Pre-October 2006 entries are listed over here.

  • This is not a post drooling about the iPhone

    I have always been an early adopter of non-computer Apple products. I got two (yes, two) Newtons. As soon as I saw the first iPod, I put a pre-order in for one. (Unfortunately that original iPod was lost by someone, not me (cough) on a plane going from Atlanta to Orlando in 2005.) I have owned 3 iPods so far.

    While the iPhone is very beautiful, I am not as enamoured of it as many people seem to be. This is partly due to the iPhone itself, and the choices made for it (closed system, grr), and partly due to my reluctance to put so much into a cell phone.

    I own a cell phone, of course. It's a necessary evil of modern life. I think my current one is my 6th or 7th - I've lost count. I like it well enough - it is triband, so I can use it in the U.S. as well as Europe, it takes messages, I can text message on it okay, and so on. It even has a Walkman in it if I chose to use it, and I use it quite often as a backup camera. (It's great for sneaking shots in a store that doesn't allow you to shoot pictures.)

  • A picture a day, day 9: Spotty bananas

    010907-bananas.jpgBananas (no. 9): colored pencil

    Past their prime though still tasty. The spots seemed to increase as I was drawing.

  • Bananas (no. 9)

    Bananas (no. 9)

    Colored pencil

  • A picture a day, day 8: Red knitting

    010807-knitting.jpgRed Knitting (no. 8): colored pencil

    I am knitting a bright red mohair scarf. Hopefully I'll finish it before winter, such as it is, ends.

    I have come to the conclusion that I can't use the scanner for scanning these drawings. It's fine for photographs but seems to choke on artwork. So, I'm going to have to photograph the picture the next day (since I am usually drawing in the evening, after the day's work is done.)

  • Knitting (no. 7)

    Knitting (no. 7)

    Colored pencil (Faber-Castell Polychromos)

  • Grey, grey Zurich with a slightly rosy hue


    I am pretty sure that the ancients started the winter festivals that have evolved into our modern Christmas, New Years and other holidays because winter can be so depressing otherwise. I feel this so much more in Switzerland than I did in New York, even after about a decade or so of living here off and on. Most years, if I had a choice, I'd go somewhere - anywhere but here - during January and February.

  • A picture a day, day 7: Square paper clip

    010707-squarepaperclip.jpgSquare paper clip: graphite

    I am much more comfortable in black and white than in color. I need to make a color chart of the pencils I have. The only drawback of graphite is that it gets all over the hands.

  • A picture a day, day 6: Woman in Red

    010607-womaninred.jpgWoman in Red: colored pencil (Faber-Castell ColorGrip 2001)

    This lady really stood out in the crowds of people doing their Saturday shopping in Zürich yesterday. In a town where most people wear blacks, greys and browns in the winter, she was wearing a bright red coat with a bright red hat. She wasn't that young or pretty, but she definitely drew stares - and smiles.

    010607-womaninredsketch.thumbnail.jpgThere are more things around here in the sketch but I left them out and just left in the grey color around her.

  • Square paper clip

    Square paper clip

    Graphite (4B)

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