Rants and observations about technology, sports, movies, and just about anything else.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
As Days Go By
How much have you changed in the last three years? Or the last six?
These two videos were making the viral video rounds. They both are by folks who have taken a photo of themselves in the past several years.
Both share taken in similar, yet odd ways. Notice how both took pictures where the eyes are located at pretty much the exact same position. Thus, while the backgrounds change, they hardly do, except for the changes in clothes. The expressions remain nearly identical in every single picture.
For the girl, you see her glasses change, her hair get longer or shorter. At one period, she seemed to have been undecided on which glasses to wear. For the guy, he almost looks the same every picture. The background seems to change, as he aims the camera side to side, and then eventually moves to a new location. Most days he wears a shirt, some days not. He's basically clean shaven. The frizz of his hair changes daily but not in an overall rhythm.
It's odd that both these people picked the same idea, and almost executed in exactly the same way, and the music overlay sounds pretty similar too. It almost seems like it's a clever hoax, except what's the point?
But there's still some metaphor for life. In some ways, both these videos suggest that there is some constancy in our lives, mainly us. As things change, we stay the same.
The funny thing is the constancy may not be that constant. The original video for the girl was on YouTube, but it was removed. I used a Google version instead, which was still available.
By the way, I'm listening to Greg Laswell, and this is odd how that happened. As I mentioned in yesterday's entry, I was waiting for my car to be attended to. One advantage of being at a dealership in Bethesda is that I can walk across the street to the Barnes and Noble. Normally, I don't listen to the music blaring in the building, but for some reason I did, and it seemed catchy.
I figured it wasn't the radio, since there was no ads of any sort. I asked the folks at the food place where the music came from and they said it was a preset selection that corporate tells them to play. I went downstairs two stories, and asked the guy in the music section what was playing. He handed over the CD. I bought it.
It turns out Greg Laswell wrote this album when after his wife decided to leave him. He said his songs would have been more angry or bitter had he not been still in love with her. What is interesting about the album is that he plays every part, and put the arrangements together, since he was his own engineer. This kind of arrangement is now possible because of technology. Once upon a time, you had to hire several people, and you were limited to how many tracks you could overlay. Now you can do as much or as little as you want.
Anyway, I'm enjoying the CD. His voice seems very much like many other voices. Even so, it's not offensive, and is overall a pretty good CD.