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Friday, January 13, 2017

The 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award

Stunning. The winner comes from the Interior category, which have some equally impressive competitors. If there’s one category of photography I’m most interested in right now, it would be interior architecture photography.

Also, I’m particularly fond of the few photos in the Sense of Place category.

Wonderful work.

Monday, January 02, 2017

How China Built ‘iPhone City’

From Wikipedia:

[Tim] Cook graduated from Robertsdale High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in industrial engineering from Auburn University in 1982, and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1988.

Nowhere there does it say “Computer Science” or “Programming” or “Development”. Cook is a master of supply chain management, and Apple’s current success is defined more through the meat and potatoes of production than it is about the glitz and glamour of the iPhone’s design or operating system.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

New Year, New Portfolio

Happy New Year everyone. Jaclyn and I wish you and your family a blessed, prosperous, and healthy 2017.

2016 was wild for us. Jaclyn finished her designation and became a registered dietitian. I finished off the “degree” portion of the CPA program. We traveled to Europe. We bought our first house. For us as a couple, 2016 couldn’t have been a better year.

To kick off what look’s to be an exciting 2017, I gave my personal site a fresh coat of paint. It’s relatively sparse on content at this point in time, but I hope to see it grow as we encounter new opportunities. (and henceforth will be home to larger photo sets, a curated selection of what I feel is my best work, and links to other bits of my work.

Click here to visit the new portfolio.

With this in mind, The Newsprint might see a slight change in use. There might be less photography stationed here and more words and prose. Either way, you can continue to visit The Newsprint from time to time for updates and interesting links, and I’ll link to any of my larger photography sets on the portfolio.

Over the last two weeks, Jaclyn and I have been busy putting our lives into boxes. It’s been a wonderful time to reflect on the year that was and to recognize all the blessings we’ve been given over the last five to ten years. We have met some inspiring, talented, and flat out awesome people that have helped us grow as a couple and as creative entrepreneurs. Without those people, we wouldn’t be where we are now.

To everyone, thank you for a tremendous 2016. We look forward to the year ahead.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy Birthday, Jac

To my best friend in the entire world: I hope you have a wonderful 25th birthday.

P.S. If you’re looking for a new Instagram account to follow, I’d happily oblige.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

"It’s like blowing up a Death Star."

M.G. Siegler with some spoiler-free Rogue One thoughts:

Given that we now live in the Marvel world of extremely interwoven and long-building storylines over several films, it’s also impressive to see the Star Wars franchise pull this off after the fact — almost 40 years after the initial fact, in fact! While there may have been a general storyline for the original trilogy, we’re far beyond that now. And with all due respect to George Lucas, there was no Kevin Feige hand at play here. Tacking something like Rogue One onto one of the — if not the — most beloved franchises in cinematic history seems substantially harder than planning it from day one.

It’s like blowing up a Death Star. Or, at the very least, stealing the plans to do so.

First, if you haven’t already seen the movie, you really should. It’s pretty great.

Second, this isn’t a spoiler-free zone.

Rogue One really drove a spike into Star Wars’ generation gap. The original movies are now 40 years old, making for an incredibly diverse and wide-ranged audience. My dad was 9 years old when Episode IV was released and he is 49 years old now.

What was once cool to my dad and what was once evil to my dad are not necessarily cool or evil for younger audience members today.

Even when I was a kid, I found Darth Vader to be a big puppy dog. I learnt at a young age that he was Luke’s father and I knew Vader would return to the Light Side. I knew Vader only killed one person with his lightsaber in the entire original trilogy, and that person happened to be sacrificing himself. I knew that he could Force choke his admirals and generals through a screen, but it only happened a few times in three movies.

In other words, Vader has never felt evil.

Then Lucas came along and gave us the prequels, making Anakin/Vader even more of a wimpy bad guy. He murders young children in the Jedi Temple, but we never actually see young Vader do the deed. We witness a young boy podracing, a maturing teenager lashing out at some battle droids, and an immature young adult who chooses the shortcut rather than the more arduous path.

I’m willing to bet I’m not on my own. Darth Vader stands as one of Hollywood’s most powerful, destructive, terrifying villains, but younger audience members have seen all the villains to follow Darth Vader — villains that are darker, more powerful, and more quickly to pull the trigger.

Rogue One changes everything I know and feel about Vader. Instead of cutting away from the scene when Vader ignites his lightsaber — like they do in Episode III with the younglings (probably rightfully so) — we witness Vader hack and slash through a plethora of trained Rebel soldiers.

Vader finally feels evil.

Same goes for the Death Star. The Death Star gets blown up in the original trilogy more often than it blows up other things. The one planet it destroys has no emotional connection to the audience as the planet is destroyed too early in the original film.

But Rogue One changes your fear of the Death Star. It destroys cities for breakfast and is actually used by the Empire to instil fear in the galaxy.

On their own, these two aspects make Rogue One great. Not only is Rogue One itself a fun movie to watch, but it makes every original Star Wars film genuinely better. I came home after the pre-screening on the 15th wanting to rewatch Episode IV. Rogue One acknowledges the generation gap by giving older audience members glimpses of their favourite original characters, and it gives younger audience members a chance to witness the true terror of a hateful Darth Vader that audiences originally felt in 1977.

In short, this is the Vader you were looking for.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

How to Hide $400 Million

Nicholas Confessore reporting for The New York Times:

Like many women married to very wealthy men, she [Pursglove] didn’t know much about the family accounts. Her husband, a Finnish entrepreneur named Robert Oesterlund, had sworn to a Canadian court that his immediately calculable “net family property” totaled just a few million dollars. Pursglove was skeptical.

Her first answers came that morning in the Bahamas, as she quickly rifled through papers in their soon-to-be-former vacation home. She didn’t have long: The caretaker, Pursglove suspected, was loyal to her husband and would soon alert him that she was there. In a pile of mail was a statement from a bank in Luxembourg showing an account with at least $30 million in cash. She had never seen it before. There were two laptops — one with baby photos of their younger daughter, which she set aside. In a cupboard were documents concerning not only Xacti, the internet company she and Oesterlund had built, but also oddly named corporations in other states and countries. Finally, there was a statement from their accounting firm. She had never seen that before, either. The accountants seemed to think her husband was worth at least $300 million.

There’s some financial lingo here, but I appreciate how well Confessore communicated the story: That there’s always a certain amount of tax to pay, and rarely is “nil” the right amount.