What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Linkee-poo goes with throttle up

Catherine Schaffer has similar thoughts about Confusion. I think I got to spend about 10 minutes in total in her company, as a part of a larger group.

Fellow VPXIII alum Miranda Suri has an agent! w00t!

Aw fuck, I wish I had seen this job opening. The National Parks are hiring a staff photographer… but not the type that takes the "birthday celebration in the lunch room" photos. We're talking large format camera work out in nature, the Group f/64 stuff. Oh man, yea, that would be a dream job. It would mean a vagabond existence, which I don't particularly favor, but it would be so, so worth it. Unfortunately not only is the application process closed (thanks NPR!), I wouldn't have the book to get it (although I do know how to use large format cameras, and loved using them in school). And I disagree, there are some digital processes that are the equivalent to an 8x10 image (ultra-high-resolution digital imaging), but right now they wouldn't work well in these environments (and are prohibitively expensive).

So, you've probably seen those videos of high-altitude balloons taking objects to the edge of space and then falling back to earth (then recovered). And you've probably thought, "that would be cool, but where am I going to get all that equipment?" Well, for the low, low price of $500, you can send something to the edge of space (within reason) and support solar radiation research and support kids learning about science. (Grokked form SpaceWeather.com)

A "coyote (or coyotes) has been attacking cars along Highway 1 in a manner so bizarre it has residents scratching their heads. The attacks are weird enough that one seemingly outlandish explanation, that the coyotes are eating hallucinogenic mushrooms and vision questing their way into interactions with drivers, is being considered." Hahahahah (although it's bad for the coyotes, the cars that is). (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

Twenty things you probably shouldn't say to someone with depression. (Grokked from George Takei)

That $1m+ potato photo everyone is talking about. Look, I understand the whole, "hahaha that rich dope paid so much for a photo of a damn potato, what a dope" knee-jerk reaction. But seriously, it is art. Look at it, have you taken such an image? No you have not. I agree that $1M is way too much to drop on it (especially when Kevin Abosch usually only fetches half a mil for his portraiture), but it wouldn't be unreasonable to fetch a quarter or half as much. My guess is that a part of the deal is that Kevin Abosch doesn't make any more prints of it (there are only 3). Yes, I know, your kid was coloring Jackson Pollock like paintings since they learned what a finger in a diaper could do. But have you sold even one of those? There's a hellalota stuff to laugh about in the art world, but this isn't one of them. That's a damn gorgeous photo.

I often hear people talk about how progressive we've become and that sexism/objectification in business is a thing of the past. Oh really? Dear fellow advertisers and marketers, this kind of shit is the low hanging fruit to sell your product. I challenge you to do better, and to educate your customers to let them know you can do better. YEs, when I was young I did it too, but 1) that was the early 90s and 2) I learned better (and became more successful). You want to make things sexy without objectifying women? Go study Edward Weston. It's called "sensuality". It works, and there's no need to degrade humans to make things sexy. Now, can we talk about "meth body" aesthetics in fashion? (Grokked from George Takei)

There's this movement out there, we'll call it the "Sweet Jesus, Anybody But Trump" coalition. Several members of which have been trying to get Michael Bloomberg to run. And these are top people, like Rupert Murdoch. Serious people with serious intent and serious money/clout. And they're all seriously brain dead. Seriously, look at the chart and notice all the filing deadlines that have passed. Entering now and winning may technically be possible (I'd really have to do some serious math to figure it out), but is highly improbable for anyone not already declared to win the nomination. Too late, suck chows. We're about to top the first hill. If you ain't on board by now, you're gonna miss the ride.

Is that what you get for the money. I find the fascination with life style in the article to be both a fascinating cultural check and completely disingenuous. "'There is no return on investment on the (jeb!) Bush ad buys, zero,' said one high-dollar donor…" Funny how people realize the worth and function of advertising only after they spend the money. But that's the rich for you. They want another Bush in the White House, after all the previous 2 times were great for them. and the rest of the country is saying, "Darling, if that's moving up, then I'm moving out." (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

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