- Apparently Tony “Texas Daddy” Marano—my favorite Texan Italian—is again up to no good, posting a petition at the White House website calling for the removal of the “offensive state in Glendale, CA public park.” To be fair to Tony, it’s just bad form to put offensive states in public parks. Just the other day somebody put UDI-era Rhodesia in our neighborhood park, and it was quite the eyesore.
- I believe Rhodesia and the United States were the only two countries to unilaterally declare their independence from Great Britain.
- More headaches for the United States with visits this month by high-ranking Korean and Japanese officials. I just hope Washington makes it clear that while it’s willing to work with Abe on expanding Japan’s security role, he needs to stop some of the history-related BS, which is helping precisely nobody.
- I need to get me a hat like that. While we’re on the subject of photography, though, renowned British landscape photographer Michael Kenna will be taking the stand this month to testify in his lawsuit against Korean Air for this ad:
Samsung ran into problems with this photo, too, when they purchased a similar photo from Getty rather than pay KRW 50 million in royalties for Kenna’s photo.
To be honest, I don’t know what to think about this. Yes, Kenna helped make that shot iconic—although not iconic enough to stop the construction of an LNG storage facility behind the island—but how far does “derivative” go? Does anyone who sells a photo taken at that spot have to cut Kenna a check? In fact, I actually like the “derivative” work better—I get wood from long-exposure B&W photography just like any other guy, but I really liked the color and sky in the Korean Air shot.