Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pop's Free Photography Course: Make Money with your Camera

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Comprising seven (7) lessons, the entire course is downloadable for easy future reference.
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 *The retail value of this course is $250.
This 7-day promo will end on 03/01/2012
 This course will convert to "Paid Only" at that time.
The projected price of the course will start at $49...future updates may force an increase in the course price.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

RIP Whitney Houston

  It's Time to say goodbye to one of the greatest female voices to grace our lives in many years.

  RIP Whitney Houston.

(CNN) -- Legendary pop singer Whitney Houston has died at age 48, representative Kristen Foster said Saturday night.
The cause and location of her death was not immediately known.
According to her official website, Houston, who struggled with addiction problems over the years, sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos over her career.
Houston was set to appear in this year's "Sparkle," a remake of the 1976 hit, which was loosely based on the story of The Supremes. It was her first movie role since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife."
Her body of work includes seven straight Billboard No. 1 hits in the 1980s, including "Saving All My Love for You," "Greatest Love of All" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go." Billboard puts her soundtrack to the movie "The Bodyguard" as one of the top 10 biggest-selling albums of all time. She also starred in the film.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Budoir Photography Trend Heating Up

Boudoir photography trend heats up Valentine's Day

Women are embracing boudoir photography — posing for professional photos wearing next to nothing — and are giving the photos as gifts to their Valentine, husband or fiance.

  Women are embracing boudoir photos as a red-hot gift for their Valentine.
The trend of boudoir photography has women getting all dolled up for a professional photo session wearing next to nothing — and it's catching on in Oklahoma.
 Several dedicated boudoir studios have opened recently, lending credibility to the industry, and many self-employed photographers now offer boudoir as a service.
photo - Lacy Hammack, owner of Adoralee Photography in Norman. She shoots boudoir photography, which is especially popular at Valentine's Day. <strong>STEVE SISNEY - THE OKLAHOMAN</strong>
Lacy Hammack, owner of Adoralee Photography in Norman. She shoots boudoir photography, which is especially popular at Valentine's Day. STEVE SISNEY - THE OKLAHOMAN

Lacy Hammack, who owns Adoralee Photography in Norman, says the busiest time of year is Christmas through Valentine's Day. In addition to holiday gifts, many of her clients throughout the year are celebrating anniversaries or are engaged and plan on giving the photos as a groom's gift.
Afterward, many of the women say the experience boosted their self-confidence, Hammack says.
“It's really about being glamorous and giving the regular, everyday woman that professional magazine shoot and making them look good without airbrushing,” she said.
Hammack is a self-taught photographer who began shooting boudoir in California for military wives who wanted something special to send to their deployed husbands. When she moved to Oklahoma in 2009, it still felt taboo here.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Deer Hunters, Gays, and Dads: LCD

I'm prepared and willing to piss off a few thousand neighbors today by spewing all over their personal religion: Deer Hunting.
  After a lifetime of passing on the Golden Rule and similar social guidelines that originated in the Bible, I was transplanted here to West Virginia from Baltimore as a veteran & grandfather and was immediately appalled by the mindless acceptance of deer hunting as a locally-normal activity.

  Is there anyone here who doesn't get that hunting is a penis competition?
There is not a single moment of  honest "sport" in punching holes into an animal who is more docile than your Beagle, and whose only crime was being thirsty enough to walk to the stream for a drink.
  ...and where is the sport in 'hunting' for an animal that walks in front of traffic?

 Need I touch on the grotesque stories of drunken hunters who actually Rape their prey as it lays on the ground dying?  I think not, but your local DNR can confirm it.

My gun is bigger than your gun. Yep, it really is that simple.  This is the statement made to fellow hunters, to all women, and to the mistakenly-labeled "lesser" animals being hunted.
  The only sane humans who are so obviously obsessed with their genitalia are Toddlers.

     Many of my neighbors argue that hunting is a "tradition" for them and they are simply doing as they were taught, and passing a family tradition on to the next generations.
    That's easy enough to see, even for an outsider looking in. I respect tradition.
  A great many equally-popular local family traditions are being passed on as we speak; Incest, spousal abuse, child abuse and neglect, alcoholism, and drunk driving, just to name a few.

  Men are pulled into hunting for a variety of personal reasons, the most prominent of them being the need to prove to his peers that he is not gay, a rather intense motivating factor in any public school.
 Most fall into it for the same reason that so many listen to country music:
 1: A geographic anomaly.
 2: Because someone (Dad) made them feel that they had no choice ("Be a Man!"), and for those lucky enough to slide past Dad's influence with the illusion that they had made their own choices, there was always high school waiting to pick up the slack in pressure.

 So, the LCD* seems to be insecurity...which brings us right back to the penis issue, doesn't it?

 *LCD= Lowest Common Denominator, a term us old-schoolers were required to learn way back before schools began watering-down education to insure that every child will pass and thus maximize federal funding.