Aggressive/Reckless Driving and how it can be avoided

Rants and Raves

Reckless driving is often defined as a mental state in which the driver displays a wanton disregard for the rules of the road; the driver often misjudges common driving procedures, often causing accidents and other damages

Aggressive driving is a way of driving any type of vehicle or effecting any type of maneuver on a vehicle in which the driver deliberately behaves in such a manner as to increase the risk of a road accident.
Scenario 1:
You’re cruising along in the left lane, going the same speed as the person on your right, minding your own business and someone behind you is going way too fast and is rapidly catching up to you.  As the driver gets close, they honk their horn or flash their lights. You don’t move, I mean why should you? There’s traffic in front of you doing the same thing you are.
Scenario 2:
Let’s roll with the same situation, except this time, you’re proactive, and realize that the car is catching up to you, so you scoot your way over to the right lane before the driver has a chance to get close.
Why do people drive recklessly or aggressively? 
When a person’s groove, zen, or speed is halted by someone who’s preventing them from continuing in their happy place (in this case, cruising along without interruption), this causes some to start looking for ways to continue their speed. Whether this is weaving in and out, getting too close, honking or whatever it may be. Simply blocking in a driver who wishes to go faster can cause said driver to become reckless, aggressive or irate.
If someone’s speeding and I’m blocking them in why should I move? They’re breaking the law by speeding!
It’s not your place to block someone or prevent them from speeding, in fact you’re putting your life and others’ lives in danger by doing so. Plus if you’re in the left lane and someone is trying to pass you, you’re breaking the law too. ARS 28-721. Essentially you are to drive on the right side of the road unless passing.
Speed never killed anyone. It’s the sudden stop that kills. GTFO the way! 
Take Germany for example. On the Autobahn, if you move into the fast lane and someone hits you (rear end or not), it’s YOUR fault. We need this here. Police should focus more on impeding than speeding! 
The level of accidents, tickets, fatalities and road rage can all be decreased!
  • PAY ATTENTION to all your surroundings.
  • If you’re not going at least 9-10 over the speed limit, stay in the right lane. (Speed Cameras go off at 11 over)
  • If someone wants to pass you and you’re in the left lane, move over
  • Police definitely need to start enforcing 28-721 more than speeding.

Overall, keep the left lane clear! 

Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s another article on it:  http://www.vox.com/2014/6/16/5804590/why-you-shouldnt-drive-slowly-in-the-left-lane

Everything you need to know about hiring a photographer!

Photography

Photographers, everyone thinks they are one. It’s so easy to go out, buy a camera and shoot on auto. Though there are the few of us who know what we are doing and can get you more publicity than anyone else. Which is why you hire a photographer in the first place, as part of your promotion. In most cases. You get what you pay for.

People do notice quality.

What our job is and what you pay for:

A photographer’s job is to come in and get a record of the night and make said photos look good. You pay for our time, our gas, our equipment (which isn’t cheap), the fact we deal with shitheads on a daily basis and our editing time. Sure, we may be at your venue for 1-2 hours, but we have to be in danger the entire time (people are dumb and like to break cameras). Not to mention that for every 30-50 photos, we are editing at least an hour to two hours, sometimes maybe more. You pay for all of this.

What costs are behind the photography?

Let’s see, here’s a breakdown of some of the costs.

  1.  i7 iMac Computer with 18 Gigs of RAM: $2800
  2. Offsite Backups: $300/2 years
  3. Onsite Backup Drives: $200-300 running RAID
  4. Canon 7D: $1200
  5. Lens: $1200
  6. Flash: $400
  7. Filter: $30
  8. Fuel and Maintenance for Vehicle: Varied
  9. Taxes: Too much.
  10.  Secondary Computer: Macbook Pro with SSD: $2000
  11.  High Speed internet connection: $70/month

The list could go on with my living expenses. You get the point, it’s not as cheap as you might think.

What’s an acceptable rate?:

For photos being viewed on the web that are easily taken and moved around for promotional purposes, $75-100/hour is acceptable, $150/hour is better. A rate for an event gallery (30-75 photos, fully edited) should be closer to $250. When it comes to modeling photos, or photos that are more heavily worked on, $250/half hour can become acceptable depending on the quality of the work. If a client wants photos without your or the company watermark, they should be paying a minimum of 200-400/hour. After all, that watermark is our credit, the same as a painter’s signature in the Louvre. On the other end, with places like El Hefe, from a photo standpoint, they support slavery. Their photogs have to stay there for 2 hours for $50, and no logo credit. This is unacceptable. Consider 2 hours of shooting and 1-2 hours of editing.

What’s an acceptable amount of photos for an event?

