Hello world!

It’s been two years to the day since my last post.

I’d intended to come back to weblogging before this–especially since Dave Rogers predicted that I would “post something” before the end of 2006. For, even though I wasn’t writing for my own weblog, I never stopped reading weblogs. In fact, weblogs have been my primary source of information since I stopped reading newspapers, listening to the radio, and watching broadcast TV after the Federal election in October 2004.

Much of my spare attention since I stopped weblogging has been taken up with watching (and thinking about) movies and–since July last year, when I bought a Ricoh GR Digital camera–taking (and thinking about) photographs. In the limited time that was left, I installed (and played with) WordPress and worked at redesigning the templates and stylesheets.

A couple of weeks ago I was drawn to comment on a post of Tim Bray’s about high-end digital compact cameras. Tim’s subsequent description of my “paean to the Ricoh GR Digital” as “the most interesting part of the conversation” was flattering but his stout defence of DPReview (at which, in his words, I’d “sneered expressively”) and his stated desire that a camera’s output “approximate what [one's] eyes report to the brain” demanded a response.

A short comment about the damage done by sites like DPReview which fetishize the technical aspects of photography grew into a longer argument that photography has hardly anything to do with literally transcribing how our eyes and brain perceive the world. I caught myself thinking: “This should be an essay, or at least a weblog post.” That was the moment that I knew I’d relaunch the weblog.

Whereas the previous incarnation, The Heart of Things, dealt with subjects ranging from CSS to the Iraq War, this time I’ve decided to restrict myself to the things which lie closest to my heart: photography, the cinema, and (indirectly) the Japanese language. We’ll see how it goes…

29 Responses to “Hello world!”

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 12:03 am, Shelley Powers wrote:

    Welcome back, Jonathon!

    We give up! You don’t have to use Bitstream Vera. Whatever it takes to keep you back.

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 12:39 am, loren wrote:

    Dang. That’s the problem with living on the west side. Someone on the east side is always ahead of you.

    Welcome back.

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 1:07 am, dave rogers wrote:

    “What she said.”

    Glad to see you back!

    I thought I saw a new Ricoh announcement where a big deal was made about the removable EVF. Didn’t the GR already have an optional removable EVF? Or was it announced but never delivered?

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 1:41 am, steve wrote:

    Welcome back — I’ve missed your writing. (It’s been so long I’ve change URLs since you last posted.)

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 3:03 am, jeneane wrote:

    Well, your return might just may make it worth sticking around. Welcomeback.

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 3:17 am, Pascale Soleil wrote:

    Oh frabjous day! Callou callay! she chortled in her joy.

    Glad you’re here.

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 3:31 am, Doug Alder wrote:

    Welcome back indeed Jonathan – imagine the surprise to see this post show up- in my RSS feed today. A most pleasant surprise indeed.

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 3:33 am, Doug Alder wrote:

    Whoops I should edit before posting – that was meant to be Jonathon not Jonathan – sorry :)

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 3:55 am, Scott Reynen wrote:

    Welcome back!

    I’ve pruned my subscriptions several times in the past two years, and every time I looked at the subscription to your feed and thought “Should I delete that? Probably, but he might come back some day, so I’ll keep it.” I must say it’s somewhat disappointing to find out you’ve returned via Shelley. On behalf of everyone else clinging to subscriptions to your old feed, I feel we deserve a redirect for our perseverance.

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 7:19 am, Euan wrote:

    Welcome back!

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 8:07 am, Allan Moult wrote:

    Civilised blogging returns to the ether. Hooray!

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 8:11 am, Shelley wrote:

    I’m all knowing, all seeing — didn’t you know that Loren?

    All knowing except for knowing someone’s gmail account.

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 10:05 am, stavrosthewonderchicken wrote:

    It is really great to see you back, Jonathon. And thanks Shelley for pointing me this way — I never deleted the Bloglines subscription to Jonathon’s site, but (like Scott said) there was no tickover to (1), so I wouldn’t have known!

    Welcome back, Mr D!

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 11:55 am, Marius Coomans wrote:

    Good to see you back. So if you don’t like DPReview, would you have recommenadations for other camera review sites?

