trending resource endpoint

URL: /assets/trending.<format>

Supported Methods

GET Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad

Query String Arguments

start-token
The value of the moreResultsToken property of a previous response, to retrieve more items from the same query.
max-results
Maximum number of items to return in the list response.

Resource Type

This endpoint returns an object of type Stream<Asset>.

entries (array<Asset>)
The items within the selected range.
estimatedTotalResults (integer)
An estimate of the total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if a count cannot be determined at all, or if an exact count is returned in totalResults.
moreResultsToken (string)
An opaque token that can be used as the start-token parameter of a followup request to retrieve additional results. null if there are no more results to retrieve, but the presence of this token does not guarantee that the response to a followup request will actually contain results.
totalResults (integer)
The total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if an exact count cannot be determined.

Client Library Methods for PHP

Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad
$tp->assets->getTrending(array(


    # Optional Parameters
    "limit" => $limit,
    "startToken" => $startToken,

))

Example Request

GET /assets/trending.json HTTP/1.1
Host: api.typepad.com

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
Content-length: 588303

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(Even the names are kind of similar),&quot; and &quot;from the sound of it, Nikon is going to kick things off by going straight after Sony’s most important mirrorless line.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Corporations aren&#39;t omniscient</strong></em><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f8834022ad363f0ef200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: right;\"><img alt=\"Coolpixa-2\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00df351e888f8834022ad363f0ef200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f8834022ad363f0ef200c-200wi\" style=\"width: 200px; margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;\" title=\"Coolpixa-2\" /></a>I don&#39;t buy the arguments that more variety isn&#39;t possible in the camera marketplace because the companies only develop and build what sells. 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Do the movie studios know what&#39;s going to be popular? If they did there would never be a flop. They game the system and manipulate public opinion down to the gritty nubbins and they still can&#39;t accurately predict the hits and misses.</p>\r\n<p>The BMW 3-series has a long history of success**, so Lexus builds a nice 3-series clone called the RC-F. High-performance car, gorgeous interior; doesn&#39;t sell. Why? No one knows. All this hoohockey about companies only building what sells is nonsense. What, Toyota can&#39;t afford market research? And can&#39;t independent individuals sometimes guess what might be popular? Don&#39;t forget, I wrote an article essentially describing the Fuji X100 <em>five years</em> before it came along. Predicted the focal length of the fixed lens to within one millimeter. The fact is, companies try things and see what works. If companies knew what was going to sell, everything would. They try their absolute best to predict trends, tastes, and sales and they still can&#39;t get it completely right. Sometimes they even get it completely wrong***.</p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Who needs it?</strong></em><br />Next, I never said I cared about whether the manufacturers make money or not. That&#39;s not my business—I&#39;m not on their side. I&#39;m on <em>your</em> side. That is, I care about photographers and whether they have what they need to do good work. That&#39;s whose side I&#39;m on; that&#39;s whose interests I think about. If I worked for a camera company, then I would spend my days thinking about what would sell. But I don&#39;t.</p>\r\n<p>Take for an example a thought experiment about a postulated imaginary digital &quot;view camera.&quot; Imagine a medium-format-sensor camera intended to be used on a tripod in the field that had an integrated viewing screen the size of the Retina screen on a 12.9-inch iPad. Imagine the camera had controls that allowed the application of basic movements in software, but in real time so a photographer in the field could see the effects as he or she worked.</p>\r\n<p>In response to that idea, a certain number of commenters would say &quot;I don&#39;t need that,&quot; or &quot;you could do the same thing with a tethered laptop&quot; (or with some other workaround) or &quot;just use film,&quot; or &quot;you could do the same corrections later in post.&quot; In another &quot;bin&quot; would be comments such as &quot;it would never sell enough&quot; or &quot;there isn&#39;t enough demand&quot; or &quot;the company that developed such a camera would lose money.&quot; Still another group would dismiss the idea with what amount to veiled insults like &quot;you&#39;re just attached to the past,&quot; etc.</p>\r\n<p>But to me, you see, all three types of comment miss the point I happen to care about. The question for me is, are there photographers out there for whom the small viewing screens of existing cameras aren&#39;t big enough, whose work would benefit from being able to see their subjects more clearly with a much larger viewing screen? Are there photographers out there who would be enabled to do better work if they could see perspective corrections in real time, as they were photographing?</p>\r\n<p>If there aren&#39;t, then I don&#39;t care about such an option. If there are, then I would wish such an option existed. <em>Even if it can&#39;t.</em></p>\r\n<p>The variety I would want to see in the camera market is directed at these sorts of issues. Whether it&#39;s a viable product for a company to make or not is perfectly rational to consider, because it possibly describes why such a product could exist or doesn&#39;t exist. But either way, it&#39;s not the salient point to me. I want photographers to be served with what would enable them to do good work more effectively. That&#39;s where I&#39;m coming from.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><strong><em>Back to the Z-series</em></strong><br />Here&#39;s what I think is going on with Thursday&#39;s announcement. Nikon is responding to Sony&#39;s rising market share in FF cameras by poaching the successful A7[x] lineup with two copycat products. Since there will be few native lenses at first (and possibly forever), much attention will be paid to offering top-level support to the use of Nikon DSLR lenses with adapters. Meanwhile, since the Z-series introduces a new lensmount from Nikon (this is huge news in and of itself, actually, given the history of the F-mount), the lensmount, as one of our commenters noted, might support a medium-format sensor size and lenses, presaging a future Fuji GFX killer from Nikon as well. (That&#39;s the end of the market these companies are most interested in these days, because smartphones have eaten their lunch at the other end.) [<span style=\"color: #ff0000;\"><strong>UPDATE</strong></span>: <em>Stephen schooled us on this...not gonna happen. Okay. —MJ</em>]</p>\r\n<p>And yep, there&#39;s always the possibility that Z[x] will out-do A7[x], and be better cameras.