The original Star Trek started reruns in 1969. I was 7 years old when I saw my first Star Trek episode in 1973.

Bhavna and I watched Season 3 : Episode 1 of Star Trek : Discovery last night. Wow!

Edge of the seat intrigue from this espionage thriller television series created by Moshe Zonder for Zan 11 and now on Apple TV+

Slow Down to Speed Up

abandoned building
Mapleton Preserve | Thursday 8 October, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/5.6 @ ¹⁄₇₅₀ sec | ISO 400 📷

On my main blog, I have published a new post every day since March. Perhaps its the change in season. Cold, wet days with grey skies usually leave me in a funk. The last several days have been challenging. I have not felt any motivation to write or make a photograph. I have several 35mm film projects on hold, and a few draft posts waiting for when I can organise my thoughts.

I mentioned it to Bhavna, and she suggested I step back and take a break. For now, I’m following her advice.

While I wait for inspiration to return, I am publishing my pithy thoughts and iPhone 11 Pro snapshots on my microblog. Of course, my engagement with readers on the microblog has increased while engagement on the main blog is falling off. Or maybe I must heed sage advice from David duChemin.

Many, if not most, of the best street photographers (as only one example), find an interesting place and wait, making frame after frame as interesting moments happen. Wildlife photographers do this, too. They shoot and shoot and shoot. And then they agonize over choices of moments in the edit. And you think it’s magic because you see that one polished, carefully chosen shot that represents only 1/250 of a second from a scene that was explored for 10, 20, or 30 minutes or more. And while the photographer was waiting, they were anticipating different moments, tweaking their compositions, changing their minds about what they were going to do with the light, and sometimes, finally seeing the scene in a whole new way before finally getting that “magic” moment. It might be a decisive moment, but it only happened after many indecisive ones.

abandoned building
Mapleton Preserve | 8 October, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/8.0 | ISO 1000
abandoned building
Mapleton Preserve | 8 October, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/8.0 | ISO 200
abandoned building
Mapleton Preserve | 8 October, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/8.0 | ISO 400
trail path
Mapleton Preserve | 8 October, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/10 | ISO 400
trail path
Mapleton Preserve | Thursday 8 October, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/10 @ ¹⁄₆₀₀ sec | ISO 400

At first, I thought the rabbit was trying to hide from me. But continued observation revealed that it was injured and not able to move. It would most likely die in this spot. I was saddened. Sad that there was nothing I could do in that moment to ease its pain. Sad that I didn’t have the mental energy to wait with the rabbit until it died.

wild rabbit
He's dying. | 8 October, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/10 | ISO 2500
trail path
Mapleton Preserve | 8 October, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/10 | ISO 1250
trail path
Mapleton Preserve | 8 October, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/10 | ISO 320

Unsplash Collection

I’ve released a set of my images on Unsplash. 📷

  • All photos can be downloaded and used for free
  • Commercial and non-commercial purposes
  • No permission needed (though attribution is appreciated!)
store front
Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey | Tuesday 31 March 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/6.4 | ISO 250

Yeah. I want one.

I’ve never liked the slippery aluminium tin can “pavement divers” that Apple has been producing.

iPhone 4

I know it’s irrational. I know I bought my iPhone 11 Pro only last October. Maybe it’s just nostalgia mixed up with some “pandemic social isolation-induced delirium”, but after looking at my old iPhone 4, with its glass and stainless steel, next to my iPhone 11 Pro, I have an acute want for an iPhone 12 Pro.

I need psychological help.

Princeton Pi on Nassau Street is closed for good.

“Princeton Pi is permanently closed. Current conditions make it impossible for us to continue to operate,” reads one of the signs. “This was not an easy decision to make, and we appreciate your support over the years.” ~ Planet Princeton

Grit + Polish, a nail salon on Witherspoon Street that opened four years ago with a philosophy of paying its workers a living wage, is one of the latest local businesses to close for good due to the pandemic.

