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The Art of Photography While Driving and How it Pertains to Politics

September 17, 2016 Leave a comment

roadway091716A great low-res pic of the roadway in from my car.

As you can see, my fancy new windshield wipers are working flawlessly.

… or maybe you can’t see.  It’s taken with my fancy $10 Vivitar key chain camera bought at Rite Aide 5 years ago. Beats my $2400 Fuji Pro2 any day 🙂

So why post a really bad photo from a camera where it’s in high debate that it actually has a lens in it?

Well, a bit of nostalgia … really capture images like those very crappy film camera you bought in the gum ball machines in the 70s and 80s – a really distorted, although recognizable view of what’s really there.

BTW …. before we go further, a little clarification for the thin-minded: I really didn’t take this while I was driving the car, I was stopped in a legal area to do so with someone behind me for safety. Why do I have to clarify that? … Well, because I’ve been around long enough to know if enough people read this, some of the more dim-witted will buy a few key chain cams and start taking pics around the ‘burgh in their cars while forgetting to actually drive their cars. I would feel bad about any accidents(well, not that bad … they’re the stupid idiots taking pics while driving their cars), considering I’d already have to deal with dumb questions like “how do I get the pics off the cam, it doesn’t have a screen”. I get the same question from people that buy modern day film cameras, failing to realize they bought a film camera (you can’t make that one up).

Ok … now past the incoherent babble, what does this even have to do with modern day politics??

Well, it’s exactly the same thing … a view that looks like what our founding fathers created, blurred a bit so you can’t see the details, but cheap enough you’ll but it anyway (when I did an art project with keychain cams I sold some of the pics at shows for $30 a piece … more than I ever sold with shots taken with my pro camera).

It’s sort of like reality shows (I’m REALLY hoping you don’t think any part of those shows are real), which our elections are starting to get like – well produced marketing with enough blur so you think you are really getting what you ordered until you actually open the box and find a really crappy picture of a road taking with a camera that cost three times less that what you just paid for the picture.

The art of photography and how it pertains to politics … it’s really an unsafe stupid way to get a really crappy blurry image of reality.

Realize what’s around you, look at what’s around you, make informed decisions, don’t let modern day marketing make the decisions for you.

This is our political contribution to the 2016 reality show (ooops … I mean election).



TPM gets plagiarized

May 18, 2009 1 comment

swbtherantfiles… and just when SWB though Monday was going to be slow, we stumbled across this article from NYC AP as it appeared on It’s about a well known New York Times columnist that plagiarized against the well known liberal blog Taking Points Memo.

Now, we know what you are thinking – shouldn’t that be the reverse? Normally? Nope, it’s the way it is. Maureen Dowd slightly modified a comment made by TPM (you can see it in the AP Article), and used it in her New York Times column. Working for the New York Times, don’t you think she would have been aware enough of the internet to figure that might be a bad idea. The excuse she gave is that she heard it from a friend that didn’t mention it was from a blog (so basically, she used someone else’s words anyway to make money and gave no credit). To make her feel a little batter about what she did, SWB will offer Maureen the first bobble-head SWB clueless award for her car dash. We hope she’ll appreciate it.

On the flip side of the issues – we wanted to offer The New York Times credit for giving PMT the originator of the word snippet credit for it. They are also going to publish a correction, etc.


PS – I’d like to get paid to rip people’s words off … but then again weasels don’t even step that low.