****.</p>\r\n<p>All that is guesswork. But now I feel I have a framework for evaluating this development as it develops! Grab popcorn, sit back....</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">*Remember how Nikon built the Coolpix A in 2013, going after the success of the Ricoh GR? How&#39;d me-tooism work out for them that time?</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">**I said that instead of using the word &quot;iconic,&quot; and you&#39;re welcome!</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">***cf. Kodak PhotoCD.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">****Heck, I liked the Coolpix A.</span></p>\r\n<p><em>TOP will be off tomorrow, as Yr. Hmbl. Ed. attempts to rejuvenate by going 24 hours without thinking about photography.</em></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2018 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><a href=\"http://www.bhphotovideo.com/?BI=2144&amp;KBID=2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">B&amp;H Photo</a> • <a href=\"http://www.amazon.com/?tag=theonlinephot-20\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon US</a> • <a href=\"http://www.amazon.co.uk/?tag=cdrebyc6-21\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon UK</a><br /><a href=\"http://www.amazon.de/?tag=cdrebyc603-21\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon Germany</a></strong> <strong>• <a href=\"http://amazon.ca/?tag=theonliphot-20\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon Canada</a> • <a href=\"https://www.adorama.com/?KBID=62935\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Adorama</a></strong></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">(<em>To see all the comments, click on the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</em>)</span><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #0000ff;\">Featured Comments</span></strong> from:</p>\r\n<p><strong>Jim Arthur</strong>: &quot;I see what you mean. I often consider too many variables when faced with an issue and don’t focus on the crux of the matter. This can lead to inaction on my part. In this case, if the market does not have a wish list, the market research is of no use and things remain the same. You have to make your heart’s desire known.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>JH</strong> (<em>partial comment</em>): &quot;Aha, now you are getting into topics I&#39;m covering in my book on management you inspired me to get back to work on!</p>\r\n<p>&quot;Corporations are stupid. Ever hear of the &#39;Peter Principle&#39;—people in corporations rise to their level of incompetence. Based on 50 years in business, I can assure you that is the case. The people running companies are generally incompetent and the absolute worst people to be running them. A survey of corporate executives in America a few years ago showed the majority would rather be playing golf. Most work to protect their bonuses and some, like Elon Musk, work and tweet on acid (true according to today&#39;s <em>New York Times</em>.) Most companies have an idea they start with and few ever have a second good one. After a while they rely on chasing their competition and products become &#39;me too&#39; copies. They either stagnate or die.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;I&#39;ll skip the stories about cars and focus on cameras. Maybe. Look at Kodak. They invent the digital camera but let it kill them. They had stagnated and had no idea how to apply the same creativity to marketing that they had in R&amp;D. (Hell, I was helping them develop integrated circuits in 1969, I know how good their R&amp;D was.) Nikon and Canon focus so tightly on each other, they can&#39;t innovate much at all. I&#39;ve seen this in tech companies before. Management refuses to allow innovation because 1.) it&#39;s risky and I don&#39;t want to risk my job and 2.) that&#39;s not what the competition is doing. Olympus was a backmarker so developing a new type of camera (Micro 4/3) was easier, even easier for Panasonic who was not a serious player at all, since the alternative was to continue to fade away. Innovation worked for them. Sony was a tech leader and had no baggage to stop new ideas—ever see the Mavica? Early success showed the idea had merit and justified continuing the process.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;Ninety-nine percent of all the innovation going on in photography and camera development today is in the cellphone business. That&#39;s where the innovative companies are and more importantly, that&#39;s where the money is. That they understand how most users want to use cameras leads to their success.<br />If your interest is along the lines of traditional photographers, you have to live with what the Canikon companies give you—better traditional cameras (what they know) but poor interface to today&#39;s digital world. In another decade, they will probably decline similarly to the film photography industry as their market shrinks, revenue and profit declines, and innovation becomes less justifiable.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Michael Perini</strong> (<em>partial comment</em>): &quot;As for the predictive value of &#39;Corporate Marketing&#39; I&#39;m not sure you are looking at that in a realistic way. Pick any business that makes consumer goods then narrow that down to a group that has had long term success—say 25 years or more—then narrow that down further to a group that has been so successful that they are now a multi-billion dollar corporation. The most successful enterprises. They could have only gotten there by making <em>lots</em> of correct decisions about what they can sell. For better or worse they all have a process that they use to decide what to make. They know it is highly fallible, but the also know it got them where they are. But if you look closely you will see that they have <em>all</em> had <em>lots</em> of failures. Failures that look really dumb with the benefit of hindsight. It is very easy to cherry pick those and point them out. They all know that it is not an exact science, and if they can be right more than they are wrong they grow. If the balance shifts negative they shrink. If they can&#39;t turn it around they disappear.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Stephen Scharf</strong> (<em>partial comment</em>): &quot;Some points I&#39;d like to throw in for discussion: Its pretty clear to me that you have no experience in formal product development for engineering-based products, or your views would likely be very different. With all due respect, publishing a magazine is the not the same process nor poses the same challenges as researching, developing, verifying, validating and manufacturing a camera, or a DNA sequencer, for that matter. Movies don&#39;t qualify, either. 