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The perils of an over-photographed world

I had a conversation the other day with a friend about photographs.. While that subject matter may not be the most thrilling of conversation pieces, it led me down a a path wondering if our supersaturation of cameras  and selfies, now couplies, will lead to a lessening value of the past.

Think of it like this.. 
There are haunting images from the early 1900s .. people seemingly frowning in photos. There's images of county fairs in which men are posing in top hates and full suits with their wives, dressed in full length attire.. The subjects photographed in the early days of cameras didn't do self images, didn't pose for Facebook, and were hardly snapped at all.

That's why taking a photo, whether it be a family portrait or taking a shot of a dead child in the post-mortem, was a special event. 

It's been said that Abraham Lincoln loved to have his picture taken. However, even with his affinity for the camera, I doubt he or anyone else would understand or fit in well with today's self-absorbed selfie culture.

But it brings up the interesting question: Are we over doing it?  

Even during my youth, there'd be a few shots of Christmas, birthdays, or other events. Now, at any given family affair, there could be hundreds if not thousands of images, captured quickly and immediately updated to the servers of your favorite social networking site. The world can see all of your life at a moment's notice--and most of the world doesn't even notice at all. 

On the subject of whether we take too many pictures today, I am somewhat torn. I'd personally love to have more images, or even videotape, of my younger days in the late 20th century. I'd be gratified if I could have just a few more snapshots of relatives who passed away. But at the same time, the lack of an immense collection of pictures, it leads me to only cherish more the few I have obtained.

On the flip side, there's a tremendous amount of snapshots of current affairs. You can flip through but .. well.. there's often too many. 

People posing, photo bombing...all of that.. Facebook accounts filled with thousands of images, some often appearing almost the same, litter phones across the world. And somehow, that often seems to cheapen a very meaningful event.

Don't get me wrong.. There's a value is taking lots of photos. I used to laugh at my wife for doing it, until I realized she captured some of the most precious images of my son's early smiles I could imagine. I have come to value ALL of those pictures.

But gone are the days of a photo being 'the moment' when people stop, drop, and often frown--not because they were unhappy but because in their time it was culturally acceptable and often implied that you should look as serious as you could for an image. Because taking a picture was important. They were few but meaningful... And not, many times, they are plentiful and vacant..

I doubt a happy medium will ever be achieved. After all, the future is now. And with Google Glass and othe devices ready to videotape an entire life on the way, not one moment will be lost.
And they may be the worst thing ever..



STRANGER THINGS 2 looks incredible

The newest STRANGER THINGS 2 trailer hit on Friday the 13th .. amazing timing as always with the fine people at Netflix..

The excitement over this program is incredible. Not only are people re-watching and re-binging the first season in preparation, but there is an equal amount of re-watching and analyzing of the newest trailers..

Before discussion.. take a glance:

My initial thought: This is actually the weaker of the teasers and trailers for season 2.. Yes, I am inclined to wonder why Eleven is more androgynous  .. why she has more hair now and no one shaved it. why she is out of the upside down and eating Eggos in the normal world..

So many questions about her. But the trailer didn't pay much attention to her--I think on purpose. Instead we glimpsed into the post-pubescent boys and now new friends of another gender planning something, just as the world is being taken over by giant squid creatures from the upside down.

Not viewed at all? Mike's mom and dad. Barb..

Forgive me…


Yes, indeed.. a hurricane-ish type storm is about to hit Ireland..

Hurricane Ophelia is the 10th consecutive hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year. According to University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy, the last time ten consecutive storms became a hurricane was 1893. While a very interesting factoid, the "elephant in the room" is that Ophelia is headed to Ireland. It is rare, but not unprecedented.

There are a few interesting things about this.. First off, there have been really rare occasions that storms of this nature made it as far as Ophelia may..

Actually there have been only a handful in the past years since about, oh, 1851..

From 1851 to 2010, only 10 extratropical storms, typically the tail ends of tropical cyclones, have hit within 200 miles (322 kilometers) of Ireland....Hurricane Debbie was the only tropical hurricane to make landfall in that area, clipping the far northwest of the British Isles in 1961.

But this is 2017--the year that mayhem on …

The interesting tale of Joe Weller's sex prank line getting haunted

Joe Weller’s sex line prank video was seen by more than 2.5 million people when it was posted back in March.

It involved Joe trolling alleged sex workers over the phone – but some viewers spotted something creepy happening.
In the background, a piece of gym equipment with a handle begins to swing back and forward.

“It continues to swing in a way that if someone pushed it, it would have stopped,” he said in a recent video addressing the claims.