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To: POTENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS - de Dinu Lazar la: 05/08/2004 11:28:20
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)

Re: Freelance Work

Date: 08-04-04

I’ve got some great news to share with you! I wanted to inform you of the upcoming launch of 7 Magazine (se7enMag,com) Sept 1st, 2004. HOW EXCITING!! I am writing you to express interest in your photography. I recently saw some of your work and I must confess, I was impressed and intrigued by your photos.

Let me briefly tell you about our magazine. 7 Magazine is a monthly national online publication that is expected to reach more than 100,000 readers across the country in the next few months alone. 7 Magazine features the latest trends in fashion, celebrities, music, art, health, technology, and travel.

Since we’re in the process of launching, we are looking for experienced photographers to submit their photo stories (anywhere from 6-12 photos will work). High resolution is not needed, since 7 Magazine is starting as an online magazine for the 1st year. I am essentially looking for shoots that have been shot already, that you want published. Although you will not be paid for your work, you can count on receiving plenty of exposure.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please e-mail me. I look forward to working with you- and your contributions to this magazine. It’s going to be amazing! The ideas, and the concepts are super!! J


Amanda Nelson


7 Magazine /
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Lectura de vineri - de Dinu Lazar la: 27/08/2004 09:00:31
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
This week's update to PDNOnline includes a lot of news and the debut of a new advice column.

Ask The Experts Forum

Bill Robbins, the successful advertising photographer and member of the Brooks Institute of Photography faculty, is taking business questions from readers this month. This week, Robbins speaks from his own experience to give advice on the best channels for promoting your work, and deciding how a starting-out photographer should price his work. This new forum for asking questions of industry experts is produced by PDN with Brooks Institute of Photography. Visit the forum to submit a question of your own.



-Photojournalist Mario Tama shares a first-person account of covering the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, complete with an eye-popping photo essay.

-FiftyCrows, the grant program, is completely revamped; the goal it to bring socially relevant photography from around the world to a mass audience.

-Who shot Deutsch's splashy new campaign aimed at health care folks.

-What the new stock agency Uppercut is looking for in its images and the deal it offers photographers.

-With the NFL deal now final, Getty and WireImage will compete head-to-head in the commercial sports photo arena.

-People on the Move: Changes in Corbis management; WireImage hires two staff photogs; World Picture News staffs up; an experienced photo editor climbs aboard Digital Railroad; Aperture makes a new hire; IPN Stock adds new photographers.($ premium for subscribers only).

-Letters to Newswire: Readers weigh in on photographer Diana Walker's personal relationship with a subject she's covered; HCB's influence.

-Note: Since our last update, photojournalist Micah Garen has been released unharmed by his captors in Iraq.

-Outtakes: Lots of news from all over: Blogs and highlights from the Olympics. A handy Web site with tips and schedules for the Republican Convention and concurrent protests in New York; the newest danger for photojournalists in Iraq: the Iraqi police.


Next week, look for the first of our articles based on the reader's survey about the Best & Worst Magazines to shoot for, published in our September issue. In the first of these articles (available only online), we'll look at which magazines you rated are the best and worst in terms of rates, speed of payment, rights negotiation, use of photography and other criteria.

Also next week, we'll have more thoughtful advice from Bill Robbins on our Ask the Experts forum. We won't be posting Newswire next week, while our news editor heads to Perpignan for Visa Pour L'Image, but Newswire will return after Labor Day. Bonnes vacances!
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Articole romanesti in National Geographic - de Dinu Lazar la: 23/10/2004 09:02:10
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
"Le platim destul de bine pe cele ce vor fi tiparite."

Ce e aia "destul" de bine? As fi curios sa stiu.

Exista un "cost of doing business" unde se aduna toate cheltuielile si e foarte simplu de calculat costul de fabricatie al unei fotografii sau al unui reportaj.
Exista pe net nenumarate ghiduri de preturi si de modele de calcul si liste dedicate maririi gradului de cultura economica al fotografilor.
Un exemplu ar fi ghidul australian de la
sau paginile
si nenumarate altele.
Bun, sa zicem ca noi suntem mai de cacao si ne multumim cu un salariu invizibil; dar costurile cu sculele, softurile, computerele, sunt maimari la noi decit la ei.
Pina la urma, la noi e mult, mult mai scump sa fii fotograf decit "dincolo" si mult, mult mai putin rentabil, tinind cont de banii care se pot obtine de la editorii din tara.

