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Day: June 14, 2010
Today I went to a luncheon with a client. It was about social media, and how you should use it. So use it!
Afterwards, I had a quick shoot of a showroom space. The owner and the manager of the space had popped open a bottle of wine and were eating cheese and salami. This is beside the point. I really don’t think you need to know this except to understand that when you own your own space, you can do whatever the hell you want.
To take the photo of the showroom, I had lit the shot, but then I opened the shutter for about 10 to 15 seconds and walked around the space popping off a flash highlighting what needed to be highlighted.
I don’t recommend this all the time, but man, it’s a great way to get by with only a few lights. In a pinch, it’s a winner.
I’ll post some shots later.
I know you were worried about my whereabouts so I wanted to give you an update. If you didn’t catch the events over the weekend, I encourage you to go back a few posts to see what happened.
Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception
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Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things — from alien abductions to dowsing rods — boils down to two of the brain’s most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.
Kitty stalks and catches fierce prey on camera
Drawings from a small boy who lived in the middle ages
I’ve long been fascinated by the drawings of a small boy who lived in the middle ages. Basically because they show that small boys have always been small boys!
Children learning to write thousands of years ago practiced on whatever was handy. Early Greek and Roman youngsters scratched letters on bricks and broken pieces of pottery; in the Middle Ages they were equally resourceful. One schoolboy in about the year 900 found this page in the back of a book. He practiced for a bit with his lettering, making musical symbols above some letters since he was also being taught to sing at services. Then he got bored and did a bit of writing backwards. At some point he decided it was more fun drawing the monastery cat apparently chasing the monastery dog, and even a sketch of one of his classmates of perhaps himself. Because this page was part of a book, he was surely punished for writing in it, but it has survived more than a thousand years. I do not believe it has ever been photographed before.
Marc Drogin, Calligraphy of the Middle Ages and How to Do It. The drawing came from the Bodleian Library at Oxford (MS Auct. T. 2. 28, folio 43 recto) and is reproduced in Drogin, p. 22.
Gratitude, sweet sweaty gratitude.
Deflated honk of the day
Deflated, because Tina would actually like to audition for this Oprah Show thingamabob — and she probably still will — but that was before we knew that Zach Anner was also in the running. His audition is here (you should definitely watch it). I can’t embed that kind of video on the free version of WordPress.
And here’s a hilarious followup.
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