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Despot

OK,

So I’m posting photos on my favorite photo sharing site, flickr.com, and posting in a number of groups to try & give my shots some degree of exposure. Several of the groups are “interactive”, requiring you to comment on other photos when you post one of yours. Fair enough, I always followed the rules and made comments on worthy photos. Several of these groups that were interactive were run by the same administrator, this person who’s on line moniker is “Air Milikay” (yes I’m naming names!) decides that as the supreme overlord god king emperor of the groups, he’s going to kick anyone out who has tags that are specific to other groups. In other words, if you have your shots in any other groups than his, and have that groups tags on your photos, you will get kicked out of his groups. He posted some sort of reasoning, but it was unintelligible and didn’t make any sense whatsoever.

Now a bit of background, this “person” is absolutely OBSESSED with Explore, one of the most stupid things Flickr ever did. If you don’t know what Explore is, read some of my previous venom filled rants on the subject. Anyway, this is a ploy by this fucking asshole (oh, did I write that out loud?) to make his groups more “explore” friendly. Well, a bunch of people got the boot from his groups because their photos were actually in other groups. Some folks started a thread (discussion) of how this was unfair & what the heck was going on & that the administrator was a despot. Well, I agreed with the comments and quit the group that this was posted in. The next morning, I find myself BANNED from his other groups, and any dissenting threads to his magnificent omnipotent excellence deleted. SO, I’m banned for agreeing with an opinion. Not even for offering an opinion, but for agreeing with someone else’s. Free speech my fucking ass. This despotic asshole is a scourge that should be banned not only from all other groups, but also from flickr itself. Any threads disagreeing with his narrow minded opinions are summarily deleted, and the contributors banned.

Fortunately other groups have been formed as a reaction to this morons policies, in a few short days hundreds of people have flocked to the banner of freedom and reason, myself among them. The overwhelming consensus is that this piece of shit shouldn’t even be allowed on flickr.

My point is, how can stuff like this happen in an open & free society? The behaviour of this person is reprehensible and disgusting. Repugnant censorship and dictatorial despotism. This guys picture belongs next to Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin, and all other despots in history. I personally hope that if there is a hell, this cocksucker burns in it.

He deserves it.

Filed under General, Mar 1, 2007
 

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Pat on the Back

You know, I?ve been paying a lot of attention to camera settings lately. More than I used to. You know what? I?ve taken some shots I?m very proud of. Is anyone going to care? Probably not, but I?m getting more & more into the sub culture of the photographer. Understanding the allure to a deeper level.

I posted a picture the other day on flickr, and some asshole left a comment that so much expensive equipment was a waste; you could get the same result with a $200 camera. What a fucking moron. Is he BLIND? The difference is night & day. Dink.

Anyway, this is just a pat on the back from me to me, because I think I?ve taken some pretty damn good stuff lately!

Filed under General, Nov 7, 2006
 

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Detroit

Detroit. Detroit Michigan. Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

Ever been there?

I have.

I live in Canada. Been to ?The States? on many, many occasions. Florida on vacation quite a few times, (hell, my folks used to live there) up & down the Eastern seaboard as a kid, D.C. to see the seat of power and the monuments, N.Y City a couple of times, South Carolina to golf. I haven?t been lately though. It?s the whole Bush terrorism thing. Scary shit.

Anyway, the past few days, I?ve had occasion to visit Detroit twice, once today, and once yesterday. It?s a fair drive from where I live, about 3 hours each way, but it was work, I was paid to go. Which quite frankly, is the only way you would ever get me there.

The city itself has quite a few impressive edifices, but as a whole, is very depressed with a lot of empty buildings and a depressing oppressive atmosphere. The first thing that greeted me was a guy in a dark uniform with a gun. They were in the custom booths at the border. They directed me to an area where my car was examined, where there were more guys in dark uniforms with guns. Jesus fucking Christ on a fucking rubber crutch! GUYS WITH FUCKING GUNS!

This, apparently, is the United States of America. Guys with guns.

I must say, if I lived in Detroit, I?d feel much safer with a gun too.

I was uncomfortable being there. I felt I was at risk. I mean, there were guys with guns there, presumably to protect the public. Lots of guys with guns. EVERYONE with a uniform, and there were LOTS of them, had a GUN. But one never knows. They all had patches?.?Homeland Security?. The signs were in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Fucking wild! I get pissed off when I pick up a package & have to read the French side first! I can?t imagine a package in Arabic. I think it must just be a border thing. ARABIC????? Gimme a break! It?s DETROIT!

You know, when I crossed the border & got back in to Canada?..sweet safe Canada??.I felt an immediate sense of relief. I couldn?t get out of Detroit fast enough.

I feel the same way about Detroit as I feel about NYC. I?m scared to go there. If I have to go to either place again in my lifetime, it will be too soon.

Guys with guns place???you can keep it!

