedName], a Catholic bishop whose 1952-57 TV series 'Life Is Worth Living ' beat Milton Berle in the ratings! His mother, Mary Ann Phelan, was an Irish immigrant with IRA connections, and his father, Francisco Estevez, was a Spaniard who came to the USA by way of Cuba.

His left arm is 3" shorter than his right due to complications during his birth. He has played an American president three times, yet his own political life has been decidedly anti establishment with continued attendance at organized protests, and at least two arrests while protesting at air force bases against US military policies. His most memorable part, in a stressful 1979 Francis Ford Coppola movie during which he had a heart attack, was featured in a probing 1991 documentary movie.

He is a well respected actor, rather than a star, whose face is instantly recognizable to many, even when his name cannot be remembered. Information on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) web site was used in the preparation of this mini bio.

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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)