Of Epic Proportions

[singlepic id=262 w=300 h=431 float=right]This is one of those ‘bear with me’ posts, as I try (again) to make a larger point out of a small (and petty) one:
In a previous post I listed the various new technologies that made TV worse, starting with distorted video proportions. Due to different broadcast formats and various TV set proportions, it is quite common to see people on the screen which are ‘thinner’ or ‘fatter’ than usual, as the footage is distorted to fit the medium.
While this is temporary until the 4:3 aspect ratio will eventually disappear, it affects our visual perception in the long run. As people get used to these proportionally-incorrect images, today’s compromise becomes tomorrow’s norm, and ‘incorrect’ is the new standard. If you’re having trouble following my train of thought just think of the cognitive dissonance of airbrushed people featured in magazines versus people in real life.

With that in mind I have to say I was shocked, shocked I tell ya, to find an outrageously distorted image in Israel’s leading newspaper, Yedioth Ahronot, and on the front page of all places. Take a look at the original proportions (left) and my attempt to correct them (right):
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You don’t have to be familiar with comedian Eli Yatzpan or singer Eyal Golan to realize that in real life they look more like my corrected version than the one that was delivered today to my door.

May I Have 25 Minutes of Your Time? How About 25 Dollars, Then?

As an avid supporter of Kiva, I was very happy to watch the BBC World News‘ program titled ‘Alvin’s Guide To Good Business’:
Alvin Hall, a business and financial expert, is travelling the world helping social entrepreneurs become more successful. Can the poor borrow their way out of poverty? Alvin aims to find out by lending just $25 to two small business women in Tanzania, via Kiva, a global micro-finance website. Can Alvin help Kiva achieve its ambitious goal of reducing global poverty by linking lenders directly to small entrepreneurs, using the power of the internet?

Check out my Kiva lender page here.