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Cursuri foto on line interesante - de Dinu Lazar la: 31/08/2004 09:36:26
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
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La ei se poate face, la noi nu, ca suntem mai fraieri... - de Dinu Lazar la: 02/09/2004 01:08:19
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
La ei se poate face o istorie a fotografiei, la noi nu, caci suntem mai inapoiati, probabil... si cum pe vremea lu` Dracula nu se faceau poze, e pacat, pentru ca atit i-ar duce mintea, "Pictures with dr.Acula"...
Dar avem si noi partea noastra de vina.

HP Declare British National Photo Album a Success
HP Press Release 01/09/04

Britain's first National Photo Album unearths hidden photographic treasures

HP is pleased to announce the initial success of the National Photo Album, one of the most ambitious public archiving projects in recent history. Having urged the nation to dust off its old photograph albums and rummage through its attics, HP has been astonished to see people react so positively.

With over 5,000 images already submitted and more than 300,000 hits in the first two months, The National Photo Album has been embraced by the public. The search has uncovered some hidden gems from the photo albums of members of the public, such as:

- The enchanting image of Big Ben taken during the strikes in the 1970s, when fuel was at a premium and the spot lights had to be switched off
- A chance meeting with George Best relaxing on holiday in Majorca in 1972
- Young twins working a wooden washing machine in 1939
- A boxing match between sailors, to entertain the troops on HMS Emperor of India in 1915

"We expected a good response, but I don't think we ever imagined that people would react in such a positive manner. The HP National Photo Album is quickly turning into the vital photographic resource we always hoped it would. And there's no doubt that The Daily Mirror has contributed enormously to our success as we supplied its 'Pic of the Week' for almost two months," said Peter Urey, marketing and category manager for HP's Imaging and Printing Group. "No one else is providing a photographic resource which contains pictures solely taken by everyday people and we believed that this difference would offer a 'back stage pass' to our history, now we know for sure that it does."

The aim of The National Photo Album was to search for images of individuals, families, workplaces, events, outings, cities, towns and villages, all accompanied with the story behind each picture; anything which revealed something of the way Britain has worked, played, lived and loved over the past two hundred years. The results have been fascinating with a hugely varied collection of pictures and stories.

"The HP National Photo Album is an excellent incentive to keep British History alive," said one of the National Photo Album's visitors. "It's always great to be able to see other people's pictures of years, events and times gone by and I'm certain that as the word spreads, it will be a much visited site."

"We were hoping for pictures which would immediately provoke attention such as pictures of Elvis Presley's only visit to the UK, but what we have found is that we have received a far more interesting selection of stories," added Urey. "When you read a story about a 10 year old boy, with numerous siblings who was the only bread winner in his family, you realise the importance of these pictures as historical materials."

The HP National Photo Album is free to access at Anyone wanting to contribute to the archive can offer their pictures for consideration in one of two ways.

- Option 1: Upload images directly onto the archive at by following simple step by step instructions.
- Option 2: Submit entries via post to HP National Photo Album, 31 St. Petersburgh Place, London W2 4LA where they will be vetted and uploaded by experts.

*All images must be accompanied by a suitably sized self-addressed envelope. Every effort will be made to return the images in good order but HP cannot be held liable for damaged or lost photographs.

HP has a unique history and expertise in digital imaging. Currently it is assisting museums and art galleries around the world including the UK's National Gallery, in digitising their collections to ensure that the world's most important images are captured for posterity. Now it is turning its attention to the treasure trove of photographs that lie gathering dust in the nation's attics.

By digitising and storing these valuable images HP is aiming to ensure that this valuable photographic inheritance is not lost and can be shared with millions of people. Suitable pictures will be added to the HP National Photo Album which will be a searchable online database of images that can be accessed and downloaded for free.

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Pentru cei care citesc Engleza - de LMC la: 02/09/2004 01:20:55
(la: Cum sa devii un liberal de nota 10!)
Dupa cum multi dintre voi stiti saptamina asta se desfasoara conventia partidului Republican. Aseara Arnold Schwarzenegger a vorbit, iar astazi toate programele de radio si televizor si toate ziarele sau concentrat asupra speech-ului lui Arnold. Cei care doresc sa afle ce a spus mai jos puteti citi speech-ul lui. Tot aici puteti afla cine sint Republicanii si care este platforma partidului Republican. Citire placuta.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Thank you.

What a greeting! This is like winning an Oscar! ...As if I would know!

Speaking of acting, one of my movies was called "True Lies." It's what the Democrats should have called their convention.

My fellow Americans, this is an amazing moment for me. To think that a once-scrawny boy from Austria could grow up to become Governor of California and stand in Madison Square Garden to speak on behalf of the President of the United States that is an immigrant's dream. It is the American dream.

I was born in Europe ...and I've traveled all over the world. I can tell you that there is no place, no country, more compassionate more generous more accepting and more welcoming than the United States of America.

As long as I live, I will never forget that day 21 years ago when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship.

Do you know how proud I was? I was so proud that I walked around with an American flag around my shoulders all day long.

Tonight, I want to talk about why I'm even more proud to be an American -why I'm proud to be a Republican and why I believe this country is in good hands.

When I was a boy, the Soviets occupied part of Austria. I saw their tanks in the streets .I saw communism with my own eyes. I remember the fear we had when we had to cross into the Soviet sector. Growing up, we were told, "Don't look the soldiers in the eye. Look straight ahead." It was a common belief that Soviet soldiers could take a man out of his own car and ship him off to the Soviet Union as slave labor.

My family didn't have a car -- but one day we were in my uncle's car. It was near dark as we came to a Soviet checkpoint. I was a little boy, I wasn't an action hero back then, and I remember how scared I was that the soldiers would pull my father or my uncle out of the car, and I'd never see him again. My family and so many others lived in fear of the Soviet boot. Today, the world no longer fears the Soviet Union and it is because of the United States of America!

As a kid I saw the socialist country that Austria became after the Soviets left. I love Austria and I love the Austrian people - but I always knew America was the place for me.

In school, when the teacher would talk about America, I would daydream about coming here. I would sit for hours watching American movies transfixed by my heroes like John Wayne. Everything about America seemed so big to me so open, so possible.

