May 01, 2007

High Plains Drifting

I’m just back from the desert, and boy are my arms sandy… We gave our friend/my fellow Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes a solid send-off to his single days, I think. Word to the wise : RV+sand = elephant+tar pit; oi vey. Sadly, I didn’t manage to see a real live Adobe Photo Shop [Via].  I did, however, find a great deal on California real estate in Trona.  (Hope you like sulfur… and breaking your windows just to cut your wrists.)  Ballarat Bob was MIA, but we caught up with our friend, the Mayor of Ballarat, along with his even more grizzled (!) dad–keepers of Charlie Manson’s truck & black helicopters; here’s a small gallery

Their one-room building (famous for $2 cans of Milwaukee’s Best–which will taste good to you when it gets hot enough) also features a photo I really love.  I don’t know a thing about its subject or its history, and I always choose not to ask.  Sometimes it’s good to savor a little mystery.

In a photographic vein, and starting with Death Valley:

  • Author & photog Ben Long is just back from the park as well, and he’s posted a gallery of terrific shots.
  • If the boys of Ballarat were ever to go digital, they might like the Kodak 1881: a digital camera as vintage locket. [Via]
  • "You just had to run": TOP relays an anecdote from Steven Spielberg on catching the dawn for Empire of the Sun.
  • Author Will Self has documented his writing room, festooned with Post-It notes.  (I feel like he’s got a physical version of my copy of Contribute, from which I write this blog.  It’s a warren of ideas and links, jotted in blurbs, competing for too little time.) [Via]
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