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July 21, 2008

I Don't Understand
Monday. So, I did ponder the fate of nations last night, sipping a little sake, skipping out early on the nine-thirty Japanese series about the young woman and her cute, looks like a movie star, robot that her new job at a robot company requires her to field test at home and he (it) has all her girl friends in a twist because she seems to be cohabiting with this movie star handsome guy who came out of nowhere (actually he came out of a box) with a plot that for me wandered off into other unknown territory early on around the second episode.

No subtitles, of course, but it's easy enough to pick up what seems to be the obvious theme: young single girl scandalously has cute guy (that only she knows is a robot) staying with her in her apartment, sweeping up and preparing her meals, all this making her friends and neighbors believe she's a nice girl gone wrong. I don't think real life Japanese in their early twenties would find “young man - young woman living together” in the same apartment at all shocking, what exactly is the fuss? Maybe here in the States in the fifties when I was a teenager, but today? Now? Who watches this stuff?

You apparently do sitting here in your apartment in 2008.

That is a bit weird, come to think of it.

Otherwise, what to say? Yes, I had breakfast at the usual place. Yes, I noticed gas prices had dropped another two cents as I left my café and documented the fact with a photograph. No, I didn't wander off into the sidewalk wilderness with a camera later to get some exercise. I was thinking of a movie, but I don't think I need to see another Batman - Joker opus, even a good one, until it arrives on DVD. I did spend most of the afternoon looking for the serial number on my installation copy of Nikon NX as the Version 2 upgrade that UPS delivered today requires it for installation. What in the hell did I do with that serial number? I found the original manual, but not the installation CD. Why did I not write the serial number in the manual as is my habit?

Do you use this Nikon NX stuff? I mean really?

I was thinking I might. I already have too many versions of too many other necessary pieces of software that are designed do the exact same things. PhotoShop should be enough, don't you think? I don't really know how to use PhotoShop so why should I buy other software I'll never learn? Is this a key of some kind? Some secret that explains the American condition, explains how you're buying stuff you'll never use, but you need it because you have an earlier version up on the shelf that you similarly never use? Does this have anything to do with my watching Japanese television soaps I similarly don't understand?

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco 2008 Gay Pride Parade with a Nikon D3 mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/250th second, f 2.8, ISO 200.