Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mental Notes: Don't send in the clowns

Afraid of clowns? Well personally, I just hate them -- from Ronald McDonald to Pennywise. The only one I could stand was the Joker played by the late Heath Ledger. Need an explanation? Read more on coulrophobia.

Notes to self: Let's be little minds...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mental Notes: Sunscreen

Here's a blast from the past: Baz Lurhmann's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Coffee Break: Stages of a photographer

via You are not a photographer

Best quotes from "Overheard in the Newsroom"

Reporter on deadline while Internet is down throughout community: “I’m heading to California. I heard there might be some Internet out there.”

Reporter during a conversation about how sources confuse names: “I get called Tim… Tim and asshole.”

Reporter discussing possible assignment: “Mom stabs son?!”
Assignment Editor: “Just in the knee.”
Reporter: “Nevermind.”

Executive producer on competition’s newscast: “That story happened days ago. Channel 7 should be renamed the History Channel.”

Web editor: “This earthquake is SERIOUS BUSINESS. We could have DIED.”
Editorial page editor: “Yes. We could have slipped in our rush out of the building and broken our necks, or choked on our french fries.”

“Interviews are like a one-night stand, it’s always awkward when you have to leave.”

Editor to religion/faith reporter: “Everything I know about Mormons I learned from ‘South Park.’”

“Everyday is a hangover day in a newsroom.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mental Notes: Image Dump

The King and his "queen", Leica

Friday, September 30, 2011

Notes to self: Shopping magnets

If you love refrigerator magnets, here's a set you may want to purchase to help you create your regular grocery shopping list.

Link via Foodiggity

Food Porn: Pie ala mode

Blueberry or Apple? How about both?

Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls

Ben & Jerry's new Dude Food

Coffee Break: Real Duff Beer

Well wouldn't you know it -- we turn around for a moment and find that the Germans have started brewing the famous fictional Simpson's Duff Beer. I wonder when they'll start exports...

via Foodiggity

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mental Notes: Great photographer

You don't have to be a great photographer to take great photos? Behold the future of photography... Nevermind the work of Robert Capa, Steve McCurry or James Nachtwey -- anyone can take pictures now, thanks to Panasonic!

Writer's Block: Isang litrong liwanag

This clip has been circulating in Facebook for a couple of weeks now. "Isang litrong liwanag" or "A liter of light" shows how a man from the slums of Sitio Maligaya (literally translated as "Happy Place"), San Vicente in San Pedro, Laguna (Philippines) has managed to help his neighborhood by providing light in their homes using nothing but water and a plastic soda bottle. It's a heartwarming and heart-wrenching story that shows how a little bit of hope makes such a difference to those who have nothing. (A nudge to spoiled momma's boys and girls who think not being able to afford a nice flat of their own is tough.)

Italian parents bring in lawyer to evict 41-year-old son

Fact is stranger than fiction. An exasperated elderly couple has resorted to legal help to kick out their 41-year-old son who they say has a good job and steady income.

"He has a good job but he continues to live at home and wants his clothes washed and ironed and his meals cooked for him. He never wants to leave."

Young Italians are renowned for their reluctance to leave home, with a study released last year showing that 48% of offspring between the ages of 18 and 39 still live under their parents' roofs.

This is a fairly common theme in Asia though, mainly due to poverty in developing nations (though you do get the occasional spoiled mommy's boys -- and girls -- with good jobs who refuse to move out). Of course there are those in more advanced nations who stay with their folks due to high housing prices  -- thanks to all the "foreign talent" coming into their country taking their jobs and all.

After all, there's nothing like meeting a guy, going on a date in an expensive restaurant and him inviting a gal over to his parent's place for a night cap -- they just might be sleeping in the master bedroom after all. Sexy...

For more on the Italian momma's boy story, click here. Link via Neatorama.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Writer's Block: Just because you own a camera...

Here's an interesting photography -- or should I say -- anti-photography blog I came across yesterday while browsing Neatorama.

You are not a photographer features photos from less than talented photographers who seem to think carrying a DSLR makes them a professional.

Having been in the industry for 16 years and having dabbled with the trade from the 35mm days, I still do not consider myself a professional. An advanced amateur at best. Why? Despite having published a handful of photographs over the years, I always compare my work to the likes of James Nachtwey or colleagues who live and breath it -- the stuff I come out with are merely decent, nothing spectacular.

I love taking pictures and one day hope to be as good as my full-time photojournalist friends. However having seen such beautiful work over the years, I would have to say I understand why such ire comes against the recent surge of digital photographers who sport a camera they usually don't know how to use and call themselves pros.

