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I Can’t Sleep

Posted on Saturday, February 21st, 2004

Dave!For the past few weeks, I've had the worst luck getting a decent night's sleep. This sucks because I'm in a constant state of zombie-like tiredness throughout the entire day... and yet I still can't seem fall asleep each evening. Tonight is no different. I barely have the brain-power to type, so anything too complex is out of the question. Mindless blog surfing seems the perfect solution! And that's when I run across an entry on Adriaan Tijsseling's blog about the futility of a new photo rating system in Apple's iPhoto. It does seem like a bizarre feature, but a great way to kill time until SNL comes on.

I've got nearly 2000 photos packed into my iPhoto album, and quickly find that most of my photos are "average," so I am giving them 3 stars. On the rare event that something seems 5-star worthy, it's not really because of the photo... it's because the subject is 5-star worthy. Like, for instance, this amazing sculpture I snapped at the Vatican:

A cherub statue affixed to a wall of St. Peter's in The Vatican.

And this really cool shot of the Eiffel Tower:

The Eiffel Tower lit up in yellow light at night.

Or this beautiful photograph of the Grand Canyon at sunset:

A lovely shot of the GrandCanyon at dusk with pretty pastel colors.

See? It has nothing to do with me. It's not like I've done anything smart or artistic... how could anybody make those shots look bad if they had a decent camera? So do they really deserve 5-stars just because I happened upon them? Or do I reserve a 5-star rating for some piece of subtle genius like this shot that I took in Stockholm:

Sign which says INFART!

Heh heh heh... it says "fart!" Oh well, I give up... there doesn't seem to be much point in rating my photos, and SNL is on in five minutes.

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  1. Infart is new to me – but I think it can have two meanings:
    1) One way street
    2) Road leading into

    What country is it from? Cannot be Germany, since they call it: Einfahrt

  2. Dave2 says:

    It’s Stockholm, so the language would be Swedish. I’m guessing “one way street” but I don’t know for sure.

  3. michaela says:

    I think it means “entrance”. My (Swedish) husband and I were discussing it on a recent trip. Were you also lucky enough to see a “farthinder” (speed bump) sign? ;o)

  4. Dave2 says:

    Mystery solved! I’m devastated to know that I missed out on getting a photo of a sign saying “farthinder” though… that would be a 5-star rating for sure! Boy do I need to grow up. 🙂

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