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LeftBrainRightBrain (4k image)I guess I didn't explain myself very well in that last post. I was trying to get around an explanation of a flash of intuition that I had. It involved several things coming together at the same time. I left a bunch of detail out of the story.

This controversy does serve as another reminder that it is usually not a good idea to explain my intuition. The thing about it is that if you can explain it it's not intuition any more, it's analysis. I'm good at analysis. I'm also very intuitive. Been learning to trust my intuition more. I think that's important.

I went through a similar situation where a guy tried to sell me a "hot" SLR camera. This was in front of the Novel a while back. I couldn't figure out what kind of camera it was--he wouldn't allow me to get a good look at it. From what I could see it did not have a logo of any kind. One thing he did do was work the flash. It's a scam. In the same way that you can have a gun that looks like a real gun but is not. It can do a lot of stuff that a real gun can do. Everything except shoot a bullet.

My story wasn't about whether that particular camera was real or not. It was about the possibility (and in my mind, the likelihood) that it was not.

Stop and think about it for a moment. Specifically the example of the SLR (then we can ignore for a moment the question of whether it would have a flash or not.) It is possible to manufacture something that looks like an expensive camera but is not. It's relatively cheap to add something to the ruse to make it more effective--a flash mechanism. Even disposable cameras have them. If you can take something that looks like an expensive camera, convince someone that it is, and that you are willing to sell it at a price that would indicate that it was hot--you have the makings of a workable scam.

To answer the question: "why did you laugh?" The laugh came because a number of things came to the surface of my subconscious at the same time. I made a nonlinear connection between isolated events. It wasn't so much that I thought it was strange that a video camera had a flash, it was that I made the connection between the demo that I had watched when the guy was trying to sell me a "hot SLR" and the demo of the camcorder. I cannot imagine myself working the flash of either device as a means of proving that it was something worth spending money on. Yet I watched two different shady characters do exactly that as part of a sales pitch. As if someone, somewhere is cranking these things out and telling the scam artist: "yeah, you just hit this button here and it will flash". It's possible that both cameras were real. I don't think so. In fact, I think they were both replicas.

One thing I can imagine (and something I didn't see) is allowing the potential customer to look through the viewfinder of the camcorder. Let them look at the little lcd image that a Sony camcorder would probably have. Jeez, at least, let's see a Sony logo! In both cases a logo would have gone a long way in convincing me that they were the real deal. In both cases there was no logo to be seen.

There was more to my laughter then the fact that the camera had a flash mechanism. I got a good look at it (or a long look at something I wasn't allowed to get a good look at...) It was the way that it looked, the way it was wrapped. The way he handled it. The way the case looked, and the fact that the case also had no logo. The fact that it was wrapped in plastic (further obscuring the "camera") that was not removed. The way the "tripod" that came with it looked. The way the group of people interacted. The look the guy gave me when I caught his eye. It was the fact that I noticed as they left the bus that they had another case identical to the one they had just sold. It was a number of factors that I didn't want to or felt I needed to fully explain.

I think I like it better when people ask me: "how did you know that?" then when I try and explain something and they start second guessing me. It's not that important for other people to trust my intuition. The important thing is that I trust it.

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    i tend to agree john - *always* trust your intuition -

    hmmm..the above post was moot. I did mention several alternatives in my list (including the possibility of the system being fake).

The discussion primarily arose due to a pointed phrase that you laughed when you saw a flash on the camcorder...BTW, I notice that the original post seems to have changed :))

--sunil

John / >hmmm..the above post was moot. I did mention several >alternatives in my list (including the possibility of the >system being fake).

Hey, you know what? This is my weblog. I will be the judge of what is moot.

You questioned my conclusion that the camcorder was fake. You did so based on the limited evidence that I provided. Even with everything I have added in this post (and there was more)--the camcorder might still have been the real thing. None of us will know for sure. There wasn't any point in arguing with you about whether or not a camcorder could have a flash or not--that wasn't the point of what I was trying to get at.

you laughed when you saw a flash on the camcorder

I laughed an hour or two later when I realized that it was a very similar demo to the one I had seen with the SLR. I didn't explain it very well. It was my experience after all and not yours. But you're free to interpret what I say to mean anything you want.

notice that the original post seems to have changed :))

I edit my posts all the time. It bums me out when I do it and notice afterward that someone has made a comment on the original post. This happened at least once. Lubrich [for example] has a habit of reading my posts fresh out of the box and commenting before they are even half finished. I guess this would be my fault though because of the way that I write them. Like Stephen King says in his book "About Writing" it's kind of like uncovering a fossil. I write most of my posts interactively. Sometimes editing them as many as 20 or 30 times after posting.

All that being said, what exactly do you mean by: "seems to have changed?" I DID NOT edit the previous post.

sunil wasssssup!

it's just a bloody flash on a stupid cam-"era"/"corder"

Hey, you know what? This is my weblog. I will be the judge of what is moot.

sure, master

I didn't explain it very well.

true

I edit my posts all the time.

shouldn't the original post be there as is as a symbol of your original thoughts...any changes thenare added as amendments/refinements in reply mode? just my 2cents

watseka!!! this weekend?

John / That's twice now you say that I changed something without saying what. You going to tell me what you're talking about?

     I dont recollect seeing the phrase "It's the first camcorder I have seen that actually had a flash... " like this exactly the first time this all started.  If this was the statement you made I would not have made the first comment to your post.

Dude, if you say you didn't edit that post, then so be it.

Hey, at the very least your posts create a good deal of intellectual stimulation (take this as a compliment ok)

--sunil

    when i see a post - i comment - sometimes i see you are in process (per se) of writing the post - i simply reply / comment - and i don't think that the comments that (i) make - are out of *context* with whatever the post ends up as . . .

and ps - i rather like what you are posting (in general) - as quote from another - you "stimulate" intelligent conversation -

for others - John (did not) pay me to say this LOL

keep up the writing j - ur doing good in my book . . .



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