Monday, August 16, 2010

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American writer Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) photographed in the 1990's when he began using a Macintosh IIsi computer instead of a typer.

Unlike some of his contemporaries on the artistic circuit, Bukowski did not see the computer as "the devil's tool", a threath to the true magic of creativity. Instead, he praises his Mac in several poems, explaining how it made it much easyer for him to do the writing, and also gave him a new perception of the word.

Too bad he wasn't considered for Apple's "Think Different" campaign.

If your recollection of Charles Bukowski is that of a raving boozehound copulating with overweight prostitutes on the dirty floors of skid row hotels you are talking about the early Bukowski (of his prose writing), but I can highly recommend giving his collections of poetry a try, like this one. One of his best.

For me, his down to earth observations and simple style often touch something deep, like one of my favourite lines of his:

"Poetry is what happens when nothing else can."



Charles Bukowski would have been ninety years old today.


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Pzkpfw III, Ausf H
A group of Panzer III's parked for a staff meeting during the invasion of Soviet Russia, summer of 1941.
Note the "bedstead" aerial of a Befehlspanzer III in the foreground and the "30.." numbering on the middle Panzer III.
"Zero" numbers (300, 301, etc) were usually reserved for vehicles serving with the staff of panzer units . Also note the two officers sitting on the turret of the middle panzer III holding some white boards, presumably map tables. All the men have their attention directed at the same point in the distance, most likely at a battle going on. Also note the non-standard wooden stowage boxes fitted to the read ends of all three Panzers, and the swastika flags draped over them. The flags were used for air-recognition during the first stages of this campaign when the Luftwaffe had almost complete command of the skies.
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