Thamsanqa Shabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo – 2018 Lowell Summer Music Series


2018 photo100 – #53

I, like most Americans, first experienced the vocal power of this group on Paul Simon’s 1986 album “Graceland”. The simple stage setup for this group, 9 microphones, belies the complexity of the harmonies and rhythms crafted by this Grammy winning ensemble.

You can see all the images in the 2018 Photo100 project here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streamingmeemee/albums/72157662177136077

Sidi Touré – 2018 Lowell Folk Festival


2018 photo100 – #51

Sidi is a master of Songhai music from Mali.

The Lowell Folk Fest is three days of great music, food and culture. The largest free folk festival in the country!

You can see all the images in the 2018 Photo100 project here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streamingmeemee/albums/72157662177136077

Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd & The Monsters – 2018 Lowell Summer Music Series


2018 photo100 – #45

Oddly enough I didn’t find his head to be particuarly large. 😉 I did find his guitar chops to be stellar!

You can see all the images in the 2018 Photo100 project here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streamingmeemee/albums/72157662177136077

River of Needles


2018 photo100 – #43

One hint I share with budding photographers is to learn to see in black-and-white; Focus only on the light and shadow aspects of a scene and picture in your mind an image devoid of color.

This image started out as an over-exposed shot of pine needles floating on a pond. A few tweaks in Lightroom and viola!

You can see all the images in the 2018 Photo100 project here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streamingmeemee/albums/72157662177136077

Tariffs will hurt makers and encourage offshoring.

There was a time when my job depended on my skill wielding a soldering iron and diagnosing computer hardware failures. I haven’t done that in ‘a while’ but I do still build electronic circuits now-and-then.
 
I occasionally build prototype devices for a client and when I do the vast majority of the parts come from China.
 
The new tariffs proposed by the current administration will increase my costs by 25% on this parts. However, these new tariffs do not apply to finished consumer goods, like TVs, cell phones, and the gadgets I’m likely to be building. So I have two choices; pass along the increased cost of components to my clients, or, pay a company in China to build the gadget for me and import it as a ‘finished good’. Neither of these are good outcomes for the US Economy.
 
I’ve linked an article below from a well known ‘maker’. He presents the case in greater detail and also includes info. on what you can do to influence these new tariffs.
 

Digital Media and whatever else flows through my head…