I got an email last night from Carlos Miller, one of my personal heroes and the man behind one of my favorite blogs, Photography Is Not A Crime (PINAC). The site is currently being relaunched, so that link won’t work for a few more days. I put it here for the benefit of all of my readers from the future, because at some point the link will work. Speaking of my readers from the future, I hope you’re all enjoying your jetpacks and silver spacesuits, you crazy bastards.
Anyway, back to PINAC. I’ve been reading that blog for about 5 years. Besides the tech blogs I read, it is one of the few blogs I’ve read for any significant length of time. As some of you may know, I’m a pretty liberal guy, so it’s frustrating for me to read many of the police accountability sites, since a lot of them have heavy libertarian leanings. Nothing against my libertarian friends, but it’s just not my cup of tea. Carlos is a fellow foaming-at-the-mouth leftist, so I’ve always identified with his politics beyond his goals of police accountability. I said above that the man is one of my heroes, and you may be thinking, “wow, setting the bar pretty low there, aren’t you?” Besides being a blogger, Carlos gets his feet wet, and is currently involved in a lawsuit with the Miami-Dade PD because they arrested him for no reason and allegedly deleted his camera footage.
Because we live in awesome times, Carlos was able to recover the deleted footage. It paints a picture completely at odds with the one offered by the official police report. I’m sure that many of you may be surprised by this, but it would appear that the official report presents a version of reality that is a complete fabrication. Given that Carlos has beaten the police in court before, it’s not surprising that they would twist the facts in an attempt for revenge. Many people would not have the courage or stubbornness to pursue this, but Carlos seems to be committed to seeing it through to the end. Any of you who think that what this man did not require any bravery, I’d like you to watch the video below and imagine how difficult it would be to maintain composure in a similar situation.
I’m excited to be working with Carlos. I hope to channel some of his tenacity and passion about this issue, and to offer something of value to the thousands of PINAC readers. I’ll make sure to post an update once my first article has gone live for the site! Just yesterday I was writing about the reasons I’m doing this blog-a-day, and then I get the email from Carlos that same evening. Very apropos.
This has been Day 16 of my blog-a-day goal for the month of October. I hope to write 500 words or more per day, or ~15,000 for the month, to get myself in the habit of writing every day. How do you keep yourself motivated for creative pursuits? It’s definitely something I find difficult.