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Thought of the Morning…

Eat.

Eating is good.

Eating creates poop.

Poop is good.

Unless you’re one of those climet change extremists…

In which case…

Don’t eat.

Problem solved.

Now I shall eat 😁👍🏻🍗

BBC News: Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions

BBC News – Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-48305708

Well done and congratulations to Taiwan and my friends there.

It’s so good to see that Taiwan decided to be the first countryin Asia to be free and forward thinking and supportive for all people and their rights to be who they are.

More Asian countries should follow Taiwan’s awesome example …



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The world is getting smaller

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Today is a good day.
I woke up alive (always useful), had great coffee, worked, came home, watched GOT S08E05…
but best of all, I had a phone-call from a dear friend living in Europe.
It still amazes me, even to this day, how fast technology has jumped.
When I was little ( yea 40+ years ago lol ) , we had the old school analogue phones (manual exchange too) that bounced calls around on copper lines, and internationally via satellite.
I remember the delays on conversations that tech offered.. 
Then fibre hit, woohoo.. nice.
Then the more modern advent of the mobile phone, call quality internationally took a step backwards but caught up quickly.
Now a GSM call to an overseas friend is pretty seamless … and just now, my chat with my friend in Europe was via one of the many mobile messaging apps available nowadays…
No paying for international calls now, when it’s all via an app and the internets… though I do wonder how long before internet providers start clamping down on apps and charging for “value added” services to allow you to use a messaging app.. 😛
Still though, through all that… it’s the best feeling chatting to a dear friend on the other side of the planet… ( excluding those pesky time zone differences 😛 )

Those technology jumps though.. manual telephone exchange … to mobile apps .. black and white tv to … mobile apps.. no mobile phones too.. mobiles and their apps… life was simpler back then, it was smaller too, and less interesting, but more connected to the community immediately around us, though not so much these days. 

 

Nothing quite like seeing people in person though, but that’s not always possible… I wonder.. how will things be in 5 or 10 years time… I wonder.. 🙂
In the end though, I am always and forever grateful for the beautiful people I am blessed to have in my life, from my friends down the road, to those on the other side of the world, all around the world, everywhere… thank you, and keep exploring. ❤
Oh, don’t forget coffee and chocolate 😛
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That’s it from me, I need sleeps.
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It costs How Much???? In L.A …. ???

Yeeeeks!

I’ve been slowly planning my trip to L.A for next year.. a bit of a holiday and a bit of work also..

Doing the usual.. looking at what’s on.. travel .. accommodation.. places to go to and things to see and do, and I’ve come to this conclusion about it all….

Holy hell .. L.A is ridiculously expensive.

How do people ever survive there ?

For the sake of context .. as of this blog post .. currency conversion is about NZD$1.68 to USD$1.00 .. yea.. that’s a big ouch. .. for me to buy say USD$1000.00 would cost me near on NZD$1500-1600 .. and that’s probably not including whatever fees the banks would want to charge…

So far, with what I’ve seen, the cheapest part of the trip would be the airline tickets .. then rental car …

Things like hotels or AirBnB is hellishly over priced. I know that food is ok as you don’t have to eat like a rock star… but coffee.. omg I’ve seen some prices like UDS$5 for a coffee.. and I know they don’t do good coffee there… we are so luckily here in NZ.

However… work wise.. I’m trying to plan a few photo shoots … and that’s an eye opener in its self..

Apparently L.A is strongly union controlled so contents and permits are generally required .. makes sense I guess… where as back home you can generally shoot .. of course the fact that my shooting genre includes nudity of the human form.. that makes it more complicated again.

I’ve been advised that leaving the L.A city limits is advisable .. but L.A is a very big place and traffic would play a part in substantial delays no doubt.

As yet I’ve not looked into studio hire rates.. mostly cause I don’t like shooting indoors anyway..

I’m going to research San Francisco also.. see if that city has similar issues or not. .. or maybe I just see if I can get a AirBnB a bit away from the city.. maybe that will be more affordable.. which kinda sucks cause the few models I really want to shoot with are in L.A .

If anyone has any advise or knows of reasonable accommodation and places I could shoot art-nudes .. then I’d love to hear from you 😁

Anyways .. enough of the ranting .. I need to get on the road again…

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BBC News: Honolulu bans texting while crossing streets in bid to curb injuries

Honolulu bans texting while crossing streets in bid to curb injuries – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40765087

I have seen some funny stuff in time but this.. is actually a smart move. Can t be a Trump idea, likely why it’s smart. 

 With the ever encroaching tech addiction that seems to freely take over what little common sense people might have had, we see more videos of pothole finders, poll grinders and car slammers.. heh oh well.. 

Raise your glasses to the end of the world as we knew it.. and drink wine ???? No that didn’t sound right. 

EAT MORE BACON.  😍
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BBC News: Driving test: Learners must be able to use sat navs


Driving test: Learners must be able to use sat navs – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39594852

OK this I find truly amusing… driving tests now to include using a Nav… 

All I can possibly put this down to is a new generation of people who, can’t read a map, can’t read, have no sense , enjoy being told what to do ( sounds like government control ) without the need for thinking. .. or obviously people who just have not ever played a decent game of DnD.

Lunch time. 🙂 

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