It’s been a funny old week, Granville. Lily Allen, a popstar I have loved and championed and interviewed and happily chatted to on Twitter, released a video for a new song called Hard Out Here. In the video she sings that she doesn’t need to shake her arse because she’s got a brain, while a group…
I’m Asian, had my fair share of being subject to racism, and I didn’t think that video was racist. I didn’t even consider the race of the dancers who were in that video until all the uproar began.
I saw Lily Allen, yes a bit more clothed than the usual pop star, though I thought that was part of the point that was being made, dancing around with some suit telling her how she should be acting in order to be defined as sexy, while attractive dancers danced provocatively and attired in a manner which is now considered the norm in mainstream media, and taking advantage of the new dance craze that has been exploited so much in recent months, ironically juxtaposed with lyrics that deliberately make fun of, and highlight, the superficial nature of the industry.
I derived as much entertainment at the tongue-in-cheek references in Hard Out Here as I did in the similar references in Defined Lines, the Blurred Lines parody.
I’m not quite sure what all the fuss is about. Would people have felt differently if the dancers were white? Or would we also be seeing headlines about how racist it is that white dancers are appropriating black creative property again? Which I thought was bizarre as well.
It looks like camera sling maker CarrySpeed is calling it quits for much the same reason that Luma Labs shut down the Loop. Their website is shutdown and from what I’ve heard, the reason is that the cost of defending themselves from Black Rapid’s patent claims was prohibitive. This for a …
CarrySpeed is the company from which I bought my camera sling. The plate connector was a little chunky, but I felt secure that the plate wouldn’t slowly loosen and put my camera at risk of falling to the ground.
I had considered the Luma Loop before I settled on CarrySpeed, and I loved it’s lean look, but it didn’t make me feel secure, and I wanted a plate that would also allow me to connect my camera to a tripod without having to dismantle it first.
Black Rapid’s were also on the list, but I felt they were charging more than I was prepared to pay and their shipping charges meant that I would be paying more on shipping than for the product itself.
As Duncan says, it should be up to the market to decide what they want to do. I understand a company needing to protect its patents, but at the same time, Black Rapid are not revolutionaries in this area. People have been DIY’ing similar solutions for decades, possibly since the invention of the gun sling (or even before) which the concept is very similar to. You can see records of these being used in the wild with instructions being sent around for years before Black Rapid started making them.
And it’s not a case of tall poppy syndrome. I completely agree that it’s a case of litigating over a patent that should never have been granted.
Place the can inside the chicken, and stand it up in a pot. Cover with aluminum foil, and cook for around 1 hour. While it’s cooking, make the sauce (below).
Remove the chicken from the oven, and let rest for 15 minutes.
Discard the can and carve the bird. Drizzle with sauce, and serve hot.
Cook’s Notes: Of all the quirky ingredients that went into the description of this dish, patchouli was the only one I didn’t have on hand. Feel free to improvise according to what’s in your own pantry!
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
2/3 can cider
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs. honey
1/2 tsp. red sandalwood powder
1/2 tsp. ground grains of paradise
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
pinch of cloves
pinch of nutmeg
1 vanilla bean
1 Tbs. molasses
1 Tbs. worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs. fresh orange or lemon juice
Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add the garlic and sautee until soft. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for around 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened. Turn off the heat, add the citrus juice, and stir to incorporate. Serve immediately.