Friday, May 29, 2009

The Defenders (2009)

Now this is fucking hilarious and I'm sure if the bible-thumpers had their way this is the way it would be. So you better watch out or they could breaking up marriage. You could be next...



Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Prop 8



I'm sure you all have heard by now that the California Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8 is in: Prop 8 is upheld (which SUCKS)- there will be no new gay marriage in California. But the 18,000 couples in California who did get married last summer will stay married. At least they did the respectful thing and ensured that these couples’s vows are still valid. This decision did bring together a couple of strange bed fellows in support of overturning this ruling; a portion of the article is quoted below.

Bush vs. Gore rivals challenge Prop. 8 in federal court
LA Times - Carol J. Williams
Two prominent attorneys who argued on opposite sides of Bush vs. Gore, the legal battle over the 2000 presidential election, announced Tuesday that they will challenge Proposition 8 in federal court and seek to restore gay marriage until the case is decided.

Former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, who represented then-Vice President Al Gore in the contested election, have joined forces to tackle the same-sex marriage issue, which has deeply divided Californians and left 18,000 gay couples married last year in legal isolation.

In a project of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Olson and Boies have united to represent two same-sex couples filing suit after being denied marriage licenses because of Proposition 8.

Their suit, to be filed in U.S. District Court in California, calls for an injunction against the proposition, allowing immediate reinstatement of marriage rights for same-sex couples.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/05/bush-v-gore-rivals-challenge-prop-8-in-federal-court.html



This is one of the reasons that the recent nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court matters so much. How would she rule on a case such as this? If not this case how about a hypothetical case where a Gay or lesbian couple from Vermont moves to say Tennessee and sue to have the state recognize there union under Article IV of the US Constitution which reads;
Section 1. Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.

Section 2. The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states.
Maybe I'm wrong here but I just see something like this happening and so do the right wing bible-thumpers. They are scared to death that love may spread and people will be happy. So where does the nominee stand on this issue? I'd like to know, but I also don't want to know, because if the right ever suspected that she would rule for gay marriage they would go ballistic.

Right now this all sucks for California, I only hope that New Hampshire and New York pass a law allowing it.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day


Before one of the our political parties try to twist today to their advantage, let me say this. Over the last few years or so Memorial day true meaning has been forgotten, we have just assumed that it is the unofficial first day of summer. But, anyone who has lost a family member to a military conflict understands, Memorial Day is much more than a time to break out the barbecue. Originally begun in 1868 as Decoration Day, the last Monday in May. It first was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic,
"...gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime....let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan."
5 May 1868 in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1915 during the First World War a Canadian Major John McCrae put pen to paper in remembrance of a friend of his in the battle of Ypres salient in the spring of 1915.
In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1915.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


To all of those still on patrol, in the field or at sea that will never come home I say Thank You. Just something to think about today. Enough Said.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Brightening a Gloomy day

The weather has been very Seattle like the last week, grey and just plain blah, probably going to continue at least for a few days. I thought maybe some hot looking eye candy might help shake the gloom away. This had been my way to start the week, but with tomorrow being Memorial day here in the states I think something else maybe in order.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Dave Matthews Band: Funny The Way It Is: "Looney the Way It Is"


I can remeber as a kid, I always would rush down on a Saturday morning to catch the Looney Tunes (later called the Bugs Bunny and Road Runner show). So just seeing the segments spliced together and then organized to Dave Matthews Band song, simply brilliant. The song from the new album BIG WHISKEY AND THE GROOGRUX KING. Some of the tracks are available on iTunes currently, you can still pre-order through DMB's web store(http://tinyurl.com/cpnz3k) or just wait until June 2nd for the official release. But if you do go to the website they have some pretty good deals.

