History of Photography And The Shroud Of Turin

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Dr. Robert Leggat has a website that discusses the history of photography. The site credits Sir John Herschel with coining the term photography. The article also mentions Paul de la Roche (1729-1774) and his work of fiction, Giphantie, which talks about capturing "images from nature, on a canvas". Interestingly, while Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) has a drawing of a Camera Obscura (apparently dated 1519), there is a theory that the Shroud of Turin might actually be the first photograph in history. (If you have an interest in the history of photography, Dr. Leggat's article mentions the many people that have had a direct or indirect hand in the resulting discovery of modern photography.) In fact, during "Da Vinci Code Week" (Mon May 8 - Fri May 12) on the History…
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Photography For Teaching And Therapy

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While photography is typically thought of as a communication medium in and of itself, there are two other purposes I have used it effectively for. One is phototherapy and the other is for teaching. Chris wrote about phototherapy in his DSLR (digital SLR) blog, about how he de-stresses by taking his camera and going out to a park to shoot a few pics. I suppose part of it is the outdoors part, smell freshing air when you've been cooped up in the office at work or even at home. When I lived in Ottawa (Canada's capital) in early 1982, I used to go out regularly, early on Saturday or Sunday mornings to shoot the sun rising over the two graveyards near by. As it was winter, and Ottawa was nasty…
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Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

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Nick Wilson on Performancing.com asked the other day when is a blog not a blog. I responded "guilty as charged", in regards to some of the non-blogs I have posing as blogs. A few days reflection brought me to the conclusion that the reason I am working on so many different weblog projects half-assed is that I'm afraid to commit to a single topic. And I still haven't decided what that is. I haven't been blogging "professionally" long enough, and more importantly, lucratively enough to make a decision yet. If you're in the same boat as far as writing online goes, Darren Rowse and Steve Rubel point out a tool that may help your writing in a number of ways. The tool is Google Trends. As Darren and Steve illustrate,…
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The Best American Fiction of 25 Years?

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The New York Times asks what the best work of American fiction in the last 25 years is. The winner is Toni Morrison's Beloved, with runners-up writers Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy, John Updike and Don DeLillo. Now consider that the people voting include "prominent writers, critics, editors and other literary sages." While I have read and enjoyed Updike and Morrison, and have McCarthy of my to-read list, I lean more towards American writers like erotic humorist Tom Robbins, offstream genius Thomas Pynchon, fascinating crime novelist Elmore Leonard, amongst others. Of slipstream, sci-fi or fantasy authors, Philip K. Dick is my favourite. However, the bulk of his work was written more than 25 years ago. On the other hand, Jack Womack, author of the colourful Elvissey and several other novels is…
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Protecting Your Copyrights

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Copyright protection has been a hot issue lately, especially in the blogosphere. A category of software called "sitescrapers" exists solely to steal other people's content and quickly build a website. The intent is that search engines will index such scraped sites, and because of the volume of content, the site will rank high and thus grab more web traffic. Traffic of course translates into online advertising dollars. While the reality is some scraped sites are succeeding, search engine companies are constantly improving their indexing algorithms to avoid unfairly giving advantages to a "splog" (spam blog) and other scraped websites. In the meantime, however, many bloggers are complaining that their content is being lifted in its entirety (including the ads!), without permission. What can bloggers and other online writers do to…
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Word Origins – Lurch

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Dr. Larry K. Uffelman of Mansfield University, in the Star-Gazette, gives the origin of the phrase "to leave in the lurch". The surprise to me is that it has to do with a defunct game similar to backgammon known as "lerch". (I'm an amateur backgammon player, but I've never heard of lerch.) On the other hand, a bit of digging might show that other games, say chess, have given birth to new words. Technorati Tags: countwordula, count wordula, word origins, lerch, lurch
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Who’s Dooming Who? Or Strange Bedfellows

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Media moguls have always had the advantage over the rest of humanity in that they can easily spread their viewpoint of the world in their newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations. Not surprisingly, most media moguls are for any policies or politicians that favour big business. And as a result, these moguls are often labelled right-wing. This is what Senator Hillary Clinton, wife of US ex-President Clinton, implied a few years ago, when President Clinton was going through a great deal of criticism for his extra-curricular activities in the White House. I don't remember if she explicitly criticized Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch (whose News Corporation includes right-leaning Fox TV in the US), but the implication was there. So it comes as quite a surprise, to me anyway, that Murdoch…
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Welcome To CountWordula

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About you If you've come here, why should you come again? What's here for you? Well, if you're new to writing online (including blogging) and want pointers on writing better, and links to tools and resources, then you might just find something here for you. Or if you're just interested in the printed word, language, symbols, semiotics, photography, or communication in general, come back often. Subscribe to the Count Wordula RSS web feed, if you prefer that sort of thing. If you are looking for very blogging-specific advice, you may also want to check my older, less-maintained Blogspinner V3.0, V2.0, and V1.0 sites. If you want details about customizing your blogging platform - particularly WordPress - please visit my CodeProfessor Journal. About me For as long as I can remember,…
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