28 February 2010
The Kennedy Center ought to really rethink the physical representation of the honors they bestow, because unless you are from ORK, rainbow ribbons have a very specific connotation that they may not have had in the past...
Your Daily Photo (It May Have Only Been at Medium Difficulty, but 100 Percent is 100 Percent Edition)
Picked the wrong night to go for a bunch of trophies in Beatles Rockband, there's a glitch (probably a mistaken leap day bug) effecting the PlayStation Network, and those new achievements may get erased.
27 February 2010
Taken back in August, possibly posted as a daily photo before. The tsunami that hit Hawaii (I refuse to add the ' between the Is, didn't used to have to do that in English, and I'm not about to start) was non-damaging, and they seemed a bit disappointed at CNN. There was probably a significant economic impact in the main tourist areas in Hawaii with the beaches being evacuated all morning on a Saturday, but evacuating and being wrong about the need to evacuate is a much better problem to deal with than not evacuating and needing to rush thousands of people out of low lying areas at the last minute as the waters come rushing in.
The massive earthquake that struck Chile was extremely damaging across a wide area, but seems the building codes in Chile are enforced well enough that fatalities from this event won't be catastrophic as they were in Haiti (it was also helpful that the epicenter was dozens of miles offshore).
According to this report, there was a tsunami surge locally, but nothing worth worrying about.
I also find it interesting that if you didn't have FNC, CNN or MSNBC over cable or satellite then the only continuing, breaking coverage you could find was on Telemundo and Univision. The networks have abandoned 'breaking nuews' type coverage for the most part (with the odd recent exceptions of various Michael Jackson related coverage this past summer, and more recently Tiger Woods silly little press conference).
You know, the Obama administration should thank me for some of these. The President comes across as a warmer, more engaging and humorful person how I sometimes present him being in LOL Obama than he does in other venues.
(my apologies to the English language, for torturing you in that previous sentence)
I think that's the problem his media people don't understand. He's not "The One", he's just a dude. It seems they can't figure out how to present him as just a dude without slipping into, he's "The One" territory. He's an aloof, arrogant, and likely a touch effete dude, but he's a dude, nevertheless. They so desperately want to create a 'Camelot' feeling to these 'behind the scenes' images, but that was a pose and a lie when it was around Kennedy, and it's an even greater pose, and a bigger lie with regards to Obama. Instead, just present him as a human in a rough job that enjoys certain fascinating trappings, and get some non-sycophants to review these pictures before posting them out in public, might save some embarrassment that way.
But, luckily for me and this project, I don't see that sort of self awareness coming from the White House during this administration, they just don't get that everyone doesn't love them the way they love themselves.
26 February 2010
25 February 2010
A bit of a random LOL Obama today. A few things I want answered about this:
A) Who really printed that photo of a college-aged Robert Gibbs, then festooned it with construction paper hearts?
B) Why again is that jerkwad the President's flack?
C) Anyone else think Gibbs looked a bit like a really douche-y and possibly date rape-y fratboy back then?
D) While verifying that photo was Gibbs, learned that he was born in March 1971, dude isn't even 39 yet, seriously, could he look much worse for his age?
24 February 2010
This is one frame from a possible video, processing now to see if it looks like anything. Below is the song that inspired the title of today's Daily Photo.
UPDATE: Video came out semi-interesting, so it gets embedded below. Wasn't sure if taking half second exposures while driving would be too blurred, but when run in sequence, it's an interesting effect. Decided to run the whole thing backwards at 3 times the speed, just because that was always my favorite part of rainy day movies back in elementary school, when they'd kill time projecting the film through the projector backwards rather than rewinding it the normal way. Kids nowadays, they miss that sort of entertainment. I bet when gym is cancelled for weather reasons(assuming they have gym), all the kids just whip out their Nintendo DSs or PSPs and amuse themselves.
Anyway, it's me driving down Santa Monica Blvd, then Wilshire, then reversed on a misty/drizzly Wednesday night.
I've stayed off the 'Obama's a Socialist' bandwagon for the most part (at least with these LOL Obamas), but something about this photo suggested that caption.
It was either that or, "Привет, товарищ", but that would mean figuring out how to use Cyrillic lettering in photoshop, and I didn't want to bother.
Also, this would have maded more sense as February 21st's LOL Obama, given that the Communist Manifesto was originally published on that day in 1848.
23 February 2010
From this LAT article:
Santa Muerte is not a Catholic saint, and in recent decades her popularity in Mexico, especially among the poor and criminal classes, has led to clashes with church officials and government authorities. Her first adherents included Mexican prisoners, drug dealers and prostitutes, and those in legitimate but dangerous nighttime work, such as security guards and taxi drivers.
"It's sort of like the Virgin for people on the edge," said Patrick A. Polk, a folklorist and curator at UCLA's Fowler Museum.