This is pretty cool, that Dave Matthews Band and Hulu are teaming up to present Hulu's first-ever live concert stream. Beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST on June 1st, Hulu will bring the intimate Beacon Theatre show to fans for free via a live stream at Hulu.com. The Beacon concert will take place on the eve of the release of Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King and is a benefit concert for DMB's own Bama Works Fund. Following the exclusive live stream, Hulu will offer on-demand access of the show. Who doesn't love a free concert, right? I know I'll be tuning in.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Middleton Plantation

I hope that everyone has a safe Memorial weekend, unfortunately I have to work tomorrow and again on Monday so my weekend will consist of Sunday. In case the weather is bad or you are just bored, will I upload some more photos from my trip last week to flickr. Here are select few of my favorites from the set. I think these are all digital scans from my negatives. Enjoy





Wednesday, May 20, 2009

MMM Brains

Have you ever wondered how you would learn about the night of the living dead? You know those dreaded zombie invasions that we all fear and had built those bunker in our backyards for just such an occasion. Well if you live in Boston, MA your worries are over, just follow the Boston police's twitter feed and they will keep you informed about zombies every movement. I guess that I'm screwed, I doubt Atlanta or Dekalb County Police would keep me as informed as my family back in Boston.
But seriously I came across this article on The Consumerist, and thought that you may get a laugh out this.




Boston Police Department Via Twitter: We Will Let You Know When The Zombies Come
By Laura Northrup, 7:27 PM on Wed May 20 2009,

The first surprising part of this story is that the Boston Police Department has a Twitter feed. They use it to post breaking police-type information that's useful to the public, such as roads closed due to car accidents, crime data, big arrests, etc. Sometimes they also reply to reader questions. And that is how TruTV learned that the Boston police will not hide the zombie invasion from the public.

It all started last night with a mundane "injured officer" report:

INJURED OFFICER: Officer from district 4 transported to Beth Israel Hospital, human bite to arm, suspect in custody.

Twitter user willcady used the opportunity to ask the police a burning question:

@Boston_Police if that was a zombie bite, would you tell us?

The police, setting the gold standard for government transparency, answered him:

@willcady Yes, absolutely

Keep this exchange in mind the next time someone tries to convince you that Twitter is completely useless. Customer service via Twitter can not only help solve your problems, it can get crucial information out to the public.

Boston Cops: No Lie on Zombie Attacks [Dumb as a Blog] (I learned about this via Twitter, naturally)

http://twitter.com/Boston_Police

http://blog.trutv.com/dumb_as_a_blog/2009/05/via-twitter-boston-cops-confirm-that-any-future-zombie-attacks-will-not-be-covered-up-.html

http://consumerist.com/5263448/boston-police-department-we-will-let-you-know-when-the-zombies-come

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

More from Charleston

I picked up the first of the 35mm photos from our trip to Charleston yesterday. Here are a few of my favorites that I uploaded to my flickr account this morning. Here are few things from Charleston that many people may not thing about, everyone seem to focus architectural aspect and I think many forget to look around.





Sunday, May 17, 2009

They're on to Us, Quick change

Nothing is more humorous than going through your morning email and finding something that the SPAM filter had missed. But wait this looks different, could it be offical? Hell no! The scammers just have a new tactic, I guess they figure if a photo is included it might be more believable. LOL They have got to be kidding me, just remember if you get one of these just delete. I know I have never been to Spain, so I really doubt that I have entered any Spanish lottery. Is there even a lottery in Spain?

Contact immediately
From: "giovanni_carulli@virgilio.it" (*Red Flag* notice the .it, um that is Italy, why would someone from Italy be contacting you about winning a Spanish Lottery)
To:(I guess there are to many to list, probably a robo-emailer)
Subject: Spanish euro million lottery
Attachment: winning notice letter.jpg (282KB)

Attached here is your Spanish euro million lottery winning notice
letter, to begin your claim, kindly contact your claim agent with his
information on the winning letter

Or send your responce to his
emails:

Saturday, May 16, 2009

AF1 over Sumter

I'm sure we have all read or heard about some official in the Obama administration scaring the crap out of NYC and wasting $328,835 of tax payer's money. Well on CNET they had a make your own article here is mine. Using a photo I took last week approaching Ft. Sumter.

Here is a link to CNET news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10230647-1.html


AF1 over Sumter, originally uploaded by rob02190.

