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August 5, 2004




June 16, 2005

Kodak Announces End Of Black And White Paper Production

I never used Kodak papers (always preferred Ilford and Agfa), but this is still kind of a bummer, no matter what the creeps at Gizmodo might say.

July 9, 2005

accessory accessory accessory

Four Tet @ the MFA
Originally uploaded by rotorglow.

[It's Fugazi Month at For the month of July, for no particular reason other than I've been listening to them a lot, each post's title will be a Fugazi lyric. I'll try to make it vaguely topical.]

Cindy, Tim, Kat and I went to see Sunburned Hand of the Man and Four Tet at the MFA last week. It was supposed to be outdoors in the courtyard, but the weather didn't cooperate. So it was inside the big auditorium--Note to Malcolm Rogers: It's great that you're doing these events, and I know you don't have many options if the weather goes bad, but that's a terrible place to see music.

I have no pix of SHOTM, but I got a few of Four Tet in action. (Not that there's much to see.) Initially, I wasn't really sure what I though of his set. It was notably free of the beats and melodies that make his records so interesting (to me), so it was more of a noise set than I was expecting.

Over the last few days I've been remembering it more fondly, though, and I'll probably go see him at the Middle East when Sept rolls around.

July 17, 2005

bringing you back to base

Originally uploaded by rotorglow.

Played softball yesterday (for the first time in forever) with Tim, Kat, Sam and the rest of the (un)usual suspects. I didn't hurt anything or anyone, so that's pretty good. Had a few hits, a few RBIs, a few putouts and a few errors. So all that's pretty good too.

July 18, 2005


Traces of Mustard.
Originally uploaded by Gogi.

This is from a really amazing, but oddly somber Flickr set called 50 Grams of Urban Loneliness. Great stuff.

July 19, 2005

margin walker wants a clear shot

Originally uploaded by cantpark.

A Flickr group proving that not only is bad parking behavior universal, but outrage about it is too.

September 18, 2005

Old pix from the Auld Sod

Because the final version of MT 3.2 includes a broken xmlrpc module, I still can't directly blog pix from Flickr to MT (fie on you Six Apart, you inattentive and unhelpful fools!). So I'm doing this the hard way:

I'm in the process of moving a bunch of pix up onto Flickr from the viewer page because it doesn't make any sense to have 3 pages of photos all over the place. The first mass attempt at this is some shots I did a couple of years ago in Ireland. It was the first I'd left the country and shot 100% digital. No film. Worked ok (I guess), thanks for asking, though I was glad there was a laptop I could dump the cards onto.

October 2, 2005

Over easy please

Over easy please
Originally uploaded by stenz at 1 Oct '05, 4.57pm PST.

My friend Eric has been posting an amazing set of pix his father took on a trip he took shortly before he died. Some are cute, some are funny and some are bleak. They're all great, though.

Start here.

October 12, 2005

HMV "[Compact] Discs" sign

HMV "[Compact] Discs" sign
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 12 Oct '05, 3.54am PST.

I rescued this as they were removing it from the HMV store in Harvard Square a couple years ago. It's sat propped in the corner of my apartment since. The idea was to hang it on my wall, like some sort of trophy. Or I thought maybe it'd look cool over all my CD shelves. It has a sharp, perforated metal backing, so the floor was variously protected by a Boston Globe from 2003, and an extra copy of the SARS disclosure form I had to sign when I flew through Toronto.

(The form was in English, Chinese, and French, naturelment: "Avez-vous de la fièvre? [Oui|Non] Avez-vous un ou plusieurs des symptômes suivants: tous, essouflement OU difficulté à respirer? [Oui|Non]" Do we even care about SARS anymore, or has everyone moved on to avian flu?)

A year or so ago I made one attempt to remove the concrete moly bolts, so I could mount the damn thing on the wall. But at the time I couldn't find the pair of vice grips I thought I had, and was stymied by the final, most-corroded bolt. So back in the corner the sign went for another year or so.

