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10 Things

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10 random things about me… because some jerk (or jerkette browbeat me into it):

1. I’m a hugger, but I rarely initiate a hug.
2. People either like me or hate me, but the ones that hate me usually do so because of my reaction to something they said or did.
3. If someone doesn’t like me, I won’t lose a minute of sleep over it, life’s too short.
4. Most of the jokes I know are ones I probably can’t actually tell anyone…
5. I’d rather help build up someones ego than help prop up an ego that’s already overgrown.
6. It’s easier for me to find something I like about someone than something I dislike.
7. Will Rogers never met a man (person) he didn’t like, I’ve found them, but never really found someone worth the trouble of actually hating, not worth my time.
8. If I’m looking at you, odds are I’m thinking of the bests ways to take your picture. If I’m looking at you and smiling, I’ve figured it out.
9. Most people that think they’ve seen me mad have only seen me irritated, irritated is bad enough, you wouldn’t like to see me angry. (apologies to Bruce Banner for the misquote)
10. I have a ridiculous amount of patience for things that interest me, and not very much at all for things that don’t, which is why I can spend long hours working on the little details in pictures of people, and can spend up to an entire minute looking at a picture of a building.

© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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The Beauty Scam

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Once you get used to the idea that the perception of beauty is managed by companies using things like photo manipulation and unrealistic standards to spread the message “buy our shit or you’re ugly,” you actually stop caring what “they” think is beautiful and start learning to live happily in your own body. Beauty is who you are, not who they can manipulate you into being.

© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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All and Sundry and Labels

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I tend not to join things very often, mainly because not too many (if any) organizations have opinions that I can support across the board.

Part of the problem with group labels is that there’s a modern tendency to lump everyone associated (even remotely) with everything that anyone (even remotely) associated with a group says or does. Not all Christians/Muslims are trying to impose their religion on the rest of the world, not all feminists are man-haters, not all pro-choicers favor abortion, not all pro-lifers want to picket or blow up clinics, and the list goes on and gets really blatant when we start looking at political parties.

The implied (all) is something I think needs to go. “(All) [insert name of group here] are [insert label here]” or “(All) [insert name of group here] want to [insert action here]” are a couple of the templates of labeling, because not (All) of anything believes in everything, and quite frankly some that join groups are their own special little bag of issues all to themselves.

Hitler was a vegetarian, big deal not all vegetarians are Hitler.

Lumping people together under the birds-of-a-feather philosophy used to have a name, it was called prejudice. Prejudice used to be seen as something to oppose, now it seems that many feel that the only forms of prejudice to oppose are those that they don’t hold themselves.

© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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Treason Reduced to a Buzzword

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I hate it when people reduce serious words to mere buzzwords to try and further an agenda. Today’s examples. Disagreement with a president is not “treason,” even if they badmouth said public official. The correct phrase is “politics as usual.” If disagreement with a president is treason, half of the population would be in trouble after every election. The second phrase I find annoying and was tossed m way today, is “rape the land,” unless somebody is performing a non-consensual sexual act on a section of ground, then the term is deliberately being used incorrectly. Reducing a crime like rape to a simple buzzword in an attempt to cash in on the feelings the word raises in people is to reduce the power of the word and minimize its true meaning. /soapbox

© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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Chat Snippet: “Sexy Boudoir Shoot”

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I have a lot of random conversations through the interwebs, here’s a piece of one.

Her: “I had a woman that wanted a ‘sexy boudoir shoot’ but I had to tuen her down because she had a left sided masectomy and only has one breast and theres no way I could make her look sexy like that.”
Me: “There are times that I wish I lived near where some of you idiots are turning down gigs like this, you had a chance to do something amazing and screwed the pooch because you can’t wrap your head around the larger story here. She survived something traumatic and all you can visualize is scars. Lose my contact info.”

I’m all for people taking the clients that they want to, but seriously, why be a jerk about it? There’s a photographer for everyone out there, and if you find one that doesn’t fit, keep looking!

© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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Chat Snippet: “Bewbs… yadda yadda and Yaha and so on”

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I have a lot of random conversations through the interwebs, here’s a piece of one.

Her: “I look at the stuff Yayahan wears and its like she’s never even heard of femimism!”
Me: “First, Yaya Han, two names there, it makes it sound like you confused her with Benihana. Second, a goal of feminism is for women to be able to wear what they want without being judged for it. So, she’s doing her part and wearing what she wants, when do you do yours and drop the judgmental crap?”
Her: “Typical make response “show me teh bewbs!”
Me: “So now you’re judging me on stuff that you (not me) said? If she wants to wear it, let her, when I hear that she’s being forced to wear something that she doesn’t want to, I’ll be grumpy on her behalf. For now, I’ll just stick to being grumpy with those that rattle off sexist drivel and those that try and shame people for being themselves, in other words, you’re no better than the “show me teh bewbs!” crowd.”
Her: “Your just a typical male asshole!”
Me: “Nah, I give it style… must be the beard… or the cane.”

Friends list: -1

I get so many variations on this sort of argument that I can’t even make a macro for a standard canned reply. Well, I suppose I could. “Quit judging people you asshat!” But it sort of lacks something.

© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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Chat Snippet: Progo Shaming?

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I have a lot of random conversations through the interwebs, here’s a piece of one.

Her: “Why would anyone want to take pics of ugly ass progo chicks?”
Me: “Clarify your statement.”
Her: “PRego is ugly why do they show it off?”
Me: “There is nothing ugly about being pregnant and they want the pictures are because they are proud and happy that they are having a baby, fortunately for your mother, she got to be proud until you said something this stupid. Don’t ruin her memories of when you were likable 😉 
Her: “That’s just wrong dude.”
Me: Yup, so go apologize to your mom for saying she was ugly when she carried you around all of those months.”

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