25 August 2005

Everything Old...

...is new again:

"What used to be described as a thoughtless act of aggression was now regarded as the courage one would expect to find in a party member; to think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was a coward; any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one's unmanly character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant that one was totally unfitted for action. Fanatical enthusiasm was the mark of a real man, and to plot against an enemy behind his back was perfectly legitimate self defense. Anyone who held violent opinions could always be trusted, and anyone who objected to them became a suspect... As a result...there was a general deterioration of character throughout the Greek world. The plain way of looking at things, which is so much the mark of a noble nature, was regarded as a ridiculous quality and soon ceased to exist. Society become divided into camps in which no man trusted his fellow."

"History of the Peloponnesian War"
Translated by Rex Warner (1972)

Here's some big news: You may have noticed that the "Donate to the New Camera Fund" link has disappeared.

That's because I didn't get jack outta you people.

Well, also, I ordered the new camera today. I finally decided (based on customer reviews and the deal I got) on a Canon Digital Rebel XT. It's an 8MP digital SLR camera... not, by far, the top of the line, but great for my burgeoning photography skills.

I'd originally tried to order it (for a remarkably good price) from B&H Photo, in my hometown of New York, but their policies on shipping to an address other than the billing address on the credit card are, frankly, draconian. They expect you to add the shipping address as an alternate address with your bank, and since I work with a tiny credit union and their systems can't accept more than one address, that means changing my address with my credit union until the order has been shipped.

Not, to say the least, gonna happen.

So I ended up ordering it from amazon.com. It was a little more expensive than B&H (and, frankly, a couple of the other retailers I found), but I have a history with them, and I trust them not to fuck me over when I'm spending this much money. See? You can buy peace of mind.

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