I just threw it out tonight. (The sign, I mean, though the extra SARS form has gotten the heave-ho too.) One of those things that needs to go, and not stay. I mean, it's sort of a cool objet d'art, and it's retro, or something. But that was then (if ever). Now it's just "junk."

Besides, I think I need a new chair.

October 25, 2005


Brian, 1991
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 26 Oct '05, 1.35am PST.

My friend Brian had a birthday this past Sunday, and we've known each other long enough that I feel comfortable (not to say "eager") posting this picture of him from our "college days," ready to "hit the town." I have no idea what the occasion was, but I'm sure that whatever ensued was ragin'.

Hapy Birthday, B.

(This pic barely scratches the surface, so if you need more proof of his greatness check out my Flickr set that attempts to document a particular weekend this April when he played a rock show and married Carolyn the most fair.

November 3, 2005

Self Portrait at San Xavier

Self Portrait at San Xavier
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 3 Nov '05, 3.59am PST.

Old pic, newly uploaded, and dark-looking on Windows. Sigh.

Curse you, Windows gamma!

November 12, 2005

Rochester, 1976

Rochester, 1976
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 12 Nov '05, 6.16am PST.

When (and just before) I was born, my parents and I lived in Rochester, NY. After we moved to MN and then PA, some friends of my parents from wayback still lived there, and taught at UR. Since my grandparents lived in Geneva, NY, we'd go back and visit them whenever we were in the area. They had a pair of Ford Capris from the early 70s, which were the immediate ancestor of my father's Capri II. Originally, the Capri was kind of a European take on the Mustang; smallish, sporty, vaguely exotic. I don't think the Obrechts' cars were what got that particular fascination revved up; I rather think it was seeing the revamped model on a trip through Europe to or from India in 74 or 75.

Ok. Fast-forward 25 years.

A few years ago, my uncle was cleaning out his fridge in NYC, and he found a Ziploc bag of both exposed and unexposed film from the ages. Now, every photographer in my family has one of these bags, pushed way back on the bottom or 2nd-from-bottom shelf of the fridge, near the baking soda, pickles and skunked Heineken. Film ages and degrade over time, and refrigeration slows that process down. So we keep partially-shot rolls in the fridge till we can use the unexposed frames. Or keep the one or two odball rolls of special film like HIE, Kodachrome 25 or tungsten-balanced Ektachrome that you can't use for birthday parties or anything other than perfect/special conditions. But, you know, they cost money, so you hate to throw them out, even though they're a decade or more (and counting) out of date.

So, my uncle's cleaning out his fridge one day, and comes across The Film Bag. He opens it up, and there's an unidentified roll of exposed 120 in there. So he takes it to a lab to have it processed, and damned if it isn't a roll of film that (he deduces) was shot by little Christopher in 1976 (or MAYBE 1977, though I doubt it), from waist high (on him, which at the time was, like, knee-high on a grownup person) of his parents' friends fleet of early 1970s Ford Capris. The camera had a waist-level viewfinder, and you can tell I was short at the time because all of the shots of the backs of the cars are looking UP at the underside of the bumper.

That explains the curious composition. I don't really know what to say about the blurriness.

November 23, 2005

"probably most days, he has the shades drawn"

Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 23 Nov '05, 8.20am PST.

My friend John recounted a recent trip through Chelsea, and ended thusly:

outside of one gallery on 25th or 26th street, there was a low window and inside you could see a guy working in his shop below ground. he was repairing pinball machines. it was one of those moments, fantastic and unrepeatable, when you wish you had a camera, and i instantly thought that if you were there you would have taken a picture. i don't think i can describe the sight well. it was past dusk outside and inside it was very well lit, with tons of old pinball machines and tools in various stages of repair and disrepair, the craftsman was holding a rag, wiping something, seemingly unaware that we could see him. probably most days, he has the shades drawn.

December 5, 2005

Trapped in the XLR

Trapped in the XLR
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 5 Dec '05, 1.57am PST.

Tim and Kat had some people over to watch the first 12 episodes of R. Kelly's masterpiece "Trapped in the Closet." The absurdity of that will have to wait for another post.

