Day after Christmas

this morning

My parents gave me a nice pair of noise-canceling headphones for Christmas. Now I don't have to worry about going deaf listening to music on planes and buses. One less thing, as Forrest Gump would say.

I got in a bit of a spat with another flickr user today. I left a comment on one of his pictures saying that the model looked either very unwell or extremely edited. [Her thighs were nearly  the same size as her calves.] I don't go around looking for photoshopped models to criticize, but it was the first thing I noticed about his photo, so I decided it was worth saying. He got very defensive and insinuated that because I'm an amateur and American [read: used to obesity], I can have nothing legitimate to say on the matter.

It's been a long time since I've had a bad interaction online, and I wasn't really prepared for it. I'm not about to embark on a new career as a flickr troll, but I must say...there are some people I don't particularly mind upsetting.

I made a resolution a while ago to make more trouble. More on that later?

Anyways, that reminded me of  Noel's post about the word "amateur." Read it, read it, read it.


minteva 12/26/2009 5:06 PM  

making trouble is good. i love this photo, beautiful.

pinkapplecore 12/27/2009 7:52 AM  

I read the post you linked too, that was really great, makes you want to be an amateur.


Noël De Vries 12/27/2009 9:44 AM  

we amateurs have to hang together, or the world will hang us seperately.


for some reason this made me thing of erin's woody allen quote, If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.

feeling an amateur, even for a moment, feels like failing. but there's passion in it, and innovation... not bad, I'd say.

gabi dickinson 12/28/2009 10:51 AM  

I love the peace dripping from this photo.
so, are noise-cancelling headphones really awesome? I was thinking about a pair for travelling between Uganda and England frequently in the near future. However as I've never tried them, I can't convince myself they're THAT much better than normal ones. And therefore worth the money. Are they?

cuileann 12/28/2009 12:57 PM  

Noel - You two (you and rinmac) are good medicine. :)

Gabi - Well, they're certainly loads better than earbuds, but no surprise there. I will give you the final verdict after my flight back to Chicago next week...that'll be the real test.

Erin 12/31/2009 6:25 PM  

<3 <3
all i will say is this: go girl.

cuileann 1/02/2010 4:33 PM  

Erin - Oh, I will...<3

Shannon 1/02/2010 7:53 PM  

So... when are you going to tell me which flickr user it was so I can bash them? :)

cuileann 1/17/2010 1:32 PM  

Shannon - @ed you on Twitter.

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