Switched to the Chrome browser for the moment

As much as I like the idea of a free browser, the latest decisions from Firefox (like dropping RSS “Live” bookmarks which is their one and single most outstanding feature) are hard to understand.

And a few days ago they deactivated and maybe even deinstalled my “uBlock Origin” ad blocker – the best there is. Investigating a bit about this brought news like: “we’ll update soonish with a new version which supports these (deactivated) plugins again”.

Thanks, but no thanks. Keep your crap for yourself. And consider me gone until you wake up from whatever dope you had…

I wanted to use Chromium (also more or less free, and it’s the basis for Chrome), but their version 73 still has some funky colour gamut displaying, which Chrome doesn’t do. So for the moment I’m with Google. Could have investigated further about smaller browsers, and whether they also have a “Foxish” plugin which brings back RSS Live bookmarks, but my time for this stuff is limited. Bad enough that Mozilla puts all of this on our shoulders instead of getting to grips with what once made them different from others.

Have a nice Sunday y’all – and thanks for reading.

Update, from Sunday afternoon: at least it wasn’t on purpose this time as it seems. Here’s a report from ZDNet about what happened, and here is a statement from Mozilla about it. Make of that what you will, I call it sloppy and bad management still. Open Source deserves better.

Proposition 65 Warnings

California seems to have a law which requires businesses to inform potential customers about potential risks when using and/or consuming any of the company’s products, for a far better and deeper explanation see their government website about those proposition 65 warnings.

Why does this affect me? Or you?

Well I for instance was looking for ‘Ebonol‘ yesterday, which according to Wikipedia “is a synthetic material whose name derives from its similarity in appearance, hardness, and stability to ebony wood”. Wikipedia also say that “The material is particularly well suited for the fingerboards of fretless bass.”, and that it’s also used for clarinets. Some people claim it’s much harder than ebony, and also environment-friendly since you don’t have to use rare woods.

All fine and well. But when looking at the page of my fretless bass (which isn’t produced anymore, they’re now selling the last ones available), I came upon a warning:

WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm – www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

Hmmm. First I thought: “Damn!”, and thought that it must be this Ebonol material. But as it turns out, Fender has this (almost) everywhere now:

Classic Vibe ’60s Jazz Bass® Fretless: – has it
Vintage Modified Jazz Bass® Fretless: – has it
American Professional Jazz Bass® Fretless (with definitely no Ebonol fingerboard, had this in my hands at Thomann lately, a really nice instrument): – has it
Player Jazz Bass® Fretless (Mexican): – does not have it
Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass®: – has it
Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass®: – has it

I stopped there because I was only looking for fretless instruments, and I also haven’t checked other makers yet. That the Mexican Jazz Bass is the only one *without* that warning could also be an error of the page, it does not mean the product is better than American and/or Indonesian ones. But this should be further investigated, and I should probably also remove the “Play me!” sticker which I put onto my instrument last August during the Wikiloops members’ meeting.

I’ll write more as soon as I know more about this. Thanks for reading.

Edit, from short before work: for EU guidelines, see the German or English Wikipedia pages about RoHS. And the most prominent example from the Californian Proposition 65 list is the Bayer/Monsanto money maker Glyphosate, which is indeed highly toxic (and maybe Bayer’s biggest management error so far, or, like one of the shareholders put it: “I want to see a man who’s so dumb as to buy a poison-cooking company!”).

Looking for prey on 1st of May

Took a photo of Tuna the cat out there in the sun, so it’s very high contrast I had to deal with…

Looking for prey on 1st of May, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

Thanks for viewing. Have a nice 1st of May everyone.

Edit: I was out a bit with my camera, and I met Tuna again there when coming back. So here are two more of her, this time outside of our garden wall:

Tuna & Wolfgang outside 1/2, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019
Tuna & Wolfgang outside 2/2, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

Thanks again for viewing.

“… like Mother Earth against your body …”

These two artists are on a totally different level – otherworldly. Listen:

Jazz House Kids – Inside the Jazz Note with Esperanza Spalding hosted by Christian McBride

It was published on my birthday 8 years ago. Wow is about all I can say.

Thanks for listening.

Blues Know No Colour

What a cool and lovely remix from Brian on one of my latest ones:

This track is embedded with the friendly permission by the creatives on wikiloops.com.

Hm, the player embedding doesn’t seem to work (yet) in the new v11 of Wikiloops, just opened a bug report, we’re working on it… until then, please listen to the songs at their source, which is (and will stay) Wikiloops of course. Brian’s latest is here


Japanese Samba

Listen to this awesome version of Mas que nada:

Pink Martini&Saori Yuki – マシュ・ケ・ナダ / Mas que nada

As always, thanks for reading, viewing, listening, and/or commenting. And have a good start into the week tomorrow.

Eight photos I took in February

Zuleikha’s school has a short article which features some of the winners of their musical competition from last semester. I was using my 25mm lens because I had given the 14mm to Zuleikha who was also filming the event, so we have a video as well.

Here’s a small preview of the photos the school chose:

On the school’s article page you can click the images to see them a bit bigger. These are very talented young people, and I’m really looking forward to documenting them a bit more coming June.

As always, thanks for reading.

What a nice story from Myla Goldberg

I loved to read her short essay “On being photographed by Richard Avedon” in the New Yorker (which is an awesome magazine anyway).

Having seen other high profile photographers doing their jobs via Youtube (like for instance David Bailey photographing beautiful models (in a BBC documentary about him), or Bettina Rheims taking some of her famous nude photos of other females in her studio in Paris), just reading about the experience from the side of the person being photographed is something different, but I think every portrait photographer should read it. Ok, you and me, we’re not Richard Avedon, but it’s still nice to have these stories of and about real artists doing their work, and how their subjects may have felt about it. Or that Audrey Hepburn might have had similar thoughts and feelings like Myla.

For a photographer, the most difficult part is to crack them up, figuratively speaking of course, to look behind the vain and the fear and the masks, and to find a real person. And the only way to achieve something like this is to be professional, aloof but not unfriendly, and to have enough patience and empathy and – of most importance – interest in the person you’re photographing. And it’s real hard to not let it be just a vanity fair, and at the same time, having your subject accept or even like the photograph – as you can also learn from Myla’s article.

So very interesting that I just had to link to it from here – and thanks to Myla for sharing her story with “Dick”.

And as always, thanks also for reading my thoughts.

Silly questions? Here are some possible answers…

This one’s cool – try it:


And this one’s animated more nicely, and maybe better known, but it doesn’t ask the better engine:


We sometimes answer customers with “let me google that for you”, tho really you shouldn’t create just another ‘xerox’ verb with that company name – they’re not nice enough to deserve something like it.

Thanks for reading.