At any rate, many of us had seen a couple of episodes a few months ago. Thus when Tim, Billy and I headed to the New England Auto Show a couple weeks ago, I was all primed to recreate a scene where R. Kelly races home in his Cadillac XLR.

And here is the result.

EDIT: I just saw that Tim posted details about the party. And Joe took pix.

January 4, 2006

New Year's Eve 05

New Year's Eve 05
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 5 Jan '06, 4.50am PST.

I took care of Remy and Otis one of the nights Tim and Kat were in Chicago. As you can see, we got along famously.

June 14, 2006

decreasing danger

decreasing danger
decreasing danger
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 14 Jun '06, 11.30pm EDT PST.

These are the warning labels on the back of a mobile electronic traffic sign--the kind that usually says something like, "Mass Ave under constr until 2019. Expect Delays. Seek Alt Route" or "Be Safe. Enjoy The Prom. Belmont PD."

I was struck by the strange regularity of the decreasing size of the labels. At first I hoped they were just different translations of the same "do not stop cooling fan with face" warning. But they were actually different warnings, of varying severity.

This one is currently on Garden St. near Harvard Square. Inactive, for now, but still dangerous.

June 28, 2006

my camera is back

my camera is back
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 28 Jun '06, 9.22am EDT PST.

I'm very happy to report that Joe and Leah brought my camera back safe and sound. Big ups to them for that, because without their help (and their wedding reception, for that matter) we all wouldn't be able to see this picture of Tim, caught in the act of catching people in the act.

More to come.

July 25, 2006

The Notorious K.I.M.’s Physiologic Positions & Movements For Labor And Birth

Tim has done a genius mashup of Li'l Kim and a pamphlet of exercises for "labor and birth." It's beyond compare.

July 30, 2006

relaxed to a crisp

relaxed to a crisp
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 30 Jul '06, 11.00pm EDT.

A bunch of us went up to Lake Winnipesaukee for a weekend at Annie's family's sumptuous estate. There was awesome food, dogs, a billion billion stars (at night), and sun. Lots of sun. I spent rather too much time out on a dock collecting rays and breezes this morning before I drove back...also in the sun. So I'm singed in several places.

But I sure am calm.

Separately, the trip up there began in torrential walls of water, with vivid lightnight [wtf?] lightning stabbing all around. I waited for the rain to let up a little, and for the flooding to go down, then picked my way to the interstate. It was rainy and slow well into NH, but soon the sun was shining low, yellow beams under the black clouds but above the distant mountains. It was all misty and damp, and quite a contrast from the biblical rains that came before.

August 7, 2006


Originally uploaded by therightpedal at 6 Aug '06, 8.35pm EDT.

It was a beautiful weekend (for a change) in E. MA, and on Saturday I headed over to Miata Day at the Museum of Transportation. A bunch of nice cars, of course, but I wasn't feeling photographically inspired.

I'm sure things would have been different on Sunday. It was Italian Car Day, and fellow Coupe-Brougham teammate David made an expedition and took some amazing pix. I'm simply agog, and next year, I'm going. That's all there is to it.

September 7, 2006

it's the little things (Pt II)

it's the little things (Pt II)
Puddle Duck
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 7 Sep '06, 12.53am EDT.

I've been in a generally shitty mood for a couple of weeks. Since I was a kid I've felt angsty about the end of summer, but recently it's gone beyond that for reasons I'm just now starting to understand, and will write more about soon.

But sometimes things break through.

As I was walking from the T to my office, I went past the semi-permanent greenish puddle on Beach Street (though it's much larger than an "puddle" might lead you to believe. And there was a carved wooden duck, floating, next to the waterlogged cardboard the trash guys refused to haul away. It was just floating there, not even bobbing because there were no waves on the puddle, no breath of air in the damp morning. And it made me smile.

