We’ve all seen the above image. It’s the default desktop wallpaper for Microsoft‘s Windows XP operating system, but where was it taken? Well, this video explains it all. And it may surprise you to learn that the image is not Photoshopped at all.
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When I was growing up in the 80s, a certain series of horror films were coming out that were pretty popular; Friday the 13th. In fact, the “franchise” also became a TV show, novels, comics, and of course, all sorts of merchandise. Of course, I wasn’t allowed to watch these movies at such a young age, but somehow managed to see them all during middle school and the beginning of high school.
In the movies, in case you’re unfamiliar (spoiler alerts!), “Jason Voorhees”, was a young boy who drown while at Camp Crystal Lake. Jason is largely absent from the first movie, in which his mother stalks and kills the camp counselors (to avenge his death) that were going to be reopening Camp Crystal Lake after Jason’s drowning. She is killed at the end of the first movie and Jason comes back to avenge her death in the next (count them) ELEVEN movies!
So a few months ago I had this idea that I should get one of those masks that Jason (irony??) wore in the movies, get the clothes he wore, and do some photos for Halloween. So I started investigating further (as it has been years upon years since seeing the movies), and rented and watched the first 7 movies in the series. Well, finding a good replica of the mask wasn’t terribly easy, but I did find one, and thus began the project. Mask (check), crowbar (check), machete (check), mechanic’s overalls (check), gray pants (check), long-sleeve work shirt (check). The next step was to scout some creepy places to photograph.
There are a number of sketchy looking places to shoot not far from where I live, so I walked around and took some photos with my cell phone to start the process. And then I got to thinking, “Maybe it’s not the world’s best idea to be walking around a small town in a hockey mask, dressed as a very popular serial killer, holding a machete, crowbar, or other killing utensil”. So I went to the local police station to inform them of the project, and see if I needed to get clearance, permits, etc. Turns out I needed to address the town board and write up exact dates, times, etc. So I wrote a letter to the board, and they approved the project. A local paper even got wind of it and ran a story on it as well, which I will put in a future post.
Below you’ll find the images taken for the project. Happy Halloween!
Courtesy of The Gadgeteer: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2013/09/09/a-40-digital-camera-from-ac-gears/
In case you haven’t heard, Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez was suspended today (along with 12 other Major League Baseball players) for using PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs). Rodriguez received a 214-game suspension (some say 211 games, either way – it starts Thursday) while the other players received 50 games. Why did Alex get more? Because Major League Baseball feels that he’s been cheating far longer than everyone else. Really? Really. The 12 other players have apologized, while Rodriguez is appealing his suspension. Get this – HE’S ALLOWED TO PLAY DURING THE APPEAL. How is this right!? In fact, he’s in the lineup tonight in Chicago against the White Sox.
Here’s a little background on Mr Rodriguez… he has signed TWO of the most lucrative contracts the baseball (or any sport) has ever seen: In 2000 his signature got him $252 million from the Texas Rangers… and in 2007 he signed a 10-year, $275 million contract with the New York Yankees. This contract with the Yanks ALSO gives him around $30 million in bonuses based on his home run totals. Oh, and he also gets $2 million and change every year from Nike, Rawlings, and other endorsement deals. He makes more money than the entire Houston Astros roster.
Ok, enough about how much money the guy makes. Using performance enhancing drugs is illegal in sports. Hell, there are some people who think they should be legal in all sports just to make it even, and more exciting. Major League Baseball thinks they’re doing all the right things in terms of the players who have tried to cheat the game and gotten caught. Boy are they wrong.
Here’s what I wanted to get to in this article. Everybody has an opinion on this, so here’s mine. If you get caught ONCE using illegal substances (PEDs, steroids, whatever you want to call them), you’re done. Finished. For the rest of your life, in any aspect, period. Your records are completely erased. You can’t be an announcer. You no longer have anything to do with the sport. The fans pay your salary, and honestly, I think you should have to GIVE UP THE MONEY YOU MADE WHILE LYING TO THE ENTIRE WORLD so it can be put to good use (why is hunger still an issue anyway?). Oh and by the way, this goes for any sport, not just baseball. I don’t care if it’s the MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, Tennis, Table Tennis, NASCAR, F1, Cycling, Boxing, MMA, or Underwater Basketweaving. How else are these idiots going to get it through their heads? You get caught using banned substances and your’e out. ZERO tolerance. That’s what needs to happen.
As a professional athlete, you need to understand that your actions are followed by a vast group of people. In A-Rod’s case, MILLIONS of people. You’re in the spotlight all the time. Kids look up to you, they want to BE you, companies pay you to make them look better, to make the sport look better, teams pay you to produce, and all of this is based on being a superior athlete, and playing within the rules of your sport. You’re a role model. Act like one.
I’d love to hear your opinions on it… so let’s talk.