Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Random Musings

I reserve the right to write random musings.

As the owner and primary thinker of this blog I have decided to post a post each Monday about only the randomest of random thoughts. Vegan musings are lovely, however my other observations about life are equally as amusing.

I will admit this is the worst week to start a “series”, so I also reserve the right to contemplate whether or not I should be starting a series the Monday before Christmas. I also reserve the right to post the first Monday post on Tuesday, because I can.

As the potential introductory random blog post of  a “series” of random thoughts let me first say that about 99% of my posts will still be related to the vegan or corporate world.

The other 1% will be random. Which leads me to my first observation.

1. American media has butchered the simple phrase 'The one percent.'

You’re probably rolling your eyes right now. Not only are you rolling your eyes, you’re not even comprehending what I'm trying to tell you about the 1 percent of my posts. You’ve heard the phrase 'The one percent' so many damn times that your internal thoughts go numb and immediately start reliving some part of a middle school experience you promised you would never think about again because, at this point, it's better than hearing any commentator say the phrase 'The one percent' one more time.

Thank you newspapers, TV, Twitter and the occupy people for diminishing a simple percentage number into an overplayed media catch-phrase. Let's remember that words are more empowering when they are used in artful and a strategic manner, not thrown in your face. 

2. Speaking of the media, has anyone heard of this Tebow fella? Meaty guy, wears a Bronco’s uniform. He’s causing quite a stir on the sports front. I know because I usually have my boyfriend replay the entire Sports Center broadcast to me once I realize something interesting has been reported. I know it’s a tad annoying, but I blame my pseudo-listening on Angry Birds (It’s an oddly addicting game). Anyway, I have no real affinity or disdain for Tim Tebow. I actually am pretty neutral about the whole football scene in general. The information I pay attention to on Sports Center is the hockey information.

Which brings me to random observation #2; While browsing through NHL sites last week I stumbled upon something creative and seemingly eloquent.

Normally I just peruse the NHL homepage and The Bruins schedule, however, last week I randomly made it to the homepage of the Vancouver Canucks. The site contains the customary rotating stories located on the homepage, where I was just long enough to take note of a photographic series Behind the Lens.

I know what you’re thinking. What’s so special about photographed athletes?

And the truth is, usually nothing. Sports fans know that the websites on almost every site are very structured. The photos are usually action shots, staged portraits, or have a very awkward fan-smiling athlete-towering set-up.

These Canucks photos take on a more photojournalistic approach. I appreciate the series because I was an art minor in college. The first book that ever caught my eye in this fashion was Annie Leibvoitz’s Olympic portraits book, published in 1996. I was a sophomore in high school when it fell into my grasp and the next year was placed in a photography class a year before my peers. My concentration fell to drawing in college, however I learned how to frame subjects by studying photography for three years.

Boring photos of athletes are stale to any creative person. They lack luster and, in turn, lose interest to anyone that’s not a 12 year-old fan idolizing their favorite athlete. Unlike video, photos have only a single moment to tell a story.

I’m writing about the photo series because this was one of the most recent attempts I've seen by a sports organization to actually lend a view into a normally closed world in an interesting manner - without a handheld video or multi-million dollar commercial by Nike-Reebok-Adidas. I don’t think it’s perfect, (as I'm sure it's difficult to make every photo a masterpiece). But it is slightly different and, my guess is, genuinely under appreciated. 

The photos are divided by the days. In each day there is usually one or two very notable photos. 

3.  Speaking of appreciation, my last and final random observation is that Apple’s in store service is pretty awesome. Actually, I think the only hesitation I have with anything Apple is the supposed life sized holiday elves window display at their retail stores. It’s actually kind of creepy. I guess the capabilities of an iPhone 4S with Siri make up for any awkward plush wearing display models.

I loved ordering my new iPhone 4S while playing Angry Birds on an iPad2.  Thank you, Apple, for making my time in a store full of 50 strangers on the Sunday before Christmas fairly enjoyable.


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