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    The same day my laptop died, I was detoured on my normal route home by construction.
    I found this scene while waiting in an enormous line of traffic.

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    A day of hard drives!

    I like the single bright headlight in the mirror being a ray of light in a bleak scene.

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    Re: Bleak

    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    A day of hard drives!

    I like the single bright headlight in the mirror being a ray of light in a bleak scene.
    Lil -Lovely B&W
    Brilliant Observation & Poetically put /Will
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    Quote Originally Posted by helenhill View Post
    Lil -Lovely B&W
    Brilliant Observation & Poetically put /Will
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    Agreed Helen, and thank you both

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    Re: Bleak

    Just curious Lili, what does that scene mean to you?

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    Just curious Lili, what does that scene mean to you?
    Player, it means pretty much what the title says, Bleakness, the Futility of Achievement.
    Build as you will, in the end it all fails.
    Despite our headlong rush, it all ends the same.
    Edit; those were my feeling when I took this image
    I don't normaly feel that down
    Last edited by Lili; 16th May 2008 at 07:25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili View Post
    Player, it means pretty much what the title says, Bleakness, the Futility of Achievement.
    Build as you will, in the end it all fails.
    Despite our headlong rush, it all ends the same.
    Edit; those were my feeling when I took this image
    I don't normaly feel that down
    Good Lili, it is a pretty depressing image. And it's great that you have strong feelings while you're shooting.

    The first thought that entered my mind was this is "our" tax dollars at work. Another equally depressing thought. Good job!

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    Good Lili, it is a pretty depressing image. And it's great that you have strong feelings while you're shooting.

    The first thought that entered my mind was this is "our" tax dollars at work. Another equally depressing thought. Good job!
    Player, thank you.
    I find I cannot shoot without feeling something.
    Or is it the feelings that prompt me to shoot?

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    Player, thank you.
    I find I cannot shoot without feeling something.
    Or is it the feelings that prompt me to shoot?
    I don't know, but I think either way it's the artist within you.

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    I don't know, but I think either way it's the artist within you.
    Thank you

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    Re: Bleak

    Quote Originally Posted by Lili View Post
    the Futility of Achievement.

    I don't normaly feel that down
    Reminds me of Ozymandias - where all about is ruin and decay, and the proud and haughty have nothing more to look upon.

    BTW, did you solve the hard disk diffiiculty?
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    Reminds me of Ozymandias - where all about is ruin and decay, and the proud and haughty have nothing more to look upon.

    BTW, did you solve the hard disk diffiiculty?
    ""My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
    Nothing beside remains: round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away."

    Yes, that feeling exactly.

    The drive is in the hands of a friend for recovery attempt, not too hopeful.
    My laptop was 5 years old, Toshiba Satellite P25.
    I may try to get a new drive for it since I adored the 17" wide screen.
    Ironically I had been researching laptop that were smaller and lighter that the P25 (9.9lbs)
    Got a Gateway t1628 amd turio dual core, 3gb ram, ati radeon, 250gb hdd vista home premium
    techie talk, lol
    Last edited by Lili; 16th May 2008 at 12:08.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili View Post
    ""My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
    Nothing beside remains: round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away."
    I'm sure Shelley wrote this after his hard drive failed. Or equivalently after he dropped his scripts into a puddle.
    Last edited by sizifo; 16th May 2008 at 12:07.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sizifo View Post
    I'm sure Shelley wrote this after his hard drive failed. Or equivalently after he dropped his scripts into a puddle.
    LOL

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    Re: Bleak

    Perhaps surprisingly, WB Yeats had a more pragmatic view of his building efforts:

    scanned from a rather decayed 40+ year old Kodachrome
    Sláinte

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    Lili, your picture has got me thinking. I'd love to document, in my own city, our "tax dollars at work" by capturing a fraction of the millions of potholes, urban decay, and unnecessary triple overtime police details at every city construction project (while every other state in the union uses orange cones or civilians). Especially in light of the fact that our city council just voted themselves 25% pay raises while forcing retirees to migrate to Medicare and being forced to pick up the tab for part B. These retired workers in the past had foregone many pay raises while being promised that their benefits wouldn't be cut.

    A picture says a thousand words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Campbell View Post
    Perhaps surprisingly, WB Yeats had a more pragmatic view of his building efforts:

    scanned from a rather decayed 40+ year old Kodachrome
    Interesting Bertie, thanks for sharing this

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    Lili, your picture has got me thinking. I'd love to document, in my own city, our "tax dollars at work" by capturing a fraction of the millions of potholes, urban decay, and unnecessary triple overtime police details at every city construction project (while every other state in the union uses orange cones or civilians). Especially in light of the fact that our city council just voted themselves 25% pay raises while forcing retirees to migrate to Medicare and being forced to pick up the tab for part B. These retired workers in the past had foregone many pay raises while being promised that their benefits wouldn't be cut.

    A picture says a thousand words.
    I am glad to have been helpful in inspiring such a project.
    Politicians Promise=air and darkness

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili View Post
    I am glad to have been helpful in inspiring such a project.
    Politicians Promise=air and darkness
    Thankyou, Lili, for the inspiration!

    I've been so ticked-off at our city government, I need a way, beyond voting (I never vote), to fight back at these corrupt politicians.

    I've been trying to write a song along the lines of Dylan's "Masters Of War," but with a local flavor to it. When I saw your picture, it occurred to me that maybe I've been working in a less effective medium to fight city hall. I mean Dylan's song hasn't exactly changed the world, and I doubt someone could write a better song than "Masters Of War," so maybe I could, at the very least, open some eyes with photography.

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    Very sad, but as always a great capture from you. *sigh* Our infrastructure is going to wrack and ruin for sure. I think I hear the echo of Nero and his fiddle ...
    Regards,
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    Player, Yes Dylan is a tough act to follow.
    Picutres can indeed equal a thousand words tho...

    Joan,
    Exactly, Nero fits, decline of an Empire and such
    When first I was married, right out of school, I knew these areas well.
    To come back and see what they've become is sad

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    Re: Bleak

    Perhaps slightly OT, but a couple more quotes:
    Lewis Carroll's acrostic poem at the end of Alice in Wonderland

    Life, what is it but a Dream?

    Yeats's epitaph, as written by himself:

    scanned from an even older Kodachrome than the one above.
    Sláinte

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    Then there's the case of Spike Milligan (best known for The Goon Show). I wasn't until two years after his death that his family agreed to put his chosen epitaph on the tombstone. They translated it into Gaelic ("Duirt me leat go raibh me breoite"). He wanted, "I told you I was ill."



    [Not my photo. I found it at this site: http://www.glenister.info/milligangrave.htm.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    Then there's the case of Spike Milligan (best known for The Goon Show). I wasn't until two years after his death that his family agreed to put his chosen epitaph on the tombstone. They translated it into Gaelic ("Duirt me leat go raibh me breoite"). He wanted, "I told you I was ill."



    [Not my photo. I found it at this site: http://www.glenister.info/milligangrave.htm.]
    I don't mean to lower the level of the discussion, but this made me think of Billy Connoly's great idea for an epitaph. Written in very small letters at the bottom of the tombstone, so that the grave visitor has to come up very close: "You're standing on my balls".

    B.C is a Scottish comedian, for those not familiar.

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