Filed under General, Nov 4, 2006
 

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The Stupidness pool

So ya know?..I?ve been kinda pissed off lately about the whole ?Interestingness? thing on flickr, oops, sorry, ?Explore? as it?s called now.

I?ve had a ton of my shots featured, but none lately, and I do not expect with the current rules to have any more featured??.ever. They recently changed the logarithm for the 4th or 5th time over the past several months and it seems that there are several important changes, which A LOT of people just don?t agree with.

OK?so a bit of background?..

As you know if you?ve read my previous rants Flickr used to be Canadian. It was GREAT, Awesome in fact. Then because it was so great Yahoo bought it. The Yahoo people (lets call them morons for now) instituted this entire ?Interestingness? ?Explore? thing where the 500 most ?interesting? shots every day (about.01%) are featured in this pool called ?Interestingness/Explore?

OK, so basic human nature makes this, to the average person, a contest. I mean, most normal people would think that if you can make the ?top? 500 photos of the day?damn you?re good! Over time the same photographers were featured time & time again (I?m sort of sad to say I was fairly regularly featured) which sort of screwed things up, so the morons (see above) started applying rules in a more and more obscure fashion. This of course started people weaseling ways that they could make the elusive ?Interestingness/Explore? (lets call it the ?This has Become Stupid? pool shall we?) daily list, because, lets face it, they are humans and are subject to basic human nature. Hence, this naturally spawned the birth of ?you must make so many comments? groups, and the like.

So, the morons (see above) are now saying??OH?it?s not a contest?, ?It?s not about good or bad?. Reading several threads in several different groups today, I was amused to see that many people, some of whom are included in my original contacts and very active on flickr, still think that this is indeed a benchmark of quality. They are sadly deluded.

So, the morons (see above) applied some rules, which after some research today became crystal clear. It seems that to combat the same people being in the ?This has Become Stupid? pool (see above), the morons (see above) are punishing multi group posting. Not only that, they are punishing posting in selected groups. i.e. groups where you are required to leave comments on others photos. They even actively discourage multi group posting, while at the same time giving tutorials on why you should post to groups, how to post to groups, and how to make your own group!

Without posting to a group or forum where you can expose your efforts to a wide audience, how are you going to be seen? Sure after time, you?ll develop a bit of a ?clique? (don?t get me started on this, flickr is one fucking clique spot & this pisses me off even more! There are plenty of groups that you won?t get to post in unless you?re part of the favored inner circle) of people who regularly view your work. Hence the ?family/friends and Contacts? concept. BTW?the morons(see above) are now even figuring into the formula for the ?This has Become Stupid? pool (see above) on how many contacts you have!

NOW?..I post on flickr to expose my shots to a wide audience. To let people see what I am doing with my camera. It has expanded my artistic ability and broadened my horizons immeasurably. I have made many friends. NOW, the morons (see above) are restricting my outlet for creativity by PUNISHING me for multi group posting, particularly in groups where I KNOW people have an opportunity to look at my shots because they are required to comment or view.

So, it boils down to this. The morons(see above) have set up a system whereby people naturally compete to be in it. It?s called human nature. They now say?"We just want to show a cross section of "interesting" photos" and ?Oh it?s not a contest?, but they set it up that way.

YOU STUPID FUCKING MORONS THESE ARE HUMAN BEINGS YOU?RE DEALING WITH. THIS IS HOW THE THING WAS SET UP. EVER HEAR OF HUMAN NATURE? FUCKING IDIOTS!!!!

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OK, they should abolish the ?This has Become Stupid? pool (see above) and make it a completely RANDOM viewing of shots from the day. That would solve ALL the animosity, competitive bullshit, hundreds of discussions, and myriad of problems.

Now that I've spewed as much venom as possible and have that off my chest I feel marginally better. After all, it's my blog! Just my 2 cents worth!

Filed under General, Nov 1, 2006
 

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Photography

Ok, so it?s been a while since I?ve posted. Been busy. Life shit you know?

Anyway, I?ve been exploring the limitations & boundaries of my camera, an advanced amateur DSLR. Lately, I?ve posted on flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/redmann) some pics I?m quite proud of, as I?ve used the cameras capability to make them. I haven?t post processed much other than basic cropping & balance. I?ve been able to take macros with a zoom lens, with quite a nice depth of field, and make a shot look like an oil painting, just with camera settings & focus etc. You know what?

NO ONE IS LOOKING AT THEM!!!!!!!!

Well, not anyone, some people are, but not nearly as many as look at my other stuff. Go figure. Real photography sucks, post-processing rules.
FUCK

The pics people look at are the pretty glam shot, post processed to the max. Screw actually taking a real photograph with a camera. All you need is a point & shoot & Photoshop.

I AM depressed! What a sorry state of affairs. Real photography takes a back seat to digital manipulation. Oh well?I guess I should roll with the changes & just post process the shit out of everything!

Filed under General, Jul 21, 2006
 

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