Oricum ideea de a face la gramada materiale care poate plac, poate nu plac, din care unele sa ajunga tiparite, mi se pare pur romaneasca.

In lumea civilizata se face asa; merge fotograful cu book-ul la revista si acolo marele jmekercu ochi de vultur din redactie, decide: mda, asta e bun sa faca un material despre aia, asta despre aia, asta despre aia.
Se vorbeste in principiu cite pagini sunt necesare, se discuta un model de paginatie ( fotograful sa aiba si imagini pe lat, si pe inalt, si cutare, si cutare, si detalii, si atmosfera) si omul merge si face materialul si e platit la zi sau la bucata de poza si isi face in asa fel cheltuielile incit sa ramina totusi si cu un infinit de mic profit.

Exista, la ei, mari fotografi care pe listele de discutii ii educa pe incepatori:

You have NOT been hired until you tell them what your fees and expenses are and they agree in writing to pay that amount. What if you tell them you charge $2000 per photo after you have shot the job? Do you think they will pay you? A lot of photographers work this way. Someone hires them to do photography, never talks price and then they call around after the shoot and ask what they should charge. If it is more than the client expected to pay, then they either except what the client wanted to pay (in which case they get screwed and the client assumes the photographer was trying to screw them to start with) or they stick to their price and tick the client off, both of which lead the client to be hard nose and abusive with photographers in the future.

Sorry for the bluntness, but I think a lot of the problems we have
today are a result of some photographer's reluctance to deal with price
and terms and conditions in advance for fear of not getting the work.

So let's assume that you do not have the job. Gather all the
information you need from the client about the shoot and how the
photographs will be used. This includes: how many finished photos they
expect to end up with, do they want variations to choose from, how many
books will they be printing, how long do they want to distribute that
amount, will they just be distributed in guest's rooms or elsewhere,
etc, etc.

Once you have that information, put together an estimate in writing
that spells out the exact license that you are granting, the creative
fee and prep fees you will be charging along with all the expenses
involved in the shoot. Include your terms and conditions with the
estimate and ask the client to review the estimate and T&C and call you
if they have any questions or want to discuss anything. If they have no
question and approve they should sign the estimate and send it back to

Try to partner with the client to find a way to give them what they
need( which is usually different from what they want) within or close
to their budget. This may mean cutting things out of the shoot, doing
fewer variations, fewer finished photographs used, smaller print run,
less usage, etc. A lot of times what they start out wanting in usage
and what they want to spend are far different from where it ends up.
The important thing is to work with them to try and find a way to make
it happen. If you express your desire to work with them and they
respond in kind, a lot of times you can work it out so everyone wins.
If not , they realize you may be more expensive than they can afford
now, but you are someone who is willing to try and find a way to make
it work and they may hire you in the future when they can afford you.

Be forewarned that there are clients who want it their way regardless
and if they can't get it , will blow you off and move on to the next
photographer until they find one who is desperate enough to work with

Base your initial fee on a specific print run for one year's
distribution (assuming that's what they want). In the estimate under an
options section, quote them a percentage of the original fee (usually
50-75%) of the original fee for a second year and an additional
percentage for each additional year. If they want to license the second
year (or more) in advance lower the percentage some.

I suspect they just don't want to tell you. They have to know how many they are printing. How else can they place the order with the printer?
If they won't give you a print run, specify a print run in your
estimate or better yet ask them if you limit the print run to 100,000
will that be enough, and base the estimate on that. Chances are they'll
say, "heck no, we won't print more than 10,000", because they realize
the price will be higher if it's based on 100,000.

