My sister Katie is in town, and she wanted to do a nice naked photo of her son on my moms Boston Grand Piano. She initially wanted a butt shot (which we got) but I really like his attitude in this photo, so this is my choice.
Not too long ago, a group of activists wanted to protest the irony of Freedom in Washington DC and decided to sell Lemonade in front of the Capital Building. According to a local regulation, it was against the law to do so. They didn’t care, and went about doing it anyway.
Once the stand was setup, they had plenty of customers coming along to buy the Lemonade. However, it being an illegal activity, a dozen or so Police officers showed up to end the ruckus caused by the activists. As you watch the video, notice that, despite a heavy Police presence, all the customers just continued to buy Lemonade, even after being told not to by Officers.
My question is this: If there is a bill, law, or regulation in existence, and the only people that care about it not being followed are the lawmakers and law enforcers, does it really need to exist? Theft is something that both law makers and citizens agree needs to be illegal. Selling lemonade outside on a hot day without a permit? Nobody cares about that except the law makers and law enforcers. I guarantee you people didn’t walk buy and say “Oh man, I sure would love a lemonade, but I doubt they have a permit, so I better not buy it”.
Utah recently enacted a stupid law called the Zion Curtain, and, just like petty regulations, nobody except lawmakers care about it. There was also a man in Orem that had been selling pumpkins from his garden for 20 years and this year was threatened to be “shut down” because he didn’t have the proper permit and licensing, snitched on by an over-zealous neighbor. Do you think he lost customers because some realized he probably didn’t have a permit and opted out of buying his pumpkins over the 20 years? I really, really doubt that.
To end, I really have to ask, if the only people that care about the enforcement of regulations and laws are the law makers, why on earth is the bill passed in the first place?
I know, I’m terrible at updating my blog, and I hope to get better at it and just use it for a nice journal, even if I’m the only one who reads it. I’ve been using WordPress as a blog for about 4 years now, and it’s amazing to me to go back in time and read about what I was doing. And it’s so easy to do it.
Recently I learned about Responsive Web Design and have been itching to build and or retrofit a current site of mine to utilize that technique. What exactly is that technique? Well, you build your sites to be much more fluid.
For years now my general practice in designing a website was to make it a fixed-width layout, typically 960 pixels wide. This allowed the site to fit perfectly in 1024×768 screens, and still look just fine as they got bigger. However, this also meant horizontal scrolling for smaller (800×600) screens. Thankfully, not many folks are stuck with such small screens.
Also, if I built the site good enough, iPhones, iPads etc would display the site just fine, albeit smaller (zoomed out) on the screens. This is an acceptable enough practice as well. However, mobile is taking over, quickly. For the past few years websites have answered by building mobile-specific version of their website to be served up instead of the desktop version, depending on what accessed the website. While it’s a good solution, it’s also a time consuming double-designing solution.
The new answer is to make your site responsive, use a more fluid percentage based structure and then shrink the site until it breaks. At that breaking point you add a new rule to the CSS (via Media Query) and fix the design. Then, you shrink it again until it breaks and create a new fix. (Another approach is going opposite, or, design smaller and then make it bigger).
Anyway, I’ve retrofitted unculturedswine.net to now have a responsive design that grows and shrinks no matter what screen you’re using to view it. iPhone, iPad, Android, Desktop, Laptop etc this site is now built to scale and stretch. Very exciting, I know.
This month I had the opportunity to photograph my first wedding in a little while, and it was a lot of fun. Before John and Danica were married we decided to do a bridals/groomals/formals thing so we could clear up some time on the wedding day. We had a great time at a few different locations. This was at the Mt Timpanogos Temple in front of some pretty flowers they have planted there. Visit my Smugmug Gallery to see the whole set.