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         "renderedContent": "<p>A couple of further points to add to the &quot;Wealth of Choices&quot; arguments.</p>\r\n<p>First, check out <a href=\"https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/8/16/17702978/sony-full-frame-camera-market-nikon-canon-mirrorless\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">this article at The Verge</a>, the upshot of which is that Sony has surpassed Canon and Nikon in U.S. sales of full-frame cameras, reportedly in both dollars and units sold. <a href=\"https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/8/14/17688336/nikon-mirrorless-camera-rumors-z6-z7-megapixels\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">A linked article</a> notes that &quot;Nikon will try to position its [Z-series] cameras head-to-head with Sony’s. (Even the names are kind of similar),&quot; and &quot;from the sound of it, Nikon is going to kick things off by going straight after Sony’s most important mirrorless line.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Corporations aren&#39;t omniscient</strong></em><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f8834022ad363f0ef200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: right;\"><img alt=\"Coolpixa-2\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00df351e888f8834022ad363f0ef200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f8834022ad363f0ef200c-200wi\" style=\"width: 200px; margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;\" title=\"Coolpixa-2\" /></a>I don&#39;t buy the arguments that more variety isn&#39;t possible in the camera marketplace because the companies only develop and build what sells. Bullcrêpe! Companies don&#39;t <em>know</em> what will sell; they only know what has sold in the past. That&#39;s why most of them keep building the same thing...or building what seems to sell for other companies*. Publishing was my business for a while, and <em>publishers don&#39;t know where the next bestseller is coming from</em>. That&#39;s why they &quot;spray and pray&quot; by publishing ten new books for every one that makes money. Magazine publishers love to tell you how much &quot;market research&quot; they pay for so they&#39;ll &quot;know&quot; what covers will attract attention and trigger newsstand sales, but the fact is that they don&#39;t know which cover will sell and which cover won&#39;t, or why. (I once actually demonstrated this with a deliberate experiment with the magazine I edited, to refute an outside consultant who had been hired to harass me. Well, maybe that&#39;s not why he was hired—it was just what he did.) Do the movie studios know what&#39;s going to be popular? If they did there would never be a flop. They game the system and manipulate public opinion down to the gritty nubbins and they still can&#39;t accurately predict the hits and misses.</p>\r\n<p>The BMW 3-series has a long history of success**, so Lexus builds a nice 3-series clone called the RC-F. High-performance car, gorgeous interior; doesn&#39;t sell. Why? No one knows. All this hoohockey about companies only building what sells is nonsense. What, Toyota can&#39;t afford market research? And can&#39;t independent individuals sometimes guess what might be popular? Don&#39;t forget, I wrote an article essentially describing the Fuji X100 <em>five years</em> before it came along. Predicted the focal length of the fixed lens to within one millimeter. The fact is, companies try things and see what works. If companies knew what was going to sell, everything would. They try their absolute best to predict trends, tastes, and sales and they still can&#39;t get it completely right. Sometimes they even get it completely wrong***.</p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Who needs it?</strong></em><br />Next, I never said I cared about whether the manufacturers make money or not. That&#39;s not my business—I&#39;m not on their side. I&#39;m on <em>your</em> side. That is, I care about photographers and whether they have what they need to do good work. That&#39;s whose side I&#39;m on; that&#39;s whose interests I think about. If I worked for a camera company, then I would spend my days thinking about what would sell. But I don&#39;t.</p>\r\n<p>Take for an example a thought experiment about a postulated imaginary digital &quot;view camera.&quot; Imagine a medium-format-sensor camera intended to be used on a tripod in the field that had an integrated viewing screen the size of the Retina screen on a 12.9-inch iPad. Imagine the camera had controls that allowed the application of basic movements in software, but in real time so a photographer in the field could see the effects as he or she worked.</p>\r\n<p>In response to that idea, a certain number of commenters would say &quot;I don&#39;t need that,&quot; or &quot;you could do the same thing with a tethered laptop&quot; (or with some other workaround) or &quot;just use film,&quot; or &quot;you could do the same corrections later in post.&quot; In another &quot;bin&quot; would be comments such as &quot;it would never sell enough&quot; or &quot;there isn&#39;t enough demand&quot; or &quot;the company that developed such a camera would lose money.&quot; Still another group would dismiss the idea with what amount to veiled insults like &quot;you&#39;re just attached to the past,&quot; etc.</p>\r\n<p>But to me, you see, all three types of comment miss the point I happen to care about. The question for me is, are there photographers out there for whom the small viewing screens of existing cameras aren&#39;t big enough, whose work would benefit from being able to see their subjects more clearly with a much larger viewing screen? Are there photographers out there who would be enabled to do better work if they could see perspective corrections in real time, as they were photographing?</p>\r\n<p>If there aren&#39;t, then I don&#39;t care about such an option. If there are, then I would wish such an option existed. <em>Even if it can&#39;t.</em></p>\r\n<p>The variety I would want to see in the camera market is directed at these sorts of issues. Whether it&#39;s a viable product for a company to make or not is perfectly rational to consider, because it possibly describes why such a product could exist or doesn&#39;t exist. But either way, it&#39;s not the salient point to me. I want photographers to be served with what would enable them to do good work more effectively. That&#39;s where I&#39;m coming from.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><strong><em>Back to the Z-series</em></strong><br />Here&#39;s what I think is going on with Thursday&#39;s announcement. Nikon is responding to Sony&#39;s rising market share in FF cameras by poaching the successful A7[x] lineup with two copycat products. Since there will be few native lenses at first (and possibly forever), much attention will be paid to offering top-level support to the use of Nikon DSLR lenses with adapters. Meanwhile, since the Z-series introduces a new lensmount from Nikon (this is huge news in and of itself, actually, given the history of the F-mount), the lensmount, as one of our commenters noted, might support a medium-format sensor size and lenses, presaging a future Fuji GFX killer from Nikon as well. (That&#39;s the end of the market these companies are most interested in these days, because smartphones have eaten their lunch at the other end.) [<span style=\"color: #ff0000;\"><strong>UPDATE</strong></span>: <em>Stephen schooled us on this...not gonna happen. Okay. —MJ</em>]</p>\r\n<p>And yep, there&#39;s always the possibility that Z[x] will out-do A7[x], and be better cameras.