• I did not laugh at this video like the rest of the world is doing. I cringed. In total sympathy. I thought, poor guy. And I thought: yep, something like that could've happened to me....
No photographer can laugh when both the guy's cameras got dunked.
• Idea for a new law: Term limits for late-night comedians. It's gotten difficult to explain to 17-year-olds that yes, David Letterman and Jay Leno were actually funny once. And inventive. Edgy, even. Craig Ferguson is the only one who does an actual "monologue" any more.
Noticed how the word "edgy" no longer is?
• The strange Finnish light, high up on the slope of the world, must be having an effect on Saikat Biswas' brain. His strange and lovely Holga D dream....
• And speaking of words, we're sick of passionate. Passionate has become the perfect corporate anodyne term. Mid-level office workers are required to be passionate about the company's mission. Passionate has nothing to do with passion any more.
• Another "lurid dream," this one from Canon.
• Say what? From an online article about LeBron James:
(Thanks to Steven Ralser, Jay Smith, Adam Isler, and Tyler Monson)
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Featured Comment by David L.: "Add 'epic' to the list of words overused, meaningless, and often applied to things that aren't. If you haven't heard it often, it is because you are over 30 or haven't been around surfers/snowboarders lately. Lucky you.... A few days ago I went for a full-day bike trip with some friends. I described it as a 'near-century' whereas one ride buddy dubbed it 'totally epic.' Ugh."
Featured Comment by Arthur: "That graph doesn't have nearly enough dips."
Featured Comment by Carl Blesch: "I'm passionate about avoiding corporate-speak. I knew it was time to leave my last job when my boss tore apart some talking points I wrote and told me instead to write, 'we have a laser-like focus on our market.' Spare me, please!"
Featured Comment by Brad: "As a guy who used to do wedding photography for [you call that] a living, I also found nothing amusing in the video. What did strike me, however, was that the photographer fired off 21 exposures in about five seconds before taking his bath. Twenty-one practically identical iterations of the same 'moment.'
"It's a different world. I used to expose about 80 frames of VPS 120 to cover a complete wedding, drop the film off at the lab on the way home, pick it up on Monday, stuff a proof book, and deliver it to the client the same day. Total post-production time: 30 minutes. Some would argue that he gets to choose among 21 iterations to get the best facial expression, etc., but we accomplished the same thing by planning, anticipation, and timing. I hear of guys who shoot literally thousands of images per wedding. I shudder at the thought of the post-production overhead."
Featured Comment by Hugh Look: "1) The new Gerry Badger book is very good: I'm reading slowly as I want it to last; 2) You are right about 'passionate'; this is what finally killed it for me:
Featured Comment by Patrick Snook: "Oh, I don't know, I could get quite passionate about a vending machine. Some of them are quite fetching in a frock. Or a company mission—never heard of the mission position? Very sexy! Try Googling 'our passion, not just our' and weep. I'm away now to see if I can stir the passion to go to the supermarket. Maybe I'll try the organic supermarket. Perhaps find an organic supplement to put wood in my pencil*. Organic...don't get me started on that one!
*(N.b., not lead in my pencil. My son's school principal always asks the kids at the beginning of the school year to bring 'lead-free' pencils. Sigh.)"
to end all featured comments by MBS: "Glad someone is finally blowing the whistle on this disruptive situation: the thinning of meaning in the American Way of Life. Once words like 'passion' were dynamic, robust, value-laden expressions that could be leveraged in conversation for a number of special effects. These smart, scalable bits of linguistic synergy might be re-purposed to raise the tenor of the discussion to new, ground-breaking heights, or spin it into a next-gen, cutting-edge, market bleeding, enterprise class, cross-platform rap of cataclysmic, sticky, pure paradigm-shifting and -shimmering soup. I'm talking the secret sauce, here, man; the organic mindshare, the perfect storm of mental sign and signification! A win-win if I ever I saw one. Thank you for bringing this up. You're the man, the avatar. Words cannot express (not anymore, anyway)…. I only wish I cold adequately respond, but I just don't have the bandwidth."