Before I even got there, things hadn't been going well. I'd managed to lose my T pass between the staircase of my building (where I was when I double-checked that I had it with me) and the T stop, not 7 minutes away at a slow trudge. I stood outside the turnstile, checking and re-checking all of my pockets, my wallet, other stacks of bills, etc. I debated retracing my steps, even all the way back home, but was super late, and on some level couldn't even believe that I'd really lost it.

So I decided to just forget about it, and headed to the token booth to buy a token. One please, I said, putting a couple of bills through the slot. You look like you lost some money, said the agent with a bit of a smile, pulling the bills toward him. Well, I said, actually it seems I lost my T pass. Oh, he said, smile disappearing. He pushed my money back through the slot toward me, and I looked up. Go on through, he said, and hooked a thumb at the open gate. I was really shocked, and even more touched. Such a small gesture (that doesn't even affect him personally), but it really struck me. And I really needed it. I sat on the train, weirdly dazed, simultaneously feeling wretched and reassured all out of proportion to the cause and resolution of the whole thing.

My dear friends Tim and Kat had a baby this morning. His name is Miles, and he's a big one, as babies go. He's a tiny person--a whole person!--not very useful or convenient, or maybe even all that much fun at this point, but with stuff to learn and teach. Which is all a pretty big thing, for such a be facing and causing. And even from all the way over here, I'm a little awed.

"Awed." Yeah. That'll have to do for now.

September 29, 2006


Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 29 Sep '06, 12.41am EDT.

Life's been pretty weird in Rotorland. I've been working a lot, for one thing, which always unbalances me a little. Hence (more or less) the radio-silence.

This is kind of allegorical, and kind of not, but:

I (re)connected (with) an old friend this week. I rewired the switch on the neon sign I got for Xmas in 1994. I'd been running it every evening for about 10 years when the switch broke. Since then, it's been dark, and I've moved it around my apartment, trying to keep it visible and in the way so I'd take the time to to find the right replacement switch.

Kept not happening, though. Freud, please call your office.

But last weekend, on one of my ever-more common trips to Home Depot, I finally found a switch that would work, and rewired the light. The switch doesn't fit perfectly, and I can't fit the cover plate back on over the hole. But the sign works (and hasn't caught fire), and I guess I'd forgotten how much I'd missed it. It's one of those things that always always made me happy.

Here the allegory breaks down a bit.

In other news, I'm finished with answering the telemarketers' batphone. Lesson learned. Yeah, I'm in the book, but the people who need to reach me (or by whom I want to be reached) have a different number.

"Take me off your list. If you have something to send me through the mail, I'll consider it, but I don't respond to telephone solicitations."

October 13, 2006

Oops...just discovered the D50's timer...

Oops...just discovered the D50's timer...
Oops...just discovered the D50's timer...
Originally uploaded by Clampants at 13 Oct '06, 7.07pm EDT.

Tim just shot the best picture of all time.

October 29, 2006

Tirupati, 1975

Tirupati, 1975
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India, 1975
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 29 Oct '06, 2.07pm EST.

On my recent trip to PA, my mom gave me some old pix I shot in 1974 or 1975 with a cheapo plastic-lens camera. I think it shot 120 roll film (roughly 2 inches square), my first encounter with medium format. But the plastic lens (with fixed focus, no less) didn't really do the big frame justice.

Anyway, here's another 12-frame mosaic, this time with actual people in it. More here.

October 31, 2006

the last time I had a Halloween costume

the last time I had a Halloween costume
Happy Halloween, or something
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 31 Oct '06, 6.31pm EST.

...was 2003. And this was it, such as "it" was.

November 28, 2006

turkey SLR

turkey SLR
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 28 Nov '06, 12.54am EST.

I'm back from a super weekend in NYC. I'll (probably) write more about that 'ere long, but for now a quick test shot from my new camera, of the Rocket, who was kind enough to clown around when I visited him and Simone on Sunday.

December 4, 2006

antlers lost again

antlers lost again
antlers lost again
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 4 Dec '06, 8.58pm EST.

So, it's December. Snow. "Holidays." Parties. Etc.

