September 2013 archives

Entry no.: 1340

29 Sep 2013, 10:03 PM

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Personal Kitblog turns ten

The world changed

“Kitblog turns ten”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Bucharest, 2013.

Ten years ago I started Kitblog—I was younger, my cat was more of a kitten and Brandient still felt like a startup. Today I’m not that young anymore, my cat is old and Brandient left its mark.

This blog is, in fact, only slightly younger than the 10.53 years since the Iraq invasion. It witnessed how 9.504 years ago Romania joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on March 29, 2004, and 6.742 years ago the European Union (EU) on 1 January 2007.

Social networks are younger than this blog. Flickr is 9.658 years old. Facebook was only founded in February 2004, 9.649 years ago. Twitter 7.526 years ago, on March 21, 2006. Tumblr 6.658, Instagram 2.981 years ago on October 6, 2010.

The blog has its own domain since December 21, 2006, 6.773 years ago. Until that date, it was hosted at Apple's .Mac, rebranded as MobileMe 5.225 years ago on July 9, 2008, shut down on June 30, 2012, 1.249 years ago. I keep the 2003–2007 archives here. Things die young on internet.

There are 5.441 years since I switched back to film photography and shot 211 rolls of film since. Some of the pictures I was satisfied with appeared here on this blog. It's hard to believe I could forget that film—with all its grain and scanning pain—feels this fucking amazingly great.

A little over half of these ten years—half!—it was recession. 5.038 years ago, on September 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. became the largest bankruptcy in US history and hurled the entire planet into financial crisis. It also got a couple of professions dethroned from their high pedestals.

Speaking of professions—when this blog launched the following professions did not exist: app developer, social media manager, UX designer. The iPhone was launched on June 29, 2007, 6.252 years ago, with no 3G network access, no MMS, no native apps, a poor camera and no replaceable battery—and it changed the world. The iPad is only 3.49 years old.

Steve Jobs died exactly 1.984—1984 won’t be like 1984—years ago today, on October 5, 2011. Tell me there is no poetry in numbers.

Entry no.: 1339

16 Sep 2013, 11:34 AM

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Photography You'll live ten times longer

“If you have a hundred cats you'll live ten times longer than if you have ten”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2013.

Kyoto. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you're feeling bad, you just look at the cats, you'll feel better, because they know that everything is, just as it is. There's nothing to get excited about. They just know. They're saviors. The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you'll live ten times longer than if you have ten. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It's truly ridiculous.

—Charles Bukowski.

Cat eyes time machine.

Entry no.: 1338

9 Sep 2013, 10:13 AM

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Photography Primary emotional themes are solitude, loneliness, regret, boredom and resignation

“Primary emotional themes are solitude, loneliness, regret, boredom and resignation”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

Brooklyn. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 1337

2 Sep 2013, 8:18 AM

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Photography The sun, as dark and silent as the moon

“The sun, as dark and silent as the moon”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2012.

Kyoto. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.