I finally arrived here in 1968.I had empty pockets, but I was full of dreams. The presidential campaign was in full swing. I remember watching the Nixon and Humphrey presidential race on TV. A friend who spoke German and English, translated for me. I heard Humphrey saying things that sounded like socialism which is what I had just left. But then I heard Nixon speak. He was talking about free enterprise, getting government off your back, lowering taxes, and strengthening the military. Listening to Nixon speak sounded more like a breath of fresh air.

I said to my friend, "What party is he?" My friend said, "He's a Republican." I said, "Then I am a Republican!" And I've been a Republican ever since! And trust me, in my wife's family, that's no small achievement! I'm proud to belong to the party of Abraham Lincoln, the party of Teddy Roosevelt, the party of Ronald Reagan and the party of George W. Bush.

To my fellow immigrants listening tonight, I want you to know how welcome you are in this party. We Republicans admire your ambition. We encourage your dreams. We believe in your future. One thing I learned about America is that if you work hard and play by the rules, this country is truly open to you. You can achieve anything.

Everything I have my career my success my family I owe to America. In this country, it doesn't make any difference where you were born. It doesn't make any difference who your parents were. It doesn't make any difference if, like me, you couldn't even speak English until you were in your twenties.

America gave me opportunities, and my immigrant dreams came true. I want other people to get the same chances I did, the same opportunities. And I believe they can. That's why I believe in this country, that's why I believe in this party and that's why I believe in this President.

Now, many of you out there tonight are "Republican" like me in your hearts and in your beliefs. Maybe you're from Guatemala. Maybe you're from the Philippines. Maybe Europe or the Ivory Coast. Maybe you live in Ohio Pennsylvania or New Mexico. And maybe just maybe you don't agree with this party on every single issue. I say to you tonight I believe that's not only okay that's what's great about this country. Here

we can respectfully disagree and still be patriotic still be American and still be good Republicans

My fellow immigrants, my fellow Americans how do you know if you are a Republican? I'll tell you how.

If you believe that government should be accountable to the people, not the people to the government...then you are a Republican! If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group... then you are a Republican! If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does... then you are a Republican! If you believe our educational system should be held accountable for the progress of our children ... then you are a Republican! If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope of democracy in the world ... then you are a Republican! And, ladies and gentlemen ...if you believe we must be fierce and relentless and terminate terrorism ... then you are a Republican!

There is another way you can tell you're a Republican. You have faith in free enterprise, faith in the resourcefulness of the American people ...and faith in the U.S. economy. To those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: Don't be economic girlie men!

The U.S. economy remains the envy of the world. We have the highest economic growth of any of the world's major industrialized nations. Don't you remember the pessimism of twenty years ago when the critics said Japan and Germany were overtaking the U.S.? Ridiculous!

Now they say India and China are overtaking us. Don't you believe it! We may hit a few BUMPS -- but America always moves ahead! That's what Americans do!

We move prosperity ahead. We move freedom ahead. We move people ahead. Under President Bush, and Vice President Cheney, America's economy is moving ahead in spite of a recession they inherited and in spite of the attack on our homeland.

Now, the other party says there are two Americas. Don't believe that either. I've visited our troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Germany, and all over the world. I've visited our troops in California, where they train before they go overseas. And I've visited our military hospitals. And I can tell you this: Our young men and women in uniform do not believe there are two Americas!

They believe we are one America and they are fighting for it! We are one America - and President Bush is defending it with all his heart and soul!

That's what I admire most about the President. He's a man of perseverance.

He's a man of inner strength. He is a leader who doesn't flinch, doesn't waiver, does not back down. My fellow Americans, make no mistake about it terrorism is more insidious than communism, because it yearns to destroy not just the individual but the entire international order.

The President didn't go into Iraq because the polls told him it was popular. As a matter of fact, the polls said just the opposite. But leadership isn't about polls. It's about making decisions you think are right and then standing behind those decisions. That's why America is safer with George W. Bush as President.

He knows you don't reason with terrorists. You defeat them. He knows you can't reason with people blinded by hate. They hate the power of the individual. They hate the progress of women. They hate the religious freedom of others. They hate the liberating breeze of democracy. But, ladies and gentlemen, their hate is no match for America's decency.

We're the America that sends out Peace Corps volunteers to teach village children.

We're the America that sends out missionaries and doctors to raise up the poor and the sick. We're the America that gives more than any other country, to fight AIDS in Africa and the developing world. And we're the America that fights not for imperialism but for human rights and democracy.

You know, When the Germans brought down the Berlin Wall America's determination helped wield the sledgehammers. When that lone, young Chinese man stood in front of those tanks in Tiananmen Square America's hopes stood with him. And when

Nelson Mandela smiled in election victory after all those years in prison America celebrated, too.

We are still the lamp lighting the world especially for those who struggle. No matter in what labor camp they slave no matter in what injustice they're trapped -- they hear our call ... they see our light ... and they feel the pull of our freedom. They come here as I did because they believe. They believe in US.

They come because their hearts say to them, as mine did, "If only I can get to America." Someone once wrote -"There are those who say that freedom is nothing but a dream." They are right. It's the American dream.

No matter the nationality, no matter the religion, no matter the ethnic background, America brings out the best in people. And as Governor of the great state of California -- I see the best in Americans every day ... our police, our firefighters our nurses, doctors and teachers our parents.

And what about the extraordinary men and women who have volunteered to fight for the United States of America! I have such great respect for them and their heroic families.

Let me tell you about the sacrifice and commitment I've seen firsthand. In one of the military hospitals I visited, I met a young guy who was in bad shape. He'd lost a leg had a hole in his stomach ... his shoulder had been shot through.

I could tell there was no way he could ever return to combat. But when I asked him, "When do you think you'll get out of the hospital?" He said, "Sir, in three weeks." And do you know what he said to me then? He said he was going to get a new leg ... and get some therapy ... and then he was going back to Iraq to serve alongside his buddies! He grinned at me and said, "Arnold ... I'll be back!"

Ladies and gentlemen, America is back! back from the attack on our homeland- back from the attack on our economy back from the attack on our way of life. We're back because of the perseverance, character and leadership of the 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush.

My fellow Americans ...I want you to know that I believe with all my heart that America remains "the great idea" that inspires the world. It's a privilege to be born here. It's an honor to become a citizen here. It's a gift to raise your family here to vote here and to live here.

Our president George W. Bush has worked hard to protect and preserve the American dream for all of us. That's why I say ... send - him - back to Washington for four more years!

