Putting words and even images to Iceland is such a demanding challenge. It’s no wonder so many artists keep returning to Iceland, as though dared by its ineffable beauty.
Idyllic fields with fluffy sheep outnumbering the residents; every shade of mossy green imaginable, covered in mist; a volcano a dramatic fissure around every corner. And the Northern Lights, don’t even try.
These are two images of the mountain overlooking my home for the next month. Surprisingly, I’ve begun to listen to Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ethel Waters, on repeat…
The landscape in Iceland is so primordial. It’s the youngest country, geologically speaking, in the world yet it also has the oldest running parliament in the world. What an amazing combination. We all look to the Greeks but maybe we should start looking to Iceland for inspiration. They are the first country to elect Pirate Party members in a national election! I met with Birgitta Jonsdottir, member of the Pirate Party and parliamentarian in Reykjavic yesterday to talk about their work, her idea of the ‘poetician’, Wikileaks, etc…
Later, I went to þingvellir (thingvehleer) where the parliament first began over a thousand years ago. All the town councils and chieftains would travel once a year to this site which was considered very special and someone would recite the laws of Iceland and then they’d settle disputes. Lots of sacrifice.
What’s special about þingvellir is that its where the North American and European continental shelfs meet and you can stand on both! There are huge trenches where you can see the continents slowly drifting away.
This country is so active, raw, and sublime. I’m loving it here.
It’s with a heavy heart and far too early in the morning that I’m leaving the Bay Area to begin many months of traveling. My first stop is Iceland, which hopefully doesn’t erupt and stop all air traffic before I arrive…
I’m leaving one of my favorite regions of the country. Northern California has perfect weather, 2 great seasons, excellent surfing, beautiful hiking, and intense sailing. I have loved my two years here.
More importantly, I’m also leaving some of the people I love most in the world, and I’m feeling pretty sad to see them go. For those of you who are reading this, I love you. I know our paths will continue to cross, just as they have for years.
I don’t know what’s going to happen during these next 6 months of traveling. I’m going to Iceland, NYC, Indianapolis, SF, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and ??? I plan on writing over 500 words everyday, taking a ton of photographs, and talking with as many people as I can about their lives and how the media they consume everyday affects them. I don’t know how it’s going to go, but I can’t wait.
If you live in any of these cities/countries and want to meet or host me, let me know!
I wear this because I’m honoring a proud, savvy people with a rich heritage
today i pet: Sophie!
Sophie has been featured before, but this tiny hound is truly worthy of a second post! Not pictured: her insatiable appetite for goose poop
Attention followers: my wonderful partner has a brilliant blog wherein she photographs every dog she pets every day. Follow and Boost.
Enter the brand new science of digital photography. Only Sony (in the lead) — and Canon — had very early (professional) digital camera systems which could use an analog phone line to transmit their megapixel images to a faraway location — in this case, a distant newspaper, news service, magazine, or TV news station. An analog modem was used to convert the picture — pixel by pixel — into the chirps and squawks many of you remember from early PC data modems. A single picture would take minutes to send. Photographers were very careful in their selections — and constantly fearing for their own lives in risking this.
Chinese officials and soldiers were watching airports, sea terminals, trains, and boats to Hong Kong. The government order was that nofilm must escape. No camcorders or movie film. Nothing. Tourist cameras were opened and emptied. Videocassettes were seized. Anything the size or shape of a 35mm film canister was seized. Officials took no chances.
The leaders were completely unaware of the dozens of digital cameras capturing every citizen’s courage — and every government stumble and massacre.
"Recognizing tone of voice and identifying facial expressions are tasks in the realm of perception where, traditionally, humans perform better than computers. Or, rather, this used to be the case. As facial recognition software improves, computers are getting the edge. The Ohio State study, when attempted by a facial recognition software program, achieved an accuracy rate on the order of 96.9 percent in the identification of the six basic emotions, and 76.9 percent in the case of the compound emotions. Computers are now adept at figuring out how we feel."
I’m officially obsessed with this unfinished North Korean hotel, Ryugyong Hotel
Yep. That would be THE Edward #Snowden at #PDF14. #savetheinternet