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You are not Bono

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More and more photographers, photo editors, and all sorts of experts in the field of photography are turning to public speaking as one of the platforms in reaching out. There’s something that can be said about being heard. Scott Berkun, in his blog, wants to land you a fistful of reminders if you’re someone who’s about to go on stage and mentally engage a group of people, first of which, is to tell you bluntly that you are not Bono.

Great tips!

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July 1, 2011 at 1:11 PM

My ideal American city

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A list of most stringent and non-negotiable requirements:

• A really huge public park
• Lots and lots of interesting (and preferably, tall) buildings designed by world-famous architects
• Lots and lots of interesting people from all walks of life, and from all over the world
• Great public transportation system (bus, cab, subway, train, plane, helicopter, trolley, boat, etc.)
• Awesome current AT&T 3G network coverage, and soon, awesome AT&T 4G LTE network coverage
• Fantastic public library system (and bookstores)
• Wide swath of strong and stable (and usable) free WiFi coverage
• A Starbucks in every corner (and a whole lot of artisanal coffee shops serving French press coffee)
• Museums and galleries, as well as art centers, art foundations, art colonies
• At least one fabulous emporium of a brick-and-mortar photography store
• Famous and historic landmarks
• Celebrates gay pride month
• A throbbing gay district (bars, clubs, etc.)
• A thriving shopping district (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.)
• A thrilling entertainment district (movies, plays, concerts, etc.)
• A well-known financial district (banking, finance, etc.)
• An international business district (of all kinds)
• A media and publishing district (of all kinds)
• Four seasons (not the hotel, but the weather)
• Deli shops and stores that are open 24 hours a day
• The best pizza in the world (outside of Italy)

I bet, there’s only one city in the whole of the continental United States that has all these, and more.

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July 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Andy Baio’s art of copying Jay Meisel

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Mike Masnick, techdirt:

Photography, by its very nature, starts with simply copying what’s on the other side of the lens. Yes, there is more to it on top of that. There are all sorts of artistic choices to be made about how to copy. How to frame, how to focus, how to light, how to shade, how to dodge, how to print, etc. That’s what makes it an artform. But it’s incredibly hypocritical to then decry others similarly making a copy, with similar artistic choices, by somehow claiming that that version of copying is “theft.” So, photographers, please don’t be so quick to decry other artforms that also start with copying, but which also then apply additional artistic choices. If Jay Maisel’s photograph of Miles Davis is unique and original artwork (and I believe it is), then so is the cover of Andy Baio’s album.

Reading the signs at the SLAM

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I read the signs at the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM):

• The works of art in this gallery have been temporarily removed during construction.

• This object has been temporarily removed. Purpose: Examination.

• Many of the Museum’s amenities and services have been temporarily relocated during construction.

• This exhibition contains mature content. Parental discretion is advised.

• Installation in progress. Please pardon the inconvenience.

• Caution, monitoring in progress.

• Please pardon the inconvenience, this elevator is out of service during construction.

• This stairwell is temporarily closed during construction. Please use the main elevator across Sculpture Hall to access the lower level galleries.

• Many of the Museum’s amenities and services have been temporarily relocated during construction.

• The Museum Auditorium is closed.

• During the current phase of construction, we have limited restroom facilities.

• The Richardson Memorial Library is open by appointment only. Please visit the Information Center in Sculpture Hall for assistance.

• The works of art in this gallery have been temporarily removed during construction

• Gallery closures and art movement throughout the Museum are anticipated as we make progress on our exciting expansion project.

• Your patience is appreciated.

• Thank you for your patience.

Written by dominiquejames

June 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM

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