Sandwich salesman, Galata Bridge Istanbul

Links, Notes, Bookmarks & Briefs For April 20, 2016

This marks an unceremonial return of my open thread and (almost) daily notes to myself; feel free to eavesdrop, join in or start a conversation, or drop a relevant link in the comments. Updated throughout the day.

This is a sandwich salesman plying his craft and trade on the Galata bridge, a span across the Golden Horn waterway that connects, somewhat vaguely, the European and Asian sides of Europe’s second or third largest cities. Again, that depends on definitions, actual geographic divisions, and who you count. I got the impression that this gentleman didn’t care very much about the delineations that I was wondering about. He was equally as happy selling a fish sandwich to a European or Asian buyer. Or anyone else he happened to cross paths with.

It also reminds me that four years after my last visit to Istanbul, I still haven’t edited or processed my photos from that five day stay in March 2010. And now I’m heading back on Friday to toss more photos onto that virtual pile. I hope to get to them all sometime in June.

Ecuador Earthquake(s)

Adding insult to already brutal injury, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook Ecuador this morning, just four days after Saturday’s 7.8 quake whose death toll has risen to over 500, with nearly 5,000 injured and some 30,000 living in temporary shelters. According to government estimates, economic damage is somewhere between $2 and $3 billion. – Reuters


Researchers in California have recently discovered up to 100 species per redwood tree. – NYTimes.

“It is, of course, extremely awesome that redwoods themselves are so enormous and old, but the fact that they support entire miniature communities of so many other species is mind-boggling,” said Rikke Reese Næsborg, a lichenologist associated with the University of California, Berkeley. “There are many, many more species up there than people originally thought.”


How to Find Your Chill on a Turbulent Flight. This isn’t about the debate that pops up from time to time, wondering if there is more turbulence in the air now than there was say in the 1970s. (I think there is but have nothing to back that up.) This is simply about how how to cope with it.I’ve tried the music suggestion but concentrating on chocolate? – Afar.


Sunday is World Pinhole Photography Day. I had no idea. An option for enthusiast who will be in New York this weekend. – Phoblographer.

I won’t be in New York, I’ll be in Istanbul for a quick work weekend, with a few hours available for some roaming about which will hopefully will include some street shooting. Which led me to this post by prolific street photography blogger Eric Kim on the eve of a workshop he led there in 2013.

And to this one on Street Hunters by Spyros Papaspyropoulos, who seemed to be having way too much fun.

And finally to this post for photo tours led by local photographer Enis Yucel. If he’s got an opening on Saturday, I’m there.


And for the record, the lead photo, which serves as the site’s 838th straight Pic du Jour, was snapped in Istanbul, Turkey, on 13 March 2012.



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