Great points.. I think that in terms of wedding photography, people are willing pay a premium for an experienced professional to do the job because it is more likely that they will capture some great shots of their day. That said, as the quality of "Uncle Bob's" photos comes up, then the size of that premium will go down. But, I think the biggest boon to the amateur photographer is that the marginal cost of a photograph is now zero -- so, back in the film days, most amateurs maybe shot a roll of 36 at a wedding.. but now, it's not unusual to have 1,000s of amateur photographs to dig through. That said -- if people are cancelling a contract week before an event, that's completely unacceptable...
As for your thoughts on PJ, it's much like how traditional journalists claim that bloggers don't approach things with "objectivity" -- I think that objectivity is a myth, and if anything, I'd rather have 10,000 images of an event with which to form my own opinion rather than just 1 professionally produced "objective" image. That said, right now, we have both the experienced AND amateur photographers producing images.. so perhaps it's the best of both worlds. The challenge now is to figure out good models to allow the experienced photographers to keep honing their craft.
Thanks Marcus.. Yes, we do have other writers here other than Mike, but he's definitely the most prolific.
And yes.. the brake problem was definitely a software thing, but the unintended acceleration problem was attributed by Toyota to a purely mechnical issue as far as I can tell. The fixes that I've seen address the friction in the gas pedal and the fact that the pedal catches on the floor mat.
If you see anything otherwise, please point that out.
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Great points R. Miles..
It would be awesome to be able to drive a bmw-made vehicle, using honda software.. I mean, yes, I understand that there are a LOT of reasons why this is not simple, but at least in concept it's a neat thing to think about.
After all, for better or worse, there is no Microsoft (software) equivalent in the automotive world.
Thanks so much for the response. Your explanation makes complete sense, and I was wondering why you keep on tweeting out the link to the rules. That said, the underlying absurdity still remains -- the legal tail is wagging the proverbial dog, much to the detriment of everyone.
Case in point, hidden in that huge bunch of unreadable legal text is perhaps the one rule that people should pay attention to:
Once you are a registered user of Twitter®, you must become a follower of the NHL by visiting www.twitter.com/nhl and clicking "Follow."
I completely missed that one. That said, kudos to you for individually replying to people who have entered to inform them of this rule.
Best of luck with the promotion. I hope my entry wins.. ;-)
Thanks for pointing that out.. I have updated the post to make it more clear that the 13% number came from the 1st question in the survey.
I agree with you that the low figure for libraries is something of concern, and that was the point of my post -- the AP article applauds the 62% of young adults that have visited a public library in the past year.