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belle - de Horia D la: 17/12/2004 22:21:25
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata)
work,work and no play:((

The things that come to those who wait are what's left behind by those
who got there first.
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Foarte ca lumea, multumesc. C - de mya la: 05/01/2005 05:04:33
(la: Desigur ca asta ne face sa ne indoim de existenta lui Dumnezeu)
Foarte ca lumea, multumesc. Citez pasajul preferat mai jos. E extraordinar de sugestiv (e perfect!).
Somehow, they are most aware of two things: a kind of strength and vision just to go on; and a sense of the imperative for practical service and love. Somehow in all of this, God simply emerges for them as a faithful presence.
The rest of us need to listen; and then to work and – as best we can manage it – pray.

cite ceva despre bullying - de nasi la: 15/04/2005 01:14:41
(la: Barbatii romani din diaspora (si nu numai))
in primul rind pt educarea celor din gasca de la bloc :))))
in al doilea rind, pt orice alte persoane civilizate si educate care doresc sa afle mai multe despre bullies si bullying ca fenomen. este un fenomen care apare de la cele mai fragede virste ale copilariei si se extinde in viata sociala si de familie pina la adinci batrineti daca bully -persoana - nu este corectata.

What is bullying?
Bullying is when someone keeps doing or saying things to have power over another person.
Some of the ways they bully other people are by: calling them names, saying or writing nasty things about them, leaving them out of activities, not talking to them, threatening them, making them feel uncomfortable or scared, taking or damaging their things, hitting or kicking them, or making them do things they don't want to do.
Have any of these things happened to you? Have you done any of these things to someone else? Really, bullying is wrong behaviour which makes the person being bullied feel afraid or uncomfortable.

Why do some people bully?
There are a lot of reasons why some people bully.
They may see it as a way of being popular, or making themselves look tough and in charge.
Some bullies do it to get attention or things, or to make other people afraid of them. Others might be jealous of the person they are bullying. They may be being bullied themselves.
Some bullies may not even understand how wrong their behaviour is and how it makes the person being bullied feel.

What is Workplace Bullying?
How do you know if you're being bullied? Bullying differs from harassment and assault in that the latter can result from a single incident or small number of incidents - which everybody recognises as harassment or assault - whereas bullying tends to be an accumulation of many small incidents over a long period of time. Each incident tends to be trivial, and on its own and out of context does not constitute an offence or grounds for disciplinary or grievance action. Workplace bullying includes:
· constant nit-picking, fault-finding and criticism of a trivial nature - the triviality, regularity and frequency betray bullying; often there is a grain of truth (but only a grain) in the criticism to fool you into believing the criticism has validity, which it does not; often, the criticism is based on distortion, misrepresentation or fabrication
· simultaneous with the criticism, a constant refusal to acknowledge you and your contributions and achievements or to recognise your existence and value
· constant attempts to undermine you and your position, status, worth, value and potential
· where you are in a group (eg at work), being singled out and treated differently; for instance, everyone else can get away with murder but the moment you put a foot wrong - however trivial - action is taken against you
· being isolated and separated from colleagues, excluded from what's going on, marginalised, overruled, ignored, sidelined, frozen out, sent to Coventry
· being belittled, demeaned and patronised, especially in front of others
· being humiliated, shouted at and threatened, often in front of others
· being overloaded with work, or having all your work taken away and replaced with either menial tasks (filing, photocopying, minute taking) or with no work at all
· finding that your work - and the credit for it - is stolen and plagiarised
· having your responsibility increased but your authority taken away
· having annual leave, sickness leave, and - especially - compassionate leave refused
· being denied training necessary for you to fulfil your duties
· having unrealistic goals set, which change as you approach them
· ditto deadlines which are changed at short notice - or no notice - and without you being informed until it's too late
· being subjected to disciplinary procedures with verbal or written warnings imposed for trivial or fabricated reasons and without proper investigation
· being coerced into leaving through no fault of your own, constructive dismissal, early or ill-health retirement, etc

Pentru artistii fotografi cafegii, o posibila oportunitate - de Dinu Lazar la: 12/11/2005 22:37:39
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
"Call for Artists: Snapshots - Digital and Photographic 2-D Work"
2005-11-11 until 2005-11-27
Gallery 25
Fresno, CA, USA United States of America

"Snapshots" Open call for entries for an un-juried show featuring digital art and photography: All entries recieved by the deadline will be exhibited in our gallery arranged mural-like, edge to edge. During the exhibition the images and artist information will be available for gallery visitors to view in a special artist portfolio which will remain in the gallery for public viewing. Prints can be made available to buyers by directly contacting the artist.

