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A morning with OWS: Why it is important that they don't have any demands

He's been there every day but is feeling left out as other assume the public face of the effortOur lives are bombarded 24x7 by talking heads on cable TV, op-ed pieces in the newspapers, and political ads telling how the world can solve its problems. And so far they haven't gained us much. So it is amazingly refreshing that the OWS (Occupy Wall Street) crowd has no specific goals. Instead, as an amalgam of at best loosely coupled ideas and initiatives, they have started a national conversation on topics that previously were confined to sound bytes and one-way lectures… Read more »

B&H New York City–The Ultimate Camera Store And Then Some

Pl_BHPhoto_0015The last time I was able to visit B&H’s “superstore” in Manhattan was several years ago so I was excited when I got the “cook’s tour” as part of my presentation on wildlife photography there last week. I was blown away not just by the size and selection (after all we live in a land of large box stores) but by the thoughtful presentation and retailing strategies used. The experience is night and day different—and better—than visiting a Best Buy or Fry’s electronics, or even many local camera stores.

First and foremost no one is on commission. So they are there to help you shop but are happy to suggest less expensive options or leave you alone if you enjoy puttering through the numerous exhibits yourself. And the exhibits are organized more like a contemporary museum of technology than like a typical slap dash retail display. Items are all in working order, clearly labeled, and organized in such a way that you can make intelligent comparisons. The HDTVs for example are all adjusted so that they have a similar viewing angle from eye level and you can actually compare their images. Try doing that at Best Buy or Frys!

A Day in Manhattan: The Flatiron Building

_adc3064We took advantage of the nice weather this morning while visiting New York to stroll around Manhattan with my editor at B&H, Chris Gampat—who had the day off since the offices are closed for Passover. Chris was a font of knowledge on neighborhood trivia and great places to eat as well as some of the good photo opps. One of my personal favorites is the iconic Flatiron building… Read more »