But in and around Los Angeles, where Santa Muerte services are held in at least three storefront shrines, a dash of pop theology and Southern California sunshine seems to have given the movement a mild New Age flavor.
Followers, many of whom call themselves Catholics, talk less about death than about cleansing the spirit and developing inner strength.
22 February 2010
@ 11:23 PM
Even after that quote, President Obama still made Gaffetastic Joe Biden Vice President.
A sign of a magnanimous nature, or truly terrible judgement?
(and Bob Dylan is many things, but clean looking, attractive, or articulate, he ain't)
UPDATE: Might help if I post a the photo, too.
21 February 2010
(taken at Hollywood and Wilcox, part of a larger interval shot video project that may or may not see the light of day, or more precisely, YouTube, depending what the finished product looks like)
20 February 2010
19 February 2010
18 February 2010
A special 'moving' photo edition of Daily Photo. Los Angeles County West Vector Control District sent out a representative with a bee suit and a reverse leaf blower to vacuum the bees out of the tree. Didn't shoot the scene of him working, no good vantage point to shoot from where I could have been protected from the bees he was stirring up as he was collecting them.
As this video shows, there are still a good number of bees hanging around, but doesn't look like enough to form a hive, and the vector control dude said this weekend's rains should disperse (or kill) the rest of the stragglers.
Also, shooting fully zoomed shots at 200mm with my telephoto lens is not conducive to providing steady handheld video, especially shooting a subject at a high angle like that.
17 February 2010
Couldn't let the one year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act go by without some sort of commemoration of that $787,000,000,000.00 boondoggle.
(it should become customary not to use the B and T abbreviation when discussing billions and trillions, typing all those zeros adds a bit of perspective to the gargantuan size of the increase in government spending under President Obama)
Your Daily Photo (Is That a Ball of Bees in Your Backyard, or Are You Just Happy to See Me? Edition)
Gladly, taken with my zoom lens, would not want to be too close to that swarm. Watching them come in the backyard and pick a place to build their hive was an impressive sight, but one best viewed at a safe remove through a window. Once they were engaged in hive building, I felt pretty safe taking pictures, but given that they chose the upper limbs of my loquat tree to build, they're a good 20-30 feet away in the pictures I snapped.
Waiting for Vector Control to take care of the situation.
According to the vector control webpage, 80% of honey bees in LA County are Africanized, so probably best to get that hive out of here, given their propensity for aggressively defending their territory.
16 February 2010
My apologies to Needlenose Ned Ryerson, it's really not fair to make comparisons between him and Beady-eyed Joe Biden . . .
But given Delaware's regulatory environment, it's no surprise that Biden would be a big proponent of life insurance.
(but really, this is just an excuse to use my "Stephen Tobolowsky" tag, again)
15 February 2010
14 February 2010
Your Daily Photo (Come to Tao, Where You Can Get a Massage with "Release" Along with Your Sushi Edition)
Tao Las Vegas at the Venetian, it's an Asian bistro, a nightclub, and a beach, and apparently also a place where you can find a 'happy ending'.
Hopefully, the 'happy ending' available at Tao goes better than what that poor fella went through.
Love is in the air, Barry White is on the Hi-Fi, and the First Couple can try and put aside politics for a few hours . . .
Speaking of Barry, Practice What You Preach
(might this song title be a message the President should take to heart?)
13 February 2010
12 February 2010
Either that's slight bemusement pursing his lips, or a bit of gas, only his sculptor knew for sure.
(Tomorrow new snaps, bowling photos! I swear)
11 February 2010
At least I'm pretty sure they're plus fours. He had a decent swing for a guy with that much snow on the roof. Tomorrow, new photos, not sure of what, but there will be pictures.
10 February 2010
...Really, really, really green. Shame he couldn't three-peat, Stricker was excellent and deserved the win.
Stuff happened, so couldn't get out there to take some new snaps today, maybe tomorrow.
09 February 2010
Will try and shoot something tomorrow, usually good photography conditions after storms have passed.
08 February 2010
07 February 2010
Your Daily Photo (That's Right, My Economic Advisory Panel Is Made Up Entirely of Underwear Gnomes Edition)
A few notes to myself in preparation for a keynote speech to the first ever national convention for the Underwear Gnome Party.
(I didn't get a $100k speaking fee, unfortunately, but the gnomes promised to give me 5% of total profits from this year's underwear gathering)
06 February 2010
05 February 2010
04 February 2010
Is it so hard to believe that Pres. Obama uses inane nicknames for his staff sort of like Rob Schneider's 'office guy' from his SNL days?
Now, I wonder if there's a Society of Mathematicians Against the Use of Geometry Based Terms as Insults?
And one other thing, I also find it very easy to believe that Pres. Obama uses the qualifier 'stupid narrow ass' when upbraiding Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.