Reading all the stories about kids and parents lately reminded me of something that happened a couple of years ago. It’s pretty long, but I had to live through it so 😂
Our entry way has automatic sliding doors that open with a sensor. Then you’re in the vestibule / cart area where straight ahead is another automatic sliding door that is an entrance, it only opens from this side. To the left is a single sliding door, this is the exit. It only opens from inside the store and not the vestibule. This is important to the story.
So I’m out on the floor and don’t see it first hand but had to review the cameras for the mountain of paperwork this caused so I’m very confident in what happened.
A woman walks into the store. Through both doors and turns right towards the kitchen gadget area. Trailing WAY behind her is her three year old son. She’s already in the store before he toddles through the first door and into the vestibule. At the same time another customer exist through the exit doors and through the main doors and leaves.
This kid is three years old. I had to write up a report, that was his actual age. He can’t see his mom. He’s confused. He doesn’t know what way to go so he heads to the exit door which is now closing behind the other customer that left.
Remember how this door only senses people exiting the store? It doesn’t sense him.
He gets smooshed in the door, which couldn’t sense him.
Well all hell broke loose.
He was fine. Physically. Perfectly fine. Just scared and crying. The mom wanted us to pay with our actual lives for this happening.
She wasn’t even near her kid. She didn’t even see it happen. Why weren’t you near your kid? He was three! He could have been kidnapped. He could have wandered into the parking lot and got hit by a car. He did get hurt because she didn’t care. Because she just left him outside the store. She’s lucky he even went into the right store.
She even said we should have the doors labeled more clearly. They are, I pointed that out. She’s then like - he can’t read he’s 3. Then what are the other labels supposed to have done in this situation, lady???
She said we should put uno cards on the doors because he loves that game and would have known to stop if he saw it.
Ok. So that would stop him but not all 3 year olds play uno. I’ve never played uno and I’m 27. It’s a very specific label for a specific person.
She said she’d never shop here again and left. Oh man, what a day. Keep an eye on your kids, people.
Preamble: I’m the night auditor at a large and reasonably upscale hotel; this all happened about an hour ago.
I’m at the front desk, just starting to run the audit. I just got finished checking in my last arrival, cranky woman who made a lot of demands and showed no appreciation for customer service. Boy did she smell like cigarettes too.
Just as I’m turning to walk back into the office to wait while the audit reports print, the front doors open and my security guard comes sprinting into the atrium. He’s yelling, “SHIT. SHIT. FIRE OUTSIDE, MAN!”
He turns to go back outside, I hop over the desk and run to the restaurant and grab a fire extinguisher from the kitchen before following my security outside. There are a few large bushes right by the front doors and one of them is burning up big time - flames as high as the window to the room outside of which we’ve congregated. I’ve never actually used a fire extinguisher before, so I didn’t really know what to expect once I pulled out the safety pin and let it rip.
The fire went out pretty quick but damn that thing stunk up the place. The smoke smelled better than that crap, and I’m still covered in a fine layer of whatever is in that thing. We stomped out a couple embers and mourned the shrubbery, all about 5 feet from the sizeable NO SMOKING sign by the front door.
I’m fairly certain I know who was responsible, as the woman I checked in just 15 minutes earlier was the only person I saw come in or out in the last couple hours. Once the cameras are reviewed, we’ll know for sure; I hope she gets slapped with a heavy fine. Writing the incident report now.
Thank you, security, for noticing the blaze before it became a serious issue. And screw you, people who toss lit cigarette butts into vegetation.
*Insert 80s shopping montage* Des, Ivellios and Strix make their way to Waterdeep, the City of Splendors. There they seek out the trade district and plan to spend some of their hard earned gains on upgrading their equipment!