Thank you, America -- and God bless you all!
alex - de Belle la: 03/09/2004 20:46:09
(la: despre barbati ... fara suparare :))
ok... ar trebui sa-ti inchipui, da' pana atunci hai sa vedem daca cineva iti raspunde la intrebare.

pentru mine chestia cu fundul paros e ca prima din sirul (a se citi "shir" dupa definitia data de tine) de "insulte" de mai jos (se vede ca iar imi curat computerul)

Roses are red, violets are blue, I once thought I was ugly, until I saw you!

Just because you have one doesn't mean you have to act like one!

A man's got to do what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't.

Men's brains are like the prison system - not enough cells.

Stupidity does not qualify as a handicap, park elsewhere!

You have a right to your opinions. I just don't want to hear them.

You're breath' so stinky I don't know whether I should give you a breath mint or toiletpaper!

If you can't live without me, why aren't you dead already?

You'd make a lovely corpse!

I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.

Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?

Did you eat a brain tumor for breakfast?

You love nature in spite of what it did to you?

I want to reach your mind - where is it currently located?

I wish I'd known you when you were alive.

If you ever had a bright idea, it would be beginner's luck!

What's on your mind? If you'll forgive the overstatement.

When you go to the mind reader, do you get half price?

I look into your eyes and get the feeling someone else is driving.

You're a mouse studying to be a rat.

Don't look now, but there's one too many in this room and I think it's you.

Every time I'm next to you, I get a fierce desire to be alone.

I can't believe that out of 100,000 sperm, you were the quickest!

If you ever become a mother, can I have one of the puppies?

There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure.

Why don't you bore a hole in yourself and let the sap run out?

