Things get quiet enough to hear crickets chirping on Saturday nights—that is, if there were any crickets in this kind of weather. Zander was off to the high school at a "battle of the high school bands" sort of thing ("The Dean" and "Son of Chuck" were the best, according to Z., and neither placed in the top three), and since it's –8°F outside, Lulu and I aren't going any place. I ended up watching not one but two John Cusack movies on TV. So I suppose it's as good a time as any to announce that I've started a companion website to this one, called Photoborg.org.
I don't imagine that Photoborg.org will be of urgent and undying interest to T.O.P. readers. It's meant to be a counterpart and a complement to this site—it's for people such as first-time camera buyers, new parents, pet owners, scrapbookers, and kids. The format will be mostly question-and- answer. To begin with, I answered a question that regular T.O.P. reader John Roberts asked in the comments to the "Half Life" post below, about how to keep your hands warm and still be able to work the camera when you're out in the cold. Seemed appropriate.
At best, I hope it turns into a place where you will be comfortable referring beginner friends and relatives.
I got the idea for Photoborg.org when I spoke to an old acquaintance over the holidays. He said he looked at T.O.P. every now and then, but that it was generally "too deep" for him. —And he was doing work as a professional photographer at the time! Well, so maybe it will do some good to have a more basic site. I didn't want to dilute T.O.P. by trying to cover basics here, though. T.O.P. won't change.
So anyway, anybody got any questions?
And please, tell your friends, tell your countrymen. If you'd like to take a look, you should be able to get there by typing "photoborg.org" in your address bar.
And thanks to John Roberts for his question.