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 1:35 pm, Jonathon Delacour wrote:

    Golly, this is just like the return of the Prodigal Son. A sincere thank you to everyone who has dropped by and, especially, to those who’ve left a comment. I’ll try to address issues raised by individuals…

    Dave: Ricoh has recently announced the GX100, a replacement for the Caplio GX8 that has a similar body chassis to the GR-D. Apart from the 24mm-72mm (equivalent) zoom, the most interesting feature is the removable EVF you mention. The GR-D has an optional viewfinder but it’s optical, not electronic. I would expect the GR-D2 (or whatever GR-D’s replacement will be called) to sport a similar removable EVF.

    Doug: No problem with the spelling of my name. What’s an “o” or an “a” between old pals? I’m surprised that this post showed up in your RSS feed since I haven’t implement the redirect that Scott suggested in his comment.

    Scott: My apologies. I really should have implemented a redirect for the old feeds but that slipped between the cracks in my rush to meet the April 3 deadline. I’ll see if I can get it fixed tonight. But I appreciate your perseverance in not deleting me from your RSS reader.

    Stavros: Thank you too for not giving up on me.

    Marius: It’s not that I’m opposed to DPreview (and other review sites) per se, after all it’s extremely useful to be able to look quickly at the specs of a particular model. It’s rather that I think that most people who visit those sites spend too much time worrying about issues that are actually tangential to the challenge of making good photographs. But more of that (plus some recommendations about alternative photographic sites) later.

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 7:25 pm, Michael Glaesemann wrote:

    So glad to have you back! I very much look forward to reading your posts on a regular basis again.

  • On April 3rd, 2007 at 10:15 pm, Andy Todd wrote:

    Jonathon, welcome back. The web has been poorer for your absence.

  • On April 4th, 2007 at 2:06 pm, Frank Paynter wrote:

    Wonderful to see a fine writer reappear. I’m glad you’re back Jonathon.

  • On April 4th, 2007 at 4:04 pm, David Golding wrote:

    Jonathon, I was just thinking of you recently as I finally got around to watching Ozu’s Tokyo Story. Amazing film! Afterwards, I reread your old posts on Ozu, which had originally seeded him in my mind. Good stuff. Great to have you back!

  • On April 5th, 2007 at 5:53 am, Doug Alder wrote:

    Jonathon – it didn’t – it was a very poor attempt on my part at some humour, something I really shouldn’t attempt so early in the morning when I do not have sufficient quantities of the wonderful coffee nectar flowing through my veins. Like for most if not all others Shelley pointed the way :-)

  • On April 5th, 2007 at 6:17 am, Jonathon Delacour wrote:

    Michael and Andy, thank you again for the kind words.

    David, I’m glad you enjoyed Tokyo Story. There’s a lot more I want to write about Ozu.

    Frank, it’s gratifying to see oneself described as a “fine writer”. However, my experience is that the best path to become a fine writer (or to become even finer) is to write (and also to read other fine writing). I’ve been doing plenty of reading. Now it’s time to knuckle down and write…

  • On April 9th, 2007 at 11:20 am, John B wrote:

    I’ve been checking this blog on and off for the last two years, and figured that this time it had been two years and I would just give up on it. I’m so pleased to see that all that waiting is over :)

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  • On April 16th, 2007 at 1:23 am, Tim Hadley wrote:

    Welcome back! I’ve kept this weblog in my RSS reader all this time in the hope that you would eventually return.

    Now, if only I could find the time and energy to post in my own weblog…

  • On May 5th, 2007 at 6:26 am, Mike Golby wrote:

    Jonathon…

    …the ever elegant.

    Welcome back and, please, do lend us your respectability — again. We’ve missed your class and style. Badly.

    It’s really good to read your voice again and, having just trawled some of Shelley’s photographs… man, are we in for a treat.

    Or are we? Where the Dickens are you? Nothing since the 9th?

    Ity couldn’t have been that long. Or that bad. Could it? 300 that is.

  • On May 9th, 2007 at 1:09 am, AKMA wrote:

    Slow to the party — welcome back, friend! Such a joy to see your return. . . .

  • On June 11th, 2007 at 8:00 am, Sofa windows at Mild Peril wrote:

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  • On July 21st, 2007 at 8:52 am, language hat wrote:

    God damn it, here I check faithfully for a year, sporadically for months, finally give up, and then you tiptoe back here and I don’t find out for three and a half months! At least there’s not too much to catch up on. Now to go read the posts and restore the link to my blogroll.

    shuffles off muttering

    …Oh yeah, and welcome back! Christ, how you’ve been missed!

  • On July 27th, 2007 at 12:34 am, Kerim Friedman wrote:

    A very belated welcome back!!!