The death of an icon maker….

Rest in peace oh great sage. Most people would remember as the man who herald a new age of computing, as the man who gave what the people wanted, the man who set a new standard for others to follow but I remember him as the man who after being usurped from his seat of great authority returned to his kingdom and struck those who had done him great wrong and begun building a great empire.

It is sad that you have left us but know this, you have made your mark on this age and I hope your legacy will live on. You left us too soon but a last, even great men must have their rest. So rest in peace oh great sage.

Mind your weight!

Some of you might remember my article or take on the Desert Island Scenario where I mentioned you should absolutely either keep camera gear to the lightest or none at all but instead focus on survival equipment.

Well here is a short story of Ed Stafford on CNN who is concluding a 2 year trek through the amazon with his friend Gadiel “Cho” Sanchez Rivera.  You can find the article here.

As I also mentioned previously, the reason why you must keep weight to a minimum because the more gear or stuff you carry, the shorter the distance you travel per day. And you cannot be stingy on survival gear which will be heavy! As exemplify by this paragraph on the CNN article.

“Cho and I take turns up front with the machete. We walk 50 minutes of every hour and rest 10 minutes, so we do 25-minute shifts. It’s enough when you have to carry a 35 to 45 kg pack (the weight depends on the quantity of food and duration of the leg.) “, Ed Stafford.

The paragraph below further proves my point that even if you are in tip-top physical condition (which most photographers I’ve met these days are NOT!), you will be dead exhausted by the end of the day…….

“When we break for a rest and slump onto our packs we stare at the floor and try and regain the composure to speak to each other. Sometimes this never comes and we don’t speak all day. Nothing sinister — it’s just complete exhaustion. We don’t lunch; we just keep grazing on farinha and salt.”, Ed Stafford.

See? This gear masturbation is bullshit. That’s why I hate all this talk about desert island or “Lost” scenario. You will not and cannot go nuts on the camera gear when you have more important things to prepare when going on a hiking trip whether its for a few days to a few months or like these 2 guys, a few years!


An interesting article about Jimbocho……

Tokyo’s sadly declining second hand book district offers Anglophone bookworms everything from cheap paperback novels to first editions requiring credit card limit extensions

Read more: The last English language bookstores in Jimbocho | CNNGo.com http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/shop/turning-tokyos-disappearing-pages-last-english-language-bookstores-jimbocho-465895#ixzz0hqd2WhIW

Yes remember visiting some of the shops mentioned in the article, I remember bondi especially!

Yeah! Labuan is now famous!

 
I’m so proud!!! As reported by BBC and the star newspaper 
 
NOT! 
Seriously the one time this island gets any international fame and it has to be as a tax haven for corrupt people, swell.

As quoted by the star,
LONDON: Four nations were blacklisted as uncooperative tax havens after G-20 leaders declared the age of banking secrecy was over and said they would no longer tolerate shady havens draining away badly needed tax revenue.
At the request of the Group of 20 summit of rich and developing nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development named the Philippines, Uruguay, Costa Rica and the Malaysian territory of Labuan as the worst offenders, saying they had refused to adopt new rules on financial openness.
No doubt our newly “elected” PM will have something to say about this. Quoted here from BBC’s article of him “complaining”
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that his country should not be on the blacklist at all.
“We should not be in that category as, in practice, we have been committed to OECD requirements,” he said in a statement.
Will he do anything about it? Hell no, else it would allow anyone to find out how much dirty money been stashed away.

In the news……

India couple’s kiss ‘not obscene’

A court in India has dismissed criminal proceedings against a married couple charged with obscenity for allegedly kissing in public in the capital.

This is bloody hilarious! Thank god the Judge has enough common sense to see how stupid the whole case was! I couldn’t help laughing my head off as I read this article posted on BBC.

The reason why they were arrested by the Police?

The police in Delhi had begun criminal proceedings against the couple for “sitting in an objectionable position near a metro (railway station) pillar and kissing due to which passersby were feeling bad”.


Making who feel bad and how? The single lonely guys and women who saw it? Because they weren’t getting enough of their own action in their own piss poor pathetic life? Or were it the cops themselves who were freaking jealous that the guy was getting “some” and not them?
What a load of bullshit! Luckily the Judge saw how stupid this case was and quickly dismiss this stupid thing all together!