Posts Tagged ‘reality shows’

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).



Review: Under Cover Boss and 7-Eleven

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Click on Pic to go to “Undercover Boss. Click Here to go to 7-Eleven.

Having become a hater of reality shows over the years, You’ll be shocked to hear from me that this show is actually worth watching, at least the 7-Eleven episode.

Shows like the Bachelor pretty much just become legal soft porn … I don’t say that because I go to church, but because I have a step-daughter that can learn from shows like that that she has to act like a nymphomaniac floozy to get a man to marry her.

If you didn’t see the 7-Eleven episode, watch it online.  It’s especially relieving to see a CEO that worked up the ranks, and even before the show he actually showed signs of balance between getting $$$ for his owners/shareholders and taking care of day to day operations (including employees).  He was not at all the totally detached being that many CEOs tend to be.  That is an extreme rarity.

The other surprise was that when he heard the one employee state (as many state is low level jobs) that it was a dead end … he actually felt bad.  This may be the first CEO I’ve seen in decades that actually seemed to care that an employee didn’t want to stay in the company.  He encouraged that employee to think differently and became his mentor to prove it.  Standing behind his words I watched Joe DePinto gain the respect of his employees.

Why is that?

Personally … I think the main reason is the fact that this CEO actually worked up the ranks, he didn’t graduate college and jump into a high ranking position right out of school, never knowing what happens in the rest of the company.  He also was in the military, so you could see a good respect towards other coworkers at all levels in him from that.

Maybe he needs to quit being a CEO and train the other ones who could care less about employees, or keeping those employees jobs around for them to have.  Maybe he could teach them there is actually something more important than picking the color of your private plane.

Hmmm …. a CEO that is a REAL CEO – I didn’t thunk that’d happen again in my lifetime.  Due to that and seeing the quality of operations (not to mention us actually liking the stores), we are going to recommend 7-Eleven to our readers.


PS – I’d actually go work for this place, if I could even get half of what I used to make. A huge KUDOs to Joe DePinto for having the guts to do the show, and actually being a human being before, during, and after it!

BTW, 7-Eleven can now be found in SWB Recommends!

The reality of reality

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

* What’s makes this post “Breaking!” ??

Well, nothing really – we just haven’t used the article icon in a while and didn’t want it to feel left out.

* If there anything at all “breaking” about this post?

Well, my wife did change her status on Facebook  to “being tired of reality shows”. I guess that’s breaking news.

* Any point?

Yup, I replied to it with this: “I guess I should have told you about the web cams, and internet feeds in the house for NBC … I hope the lifetime supplies of free Sham Wows is worth it.”

* I got this back:

“Sham wows!!!????!!!! You’re on the couch tonight Mister!!”

* Why am I writing this?

Because I’m trying to figure out if my wife is seeing the Sham Wow guy on the side.  Other than that … this article has no use but to generate totally worthless babble.

You need that in a blog sometimes.


PS – If you gained anything mentally useful from this post, please go back to reading comic books … it’s obviously a much safer place for you.