Please allow me to introduce myself: I’m Pat Pope and I’m addicted to reading negative comments and abuse hurled at me on the Internet. For the sake of my own sanity, this is me going cold turkey.
Last week I made the mistake of writing one of those open letters you hear about. I wrote it in response to a request from Garbage’s management company that they’d like my permission to use a photo that I took and I own in a book they intend to publish and sell for money. But they’d like to not pay me.
Since it went out on the Internet, it’s caused a huge debate, and within that debate I’ve been called a “whiney weener”, a “sh*tty douchebag”, and an “egomaniac”, and I’ve been encouraged to “watch your back” because “we will find you”.
I found it quite hard to read those comments, not least because I’m English and I’m not sure what two of them actually mean. For the sake of balance, I’ve also been described as an “Internet warrior” and someone who is “standing up for the little guy”, so it wasn’t all terrifying, some of it was just a bit mad.
Can movement tell a story? Sure, if you’re as gifted as Akira Kurosawa. More than any other filmmaker, he had an innate understanding of movement and how to capture it onscreen. Join me today in studying the master, possibly the greatest composer of motion in film history.
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Yoko Kanno & Seatbelts - N.Y. Rush
J Dilla - Untitled Track 03 (from King of Beats)
J Dilla - Untitled Track 14 (from King of Beats)
Nujabes - Sea of Clouds
Nujabes - Transcendence
DJ Shadow - Why Hip Hop Sucks in ‘96
The drought, the coast, the heat, the beach, the surprises, the opportunities.
The trip started with an empty station and a late train.
And yet the surprise of an unexpected chance to get pics of Marine one.
Later the day came to a spectacular end with a sunset that even impressed the locals.
Next day the early light brought us to the wetlands at Goleta Beach. The light and the wildlife just seemed to want to cooperate.
We hit the macro shots of the flowers. Kinda funny up there for an Orchid show and we got these.
Gotta say D_L really nailed the yellow flowers and the Mirror Mirror image. She has taken to the new camera pretty well.
Now this was the kinda hard part. Went up to Lake Cachuma to find few birds, dry ground and very low water levels.
Civil Disobedience-18mm to 200mm Telephoto from 27 feet. Now if they want to tell CCW folks that as a condition of the carry permit they have to stay away from Police activity I could understand that. And this Page is not where I want to debate CCW details. This is about our rights in public with our cell phones and cameras. Our ability to be a true witness to an incident like the Garner killing.
A week after Los Angeles agreed to train its law enforcement that public photography is not a crime, a bill has been proposed in Texas that would make it a crime for citizens to photograph or film police from within 25 feet of where the are.
House Bill 2918, filed in the Texas House of Representatives this past Tuesday by Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), would make pointing a camera at police from within 25 feet a class B misdemeanor. Furthermore, citizens who carry a handgun would not be able to photograph officers from within 100 feet.
The bill calls the behavior an “an interruption, disruption, impediment, or interference that occurs while a peace officer is performing a duty or exercising authority imposed or granted by law…”
Exceptions to the law would be if the photographer is a member of the media with a proper FCC license, or if the photographer is officially working on behalf of law enforcement in some way.
Alas, I’m not able to put this tweet in correctly, but checking for a new comic from one of my favorites, I found this instead:
Jacques Frost @jephjacques * 2h 2 hours ago
This is what I will be remembered for. Not my comics, just that one time I pissed off Walmart.
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Which takes us to this:
If you’re looking for the Walmart website, your instinct would be to simply go to walmart.com, or maybe walmart.net, or even walmart.org… all of which go to the same place. There is currently no reason whatsoever to type the URL Walmart.horse into your web browser, but if you go there, you get pretty much exactly what you’d expect — a picture of a horse and a Walmart store.
Walmart is not amused at the use of its name on this site and has sent a cease-and-desist notice to its creator, Jeph Jacques, creator of the Questionable Content comic.
In an e-mail to Ars Technica, Jacques describes the site as a “piece of postmodern Dadaism—nonsense-art using found objects, in this case publicly available images and the name of an megacorporation,” and explains that he intended to provoke the exact sort of response he’s received from Walmart. In his view, Walmart is contributing to the parodic nature of the Walmart.horse concept by demanding that it be taken down.
“Claiming that walmart.horse defames the Walmart brand somehow is the highest possible satire, and the fact that this accusation came from Walmart itself is a most delicious piece of irony,” he writes.
Walmart. Everything Wrong With America. Everything.
Sometimes we get what they call a cut off low. Thunderstorms made their way across SoCal today. I managed to get a few images from Encinal Canyon above Malibu. I found a nice overlook. The spot is cut for houses, permit process underway. So nobody around and a nice high spot.
Since some folks have expressed interest, here are some pictures of Mrs Cranky’s quilts. A few I’ve already posted, the rest I photographed this morning. She tends to give quilts away without photographing them so this is just a sample. Some are works in progress. I counted 8 this morning in various states of completion.
Hanging on bedroom wall:
This quilt below has 111 squares, each has a unique pattern.
An experiment in 60fps and 720 dpi. I was ainimg at a certain kinda old film look. Got pretty close.
Local hummingbirds at my feeder. 7D Mark II and my Tamron 18-200
Shot at 60 fps 720 DPI.
But in Black music of all genres, politics of late could only be found in one-off songs on otherwise pop-friendly albums or among indie artists, often unknown to the mainstream. As Salamishah Tillet noted recently in an article at the Atlantic, with the release of new music from J. Cole, Lauryn Hill, D’ Angelo, and this week’s new track from Kendrick Lamar, protest music has returned. And we are sorely in need of the clarity and inconvenient truths that art allows us to tell, the conversations it sparks, the space for emotion that it makes, the questions it poses, the pressure points in an aching national body politic that it exposes.
For instance, what should we make of Prince’s implicit claim that albums, books and Black people have become devalued? And since he links these claims together, what is the system that has actively participated in the devaluing of good music, good books, and Black lives (whether good or bad, if lives can be so valued)? As music goes, only one album in any genre went platinum in 2014, and it was the “Frozen” soundtrack.
Pharrell, for example, who donned a hoodie and put his hands up alongside his dancers during his performance of his blockbuster hit “Happy,” only received about $25,000 in total compensation for his song from Pandora, even though it was played over 43 million times. With streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, and Songza, there is little incentive to buy albums, unless like me, you buy the albums of artists you want to support on principle. But capitalism is not much in the way of principles.