****.</p>\r\n<p>All that is guesswork. But now I feel I have a framework for evaluating this development as it develops! Grab popcorn, sit back....</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">*Remember how Nikon built the Coolpix A in 2013, going after the success of the Ricoh GR? How&#39;d me-tooism work out for them that time?</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">**I said that instead of using the word &quot;iconic,&quot; and you&#39;re welcome!</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">***cf. Kodak PhotoCD.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">****Heck, I liked the Coolpix A.</span></p>\r\n<p><em>TOP will be off tomorrow, as Yr. Hmbl. Ed. attempts to rejuvenate by going 24 hours without thinking about photography.</em></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2018 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><a href=\"http://www.bhphotovideo.com/?BI=2144&amp;KBID=2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">B&amp;H Photo</a> • <a href=\"http://www.amazon.com/?tag=theonlinephot-20\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon US</a> • <a href=\"http://www.amazon.co.uk/?tag=cdrebyc6-21\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon UK</a><br /><a href=\"http://www.amazon.de/?tag=cdrebyc603-21\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon Germany</a></strong> <strong>• <a href=\"http://amazon.ca/?tag=theonliphot-20\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon Canada</a> • <a href=\"https://www.adorama.com/?KBID=62935\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Adorama</a></strong></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">(<em>To see all the comments, click on the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</em>)</span><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #0000ff;\">Featured Comments</span></strong> from:</p>\r\n<p><strong>Jim Arthur</strong>: &quot;I see what you mean. I often consider too many variables when faced with an issue and don’t focus on the crux of the matter. This can lead to inaction on my part. In this case, if the market does not have a wish list, the market research is of no use and things remain the same. You have to make your heart’s desire known.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>JH</strong> (<em>partial comment</em>): &quot;Aha, now you are getting into topics I&#39;m covering in my book on management you inspired me to get back to work on!</p>\r\n<p>&quot;Corporations are stupid. Ever hear of the &#39;Peter Principle&#39;—people in corporations rise to their level of incompetence. Based on 50 years in business, I can assure you that is the case. The people running companies are generally incompetent and the absolute worst people to be running them. A survey of corporate executives in America a few years ago showed the majority would rather be playing golf. Most work to protect their bonuses and some, like Elon Musk, work and tweet on acid (true according to today&#39;s <em>New York Times</em>.) Most companies have an idea they start with and few ever have a second good one. After a while they rely on chasing their competition and products become &#39;me too&#39; copies. They either stagnate or die.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;I&#39;ll skip the stories about cars and focus on cameras. Maybe. Look at Kodak. They invent the digital camera but let it kill them. They had stagnated and had no idea how to apply the same creativity to marketing that they had in R&amp;D. (Hell, I was helping them develop integrated circuits in 1969, I know how good their R&amp;D was.) Nikon and Canon focus so tightly on each other, they can&#39;t innovate much at all. I&#39;ve seen this in tech companies before. Management refuses to allow innovation because 1.) it&#39;s risky and I don&#39;t want to risk my job and 2.) that&#39;s not what the competition is doing. Olympus was a backmarker so developing a new type of camera (Micro 4/3) was easier, even easier for Panasonic who was not a serious player at all, since the alternative was to continue to fade away. Innovation worked for them. Sony was a tech leader and had no baggage to stop new ideas—ever see the Mavica? Early success showed the idea had merit and justified continuing the process.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;Ninety-nine percent of all the innovation going on in photography and camera development today is in the cellphone business. That&#39;s where the innovative companies are and more importantly, that&#39;s where the money is. That they understand how most users want to use cameras leads to their success.<br />If your interest is along the lines of traditional photographers, you have to live with what the Canikon companies give you—better traditional cameras (what they know) but poor interface to today&#39;s digital world. In another decade, they will probably decline similarly to the film photography industry as their market shrinks, revenue and profit declines, and innovation becomes less justifiable.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Michael Perini</strong> (<em>partial comment</em>): &quot;As for the predictive value of &#39;Corporate Marketing&#39; I&#39;m not sure you are looking at that in a realistic way. Pick any business that makes consumer goods then narrow that down to a group that has had long term success—say 25 years or more—then narrow that down further to a group that has been so successful that they are now a multi-billion dollar corporation. The most successful enterprises. They could have only gotten there by making <em>lots</em> of correct decisions about what they can sell. For better or worse they all have a process that they use to decide what to make. They know it is highly fallible, but the also know it got them where they are. But if you look closely you will see that they have <em>all</em> had <em>lots</em> of failures. Failures that look really dumb with the benefit of hindsight. It is very easy to cherry pick those and point them out. They all know that it is not an exact science, and if they can be right more than they are wrong they grow. If the balance shifts negative they shrink. If they can&#39;t turn it around they disappear.