(1/3) “The only memory that I have of a film that I would like to mention right now would be of the film Magnolia. I have to say that actually cannot exactly tell what this film was about or what exactly happened in this film. But for me, it really had to do with the feel of this film. I immediately had this particular feeling with this film. Also because it is quite a long film. The runtime is about 3 hours. I remember that I experienced it as a revelation that urged me to look at films in a different way. Meaning the deeper underlying thoughts behind the images, the slowness that it can have and the music in combination with the images” - Romy _____________________________________ Photo taken by Feargal Agard Story written by Feargal Agard
If I’m not wrong, this is the last day we can see the rehearsals of Youtube. Since this afternoon, the full show rehearsals have begun, so it will be just like when it’s live on television for them. But we had still six countries who had only rehearsed once: the big five + Ukraine! So we have six more acts to review - with camera angles this time.
The video on the Eurovision channel didn’t have any vocals, which is pretty sad, but the staging looks pretty cool. I’m not a fan of the head though, but for the rest it all looks great!
I am so excited for Francesco! This will be my biggest riser for sure! I am in love with the colorful staging. I can’t wait to see his full performance! This vocals are great, his staging is just pure perfection, suddenly I see why people want this to win so badly.
I am not a fan of this. Okay, his vocals are good, but personally I don’t really like the song. It’s not ugly, but it’s just boring. And I don’t like the staging either, the colors don’t match. Sorry, Manel, but no vote from me.
Like I said earlier, I don’t think this staging matches her song at all. I feel like nothing matches it. Is it just me, or..? Her vocals, on the other hand, are very good!
I am a very big fan of the staging! I just love how the sparks come out when there is a beat. I don’t see her winning, but I predict her finishing in the top 10 at least!
I don’t really know what to think of the staging. Let’s say I’m neuter here, because I really don’t know. One part of me loves it, but the other part hates it. And again, her vocals are very good, so she might do a good job Saturday!
Cameras flash and we switch to our next pose, trying to get over the smell of mildew and hard water. We are all cramming together in the small, antique elevator for our photoshoot of Dope. The only good thing about doing pictures is the individual shoots. My best friend of 13 years moved from America to pursue her dream as a photographer, while I pursued mine as a singer. Luckily the company I debuted for needed photographers for our band and she was assigned to be my personal photographer.
While most phones come equipped to take photos, they don’t come close to the same experience of using a dedicated camera. The distinct feel and added control are just some reasons to keep a compact camera in your carry. Fujifilm has been a huge player in the mirrorless camera game over the past few years, and they’ve sent us their X30 to review, confident that it can fill that need for a small, capable on-the-go camera. In this review, we’ll put that to the test — but we won’t be doing any extreme pixel peeping. Instead, we’ll explore how the X30 measures up as an everyday carry camera.
12MP 2/3” XTRANS CMOS Sensor
4x Optical Zoom Lens with f2.0-2.8 aperture, 28-112mm equivalent
Macro, Super Macro, Scene shooting modes
Full Manual Controls
3” Tilt LCD
Built in Wifi for easy sharing
Design, Fit, and Finish
The Fuji X30 is a compelling blend of retro design and modern technology. Magnesium alloy construction of the body leads to an incredibly sturdy camera that feels great in the hand. The dials and control rings are all crafted of metal with precision ridges for tactile control. Nothing on the camera wobbles — the dials and buttons feel deliberate and solid, as they should be. Every press on the customizable buttons are affirmed with a satisfying “click,” nothing mushy here.
The electronic viewfinder is the largest in its class, providing an excellent field of view and accurate color representation. Settings, a shooting grid, and focus confirmation are all easy to read on the display. Flipping the orientation of the camera changes the viewfinder as well, making it even easier to see what’s going on. The large viewfinder made it easy to frame out shots and it is hugely helpful to know exactly what the exposure settings are going to look like before pressing the shutter.
The camera is fitted with a comfortable, ergonomic molded rubber grip section. Throughout the course of using the camera, I never felt as if it were going to slip out of my grasp. I brought the camera with me to New York City and the grip was easy to maintain with one hand. Overall, the design, fit and finish of the X30 are superb. It feels like a solid camera that will have no problem bouncing around in a bag or being worn around your wrist for countless days of shooting.
