Numbers – Hoarding Film Edition

Yesterday afternoon, I caught a motherfucking huge batch of film from someone on CraigsList. Black and white and colour, 120 and 220, fresh and expired, various ISOs … all in two large Ziplog bags.

All this shit for $25. That’s $25 for this:

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Here’s in bag 1:

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6 Kodak 400TX 120
5 Kodak Portra 400NC 220
4 Kodak Portra 160NC 220
4 Kodak Portra 160VC 220

Here’s in bag 2:

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8 Kodak 320 Tri-X 220
7 Kodak 125 Plus-X 220
6 Ilford FP4 Plus 120
5 Ilford 100 Delta 120
3 Ilford 200 SFX 120
2 Agfa 100 Optima II 120
1 Agfa Scala 200X 120
1 Kodak T400CN T-Max 120
1 Fujifilm 100 Acros 120

So that’s:

38 Black-and-white
15 Colour
25 120
28 220

Here’s my initial reaction upon getting both for the price of one:

Yeah … we’re gonna need a bigger boat.

Minor Update

For some reason, people who’ve asked me about my camera and work were surprised to find out that film is still being sold. Mainly these are old folks, who literally believe that every single photography shop no longer sells film. I … I don’t even know how to wrap my head around this. They can’t, you know, look around rather than rely completely on word-of-mouth?

In other news, I recently acquired a close-up filter set. They cover 19 to 12 inches, so now I can not only do better, proper close-ups and portraits and head shots, but also still life and even some product photography.

Finally, my latest 16mm film footage has been uploaded onto YouTube, and will be posted here soon. Alas, the lab spliced the two rolls together in the wrong order. And finally, I dropped off a roll of 16mm at the lab that will be scanned and later uploaded for a recut.

predatorsonline.com Needs to be Shut Down Permanently and Immediately

Not too long ago, an apparent idiot and gullible shmuck named Margery Jack has contacted me and asked me if I’m a predator, and mentioned the ever vile predatorsonline.com. I tried replying, pointing out that they’re an extortion racket that got shut down by the FBI twice, and are not located anywhere in North America. Apparently, Margery is an anonymous emailer, and my email was blocked.

This shit has to stop. Right now.

I’m calling on Anonymous or someone to bring these bastards down hard, before someone gets really badly hurt. My life’s on the line, and who knows how long before some crazy cunt I either know or don’t know comes and puts an end to my existence. This is not on! NOT on! Time to put their lives on the line!

Watch Your Language! Pt. 1

In virtually the same month, two stories dealing with foreigners and language have roused the semi-lukewarm interests of Canadians.

In Calgary, a woman/man/thing named Barrey Whiteley wrote an angry letter to the Calgary Herald newspaper about how she/he/it didn’t like other people speaking a language to each other that wasn’t in English. Here’s the insane rambling in its entirety (WARNING: some brain cells might die):

Being patriotic labels you a racist. I was at Westbrook Mall waiting for a dentist appointment in the food court area. Three obviously almost deaf Italian-or Spanish-speaking men were speaking their native language loudly. I walked up and asked if they were Canadian citizens. They all said yes (in English).

I then asked them if they could please speak English. They asked me why. I said being a Canadian means speaking English or French; Canada is bilingual only.

They shrugged their shoulders.

I went back to my coffee. Not 10 seconds later, they started speaking their language again. I got up and yelled, “You want to speak your language, go back to your country.” Two security guards approached me and said these men come there almost every day, and they can speak whatever language they want.

I yelled at them, “You are obviously immigrants that don’t remember why you came to Canada; to start a new life, you two did.” They then asked me to leave. I said phone the cops, I have a dentist appointment. I then went to my appointment.

It’s almost illegal to be patriotic. Canada needs language police. Go figure, eh?

Barry Whiteley, Calgary

Where to start? There’s a million different things wrong with Barry’s letter.

Let’s go over this line-per-line, shall we?

Being patriotic labels you a racist.

First of all, no it doesn’t. Saying or doing racist or ignorant things about or towards another person or judging them solely on their ethnic or racial looks or colour labels you as racist because it is racist. Barry, this . . . person (girl or guy or thing) is fucking fundamentally stupid, and has no idea what patriotism even is. He/she/it is using patriotism as a pathetic excuse to hide his/her/its paranoid xenophobic delusions.

I was at Westbrook Mall waiting for a dentist appointment in the food court area. Three obviously almost deaf Italian-or Spanish-speaking men were speaking their native language loudly. I walked up and asked if they were Canadian citizens. They all said yes (in English).

How were they “obviously deaf” when they all heard you? Clearly you’re blind. And why’s it her/his/its business if they were Canadian citizens or not? Was it really the language that was at fault, or was it in fact the loud talking? Even if they were talking loudly, so what? What if it was already loud in the food court? By other people or by music? IT’S A FUCKING MALL!!! And wasn’t she/he/it waiting for the dentist. Don’t they have waiting rooms?!

(Personally, I’m sick of people speaking in their native language softly, quietly, or when they don’t use it when they’re speaking to each other even though both speak the same language. They don’t have to be loud, but to do it softly . . . it’s like as if they’re ashamed of being themselves for some reason. Why? Because of people like this psychotic lady/lad/thing, that’s why! The occasional snoopy and OBVIOUSLY deranged asshole who is scared of anything alien to them!)

I then asked them if they could please speak English. They asked me why.”

First of all, yeah, lady. Why? What’s her/his/her business? She’s/he’s/it’s on her/his/its way elsewhere, and they’re talking to each other!

“I said being a Canadian means speaking English or French; Canada is bilingual only.

They shrugged their shoulders.