While it is great that digital photography has made this art form (if one wishes to call it that) accessible to everyone, it has also introduced a lot of mediocrity. Is everyone really a photographer these days? What makes a good photographer anyway?

Raw talent? An eye for detail? These days, all that has been muddled because many refuse to call a spade a spade. Once upon a time, if you didn't know what you were doing, you could end up with underexposed/overexposed or even blank strips of negative -- and even if you got that one right, there was no guarantee you had good composition.

Enter digital technology -- many carry the latest and or the most expensive equipment but don't even know what f/stop or shutter speed to use when going fully manual. Many are dependent on A (aperture priority -- bet some thought 'A' stood for 'Auto'). Do they even know what depth of field means? Do they really know what the ISO does when composing a photograph? Did you know some of the best photos in the world were taken with just a 35mm lens?

All this takes years to master and perfect -- until now.

Overexposed? No matter -- Photoshop can make it pretty. It can be called art photography. Sorry folks, this does not make anyone a photographer. It makes you an aspiring graphic artist.

Why the ire? Read more from Shit Photojournalists Like. They can tell you more about why real professionals can be so harsh on today's amateurs.

Oh, and just to emphasize on their point: Would you buy this out of focus for $499? (That's just the starting bid). More from You are not a photographer.

*Instagraham photos from Bakerella via Foodiggity

Best quotes from "Overheard in the Newsroom"

Online Editor: “You don’t have to worry about office politics in this department because no one wants our jobs.”

Editor talking about a hastily written opinion column: “Well, he fully admitted that he just shit on the page. But it’s Matt; there are no grammatical errors, so we’re running it. The kid shits in AP Style.”

Copy editor to news editor after reading the lede to a column: “There’s a serial comma you have to get rid of. Otherwise it’s still horribly written, but at least it will be grammatically correct.”

Copy editor: “That’s not a prediction; it’s a comma splice.”

Associate Editor: “What sort of note did you get?”
Editor: “Someone wants a photo we ran in the paper in 1971. Well, let me head over to the haystack.”

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mental Notes: Tis "Talk like a Pirate" Day!

Happy "Talk Like a Pirate" Day! For everything' pirate, go t' t' official website, ye scallywags!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mental Notes: Stay Awake

I haven't heard this song in a long time. One of my favorites by Ronnie Laws, "Stay Awake" aka the insomnia song...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Food Porn: Deep-fried bubblegum

Something they'll never have in Singapore...not that I think they're missing anything here.

Writer's Block: Gear

Shit Photojournalists Like is a blog with that already speaks for itself. Here, they discuss gear -- not any gear of course. Camera gear.

These days, there are a whole bunch of photogs, and even among photojournalists you do get a couple of d*cks now and again. Here's how they summarized it:

1.The “Latest Thing” photojournalist
  • If it was released within the last month, there’s a strong chance that this asshole has it. Who needs a 1D Mark IV, a 5d Mark II, AND a 7D? This guy.
  • Having a conversation with this person is painful. Jargon, jargon, fps, jargon.
  • Remember, there’s a chance that even though this photog is using a fucking D3bonermachine or whatever, their pictures will still be boring as hell.
2. The “It’s Not About the Equipment” photojournalist
  • More likely than not, this photographer is very insecure about their equipment, and/or doesn’t know how to use it. Therefore, this person will categorize every person with technical knowledge or nice equipment a snob.
  • Having a conversation with this person can also be painful. “What is this elusive ‘ISO’ of which you speak?”
  • Don’t be shy. Own your camera in all its shitty glory.
  • But you should prooobably upgrade soon. Best ways to make some fast cash: grand theft auto or hooking.*
3.The “Balanced” photojournalist
  • You know that the gear doesn’t make the picture, but it certainly helps. As someone who upgraded from a Rebel XTi to a 5D Mark II, it comes down to a simple conclusion: some cameras can just handle more shit.
  • And by shit, I mean shit. You’re still gonna make some god-awful photos with that mkii.
More from Shit Photojournalists Like.

Best quotes from "Overheard in the Newsroom"

#8393 Editor referring to a recently filed report: “This isn’t a story. This is a Facebook update.”

#8390 Editor on increasingly bitchy online comments: “You’ve got to lighten up, folks. Get a life.”

#8483 Editor, after intern describes harrowing drive in which she narrowly avoided crashing into a multi-car crash: “Did you by any chance get a photo?”

#8395 Obit clerk: “We had an obit cancellation, so you won’t need as much space.
Copy editor: “Ooh, a resurrection. I’ll reserve space on 1A for the miracle.”

#8394 Editor, to a defiant reporter: “Go to Hell!”
Managing Editor: “Let’s try and keep it professional, okay?”
Editor: “Oh, sorry. Please go to Hell.”

