Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

How the Deficit Got This Big

July 25, 2011

Things rarely get political over here but this short piece (and the accompanying graphs) goes a long way to explaining how we got into our current financial situation.

The New Geopolitics of Food

April 27, 2011

“…as land and water become scarcer, as the Earth’s temperature rises, and as world food security deteriorates, a dangerous geopolitics of food scarcity is emerging. Land grabbing, water grabbing, and buying grain directly from farmers in exporting countries are now integral parts of a global power struggle for food security.

With grain stocks low and climate volatility increasing, the risks are also increasing. We are now so close to the edge that a breakdown in the food system could come at any time.”

from The New Geopolitics of Food by Lester R. Brown


Spam Free

February 21, 2011

Horses Think is finally spam and hack free as of yesterday. Commenting is also back to normal.

My thanks to Raphael for all his help.

There Will Be (no) Beets

March 20, 2009

Michelle Obama by Hank Willis Thomas for New York Magazine

Michelle Obama has announced plans to plant a vegetable garden on the White House lawn. The last time that happened was during WWII when Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden.

Plans for The White House Garden (via)

Hard to believe that it’s taken this long to do this but it’s definitely exciting and encouraging news. Now we just have to get those solar panels back on the White House roof and we’ll really be off to a fresh start.

Calls For Submission

March 19, 2009

In the pursuit of making this site more useful, I have added another element to the sidebar entitled Calls For Submission.

I will attempt to list noteworthy and/or exciting links to open calls, competitions and contests. Please keep in mind that I will not post every contest I hear about, but only the ones I find particularly worthwhile. Straight up contests that cost a lot of money will most probably be avoided.

Also, it is important that each artist take the necessary time to research whether a competition is indeed worth the energy. Read the details and fine print, look up who has been selected in the past and really think about whether your work would be a good fit.

Best of luck.


February 28, 2009

I received an email from a reader the other day asking how I find out about all the photo related events I attend.

The question got me thinking and in truth I don’t know how I find out about all these events. The main motivation for me is that I hate missing events, exhibitions and special film screenings just because I don’t know they are happening.

I basically make it a point to be a bit obsessive due to my voracious cultural appetite. I read a ton of stuff online and subscribe to many organizations via email. I am also regularly getting emails from all over and each time I see something that interests me, I put it right into my calendar so I don’t miss it. Usually I don’t even mention it here unless it’s worth writing about.

Realizing that there isn’t one source for all these events and that many people might not know about them, I’ve decided to post events in the sidebar under Upcoming Events. This list will not be comprehensive per say but will be comprised of events that interest me personally and that I hope to attend myself. I will do my best to keep it updated so that other people can check back once in a while and see what might be happening. Also the list will include mostly New York based events but if I discover an event happening in another city that I wish I could attend, I might list it.

On another note, I have decide to remove all the links listed in the sidebar on the front page and have placed them on a separate page titled Recommended Reading. The main reason for this is that my list has never been comprehensive and never came close to showing the full list of sites I read on a regular basis.

If I were to add the full list of links in the sidebar, it would probably go on scrolling forever and I’ve come to hate the cluttered look of all those links along the side. I am in the process of updating the new page with a list of all the sites I check regularly so stay tuned. In the meantime, to find a comprehensive list of photography related blogs worth reading, check here or here.

The Crisis Visualized

February 22, 2009

Silverman And The Great Schlep

September 26, 2008

The Great Schlep from The Great Schlep on Vimeo.

Unclaimed Funds & Rebates

April 27, 2008

A while ago I received an email from someone telling me about a website where you can type in your name and find out if you are owed rebate money. I didn’t take it too seriously as I get a ton of junk mail that is sometimes very hard to believe.

Apparently though if a company tries to send you a rebate check that is owed to you and it’s never received nor cashed, they send it to the State of New York Comptroller Office (that is if you live in New York). The money basically sits there until you make a claim. The office supposedly holds billions of dollars in unclaimed funds.

I completely ignored this first email. About a month ago I received something in the mail from my mother telling me about the same thing. She had actually checked my name on the website and found that Epson America owed me some money.

I went to the website, typed in my name and found that Epson really did owe me $100. I guess it’s from a printer I bought a few years ago, probably my R2400. I filled out the form, had it notarized and dropped it in the mail.

The check came in the mail the other day and I was really surprised at how fast it all happened. Granted $100 isn’t a boat load of cash but it’s still worth claiming and you never know as you might be owed more.

So my advice is for you to check this website and claim your money. If you don’t live in New York I’m sure your state has a system in place for the same kind of thing, it’s definitely worth finding out.