Because they all had one thing on their minds: What’s wrong with this stupid fucker? So what if Canada is bilingual? Even so, that’s only a requirement for the government to provide services in both French and English, because the majority of people speak English and French is the second-most spoken language in the country. Bilingualism isn’t mandatory, especially to allophones, to the privacy of your own home, or when you’re talking to people who speak the same language as you do.

“I went back to my coffee.”

Wait, I thought she/he/it was waiting for her/his/its dentist? Okay, now I’m calling bullshit on the whole dentist appointment thing. You don’t think that drinking coffee before even seeing your dentist would be a bad idea?

“Not 10 seconds later, they started speaking their language again. I got up and yelled, ‘You want to speak your language, go back to your country.’ Two security guards approached me and said these men come there almost every day, and they can speak whatever language they want.”

The security guards were right. These guys can speak whatever fucking language they want to each other, you xenophobic piece of shit! Why? Because that’s their right to. Immigrant or not. They’re engaged in a private conversation, and usually it’s the kind that is none of her/his/its fucking business. What’re they going to do? Blow up the Calgary Tower, which is something no one cares about anymore (Canada’s penis is really in Toronto)? And clearly you are fucking insane, because you’re yelling at a couple of non-whites, telling them to go back to their own country, because they’re not speaking English, as if they’re somehow going to let you in on their private conversation, or according to your demented mindset, their terrorist plot. That’s why security was called. You were causing problems for people and harassing them over absolutely nothing.

“I yelled at them, ‘You are obviously immigrants that don’t remember why you came to Canada; to start a new life, you two did.’ They then asked me to leave. I said phone the cops, I have a dentist appointment. I then went to my appointment.”

Again, you’re a stupid liar. They didn’t tell you they’re phoning the cops. They asked you to leave. And since they came here to start a new life, doesn’t that include something like freedom? The freedom to speak whatever language you fucking want? Go figure, eh? And now there’s only two guys? Wait, I thought there three of them!

“It’s almost illegal to be patriotic. Canada needs language police. Go figure, eh?”

You weren’t being patriotic. You didn’t respect their privacy, their right to speak whatever language they want, whether they’re Canadians or not. You’re a scoundrel using patriotism as his/her/its last refuge for delusional and paranoid xenophobia. And Canada doesn’t need a language police. What’re they going to do? Arrest people on the streets for not speaking English? Raid their houses and stores for allophone books and movies? Do we really need more victimless crimes on the books? Take up courts and police time, fill up the jails with people who don’t deserve to be there? And if you told a cop to arrest someone because they won’t speak English or French . . . you deserved to be laughed at.

And how’s it coincidental that he’s got the last name “White-ley”?

All-in-all, this guy is definitely blatantly stupid, bigoted, and xenophobic who doesn’t respect other people’s privacy or their right to free speech. The kind of asshole who visits other people’s countries and expects them to speak English to him, yet yells at people for not speaking his language in his country when he’s back home? Imagine this happening to him in, say, France? Or Germany? I can imagine him being terrified when a German screams in his face: “Why don’t you speak German? Speak German or go back to where you came from!” Or if the French scolded him to his face: “Speak to me a civilized language, you deaf American bastard!” He’ll be called American because we sound like them. Insult to injury!

AM I A PREDATOR?! 0_O

Well, according to this extortion website, somehow I am.

Somehow, sometime ago, someone pulled off something similar to the situation that I was thrown into about five years ago: they pasted my face, my email, and other bits of personal information onto a website called predatorswatch.com, a place that deliberately holds people’s reputation (and lives) for ransom, extorting them under the false promise of removing the information about them in exchange for cash. I say “false promise” because it’s most likely they WON’T delete the information posted on there.

And this is information that can be posted by literally ANYONE, even if they’re asylum patients let on the loose.

This is an evil website established by evil people, and it’s TERRIBLE for people who not only have been wrongfully arrested, wrongfully accused and wrongfully convicted, but who suffer from a record. Can you imagine the kinds of people out there (we all know who they are), who are literally so stupid or so deranged or both, that would actually fall for this, who actually would not only believe that some poor schmuck, who probably doesn’t realize it, is a predator online, but would act out whatever violent outrage they might course through their veins. The site never even specifies exactly what kind of predator they are. Hell, if you do your research, you’ll discover that there’s people who are put on sex offender lists for something as minor as public urination, or as accidental as being naked inside your house with one of the windows opened.

Now, I’ve known this for a while when I first discovered it, but I thought it wasn’t something to worry about until recently when it was brought to my attention again.

This is scary shit. O-O

UPDATE: I recently found out, through a friend of mine, that these guys were in fact shut down by the FBI twice, and that they’re not located anywhere in North America. Anonymous, if you’re out there and listening, it’s time to put these assholes out of business for good!

The Beard Comes Off Today

Today, the beard’s coming off.

I wear this usually as a way of protecting my beautiful face from the harshness of the winter winds. However, I’m having second thoughts about this because due to the weather up here, winters are usually longer. And officially, spring isn’t officially here til the 20th or 21st of this month. Let’s hope it gets warmer here-on-out!

UPDATE: The beard stays . . . for now. Perhaps til the 15th of this month.

Modelling News

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It’s not either easy nor often that someone such as myself would be so lucky to do a photoshoot . . . with an accomplished model.

The Hedonistic Sweetheart (aka Hotness-Incarnate), is a model and upcoming solo porn star from Florida. Yes, people. Model. Porn star. And Florida. And surprisingly, she’s not the insane kind that usually plagues the pages of Fark. Well, she is crazy. In an awesome way!

Right now I’m making final arrangements to book a photoshoot with her here in TO. Wish me luck, boys! And while you’re at it, here’s some of her photo work here, and video work here and here. Enjoy, indulge, or endure.

Image and images within it not mine.