Saturday, July 30, 2005

Bitter Poutine

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It seems that taking pictures and/or videos in public spaces is getting harder and harder to do...and not just in America!

I was too shocked by this incident to challenge Jeffers, the chip wagon guy, but next time, I'll be ready for a fight. Maybe we should organize a flashmob in Penticton...?

Oh yes. We figured out after taking this footage why our videos have been washed out recently. Someone (and I'm not blaming Devlon...I'm just saying...) inadvertently pushed the backlighting button on the side of the camcorder. Doh!

Clip Specs:
Location: Penticton, BC
File Size: ~24MB
Length: 3 min, 58 sec.


At July 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was going to comment on the flatness of the footage, but looks like you all have it under control... :). You could also purchase some filters to help control things like this.

On a related topic, I pulled out my camera in a Subway joint last summer and was playing with the lens. The clerk there yelled across the place that I can't be taking pictures of their joint. I'm not sure why, I could have taken a picture from the street and through the window. My first reaction was to setup a web site and collect pictures of inside Subway places from all over the world. Then send the franchise head office the link to the site so they can attempt to comment on why we shouldn't be taking pictures of inside Subways.

I like your idea. Hit the chip wagon all at once with cameras and video cameras and see them crap themselves. If I was in the area, I would definitely be all over that. You could do the same thing as the Subway thing and have people take pictures of this one chip wagon around town, and post the pictures for the artists. Then send a link to the chip wagon owners. :)

At July 30, 2005, Anonymous Chris said...

This and the boingboing article you linked to reminds me of a video I saw that Steve Mann did years ago where he was recording inside of either Sears or the Bay and how the security officers didn't want him to record but at the same time made notice of the fact that the security themselves were recording him via the security cameras.

At July 30, 2005, Blogger Scott Walker said...

Why did you buy poontang
(wait, going back to see what it's called)...oh, my bad...Poutine...from this "ass" after they were rude to you?

I think the next time you go back, you should sneak around the vehicle and let all the air out of his tires!

At July 30, 2005, Blogger Doug M said...

Found your site when I posted to

Great Vlog!

I'll bet he was more worried about you fliming health code violations than trade secrets!!

- Doug

At July 31, 2005, Blogger Devlon said...

Scott, it's called a vagina. And no, it doesn't come as cheap as a poutine around here.

Anon and Chris: It's getting pretty messed up when someone can't even take a picture or a video clip of thier surroundings from a public place...yet 'they' can film us anytime they please.

Doug: Hi, thanks for popping in.

At August 01, 2005, Blogger Nathan Peters said...

Who the hell wants to know his trade secret anyway. If it was such a brilliant secret wouldn't he have a bit more elegant of an operation than that crappy little van?

"Oh yes, please Mr. chip van guy, can I be just like you?"


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