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Monday, 12 July 2010


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This David Mitchell is not the same one as the author of the Cloud Atlas, but a rather funny, very intelligent, gently satirical comedian often on the radio and TV in Britain. This is a very David Mitchell piece. Lovely examples.

The David Mitchell in the 'passionate' video is well known as a comedian in the UK, notably for Peep Show, a series which is highly recommended. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Mitchell_(actor)

He's not the same as the author of Cloud Atlas - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Mitchell_(author)

And Emmanuel Goldenberg became Edward G. Robinson.

The guy in the video is David Mitchell, British comedian of Mitchell & Webb fame (and occasional columnist). He is not the same person as David Mitchell, British author.

And more confusing, Murphy's Law was NOT first stated by Murphy, but by another man with the same name!

It's strange; I would have classified "Hedy Lamarr", "Cyd Charisse", and "Theda Bara" as obvious example of original names that people changed away from for show business. (I mean, I would if I didn't recognize all three slightly, and hence know otherwise.)

Maybe they were prematurely adopting names that would be unique on the internet!

"Emma Duncan replied to my mail and it's fairly clear that this was a genuine mistake on her part rather than a deliberate attempt to mislead. Now that it's been pointed out, she also can see the picture the way most people do. She says [The Economist] will be more careful about how pictures are edited in the future."

Mike, in the initial post about this you had wondered what Reuters thought of the manipulation, since they're supposed to approve any substantive manipulations of news photos they supply. According the Guardian, "The New York Times, in revealing the picture manipulation, reports that the editing upset Reuters," but I couldn't find such a reference in the Times.

Either way, I'm glad to know that Ms. Duncan modified her formerly distressing stance on the issue.

We're laughing, but how many blogs, etc, have we visited where the homeboys (again, rarely women) are 'passionate about photography'? I've often wondered what they save up for their significant others/pets/tissues. IT'S A HOBBY!!!

Well The Economist cover amounts to nothing if you compare it with this story...


The deputy editor of the economist makes a genuine mistake with the picture on the cover ??
A mistake that really obviously changes the message that that picture sends out?


Well maybe I'm just too cynical but I find that rather hard to believe......

Exactly. And unfortunately, things being what they were then, some stage-names were to make the actors sound less Jewish, foreign, or ethnic (still going on to some extent, unless Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz just thought "Jon Stewart" was simpler and easier to remember). For example, Bert Lahr's real name was Isidore Lahrheim, and Lee J. Cobb's was Leo Jacoby. Which is part of why "Boris Karloff" for William Pratt is so interesting, because the stage name makes him sound MORE ethnic and foreign. I guess it was an advantage in his case--and might play into the same stereotypes, making him sound more like a "bad guy" like the characters he played.

When I was younger and still had ambitions to be a "real" writer, I tried to devise a pen name for myself. All I can say is that it's not as easy as it looks.

--Mike with the blase Midwestern name

david mitchell was also the pc in apple.uk's failed attempt to translate their mac/pc humour to old blighty. although i really liked those adverts, blighty disapproved. this was partially because robert webb, who played the mac, was usually the prat in the mitchell&webb skits. the following is a fine example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMGIbOGu8q0 (it's also a great pisstake on homeopathy for those so inclined)

I've known about Issur Danielovitch Demsky, for the longest time. Jews do this ALL the time:

Lou Reed - Lou Rabinowitz
Carol King - Carol Klein
Mel Brooks - Mel Kaminsky
Leon Trotsky - Lev Bronstein
Joseph Abraham Gottlieb - Joey Bishop
Betty Joan Perske, cousin of Shimon Peres - Lauren Bacall
Natalie Hershlag - Natalie Portman
Allen Konigsberg - Woody Allen
Robert Zimmerman - Bob Dylan
Jacob Cohen - Rodney Dangerfield
Joan Molinsky - Joan Rlvers
Gene Simmons - Chaim Weitz

On the economist cover: How can you unintentionally but perfectly photoshop out a person from a photograph?

Talking of name changes, how can anyone forget Marion Morrison?

>>How can you unintentionally but perfectly photoshop out a person from a photograph?<<

Maybe they're running CS8 in beta... 'content unaware fill' ?

James: I have to take issue with your "IT'S A HOBBY!"

Just because people don't make their living at it doesn't mean that something isn't, in fact, their "life's work". (I'm not at all clear that everybody wants one thing to really dominate their life; but some people want it, and some people, not necessarily the same ones, get it.) Similarly, people who DO make a living at photography don't all consider it "their art" or have any real passion for it. (Given how HARD it is to make a living in photography, probably more professional photographers ARE passionate about it than in most jobs.)

Passion and money don't actually correlate very well.

This reminds me of the great photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard's strange hobby of looking up strange names in the phone book whenever he traveled. Names such as Lumy Jean Licklighter, don't ask me why I still have that in my head. My wife wants to know why stuff like that won't leave my brain after 45 years but I can't remember to do the simplest tasks when she asks :-)
Steve mason

Funny koinkidink: I'm have just discovered, and am chewing through the DVDs of, a hysterical sketch show named That Mitchell And Webb Look. The show is much better than the name. And better than sketch shows tend to be. It has a number of very varied, but great rants by Mitchell.

Konigsberg is the name of a character in Cerebus the Aardvark, looking a lot like a famous film director, and having a thing for young girls.

this whole exchange is pretty funny when you keep in mind the Pentax ad top left on TOP.

Concerning the "how can you unintentionally but perfectly remove someone from a photograph" comment: I don't think there is any claim that it was unintentional (if there is it is obviously a silly claim). The question is why they did it, and specifically did they intend to deceive by doing it. I think they probably did not.

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