I’ve seen some episodes on the net of a one time television series by the name of The Fear Factor, a show that centered around scaring the hell out of people and would go to extremes of make up and sound effects to accomplish that goal.
If that’s a process you think sounds vaguely familiar you’d be right as that is basically the premise of presidential election campaigns – the fear factor.
Doom and gloom, the apocalypse, Freddie under the bed or in the bath water if you fail to make the right choice in casting your ballot by voting for “the lesser of two evils”.
The lesser of two evils – a tacit admission that either way you go trouble looms, that the “choice” is your’s, you can either lose an arm or a leg but ultimately be you’ll be maimed.
Not much of an inspiration is it? And rather than face the reality people will ignore the obvious, ignore the lies, manipulations, even a candidates well documented history and cast their vote muttering the by rote recitation that they’re doing their duty and rising in defense of the republic.
As if it’s as simple as that – the fear factor, a mainstay of American politics, and strange that in every election whether it be local, state, or national the bogey man always makes an appearance having never actually be vanquished in prior elections.
Freddie’s return, a nightmare not on Elm Street but on Main street, or in the moment at hand Pennsylvania Avenue.
Hollywood couldn’t come up with this sort of stuff, it has all the elements of every B grade horror movie ever made wrapped into a single production and then some.
Like any movie there’s an assortment of extras who provide background, but in the end their role is to prop up the lead – to convince the audience that inspite of any differences the “star” actually is the hero or heroine and gee whiz can’t we all just get along?
Get along and set principles and conscience aside, go for the day old bread instead of the fresh, embrace the status quo, the fear factor.
Vote and then look under the bed and in the closet before retiring for the night or spend the next four years railing in forums about how it’s all going south and if people would only wake up.
There are valid concerns and reasons to be fearful, but the system is such that you either step up opting to lose a limb or you sit it out and await the next episode.
I don’t believe that a choice between Vampira and the Creature from the Black Lagoon or the way their respective roles are portrayed has a single thing to do with not leaving a light on at night – the better part of wisdom might be to leave two on, hang a little garlic over the door and stay away from lagoons, ponds, and other bodies of water.
Nothing to add – the video says it all.
Well, the chickens are certainly coming home to roost with the latest expose related to Debbie Wasserman Schultz the long time lap poodle of the Clintons and manipulator within the ranks of the DNC.
Increasingly difficult even for the most ardent of supporters to deny that the system is indeed rigged, that it is a misnomer if not a blatant lie to characterize the DNC as “democratic”, and that every reason exists to believe this latest revelation is merely the tip of the iceberg.
Inspite of the difficult deniability factor and campaign long negative polls of a lack of trustworthiness will this make a difference to Hillary’s supporters?
I doubt it as it is singularly about party allegiance and the fact that Clinton is a woman.
Breaking barriers and glass ceilings indeed, while no mention is made that the barriers were seen to be the obstacle of honesty and integrity – something woefully lacking in the House of Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and politics in general.
And Wasserman Schultz being the ever faithful companion and with no room to deny or plead the now infamous Hillary line of she “misspoke” bites the bullet and takes one for the team while Hillary publicly congratulates Wasserman for her service.
Public praise, another in your face middle finger by the distinctly unqualified and stereotypical Washington insider.
My sincere hope is Sander’s supporters contest the coronation of the would be queen, that they do what the deny Trump movement attempted to and vote their conscience.
Any one who is dismissive of the Drumpf’s chances of winning may be in for rude awakening – an awakening not based on Trump’s “message” but a rejection of everything Hillary Clinton has come to represent.
What a miserable state of affairs when the choices boil down to two pathological liars who have spent their careers manipulating and stepping upon anyone who got in their way……way to go America.
There’s a variety of camera cages and related video equipment/accessories for digital cameras and it can be a little confusing if you’re a video neophyte and intimidating when you see the prices.
Since I’ve decided to try my hand at video I did more than a little research and price comparisons.
A cage seems like a good idea in light of the various mounting options they offer.
I’ve begun with a 8Sinn cage as seen in the photos (just some quick shots and nothing special, and the photo of front facing camera is actually a photo of the box I took), following it’s arrival and the opportunity to examine, take a closer look, and actually mount it on my a6300 – I’m pleased with the choice.
The model I selected is designed to accommodate either the Sony a6000 or the a6300, a good well secured fit.
This cage comes with a molded in cold shoe, part of the casting, and and a HDMI clamp, which I’ve removed for the time being, something that costs extra in other cages I looked at.
I’m not necessarily interested in every accessory available and have the ability to make a combination aluminum or magnesium handle incorporating a hardwood grip I can also make.
I have a piece of birdseye maple that’s the right size, an eye catching wood that will add a nice touch.
I suppose at some point I may opt for an external microphone but not rushing into that, and since I’m in the process of making a camera slide I figure I can do the same for the cage if I decide to.
I like the look of this cage, kind makes me think it’s something a Vulcan from Star Trek would have.
Designs for a cage are dictated by size and model, I don’t believe that lends itself to an endless array of design possibilities, but 8Sinn has pretty much nailed it.
8Sinn is a Polish company, and one might think that would translate to a lengthy wait from placing an order to delivery considering distances but that isn’t the case as from start to finish it took four working days – I think people often enough wait longer when they order something from ebay.
I believe this is the first Polish made product I’ve owned and well satisfied – far superior to a lot of Chinese products which I actually expected as I have a Polish friend who seems to be of superior design and character.
Including a link for 8Sinn in case others may be interested in a cage or related.
Simple question – does the perfect lens exist?
Simple answer- no, as perfection is subjective, always has been, always will be.