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Stephen Scharf</strong> (<em>partial comment</em>): &quot;Some points I&#39;d like to throw in for discussion: Its pretty clear to me that you have no experience in formal product development for engineering-based products, or your views would likely be very different. With all due respect, publishing a magazine is the not the same process nor poses the same challenges as researching, developing, verifying, validating and manufacturing a camera, or a DNA sequencer, for that matter. Movies don&#39;t qualify, either. Movies and magazines don&#39;t have deliver on a set of critical functional responses (aka CFR) and be able to manufacture them in statistical control. Here&#39;s some facts for you: any product development company that has and implements a formal and disciplined Voice of the Customer (VOC) process, and then executes and the fulfills on the customer requirements that are the deliverables of that VOC process, then executes on those customer requirements with a high level of engineering specification and quality (by using an approach e.g. DFSS) can, and does, make products that will sell and sell well, all the time. I personally have 10 years of experience and data in the biotech sector to prove it.&quot;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><strong>Mike replies</strong>: <em>With all due respect back at you, I do realize that the people charged with developing new products do so responsibly and intelligently. 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One of the most valuable tools a freelance writer can own is a <em>Writer&#39;s Market.</em> This amazing book contains the names and information for all publishers of both books and magazines in the English language who accept free lance submissions. 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I am so excited to be joining a group of awesome designers today as part of a Blog Hop celebrating the newest SImon Says Stamp&#0160;release, <a href=\"http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=199868&amp;U=545015&amp;M=24698&amp;urllink=www.simonsaysstamp.com/search?currency=USD&amp;q=friendly+frolic\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Friendly Frolic</a>,&#0160;from Simon Says Stamp. You should have arrived here from the blog of the amazingly talented <a href=\"http://www.lealawsoncreates.com/2018/07/simon-says-stamp-friendly-frolic-blog.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Lea Lawson</a>.</p>\r\n<p>Before I show you my cards, I have a special code to share with you. Be sure to use the code <strong>FREEG </strong>on your order to get a free mystery gif with your order. &#0160;The code will expire Sunday, 7/29 at 11:59 pm ET., and I’d love it if you’d shop through my link HERE or through the supply list below. 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I am so excited to be joining a group of awesome designers today as part of a Blog Hop celebrating the newest SImon Says Stamp&#0160;release, <a href=\"http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=199868&amp;U=545015&amp;M=24698&amp;urllink=www.simonsaysstamp.com/search?currency=USD&amp;q=friendly+frolic\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Friendly Frolic</a>,&#0160;from Simon Says Stamp. You should have arrived here from the blog of the amazingly talented <a href=\"http://www.lealawsoncreates.com/2018/07/simon-says-stamp-friendly-frolic-blog.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Lea Lawson</a>.</p>\r\n<p>Before I show you my cards, I have a special code to share with you. Be sure to use the code <strong>FREEG </strong>on your order to get a free mystery gif with your order. &#0160;The code will expire Sunday, 7/29 at 11:59 pm ET., and I’d love it if you’d shop through my link HERE or through the supply list below. Also, <strong>Simon Says Stamp is giving a $25 coupon</strong> to one lucky winner at EVERY stop on the blog hop! They will post those winners to the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday so be sure to check back.I have a few cards to share with you today, all created with the Folk Dance Wafer die. I know this die is going to get a lot of use, there are so many fun color combinations that can be made and so many ways to change it up.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://cheironbrandon.typepad.com/.a/6a00e550eb8ece8833022ad3848f02200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"> </a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://cheironbrandon.typepad.com/.a/6a00e550eb8ece8833022ad3848f10200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"> </a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://cheironbrandon.typepad.com/.a/6a00e550eb8ece8833022ad35e7eb3200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Cheiron -kindness matters\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e550eb8ece8833022ad35e7eb3200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://cheironbrandon.typepad.com/.a/6a00e550eb8ece8833022ad35e7eb3200c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Cheiron -kindness matters\" /></a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://cheironbrandon.typepad.com/.a/6a00e550eb8ece8833022ad3848f10200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><br /></a>For my first card, I created an alcohol ink panel in beautiful blues, placed it on some stick it and die cut it. I placed it down on my card base and very carefully removed the outline. A Sizzix die pick works great to&#0160;help&#0160;gently push out&#0160;the pieces that you actually want to stick to the base. It is a little time consuming, but the effort is so worth it. 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I finished this card with the Big Thanks dies.</p>\r\n<p>&#0160; <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://cheironbrandon.typepad.com/.a/6a00e550eb8ece8833022ad35e7eb7200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Cheiron -miss you_\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e550eb8ece8833022ad35e7eb7200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://cheironbrandon.typepad.com/.a/6a00e550eb8ece8833022ad35e7eb7200c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Cheiron -miss you_\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>For my final card, I used a black background where I embossed the die cut and did not cut it all the way through. I used my Gelly Roll Moonlight pens to color inside the outline of the flowers. I love the scribbly look this gives. I added the Miss You die to make my card complete. 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         "content": "<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>For once I managed to catch the 6:30 Drinks Express starting their swim and heading into the sunrise</p>\r\n<p>Including Asleigh and Sherry-Anne, hoping the cold water will make them feel better</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3641195200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7161\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3641195200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3641195200c-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7161\" /></a></p>\r\n<p><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e4ee200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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If he&#39;s smiling before the swim, imagine his dial at the end&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3713200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7203\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3713200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3713200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7203\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>A bit chilly. 