Stuff to soothe the curious soul


Friday, October 24, 2014

On Agendas, Hidden or otherwise

I was standing in line at Subway an hour ago,  thoughts of current events, random thoughts running through my head. Believe it or not, 4 customers ahead of me was a man ordering a six-inch sub with all the toppings (fair enough) and ALMOST ALL the sauces available piled into a dripping soggy mess. Eyes rolling all around. Right in front of me was this ad:
that little tetra pack of apple juice and handful of chips will supply a few days supply of sugar and sodium in  5-minute break. The apple is in there so truth in advertising may be claimed.
Everyone has an agenda. Food processing giants have to sell food products, nutritionists have to have jobs (our parents' and their parents before them) never had nutritionists: they ate what was available and what felt good. Business people have an agenda, our managers have agendas, heck, even our mothers have their own agendas.
Back to current events. Our politicians are not always successful at hiding their agendas. Multiple news sources, social networks, and the capacity of almost everyone to be heard allows for hidden agendas to be discovered. At the same time, this multiplicity of voices results in a fog of noise that can hide an agenda.
Enter Russell Brand.
I honestly don't know what his agenda is (to sell his latest book, perhaps) but whatever it is, his passion for political and humanitarian issues and the risks he takes to his career (and his livelihood) and his very life is very impressive. Altruism comes to mind. An altruistic  medical person will work with Meds Sons Frontieres;  Russell Brand employs  his comedic sense of the absurd and laser-like truth vision to bring a different take on the Ottawa shooting.

Take that Fox News! Take that CNN! Take that everybody else!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rule of Thirds in Portraiture

 Test photo/initial draft for a series of portraits, October 19th.

iPhone Diaries #723: Official End of Summer

B-Ball hoop has been taken off the driveway and stored in the garage, bikes are more or less in for the fall and winter. October 19th.

iPhone Diaries #722: Rhodesian Ridgeback

Met this Ridgeback on the Bruce Trail near Ancaster. October 18th.

iPhone Diaries #721: wedding shoot on the Bruce Trail

Chris from Boston Images shooting  Genevieve and Antonio at Sherman Falls, on the Bruce Trail near Ancaster.  Attractive couple+gorgeous scenery+awesome photography = memories for a lifetime and more! October 18th.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

iPhone Diaries #719: cheaper gas

The Middle East is burning, Russia is holding on to its gas, and Alberta can't get it's oil to market. The Thanksgiving long weekend came and went and price of gasoline was at a six-year low. What gives?
It looks like a seismic shift in underway in the marketplace with profound repercussions for OPEC, Israel, fresh water (fracking, tar sands) the valuation of energy corporations, pension funds, etc.