We have a loaded week people. So many good topics. We start with our hero and end with multi-year photography projects, but in the middle, we delve into all kinds of savory topics. Things like my staggering YouTube success, corporate malfeasance vs the common good and we even hit both football and tennis but probably not from the direction you might expect. This podcast just keeps getting better and better. Tune in, turn on and forget everything else.
PS: NO I did not watch the Saints game but I heard about it. But what was the takeaway that will get lost due to the dramatic conclusion? The refs made another glaringly bad error that could have cost the Saints the game. Due to the inexplicable decision of NOT fixing this in the offseason, once again, a team was left at the mercy of human error. Had this game not ended the way it did the analysts would have downplayed the officiating error and said: “Hey, the Saints had their chances.”
Last year, at the conclusion of the worst missed call in the history of the league, commentators were calling the events the “worst blown call in league history,” but a day later, after pressure from all angles, were backpedaling already stating “Well, this call really didn’t impact that game all that much.” I’m over it.
All pass plays can now be challenged when it comes to pass interference up to the last 2 minutes of the game. At that time the officials are the ones who determine if a pass play was called correctly. The NFL will review the rule after this year and determine if it will become permanent.
Sadly, a bandaid. Last two minutes. The minimum effort from the league. And as we saw last night, a bad call can cost a team the game regardless of when it comes. https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27582724/in-win-saints-steamed-another-officiating-error Could have easily cost them, and the league has already admitted they missed it. Look, the league knows they are sitting on a goldmine. If fans are okay with this stuff then why really fix the issue?
I wish you did do this every day.
Food for thought. Was the iPhone and all that flowed from it the fork in the road that changed photography forever?
Thanks for that. Once I get settled in life I plan on doing these more frequently. I think the changes started with the Internet. The iPhone is like the tick, the perfect delivery mechanism.
Wow Dan, you certainly packed a lot into this one!
On corporate malfeasance I found myself just nodding and agreeing with you on every point but, the question is, where do we go from here?
Sadly. I don’t know the answer but I feel it’s just going to get worse and it’s not as if you can easily ignore them, they ( big corporations ) and the pernicious influence they wield is everywhere…
I guess a much quoted truism would be “follow the money” and you might get some idea of who is trying to influence you and what they are after – having said that, it’s not an easy task nowadays when a lot of that info is hidden “offshore”.
Anyway, thanks again for a great podcast, ( I did make it to the end!) and I’m off now to do a bit of art, which as you know, is good for the soul in these frustrating times.
Ps will check out your latest YouTube video later on….
I think the current crop of politicians, on both sides, are entirely compromised. The ONLY hope we have are the kids who get sick and tired of having their future sold, undermined and compromised. If they get pissed off enough then change might happen. However, I have never seen a more distracted group of humans in my life. I don’t blame them. Had you given me the Internet and a phone when I was six and my brain would be fried too.
Just came across your path this last week. Just listened to Ep12 of For what it’s worth. Very interesting. I will catch up with all I have missed in the next week or so I’m sure.
Corporate mel – I think it is quite likely that corporations and established power have always been only interested in their net profits.
Interested point about no longer watching football (though it’s not really football :)). Ever since I hit 40yrs old I have been shedding things like this, if not for the same reasons as you. Time is the thing will all have, but have no ideas how much off. We need to focus our energy on making the most of it. I’m now 45 and I have never been so productive.
Nice to meet you and glad you are here. MAN are you right about shedding things. I feel the same. I am so much more productive today than I was at 25, or 35. I am so focused and driven because I know I’m on a clock. I think you are probably right. Corporations have always been profit-driven, and rightly so, but there was a time when many looked after their workforce, looked after their communities and the well being of the system, at least to a tiny degree. That seems to be the past.
You’re right Dan, the youth today are pretty distracted, what with games consoles and Netflix etc vying for their attention – there are some very switched on individuals though and hopefully they will lead and influence the others.
On a cheerier note, I caught up with your latest YouTube video and particularly liked the tips you offered; small stories and vignettes is a great idea…cheers.
Modern kids are incredible, and I think the best way to describe them is different, which could be said of every generation. They are different, however, in ways we could have never dreamed of
Thanks Dan, for hitting the nail right on the head with point number 4 about corporate malfeasance, which I don’t remember being as prevalent while growing up in the late Sixties and the 70’s.
After going to work for a company following my 1994 release from active duty as a Navy officer, I started wondering whatever happened to ethics. My boss soon told me not to bring up ethics again. A couple of months later, I quit.
Those whose parents didn’t tough it out during the depression, and who grew up seeing adults use credit and debit cards instead of cash don’t think of it as spending money until the bills come in.
The mindset of waiting for the money to come in before buying something, and using things till they wear out is becoming a thing of the past.
As personal savings dwindled, more people started down the slippery slope to keep the money rolling in to pay for excessive spending and easy debt incurred just before the economy tanked in ’94.
Love of money now causes companies to invest their almighty profit in buying back stock instead of in people. Last week, the Guardian observed that Boeing’s main product is no longer airplanes, but money.
The other issue is the expectation of instant availability, and inability to wait. A book order is not an emergency.
It’s not a political trait – it’s a question of right and wrong – of doing the right thing the right way, of living your truth.
Thanks for the reminder that Google, Apple, Amazon – and especially FaceBook are not our friends.
Thank you for continuing to lead on these issues. it’s not unpatriotic and it is not anti-American. As Rumi said: “Your criticism polishes my mirror.”
Bob, amen. I was in an extraction state last week. Listening to locals complain about traffic but not putting together the idea that their beloved extraction groups make it impossible to have light rail, metro, bike lanes, etc. Not the only reason but part of the issue. We have lost our ability to grab common sense and run with it. But, our country has been corrupt from the VERY beginning. It’s a history we don’t like to read.