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); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7203\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a371b200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a371b200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7203\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>The migration begins</p>\r\n<p><img alt=\"IMG_7267\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e535200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e535200b-400wi\" title=\"IMG_7267\" /></p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e569200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7268\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e569200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e569200b-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7268\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e56d200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7268\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e56d200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e56d200b-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7268\" /></a><br />Bin and friend<br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e575200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7268\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e575200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e575200b-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7268\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>Janet leading the peloton out<br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e579200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7268\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e579200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad3a9e579200b-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7268\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>Milling around at the point - check the arm action</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad36411f8200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7261\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad36411f8200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad36411f8200c-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7261\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad36411fc200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7251\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3845200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3845200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7251\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>Rainer unconsciously blog tarting<br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3849200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7251\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3849200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3849200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7251\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a384d200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7251\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a384d200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a384d200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7251\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3851200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7251\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3851200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3851200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7251\" /></a><br /><br /></p>\r\n<p>The residents</p>\r\n<p>Lots of PJs</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad364121a200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7257\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a378a200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a378a200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7257\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a378e200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7257\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a378e200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a378e200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7257\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3792200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7257\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3792200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a3792200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7257\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>A profusion of diamondfish</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37d5200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7228\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37d5200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37d5200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7228\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37d9200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7228\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37d9200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37d9200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7228\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37de200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7228\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37de200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37de200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7228\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37e2200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7228\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37e2200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37e2200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7228\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37e6200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7228\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37e6200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37e6200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7228\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37ea200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7228\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37ea200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad38a37ea200d-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7228\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>And other sightings</p>\r\n<p>A Zygon hatchery (be terror-struck)</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad364127b200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"IMG_7240\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad364127b200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad364127b200c-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px;\" title=\"IMG_7240\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>Groper and yellowtail<br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b022ad364127f200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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(&quot;Fair enough!