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Kickstarter recently relauched Drip as a Patreon-style backer platform. I was invited to be one of their first projects at launch, but declined once I saw their payment processing fees. The usual 8% but with 20c per transaction, which they said was Stripe's demand. By the way, I wanted to launch a yearly subscription thing, which I found out wasn't going to be possible in their framework (only monthly and per-post, just like Patreon). For what I wanted to do, which was based on microtransactions, I just couldn't agree to it.
Funnily enough, Patreon last week announced a change to their processing fees that was really similar to what Drip was at launch this November. Patreon users balked. Just an hour or two ago, the CEO sent out an email apologizing and announcing they weren't going to roll it out after all. They're sticking with monthly batch processing.
I read that the on the night of the Pope's address, the pontiff leant over to Boehner and said, "pray for me. pray for me." Boehner was crying throughout the address. He quit 14 hours later.
If it was a moment of realization, a straw that broke the camel's back, then I am actually a little saddened by his decision to quit. It could have been a moment of revitalization which he could have used to empower his own positions versus that of the GOP mainstream, a move that would have been in devotion to his newfound sense of righteousness. But by caving, he'll just birth the next head of the hydra.
Damn. I'm late to the party. I have something really interesting to share.
Jenny McMahon describes art as units of social calibration. Which is a pretty tersely straightforward way of describing it. But essentially, the power in art it for it to calibrate its audience. I'm not as good at explaining it as she is, so check out this audio interview. It's really eye-opening.
So I think the part where we decide if the art is good or bad is a bit of a misnomer, because it has more to do with whether or not the art should be accepted by us or shouldn't be. That function in itself is a subjective one.
Does an elastic band stretch better in a hot environment than in an icy one? When I read about this subject I often find omissions of environmental effects, especially during childhood, and how they effect those senses of intro/extroversion. I don't get why. I grew up around people who I just didn't jive well with. I always wondered if I'd be an extrovert if I had grown up in a talkative family that brought nice friends around that I might have enjoyed talking to. I also didn't get to keep friends as we moved countries often and I often believe that is a big factor as well. But who knows. Indeed I can now only stretch my personality to a point.
Oooooooooh. Of course!
Manufactured Landscapes is one you'll need a bit of patience with but it's incredible. Burtynsky, also a large format photographer. The doc on Erwin Olaf is great. Since we're talking about dutch guys, I'll bring in Mark Kessels, a doc called Kessel's Eye is great, he's a subversive advertising guy who collects vernacular photos. The doc on the king of war photojournalism James Nachtwey is a must watch. Those are all classic contemporary docs in my mind. There aren't as many docs on women photographers but they're out there — I liked the one on Cindy Sherman from a while back. Gosh there's so many more but those are the first that come to mind.
Also, if you haven't seen the BBC photo history doc series The Genius of Photography, be sure that you do, it's great even for seasoned photographers.