Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Traveling Mind

For a wonderful review of three cities: Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Venice, see Moon Free of Shadows. Lots of sage words that might scape the travel guides.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Persopolis, the Takht-e Jamshid

Last night, I uploaded to Flickr a few dozen photographs of a 2003 visit to Persopolis, near Shiraz, Iran.

The Persians call the place Takht-e Jamshid (the citadel of Jamshid). Persopolis is the Greek name. It actually does exist even though it was burnt down more than 2000 years ago.

You can access the whole set here and view it as a slide show here.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Falling for Flickr

Masjid Imam Reza

First, I hit the limit on the number of albums and then the limit on the number of photographs that can be posted on Flickr's free service.

So, now, I'm afraid I've fallen for the paid Flickr PRO service, and got myself a jUploader. Now, I'm busy uploading photographs starting from 2003, a year or so after I bought my first decent digital camera.

For months, I resisted the upgrade from free to paid Flickr service. I planned to roll out a content server of my own but never found the time to do it or the right ISP for it where I could simply manage a piece of hardware housed someplace. (Fulup tells me such a service is readily available in France.) If I could host my own service, I would no longer have to depend on or pay Flickr anything for the service it offers. My main goal is to have the photos on some file system accessible by some HTTP server that can dish it out. This is not much to set up but just as I said, I've not found an ISP that provides a nice service where I can "own" the use of a piece of dedicated hardware, with unlimited download albeit on a fixed network bandwidth and some file backup service already provided. This way I can install and configure software as I wish and I don't have to store the hardware in my own home.

So, yes, I finally signed up for a 1-year subscription to Flickr PRO and have started posting all these photographs that have been sitting in iPhoto library of an iMac at home. About 3 more years of photos are waiting to be posted.

Some of these photos are from years ago.

Here, I have linked-in two photos from the batch I just uploaded from 2003.

The details for the first photo, taken in the Astan-e Qods-e Razavi in Mashhad, Iran, can be found here.

I remember, when I took this photograph in the open courtyard, a mildly-spoken sermon was being delivered in a very simple Persian on how parents should care for their children. My wife, for whom Persian was a 3rd (or 4th?) language, still remembers easily following the Persian.

Gonbad-e Haruniyeh

The second photo captures the main wall of Gonbad-e Haruniyeh, a 14th century mausoleum, about whose origins there are many theories. The mausoleum is on the Tus-Mashhad road. I rememer finding it amazing how much cooler the inside of this 700-year-old building was when compared to the climate just outdoors. (Yes, the high ceilings and the design for air circulation has something to do with it. There might also be some underground water or spring.)

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Ski in Iran

Below, you partake of a youthful skier's visit to Iran on YouTube. (It was the first video listed under Iran on YouTube.) The video takes you through various resorts in Iran.

You need to be patient through the introduction but I think recreational skier Jasin Nazim has done a much better job of reporting than many other professional journalists who have visited the country. I certainly learned quite a lot from the video and it motivates me to ski the same mountains!