This depends on a couple factors. Who the photographer is, How much you’re paying them, what the event is, how long they’re supposed to stay. In 99% of event cases, if a good photographer it there for prime time, they’re going to get the same amount of photos in 1-2 hours as they would in 3-4. Why? Because at some point you take photos of all the people you want photos of. Typically I tell clients between 30-50 will be average, this allows the room in case the event is a fail in terms of photo subjects, or the opposite if the room is just smoking. Some of this also depends on the quality you get and if the photographer can offer extra publicity (IE. Media Company). I’ve heard of places making their photographer shoot more than 100 photos for $100. This is unacceptable, as editing time alone should be another $100 for this amount.

What our job does not entail:

I feel like I’ve run into a lot of people who tell me that not enough people are coming to their page, event, whatever it may be. Photographers aren’t promoters. It’s not our job to get people to come to your venue or site. We may do it as a benefit of working with us, but it is not our job. Promoters should be using our photos to promote the venue, but again, a separate position. It’s not our job to do any of the following either (unless of course you pay for the service)1. Maintain a Photo Archive. While most of us keep our photos, we may charge you if you request old photos to be resent. 2. Tagging.This comes into the job of the promoter, usually we are blinded by our screens after editing. 3. Creating your custom captions. In most cases we mass copyright our photos. It’s extra work for us to go back through and change what’s usually set as a global copyright field. This goes with buying rights.

Do we work for you or are you our client?

There is a common misconception here. Unless you are paying a good photographer a salary of at least 45-60k per year, they don’t work for you, quite the other way around, you’re their client. For many, photography is their only income, and unless you pay those high prices per night, then realistically, we need more than one client to survive. So if you want exclusivity, pay for it.

Why should you hire a media company over a single photographer?

The simple answer to this is more publicity. By default, we will post your photos on our site as well as yours. This instantly gives you more views, plus people ALWAY know where to get our photos.

But I don’t pay you to promote on our Facebook.

No, you pay us to help out with the marketing team, photos get more respect when they have a respected name behind them. What’s worth more to you? More exposure for your venue or your idiotic marketing by keeping it on Facebook?

People at your venue already know about you!

Sure, you can get views by tagging, but why not get another layer for the same price? Regardless, people that were at you venue are going to check into your Facebook page and maybe like a few things, but what about the people who don’t know your venue exists? What about the newbies from out of town who don’t have mutual friends? What about those who never went out of their way to look for your venue, but because they see an awesome photo on a media site come to your venue. By hiring a single photographer, you are missing out on views.

Should I let more than one photographer in my venue at once?

Yes and no, If it’s a single photographer, you don’t gain much from letting them come in and shoot, even if you get their photos. Chances are if they’re willing to give you their photos for free consistently, they suck. However, if the photographer has a following via their website and their work isn’t going to make you look bad, by all means, let them in. It’s free publicity if someone is willing to shoot your venue for free once in a while.

I’m a photographer, who do I blame for the low pay and lack of allowing logos.

Blame anyone who doesn’t charge a lot of money for no logos and anyone who consistently gives photos away to venues who should be paying for them.

To name names, people like: Tavit Daniel, Peter Speyer, Ryan Hibbert, Steve Thatcher, Christian Banach.

Rideshare Ratings

Information Technology, Rants and Raves

The following are the only legitimate reasons to downrate a Lyft/UberX Driver.

1. The driver is inappropriate, and by normal people standards, not by your impossible standards. This means he or she was hitting on you, making you feel uncomfortable with off color conversation, etc.

2. The driver is reckless. I mean like doing 100 in a 45, not changing lanes every few seconds to get past traffic. Note, if you drive like a grandma yourself, you’re not allowed to be a judge of this one.

3. The car is filthy. If the back seat is covered in gum, hair, dirt, puke, whatever it may be, this is an acceptable reason to downrate. Mention it to the driver though. It’s possible they missed it when cleaning it out. If there’s a little dirt on the ground, or maybe a little dust on the seat, this is NOT a legitimate reason.

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The following are NOT legitimate reasons to rate down your UberX driver. If you downrate for any of the following, you shouldn’t be taking UberX/Lyft. Stick to black car or SUV you princess you.

1. They don’t have water, the cord for your phone or a way to play your music. Remember, this is a convenience, not a requirement.

2. The driver is quiet. If the driver isn’t talking to you, maybe he or she has nothing to say or may just be a shy person. Don’t take it personally, there are times we’re happy to just be quiet, enjoy the ride and listen to some tunes.

3. Driver made a wrong turn, or got turned around in your neighborhood. It happens. You try being under pressure to perform to unrealistic standards in a neighborhood that’s a maze. If they cost you extra money by going 5 miles out of the way, mention it to them as they can have the fare reviewed, but don’t downrate for this.

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Remember. UberX/Lyft drivers are people like you, putting A LOT of miles on their own cars so that you can get around for less in a car nicer than a taxi at less of a price. UberX should be more laid back and should not be held to the same standards of SUV or Black Car. So give us a break. If the driver was polite, got you there in one piece in a clean car, give them a 5 star.