State of the union

This was a quick, throw away shot I snapped of my reflection in my office window. The double paned glass messed it up and it just wasn’t very good anyway, so I was about to throw it out.

But then I looked at it saw something very sad. I’m wearing a hoodie and quasi Malcolm X-style glasses. I thought, “Gee, I look every bit as threatening as Trayvon Martin. A piece of garbage like George Zimmerman could shoot me at will and no one would do anything about it.” Sad enough, until I realized it would never happen to me. I’m white.

We still have such a long way to go.

Stopping SOPA and PIPA

Today was a turning point in American politics. Watching Senators and Congressmen backing away from these failed bills as hastily as they originally tried to push these bills through was quite satisfying. It would be naive to believe we’re out of the woods. These horrible bills will return in some form again and again, like Police Academy sequels.

We’re in the midst of an era where the deck is stacked in favor of large, lobbyist-hiring corporations and the 1%. This small victory needed support from Google. Let’s not overrate people power. We might be able to roll back $5 bank fees and rally to preserve a single DVD queue in Netflix, but the 99% lack the political clout to get meaningful financial regulation and a fair tax policy through this same Congress.

Celebrate today’s victory, but gird yourself for bigger battles.

Administrivia

Going forward I’ll be posting my photograhic work at FrankCapria.com, so this blog can remain focused on media industry and design topics. I’ll continue to tweet when there’s a new photo posted, as well as articles.

Old tractor

Oh, how many times I’ve shot tractors. And how many shots I’ve blown. This one came out OK. I’m sticking with the vehicle theme for another day on my 365 project.

Originally uploaded to Flickr by Frank Capria
Also at Google+ Random 365 #41

Old Pickup

An old pickup parked outside a bookstore in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I color corrected this image to convey the heat and humidity of Arkansas in July. Even in stickiest weather, Eureka Springs is one of my favorite little cities in the world. It’s a hangout for bikers, GLBT folks, and fundamentalist Christians.

Originally uploaded to Flickr by Frank Capria
Also at Google+ Random 365 #40

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