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Posted: November 20th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Art, DZign, Found, newlow, Photography, Site of the Week, Sites | Comments Off on STATIC ALERT!


Sooper great essays swirling around my brain&interwebs….

Start at The Washington Post
World’s greatest violinist Joshua Bell plays D.C. Metro stop with his 3 million dollar instrument and barely gets noticed!

Things never got much better. In the three-quarters of an hour that Joshua Bell played, seven people stopped what they were doing to hang around and take in the performance, at least for a minute. Twenty-seven gave money, most of them on the run — for a total of $32 and change. That leaves the 1,070 people who hurried by, oblivious, many only three feet away, few even turning to look.

No, Mr. Slatkin, there was never a crowd, not even for a second.

This gem was discovered while reading Rob Haggart’s excellent A Photo Editor blog
The piece “Perception is Everything” brings me great joy in discussing the contest that is quality.

‘many things that are true are true because you believe them.’

Leading to this revelation from The Bohemian:

It is no surprise that talented photographers are 99% pain in the ass to work with. They have strong opinions, are stubborn, reckless, and most of the time have an extremely bad character. But that is simply because they are constantly challenged by a reality that annoys them. Like being assaulted by mosquitoes, all the time. They don’t have an attitude problem, it’s the world that lacks one.

This is the exact reason why we love their work. They disturbed the reality in which they are put in, they challenge it, always demanding more, to see what is behind. They do not want to photograph the yellow brick road, although that might be pretty, they want to photography the wizard behind the curtains.

So, next time you hire a photographer, make sure he/she is a trouble maker. Chances are, they will also be very talented.


Are we ffff*ucked?
Nice piece by Mario Hugo (beautiful site!) about the noise that is current web fodder and the “booby trap.”

As the internet has continued to (cough) mature, we find ourselves inundated with imagery, music, tweets, kitteh videos, good news, bad news, opinion parading as news, and an absolutely endless, dizzying, spell-binding array of mental traffic. As my good buddy Ben Pieratt recently put it, “endless scrolls make me feel agoraphobic.

I do love me some ffffound!

And just ffffound this too. “where you find missing mp3s, share and organize playlists from around the web.” Did I say noise?

Above, Mario disses Tumblr blogs for “devalued content in favor of this static”, but this one is great.
Clients from Hell

Could we try a darker black?

The unicorns don’t look realistic enough.

In case you haven’t had enough static from me yet, here’s Stevie killin it on Sesame Street. The outro is stunning!


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