Y’know, my generation is the first generation that… We really saved everything from our childhood and never got rid of it. We thought the Star Wars action figures of our childhood, we thought that was it, but now they just keep going and going and going, and people love it… You know what? Just because you’re a certain age, you don’t have to stop loving the things you loved as a child. That love can evolve.
- Eli Roth (Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope)

Pray to the geek gods, because Comic-Con is just around the corner.

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Philia

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One of the craziest things that you definitely see at Comic-Con are women dressed in very strange and revealing outfits. And you know it’s from a comic book or an anime or a video game, but you can’t quite place it, and all you know is that girl forgot her pants.
- Morgan Webb (Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope)

Now don’t be nervous, Comic-Con is 8 days away.
P.S. All joking aside, please consider signing John Scalzi’s anti-harrasment policy petition.

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Kiss This!

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Han: We are all ready to win, just as we are born knowing only life. It is defeat that you must learn to prepare for.
Williams: I don’t waste my time with it. When it comes, I won’t even notice.
Han: Oh? How so?
Williams: I’ll be too busy looking gooood….

Williams: Man, you come right out of a comic book.
- Enter the Dragon (watch the clip)

I always play women I would date.
- Angelina Jolie (Angelina in Love, Talk Magazine June 2000)

Here’s to Jim Kelly (May 5, 1946 – June 29, 2013) who died from cancer this weekend. Black Belt Jones taught me to get my karate on. And to Angelina Jolie who recently had to make a very difficult choice about her own future health.

Lest you fools forget, Comic-Con is 15 days away.

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The Crofts

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Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang, Selangor

Kuala Lumpur, Selangor

I used to dream often of a garden in Kyoto, along the eastern hills in a southern part of town that didn’t—quite—exist in life. I would feel myself wandering through a labyrinth of narrow streets to some station-cum-shopping complex on the western side of town. Why I began to dream of this—or why I remade the city in my sleep—of course I never knew. But it was those hills that always called to me in my conscious life, as the great temples and celebrated beauties of the city never could.
- Pico Iyer

One of the architecturally lovelier airport terminals I’ve passed through.

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Atrium

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Click through to see the monochrome version.

If I were an evil genius running a multinational empire (instead of a destitute photographer) Petronas Towers would make my shortlist for corporate Minas Morgul. There’s just something so goddamn cocky about erecting not just one, but TWO very tall buildings.

Cue Tex Richman’s MANIACAL LAUGH!

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The Two Towers

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Brassaï: A few years ago, I was in the valley of Les Eyzies in Dordogne. I wanted to see cave art at the source. One thing surprised me: every generation, totally unaware of the ones that preceded it, nevertheless organized the cave in the same way, at a distance of thousands of years. You always find the “kitchen” in the same place.

Picasso: Nothing extraordinary about that! Man doesn’t change. He keeps his habits. Instinctively, all those people found the same corner for their kitchen. To build a city, don’t men choose the same sites? Under cities you always find other cities; other churches under churches, and other houses under houses. Races and religions may have changed, but the marketplace, the living quarters, pilgrimage sites, places of worship, have remained the same. Venus is replaced by the Virgin, but the same life goes on.
Conversations with Picasso

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Batu

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…there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers, when there’s everything is professional photographers. Certainly there is varying levels of skills, but we didn’t want to have a Flickr Pro anymore, we wanted everyone to have professional quality photos, space, and sharing.”
Marissa Mayer, Yahoo Event, May 2013 (Please also read her later retraction)

Being a great photographer, like most disciplines, requires standing on the shoulders of those who came before you and learning from others’ mistakes as well as your own. One of the mistakes being made is the “good enough” mistake. If you’re shooting for lowest common denominator and low profit margins or low esteem, sure, go ahead and take pictures and share them at the low bar level. The Chicago Sun-Times seems to think that’s okay. Marissa Mayer and Yahoo think it’s okay. Susan Sontag might have something different to say about that. I certainly do.
Thom Hogan on The Chicago Sun-Times firing their entire staff of professional photographers in order to cut costs.

The images have no direct connection to the quotes. But they are only just “good enough”. Maybe this means I can get work at the The Chicago Sun-Times.

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Petaling

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Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Kowloon

“Banks used to issue their own currencies. You can see these old banknotes in the Smithsonian. ‘First National Bank of South Bumfuck will remit ten pork bellies to the bearer,’ or whatever. That had to stop because commerce became nonlocal—you needed to be able to take your money with you when you went out West, or whatever.”

“But if we’re online, the whole world is local,” Randy says.”
Neal Stephenson (Cryptonomicon)

Can you believe that while the Internet has been around since 1969, the World Wide Web only turned  twenty years old this May? The world’s first web page isn’t all that visually impressive. But without it, photoblogs and photo-sharing sites (BTW have you seen the new Flickr?) as we understand the term wouldn’t exist today. Thanks Tim!

P.S. Isn’t it odd that while the Internet is ripe to experience a mid-life crisis, the Web isn’t even old enough to drink (at least in the US)?

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Red Taxi Cabs

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