Operation and Performance
I really like how the X30 can be as easy or as complex to use as you want it to be. The camera can be set to fully automatic to capture fleeting moments, but has full manual controls to get a shot exactly the way you planned it. The menu system is easy to pick up on and the quick menu (with a dedicated “Q” button) is fully customizable to suit your shooting style. Through most of the testing, I shot on aperture priority mode. This leaves the shutter speed up to the camera and the aperture setting up to me. Most photos were properly metered and exposed, leaving me happy with the results.
The zoom lens is equivalent to 28-112mm on the full frame scale. The low aperture lens shoots effectively in low light and can produce some nice bokeh (background blur with your subject in focus). At the wide end, it’s great for landscapes, architecture, and getting pictures of large groups. The middle range is ideal for portraits, and the long range end of the zoom can get up close to something that you might not be physically able to. The unique image stabilization mechanism ensures that most shots are in focus and tack sharp. I found this particularly useful in low light settings. When taking pictures at night, the darker conditions usually resulted in a lower shutter speed. The image stabilization allowed for lower shutter speeds when hand holding the camera, eliminating the need for a tripod.
Fuji’s mirrorless cameras have earned so many accolades for their straight-out-of-camera JPEG image quality. This is due in part to the on-board film simulation that emulates Fuji’s film stock. There are several modes and all of them have their place (Provia is standard, Velvia is vidid, Astia is soft, etc.). I personally prefer the muted tones of the Classic Chrome setting. The in-camera processing ability lessens the need for extensive post-processing and makes for a quicker, easier to share, and more fun photography experience. Post processing at a computer is not my favorite part about taking pictures. The X30’s straight out of camera JPEGs cut down on the need to spend extra time in front of a screen, leaving you with more time for shooting. To see some samples of the X30’s image quality and in-camera processing at work, check out the photos I shot with the X30 in my review of the Spyderco Dice.
The tilting screen is useful in a variety of shooting situations. No more laying on the ground to frame out a shot or standing awkwardly on a chair to get that perfect pocket dump photo. The hinge mechanism is robust and the screen locks back into the body with ease. Once you’ve taken a photo, it’s easy to share straight to your smart phone or computer. Simply press the dedicated wifi button on the camera, connect to the created network from your device, and beam the photos over.
Sometimes it’s just as fun to share the photos as they are to take, and the built-in wifi is a welcomed and useful feature. This was especially useful on my trip to the city. I was able to shoot during the day, go through the photos on the train, and the share the images I liked by the time I got home.
Fuji’s X30 is much easier to carry around than even the smallest digital SLR. The camera is compact, ergonomic, and easy to use. The X30 can fit in a jacket or cargo pocket, but don’t expect it to slip comfortably into your jeans. I’ve been carrying the camera in both my bag and jacket and haven’t found it to be a burden. The lens does stick out from the camera a bit, so be careful of snagging it when placing the camera in a pocket or bag.
While not the best option for a truly pocketable camera, the X30 is excellent to keep in your EDC bag. It’s light enough to not weigh you down, and the performance and versatility of the zoom lens will come in handy in lots of shooting scenarios. The X30 has a ring on either side of the body for strap attachment, either a neck or wrist strap can easily be used. Due to the smaller size of the camera, I prefer a simple wrist strap. Holding and using the camera is easy with one hand. The thumb and finger grips are comfortably shaped and encourage a firm grip.
Pros & Cons
Great image quality straight out of camera
Wifi for easy sharing
Tilting screen makes composing easy
Not truly pocketable
No dedicated charger, must charge battery in camera
I can honestly say I’m a big fan of the X30. It’s been fun to shoot with for the month. The X Series by Fuji is an optimal blend of retro styling and cutting edge camera technology that results in a well-built, fun to use camera. Fuji has managed to retain the spirit of shooting with a dedicated camera in the X30. The electronic viewfinder is crystal clear, the build quality is top-notch, and the price is right.
