You, me, a GoPro and disappointment

Just before leaving for Maui, I bought a GoPro. It’s waterproof and its promise of professional delivery appealed to me.

I’m a pro-videographer, and this little thing is lacking a lot of pro qualities.

I’m going to sell the over-priced, piece of crap as soon as possible. But I wanted to post a video I threw together just before I left. I’m not standing behind the video as pro. It’s stock music and crappy editing. But I thought you might get a kick out of it.

More video to come from Maui as soon as I can get it edited.

Mental deception: male or female?

While I was in Maui, I shot this photo (below). In the distance, I could see there was a person. I thought it was a woman. The lens wasn’t long enough to see the person very well.

Here’s the wide shot:

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Smack in the middle there’s a fleshy colored object. That’s a person.

After getting home and zooming in, that person wasn’t a woman. Here’s a zoomed crop.

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When I shoot photography and review the shots later, I try to imagine myself on the other end of the shot looking back. When people are barely visible, I wonder about their lives, their immediate perspective, and that they probably don’t give two shits about me standing so far away from them.

Viewing the world in this way is an exercise in grasping reality. It’s an attempt to realize that the world isn’t just what’s right in front of you.

People, if they choose to think this way, realize that their immediate view isn’t the entire space of perspective. It opens the eyes to the idea that there are people out there watching you, and there maybe others watching them.

We are not alone. We are surrounded by perspectives and ideas. And when we limit the perspective to only a small radius of distance from your center, you show just how egocentric and silly you are.

Open yourself to what’s beyond the immediate view.

Eric Bolling: “It’s all the LIBERAL MEDIA’S FAULT that I’m an idiot!”

In an emotional statement on Fox’s The Five Thursday, Eric Bolling shot back at the “radical liberal left” that “pounced” on him after he said on the program Wednesday that “America was certainly safe between 2000 and 2008. I don’t remember any terrorist attacks on American soil during that period of time.” The statement about the Bush era resulted in a host of critical comments asking how anyone could ever forget, you know, 9/11? Today, Bolling responded–and seemed at times close to anger or tears, his co-hosts audibly gasping as he spoke about September 11th. “No, I haven’t forgotten. I happened to be standing there, watching in true terror as radical Islamists slammed planes into the towers that morning. I remember the towers collapsing, killing 3,000 including 16 of my close friends. And I really remember trying to comfort the kids of my friends at their memorial services.”

Marcus Bachmann cries foul, what a wuss

“I was talking in reference to children. Nothing, nothing to do with homosexuality. That’s not my mindset. That’s not my belief system. That’s not the way I would talk. I think the strongest myth is the myth that I have ever called a homosexual a barbarian. We don’t have an agenda or a philosophy of trying to change someone.”

–  Marcus Bachmann, claiming that the audio tape in which he calls gays “barbarians” was doctored.

Here is the original tape (which Bachmann says is “doctored”.)