You're a good example of why some animals eat their young.

~~~ I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!
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There was this couple that ha - de SB_one la: 03/09/2004 20:52:38
(la: Femeia)
There was this couple that had been married for 20
> years. Every time they made love the husband always
> insisted on shutting off the lights. Well,after 20
> years the wife felt this was ridiculous. She figured
> she would break him out of this crazy habit. So one
> night, while they were in the middle of a wild,
> screaming, romantic session, she turned on the lights.
> She looked down and saw her husband was holding
> battery-operated pleasure device... a vibrator! Soft,
> wonderful and larger than a "real one." She went
> completely ballistic. "You impotent bum," she screamed
> at him, "how could you be lying to me all of these
> years? You better explain yourself !". The husband
> looks her straight in the eyes and says calmly:

"I'll explain the toy... you explain the kids."

it's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice !
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Pt. RSI si Paianjenul - de Muresh la: 05/09/2004 20:05:58
(la: Nasterea din fecioara, demonstrata stiintific ca posibila)
Am cautat , in paralel cu tine , RSI, un link . Am gasit trei link-uri interesante . Primul este (the) "DECLARATION ON THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE CHURCH TO NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS " intr-un link paralel cu al tau , RSI :

Aceasta Declaratie a fost adoptata dupa decesul papei Ioan XXIII in 1963 .

Extrag din aceasta declaratie :

" Even though the Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ (see Jn 19:6), neither all Jews indiscriminately at that time, nor Jews today, can be charged with the crimes committed during his passion. It is true that the church is the new people of God, yet the Jews should not be spoken of as rejected or accursed as if this followed from holy scripture. Consequently, all must take care, lest in catechizing or in preaching the word of God, they teach anything which is not in accord with the truth of the Gospel message or the spirit of Christ. "

Al doilea link se refera la scurta istorie a adoptarii acestei Declaratii si a intentiei initiale a papei Ioan XXIII care a vrut ca in Declaratie sa apara in mod EXPLICIT anularea invinovatirii de deicid "

Extrag din acest al doilea link :

"after John announced the commencement of the Second Vatican Council, he ordered the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity to draw up a document that would speak out against anti-semitism and the notion of Jews as "deicides." He had planned for the so-called "Schema on Ecumenism" to be introduced and ratified during the opening session. He did not anticipate the resistance and popular debate that would eventually lead to the construction of a new document called "The Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions," passed in 31 a later session of the Council, after John's death in 1963……The phrase "the Jews should not be presented as repudiated or cursed by God," which appeared in the final draft, originally included:
in earlier drafts of the Declaration. This phrase was EXCISED before the final draft, a move blasted by Blanshard and other critics as anti-semitic. A less emotional response and more careful inquiry would show that to include (and therefore theologically legitimize) "deicide" in an official Church proclamation would cause untold theological problems;

the Church could not proclaim that God was dead or could even be killed.

Aceasta ultima fraza spune totul : Biserica nu poate sa accepte intr-un document oficial ca Dumnezeu (fiul , ma rog , n.n) ar putea fi ucis .

Al treilea link citeaza din Declaratie si ataca problema dintr-un alt unghi , si eu am scris asta intr-o postare anterioara :

"Nostra Aetate states this central Gospel truth quite clearly: "Christ in his boundless love freely underwent his passion and death because of the sins of all, so that all might attain salvation. Therefore, any presentations that explicitly or implicitly seek to shift responsibility from human sin onto this or that historical group, such as the Jews, can only be said to obscure a core gospel truth. "

Adica Iisus , prin moartea sa a "sters" pana si pacatele evreilor care ,
dupa cele scrise in VT , l-ar fi predat romanilor .

Numai bine ,


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Lectura de uichend - de Dinu Lazar la: 10/09/2004 09:02:31
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Pentru cine vrea sa devina cindva mai pro...

Dear reader,

Today's update to PDNOnline offers you more
illuminating-- and possibly controversial-- feature stories you won't find in the print edition. Plus we have brand new Newswire stories.

3 Photojournalists, 3 Stories, Much Dedication

Our September story "Still There" profiles three photojournalists who have devoted years to covering one subject or issue that's become close to their hearts and their consciences. Here at PDNonline we present more work by these dedicated photographers, spanning more than a decade.

Magazine Survey

If you've seen our September issue, you've seen PDN's report card on magazine clients, based on reader responses to our survey. PDNOnline offers two more reports on what the survey tells us about the editorial market--available only online.

Surveying Working Conditions

We find out: What are typical day rates? Do most magazines pay within 30 days, or longer? Do most photographers care more about fees, creative freedom or seeing their photos look nice? Will you earn higher fees as you get older? ($ premium for subscribers

The Best & The Worst

Of the 32 most frequently rated magazines, we rank the best and worst on six criteria, and make note of those magazines whose rates fluctuate according to who their hiring.($ premium for subscribers only.)

-The Visa Pour L'Image festival in Perpignan is over; we report who took home the big prizes for news photos, magazine photo essays and humanitarian work.

-Bill Shapiro, managing editor of the
soon-to-be-relaunched Life, talks about his vision for the weekly's editorial mix, use of photo spreads, news and celebrity coverage. ($ premium for subscribers

-Getty has announced new $20,000 grants to support long-term photo projects-- and to represent the resulting work for one year.

-AP has signed a deal with the VII photojournalism agency to represent its archive.

Product News
Two new digital backs from Leaf, special features on Wacom's tablet, Blue-Wav's big fat optical storage and other new product announcements.

Also on PDNOnline: Highlights from September, and a feature found only online for photojournalists looking for support from NGOs.($ premium for subscribers only.)

Best wishes,
The Editors
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Ptr. cafegii........ & Parerea mea - de Dinu Lazar la: 25/09/2004 15:13:51
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Eu prefer sa fiu injurat - ma rog, injurat vorba vine, asa se exprima el, mai violent, ca omu` a facut rugby - de unu` care a stat in umbra fotografiei citeva zeci de ani si a dus shapca lu` Breson decit de o fiinta care nu agreeaza decit poze cu muci si organe, si am numit aici o fiinta care oficial e curator de fotografie in Ro.

La AAF, am avut multi amici care imi spuneau ba, io nu mai vin acolo ca e unu` Pandele care imi critica pozele de imi vine sa arunc aparatele.

Cred ca orice se zice despre o opera de arta - de bine, de rau, in sus si in jos- e o chestie pozitiva si laudabila.

Rau e cind nu se zice nimic, cind eseul sau lucrarile nu spun nimic si cind nu mesteca nimic linistea din borcanu` cu creatie, creatori si critici.

Si la mine Dl AP a gasit de nenumarate ori prilejuri - poate intemeiate, poate nu - sa dea cu sageti, pietre, vorbe si pareri; dar eu socot ca asa e bine si firesc sa fie, si daca un proiect rezista contrar celor disecate, bravo mie, si daca omul are dreptate, uite ce bine, macar nu am consumat mai multa energie in directia aia inutila.

Nu spun ca in cazul imaginilor care au stirnit discutia - si au mutat si contorul de trafic, ceea ce cred ca e foarte bine - modalitatea de analiza a domnului AP e un optim, si nici nu cred ca domnul PB a vrut sa jigneasca cu intrebarea domniei sale; mai important in acest stadiu al dezagregarii ideii de breasla mi se pare sa fim impreuna indiferent de micile sau marile diferente dintre noi sau de criticile mai mult sau mai putin intemeiate.

