Do you know how to edit video?

My head is throbbing right now.

My schedule is getting hella-busy.

Many of you know, we’re headed to NYC next week. We return and shoot here for two days. We jet to Mexico (Land of the Legal Illegals!) to shoot a wedding. We come back to edit video. We’re back in NYC in mid-April and now I’ve potentially signed up for a gig in Las Vegas.

On top of all that, we’ve been preparing for the funeral of a friend and getting our ducks in a row for  our month of chaos.

We met with a couple this afternoon who are getting married next September, and they are considering us for their wedding photographers.

I’m not a sales-y guy. Take me or leave me. My philosophy is kind of like the golden rule. Treat me like you want to be treated.

I don’t want a sales person giving me a spiel. And I don’t have a spiel to give. With the Internet around, you can find out in a few moments if my rates and product are good or not. That’s why the Internet is hurting everything from brick-and-mortar retail sales to religion. I can find out so much information and get better pricing online regarding what you’re selling me that it’s becoming harder and harder to pull wool over people’s eyes.

When I’m buying anything, I’ve usually done a shitload of research, and there’s not much you’re going to do in the way of upsales, add ons, etc. If I walk into a store, I tell you what I want. Don’t sell me on anything else. I leave with a lighter pocketbook and a heavy bag. Enough said.

I assume that if you’re looking for a photographer, you’ve encountered photographers before. You know generally how much they charge, and what you’re getting for that charge.

Photographers are like restaurants in Chicago; they are everywhere. For the most part, restaurants just sit there waiting for you to enter. If you want casual fare, you can get it. If you want something more pricey, you can get it. Oftentimes, people eenie-meanie-miney-moe their ways into which restaurant they choose.  There are photographers and restaurants for every budget.

For me, I think you either like me or you don’t. I can show you photos I’ve taken. But if I don’t woo you with my individual charm and portfolio, hire someone else. It’s not that I don’t care. It’s that I want you to feel passionate about the product you’re asking of me. Because when we both feel passionate, than things are going to go well.

Anyway, I wanted to see if you had any video editing experience, because we could use you end of March, first of April.

Thanks in advance.

Signs of the apocalypse!

My brother just sent me this image (below). I got a good LOL.

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I was going to do an apocalypse post anyway, because I saw this image (below) over at The Daily Wh.at. It may not be a dragon with seven heads, but it’s pretty damn scary … scary cute!

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More info about the turtle here.

The devil is scared of the number seven

Among the many things I was taught growing up, one that recirculated through my head the most was how to get rid of the devil during temptations or when the devil provoked or annoyed me at night when I was trying to sleep.

The devil was the rationale for evil in the world. It was the rationale for fear. If I were scared, it was because of the devil.

If I felt threatened, saying Jesus’ name was supposed to alleviate the fear.

If I were tempted to lie or cheat, saying Jesus’ name should have removed the allure.

Let me tell you, saying Jesus’ name did nothing but make me more scared. It did not remove temptation.

Thoughts of the devil scared  the shit out of me. Once I started thinking about the devil, a sort of OCD resulted. I couldn’t let go of the thoughts no matter how many times I said, “In Jesus’ name, get away from me satan.”

This video below stirred up some bad memories, but these were the kinds of things that stuck in my head as a kid as the panacea for fear.

None of that shit works.

None.

Not one bit.

Via Joe My God

Abortion is safer than having a baby, doctors say

A 44-years old gravid female with previous 6 c...
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But what do doctors know anyway, right? Right?

Doctors and scientists have only brought healthcare leaps and bounds from even 20 years ago.

Or maybe they are trying to goad the anti-abortionists. Yeah, I’m sure that’s what their intent is. It’s a conspiracy!

Here’s the story from the Telegraph:

The advice, which would be given to women considering terminations, has caused anger, with anti-abortion campaigners accusing doctors’ leaders of forcing an “absurdly liberal agenda” on women in a vulnerable situation.

The draft guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is for all doctors, nurses and counsellors advising women contemplating terminations.

Its first recommendation on “what women need to know” instructs health professionals: “Women should be advised that abortion is generally safer than continuing a pregnancy to term.”

The guidance also says that women who are deciding whether to have an abortion must be told that most do not suffer any psychological harm. Until now, their advice has been that while rates of psychiatric illness and self-harm in women are higher among those who had an abortion, there was no evidence that termination itself was likely to trigger psychological problems.

Read on

Photo above: A 44-years old gravid female with previous 6 children was diagnosed with carcinoma in situ of cervix (early stage cancer of womb). So total removal of uterus (womb) with fetus in situ was considered to be inevitable for future health of the lady.

Via Cynical C

Ginormous PSA for Dog CPR

This is a bit heart-wrenching to watch, but raising awareness is what I’m all about. I didn’t realize there was such a thing as dog CPR.

The owner’s response is exactly how NOT to respond in this situation. Thank goodness for people who make every effort to stay calm in stressful situations.

About the video:

Canyon Crest K9 Training Center owner, Ron Pace, saves the life of a boxer with CPR during a regular training session. During the session, the dog suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing. Ron immediately applied CPR. Within a few minutes, the dog regained consciousness. Once the dog was resuscitated, the owner took him to the vet.

Also take a look at: How to perform pet CPR.

Via the Daily Wh.at

“Say hello to my little friend”

I couldn’t help it. I had to use that as a headline. The devil made me do it.

Not too long back, a friend asked me if I would do a Flat Stanley (FS) project for his niece. For this FS project, he requested that I photoshop Stanley in some international shots that I took last year in Asia. The usual FS rules are you have to be where Stanley is to submit the shots.

I thought I would share those doctored FS shots with you.

A little girl from the Long Neck Karen Hill Tribe with Flat Stanley
Flat Stanley poses with Thai students at the Royal Temple in Bangkok
Flat Stanley poses with Cambodian students near the Killing Fields outside of Phnom Penh