First of Charleston

Out of the 24 rolls of (Fuji 400HS 35mm)film that I brought with me I shot 15. Of those I dropped off the first five rolls today at Showcase here in Atlanta. They do really good print work as well as developing. But here are a few of the digital images that we took the rest can be seen on flickr, the link is below. I'll up load more as the week goes on we took a lot of photos. Yes, I know I still owe you so hot guys, I'll post those as well probably on Monday.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob02190/sets/72157618180759089/




Friday, May 15, 2009

Assicons

Finally I'm back in Atlanta and relaxing with my feet kicked up on the ottoman. I'm sorry I that did not release this while I was on vacation, though I meant too. Anyway I hope everyone had a great week I'll fill you in on the trip tomorrow and share a few of the digital photo. The ones that I took that are on film I will not have any of those back until Monday at the earliest.
ASSICONS?"
Here goes:


(_!_) a regular ass

(__!__) a fat ass

(!) a tight ass

(_*_) a sore ass

{_!_} a swishy ass

(_o_) an ass that's been around

(_x_) kiss my ass

(_X_) leave my ass alone

(_zzz_) a tired ass

My personal favorite >>> (_E=mc2_) a smart ass

(_$_) Money coming out of his ass


(_?_) Dumb Ass

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Meal 1 in Charleston

Thunder showers have moved into the area so we decided to call it a night. We made it to Charleston as you can tell. Then we had an okay dinner at T-Bonz's, I had 1/2 rack of ribs and two beers for dinner and Ryan had a burger. The beers were good but the ribs were not anything special, first off they were boiled not smoked or BBQ'ed which is what I expected in the south. It came with cole slaw as the side, but the made it using Blue Cheese dressing, it was just nasty. For the Beer I had the T-Bonz Cooper River Red followed by the New South White Ale. The White Ale was pretty wimpy it should have had a higher alcohol level, but it didn't, the Red I would definitely go back for but I'm not ordering the ribs again.


Oh I was bored and it was a long drive to Charleston so I had to occupy some time :-)

Saturday, May 09, 2009

See ya in week I'll be Offline

Hey All, I just wanted to let you know that Ryan an I are off to Charleston tomorrow, hoping to leave before lunch and get there in time to check in. I doubt I'll be posting much while we are there, though I have a couple of drafts saved up that I may release while I'm away. I will have my laptop with me I just don't think I will be posting. If you are curious what we are up to I would keep an eye on my Facebook page or follow me on twitter.
I just know that I'm ready for a vacation, especially after today. First person at Crate that offered assistance to was a complete bitch. She was just mean and evil, probably a damn republican on too boot. Then I was spoken to by my manager because I did a favor for another employee, so much for being nice. It piss me off sometimes when some people can do things and when I do a similar act, I'm left feeling like a kicked dog. Then we were short-handed during the closing shift, which was not good the day before mothers day. I know we cut back on staff hours but there are certain times of the year that a couple of extra hand should have been added. Overall I was having a pretty crappy day. Enough Said.

Well to all of the mothers out there I hope you have a Happy Mothers Day.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Why do I shoot film

A friend asked me this question today on flickr why do I still shoot using film? This is a good question and I often ask myself the same thing. This is pretty relevant topic since I actually had just purchased 20 rolls from Adorama for an up coming trip.

Personally I'm still torn between ditching film totally or sticking with it. Back in 2004 I purchased Canon Elan 7NE which is a great camera and there is nothing wrong with it, so why throw it away. Another part me also feels that something would be lost if I switched to digital. Digital media can be very liquid if you don't do regular back ups or save things to CD then all would be lost if something happened to the hard drive. Where currently I have the negatives to fall back on if something failed this is one way that I still justify it.

Economically it doesn't make sense to shoot film, I currently dropped having prints made and just have them burnt to a CD to save on developing cost. This takes $10 off the cost, before developing, prints and a CD will cost around $20 a roll. To make the switch to a comprable Canon's digital camera the 50D (body only) would cost around $1200, which I currently can not afford. I don't want to put it on a credit card, I'm trying to pay those down.

As far as quality is concerned the really is a difference between the two when you compared to current models that are out there. When I had purchased my current camera 5 years ago digital was still playing catch up. Now that the Megapixels are up and the CMOS chips have gotten better noise is not a problem. Hell there are now camera phones that produce some damn good shots. Digital is also instantaneous, you can see if the shot right after you take it, there is no wondering about lighting was correct or if the lab will loose or mess up the developing. If you don't like it you can just retake before you move on to the next subject.