Cred ca in Ro se petrece un fenomen de pe urma caruia orice fotograf amator sau pro va suferi; lipsa de coeziune a breslei face sa apara multi neica nimeni care deranjaza orchestra, clienti tzepari care platesc putin sau de loc, pseudo artisti care umfla potul si iau caimacul la putinele fundatii care mai dau bani pentru arta, editori de imagine imbecili pe la reviste, clienti si redactori care vor o treaba ieftina si nu una buna, si as mai putea continua pina miine.

Ca cineva dinauntru spune ca nu-i place ceva, e foarte bine, indiferent ca are sau nu drepate.
Creste traficul, gradul de penetrare al numelui in sinapse creste, si valul care ramine e mai degraba pozitiv decit negativ.
Esential este sa raminem impreuna, sa aratam unuia ca se insala sau nu in timp, nu sa ne suparam fiecare si sa ne luam jucariile si sa plecam de fiecare data.

Spre deosebire de ce se intimpla la noi, iata ce ii preocupa la ora asta pe fotografii englezi - si ceea ce ar trebui sa ne preocupe si pe noi, daca am avea putin mai multa elasticitate si ceva dorinta de a ne manifesta ca o breasla de creatori maturi:

I believe the greatest danger facing photographers is the lack of appreciation of what professional imaging should be in terms of quality and creativity, and what it can do for the client. When the general public is being bombarded with ever increasing amounts of hype that this or that digital camera/printer will make them a pro, eventually they start to believe it.

Take the above and tie it in with the ever decreasing number of knowledgeable "commercial" buyers of our services and you have a recipe for the steady decline in expectations and thus demand for quality work.

It's down to every one of us to always present a professional image in the way we carry out our business, and to seize every opportunity to demonstrate to our clients, and those we meet that there is still a place for professional imaging. Digital has only changed the way we work, it does not of course remove the need for talent, continual learning, dedication and at times bloody hard work.

Asa ca eu zic sa raminem impreuna si sa explicam - dovedim - incercam - realizam - visam ca suntem o entitate, fotografii romani, nu niste copii care ne suparam una doua fiecare cu fiecare.
Astia suntem, si numarati de la stinga la dreapta, si de la dreapta la stinga, si de noi depinde sa aratam ca totusi suntem, asa cum dovedesc cei ce scriu in engleza mai sus ca sunt.

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La noi sunt codri verzi de brad... - de Dinu Lazar la: 07/10/2004 05:26:33
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
...dar ii taiem si pe aia.
Fotografi care sa faca asa un seminar, nu sunt.
Poate in viitor...cind ne-om integra, care este.

> A Panel Discussion Sponsored by:
> The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and Editorial
> Photographers (EP)
>  Supported by Adobe
> Friday, October 22, 2004
>  Javits Center/PhotoPlus Expo
>  3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
>  Seminar Rms. 1E04 & 05
>  Free
> Join an extraordinary panel of photojournalists in a discussion of the
> impact of digital technology on the editorial market: Barbara Alper,
> Alan Chin, Shawn G. Henry, and Brad Trent moderated by Peter Howe. The
> focus of the discussion will center on how to successfully integrate
> digital capture into a creative and profitable editorial photography
> business. Topics to be discussed include:
> • The Transition from Film to Digital
> • Pricing Digital Production VS Film
> • Managing the Workflow
> • Delivering the Job
> • Satisfying Clients While Maintaining Your Bottom Line
> Biographies:
> Barbara Alper is a New York City based photographer and  regular
> contributor to The New York Times, Barron's, Wall Street Journal; she
> works with a number of corporate clients and has acted as a consultant
> to Olympus.  Her works are included in the collections of Bibliothèque
> Nationale, Paris,The Brooklyn Museum, New York, FNAC Galeries, Paris,
> Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at
> Austin, International Center of Photography, New York, L'imagerie,
> Lannion, France, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, Maison Européenne de
> la Photographie, Paris, The New York Public Library, The Polaroid
> International Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum, London and The
> Wagstaff Collection.  She has exhibited widely throughout the United
> States and Europe. Barbara Alper is represented by Mega Press Agency
> (Japan) and Stock-Boston (USA).
> Alan Chin has spent recent years covering conflicts in Iraq,
> Afganistan, the Middle-East, the former Yugoslavia & Balkans for
> outlets such as The New York Times, Newsweek, and Gamma. His current
> images appear regularly in The New York Times, The Christian Science
> Monitor, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, The Boston Globe,
> The International Herald Tribune, New York Newsday, The Guardian (UK)
> as well as Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Vanity Fair, New
> York Magazine, Brill's Content, Marie-Claire, MacLean's, Maxim,
> Seventeen, VERY Style Guides.  His photography is part of the
> permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and Alan has been
> nominated twice of the Pulitzer Prize for photography by the New York
> Times, 1999 & 2000, for coverage of the Kosovo conflict.
> Shawn G. Henry has over 16 years experience as an editorial and
> corporate photographer; for almost three years, he's shot digitally
> exclusively. He's photographed for clients ranging from FleetBoston &
> Fidelity Investments to National Geographic & Newsweek, and his work
> appears regularly in Business Week and Forbes. He is the vice
> president of EP.
> Brand Trent over the last 22 years has worked for such editorial
> clients as Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, GQ,
> Premiere, Business Week, Newsweek, Men's Health and Texas Monthly. For
> some reason General Motors, IBM, The NFL, Dow Plastics, Pepsi, Pacific
> Bell, NBC and AT&T have all seen fit to let him shoot their
> advertising! And until about a year ago he could be heard declaring
> that digital had ZERO chance of getting a toe-hold in the mainstream
> professional market! In that year's time he has gone from shooting
> 100% film to about 95% digital; and aside from the completely sick
> cost of his digital backs, doesn't really miss the old way of doing
> business!
> Peter Howe with over thirty years experience in the photography
> industry has worked as a photographer, editor, agent, writer and
> curator. Presently he is occupied as an author and commentator on the
> subject, and is a regular contributor to many of the publications that
> deal with photojournalism, including the Digital Journalist, American
> Photo, Columbia Journalism Review, and also to USA Today. He recently
> curated the critically acclaimed exhibition "War in Iraq: The
> Coordinates of Conflict" at the International Center of Photography in
> New York. He also consults with and advises independent photo agencies
> and individual photographers on strategies for the digital
> organization, storage and licensing of their work.
>  Howe was the Picture Editor of the New York Times Magazine and
> Director of Photography for LIFE magazine. On three occasions he was
> awarded first place for magazine picture editing in the National Press
> Photographers Association/University of Missouri's Picture of the Year
> contest, and won four National Magazine Awards from the American
> Society of Magazine Editors. From 1997 to 2000, he was Vice President
> of Photography and Creative Services for Corbis, where he was
> responsible for the company's acquisitions worldwide, photographer
> relations and copyright and contract concerns as they relate to the
> digital environment.
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Articole romanesti in National Geographic - de Dinu Lazar la: 23/10/2004 09:02:10
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
"Le platim destul de bine pe cele ce vor fi tiparite."

Ce e aia "destul" de bine? As fi curios sa stiu.

Exista un "cost of doing business" unde se aduna toate cheltuielile si e foarte simplu de calculat costul de fabricatie al unei fotografii sau al unui reportaj.
Exista pe net nenumarate ghiduri de preturi si de modele de calcul si liste dedicate maririi gradului de cultura economica al fotografilor.
Un exemplu ar fi ghidul australian de la
sau paginile
si nenumarate altele.
Bun, sa zicem ca noi suntem mai de cacao si ne multumim cu un salariu invizibil; dar costurile cu sculele, softurile, computerele, sunt maimari la noi decit la ei.
