Bruce Clay has an interesting Search Engine Relationship Chart (in flash) showing which search engines are interconnected. Great for marketeers to figure out who they really should optimize for, and eye-opening to see who’s in bed with whom, in some way, shape or form. You can clearly see who is going up against Google – MSN and Yahoo have no relationship with them at all. One thing to note is that it does not clearly show the relationship between Inktomi and Yahoo.
So this morning on KFOG they were talking about how in Virginia Algie T. Howell, a Democrat legistlator from Norfolk, proposed a $50 fine for anyone who “exposes his below-waist undergarments in an offensive manner.” And it looks like it’s going through.
This is too funny. At first I was a bit shocked that a state could actually pass a law dictating how people can wear their clothes. How naïve of me. I really should know better. Someone gets annoyed or offended, so the obvious solution is to pass a law prohibiting the offensive behavior.
So out of curiosity, I did a quick search to see what other laws are on the law books out there that legislate fashion. Here’s what I found:
The other day my friend Farshad emailed me a link to photos of the city where he spent the first years of his life and where his extended family still lives, Tehran. I have to say I was a bit embarrassed about how ignorant I was of it.
I have to confess, I thought it would look like Baghdad – low-rise buildings the color of desert sand that blend into the background scenery. I couldn’t have been more wrong. In winter, Tehran looks more like Vancouver than Dubai. The skyscrapers look so Western, and the low-rise buildings look like the ornate 1800s office buildings in downtown New York City.
What’s surprising is how in the past 100 years most of the old architecture in Tehran has been replaced with modern designs. Here in California people get their panties in a twist if anyone threatens to bulldoze a building that’s from the 1800s. Think about Iran. They’ve been building since 1000 BC or more and have ancient architecture that’s 100 times more beautiful than an old craftsmen-style home.
Before we possibly go and start blowing things up and ruining things, check out the photos of Tehran.
Iran is on my list of places to visit. It looks so beautiful and all the Persians that I have met are some of the most caring people that I have ever known.
No this isn’t a lament on technology being the focus of our lives here. It’s about photography.
I don’t know if it’s Bay Area folklore or truth, but according to my photography teacher, the Kodak film color palette is based on the colors that appear in nature here in Palo Alto. So for Kodak film, the default green should be the same color green you see on the hills here in Silicon Valley. I would think that would be the winter green color and not the dead summer green. Anyway, according to this story the reason why they chose Palo Alto was because the Kodak Color Lab was based here. It makes sense, because what will you test the colors of your prints against? Well the colors that appear in nature of course.
As Kodak based their colors on what was around them, so did Fuji. Fuji’s palette is based on the colors of Kyoto. This would explain why when I first tried their film I finally was able to capture the green of Vancouver properly. From the photos that I’ve seen, the colors of Kyoto and Vancouver seem fairly similar.
But one thing that my teacher said gave me pause, and that was that all the film in the US is now all based on the same color palette – Kodak’s. All the film producers have gone towards that palette because that is what consumers want or expect. So all you’re left with is basically one choice of film that has super saturated reds. But I guess your average person with a point and shoot isn’t all too concerned about that. I haven’t tested the Fuji film here yet, so I don’t know if the greens will be less vibrant than the greens of the film that I bought in Vancouver. Also one thing I noticed when we moved down here is how much brown and tan is in nature around here. Maybe that’s why some people think Kodak film producers better colors for skin tones.
Who knows if this is just another Silicon Valley myth or truth. I have no reason to doubt it. I just couldn’t find any proof of it on the internet. And you know if it’s not on there, then it can’t be true!
If anyone can point me to a webpage or proof that verifies these statements, please drop me a line. I searched for it, but couldn’t find any proof.