Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Johnny-on-the-Spot

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Photograph by Melanie Einzig The On the Media blog has an interesting article by PJ Vogt. He writes that he considers the above image to be one of the most memorable photos shot on the morning of Sept. 11. I agree. The incongruity of the mundane with the horrific is riveting. The photograph also contradicts [...]

Maul Santas (Part 3)

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

I went down to the local mall a couple of days ago to see how the Santa racket works these days. It’s like a production-line portrait studio now, with big signs showing all of your options. You can get any size print, you can get it printed on keychains or Christmas ornaments, and you can [...]

Maul Santas (Part 2)

Friday, December 24th, 2010

From Scott’s Mind Santa has consolidated, like any good monopolist. This allows him to cut costs and drive his competitors out of business. These days, there is one Santa Claus in the entire mall, and he sits somewhere in the middle, not affiliated with any store in particular. It was not always thus. Back in [...]

Rhymes with Sewage, Part 4: Kirlian Conclusion

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Was I about to throw this into the gears of his sales pitch? [In Part 3, I told you about my continuing adventures at the 2004 New Living Expo. Among other things, I had a past-life regression. But earlier in the day, I agreed to try a $50 aura-healing pendant, in exchange for getting a [...]

Rhymes with Sewage, Part 2: Get Your Photography Curled

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

(Image from Wikipedia) [In Part 1, I told you how I enjoy exploring the fringes. Sometimes I actually discover something that works (Hypnosis. Hubba hubba!).] The first time I went to the newage fair was in 2003 or 2004. As I mentioned yesterday, it was partly to see if I could find the little bit [...]

129th Skeptics’ Circle: How the Discovery Channel has Fallen

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

(Super-awesome photograph by Ron Britton) I haven’t been trying to neglect the blog lately. I was hoping to cut back to two or three articles per week, not two or three weeks per article. It’s amazing how merely re-prioritizing the blog from #1 hobby to #2 hobby has robbed it of so much attention. The [...]

My San Jose Adventure

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

This is my “8-hour excursion pass” from Saturday. I know time flies when you’re having fun, but I’ve never had eight hours go by in only one minute. Let me tell you a joke. I heard this a few years ago. The joke is now outdated, but it’s still funny: You’re a photojournalist. You’re covering [...]

YES! Please Send Tony Perkins to Jail!

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Last week, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council got my hopes up for nothing. I opened his daily email, and this bolded sentence jumped out at me: “If we lose, we go to jail.” My heart skipped a beat. Could it be true? What sort of weird sexual perversion was he caught at? Was [...]