Pina la urma, la noi e mult, mult mai scump sa fii fotograf decit "dincolo" si mult, mult mai putin rentabil, tinind cont de banii care se pot obtine de la editorii din tara.

Oricum ideea de a face la gramada materiale care poate plac, poate nu plac, din care unele sa ajunga tiparite, mi se pare pur romaneasca.

In lumea civilizata se face asa; merge fotograful cu book-ul la revista si acolo marele jmekercu ochi de vultur din redactie, decide: mda, asta e bun sa faca un material despre aia, asta despre aia, asta despre aia.
Se vorbeste in principiu cite pagini sunt necesare, se discuta un model de paginatie ( fotograful sa aiba si imagini pe lat, si pe inalt, si cutare, si cutare, si detalii, si atmosfera) si omul merge si face materialul si e platit la zi sau la bucata de poza si isi face in asa fel cheltuielile incit sa ramina totusi si cu un infinit de mic profit.

Exista, la ei, mari fotografi care pe listele de discutii ii educa pe incepatori:

You have NOT been hired until you tell them what your fees and expenses are and they agree in writing to pay that amount. What if you tell them you charge $2000 per photo after you have shot the job? Do you think they will pay you? A lot of photographers work this way. Someone hires them to do photography, never talks price and then they call around after the shoot and ask what they should charge. If it is more than the client expected to pay, then they either except what the client wanted to pay (in which case they get screwed and the client assumes the photographer was trying to screw them to start with) or they stick to their price and tick the client off, both of which lead the client to be hard nose and abusive with photographers in the future.

Sorry for the bluntness, but I think a lot of the problems we have
today are a result of some photographer's reluctance to deal with price
and terms and conditions in advance for fear of not getting the work.

So let's assume that you do not have the job. Gather all the
information you need from the client about the shoot and how the
photographs will be used. This includes: how many finished photos they
expect to end up with, do they want variations to choose from, how many
books will they be printing, how long do they want to distribute that
amount, will they just be distributed in guest's rooms or elsewhere,
etc, etc.

Once you have that information, put together an estimate in writing
that spells out the exact license that you are granting, the creative
fee and prep fees you will be charging along with all the expenses
involved in the shoot. Include your terms and conditions with the
estimate and ask the client to review the estimate and T&C and call you
if they have any questions or want to discuss anything. If they have no
question and approve they should sign the estimate and send it back to

Try to partner with the client to find a way to give them what they
need( which is usually different from what they want) within or close
to their budget. This may mean cutting things out of the shoot, doing
fewer variations, fewer finished photographs used, smaller print run,
less usage, etc. A lot of times what they start out wanting in usage
and what they want to spend are far different from where it ends up.
The important thing is to work with them to try and find a way to make
it happen. If you express your desire to work with them and they
respond in kind, a lot of times you can work it out so everyone wins.
If not , they realize you may be more expensive than they can afford
now, but you are someone who is willing to try and find a way to make
it work and they may hire you in the future when they can afford you.

Be forewarned that there are clients who want it their way regardless
and if they can't get it , will blow you off and move on to the next
photographer until they find one who is desperate enough to work with

Base your initial fee on a specific print run for one year's
distribution (assuming that's what they want). In the estimate under an
options section, quote them a percentage of the original fee (usually
50-75%) of the original fee for a second year and an additional
percentage for each additional year. If they want to license the second
year (or more) in advance lower the percentage some.

I suspect they just don't want to tell you. They have to know how many they are printing. How else can they place the order with the printer?
If they won't give you a print run, specify a print run in your
estimate or better yet ask them if you limit the print run to 100,000
will that be enough, and base the estimate on that. Chances are they'll
say, "heck no, we won't print more than 10,000", because they realize
the price will be higher if it's based on 100,000.

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Lui Axel de la Ozzy - de (anonim) la: 26/10/2004 19:16:07
(la: Obligativitatea religiei in scoli - o masura nelegala?)
Dear Bro,
Candva demult F. Nietzsche a spus:"I refuse to believe in a God who always needs to be praised."....din pacate lucrurile chiar sunt asa in ziua de azi.Cele scrise de tine sunt chiar expresia unui adevar ce ar trebui sa trezeasca pe multi din somnul vesnic religios,ce naste din el cosmaruri.
Lumea in loc sa se apropie de God se indeparteaza tot mai mult si se arunca orbeste intr-un trecut care azi nu mai e si nu va mai reveni.

Iti zic un lucru:daca azi ar reveni Jesus intre noi...nimeni nu-L va recunoaste si chiar cei care se bat cu pumnii in piept ca-s mari credinciosi si cunosc biblia(papagaliceste),L-ar rastigni pt. a doua oara,pt. ca-L vor considera...nebun sau fals schimb,sar repede cu cele zece porunci si cu introdusul religiei in scoli.

La fel,ca de obicei,creaza si pornesc razboaie in numele religiei...asa se pare ca i-a zis la ureche Dumnezeu lui Mr.Bush,caci ei doi mereu stau la taclale...
Si uite-asa in USA doar ignorantii(culmea e ca-s si religiosi nevoie mare!)sunt pt. alti 4 ani (de distrugere completa a tarii)nu conteaza in ce fel si cum se fac alegerile sapt. ce vine, sa-l plaseze iar pe orbita pe acest Village idiot.

Stii cum e?Dumnezeu are parabola Lui anume:acolo unde-l cauti,nu este.
Nu cunosc nimic despre Romania si introducerea religiei in scoli,imi e de ajuns cacialmaua republicana in care traiesc aici in USA,dar imi pot exprima totusi parerea ca sunt impotriva acestei ...religizari fortate de un guvern ipocrit.
Din nou se ajunge la o separare a altor credinte de cea"unica"si"reala",adica...crestina de orice culoare ar fi ea,catolica,protestanta,ortodoxa etc.Biserica vrea sa se reintoarca la trecut cand isi baga nasul in orice si oricine,deci de vrei,cu mare importanta in stat,poate eventual sa-l controleze iar candva in viitor?Nu m-ar mira nimic de la niste disperati.

Ca si tine ma astept la repercursiuni verbal-virtuale,dar daca am ceva de spus,o voi spune fara teama.
Crezi oare ca va ajuta pe copii sa fie altfel decat le e scrisa soarta sa fie?Ori pe vreun licean sau student de facultate?
Nobody wants to become brainwashed!!!Si sa stii ca asta-i realul motiv al religiei in scoli.Adica in loc sa evoluam spiritual cu adevarat,sa involuam in incantatii religioase si doctrine ce sunt arme de supunere a maselor?
Sa traim cu frica de Dumnezeu cand EL este numai dragoste si deloc ura si razbunare?Ego-ul uman a avut si are tupeul de a face din Dumnezeu o arma de supunere a libertatilor noastre.Tuturor ce veti citi astea,eu NU sunt impotriva religiilor,fiecare are dreptul la propria credinta,dar nu ma forta pe mine sa am aceiasi credinta cu a ta,cand eu nu fac asta tie!
Si nici nu ma ameninta cu iadul;este o creatie a mintii umane,ca loc determinat in spatiu si timp...NU exista.

"Brother,we do not wish to destroy your religion or take it from you.We only want to enjoy our own."a spus candva Chief Red Jacket(comanche).De ce trebuie un guvern sa forteze religia in scoli?Crezi ca vor inceta furturile,crimele,violurile,adulterul etc?In nici un caz.Astea am avut de spus.

"Day and night cannot dwell together.Your religion was written on tables of stone,ours was written on our hearts."

Chief Seattle

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Selling Fine Art Photos - scurt eseu - de Eduard Popescu la: 26/10/2004 22:19:58
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
"The more effort you put into selling your prints, the more likely you are to be successful. I would venture to say that there are a dozen Ansel Adams out there we will never hear of because they were unwilling or unable to market themselves." - Scott Bourne

Un Mic Articol - de LMC la: 03/11/2004 22:31:38
(la: Alegeri prezidentiale in Statele Unite. Candidatul preferat)
Articolul de mai jos a fost scris si publicat de mine acum vreun an in urma. Este in Engleza, asa ca scoateti-va dictionarele.