So you can see it's a bit of a conundrum to making the switch, I'm sure if my camera was 10 years old a beat up it would make my decision easier. Granted I could take the money I use for developing and film put that away for a new camera. But this is a hobby and one of the things I uses as a distraction from reality. It helps me relax and think in an artistic way. If you are a photographer I'd love to hear you opinion on this or if you want to solve this problem for me I can send you a link to my Amazon wishlist, LOL :-)

Thursday, May 07, 2009

A Way to Live

I was going to post my daily obsession of some half naked guy( I guess I can save that for tomorrow ;-) ) but then My friend Angela posted this tonight on her facebook album. I found this to be all too true so I had to share this wisdom with everyone. I hope you don't mind Angela but it was too good to let it get by, I think more people need to adhere to this logic.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Official White House Photostream

Now this is pretty cool. The President's Photographer is publishing the The Official White House Photostream here on flickr.com. President Obama has always promised transparency in his administration. Best part is that it contains photo's that you just will not see in news.




Monday, May 04, 2009

iAm not a buy-product, but you may be

Who are WE? I think this photo says it all. I haven't given in to the "i" products as of yet though I am leaning towards an iPhone. I am not ready to give in to the darkside as of yet.


I want to thank Barbara Celis's blog where I originally found this photograph.
http://www.cronicasbarbaras.com/2009/04/we-dont-want-ads-we-want-art.html

A&F v. City of Hollister, CA.


I was catching up on some of my reading, which I had been ignoring just because I'm tired hearing about the damn FLU. When I came across the article on Consumerist.com, about how Abercrombie and Fitch is threatening to sue local merchants in the City of Hollister, CA. over trademark infringements. This is just one of those WTF type of articles, where you can not figure out what the hell are they thinking. Then have to ask yourself "are they really serious?"
I really have to agree with city and residents of Hollister, CA, that A&F is out of line with this one. This is one of those stories that can blow up in a company's face and garnish only bad press. They are worried about the brand being tarnished, well it may only be self inflicted. It's just my guess that the lawyers and executives at A&F have had their sense destroyed by the strong scent of cologne and the ear blistering loud music. Bad press is better than no press must be the only thinking here. Get over yourself.

Abercrombie & Fitch Threatens To Sue Merchants In Hollister, California For Trademark Infringement
By Carey, 4:00 PM on Sat May 2 2009, 13,459 views

Taking a page out of Monster Cable's playbook, Abercrombie & Fitch has threatened to sue merchants in Hollister, California who sell clothes bearing their town's name. A&F claims that local merchants putting "Hollister" on their clothes will confuse notoriously inept surfers who can't distinguish between a town and A&F's Hollister Co. line. So what happens if the locals defy the upscale bully? According to David Cupps, Abercrombie's general counsel and harasser-in-chief, "If they try, they would get a call and much more."

The controversy over the name heated up in 2006 when Stacey Crummett, chief executive of Hollister-based Rag City Blues, added the word "Hollister" to the label of her vintage bluejeans. In response to her trademark application, Abercrombie & Fitch attorneys sent her a letter alleging she was violating the company's trademark and threatening to sue.

Crummett, who runs the business with her husband, said she added the name simply to identify the location of her headquarters. But she backed down and removed the name from the labels.

"They are a lot bigger than us," she said. "I said, 'Let's just not argue.' "

Once word spread about Crummett's run-in with Abercrombie & Fitch, locals and city officials began to fume, saying that the clothing firm was preventing them from showing their hometown pride on T-shirts and jackets.

"To me, it's a bunch of baloney," said Raul Gonzalez, 70, working at his one-room barbershop on 6th Street. "We were here long before they thought of [the apparel line]."

Even students at Hollister's San Benito High School wonder if they are violating Abercrombie & Fitch's trademark by wearing shirts emblazed with the school nickname, the Hollister Haybalers.

Hollister City Attorney Stephanie Atigh insists that A&F's lawyers are wearing their turtlenecks a little too tight. "There is no way you can trademark Hollister, Calif.," she said. "It's a geographical place."

Hollister, Calif., is at odds with Abercrombie over name [The Los Angeles Times]

http://consumerist.com/5236880/abercrombie--fitch-threatens-to-sue-merchants-in-hollister-california-for-trademark-infringement

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hollister24-2009apr24,0,4879577.story

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Green Day


This just in, Okay it's news to me that Green Day due to release their newest album 21st Century Breakdown on May 15th. This will be a follow up to American Idiot which was released back in 2004. I've been a fan of Green Day since I was in the USN, and saw them play at UH Honolulu. Ah the memories of when I wasn't to old for a mosh pit. Anyway, I came across the first video single Know Your Enemy so sit back and enjoy.
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