misunderstandings. misadventures. mandarin.
Friday, October 29, 2004
This video perfectly sums up George Bush's presidency:
Flippin' The Bird
Thursday, October 28, 2004
So it has been a very busy week.
And an excellent one at that.
For starters, I am now an American.
You heard me correctly. An American.
I have not renounced my Canadian citizenship, but being an American makes it very easy for me to work here in the USA.
What else has made up this here week of mine?
Last week I attended a 3-day Photography Expo/Convention here in NYC, which featured a wide breadth of speakers - some excellent, and some, well, a little less than excellent. But I did learn a tremendous amount - everything from billing practices for digital to Photoshop techniques to having my portrait taken my National Geographic legend Joe McNally.
I also met the International Photo Editor at Newsweek, Jamie Wellford, who told me I should stop by the office. So I did. And he was so very very positive on my work. He loved my interiors, and gathered several people around to look at my photos. He then passed on a few more names of people that I should go and see.
Earlier that day I had gone to see Budget Travel, and the Picture Editor there - Nakyung Han - was very enthusiastic about my work and took several minutes to colour photocopy a half-dozen shots. She then gave me names of people to see at Forbes and INC. So I went and saw them.
And on and on we go.
In all this week to date I have seen Budget Travel, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, and INC. I have dates with Business Week, Mens Journal, Rolling Stone, and am trying to rustle up several more before I leave.
Did I mention it has been a good week?
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Gifted 5th Graders respond to the UK-base Guardian's write-a-letter-to-a-voter-in-the-swing-state-of-Ohio.
''Real faith, you see, leads us to deeper reflection and not -- not ever -- to the thing we as humans so very much want.'' And what is that? ''Easy certainty.''
That is an exerpt from a pretty scary article on Bush: NY Times Article - 10 pages
Only in Canada
I was taking the TTC to Royal York Station the other day to take the subway downtown. However, before getting on the subway I wanted to run an errand right around the corner - but I did not want to have to use two tokens (bus > station; station > downtown) so I hatched a plan.
I approaced the ticket agent.
"Hey - I am just going to grab a coffee, and will be back in 15 mins. Will I be able to --"
"Are you going to go to Second Cup?" he asked excitedly.
"Would you mind picking up a double tall expresso for me?"
"Uh, sure, no problem."
And with that he pressed a fiver in my hand.
Only in Canada would a total stranger give you $5 to get them a coffee and KNOW that you would return with the coffee AND the change.