California’s Economy: A State of Emergency

Recently I came across some articles and reports on the state of California’s economy. The findings will make anyone’s hair stand up on its end. These reports are readily available to the public on California government sites.

As you may already know California’s economy is totally out of control. The poverty rate in California is higher than that of the nation, yet the living expenses for anyone living in California exceeds most of every other American. In other words Californians make less and spend more on basic living expenses.

Anyone who’s been watching the real estate market can agree that it is totally out of control. Anywhere you go in California, especially in the Bay-area, the price of a simple home has sky-rocketed. New houses are more expensive, and less in quality. The price per square foot can exceed as much as $400 to $500 in the Bay, and renters pay as much as $2000 for a one bedroom apartment. At this time the median house price for San Francisco is $526,000 and for the Bay Area is $402,000.

You might say that people in Bay Area make more than the rest of California, and the truth is that they do. The median income for California is about $53,025 while in San Francisco and the Bay Area it ranges from $60,597 to $88,934. Even though these figures seem high, half of all the tax payers in the region earn $30,000 or less, and less than one in every six taxpayers earns at least $100,000. The situation is so bad in the Bay area that they now have a new program called the San Francisco Workforce Housing Fund which provides families with incomes up to $103,320 special mortgage plans to purchase homes up to $475,000. The plan enables someone to finance 97% of the purchase price through a “First Mortgage” and a “Deferred Second Mortgage” of up to 6% to reduce the interest rate on the first mortgage or fund the down payment or closing costs. And these houses can be purchased anywhere within a reasonable commuting distance.

Guess where they go buy their houses? The Central Valley of course!

I must also mention that in the Bay Area a family of four with two working parents would need to earn $61,593 in order to make ends meet and that 2 out of 5 renters spend at least 30% of their income just on rent. All of this means that many families at the median income level struggle to make ends meet, therefore they choose to move somewhere else, (guess where?) and commute.

So now we’re wondering how this affects those who live and work in the Valley. According to the same study, a family of four in the Valley needs to earn at least $43,528 to live without government assistance and make ends meet. The median income for the region is $46,919 and 1 in every 20 taxpayers has an adjusted gross income of at least $100,000, yet more than half of all taxpayers earn $30,000 or less. This means that many families with incomes at or below the median may struggle to meet their economic needs. To make things worse, the influx of Bay Area workers who come to live in the Valley has surged up the prices on housing and everything else. The traffic gets worse and worse everyday, and very seldom does anyone get to see the mountains on the western horizon due to the bad air. The farm land is being desolated, because nobody can afford to keep their workers working the land which makes our produce more expensive.

A couple of weeks ago one of the Central Valley papers had a very interesting article that was discretely criticizing the fact that the housing units being built did not keep up with the increase of population, but if we look at Bay Area’s problems we can conclude that their problems and inadequacies have spilled into the Valley. For example, between 1995 and 1997 the number of jobs in Santa Clara County increased 15.2% while the number of housing units increased by only 1.3%, and it is projected that by the year 2020 the region will gain 50% more jobs but only 20% more housing units.

This information led me to investigate a little further to find out the source of all these problems. Guess what I found? In the California Senate, Bay Area representatives between 1994 and 2000 have made it their war to “protect” the environment and the natural habitat of the Bay Area.

According to the Environmentalists, Bay Area’s legislators are the greenest of them all. These legislators constantly fight against home developments and expansion of housing units into the “sensitive” areas. To protect their image, they encourage concentrated housing, and redevelopment of urban buildings, but the projects they develop for such plans are not realistic and very inefficient. For example, the city of Santa Clara has proposed that 100 apartment units be set aside for low income families. These apartments consist of 2 bedrooms 1 ½ baths and 3 bedrooms 2 baths units. The 2 bedroom apartments rent for the “super low” price of $1230 and the 3 bedroom apartments for $1355. To qualify for this “wonderful” “exciting” “money-saver” housing establishments you must earn at least $29,520 and maximum $57,000 for a three person household in order to rent the 2 bedroom apartment, and for the 3 bedroom at least $32,520 and $68,340 for a five person household. Remember that the median household income for the Bay Area falls somewhere in between $60,597 and $88,934 and a family of four will need to earn at least $61,593 in order to make ends meet without government assistance. Therefore, I must say that somebody has got to go back to their basic Algebra classes, because by my calculations and comparisons I cannot imagine who in his right mind can live in an overcrowded, overstuffed, “low” income apartment and pay $1230 a month, which can be as much as half of their gross income, when in the valley the same apartment can go for $800 (which is still too much in my opinion).

We need to wake up and smell the whiff-of-money-going-down-the-drain, because at this rate California will become a national tragedy. At one time the Associated Press published the following words “California has enacted first-in-the-nation-laws this year... lending credence to the saying that wherever America is going, California will get there first...” Maybe, we should take a long hard look at who is leading this state into the whirlpool of poverty and economic disaster, because if these words are right then the whole nation can follow the footsteps of this once known as the Golden state.

Acest articol a fost scris pe vremea cind Gray Davis era inca Governor, de atunci lucrurile s-au mai schimbat inspre bine. Totusi inca mai suferim consecintele unui liberal al carui plan a fost sa suporte programele sociale mai mult decit cele economice.
alte motto-uri - de catcri la: 04/11/2004 17:52:03
(la: Motto-uri)
Unul care imi place mult si din nefericire mi se potriveste in destule situatii e:
“Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.” (Will Rogers)

Un altul, la care sper sa nu recurg niciodata:
“There used to be a real me, but i had it surgically removed.” (Peter Sellers)

A propos de adevar (pt. SB_one):
“Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.” (Lillian Hellman)

Unul utilizat in mod frecvent:
“Cine zice ca nu a mintit niciodata tocmai a facut-o.”

“In order to write about life, first you must live it!” (E. Hemmingway)

“Maturity is only a short break in adolescence” (Jules Feiffer)

Foarte actual:
“Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators.” (Will Rogers)
Un altul de mare actualitate:
“Crime does not pay…as well as politics.” (Alfred E. Newman)

Aplicabil in multe cazuri in conversatiile din Cafenea…si nu numai…:
“Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.” (Lilly Tomlin)

Am inceput cu unul care mi se potriveste, asa ca am sa inchei tot cu unul pt. mine:
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” (A. Lincoln)
Si mai departe - de OmuletulGoma la: 04/11/2004 20:36:52
(la: Alegerile in USA)
Mary, se poate chiar argumenta ca liberalismul se trage de la Revolutia Franceza. Dar acum ii boicotam pe francezi si tot ce vine de la ei :-)

Si in raspuns la ce a scris LMC(care ma ignora si deci nu vede posturile mele din pacate), prezentat dintr-un alt unghi:

