Apple and I have something in common

Words out.

Apple strategically tilts the screens on their laptops and monitors in the stores purposefully so that you have to reach out and touch them to make them viewable for you.

It’s a “theory” that they think works. They think touching their “products” makes you more loyal.

They love it the most when you touch them on their little dongle doos.

That’s what I do with my butt when I’m walking down the street. I tilt it at weird angles to encourage others to reach out and adjust it. It creates a loyalty in strangers to love me … and only me.

Jesus does the same thing.

Only he does it with abstract concepts of hell and damn fire.

If you adjust the weird messaging of the concept of hell to tilt up toward your face, it shows the sweet and kind face of Yeshua.

Cute, huh?

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See you next Tuesday nooner! Christian not Christian enough for job sues lighting company


From ABC News:

The Voss Lighting Company of Lincoln, Neb., doesn’t hide its religious light under a barrel.

“Our biblical mission,” an online statement reads, “is to ‘sell’ our lighting products so that we may ‘tell’ everyone we can about God’s soul-saving, life transforming gospel message…”

Perfectly legal, says Patrick Holman, an attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“The Commission has no problem with a corporation having religious values,” he says.

But Holman does have a problem with a corporation using religious values to make hiring decisions.

Holman and the EEOC are representing an Oklahoma man, Edward Wolfe, who says he was denied a job at Voss because he wasn’t Christian enough.

“It’s unique,” Holman says. “I haven’t seen anything like it since I’ve been here.”

Wolfe says he applied for a job as Operations Supervisor at Voss’s Tulsa, Oklahoma store.

In the complaint filed against Voss by the EEOC, Wolfe says he saw the position on a church website. His first interview went well, but in a second interview with the branch manager, he told lawyers, he was questioned about his religious practices and beliefs.

According to the complaint, the manager asked Wolfe “to identify every church he has attended over the past several years; where and when [he] was ‘saved’ and the circumstances that led up to it.”

In the interview, Wolfe claims he was told most employees at Voss were Southern Baptist, but employees could go to any church, as long as they were “born again.”

The complaint claims the manager asked Wolfe if he would “have a problem” coming to work early, without pay, to attend Bible study.

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Via Joe My God


Take the time to read George Dub’s account of his brother’s wedding!

Misplaced Grace

So as promised, I’m blogging my impressions of my brother’s wedding to a wonderful Muslim girl- which happened this weekend.  This event will be followed by their coming reception on July 2nd.

My post has taken a different turn though.  Things did not go as expected.

My wife and I dropped off our middle three kids with relatives and headed down on Friday afternoon to attend the wedding that was scheduled for Saturday.  As you can imagine- when you have five children- we had to make several concessions in order to make this trip

happen.  My second had a birthday party to attend (he doesn’t get invited to many of them- it was a big deal)- my wife and I had to watch him cry when we told him he couldn’t go.  For the last several years, my wife has spent Father’s Day weekend with her dad- golfing one day…

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How cool is that: A park for the disabled

Stan from TYWKIWDBI posted this amazing park/preserve that he visited over the weekend called the Jenni and Kyle Preserve.

The park website explains:

The vision for the Jenni and Kyle Preserve began in 1989 with a donation from Harvey and Patricia Wilmeth.  The donation was a memorial for their grandchildren, Jenni and Kyle, who both died at the age of 4 due to a degenerative neurological disorder.  The Jenni and Kyle Preserve is a unique park that is intended to serve children and persons with disabilities, and provides accessible fishing and picnic areas, trails, wheelchair swings and a shelter building around two spring-fed ponds containing trout and panfish. The shelter has 4 elcecrical outlets and four picnic tables.  No amplified music or tents are allowed.

The photo above is, I think, one that Stan took of a wheelchair accessible swing.

How freaking cool is that!

And like Stan wrote:

Very nicely done.  More cities and towns should have such facilities.


Say no to jobs

Tina and I were scheduled to do some architecture photography this morning.

After talking to the client several times over the past few weeks, we negotiated a lower rate that they requested. But we wrote a contract that specified that the images they were going to get wouldn’t live up to the quality that we could give with a larger budget. If they wanted better images, we wrote in the pricing they should anticipate. We wrote that any images we used for professional promotion would get that treatment, but that they would have to pay for those images should they choose to use them.

You see, photos out of camera are rarely “pro”. And by that, I mean, photos need work for the most part for a myriad of reasons. Contrast, focus, color and saturation are typically the first things to move. And there are many layers of additional work after that which can be done.

Last night at 10:45 p.m., the client sent over 60 images from another photographer that the client had mixed feelings about, but she didn’t say which ones worked and which ones didn’t.

Keep in mind — this was the night before we were to shoot at sunrise.

I could see why the images were pro. But the client didn’t get corrected images. So they saw mixed light. They saw things that they shouldn’t have, because a pro would remove them.

So I drew up an email that said, essentially, go fuck yourself. We’re not going to a job that we are destined to fail. I’ve made that mistake before.

Call me crazy.

Let’s put it this way. Say you’re an architect and someone hands you a hand-drawn set of blueprints that didn’t use a ruler or T-square and said, “Build me this building. Make sure it is properly built and fulfills all modern needs and requirements.”

You’d get the rough equivilent of a 12-year old’s treehouse.

Take the shot that I posted yesterday. It wasn’t my favorite from the day, but I get itchy about sharing images. You’ll see the original is a little dark. It’s crooked. The color is weird, and the light is wonky on the model’s face.

In the worked image, I straightened it adding sand to the lower left. I brightened her eyes. Replaced texture in her hair. Ironed out some of the wrinkles in her dress. Gave the fogginess in the background a little more contrast. And if you look closer, I removed a little guy in the water hundreds of feet away and a plane in the air.


This isn’t even that great of an example. And frankly, there’s still work that I would do if I were to really use this one.

I called the client this morning to discuss. Of course they were frustrated. But talking it through helped, and we talked about a reschedule. Oddly enough, the client kept putting her foot in her mouth. She’d say, “After using all these high-dollar photographers, we want to use you because you’re giving us this cheap rate.” Great, so now I’m cheap and someone they can push around?

She also made on other comment before she made one that I almost hung up the phone over.

The client explained that they were going to North Carolina on Thursday, and would love to have it by then.

I said, “Oh cool, where in North Carolina?” I’m from there. I’m always interested.

She said, “Does it matter? Everyone there are homophobes and rednecks! It’s a huge contrast to Brooklyn where I’m from.”

So, North Carolina, if you’re reading this … you have a reputation with those liberal New Yorkers. Doesn’t it suck to be lumped in with the jerks and the low-lifes?

I’m sure atheists don’t understand at all.