“It’ll last longer” haiku

Eadweard Muybridge, April 9, 1830 — May 8, 1904
Today’s Google Doodle, April 9, 2012, is here.


Are horses’ hooves all
Off the ground at the same time?
Eadweard Muybridge asked

To find out he took
A gallop poll — with cameras
Triggered in sequence

One shot answered “Yes”
And the rest advanced the art
Of motion pictures

Zoopraxiscope:
He invented an early
Movie projector

Muybridge also shot
Athletes and other people
As they moved about

Muybridge also shot
Wife’s lover dead — talk about
Dark room negatives

Jury rejected
Insanity plea but still
Found him not guilty

“The Photographer,”
Film scored by Philip Glass, told
The trial story

In real life Muybridge
First to charge to see movie
— But no 5-buck Cokes

Edison followed,
Others too, so it behooves
Us to remember

“Picture this” haiku

Capture a moment
And make it last forever
If only we could

Big development:
Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre
Was born on this date

Painter, printmaker
Showcased theatrical scenes
At Diorama

His Diorama:
Popular Parisian spot
A feast for the eyes

But he made his name
With something else, breakthrough in
Still photography

Physics, chemistry
Met art in Daguerre’s process
Years of hard toil

Camera obscura
Cast an image to observe
But not to preserve

Another Frenchman
Photographed barn but it took
8-hour exposure

Daguerre got that down
To 20 minutes, called pics
Daguerreotypes — Natch!

Iodine vapors,
Silver-plated copper sheet
In big box camera

Then the fix was in
Sodium thiosulphate
VoilĂ ! Still photos

Portraits elusive
Till faster shutters were made
But still, impressive!

Scientific pics
Through microscopes, telescopes
Amazing detail

Landscape photos, too
Revolutionized the way
Many saw their world

Thanks, Louis Daguerre
Think I will take a picture
It’ll last longer

(A sad epilogue:
Diorama, his lab burned
They didn’t last long)

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Random from the past:

Digital photos
Have no darkroom moments to
See what develops

Another rolling birthday

Almost missed a Stones birthday. Bill Wyman, Oct. 24, 1936. Hard to believe he left the band almost 20 years ago.

Rocker of ages
Bill Wyman, 75,
This October day

Followed bass instincts
Made his own fretless model
Amplifier, too

Decent audition
Joined Stones, December 7th,
1962

Great rhythm section
With Charlie Watts: pulse, heartbeat
Of the classic Stones

Followed base instincts
Scandalously so, bedded
Then wed a young teen

Son from earlier
Once engaged to the mother
Of Wyman’s child bride

But enough weird stuff
Or maybe not — I mean who’d
Quit the Rolling Stones?

But he’s done fine since
Married an adult, more kids,
Own band, Rhythm Kings

Always keeps journal
Wyman’s written several books,
Bio “Stone Alone”

Dig this: Hunts treasure
(You thought Keith was the pirate!)
Metal detective

Wrote movie scores, takes
Fine photos; 2010 had
Own exhibition

Ex-Stones bass player
Bill Wyman, 75,
Gathering no moss