For $599, you get a lot of camera. I personally EDC the X100T, the X30’s bigger (and more expensive) brother, and both cameras are equally fun and easy to use. It’s been hard to pick out anything truly negative about the X30, and I’ve been trying. For a point and shoot camera, the X30 delivers on ease of use, image quality, and speed of sharing images. With street prices dipping as low as $500 for this dedicated EDC point and shoot, the X30 delivers a lot of camera for the money.
Out of curiosity, what about youtube do you dislike?
(People are going to disagree with me on this as it’s quite a polarising issue, which is absolutely fine - I feel like this is the sort of issue where your opinion is really influenced by your own experience of it. Please be aware that this an opinion based on around 10 years of personal experience and it’s not going to change. This is quite a lengthy explanation and there are also trigger warnings here for abuse and issues of consent: you can press J on your keyboard to skip this post on your dash.)
There are so many things! It’s mostly the nature of the fandoms, most of which are comprised of very young and impressionable people, and the failure of YouTube itself to ensure the safety of these fans at meetups, which I know are not necessarily organised by YouTube itself, but they are affiliated with it - for example, SITC is streamed live on YouTube’s front page. The recent spate of abuse revelations within the community and the fact that the priority of both YouTube itself and the content creator agencies (eg Channel Flip and any others of that ilk) seems to be making money off the ‘stars’ rather than keeping the fans safe is really worrying to me. The current method of dealing with abuse seems to be simply sweeping it under the carpet - agencies drop the creator, people unsubscribe, job done. There’s no action taken to combat the problem as a whole, through education or any other path (I have no idea how this could be achieved, I admit, but I’m certain that it could be; YouTube is not a small operation). Any educative action seems to have been undertaken by individual creators themselves - Laci Green is a great example of a creator who has put a lot of effort into making fans aware of the dangers of the platform and how to stay safe, and there are several others who commit to it as well - but it ultimately shouldn’t be down to individuals to do that. It should be on YouTube itself. I don’t like that it gives a platform to certain individuals who are ill equipped to deal with the fame and exposure, and I think that there’s a real lack of accountability when things go wrong.
And yes, underneath it all, there is probably a thread of discomfort that people get paid to sit in front of a camera and review products that they’re sent for free by companies, without any necessary obligation to mention that it’s essentially advertising - for example, you have beauty gurus doing exalting ‘reviews’ of products that they’ve been paid to promote, and I don’t think it’s either responsible or moral. I have no problem whatsoever with YouTubers using product placement or advertising, but I do feel that there should be some sort of accountability and obligation to make it clear that they’re being paid to do so, because otherwise you have a whole host of problems about people essentially using their position to coerce their fans into buying a certain product, all for the content creator to make more money off the advertising deal, and that’s a bit of a psychological minefield. Obviously, there are still some creators - indeed, some very popular ones - who aren’t in it just for the money, but a lot of them are.
I was quite involved in the YouTube community back in around 2008-10, and I have a lot of friends who are still very involved in it, and I’ve seen the community change and become more and more of a hierarchical model for profit at the expense of safety, and I don’t think it’s the best use of the platform. It’s the most obvious use for it these days, but I think it could be a lot more than it is. I’ve had to cut ties with several friends who became popular on YouTube and began to treat their fans appallingly, expecting them to send them gifts (and occasionally money) and getting really angry when they didn’t make a certain amount a week from sponsorship deals, speaking disparagingly of their fans as something they had to put up with in order to make money. The attitude of some creators towards their fans is not always well known, because the inevitably more palatable public persona of the individual is so well established in place of it, but as someone who genuinely has a lot of inside knowledge into how certain people operate, take it from me - a lot of them (not all; probably not even most!) are not what they appear, and again, that feeds into my concerns about how the mistreatment of fans is often permitted in order to make money.
