• John Lennon, greatest of the psychedelic rock songwriters (although ironically best known for an somewhat saccharine utopian ballad that was originally a bit of a toss-off) would have been 70 years old on Saturday. He was murdered by a deranged fan in 1980.
• She's a 10, he's a 10, their baby will be a 10 too: Wedding photographers weren't reading TOP yesterday. Why? They were working. The New York Times reported that according to figures gathered by Dave's Bridal, a wedding superstore chain, more than 39,000 couples in the U.S. tied the knot yesterday—more than ten times as many as on the 10th of October last year. Why? They apparently liked the positive symbolism of the "10/10/10" date.
Leading us to wonder whether it was really, really easy to book a wedding shooter on June 6th, 2006.
• Not such a gift for ancient trees: Here in Wisconsin, we had a "global warming day" yesterday—it was hot. Madison, just west of TOP World HQ, set a record of 85°F, breaking the previous record of 82°F set way back in 1879. That's a bit freakazoid for Southern 'Sconsin this time of year.
On the good side of global warming, the native Inuits of Greenland are reportedly ecstatic about it. To them, writes Doug Saunders in Canada's The Globe and Mail, it's "a gift from the heavens."
Bristlecone Pine in California's White Mountain range. Photo by Marc Adamus.
And on the bad side, you nature photographers might not want to waste any time getting your shots of the Bristlecone Pine. Although among the oldest living things on Earth—some trees living now were 2,000 years old when Julius Caesar was alive—they are both adapted to cold but also protected by it, and are now dying off by the thousands, severely stressed by diseases and pests that flourish in warmer temperatures.
• Uh-oh! A completely different kind of convergence: Cold wind, however, must be blowing through the boardrooms of the camera companies. We've seen several instances recently of camera phones that seem fully capable as dedicated digicams—and not just the iPhone 4, which a number of photographers are pleased with as a camera. The formidable electronics giant Panasonic, which has been making bold strides in the camera market of late, annnounced a couple of weeks ago that it will soon apply its core camera brand name, Lumix, to a phone.
Wristwatch makers have seen an ominous decline in sales as people with cellphones and PDAs (teens and young adults especially) jettison superfluous watches and use their phones to tell time. Is it only a matter of time before most cellphones will come with extensible zoom lenses and all the functionality of pocketable digicams?
• Fun with stickers, Dept.: And speaking of the iPhone, it was bound to happen: Joey Celis declined to capitalize on his widely publicized idea of a Leica "skin" for his iPhone ("Sorry but I won't be making these to sell," he said), so a company called PetaPixel has stepped in to fill the void. Now you can make your expensive, easily stolen electronic device look like an even more expensive electronic device!—for only $13. You might be safer skinning your iPhone to look like a Nokia 1661.
• Thou knowest not the day nor the ƒ-stop: And speaking of wristwatches...we're very partial to this one. Just sayin'.
(Thanks to David Boyce, and whoever told me about the watch)
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Featured Comment by Stan B.: "It also doesn't help when the occasional doctoral student cuts down one of the oldest living things in the world."
Featured Comment by Paris: "I wanted to buy my son a watch for his birthday, so I asked him about it. He explained to me, with the insufferable superiority of the young, that 'we' don't use old-fashioned watches any more, because we all have cell phones. Seemed reasonable to me, until I noticed that whenever they want to know the time, they have to haul the cell out of their pocket and look at it. Pretty much like their great Grandfather's pocket watch."
Featured Comment by Christian: "10/10/10 is binary (101010) for 42, which makes Oct 10th the ultimate day for life, the universe, and everything. A most auspicious day, indeed."
Featured Comment by Tom Duffy: "It wasn't that long ago that Panasonic had a billboard advertisement coming out of the Lincoln Tunnel on the Jersey side that said, 'If it comes with a ringtone, it's not a camera.' "