Got our first bit of snow today (which didn't stick). And the first party of the year (for me) was this past Saturday: Aileen and Melissa's annual rager. I took my new ax, blew through an entire 2 gig SD card, and posted the good stuff....

The problem with digital photography is that film is cheap.

December 6, 2006

100 Bowls Digital

100 Bowls Digital
100 Bowls Digital
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 6 Dec '06, 1.58pm EST.

The final block of the morning walk from South Station to my office often provides the first (and last) smile of the workday.

December 11, 2006

only half the story

only half the story
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 10 Dec '06, 11.58pm EST.

Crazy weekend. Really busy, really fun, really sad (this last is on account of a friend's mom's memorial service) and thus/somehow lots of thinking. I have this deep mental fatigue that's preventing me from stringing anything together about it, so I'll write about that later.

But one thing must go remarked-upon, and right now:

Seems I just crossed 10000 views of my photostream. Which seems like a lot, considering there are more pictures of vans than naked women.

December 17, 2006

Church Street, Cambridge

Church Street, Cambridge
Church Street, Cambridge
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 17 Dec '06, 2.31am EST.

March 1, 2007

Ice Rocket

Ice Rocket
Ice Rocket
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 28 Feb '07, 12.19am EST.

I visited Simone and the Rocket this past Sunday afternoon, and shot some pix (actually, quite a lot) of Rocky tearing around in the snow and exploring the ice. I think this is my favorite. I'll explain why (and post other shots) a little later.

June 5, 2007

cars everywhere

cars everywhere
Assassinate this Lincoln
Originally uploaded by therightpedal at 3 Jun '07, 8.19pm EDT.

I just got back from a weekend in PA, and will be mumbling something about that before too long.

In the meantime, please enjoy these pix from the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance that David took over the weekend. Seems like it was an amazing show. My faves?

The Lincoln pictured above.
The Bugatti Veyron
These Aston Martins
And this Jaguar

Spectacular! All I've got is an Oldsmobile station wagon and a Dodge Aries.

June 28, 2007

Murderous Air Conditioner, Garden Street

Murderous Air Conditioner, Garden Street
Murderous Air Conditioner, Garden Street
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 28 Jun '07, 10.07am EDT.

You always hear about these things happening, but.....

An air conditioner fell out of a 5th floor window in my building this morning, right before I walked out the side door. My story and picture are on Flickr.

Also, like everyone else today, I made a couple of Simpsons avatars.

July 6, 2007

digital film is cheap

I've got all kinds of crap rattling around in the noggin relating to the last month or so (trips to Phila and NYC, expatiations on image editing/management software, the nature of haze vs smoke, how many cars are too many, general textual navel-gazing), but I just haven't sat down to write it yet.

But I've been organizing some photos.

Jeff's 30th Birthday (with Miles warming up the crowd):

North Shore Old Car Club Car Show, in Topsfield (and yes, I know this is not an "old" car):

A trip to NYC for a show by the Irascibles at Lakeside Lounge"

Irascibles: Brian, Tim, Dan, Jay, Robert (and fans)

Still to come: Photosets of Darcy's birthday and the houses moving up Mass Ave (in addition to the aforementioned navel-gazing).

August 8, 2007

happy Wednesday?

happy Wednesday?
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 27 Jul '07, 6.14pm EDT.

You wouldn't believe how many photos--photos much happier than this one--from the last 3 or 4 weeks I need to post on Flickr. I'm still sorting through them all, thinking up stuff to blog about and not following through, etc.

Until I get around to all that, please enjoy this crutch, chained to a bike rack.

August 19, 2007

because sometimes more code is good

I found this Flash widget to pull photos from a Flickr tag, set or group, and thought I'd give it a try.

These are from the Codman House Auto Show I went to in July.

October 8, 2007

cleaning off the desktop

I grabbed a screenshot of this (strange) weather statement posted back in August.

October 24, 2007

Anna's 1st Birthday

Anna's 1st Birthday
Anna's 1st Birthday
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 23 Oct '07, 8.52pm EDT.

