Timely article: REASONS WHY SAN FRANCISCO IS THE WORST PLACE EVER …

April 8, 2014

Don’t the kids at Vice.com know I’m going to San Francisco at the end of the month?

Don’t they know that I’ll likely have a great time, and likely … just likely start telling people stories that start with the words, “In San Fran, we dot dot dot.”

Don’t these people know that spreading negativity about an idea or perspective that another person holds dear is … well, offensive?

I guess not.

Vice reports:

San Francisco used to be that place you moved to if you were too weird for LA, but too lazy for New York. It was a perfect city to ply your trade as a quirky motherfucker with a penchant for “edgy performance art” and whimsical scarves. That was just dandy. We liked that.

Around every corner, there could be an anarchist bookshop or a dude covered in glitter, wearing a Spongebob t-shirt, and sporting a raging hard-on. Where did that San Francisco go? Across the fucking bridge, that’s where.

Oakland is cheaper than San Francisco (but not by much), it’s close to Berkeley’s cultural gravity, and it’s just a BART trip away from what’s left of SF’s relevance. It’s also an industrial wasteland full of crime and Raider fans. You might ask yourself, What happened to San Francisco’s iconoclastic spirit…? Well, in two simple words:

Tech Bros

There’s always been a bourgeois element to San Francisco that we all just ignored. The landed gentry of Nob Hill, Pac Heights, and Sea Cliff have always been there. They have owned their home for years, love wearing fleece sweaters, own nothing but real wood furniture, and are the type of people who tool around McCovey Cove in their yachts during Giants games. They are from a different planet and don’t mingle with the plebs. They have their world of brandy snifters, champagne flutes, cheese tastings, and obscure European automobiles. They honestly don’t care what you think.

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Yes! Silicon Valley Season 1: Episode 1 Full Episode

April 7, 2014

HBO put the entire first episode of Silicon Valley on YouTube. I have been hearing such great buzz, I’m excited.

I won’t be able to watch the rest of it until it’s released to something other than HBO subscription, but I would love to see what the buzz is about.

 


Friday afternoon break and spirit builder … these people deserve a slice of heaven every day

April 4, 2014

This is the first prank that tears of joy and empathy streamed from these eyeballs of mine. The prank is providing homeless people with a high-end meal. And man, it brought me to a deep emotional place.

There are days when I pinch myself for realizing how lucky I am to live the life I live with Tina and our animals.

I’m an armchair proponent of humanitarian equality. I wish I were more active, and feel a good amount of guilt when I remember how much I don’t do.

Maybe sharing this video might at least devote some attention and awareness to the topic.

Via Cynical C


A graphic of the world’s religions

April 4, 2014

 

More here. 

Be sure to take a look at the comments.


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Yes! Shaun the Sheep the Movie – Teaser Trailer

April 3, 2014

From Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep the Movie is coming to cinemas worldwide from Spring 2015! Here’s the first teaser trailer to mark the start of Shaun’s big screen adventure!


Love shots of my favorite bands!

April 1, 2014

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Nature is naturally amazing!

March 31, 2014

These two images (below) I found over at TYWKIWDBI. I could post almost everything I discover at Minnesotastan’s blog. But these two were not to miss.

The first is this one:

orchid mantis

As Minnesotastan wrote:

I’ll bet you didn’t see the mantis on the orchid. … Neither did the fly.

The next image is fascinating as well.

It’s a group of ants squirting formic acid into the air after they felt threatened. What an amazing group protection plan.

 

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Read more about it here.


Pay all the attention to the woman in front of the curtain

March 28, 2014

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The last two weeks have been tough. We’ve been incredibly busy, which is a good thing. But it’s taxing.

There’s no better person to have by my side than Tina. I know, I write about her a lot.

She is my everything.

Sometimes I wonder if I work with her to build our business because I am passionate about my art, or passionate about keeping her by my side no matter what.

I love what I do, but I love what I do more because Tina is with me.

We had a 14-hour day on Wednesday, and at the end of the day we were photographing an award ceremony. Tina doesn’t shoot for those kinds of things. She can kill it with a room of people getting posed, smily shots. But her forte isn’t rifling through a verity of lighting situations and lens choices to cover the range of needs in a range of scenarios.

It was the 10th hour of a long two days, and she was sitting in another room waiting for me to shoot.

“You could grab a cab home,” I told her. “There’s no reason for you to stay.”

“No, I’m staying. I want to be here with you.”

She melts my heart and she doesn’t even know it.

The morning had started with a bang. Both days, we started with setting up location-based photo studio to shoot head shots of anyone in the company who needed one. Tuesday was a bit slow. We did about 20 shots over 3 hours. No big deal.

