Why the Critics Are So Desperately Wrong About Ghost in the Shell

With a 46% on RottenTomatoes and a 52 on MetaCritic, the new live action Ghost in the Shell movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, is bombing at the box office. The film is being almost universally panned by professional critics and fans of the 1995 animated film of the same name. Forbes, The Verge, Hollywood Reporter, Wired, and…

Flowers

I spent some time with my camera in the far off, exotic location of my backyard this evening doing some flower studies that I’d like to share with you. Each thumbnail links to a retina wallpaper image. Enjoy!

Objectivity in the Media

“Is it okay for journalists to participate in protests or marches? In this current political environment do you think reporters should be neutral all the time, or free to express their opinions?” The segment questions whether or not neutrality in reporting is possible and asks if it is “even the correct journalistic value versus, perhaps, intellectual honesty and rigor.”

The Dakota Access Pipeline

Perry and Trump both have ties to the companies who own and will operate the pipeline. Trump himself holds stock in Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access, LLC which is building the pipeline. And Perry is on the Board of Directors of Energy Transfer Partners! Both of these conflicts of interest loom large and heavy over the future of the project. Once the Obama Administration leaves office, we’re in uncharted territory.

SLOSS Furnace

SLOSS is a decommissioned Iron Refinery and blast furnace complex in the heart of Birmingham. My photography tends to focus on two themes, (1) the juxtaposition of the industrial and modern with the natural and (2) wildlife. So, for me this, was a dream come true, to be set loose on this campus of towering forges, furnaces, conveyor belts, steam pipes, tunnels, trains, and conduits.

The Electoral College is Broken

Basically, what is argued for is that the general election should exist to select a group of people, the Electoral College, who will vigorously and systematically evaluate those standing as candidates for President of the United States and select the person who is best suited, who is most highly qualified through experience and ability, to ascend to the Office. They will do so by voting in their own states, rather than convening in one centralized location, to avoid influences meant to corrupt their ability to execute their task safely and expediently—like foreign world powers and angry mobs.

Arrival

Last weekend, Jake and I and a few of our closest friends went to see a movie that Jake had put on our radar only a few days before. And we fucking loved it. Based on a short story, Arrival is by far one of the best movies I’ve seen in years. Honestly, I can’t speak…