September 10th Day of Remembrance

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

10:00 am to 6:00 pm
9/11 Living Memorial Workshops by Appointment
Panel Discussions, Breakout Sessions and 9/11 Exhibits

10:00 am

10:30 am to 11:00 am
Opening Remarks by Mary Fetchet, Founding Director, Voices of September 11th

11:00 am to 12 noon
National September 11 Memorial & Museum (NS11MM) Update

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
9/11 Living Memorial, NS11MM Curators and StoryCorps September 11th Initiative

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Unmet Needs of the 9/11 Community

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Closing Session and Networking
This was one of those days. Today I:

1) heard from an old friend. We've been out of contact for about a decade, but reconnected via a networking site.

2) found a new family member. I didn't even know he existed, but he found me via a geneology site and tracked me down. He noted that he wanted to know a little about me before he called, so he checked out my wishlist on Amazon. "I saw the books and photo equipment," he said. Yep, that's me.

3) made some money. A totally random person spotted one of my photos on Flickr, liked it, and asked whether they could buy it. Heck, yes!

It was a good, very connected day.
And many happy returns.
The show will be ...

Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition (BWAC) July 26th – Aug. 17th
Beard St. Warehouse
499 Van Brunt St.

Um, I think.

It is all a little hazy right now, and the person organizing the show is difficult to reach, but I think the above is correct. Maybe. :D
I'm going to have a picture in another exhibit. This will be #2.

I spent a fortune (OK, $15) to have the photo printed, but it looks amazing if I do say so myself. Money well spent, I think.
I try to stay away from politics but couldn't resist posting this.

Well, how'd you like to be a judge at an art show in a major museum? You can!

Here's the deal: the Brooklyn Museum, the second largest art museum in New York, and one of the largest in the country, is holding a new exhibit called "Click!" This new show allows the public to participate in the exhibition process.

The show was inspired by a book, The Wisdom of Crowds, which says that a diverse crowd often makes wiser decisions than the so-called experts.

For Click!, the crowd will rate how well the photographs submitted for consideration reflect the theme: The Changing Face of Brooklyn. The ratings will determine which photos will be exhibited at the museum and how they will be displayed. Yes, in case you are wondering, I did submit a photo and no, I cannot link to it on the museum's site.

From the museum's Web site:

What do you mean by “the changing faces of Brooklyn”?
Brooklyn, like most of New York City, is in a constant state of change. Population growth and environmental causes have altered the borough’s terrain, transforming commercial and residential areas and impacting the borough’s residents and activity. Considering Brooklyn’s transformation over the years, its past and its present, please submit a photograph that captures the “changing face(s) of Brooklyn.” We welcome a wide variety of visual interpretations of this topic.

Who is on the jury?
Anyone and everyone! We are asking as many people as possible to evaluate submissions. In crowd theory, it’s important that the crowd be diverse, so we encourage people from all backgrounds and geographic locations to participate.

Why can’t I send a link to a friend and tell them to vote for my work?
We don’t allow linking directly to works to avoid having the results skewed by promotional methods. Your work will be displayed without attribution [my name doesn't appear], and all evaluation data will be withheld until the exhibition in June. Although you can’t send a direct link to your work, we want you to encourage friends, family, and colleagues to participate in the evaluation process. Please help us spread the word.

Want to give it a try? Start here:

PS: If you do come across my photo (see it below) I'd appreciate a good rating. Have fun!

I used to go around singing this song when I was a kid. Don't remember the parents ever applauding, though.

I've never written a post like this before, but the issue is too important to ignore. If you are a New Yorker, ever plan to visit New York or just care about freedom of speech and expression, this is a plea for your help.

A controversial new city proposal would require formal permits for a wide range of casual photography and would affect visitors and residents alike.
"Some tourists, amateur photographers, even would-be filmmakers hoping to make it big on YouTube could soon be forced to obtain a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures or filming on city property, including sidewalks.

New rules being considered by the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting would require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour to get a city permit and insurance.