Entrants submit two (2) prints of a single original work, (one image for the wall, a second for the portfolio) and should be printed from their home computer. All styles of 2D artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. We are interested in the immediacy with which work can be created through digital means in our contemporary culture. This show represents a literal snapshot of a moment in art history where the creation of Art has been dymistified, and is in the hands of the many, and not just a select chosen few. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists.

This call is international, and open to all. ALL WORK GUARANTEED EXHIBITION.

Show Dates: December 1 - 18, 2005
Deadline for entries: November 27, 2005
Entry Fee: Registration fee is $30. US (cashiers check or money order, please no personel checks)
Multiple entries are permitted. Limit of 3 entries per person. ($10. registration fee for each additional image.)

Submission Rules: Work should be 8-1/2 X 11 (with 1/2" borders) and mailed directly to the gallery( at the above address), along with a brief statement about you, your work and contact information, (ie. e-mail address/website, price of work). Artist name and e-mail address should be clearly printed on back side of all images. An SASE should be included if work is to be returned. All work sent without an SASE will become property of Gallery 25.

Remember, we need two (2) prints of EACH image, one to exhibit on the wall, the other for the artist's portfolio to accompany the artist's statement and contact information. (So, if you submit 2 images, we need 4 prints, and a payment of $40.)

Sales of Artwork: Submissions will be included in the artist's portfolio which will be on display with the show and will be offered for sale. Price and type of print to be determined by the artist when interest is shown by a buyer in a particular work. Artists retain ownership of all intellectual property rights to their artwork and prints are made by permission of the artist only. Gallery 25 is not responsible for initiated sales, and accepts no responsibility for transactions between buyer and artist.

Gallery Information: Gallery 25, located in Fresno, California is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the country. Formed in 1974, the Gallery has been a forum for contemporary art since its inception. The origins are in the feminist art movement of the early 1970‚s. In 1970, California State University‚s Art Department developed one of the first feminist art education programs in the country. This program was brought into existence by visiting artist Judy Chicago who was searching for a place to develop her ideas for the education of women artists. After Chicago‚s departure, the program became an integral part of the art curriculum under the leadership of art professor Joyce Aiken. Located in a beautifully restored building at the corner of Van Ness and Mono Street, Gallery 25 anchors the west end of block populated by several art galleries and artists studios in the heart of downtown Fresno.
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horia - de om la: 18/11/2005 17:35:32
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "7")
a woman comes home from work and catches her husband in bed with an 18 year old she is upset, hysterical and he says let me explain how it happened I met this girl on the street, she was miserable, asked for some change to get hot tea
I took her home to give her tea and I saw her shoes were full of holes so I gave her your old shoes that you said you hate now
then I saw her pants were also old and dirty so I gave her your old pants that you don't like and are too small anyway
then she was hungry so I gave her the dinner from yesterday that I made for you but you did not eat beacuse of diet and when she was ready to go and heading for the door, she turned and asked

is there anything else that your wife doesn't use any more?

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Mare e gradina lu` al de sus... cea mai tare chestie... - de Dinu Lazar la: 04/01/2006 08:57:50
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
My new enterprise, SuckerStock, continues to take shape. The business
model is still being refined, but I can release the news that it will be
the first site where photographers will pay a small fee, less than $1.00,
for each download of their images.

SuckerStock is a natural evolution of stock pricing schemes, from RM
to RF to subscription to micro to our new opportunity, which we are
calling "debit stock." Our test marketing leads us to believe we will blow away
the quantity of downloads from micro sites, as there is an
incentive for the downloader to download as many images as possible in
order to increase income. The photographer benefits, of course, through much
more extensive dissemination of their work; and, as with
all the others RF schemes and models, the photographers who sign up
with us first will be at the top of the pyramid as the innovation hits the marketplace.
There will even be an opportunity for photographers to
pay for the promotion of the site in all the major publications and online
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RSI: daca nu ma crezi pe cuva - de Honey in the Sunshine la: 02/03/2006 00:18:36
(la: Cele o mie de fete ale nebuniei)
RSI: daca nu ma crezi pe cuvant:

He eventually fell into a period of mental illness, overwhelmed by the demands put on him by others and himself.

