Archive for August, 2010

Epic week for “I Quit!”

It’s only Tuesday, and there’s already 2 epic tales of regular everyday working class folks throwing in the towel with more class (or lack there-of) than most of us could dream about.

First, there’s Steven Slater from Queens who, after a verbal engagement with an obnoxious passenger, grabbed a couple brewskis from the beverage cart, popped the emergency chute, cursed over the PA, and slid to personal freedom while the plane was still moving (only to be picked up by the cops later):

If that’s not enough, a woman, Jenny, allegedly quit her job, for being referred to by her boss as a HOPA, by mass-mailing everyone at her company a series of pictures featuring her and a dry-erase board:

UPDATE: Dry-Erase girl is confirmed a hoax.  I knew it was too good to be true!


The photograph to the left is “against the rules”.

That’s right, I took it in the Lehigh Valley Mall, which expressly prohibits any and all sort of photography on mall property.  I know this, because I’m the photographer in this case, and while wielding my iPhone 4, a mere 12 inches from my daughters face, I was approached by mall security and told to immediately cease what I was doing.

Shocked, I asked for an explanation, and was told all forms of photography and videography have been illegal in the mall since “9/11″, with security instructed to confiscate film and delete photos when witnessed.

That’s right, a couple terrorists, upset at our freedoms and beliefs managed to get photography banned in a mall.  I think I could have let it go if she said folks had complained about creeps following them around with 500mm lenses or something, but no, the reason given was “9/11″.  We’ve got men and women thousands of miles from home, giving their lives everyday to protect basic freedoms, but I can’t take a picture of  my daughter from 12 INCHES away in a mall on a Saturday.

I guess I didn’t look to pleased with the explanation given, since the security guard went on to state that they had found friends posting pics of each other in the mall on Facebook, flickr, etc. and it’s “just not right”.   Yeh, I agree . . .  It’s “just not right” that those kids, pockets full of their parents money and plastic would want to go to the mall thinking it’s trendy and chic like everything else they do because they saw it in a picture on Facebook.  Thank god the brick and mortars of the world aren’t willing to embrace the free benefits of social networking.  The online business of merely tracking the effect of social networks on purchasing decisions across all age groups per day is probably larger than what the entire Lehigh Valley Mall  grosses in a year.

I love this country, and it’s rich history chock full of freedom and independence, but common sense, today, is all to often lacking.

3-D Movies Meeting With Resistance

If you can’t make it good, make it 3-D”!

That’s becoming the popular phrase around Hollywood since everyone on the inside knows people are willing to flock in droves right now to anything that’s 3-D.  A 2-hour documentary about the invention of the paper clip could probably gross as much as your typical run of the mill romantic comedy if it was released in 3-D.

While casual moviegoers may not be wise to the driving force of 3-D: profit, the talented folks on the inside that make up the creative force behind the movies we love, are.  Folks like Joss Whedon and JJ Abrams have gone on the record with statements like, “When you put the glasses on, everything gets dim”, and “3-D technology does little to enhance a cinematic story”.

I wholeheartedly agree.  I think 3-D in movies, at least as implemented today, is nothing more than a parlor trick that hinders and in many cases blocks the creative shooting and production techniques used to convey the spirit of the feature to moviegoers.  Maybe that sounds old-fashioned, but in my opinion, movies have been 3-D since the beginning.  It’s called depth of field, and it’s controlled by what aperture the director chooses in a given shot, and what point within that plane is focused on.

Just say no to nerd glasses, higher ticket prices, and parlor tricks that are as old as the 3-D photograph. . cuz hey, we all now how well stereoscopes for 3-D photos caught on right?

3G – Jim Thorpe welcomes you!

Sometime in the last week I starting getting 3G on my iPhone at home.  Has anyone else noticed this?  I’m not exactly sure when it arrived, but I sure hope it’s here to stay :)

A quick speed test shows about 1.5mbps down and 768k up.   Not bad, not bad at all.