The View from Campus: Looking South on Amsterdam

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Here’s an iPhone photo I snapped yesterday that I think illustrates the early evening feel around the Columbia campus.

I took this at about 6:30 p.m. from a pedestrian overpass that connects the 116th street campus to the Law School, looking south on Amsterdam.

The sun had gone down, the temperature was falling, and folks were hustling to and from campus. A moment captured in time, as they say.

Off topic: My Favorite Bangkok Sunset Photos

Photographic cliché or not, I am a sucker for sunsets.

I often post Bangkok sunset pics to my Instagram feed (I’m @newley). And I just realized I’ve snapped many such images over the last year or so.

Here are some of my faves. All images were taken with an iPod Touch or an iPhone 3GS, and all — except for the very last one — were processed with Instagram filters.

Colorful Bangkok sunset. #MotherNaturesFireWorks

Another vibrant Bangkok sunset. Keep 'em coming, I say.

Magenta Bangkok sunset.

Bangkok sunset.

Bangkok sunset: oranges, blues, clouds, and more.

Bangkok sunset

Another reddish Bangkok sunset. Love it.

Vivid, reddish Bangkok sunset this evening.

Bangkok sunset.

Bangkok sunset

I took this one from Suvarnabhumi airport:

Suvarnabhumi sunset. Waiting for Sec. Clinton to arrive from the Philippines.

Here’s the gloaming as seen from my office:

One reason I like working from home: the view of Bangkok sunsets from my office.

And finally, this one may be my favorite. I didn’t apply any filters or effects:

Multicolor Bangkok sunset, Sun. evening edition. No filter.

Okay. Thanks for indulging my inner Ansel Adams. Normal programming will resume shortly…

Around the web: August 25th to August 30th

Some links that have caught my eye of late:

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

TIME: Detroit's Big Gamble

Google’s new LIFE photo archive is an impressive online collection of recently-digitized images dating back to the 1750s.

A search for “1975,” the year I was born, yields some interesting results. Some notable TIME covers from 33 years ago that prove there’s nothing new under the sun: “Can Capitalism Survive?” (see: the global money crisis) and — better yet — “Rebates and Smaller Cars: Detroit’s Big Gamble,” pictured above (see: the the proposed Detroit bailout).

Same with 1948, the year my parents were born.

And I’ve also enjoyed perusing the images from 1920, my 88-year-old grandmother‘s birth year. A few pics from that year that caught my eye include:

— “Typical 1920s big city street…
— “Three women in classic 1920’s attire…
— “The 1920 Yale News Board magazine edit staff…
— “Model wearing fashionable satin dress and coat very indicative of 1920’s style.
–“3rd Ave. elevated railroad running alongside the Bowery.

You can find more info about the LIFE photo archive on the Google blog:

The Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; The Mansell Collection from London; Dahlstrom glass plates of New York and environs from the 1880s; and the entire works left to the collection from LIFE photographers Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gjon Mili, and Nina Leen. These are just some of the things you’ll see in Google Image Search today.

We’re excited to announce the availability of never-before-seen images from the LIFE photo archive. This effort to bring offline images online was inspired by our mission to organize all the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. This collection of newly-digitized images includes photos and etchings produced and owned by LIFE dating all the way back to the 1750s.

Only a very small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty archives in the form of negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings, and prints. We’re digitizing them so that everyone can easily experience these fascinating moments in time. Today about 20 percent of the collection is online; during the next few months, we will be adding the entire LIFE archive — about 10 million photos.

(Emphasis mine.)

“No helmet? No problem!”

Spotted in Bangkok: How to Carry a Bucket and Drive a Motorbike at the Same Time

Thanks to the eagle-eyed KB for discovering that a photo I took here in Bangkok in October, 2006 has made its way into an Internet meme ((Related newley.com post: “My Buddy Lands a Deer — A Mile Offshore“; verification at Snopes.com: “Deerly Departed.”)) featuring funny photos of motorcycles and motorcyclists.

Above is the image. Someone grabbed it from my Flickr photostream and added it to this collection of photos purporting to document silly scenes ((Many of the images remind me of “Bikes of Burden,” a book that, in fact, contains authentic images from Vietnam.)) in Vietnam. (Many of the images in this Web collection are from other parts of Asia, it appears.) Someone in KB’s master’s degree program at a Bangkok university forwarded her the email and the images, and KB recognized my pic among the others.

While I’m no stranger to Vietnam, I actually snapped the image above — hat tip to A for spotting the guy that day — in the Bang Na area of Bangkok on a Saturday afternoon. The driver seemed to be transporting the bucket on his head since he had no other way to carry it.

But I like the appended caption better: “No helmet – no problem. I got what I need.”