“I am saddened to announce that we are closing our doors forever at the end of this month, ultimately forced out of business by the pandemic that has dramatically reduced demand for our services,” Fay wrote. “We don’t see that turning around until there is a widely available and trusted vaccine for COVID-19.” ~ Planet Princeton

kitchen window

Dreary, wet and cold morning | 13 October 2020 | 7:42 AM UTC-4 | Montgomery Township | Somerset County | New Jersey

I’ve started my Island in the Net blog in 2003. It’s just part of my life now. 📷


Protests and Power by Maciej Cegłowski

When the George Floyd protests began to spread nationally in the summer of 2020, I noticed many people on social media asking Hong Kongers for advice on protest tactics–which apps to use, what equipment to wear, the best way to extinguish tear gas. Americans were preparing for a summer of protest the way they would for any new activity—by making sure they had the best gear. ~ Protests and Power by Maciej Cegłowski

Yesterday, at the Formula 1 Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, Lewis Hamilton made racing history by equalling Michael Schumacher for the most number of Formula 1 race wins. Watching that was one of the best moments in sport. 🏎

How awesome of Amazon to provide me with timely notification on the recall of a product I purchased from them in March. Of course I have already used the product. Amazon have also removed the product from the store so I can’t leave a product review.



Why Life Can’t Be Simpler

We’d all like life to be simpler. But we also don’t want to sacrifice our options and capabilities. Tesler’s law of the conservation of complexity, a rule from design, explains why we can’t have both. Here’s how the law can help us create better products and services by rethinking simplicity.

There is a Netflix page that shows you your entire viewing history. Between 2018-2020, my three surgeries kept me inside. I watched a lot of movies and TV series. A lot.

I’m enjoying this Apple TV+ series with Ewan McGregor and his friend Charley as they under rake a 100 day road trip from Patagonia, Argentina to Los Angeles, California on electric motorcycles.



Alphie enjoying a bit of the Formula 1 Eifel GrandPrix at the Nurburgring. 🏎 📷

Home-Made Covid Vaccine Appeared to Work, but Questions Remained

Zayner has long-believed that biohackers such as himself have the potential to make science move faster. In June, he told Bloomberg News that Covid-19 presented “the perfect opportunity” to show just what biohackers can do. 

Now, his message is decidedly different: “Human beings — their biology is so complex,” he said in a recent interview. “The results are going to be messy. The experiments are going to be messy. So you test 30,000 people so that the messiness kind of averages out.”

As the U.S. rushes to bring a vaccine to market far faster than has ever been done, Zayner said he has discovered why the long, slow process of clinical trials shouldn’t be rushed. Home-Made Covid Vaccine Appeared to Work, but Questions Remained

A camera is a camera and a phone is a phone. It’s as simple as that. The fact that this is the year 2020 doesn’t change anything about that.

Why do I write this? Because I think that everybody who thinks that a phone is good enough to cover our special moments in life is wrong. Terribly wrong. ~ 666 – The Real Thing

Would the special moments that I have captured with my iPhone(s) over the years would have more emotional meaning and if only I had a “real camera” at that moment?

Shaan, Bhavna and Kiran at The Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve | Saturday 26 March, 2016 | Apple iPhone 6 | iPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2

Family Vacation with all the in-laws, OBX | Sunday 30 August 2015 | Apple iPhone 6 | iPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2

Kiran meets some Ghostbusters at Maker Faire, Queens, New York | Saturday 20 September, 2014 | Apple iPhone 6 | iPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2

The moment the actors suddenly pulled Kiran onstage to be a part of their show. | Saturday 5 May, 2018 | Apple iPhone 7 | iPhone 7 back camera 3.99mm f/1.8

“Raina” at Diwali | 27 October 2019 | Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Raina and Maya | 27 December, 2019 | Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers (Remastered) 🎧🎵

(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? 🎧🎵

I’m rediscovering bands and music I have not listened to since my kids were born. It’s been 21 years. Listening to Definitely Maybe by Oasis. 🎧🎵

beer in car and glass

If Orange Juice could be a beer, Ultra Citra would be it. Juicy Imperial New England IPA!!!

Alphie the cat doing what a cat does. 📷




beer in glass

A friend gave me a can of Congress Street, Trillium Brewing’s flagship IPA. It’s smooth with a clean, dry finish; like drinking citrus flavored silk; a good combination of Galaxy and Columbus hops. 🍺