On Wednesday, we were setting up thinking that it would be as slow as the day before. At 10:40, a woman walked over before our lights were setup. The stands were out. My camera was still in my bag.

“Are you guys setup for head shots yet?” She barked from about 10 yards away.

“Um,” I looked around. The backdrop wasn’t even up. “No, not quite yet.”

“Lauren said you were going to be setup by 10:45. I have appointments (she tapped her watch), and I need to get my shot and go.”

“I thought we started at 11,” I asked. Tina confirmed that the woman was right. We were to be setup in 5 minutes.

Then the woman said, “And another thing … and you can keep working while I talk …” I stopped and looked at her. “I need to talk to you about Photoshop.” That brought me to a full stop, and I walked over to stand in front of her to devote my full attention.

“You can’t multitask?” She asks.

“Excuse me?” I said.

“You can talk and keep setting up.”

“You just asked for my attention, and I wanted to give it to you.” I said. “By the way, we do a professional retouch on all the photos we take,” I assured her. We get that question a lot.

“But I need a lot of work,” she assured me, still standing in front of her. “But you should keep working. What are you? A typical man who won’t ask for directions, can’t multitask.”

My face was burning red. “Ma’am, you just asked for my attention on something you found serious. Now you’re offending me.”

“Really? You’re just the typical man. I’m joking with you. You can’t multitask. That’s typical. I’m joking with you. You can’t take a joke either? That’s typical.”

“No, I find it disrespectful,” I said.

Tina couldn’t believe I told her any of that. She didn’t tell me to shush, but Tina has a way of alleviating the tension that can enter a room with the swoosh of her magic wand called charm.

I wanted to tell that jerk to fuck off. She just hovered there, in the way, watching us setup like a vulture waiting for its turn to eat from the carcass.

I wanted to ask her if people stand over her while she’s working and ask her questions. Does she think setting up lights is some menial, mindless task? What I’m doing is going to make her look either really good or really bad.

And if I do it wrong, it can suck.

Instead of saying anything more, I said nothing and continued to work … only a bit slower. I wasn’t going to let her destroy my setup and taint how the photos looked for the rest of the day.

Another group of people were starting to line up behind her. When we finished, Tina asked if she should stand in to make sure the light is good or have the first person get the first shot.

“You stand in, Tina,” I said. I snapped two shots and looked at my monitor to make sure it looked okay. Fortunately it did and I could move forward.

I looked up at the clock on my computer screen. “10:45″ it read.

We invited the first woman over, that jerk. I wanted to point out what time it was, but I didn’t. I took a deep breath, and completed her session with professionalism and poise. But I wanted to kick her in the teeth.

Later, Tina and I talked about it, and she applauded me for how I handled the situation. “You told her what you thought. That’s important.”

“Yeah, but if you weren’t there, it was going to go downhill quickly.”

We high-fived that we’re a fucking great team. We rode out that long 14 hours together. We’ll ride out the rest of the jobs together.

Working together, living together, being together is a dream. And I’m living in it.


Pootin? I thought you’re a peein’!

March 25, 2014

The arrested developed side of me gets a little coo coo sometimes.

Our office culture consists of Tina, Talulah, Zoe, and me. So when we hear a reference to Putin one hundred and twelve thousand times a day, you can imagine the silly, 13-year-old jokes that start up.

We joke about anything and everything that is reoccurring. Especially when the traffic reports come on. We have about six different ways we say, “Wolf in”. I have a way of saying “Dan Ryan” that mimics the way the character Marcie in the movie Magnolia says to John C. Reilly’s character in the scene where he finds the body in the closet, “That ain’t mine!

Tina’s common response to newscasts repeating Putin every 5 minutes is, “If you’re not peein’, you’re pootin’.”

We’re appalled by what’s going on over there, but feel a little like our hands our tied since nobody’s going to listen to Tina and I on foreign affairs. They’re definitely not going to listen to us now that we’re throwing out these awful jokes about it.

:)


Vaccinations win again! India beats the odds, beats polio

March 25, 2014

CNN reports:

Howrah District, India (CNN) — Rukhsar Khatoon is too young to fully grasp the significance of her life: that she is a last in a country of 1.2 billion people.

She has become the greatest symbol of India’s valiant — and successful — effort to rid itself of a crippling and potentially deadly disease. Rukhsar, 4, is the final documented case of polio in India.

Her face has appeared in newspapers and on television. She’s been invited to national events by Rotary International, the organization that led the effort to rid India of polio. She is a literal poster child, an inspiration, a symbol of a feat that no doctor or health official thought possible even a few years ago.

Apart from the publicity, though, Rukhsar’s life has hardly changed, her future still a question mark.

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