Meetups are a good example of how YouTube can be both an incredible force of community and a very toxic environment. They have content creator panels, with discussions of incredibly interesting, salient and important topics, like mental health awareness and LGBTQIA+ issues, but then they also have signings where hordes of screaming fans queue up for hours to get their poster signed by a 25 year old man who makes money off their adoration. It’s not so different from the normal media model of fanbases and stardom (I would queue up for 6 years to get Tom Hiddleston’s autograph) but it’s jarring to see the juxtaposition between that and the incredibly productive nature of the panels. I’m not at all trying to say that these fans shouldn’t enjoy watching videos, or that they shouldn’t get excited to meet their idols, or that these idols aren’t worthy of their attention - I’m just genuinely concerned that the levels of idolatry for people who are not always who they appear to be are problematic and essentially act as gateways for potential abuse.
Of course, YouTube is not the only dangerous platform in terms of fan safety - wherever you have fame, you unfortunately have the potential for the star to take advantage of it; the BBC is the best example of this - but the particular YouTube demographic combined with the parasocial relationships formed between the content creator and the viewer (the viewer believes they know everything about the content creator due to the perceived personal nature of the videos, whereas the content creator has actually - understandably - created a fictitious or partial version of their own life, and there’s no real connection between the two people) makes for an atmosphere that has a really dark underbelly.
It’s not that I hate all the people of YouTube at all, either fans or creators; I admire people who have the business acumen to make it their livelihood, and I’m in awe of the creativity, talent and skill of a lot of the content creators. I’m a huge fan of the potential that YouTube has as an alternative media platform, and I believe that it’s proven to be a really useful tool for raising awareness of social issues. It’s raised money for charity (StickAid, for example) and it brings young people together as a really supportive community. Meetups are still great events to meet people and express your shared interests. A lot of my closest online friends were made through YouTube, albeit many years ago. It’s done a lot of good, and I don’t mean to negate any of that. I’m just very wary of the potential - and indeed history - that the current model has for abuse, and I find it quite hard to support a platform that so far hasn’t done enough to combat a really prevalent problem, primarily because continuing to nurture the environment that facilitates the problem is better for profit margins.
tl;dr it’s become an environment where making money is more important than keeping people safe, and that fact is incredibly well hidden because, well, money.
The Kodak Autographic is the first really old camera I bought. I found this in a consignment store for $40. It was in pristine condition and came with its original leather case. I didn’t really know how it worked and had no idea that this nearly century-old camera would kick off a passion for collecting, fixing, and shooting with vintage cameras.
“When I met M.I.A… I told her, “Just photograph yourself in front of the mixing desk in the studio, and people will go, ‘Oh, OK! A woman with a tool, like a man with a guitar.’”I remember seeing a photo of Missy Elliott at the mixing desk in the studio and being like, a-ha!”
-Bjork, interviewed by Jessica Hopper for the winter 2015 issue of The Pitchfork Review
Bjork continues on to say that while creating music, she doesn’t want to be photographed, because of how solitary and sometimes manic the experience is. She’s focused and can’t be bothered with appearances, but the lack of photographic evidence of her in the studio has lead people to question whether she actually wrote her music or if a man did.
While Bjork, or any woman, shouldn’t have to prove that they’re responsible for their own work, photographs of women working are empowering and help demystify the process for those interested in making music themselves. So, this is a photo of me, in my room, doing my thing. What do you look like when you’re working?
And So We Stagger Towards The Sun
Summary: Nothing lasts
forever. But Katniss and Peeta manage to hold on to each other under the
most horrid circumstances. Loosely inspired by the novel, Let Me In
written by John Ajvide Lindquist; and the 2008 movie, Let the Right One In.
Trigger warning: Graphic
sex, violence, gore and everybody dies at least once.