A reality that lends itself to untold amounts of money being spent in the pursuit and something lens manufacturers are aware of that will guarantee an ongoing market for new and improved.
New and improved is a good thing, but it should be noted there are vintage lenses whose IQ is such they can stand up to modern lenses and remain sought after.
It may be that a lens like Sigma’s 30mm f1.4 in the Contemporary series will at some point become a sought after vintage lens, the same could be said of their DN Art series trilogy of the 19mm, 30, and 60mm f2.8’s.
There is a revolution of sorts taking place in photography, highly affordable lenses that rival and in some cases out perform the sacred cows of Zeiss, Voightlander, and Leica in various areas.
There is a meme of sorts on the internet regarding kit lenses – some saying all are good and it isn’t necessary to upgrade to any sort of prime.
This discussion based primarily on the ability to correct/manipulate either in camera or during post editing.
What can be accomplished in today’s post editing software is nothing short of mind boggling, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to the ability to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear – though that time may come.
Personally I can’t think of a kit lens I’d opt for, with the exception of older kit lenses that accompanied film cameras in the past, and I’m not enough of a contrarian to jump on the they’re all good band wagon.
Normally when you buy a camera it comes with the option of body only or with a kit lens, and the increased price for including a kit lens is usually in the neighborhood of $150 to $200 dollars.
Enough of an initial enticement for many to forego the additional expenditure of opting for a prime.
I understand that as not everyone has a lot of disposable cash to spend, and a lot of people aren’t willing to put it on a card and pay the interest associated with doing so.
It doesn’t take long though before the hunt for a better lens begins and you can find a ton of kit lenses on the net people are attempting to unload to facilitate the pocket book to that end.
Are they doing this because a kit lens is good, or because they’ve come to a different understanding?
That speaks to a number of things – the first being a kit lens doesn’t deliver, fails to meet the expectations of many, and of course the hype and marketing associated with primes.
Now if you know your way around a camera and post editing you can squeeze more out of a kit lens than if you don’t in what can become an act of drudgery. The question is should you have to? Do you want to? And no, presets won’t get it in every instance.
I don’t believe the majority of people with a camera spend countless hours pixel peeping, neither do I believe a person or client who likes what they see does either, and yet some discrepancies, some shortcomings can be so obvious as not to be missed.
The only people who have asked me anything about what gear was employed have been those with the photography bug themselves.
I’ve mentioned previously a project I’ve been engaged in for some time featuring rez life, indigenous people, and culture/architectural related aspects.
Not long ago after some serious collating a person who was previously engaged in the publishing industry took a look at what would be presented, their response was enthusiastic, complimentary, and encouraging.
The only time the topic of camera or lens arose was when I made mention of it. There were a few questions about how did I achieve such a “look”, but that was the extent of it.
A great many of the photos were taken with vintage prime lenses, some on a film camera later to be scanned and digitized, some with a conventional dslr, and some with mirrorless.
I can’t think of anything that would lead me to divest myself of these vintage lenses, but I can’t say the same for a single modern kit lens.
Neither can I envision a time when I could or would spend thousands of dollars for a lens or camera body, and I’m not bothered by that due to the revolution I mentioned above and the availability of vintage primes and forward thinking companies like Sigma, Samyang/Rokinon, and a Chinese company by the name of Venus Laowa that is producing a revolutionary new macro lens for less than $400 that is blowing the socks off of competitors.
I’m a believer in fair market value, the qualifier is how that value is set and to what degree it is manipulated.
Camera cages are an example – is there an appreciable degree of difference in quality and build between a multi hundreds of dollars cage where simple “accessories” like a cold shoe or hdmi clamp cost extra and that of 8Sinns offerings at half or less the price that include the same “accessories”?
Not to my way of thinking, and I believe what 8Sinn is producing is the equal to or better than their competitors.
The marketplace is primarily based upon what the market will bear – now a quality product will naturally cost more, entirely acceptable.
But my contention related to any consumer product is profit is the motivation and I haven’t an issue with that – what I do have a problem with is when the amount of profit reaches what borders on the obscene.
Another example is a nd filter I have made by a startup company and sold as Ice filters. Well constructed, rave reviews, and inexpensive.
A person could spend literally hundreds of dollars for another brand but why should they when Ice does the job admirably?
Should they do so merely to say I have such an such a filter and it cost me multiple trips to the blood bank to acquire the necessary funds, or should they let their photos do the talking?
But as I said much of this is subjective and people should pursue their own likes and dislikes, though it might be advisable to do so with eyes wide open.
Companies like those mentioned above, Zeiss, Voightlander, and Leica have a respected and recognizable brand value based on a history of excellence, but the barbarians are at the gate and I believe they are going to have to make adjustments or lose market shares.
I understand I’m probably not endearing myself to their fans and arguments can abound – for those who advance them I suggest they consider the disparity between what is affordable for some and not for others, and while doing so ask themselves if everyone with an interest in photography should have the ability to capture quality photos or should a country club exist?
When the topic of human trafficking comes up people generally associate that with the sex trade, but there is another side to it that I find even more egregious and distasteful, the marketing of infants and children.
I’m not a proponent of sterilization, especially in view of how that was visited upon the women of our nations without their knowledge or consent.
But in the case of a parent who would sell a child, any child, I haven’t any hesitation in saying not only should they be jailed but sterilized as well man or woman.
Human trafficking in every form has increased without any indication of abating, a reality that should lead to a global outrage and a global crackdown.
I would ask that a person consider foregoing that extra cup of coffee or danish and instead donate the comparable amount or more to The A21 Campaign, you’d be doing a good thing.
In the second link I’d say Adams-Marten’s brother did the right thing and never should have gone to prison.