11 August 2011


This is a sweet and soulful idea ~ take a treasured photo taken years ago ~ now hold it in front of the scene the photo depicts ~ and shoot a second image, photo-in-photo, showing the changes. I learned of Dear Photograph from Andrea Kuszewski. Click on the link, scroll down, and be sure to look for archival images as well. Your heart will thank you. A sample image appears above.

NPR Books just published readers' picks for the Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books. Scrolling down the illustrated list, it's surprising to discover how many titles have transcended sci-fi/fantasy and entered mainstream reading. The list is subjective, and omits a number of obvious authors and titles, but it is a useful starting point. Thanks to John Scalzi for the recommendation.

Another list of quite a different nature appears at the Smithsonian website ~ reader submissions for The Smithsonian Life List ~ 43 Places to See Before You Die. It is a mouth-watering collection, subdivided in "adventure", "great natural vistas", "in the presence of gods", "portals into the past", "scale new heights", "sites and cities", and "wildlife watching" categories, and includes an interactive map. One destination, Machu Picchu in Peru, appears below. This list is similarly subjective, omitting some destinations I would have included. It also includes places I might not have thought of. Peruse and enjoy. I've only seen 3 of the 43. Time to pack and get started !!

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