Deb and I went to her niece Anna's first birfday party in NJ last weekend.

November 5, 2007

weekend away

Scotch abundance, The Porches, N. Adams, MA
Scotch abundance, The Porches, N. Adams, MA
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 5 Nov '07, 11.41pm EST.

This weekend Deb took me west to North Adams, MA, for some time in the country and a visit to Mass MoCA as an early birthday present. She made all the arrangements, and all I had to do was drive us out there and back. We were going to lounge around at The Porches, an inn owned by or connected with Mass MoCA, hang out at the museum, maybe do some hiking, and head to Lenox for dinner.

Well, we ended up doing most of that stuff, but we (by which I mean "I") were hampered a bit after I sprained my ankle after taking a bad step on Friday night. I heard something snap, but was able to drive us back to the hotel. Deb's sister (a physical therapist) prescribed ice and elevation, and a trip to the ER in the AM.

Long story short, I did that, got some crutches, and we still managed to have nice weekend. Mass MoCA is awesome, even (especially?) from a wheelchair. Cafe Latino is a great restaurant within the museum grounds, and The Porches has a fantastic ambience combining weathered-wood charm with pristine white Ian Schrager-like modernity. And it's got a year-round heated outdoor pool, sauna, DSL, DVDs and inexplicably generous pours of Scotch in the sitting room of the main building.

Special shout-out to Deb for putting the whole thing together, and for driving Veloce all weekend (including the trip home). Zoom zoom.

November 16, 2007

my wheels this weekend

my wheels this weekend
Mustang Shelby GT-H, Tempe, AZ
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 16 Nov '07, 12.54pm EST.

November 28, 2007

just because

just because
just because
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 27 Nov '07, 12.21am EST.

December 13, 2007

more delays

more delays
Pontiac wagon, Tutto Italiano @ MoT, 8/2007
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 13 Dec '07, 12.17am EST.

This is a placeholder. On here, it's supposed to tide you over until I get to writing about what's been going on the last two weeks. On Flickr, it's supposed to whet your appetite for 60+ pix of old Ferraris, Alfa Romeos and Maseratis that have been languishing, unposted, for 4 months.

So, prepare.

March 16, 2009


Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 14 Mar '09, 4.49pm EDT PST.

I really need to start from scratch and redesign this fucking blog. I'm sure I'd use it more if Flickr posts weren't busting the column layout for some reason.

In the meantime, this is my bathroom

April 7, 2009

Thanks, Heels


December 23, 2009

going south

going south
Snow and basketball pole
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 11 Jan '08, 12.32pm EST.

No particular reason to post this old shot from the family estate, except I'm in the mood, it's not digital, I'm heading back there for Xmas and they got 2 feet of snow over the weekend.

December 25, 2009

merry merry

merry merry
xmas tree 3
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 24 Dec '09, 2.40pm EST.

Here is a Christmas tree.

January 26, 2010

lake house 1/2010

lake house 1/2010
lake house 1/2010
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 24 Jan '10, 10.53pm EST.

Nothing new; just a photo.

February 9, 2010

sudden thoughts and second thoughts

It'd be nice to have a game, let alone be at the top of it.

It's funny how much (and how often) I look forward to getting out of town.

I'm going to be pissed if today's cortisone shot doesn't end up doing anything

Meanwhile, this is Tucson, shot in 2002.

sudden thoughts and second thoughts
San Xavier 14
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 21 Aug '05, 12.08am EDT.

No Tucson trips on the horizon, but hopefully my W. NY expedition happens this weekend. I should just stay around and continue unpacking and sorting and getting organized. But when an opportunity to get away presents itself, I'm more and more likely to do it.

February 16, 2010

here's another one from the "just because" department

here's another one from the
in the Shelby
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 16 Feb '10, 9.55pm EST.

Above Tortilla Flat, AZ, in the Shelby, 11/2007

February 25, 2010

back in the soup

back in the soup
Lynn Woods
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 25 Feb '10, 11.15pm EST.

But the weather last weekend was nice.

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