His father had committed suicide, did he feel then it was perfectly ok for him to do the same?

But his medical treatment to overcome his mental problems did not work and he found his memory had gone and he could not even write to appease himself.

De la . Detaliile le gasesti in orice biografie serioasa.
What if nothing exists and we're all in somebody's dream? Or what's worse, what if only that fat guy in the third row exists? - W. Allen
m-am intors ptr 1-2 beri:) - de Horia D la: 24/05/2006 18:44:34
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "9")
Jesus and Satan were having an on-going argument about who was better on the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly
God was tired of hearing all the bickering. Finally fed up, God
said, "THAT'S IT! I have had enough. I am going to set up a test that
will run for two hours, and from those results, I will judge who does the
better job."

So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.
They moused.
They faxed.
They e-mailed.
They e-mailed with attachments.
They downloaded.
They did spreadsheets!
They wrote reports.
They created labels and cards.
They created charts and graphs.
They did some genealogy reports.
They did every job known to man.

Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency and Satan was faster than hell. Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed
across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and, of course, the power
went off.

Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known
in the underworld. Jesus just sighed. Finally the electricity came back
on, and each of them restarted their computer.  Satan started
searching frantically, screaming: "It's gone! It's all GONE! "I lost
everything when the power went out!"  Meanwhile, Jesus quietly
started printing out all of his files from the past two hours of work.
Satan observed this and became irate.

"Wait!" he screamed. "That's not fair! He cheated! How come he has all
his work and I don't have any?"

God just shrugged and said, "JESUS SAVES"
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The value of a drink - de Horia D la: 25/05/2006 15:04:19
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "9")

The Value of a Drink
"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink
I feel shame. Then I look into the glass and think
about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes
and dreams . If I didn't drink this wine, they might be out
of work and their dreams would be shattered.
Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this wine and let their
dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
~ Jack Handy
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what
the hell happened to your bra and panties.
"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they
wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're
going to feel all day. " !
~Frank Sinatra
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you
are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."
~ Henny Youngman
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are
laughing WITH you.
"24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not."
~ Stephen Wright
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.
"When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk,
we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.
When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all
get drunk and go to heaven!"
~ Brian O'Rourke
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
~ Benjamin Franklin
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a
"Without question, the greatest invention in the
history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the
wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does
not go nearly as well with pizza."
~ Dave Barry
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your
friends over and over again that you love them.
To some it's! a six-pack, to me it's a Support Group. Salvation in a can!
~ Dave Howell
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can
logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.
And saving the best for last, as explained by Cliff Clavin, of Cheers.
One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory
to his buddy Norm.
Here's how it went:
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as
fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the
slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural
selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed
and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of
the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only
operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol,
as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and
weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer
eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more
efficient machine.
That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are
whispering when you are not.
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philip glass si leonard cohen - de vikip la: 26/05/2007 15:40:38
(la: Leonard Cohen: videoclipuri cu favoritele mele)
Book of Longing, concert work by Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen's and Philip Glass's Book of Longing is two-hour concert work performed by a seven-piece instrumental ensemble and four singers. Philip Glass will perform on keyboards on the show's premiere at Spoleto Festival. The concert work will include Leonard Cohen's own voice recitals recorded exclusively for this musical work, and also his artwork.

World premiere (Canada): Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity 2007 - June 1-3, 2007, Elgin Theatre
US premiere: Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, June 6-8, 2007
July 14, 2007, Lincoln Center, New York
UK premiere: London, Barbican Centre, October 19-21, 2007 - 25th landmark events
October 2007, European Tour (UK, Netherlands, Spain)
furaciune (de la vechituri) - de cosmacpan la: 30/12/2007 15:28:44
(la: de unul singur........)
Chorine: You, uh, looking for somebody - or just shopping around?
Peggy: Could you tell me where I'll find the gentleman in charge?
Chorine: First door to your left, dearie!