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Coffee Break: F-Stop watch

Yeah, I know. I'm such a dork. But I'm sure I'm not the only ones who loves this.
via the Neatoshop

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Weekend Strip: It sucks to be Weegie

"L" is not for "Loser"...
Link via Popped Culture

Food Porn: Cake designs by Bakerella

South Park cake pops
Piece of cake
Milk and Cookie
You've got some explaining to do

Coffee Break: Create chocolate cups

Bakerella shows us how to make wicked chocolate peanut butter pudding cups:
Link via Neatorama

Mental Notes: Return to Pooh Corner Rx

Dan Meth gives Winnie the Pooh characters some Pooh Corner medication...

His disclaimer:  
I’m not actually a certified psychiatrist, but then again, these characters aren’t actually real.

Since we're already on the topic of Pooh bear, he's apparently also come up with Iron Pooh!

Link via Neatorama

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Mental Notes: Elvis

As we approach the 34th anniversary of Elvis' death...This clip from American Idol (about three to four years ago) personally makes me wish "The King" wasn't mortal. If I can dream....

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Weekend Strip: Famous

Grumpy old superheroes
Ford's 40 films
Doubting Paul
Cinderella's Basic Instinct
via Shoebox Blog and Popped Culture

Coffee Break Poem: Anahata

aside from faith,
as far as you know,
you will never have another heart.
better to grow the one you were born with.
fill it with blood & love. risk.
let the strange world sneak inside.
accept all of life in your chest.
death is the end of percussion.
breathe deeply, the music
will function. listen close.
freedom thaws in your ribcage.
dance with vehemence
to feel its fast-pumping.
tempt two lips to greet your throat
& take note: your racing pulse
will laugh & kiss back. god is strong
in the clock of your desire.
every tick, my friend, divine
confirmation: you are alive. beat. yes!
you are alive

by Lenelle Moïse
from The Poetry Center at Smith College
© 2008-2010

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The best from "Overheard in the Newsroom"

Editor: “I don’t want to go to a social media meeting. I already know how to use Facebook, and I will always hate Twitter.”

The photo chief, after being told on Friday it was too early to discuss an article running Tuesday: “Why plan now when you can scramble later?”

Photographer on local television station’s new operation: “What they lack in professionalism they make up for in mistakes.”

Reporter on the phone with a source: “He was wearing a suit, you say? No, that doesn’t sound like a reporter.”

Coffee Break: How to develop film with coffee

This is too good to resist. In fact, I'm going to use a word I have never used through my blogging history: awesome.

It combines two of my favorite things: coffee and photography.

For those who still remember how to do it (develop film, that is), or have been contemplating on setting up a darkroom but hesitate because chemicals are either hard to find or too expensive -- here's a nifty solution.

Make's Matt Richardson demonstrates. I have to admit I am a tad skeptical, but heck, I have heard of stranger things.

Link via Foodiggity

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Food Porn: Another website made entirely of chocolate

Last time we featured a website made entirely of chocolate. Now here's another one from Whittaker's, which turns out to be the first website of the sort.
Link via Foodiggity

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Weekend Image Dump: Famous

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Link via Neatorma
Bill Murray as a religious icon by artist N.C. Winters called “The Wisdom of the Llama.” (via Neatorama)
Original Cover Painting for Tarzan Comics by Mo Gollub - (Dell, 1955). Link via Drawn

Saturday Strip: 1st birthday

The best from "Overheard in the Newsroom"

Managing Editor, after hearing a large glass break in another part of the building: “What was that?”
Photographer: “I think that was our stock.”

Editor: “Journalists and money never go together.”

“I just asked the governor a question on Twitter, I feel gross.”

New Reporter to Editor-in-Chief: “Are all of the pictures taken naturally out of focus, or is that the printer’s fault?”

Newsroom secretary: “Who do I refer this lady to on the phone who says the sunrise and sunset times are wrong in the paper?”
City editor: “God.”

After apologies for being sent a steady stream of error-riddled copy:
Copy editor: “I appreciate imperfection. It pays the rent.”

Reporter: “I don’t write inverted pyramid. I write … square.”

Dateline NBC cameraman filming newspaper reporter for segment: “Used to be that newspaper people looked down on TV people.”
Reporter: “They still do.”

Photog on phone accepting a compliment from caller: “Yep. I am leaking awesome all over this desk.”

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Coffee Break: A coffee cup a day...

Kryptonite cup: Superman's weakness
Rubba Tub Cup
The Siamese Cup

Cheesy Cup
Cupcake Cup
...and the Basic Cup (of course)
To see all 30 cups, click here. Link via Neatorama