Fortune Cookie Fortunes

The other day I used a photo to illustrate a story I linked to on this blog. The story was about collecting money from a copyright infringer, so I used a picture of my own to illustrate the story. It was a photo of a fortune cookie fortune with money. That gave me the idea to mention to you here that I have a whole series of those photos I've been working on. I tend to focus more on what other folks are doing around the web, but why not mention what I'm doing every once in a while too? Anyway, ever since I can remember—for 20 years or so—I've saved every fortune cookie fortune I've received. They're stuck to bulletin boards and tucked away in my wallet, filed in desk drawers and scattered around my office. I don't eat that much Chinese food, but the things have really accumulated over the years. One day last year I finally decided to photograph them. After all, they're sort of like little meaningful (or ironic, or funny, or just plain weird) inspirational posters—but personalized with wisdom from Confucius or the guy at the fortune cookie factory. So without further ado, here's a gallery of my fortune cookie photos for your enjoyment, straight from my Etsy store. (If you've got a great fortune you'd like me to photograph, just let me know!)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/chilawas
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The other day I used a photo to illustrate a story I linked to on this blog. The story was about collecting money from a copyright infringer, so I used a picture of my own to illustrate the story. It was a photo of a fortune cookie fortune with money.…

The Leica Freedom Train

We all know the story of Oskar Schindler, made famous in Steven Spielberg's 1993 movie for saving more than 1000 Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by putting them to work in his factories. It turns out that Ernst Leitz, heir to the founder of the Leica camera company, has a similar legacy. He assigned actual Leica employees, as well as their families, friends and mere acquaintances, to work in Leica facilities around the world—farther from the reach of Adolf Hitler. The Leica plan reached its height in 1938 and 1939. Learn more about Leitz's efforts in the short documentary "Leica Freedom Train," which can be seen on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxGbNXt_Is
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We all know the story of Oskar Schindler, made famous in Steven Spielberg's 1993 movie for saving more than 1000 Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by putting them to work in his factories. It turns out that Ernst Leitz, heir to the founder of the Leica camera company, has a…

Photos of Le Tour

I'm not a cyclist, but I'm a big fan of Le Tour—better known in this part of the world as The Tour de France. This 21-day cycling race, this marathon of marathons, is about as grueling a sporting event as I can imagine, with all sorts of history and drama to make it even more interesting. And the Sacramento Bee's Frame photo blog has put together a great gallery of photos of this year's just ended Tour. The pictures show the beauty, drama, intensity and sheer grueling nature of the event. And they make me dream about the day I can travel to france and see the race in person.

http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/07/evans-looking-good-at-tour-de.html
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I'm not a cyclist, but I'm a big fan of Le Tour—better known in this part of the world as The Tour de France. This 21-day cycling race, this marathon of marathons, is about as grueling a sporting event as I can imagine, with all sorts of history and drama…

A Visual History Of The Space Shuttle

In honor of last week's retirement of NASA's historic 30-year Space Shuttle program, here is a great gallery of images of life in, on and around the iconic space vehicle. It's a shame that this tremendous program has come to an end, and these photos help put the importance of space exploration in perspective. I'm confident that soon we'll have figured out the next phase of our otherworldly exploits, and hopefully we'll soon have the beginning of even more amazing images, courtesy of the next big thing in space exploration, for decades to come.

http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/2011/07/the-history-of-the-space-shuttle/
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In honor of last week's retirement of NASA's historic 30-year Space Shuttle program, here is a great gallery of images of life in, on and around the iconic space vehicle. It's a shame that this tremendous program has come to an end, and these photos help put the importance of…

Fighting Copyright Infringement In The Real World

Here's some great advice, courtesy of photographer Jeremy Nicholl by way of the A Photo Editor blog. It's Jeremy's recommendations for photographers who are interested in protecting copyrights. Namely, it's a list of the ten steps to take to help collect from an infringer who has profited from your images in violation of US copyright law. It's all well and good to brush up on your copyright, but when you read the part about the author collecting "a five figure settlement for a 468-pixel wide image" that had been used illegally on a site he had never heard of, these ten tips take on a whole new meaning (and value). So pay attention and protect your rights!
Photo by William Sawalich

http://www.jeremynicholl.com/blog/2011/06/13/the-10-rules-of-us-copyright-infringement
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Here's some great advice, courtesy of photographer Jeremy Nicholl by way of the A Photo Editor blog. It's Jeremy's recommendations for photographers who are interested in protecting copyrights. Namely, it's a list of the ten steps to take to help collect from an infringer who has profited from your images…

Space Shuttle Flight Deck Immersive Panorama

Well this is super cool, and definitely not something you see every day. In honor of the current and final Space Shuttle flight I present you with a 360-degree virtual tour of the flight deck of the soon-to-be-retired space shuttle. Actually this one's already decommissioned, as it's the Discovery, and the one circling the earth right now and getting ready to land is the Atlantis. What a cool tour of a high-tech cockpit. Though I must admit it sure is a little low-tech looking in there. Where's all the touch screens and laser beams and holograms and stuff? Farewell, Atlantis!

http://360vr.com/2011/06/22-discovery-flight-deck-opf_6236/index.html
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Well this is super cool, and definitely not something you see every day. In honor of the current and final Space Shuttle flight I present you with a 360-degree virtual tour of the flight deck of the soon-to-be-retired space shuttle. Actually this one's already decommissioned, as it's the Discovery, and…
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