Pat: Not another nickel, honey. No, just can't be done anymore, that's all.
Dorothy: Oh Pat, don't be silly. We've always shared and shared alike, haven't we?...Well what's come over you?
Pat: Oh, getting a sudden attack of manhood possibly...Let's quit kidding ourselves. Why I'm getting to be a regular anchor around your neck...
Dorothy: But darling, I owe everything I am to you. With you and that little act of ours that started me in all this. Why you trained me and coached me and taught me all I know. I was pretty dumb too. I haven't forgotten...
Pat: You've gone ahead, you've earned it. I've stayed behind where I belong, I guess.
Dorothy: You've deliberately kept yourself behind.
Pat: Nothing of the sort. Now they wanted you. They never wanted me. (Dorothy looks down) Besides darling, I've been getting myself some education. And I've discovered they have a name for a man who doesn't work and who accepts money - from a woman. It isn't a very nice name, Dot.

"the american dream" - de erskine la: 05/03/2008 23:45:29
(la: Despre Sua si americani.)
din pacate de abia acum am descoperit site-ul si raspund cu intarziere.
studenta fiind la ASE, am ajuns in America in vara lui 2007, gratie programului Work and Travel.Nu am stat mai mult de 4 luni,dar am reusit sa imi fac o idee despre americani si modul lor de viata.Desi nu as vrea sa generalizez, pt ca sunt si exceptii, americanii se bucura de o mare incultura in ceea ce priveste tot ce depaseste granitele statelor.E adevarat, unii oameni dau dovada de multa prostie,indiferenta si egocentrism, pornind de la stilul vestimentar, care nu are nici o logica si terminand cu modul in care se ingrijesc de propria sanatate.Si aici nu cred ca mai e nevoie sa amintesc ca USA se confrunta cu o rata mare a obezitatii tocmai datorita fast-food-urilor pe care le gasesti la tot pasul.Ceea ce m-a frapat, nu e frecventa mare a acestora ci cantitatile industriale de mancare care se incadreaza in categoria "small", la noi traducandu-se in ceva "extra large".Tot ce imi cumparam, pornind de la sucuri si terminand cu portiile de mancare erau small, si tot mi se parea greu sa le termin integral.
Dupa o scurta incursiune in supermarketurile locale am decretat:America e tara unde orice tip de mancare se poate congela, conserva sau se poate pune sub forma de praf in punga.Tot ceea ce face parte din categoria junk-food este supradimensionat, si, ca urmare, cred ca si asta e unul din motivele pentru care multi oameni sufera de obezitate.
Pe de alta parte americanii stiu f bine sa se "vanda", la modul ca sunt exterm de sociabili cu strainii, incepand cu soferii de autobuz care te saluta cand te urci ci cobori din vehicul, si terminand cu oamenii necunoscuti care se dau in vant sa-ti faca un bine(neconditionat).Si nu de putine ori mi s-a intamplat ca sa intru in contact cu astfel de indivizi.Sunt mult mai deschisi decat noi,la conversatii, la nou etc. si acest lucru creeaza o cultura nationala.
Dar eu am plecat in State hotarata sa descoper mitul visului american si ,la final, am realizat ca e de fapt visul propriu pe care fiecare om il are in viata, precum si toti pasii care duc la realizarea lui.
Cu bune si cu rele, cu dezamagiri si impliniri, pot spune ca eu mi-am trait propriul "american dream"!
buna! - de dorasasu88 la: 30/05/2010 12:48:09
(la: Pentru romanii din Los Angeles)
Buna tuturor!
Am gasit discutiile voastre, in tamplator pe google si, cu toate ca sunt vechi de vreo 5 ani, sper totusi ca mai sunteti pe acolo si m-ati putea ajuta cu un sfat. Mi-a placut foarte mult ce am citit... Intr-adevar, mentalitatea romanilor e handicapul major, e o boala incurabila, nu cred ca va putea fi vreodata schimbata. Eu sunt inca in Romania (sper ca nu pt mult timp de acum incolo:)), sunt studenta in Cluj Napoca si vara asta vreau sa plec in State cu programul Work and Travel, sa lucrez pt 3 luni de zile. Programul asta presupune sa pleci cu un contract de munca si un job stabilit inca din Romania, pt a avea drept de munca acolo. Dar de multe ori, studentii pleaca cu contracte "fictive" (trimise de firme americane care exista si sunt in regula, dar jobul nu exista cu adevarat - se intampla asta deoarece agentiile nu mai reusesc sa gaseasca joburi pt studentii inscrisi si fiecare se descurca cum poate), ramanand sa isi caute un job la fata locului. De obicei, merg in statiuni de vara, unde se gasesc usor joburi sezoniere ca server, housekeeper, hostess etc. Si eu am facut rost de un contract si intentionez sa merg in Ocean City, Maryland (pe coasta de est). Problema e ca acolo sunt foarte multi studenti, de toate nationalitatile si concurenta e mare, asa ca joburile se gasesc mai greu. Fiecare isi cauta cate 2 joburi, asa ca e cu atat mai greu... Intrebarea mea e: daca as veni in Los Angeles, ce sanse am sa gasesc acolo un job de genul acesta si o chirie rezonabila intr-una din statiunile de acolo? Cred ca sunt mai putini studenti pe acolo, avand in vedere ca e coasta de vest. Mentionez ca voi pleca in State prin 20 iunie (2010) si trebuie sa imi iau biletul de avion, dar inca nu stiu destinatia:)). Astept cu nerabdare raspunsul vostru. Numai bine! Cu drag, Dora.
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ei Bruno :) - de PROUDFRECKLED la: 26/04/2011 14:10:17
(la: migrări)
acest discurs trebuie atirnat deasupra biroului! :)In intregime!
In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.

Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto: “Anyone can cook.” But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.

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To All my brothers and sisters - de Little Eagle la: 27/06/2004 03:56:25
(la: Native American Indians)
Pt. ca nu veti mai avea de-a face cu mine de acum incolo,va las sa zic asa o mica mostenire din credinta poporului meu.Aceste cuvinte ,sper ca vor gasi un ecou in sufletul vostru.
Din nou si nu fac nici o reclamatie impotriva Admin,sper ca va tipari tot ce am scris azi,am zis,macar ca fiind ultimele mele cuvinte si consider ca am dreptul la ele.Unora li se da o masa buna,si poate o tigara ori o ultima rugaciune.Nu mai fumez,Nu mai beau,Nu mai consum droguri,Nu mananc carne de nici un fel
sunt vegetarian.
Cel putin lasa-ma Admin sa-mi spun ultimele cuvinte,in mod decent si sa nu fiu cenzurat.
Nu-ti fie teama,NU voi spune nimic rau nimanui!

Acestea-s cuvintele mele venite de la poporul meu,macar acum lasa-ma sa vorbesc freely:
Imi pare rau ca nu am rabdarea si timpul de a traduce in R. din engleza,totusi stiu ca voi toti sunteti inteligenti si veti intelege totul.

"When you begin a great work you can't expect to finish it all at once;therefore do you and your brothers press on,and let nothing discourage you till you have entirely finished what you have begun?
Now brother,as for me,I assure you I will press on,and the contrary winds may blow strong in my face,yet I will go forward and never turn back,and continue to press forward untill I have finished,and I would have you do the same....
Though you may hear birds singing on this side and that side,you must not take notice of that,but hear me when I speak to you,and take it to heart,
for you may always depend that what I say shall be true."

Black Hawk(Sauk-Lakota)

" Grandfather says that when your friends die you must not cry.
You must not hurt anybody or do harm to anybody.You must not fight.Do right always.It will give you satisfaction in life.
If the white man wants to live in peace with the indian,he can live in peace.
Give them all the same law.Give them all a chance to live and grow.
All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief.They are all brothers.
The earth is the Mother of all people,and all people should have equal rights upon it.
You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who was
born a free man should be contented when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.
If you tie a horse to a stake,do you expect he will grow fat?
If you pen an indian up on a small spot of earth,and compell him to stay there,he will not be contented,nor will he grow and prosper."