&quot; I figured, remembering my years as a trigger-friendly amateur photographer roving the villages of France. <em>I had my share of tongue-lashings by angry residents</em>, I recalled, as I silently watched the women from behind my window and its spy-proof reflection.)<br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2022ad3a9eb63200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Bombonnes\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e2022ad3a9eb63200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2022ad3a9eb63200b-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Bombonnes\" /></a><br />Mais, chère Joséphine, there is one thing about living in a tourist mecca we will never grow used to or accept....and it is this:<br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2022ad36417e3200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Smokey and litter\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e2022ad36417e3200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2022ad36417e3200c-580wi\" style=\"width: 572px;\" title=\"Smokey and litter\" /></a><br /><em>All the litter!</em> As waves of visitors file by on their way to the beach, some of them drop their garbage onto the street. 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(&quot;Fair enough!&quot; I figured, remembering my years as a trigger-friendly amateur photographer roving the villages of France. <em>I had my share of tongue-lashings by angry residents</em>, I recalled, as I silently watched the women from behind my window and its spy-proof reflection.)<br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2022ad3a9eb63200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Bombonnes\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e2022ad3a9eb63200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2022ad3a9eb63200b-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Bombonnes\" /></a><br />Mais, chère Joséphine, there is one thing about living in a tourist mecca we will never grow used to or accept....and it is this:<br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2022ad36417e3200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Smokey and litter\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e2022ad36417e3200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2022ad36417e3200c-580wi\" style=\"width: 572px;\" title=\"Smokey and litter\" /></a><br /><em>All the litter!</em> As waves of visitors file by on their way to the beach, some of them drop their garbage onto the street. 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So he took an active interest in the Singhs’ holdings, the people said.</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">“I think he’s a businessman in his mind first, and a guru second,” said Brian Hines, an American who was a member of the sect’s U.S. community for 35 years and has visited Beas. He now blogs critically about it, having since left.</p>\r\n<p>Anyone who reads the story would find it difficult to argue with what I said.</p>\r\n<p>Altstedter lays out in convincing detail how the Dhillon family has enriched itself while Gurinder Singh Dhillon has been the RSSB guru, an organization that has published a book, &quot;Honest Living,&quot; whose ethical tenets go against the sort of shady business dealings described in the story.</p>\r\n<p>Here&#39;s some excerpts concerning the Dhillon family&#39;s real estate investments.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">By 2010, another business opportunity emerged. 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The Singhs owned a 51 percent stake in Lowe.</p>\r\n<p class=\"section-break\" style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">These loans proved costly to the Singhs, coming on top of other major financial commitments that were underway. From 2011 onwards, the brothers’ holding company went on to sink at least 12 billion rupees to cover losses at their investment banking venture Religare Capital Markets Ltd. Other loans went to Ligare Voyages Ltd., a money-losing charter airline.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">The Singhs’ holding company also loaned at least 7 billion rupees to cover losses at a firm that had been spun out of Religare to manage the financial firm’s administrative costs. 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And a substantial portion came from Fortis and Religare, often through the same network of shell companies used to lend to the guru’s family, people familiar with the matter said.</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">Taken together, the zero-interest loans to Dhillon firms and Singh investments gone bad created a crushing debt load that required even more borrowing to service. Their total borrowings hit about $1.6 billion by March 2016, filings show.</p>\r\n<p>The Bloomberg story has an illustration of how large amounts of money were shuffled back and forth via various actual and shell companies in efforts to keep the financial empire of the Singh brothers and Dhillon family afloat.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://hinessight.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451c0aa69e2022ad389b923200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Screen Shot 2018-08-16 at 10.40.07 AM\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451c0aa69e2022ad389b923200d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hinessight.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451c0aa69e2022ad389b923200d-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Screen Shot 2018-08-16 at 10.40.07 AM\" /></a>Note that the four arrows on the right side of the illustration show investments and loans flowing to entities affiliated with the guru&#39;s family. 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So he took an active interest in the Singhs’ holdings, the people said.</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">“I think he’s a businessman in his mind first, and a guru second,” said Brian Hines, an American who was a member of the sect’s U.S. community for 35 years and has visited Beas. He now blogs critically about it, having since left.</p>\r\n<p>Anyone who reads the story would find it difficult to argue with what I said.</p>\r\n<p>Altstedter lays out in convincing detail how the Dhillon family has enriched itself while Gurinder Singh Dhillon has been the RSSB guru, an organization that has published a book, &quot;Honest Living,&quot; whose ethical tenets go against the sort of shady business dealings described in the story.</p>\r\n<p>Here&#39;s some excerpts concerning the Dhillon family&#39;s real estate investments.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">By 2010, another business opportunity emerged. 