Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

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11/18/2004: Interesting competitions department:

Announcing The 7th National Juried "Krappy Kamera" Competition:

The competition is open to artists working with plastic cameras such as the Holga, Diana, Diana clones, and handmade pinhole cameras. Freestyle Photographic Supplies (Hollywood, CA) is sponsoring the Competition and is donating all the prizes for the contest's winners. This year's juror is artist and author Dan Burkholder.
For about 1/5 of a second I was going to affectionately ridicule this, but my rational mind took over and I realized that, of course, it takes a really great artist to take an excellent picture with a camera which is seemingly designed to handcuff you.

I will pick just one nit; this is said to be a "juried" competition, but then they state that there's only one juror. I realize that my complaint is due to the fact that I went to law school and was severely brain damaged by the experience, but "jury" has strong connotations in my mind of being a "plural noun"; i.e., by definition you have to have more than one member to have a jury (I'm not going to be so mindlessly legalistic to demand 6-12 members). A jury with one juror isn't a jury, and that one juror isn't a juror, he's a judge. Or am I missing something here? I never had any sensitive artistic side to me anyway (that's one of the reasons why I went to law school in the first place, I have no doubt), so maybe the strangeness of this usage has something to do with the aesthetic taste and sensitivity I so obviously lack.

Len on 11.18.04 @ 08:28 AM CST

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