philosophy or movement that has as its aim the development of individual freedom. Because the concepts of liberty or freedom change in different historical periods the specific programs of liberalism also change. The final aim of liberalism, however, remains fixed, as does its characteristic belief not only in essential human goodness but also in human rationality. Liberalism assumes that people, having a rational intellect, have the ability to recognize problems and solve them and thus can achieve systematic improvement in the human condition. Often opposed to liberalism is the doctrine of conservatism , which, simply stated, supports the maintenance of the status quo. Liberalism, which seeks what it considers to be improvement or progress, necessarily desires to change the existing order.
I am only one, but I AM one!
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Liberalism=Equality - de LMC la: 04/11/2004 20:54:51
(la: Alegerile in USA)
Luat de pe site-ul de mai jos.

The debate between equality vs. merit is one of the oldest in our society. When merit is rewarded, competition becomes supreme, the fittest survive, and people get what they deserve. When rewards are given out equally, people become more pleasant and civilized to each other, but incentive falls, since trying harder doesn't get you anywhere.

For classification purposes, there are three types of societies: egalitarian, moderated meritocracy, and unrestricted meritocracy.

Socialism is the best example of an egalitarian society. When Marx wrote "From each according to his ability, and to each according to his needs," he was acknowledging that people are certainly born with different abilities, but they should be rewarded equally.

Libertarianism is the closest example of an unrestricted meritocracy, where there are the fewest constraints on the fittest reaching the top. Unfortunately, we have no historical examples of such a government.

Conservatism and liberalism are examples of moderated meritocracies. In a moderated meritocracy, the most successful continue to be rewarded the most, but a percentage of their power or income is redistributed back to the middle and lower class. Liberals, who lean more towards equality, believe the degree of redistribution should be rather high; conservatives, who lean more towards merit, believe that it should be rather low. In our economy, a progressive tax code achieves this effect, and liberals and conservatives argue over how steep its progressivity should be.
Instructions for a wife then and now - de MMM la: 16/11/2004 04:16:47
(la: Femeia)
The following is from a 1950's Home Economics textbook intended for
the High School girls, teaching how to prepare for married life.

1. Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a
delicious meal - on time. This is a way of letting him know that you
have been thinking about him, and are concerned about his needs. Most
men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal
are part of the warm welcome needed.

2. Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed
when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and
be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be
a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a

3. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of
the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books,
toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband
will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give
you a lift too.

4. Prepare the children: Take a few minutes to wash the children's
hands and faces if they are small, comb their hair, and if necessary,
change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to
see them playing the part.

5. Minimize the noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise
of washer, dryer, dishwasher, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children
to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be
glad to see him.

6. Some DON'TS: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't
complain if he's late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with
what he might have gone through that day.

7. Make him comfortable: Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or
suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready
for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in
a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and

8. Listen to him: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the
moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

9. Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out to
dinner or to other places of entertainment; instead try to understand
his world of strain and pressure and his need to be home and relax.

10. The Goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where
your husband can relax.

Now The updated version for the 2000s woman.

1. Have dinner ready: Make reservations ahead of time. If your day
becomes too hectic just leave him a voice mail message regarding where
you'd like to eat and at what time. This lets him know that your day
has been crappy and gives him an opportunity to change your mood.

2. Prepare yourself: A quick stop at the "LANCOME" counter on your way
home will do wonders for your outlook and will keep you from becoming
irritated every time he belches at the table. (Don't forget to use his
credit card!)

3. Clear away the clutter: Call the housekeeper and let her know
you'll need her for an extra day this week. Tell her that any
miscellaneous items left on the floor by the children can be placed in
the Goodwill box in the garage.

4. Prepare the children: Drop them off at grandma's!

5. Minimize the noise: When he arrives at home remind him that the
washer and garbage disposal are still not working properly and the
noise is driving you crazy (but do this in a nice way and greet him
with a warm smile...this way he might fix it faster).

6. Some DON'TS: Don't greet him with problems and complaints. Let him
speak first, and then your complaints will get more attention and
remain fresh in his mind throughout dinner. Don't complain if he's
late for dinner. Simply remind him that the last one home does the
cooking and the cleanup.

7. Make him comfortable: Remind him where he can find a warm fuzzy
blanket if he's cold. This will show you really care.

8. Listen to him: But don't ever let him get the last word.

9. Make the evening his: a chance to get the washer and garbage
disposal fixed.

10. The Goal: To try to keep things amicable without reminding him
that you make more money than he does.

...tot canadiana... - de SB_one la: 16/11/2004 18:52:56
(la: De ce ai decis sa nu emigrezi?)
Boss to four of his employees: "I'm really sorry, but I'm going to
have to let one of you go."

-Black Employee: "I'm a protected minority."
-Female Employee: "And I'm a woman."
-Oldest Employee: "Fire me, buster, and I'll hit you with an age discrimination suit so fast it'll make your head spin."

To which they all turn to look at the helpless young, white, male
employee, who thinks a moment, then responds:
......"I think I might be gay..."
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Emily Dickinson - de fefe la: 18/11/2004 23:42:54
(la: Cele mai frumoase poezii)
Nici una din Poeziile acestei scriitoare nu au un titlu anume. Toata viata ei a stat acasa, a publicat doar doua sau trei poezii, si a trait o viata cit se poate de simpla. Poeziile ei au fost descoperite dupa moartea ei, toate erau frumos asezate si legate cu bentite. Este considerata cea mai mare scriitoare Americana. Sper sa va placa cuvintele ei simple si pline de viata. Este una din favoritele mele poezii, contine o sublimitate care foarte rar o poti gasi in poezie, sublimitatea aceasta fiind un motto al existentei mele. **Cu permisiunea gazdei, chiar daca poeziile ei sint in Engleza, as vrea sa mai listez citeva.

Emily Dickinson (1830–86).

I ’M nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there ’s a pair of us—don’t tell!
They ’d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
Edgar Allan Poe - de fefe la: 19/11/2004 00:36:30
(la: Cele mai frumoase poezii)
Inca una ca sa fie cu sotz.

( 1834 )
by Edgar Allan Poe

Thou wast all that to me, love,
For which my soul did pine-
A green isle in the sea, love,
A fountain and a shrine,
All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers,
And all the flowers were mine.

Ah, dream too bright to last!
Ah, starry Hope! that didst arise
But to be overcast!
A voice from out the Future cries,
"On! on!"- but o'er the Past
(Dim gulf!) my spirit hovering lies
Mute, motionless, aghast!

For, alas! alas! me
The light of Life is o'er!
"No more- no more- no more-"
(Such language holds the solemn sea
To the sands upon the shore)
Shall bloom the thunder-blasted tree
Or the stricken eagle soar!

And all my days are trances,
And all my nightly dreams
Are where thy grey eye glances,
And where thy footstep gleams-
In what ethereal dances,
By what eternal streams.


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