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         "renderedContent": "<p>Chris Melling&#39;s insane runout—three &quot;shots of a lifetime&quot; in one rack. In competition, no less. The first shot (my favorite but the one the announcer makes the least fuss over) is so inventive most players would never see it; the second shot is the kind of trickshot YouTubers try over and over again until they get it; and he tops it off with a four-rail called shot through traffic that you have to see to believe. Eight ball and out.</p>\r\n<p>It would be fairly amazing to have any one of these shots rescue a runout in competition. To have all three in one rack makes this a must-see and fun even for non-fans.</p>\r\n<p><iframe allow=\"autoplay; encrypted-media\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" height=\"283\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/vKD7EdzMjAM?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0\" width=\"470\"></iframe></p>\r\n<p>Chris Melling, born 1979, is a two-time World Rules British 8-Ball champion from Keighley, West Yorkshire, England.</p>\r\n<p>Hope you&#39;re enjoying your weekend!</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2018 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><a href=\"http://www.bhphotovideo.com/?BI=2144&amp;KBID=2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">B&amp;H Photo</a> • <a href=\"http://www.amazon.com/?tag=theonlinephot-20\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon US</a> • <a href=\"http://www.amazon.co.uk/?tag=cdrebyc6-21\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon UK</a><br /><a href=\"http://www.amazon.de/?tag=cdrebyc603-21\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon Germany</a></strong> <strong>• <a href=\"http://amazon.ca/?tag=theonliphot-20\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon Canada</a> • <a href=\"https://www.adorama.com/?KBID=62935\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Adorama</a></strong></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">(<em>To see all the comments, click on the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</em>)</span><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #0000ff;\">Featured Comments</span></strong> from:</p>\r\n<p><strong>Joe B</strong>: &quot;Mike, Pool, well here we go again...not interested in pool. Watched the short video and I have to tell you those three shots are something for the ages! Impossible, must be a trick video. But, no, real they were and probably will not be seen again soon. Thanks for the OT entry. Well worth the side trip.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Benjamin Marks</strong>: &quot;Astonishing!&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>David Brown</strong>: &quot;Wow!&quot;</p>",
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Here&#39;s how I described the ill-considered opposition to this tax <a href=\"http://hinessight.blogs.com/hinessight/2015/10/salem-faces-an-existential-moment-vote-on-mass-transit-payroll-tax.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">in an October 2015 blog post about the ballot measure</a>.</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">Opponents of the payroll tax have most of the money and power in this town. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce has gobs of money to spend through its Create Jobs PAC, largely donated by giant corporations like Salem Health.</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">The anti-payroll tax campaign has been marked by the lies, half-truths, and sleaze that are the hallmark of Chuck Adams, the New Media NW consultant that the Create Jobs PAC has hired repeatedly.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">So once again, the Chamber of Commerce is resorting to dirty tricks, even though they already have the advantage of way more money and power than the good-hearted, but comparatively destitute, supporters of the small payroll tax possess.</p>\r\n<p>I wonder how many members of the Salem Chamber of Commerce agreed with the Chamber&#39;s decision to oppose the mass transit payroll tax. Surely not all members. Maybe not even most members. After all, being able to use the bus to get to work, or to shop, on weekends and evenings sure seems like a pro-business policy.</p>\r\n<p>Likewise, I now wonder how many Chamber members agree with their membership money being used to push for a unneeded, unwanted, and unpaid-for Third Bridge, also known as the Salem River Crossing.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>If necessary approvals ever were to be obtained for the bridge, which isn&#39;t going to happen anytime soon, given the opposition of a clear majority of the City Council to a Third Bridge, bridge advocates like the Chamber of Commerce would have to wrestle with how to pay for the billion dollar price tag (the $430 million estimated cost of the bridge, plus inflation, plus financing costs, equals about a billion bucks).</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://hinessight.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451c0aa69e2022ad38a6220200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"> </a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://hinessight.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451c0aa69e2022ad3aa0c65200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Third Bridge funding strategy 1\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451c0aa69e2022ad3aa0c65200b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hinessight.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451c0aa69e2022ad3aa0c65200b-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Third Bridge funding strategy 1\" /></a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://hinessight.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451c0aa69e2022ad38a6220200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><br /></a>The funding plan for the bridge, shown above, relies on a $1.50 each way toll on both the new bridge and existing bridges that would raise $175 million from people using the three bridges, most of whom would live in the Salem area.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>Local residents also would pay $85 million in increased gas taxes, $85 million in increased vehicle registration fees, and $30 in increased Salem property taxes.<a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://hinessight.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451c0aa69e2022ad38a6220200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><br /></a></p>\r\n<p>So the Salem Chamber of Commerce is pushing for an approximate $375 million tolling/tax/fee increase on local citizens. 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Here&#39;s how I described the ill-considered opposition to this tax <a href=\"http://hinessight.blogs.com/hinessight/2015/10/salem-faces-an-existential-moment-vote-on-mass-transit-payroll-tax.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">in an October 2015 blog post about the ballot measure</a>.</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">Opponents of the payroll tax have most of the money and power in this town. 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