"The same requirements would apply to any group of five or more people who plan to use a tripod in a public location for more than 10 minutes, including the time it takes to set up the equipment."
-- New York Times, June 29, 2007

It seems absurd, doesn't it, that a city like this would crack down on people taking photos in public places, but the threat of that happening is very real -- and implemention of the rules imminent -- unless we make our voices heard.

Following a request from the NYCLU, New York City has agreed to reopen the period for members of the public to submit comments about this proposal. The City will accept comments until Friday August 3.

Comments should be sent as soon as possible to the following person:
Julianne Cho
Assistant Commissioner
Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
1697 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10019

An ad hoc coalition of working artists, filmmakers, and photographers have joined together to fight the proposed rules. Calling themselves Picture New York, they have launched a blog and an online petition which will be closed on Friday, August 3.

If you believe, as I do, that we should remain free to take photos and shoot videos on the streets of New York City, please let officials know before it is too late. They will stop accepting comments in only two days.

If you live outside the city, or even outside the U.S., you might hesitate to contact the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting.

You may think that it wouldn't be appropriate for you to get involved in what seems like a local fight, but the city needs to hear from as many people as possible, no matter where they live. Please help us keep New York accessible and open to all photographers.

Picture New York blog
Picture New York petition
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)
Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
Text of Proposed rule (Amendment to Title 43) [pdf]
NY Times: Artists Organize to Fight Camera Permit Proposal
NY Times: City May Seek Permit and Insurance for Many Kinds of Public Photography
Sewll Chan: A Shout Out to the M.O.F.T.B.
Olde English: Free NYC Rap video
Hope it was a wonderful day!
Madame Urushiol, I am speechless.

You are as generous as you are lovely. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful friend.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

This one's for you. :)

For the past few years, I've been participating in a US-based program called BzzAgent. BzzAgents (like me) are able to check out new products & services 100% free of charge.

There's no pay involved, but I've received books, food, downloads of audiobooks & TV shows and tickets to Broadway shows. Plus, I've never felt any pressure to try or promote anything that I didn't sincerely interest me.

Now, BzzAgent is expanding their program to the UK and they're looking for people interested in enrollling. I wanted to let you know about what I think is a terrific opportunity and a great way to get access to new, cool stuff without spending a penny.

I don't know what they're planning for the UK, but here they've offered everything from face cream to vitamins to sausages. It's fun, it's free -- and it can even help you score free books!

If you're interested, please give me your e-mail address & I'll send you an e-mail with information on BzzAgent and the link to sign up. :)
I need some advice. A couple of days ago I found a computer. Yep, found it.

Read more... )

All help & suggestions muchly appreciated.
I know that you didn't intend it to be one, but the package arrived as a lovely birthday present.

Thanks a gazillion!
I reached the breaking point with and their lack of customer service.

I was actually really happy with blogger(primarily because there was no limit to the number of images I could post in my blog), but I guess that's because I never had a major problem using it. Then, something went wrong. Suddenly, a few weeks ago, I couldn't log in and update my blog.

And of course, I could not reach an employee of the company to resolve the problems, which are all on their end.

I tried and tried and tried and tried to get in and edit my blog. I did everything I could think of and nothing worked. I deleted cookies, I logged off and on the computer, I tried logging in from a different computer, I tried to pretend I'd forgotten my password and requested a reset. Nothing helped.

I tried posting messages on the blogger "help" board but nobody from the company ever responded- - only well-meaning (I guess) bloggers who just didn't know what to suggest. Or rather, they suggested things I'd already done. I tried again anyway, but it made no difference.

Worst of all, I couldn't find a phone number or an e-mail address or ANYTHING for anybody at blogger. No way to get in touch with a real person, just those forms to "send us a message" and no human ever replies- - you just get canned answers telling you to check their FAQ (the answer isn't there- - the QUESTION isn't even there) or directing you to the message boards.

It is an endless, frustrating, horrible loop. I thought that someone at blogger would eventually respond and straighten everything out.

Nope. No dice.

So, I gave up. Yesterday, I was trying to leave a comment in someone else's blog when I suddenly realized- - hey, blogger now thinks I'm logged in!

For weeks it wouldn't let me in, and now here I am!

