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Saturday, May 27, 2006

New Views



Last Monday was our first day in our new building. It's a very impressive building. Here's a link to a photo I took a few weeks ago. I work on the 21st floor, which has pretty amazing views, but my friend who works on the 34th floor gave us a tour of his floor, so I brought my camera. The photo above shows the view of Central Park.



And this is the view facing south, looking down Eighth Avenue. One of the interesting aspects of the building is that some windows slope inward and others slope outward. I took the photo below from an outward sloping window, looking down on the intersection of 57th Street and Eighth Avenue.



Whenever I get a good view of Manhattan from above I'm always amazed at how many taxicabs there are. It's a sea of yellow sometimes. And still it's hard to find a cab when it's raining. I hardly ever take cabs because I'm so cheap. I'm a subway man, 24/7.



The photo above, from left to right, is of William (who works on the 34th floor), Anna (my former cubicle mate, now we're on opposite sides of the building), and Tom (who I now sit next to).



And I just thought this was an interesting view of the floor-to-ceiling glass. When you walk close to the edge it's like your floating in mid air, among the towers of Midtown.



Just to be fair to the other people I'm embarassing with these photos, here's me.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Scorsese


As I mentioned in an earlier post, I saw two movies during the Tribeca Film Festival. The first movie was The Promise, which I mentioned before. The second movie was a restored version of a 1953 film called Fair Wind to Java. Since the film was restored with funding from Martin Scorsese's company, Scorsese himself introduced it. The film was very good, and you can read my review here.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Brooklyn Bunny



Earlier this week as I was walking from my apartment to the subway on my way to work, I noticed this bunny, resting by the curb. I decided to take a photo of it, to prove that there are bunnies in Brooklyn.



The bunny was very cooperative. He or she waited patiently while I took my camera out of my bag and even allowed me to erase the older photos on the chip. I took these two pictures. Then the bunny hopped away, and I went to work.

[Update: I guess I knew this already, but a reader informed me that this appears to be a domestic bunny that somebody cruelly released into the streets of Brooklyn, where it is incapable of fending for itself. Let me go on the record as saying please do not release domestic bunnies into the wild. If you really must get rid of a bunny, bring it to a shelter. And giving bunnies as gifts on Easter is silly unless you're sure the recipient truly wants a bunny for the long term.]

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Promise


My destination on the evening described in the previous entry (May 1, 2006) was a screening for a Chinese film called The Promise, directed by Chen Kaige, pictured above. I was asked to review the film for a website called The Huffington Post as part of their blanket coverage of the Tribeca Film Festival. I asked Kaige a couple of questions on the red carpet line before the screening (it sounds fancier than it actually was). He's a very soft-spoken man who didn't know exactly what style martial arts were in his movie (I think they were wushu/kung fu techniques). It was my first time writing a film review. Am I any good? Read it here and decide. I also reviewed a classic film called Fair Wind to Java, and that review can be found here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Moving On


My previous blog entry (Las Vegas) took me so long to complete that I feel a need to move on in my blogging life. Here's a photo I shot several weeks ago (on Monday, May 1, 2006, to be precise) of David Blaine, in his sphere of water, in the courtyard of Lincoln Center. That's the Metropolitan Opera House behind him. When I took this picture he had only just begun his week-long submersion that culminated in a near-death experience for him. I was just walking up Broadway to a movie theater when I saw him there, so I decided to go check it out and take a photo. I had expected to find the stunt pointless, but actually it looked kind of neat. I refer to Blaine in the review I wrote about the movie I saw later that evening.