There’s a video doing the rounds of a prank at an American petrol station. The host of a news channel that broadcasts exclusively at the pumps talks to people as they’re filling up and in this particular case discovers a pair of sensational singers. It’s a joyful few moments and well worth a watch, but as an unenlightened Brit I am struggling to get past one simple detail…
They have dedicated TV networks for PETROL STATIONS? Why??? Does it really take that long to fill an American car that consumers require entertaining in the meantime? On the one hand, it’s a miracle of broadcast technology, I guess, that this is possible. But on the other hand, isn’t it just another method of cramming as much advertising as possible down the maw of the American consumer? (It would look that way, yes.)
If you find you’re getting through a double-bill of Game of Thrones during fill-up, you might want to consider a more fuel-efficient vehicle.
I find this unsettling. It’s just a bit too Black Mirror for my liking and just one step closer to that dark dystopian screen-obsessed future predicted by Charlie Brooker. And I say this, speaking as someone who gets the shakes if she can’t get her email regularly.
But still, that’s a kick-ass rendition of Livin’ On A Prayer, Mr Sims. Well done, Sir. Take note, America! You never know where you could get discovered, so remember to do your vocal exercises before you go get that gas, you crazy star-spangled lovelies.
I took several photos of the top part of the building. I edited each of these separately in Silver Efex Pro, using different settings for each, just to make sure the panorama software, PanoEdit, couldn’t do too good a job – I wanted this to be messy. I let it do its best to join them up, and exported the result back to Aperture. I used Silver Efex Pro for the main central shot too, working from a colour original. I’d taken shots in black and white too, but this one had the man jumping up the stairs, which gave the picture more life.
I used Pixelmator to overlay the entrance picture over the construction from PanoEdit.