I was in, but my formatting was all messed up and no matter what I did, I couldn't make things look exactly right. So, I just gave up on trying to fix it. I took advantage of the "in-ness" to post an "I've moved" note and now I'm actually doing it.

I'm moving my whole blog, lock, stock & barrel, to another service. Years worth of stuff. I worked on it all day yesterday and no end in sight. .. but at least I'll be DONE with blogger. Give me some time to whip it into shape and then come visit me, please.

The new address for Blather From Brooklyn is

If anyone bookmarked my blogger site (, please update your links.

Unfortunately, since I'm moving to a new site, the RSS feed will no longer work. If anyone has advice, please feel free to dish it out. :)

I've done the same thing with Annulla Cooks.

The contents of my old food blog ( are moving to

I hope to see you over at WordPress soon.

PS: I've run into exactly one problem thus far getting set up on WordPress, posted a question in the help forum and got an ACCURATE answer in less than 1/2 hour.

It is just annoying as hell that blogger does not provide any kind of support at all. I mean, hey. .. we're out here needing help and they just ignore us.

If anyone has *ever* found a way to actually contact a blogger employee, I'd love to hear about it.

Wishing you all love, peace & joy. 

I was surprised at how many people attended (150 or so) and how few of them I knew. There's been a lot of moving in and out of the building over the past year. No matter, I caught up with some old acquaintences, met a few new neighbors and had some delicious grub (as always, the party was catered by Juniors (no, the party NEVER includes one of their famous cheesecakes):

So, I'm gabbing away with my next-door neighbor, who is an elderly, cantankerous but, I think, well-meaning old soul, and a middle-aged woman who recently moved into the building. We are eating, drinking and gossiping about the firing of the superintendant and griping about the poor service we get from the Post Office and how we're helpless to do anything about it.

This year, the worst point was when our regular postman went on vacation and his replacements mixed up everyone's mail. For two weeks my mailbox was stuffed with magazines and letters and packages, none of them addressed to me. We all commisserated on that awful period, when residents were forced to leave misdirected mail in the lobby or slip letters under each others' doors.

Just as we've exhausted the topic of horrible postal deliveries, my next-door neighbor turns to me and says, "Oh, come back upstairs with me ... I have something I've been meaning to give you."

What would she have to give me? It isn't as though we exchange gifts or cards or anything of the sort. I don't know her well, have never been in her place, but we've chatted while waiting for the elevator and at the butcher store. She must be close to 80, has always lived alone as far as I know, has no family, no kids and no pets.

But of course I am curious, so I obediently come up with her and wait in the hallway while she rummages around behind her closed front door. After about 5 minutes she emerges holding a cardboard carton. "When we were talking it reminded me that I have this for you," she said, and thrust the box towards me.

I looked inside -- the carton was nearly full with mail, and all of it appeared to be addressed to me. I took the carton, thanked her, and went home to dig through the pile.

I was up until midnight opening envelopes and packages. Unpaid bills. Unread magazines. Unanswered letters & cards. Invitations to parties and events and barbeques. Birthday and New Year's and Hanuakkah and Christmas cards and gifts from this year and LAST YEAR!

I guess I should be grateful that she didn't just toss the stuff out, but it is so frustrating!

I would have loved to attend those parties. I would have loved to answer those letters. And I feel awful that I didn't acknowledge those cards and packages, some of them from some of you.

OTTAWABILL, thank you for the wonderful book. How did you know that I am a closeted "dog person"?

REGGIESGIRL, thank you for the gorgeous scarf. The color is perfect and I adore that fringe-y effect.

AVANTA7, thank you for the sweet card.

And to my anonymous gift-giver, thank you for the dreidel.

You guys are so wonderful and thoughtful, I'm so sorry I wasn't aware that these things had been sent to me.

I'm having a bit of a difficult period, not doing much this year with gifts or cards, but I wanted to let you all know how much I value your friendship and support. It means more than you know.

Thank you all.


Nov. 27th, 2006 07:43 pm
After schlepping two cats around three states for the Thanksgiving holidays, we are back in Brooklyn.

I'm going to try to read back through the zillions of LJ entries I missed, but don't know whether I'll make it. Hope you all are alive & well.

Love from Annulla, Sizzle & Smoke
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