Chief Joseph(Nez Perce)



Ps:Admin inca odata te rog sa publici tot ce am scris azi.
Adios muchachos.

The Black and White Spider Awards - de Dinu Lazar la: 20/09/2004 11:29:17
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)

Spider Awards

Call for Entries

Dear Fellow Photographer,

The Black and White Spider Awards - AUGUST 31st DEADLINE is just 11 days away! Join us now and put your photographs in front of the world's leading curators, dealers, art buyers, editors, and publishers.


Luminaries from the international photography community will begin judging on October 11th and select a shortlist for each award category, with the winners being announced at the Awards Ceremony on November 15th.


60 Spider Awards will be presented to nominees in 10 categories. As a winner you will receive:

Recognition of excellence from a panel of internationally renowned judges

Your work published in Black & White Photography magazine

Honorable mention on the 2005 Calendar Roll of Honor

A chance to win the ILFORD Creative Excellence Prize

Your portfolio exhibited at the Spider Awards Gallery

Possible use of winning photo in an advertisement

The 2005 Calendar featuring the best images of the competition will be distributed after the awards to 10,000 creatives worldwide, including art directors, talent buyers, and media decision makers. All Spider entrants will be given an honorable mention on the calendar roll of honor.


Black and White Spider Awards is open photographers worldwide shooting in all forms of black and white photography using traditional or digital methods.

Thank you to all the Spider photographers who have entered the competition so far - we appreciate your support.

Good luck and best wishes,

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Instructions for a wife then and now - de MMM la: 16/11/2004 04:16:47
(la: Femeia)
The following is from a 1950's Home Economics textbook intended for
the High School girls, teaching how to prepare for married life.

1. Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a
delicious meal - on time. This is a way of letting him know that you
have been thinking about him, and are concerned about his needs. Most
men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal
are part of the warm welcome needed.

2. Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed
when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and
be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be
a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a

3. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of
the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books,
toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband
will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give
you a lift too.

4. Prepare the children: Take a few minutes to wash the children's
hands and faces if they are small, comb their hair, and if necessary,
change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to
see them playing the part.

5. Minimize the noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise
of washer, dryer, dishwasher, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children
to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be
glad to see him.

6. Some DON'TS: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't
complain if he's late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with
what he might have gone through that day.

7. Make him comfortable: Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or
suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready
for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in
a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and

8. Listen to him: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the
moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

9. Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out to
dinner or to other places of entertainment; instead try to understand
his world of strain and pressure and his need to be home and relax.

10. The Goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where
your husband can relax.

Now The updated version for the 2000s woman.

1. Have dinner ready: Make reservations ahead of time. If your day
becomes too hectic just leave him a voice mail message regarding where
you'd like to eat and at what time. This lets him know that your day
has been crappy and gives him an opportunity to change your mood.

2. Prepare yourself: A quick stop at the "LANCOME" counter on your way
home will do wonders for your outlook and will keep you from becoming
irritated every time he belches at the table. (Don't forget to use his
credit card!)

3. Clear away the clutter: Call the housekeeper and let her know
you'll need her for an extra day this week. Tell her that any
miscellaneous items left on the floor by the children can be placed in
the Goodwill box in the garage.

4. Prepare the children: Drop them off at grandma's!

5. Minimize the noise: When he arrives at home remind him that the
washer and garbage disposal are still not working properly and the
noise is driving you crazy (but do this in a nice way and greet him
with a warm smile...this way he might fix it faster).

6. Some DON'TS: Don't greet him with problems and complaints. Let him
speak first, and then your complaints will get more attention and
remain fresh in his mind throughout dinner. Don't complain if he's
late for dinner. Simply remind him that the last one home does the
cooking and the cleanup.

7. Make him comfortable: Remind him where he can find a warm fuzzy
blanket if he's cold. This will show you really care.

8. Listen to him: But don't ever let him get the last word.

9. Make the evening his: a chance to get the washer and garbage
disposal fixed.

10. The Goal: To try to keep things amicable without reminding him
that you make more money than he does.


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