March 31, 2008

Knitwear not to buy.

Street vending gone terribly wrong.

Knitwear

(Sorry about all the fisheye. I was traveling light, walking over the bridge yesterday, and I had to commit to one lens — to seeing the world this way. Frankly, by now, it looks completely normal. Are you sure your peripheral vision isn't curved? I think it is!)

UPDATE: I bought a new lens. Look for a new point of view coming soon.

19 comments:

Hazy Dave said...

I agree about peripheral vision being curved, though perhaps the fact that the back of the eye is spherical (rather than flat, as a film plane or optical sensor) mitigates the size distortion at the edge of the field.

Ann Althouse said...

I think if you get close enough to the picture that it fills your entire field of vision, the lines all become normal. What the fisheye does is let you get a full view of your whole vision, which you ordinarily can't really look at, if you know what I mean. You see, but you don't entirely see what you see because you can't look directly at your peripheral vision.

Mitch said...

Welcome to my neighborhood, Ann. I live one block from the offending vendor.

Michael_H said...

Were there Peruvians playing flutes? Or is that only a midwest phenomena?

Ann Althouse said...

Great neighborhood, Mitch. Too bad about the hats 'n' sweaters.

Chip Ahoy said...

You could lose a pizza in there.

Middle Class Guy said...

Knitwear not to buy.


Unless you are a geek.

ricpic said...

Well I never! The prejudice against puke green around here!!

tituskisstodaygoodbyethesweetnewssandthesorrow said...

I don't no anyone in NYC that would be that shit.

Must be more for the tourists from flyover country.

john said...

titus,

I kinda like the animal one in the middle. Would you do me a favor and buy it for me? Next time your in AZ visiting your folks, I'll pick it up and pay you then.

Not more than $20, OK? Wll, maybe go $25.

Thanks,

john said...

Mens large.

john said...

Oh, and the hat too, second from left.

rhhardin said...

I bought a new lens

I myself have over a dozen different scythe blades, so there's one that's always just perfect for the condition of the lawn underfoot.

And a half dozen snaths so that I don't have to stop in order to change blades.

It's all in the hobby. Diminishing returns does not apply to a hobby.

Middle Class Guy said...

rhhardin said...
I bought a new lens

I myself have over a dozen different scythe blades,


And if you get tired of the lawns, you could always become a serail killer.

About twenty years ago, I was attacked by some young guy with a scythe. I just stood there for a minute. I could not beleive it. A scythe in the big city? Of course then by brain kicked in. He lived.

rhhardin said...

I was attacked by some young guy with a scythe.

You must mean a sickle. A scythe is geometrically extremely unsuitable as a weapon. The balance is all wrong and the cutting edge is in the wrong place.

Unless it's this fellow. And for him the scythe is just a symbol of harvest. The touch of his other hand does the deed.

Michael_H said...

Some peoples calls it a sickle. I calls it a slingblade. Unnnngh.

Trooper York said...

"You must mean a sickle. A scythe is geometrically extremely unsuitable as a weapon. The balance is all wrong and the cutting edge is in the wrong place."

If you want to know about sickles, you should ask Freder. He has one hanging on his wall together with a big hammer. He says he bought it in college. He can help you out.

rhhardin said...

A sickle is about the most unsafe instrument around, as far as hurting yourself in use goes.

The scythe is impossible to hurt yourself with. The geometry keeps you well out of the way of anything sharp.

Unless you're scything a field in formation with other guys. Then stay clear of the swing of the other guy, is all, lest you get a nasty ankle cut.

Cedarford said...

Nice picture, only undid by that sign on the upper Left which disrupts the curve of building space and shows the pic is distorted. Otherwise love the composition, the multi-colored hangers, various shapes and especially the shodows making the mannequin heads "heroic, with depth to their features".

I'd love to have taken that pic...
Most Althouse photos are a treat.

rhhardin and Trooper York - I have a Jari sickle-bar field and brush mower. One meter of chattering, gyrating triangular teeth that cuts through anything up to a 3/4 inch sapling like butter - and 2-inch saplings if you just let the machine gnaw away on one a few moments.

Kind of scary looking and scary in accident potential to the careless...Would make a great addition to a slasher flick. A lot of fun to use.