Oh god, God! Not another suicide attempt. Wasn’t the crucifixion suicide enough? But, God, seriously. Your penmanship is supreme.


Above is a suicide note that God left near the scene of yet another suicide attempt by the almighty.

I know what you’re thinking. How does a being that doesn’t exist commit suicide?

Well, you’re just going to have to have faith.

Although, you have to question whether it was

More here at the most reliable source in news.

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I would like to point out that what’s most funny about the note is that it was written on a legal pad.

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Great news! Rep. Joe Walsh lands his photo right next to the word dumbass in the dictionary


“With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance. There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing.”

– Teapartying Congressman Joe Walsh

I’m losing track of what reason this is for why I can’t find a republican to vote for.

Here’s how the story was discussed at the Daily What (reblog alert!)

Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh is under fire for comments he made Thursday night in his final debate against Democrat Tammy Duckworth — he said he opposes abortion “without exception,”even when the life of the mother is at stake.

The trouble came when the Tea Partier doubled down on his position with the media afterward:

“There’s no such exception as life of the mother. And as far as health of the mother, same thing, with advances in science and technology, health of the mother has become a tool for abortions anytime under any reason.”The facts Walsh used to justify his position have been proven absolutely false. In fact, studies show that pregnancy-related deaths for women are on the rise.

 

light test.


When you shoot a runway or a concert, the first photos you take are light tests.

Before a concert or runway starts, the lights are never where they are once it begins. One method for determining balanced settings is to determine what I want my shutter and aperture to be, and setting my ISO once the lights come up. But more often than not, I leave my settings where they are balanced before the lights come up and quickly change settings once the lights are at full power.

While concert lighting changes throughout a show, runways tend to stay about the same throughout.

I caught the above shot while the lights were still coming up last weekend on one of the runways I photographed.

My settings at the time were 1/100, ƒ5.0, ISO 800 with a 70-200 mm 2.8 lens. Once the lights were peaking out, I reset quickly to 1/400, ƒ5.0 and ISO 800. For a runway, generally 1/320th is fast enough to stop action, 5.0 is a decent enough area for depth of field and I would hope to bring my ISO to 640 or 500. Ideally, 400 or so on my camera.

I liked the above catch a lot. I enjoyed the negative space around her and the gradients of light mixed with shadows. I like the warmth of her skin contrasted against the ambient sunlight which is casting blues across where the incandescent lights are starting to warm up.

What do you think?

Below is an example of what the lights looked like at full power.

Corporations are people. And people are empty vessels through which Facebook expresses itself


Or something like that.

About this video:

In the third video of the Actually… series, Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead break down the difference between corporations and people. Mitt Romney thinks they are the same.

When lies go unchecked, we all lose. Actually.org spreads the truth, because the truth matters—even in politics. Our team calls ’em like they see ’em, and we hope you’ll support the truth by sharing Actually.org videos before Election Day.

Actually… is a partnership between American Bridge and JCER. Schlep Labs is a project of JCER. Actually… was produced by Amy Rubin at Barnacle Studios
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One discovery this week, Southwest Airlines *sucks*


#southwestair @southwestair

Our client booked us on Southwest Airlines this week for our job in Baltimore. It may have to do with their reasonably priced fares, but holy hell, I would never use their airline on purpose again.

I’ve taken Southwest before, and I forgot how crappy the corral-style seating was.

Keep in mind, we just got back from a trip to NYC using another low-cost airline, Jet Blue. We had such a positive experience that I would consider using them again in a heartbeat.

On our way to Baltimore, I tried to describe Southwest Airlines seating methods to Tina, but she couldn’t wrap her head around it.

How it works is, you don’t get a seating assignment. If you pay for business class, you get to sit first. Then, the seating depends on frequency of travel. If you get an A seating assignment, you can get on the plane first, sit anywhere there’s an open seat.

But that’s not all. Your boarding pass says, “A-1” through “A-60” Once the first sixty people sit in numerical order, the B 1 to 60 people get to sit in numerical order. And then the C people get to sit. So if you’re a B-30 to 60 or a C 1 to 20 or 30, you’re fucked.

On the way to Baltimore, Tina had a B seating opportunity and I had C-10, one of the last possible seating placements. We gambled that the other passengers would let Tina save me a seat, and that I would be able to find a place to put my equipment in an overhead compartment.

The whole seating concept adds unnecessary stress to 150 already stressed-0ut people. It’s segregation. It’s opportunistic. It’s unfair. When I fly, I want to sit next to my loved one. If that baby goes down, I want to hold Tina’s hand, not the grandma traveling with her 9 month old grand daughter.

Leaving Chicago

Leaving Chicago, there was a kerfuffle over seating that left us waiting to leave for over 45 minutes without (without!!!) any sort of explanation. There was a dude decked out in Grateful Dead iconography who was trying to find a seat on an overbooked flight. He traipsed up and down the aisle cussing and swearing that he should have a seat, and he seemed to refuse to get off.

The flight staff asked for certain travelers to turn on their call buttons so they could talk to them. After a couple different conversations, one of the travelers — a man — got off the flight. The Grateful Dead dude sat down in his place (swearing under his breath).

After 55 minutes of waiting, we finally backed up from the gate. As the flight staff prepared to give their safety spiel, a woman who was traveling with the man who got off the flight got up from her seat.

The flight staff attempted to sit her back down. After some conversation and a few calls on the little telephone at the front of the plane, our aircraft which had backed away from the gate, returned to the gate.

The entirety of the passengers let out deep sighs and “What the hell is going ons?”

The woman was finally convinced to sit down. And we were finally off.

So a plane-load of stressed out people — stressed more from dumb-ass coral style seating — were even more stressed.

And what did the flight staff do to ease that? They passed on an apology that went something like this: “We’re sorry for that small delay, but we’re finally on our way.”

“Small delay?” 

A small delay is when a child walks in front of you and you have to wait for him to move before passing.

One hour on a hot plane is NOT a small delay.

On the way back, Tina and I were both given C ticket assignments, which meant we were to sit apart on our flight back.

Let me be clear. I hate Southwest Airlines. 

I will go out of my way to never fly them again. Ever.

Flying is stressful for a lot of travelers. And if your business model accentuates, exploits and worsens that stress, surely the company would reconsider its methods.

Surely.

tl;dr — Southwest Airlines uses a business plan and inexperienced flight attendants to make the stressful act of flying even more frustrating and difficult.