Cooperation

jazz club and record albums morioka japan
Johnny’s Jazz Cafe. Morioka, Iwate, Japan. ジャズカフェ, 盛岡市, 日本.

Hoard jazz records.

Because cooperation and improvisation is a good evolved skill to have, and then make available to others. That’s if we’re applying intelligent Darwinism, within its proper sphere.

Once this storm passes, and it will, survivors  – odds are you will be one of them – may see exclusion based on lifestyle, area code, or politics as an absurd anarchronism. Instead, it may simply base on who is cooperative or not? Reputation will matter, again.

By the way, these records will have more value than TP before long, which can be subbed with a bidet, anyway (or a shower). For paper towells the smart money substitutes with Sham Wow’s, which are reusable.

Get bent, savage imbeciles.

Pouring Cold Water on Your Hot Coffee

cup of coffee with ceiling fan reflected and ice water
Alternative process album cover concept. Zen Robot series.

Hot coffee for a cold night respite in Morioka, Japan. Then I saw the ceiling fan reflection in it, and couldn’t resist an image capture.

Having only low film speed loaded in my camera, I decided to use my phone instead. One of the things I like about instant photography and mobility is odd, serendipitous perspectives.

If I’m lucky and in form, an image such as this becomes an album or book cover concept. I’m feeling jazz when I look at this, but hope viewers conjure up their own melody.

Sen. Wyden is Right About the CASE Act

And the photography associations are wrong.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/12/yet-another-year-fighting-bad-copyright-bill-2019-year-review

All due respect to the PPA and ASMP – two associations that I was a member of – they’re at best misguided, if they think copyright can be fixed in this way. At worst, they’ve lost their moral compass.

It’s sad to see “pro” photographers lower themselves to corporate rent seeker status, as if they are deserving of special privilege.

This turd of a bill was not debated, at all, in the House of Representatives and has received scant media attention. No wonder, because it’s hard to imagine any popular support for this.

Not to mention the usurpation of our judicial system with an administrative tribunal that is probably, oh, not so Constitutional.

I suspect this law, should Senator Wyden concede, will be contested in court. You know, a proper public court of law. Not an ad hoc unelected bureaucratic tribunal outside the judicial system, that denies due process.

I sympathize with photographers whose images were commercially used, without license. Its happened to me, too.

But there are myriad reasons why their old business model isn’t working like it used to. Testing the dark waters of digital dystopia and unconstitutional tribunals is no way to make an obsolete model work again.

A bipartisan bill – again, passed without debate – is not a rationale for legitimacy, in of itself.

Time and again we’ve seen how Congress taints its legacy with one bad law, after another. Poor judgment is something politicians are richly rewarded for.

By now most Americans should understand that bipartisan = everyone gets screwed.

This bad law will do nothing for photography itself, which is what should truly concern anyone who identifies as a Photographer.