Youtube is great for discovering new music. Sometimes I just randomly click and find something that becomes my Favourite Thing Ever for a few days.
Like this one, from a new band with a debut album coming out in a few weeks.
Beast in Black - Blind and Frozen
Black Panther looks like another dumbass Marvel CGI superhero movie, but it's totally awesome to see -so many- black people in a movie.
Like, I've always noticed tokenism in movies, where there's one black guy in a white world - even if he's integral to the plot - but seeing crowds of them in the Black Panther trailer?
That's startling! It's cool! Fuck yeah. Let's rewind some racism.
Some Asians next plz?
It's #SundayBumday, and you know what that means!
This is Laurynn, one of the awesomest people I get to work with. I've known her for a few years and she's come a very long way with her strength and her confidence.
After a shoot, when a client's images are ready, I put them on my website, in a fancy gallery, and each image has a 'download' link underneath it.
"Can you put these on Google Drive? I'm not a computer person."
Say what? 😧
1. click image ✅
2. click download ✅
You don't need special skills for this.
I honestly don't understand how this can possibly cause confusion!
Got the bad news today that my new bike won't be here before I leave for Japan.
So here are a couple of images of the bike snatched off the interwebs. To say that I am keen for this is an understatement. After my current bike reignited the MTB fever in me, but couldn't deliver the goods on the trail, this bike is going to be the monster I live on for the next decade.
I can't freaking wait.
Getting ready for Japan next week, beefing up the Mastodon server, learning Linux, cranking out the next NFGphoto Magazine, editing photos for clients... And my new bike arrives next week - the day before Japan.
And a new happy Skully.
Exciting times. ^_^
Ultimately I think the new Blade Runner 2049 was a technical, artistic masterpiece, with a bold and confident style unmatched by any movie I recall.
It did things with pacing I never thought I'd like, and though it was just squeals at times I felt the soundtrack packed a real punch. The love scene was intense and challenging in ways I didn't expect.
But it feels like they didn't have time to give it an reason to exist.
It was made by master craftspeople who didn't have much to say.
I'm coming to Japan next week! Going to be mainly in Tokyo, Saitama and Shizuoka.
If there's anything fun going on, or if anyone wants to meet up, let me know. ☺
There's been some discussion about custom emojis on Mastodon, and some people are worried about copyright, attribution and so on.
IMO, it's a fools mission. Whenever there's a scenario where something cannot be controlled or enforced, I think it's silly to try. Educate, if you want, but don't expect technical solutions to impossible problems.
I went into it a little more here:
I need to be more active on here. Haven't quite figured out what would even be good content for Mastodon yet, and I kind of just hate the idea of spewing rage-of-the-day, as I might on Twitter.
I watched the new Blade Runner movie yesterday, and... It's a hell of a thing.
I'm still letting it settle in my mind.
The first thing I noticed was that it was directed with an amazing skill and confidence. It seemed as if it was created without any attempt to satisfy anyone or anything beyond the need of a creator to get something done.
I'm still processing it.
But I think I really liked it.
A few days ago I had a client come in for her first shoot. She's a body builder, and she's been working very hard on her body, and she looks amazing.
But she didn't like her smile, so every photo was closed mouthed and looked a bit angry.
She has an amazing smile, and I told her that. The whole shoot I tried to make her laugh, I kept sneaking in shots when she smiled, instead of when she was ready.
When she made her final choices from the shoot, most of them were smiling.
I love this job.
I shot a dance competition last night, over 2,000 photos to go through.
First round of cuts leaves me with 1,037 photos to do a rough process on, render and deliver to the client.
And then 87 selected shots, 2-3 of every performer, to carefully process and render.
It's been a long day.
I have every issue of the Japanese hacking magazine Backup Technique (バックアップ括用テクニック), and every issue up to about 2004 of Game Lab (ゲームラボ), its followup.
And I'm scanning them all.
It's a unique magazine that focuses on hacking computers and consoles from pre-Famicom computers to the PS2. It's stuffed with pinouts, schematics and useful mods.
This is a massively time consuming operation. If anyone wants to donate to the project... 😁