Ramblings

where the ladies at

So today, while being a normal person (read: sitting in Starbucks with my morning coffee), I was reading an article on the Telegraph about he marginalization of women in the film and television industry. The article suggests that over the last twenty years there has been a decline in the number of women both in front and behind the camera in the Film and Television industry. Based on the article though it seems the study was limited to "writers, film producers and directors" so it's hard to tell if that figure is skewed since e vast majority of positions lie outside those roles.

In the interest of being open with you, or at least those who don't know me as well as most of my readers, I work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Though most of it is in the live performance area have worked in film and I still have quite a few friends who work in that sub-section of the industry (both male and female).

Before I get flamed I want to preface the below by saying that many of the women I do know in the industry are very competent technicians (and managers) who can perform the jobs just as well or even better than many of the men I know in those roles. While I would agree that there tend to be fewer women in most of the technical roles I'm not sure that's entirely to do with the industry being misogynistic or rather more of the interest level among women compared to men when it comes to that kind of work.

I'd be interested to hear thoughts on whether this trend is noticeable in other industries or if it's limited to the film and television genre.  

Ottawa to Stowe

Just a really short post to share a few photographs I've taken in the last week. The first was taken on a walk into the Byward Market from my place as I crossed the canal:

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And the second was taken earlier today in Waterbury around sunset. It's not the greatest photograph but as they say, "the best camera is e one you have with you".

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This was right after having dinner at a place called the Reservoir which was the destination because it was the only place nearby to stock Alchemist Heady Topper, it's an American double IPA and it was pretty tasty.

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So cheers!

no time for that

Kayla Chobotiuk over at Featured Shoot posted an interesting article today about how New Yorkers eat dinner. It opened my eyes to something that I, myself, have been a part of and that's the (de)evolution of the dinner hour. Apparently, a study shows that up to half of us now eat dinner while concentrating on something else be it television, the internet or, god forbid, work.

Speaking as someone who doesn't have a kitchen table or really, anywhere to sit other than my couch, I wonder how this shift is affecting us as a society or if it's affecting us at all.

Hate as a Side Effect of Impact

Being up front with you about this, I did not write this article but when I read this it resonated with me so I wanted to share it with you. Below is a snippet but I want to encourage you to go check out Oliver Emberton's Blog.

As your actions impact more people, the less those people will understand you:

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Imagine a face-to-face conversation, with motives and nuance:

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As it spreads, the simple message is interpreted:

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And outright distorted:

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This happens even when people read the exact same words on a screen. We just do it in our heads.

The only thing this process needs is enough people. If you’re impacting enough people in any way, you’re going to be tragically misrepresented in the time it takes a teenager to poop out a tweet.

You can avoid all of this by not doing anything important. If your biggest decision in life is what you change your desktop wallpaper to, no problem. But if you want to write a bestseller or end poverty or change the world in any way whatsoever you’re gonna have to cope with pissing off people entirely by accident.

Just Because Someone is Offended Doesn't Mean They're Right

Think back to a time when you were angry – say you were cut off in traffic. How intelligent were you when you were pissed off?

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Anger is an emotional response, and a spectacularly stupid one. It’s almost never in proportion, nor is it necessarily even just. It’s a fleeting impulse, like thinking a stranger is cute or preferring one colour over another.

And like any such impulse, the usual provocation for anger is association. Some people might hate Apple, others hate Google. Some people are right wing, others left. Say something nice about one group, and you’ll ignite the primal rage in the others before they can stop to think. Pretty much everyone thinks like this, sadly, unless they’re trying really hard.

Which leads to a crucial conclusion: conforming to other people’s anger is caving to the most stupid part of their nature.

Be an asshole and ignore those, um, assholes.

The only way to avoid pissing people off is to do nothing important. Which leaves you with a choice, whether you like it or not: where will you settle on this scale?

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Most of us fear upsetting the emotions of others. When we upset people, we’re compelled to justify ourselves. We yearn to win over our detractors. We seek everyone’s approval. And just one criticism among a hundred compliments burns into our brain like a cigarette.

That’s actually a good sign. It means you’re not really an asshole. Just don’t be afraid to act like one where it matters.