We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Nice quicky photo.....
Just a quicky thought....I grew up in the era of "bigger" is better in regards to stereos, big honkin' speakers, lots of watts coming from the amps. The "sound" and the "quality of the sound" was the pursuit of the purist. Now all I see is people straining to hear music from a nano speaker, the tinny squeal of some forgettable artist blaring into their ear buds.
Same thing with pics. The really good artists used Hassleblads and other 35 mm cameras. They used to discuss f-stops and timing. Depth of field and lighting. Now any 4th grade girl can capture a moment in history. Blurry, but captured.
Is this entropy in action?
People will say that it is good that anybody can take a photo or you don't really need great stereo equipmant to hear a has been artist.
And I say, then society will accept any crap that comes along. Nobody wants to aspire to a higher level of ability. If we are willing to accept a crappy level, then where is the incentive to "aspire". To lift our selves from the morass of humanity. To place "art" in our lives to stimulate and to elucidate a better way.
I'm not slamming your daughters photo or her jog. I'm just exhorting folks to rise above the mass production products that are causing us to slip into a quagmire of blase. I'm exhorting folks to find the artist in themselves this year and to nurture it.