Cidu Bill on Aug 23rd 2017


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23 Responses to “Paparazzi”

  1. Olivier Aug 23rd 2017 at 01:59 am 1

    She knows paparazzi steal pictures from people.
    She’s at the DMV for her driving license but doesn’t want her picture taken: she always looks ugly on it (like everyone else).
    But it’s unavoidable. Hence, the DMV guy is a paparazzi : he’s taking her picture against her will.

  2. Tom K Aug 23rd 2017 at 10:24 am 2

    I chuckled.

  3. Brian in STL Aug 23rd 2017 at 12:07 pm 3

    The singular is “paparazzo”.

  4. James Pollock Aug 23rd 2017 at 12:09 pm 4

    “She knows paparazzi steal pictures from people.”

    More specifically, she knows they take unappealing, unattractive pictures of people. You kind of suggested this in the non-quoted part, but I think it’s part of the (intended) joke.

  5. furrykef Aug 23rd 2017 at 02:24 pm 5

    Brian in STL: her complaint isn’t necessarily with just this one man.

  6. CaroZ Aug 23rd 2017 at 05:11 pm 6

    …and I note the 2007 copyright. These days they make you take off your glasses for your license photo.

  7. billybob Aug 23rd 2017 at 05:25 pm 7

    She has high self-esteem.

  8. Olivier Aug 24th 2017 at 03:18 am 8

    “The singular is ‘paparazzo’”.
    In French, it’s “un paparazzi, des paparazzis”: easier.

  9. Kilby Aug 24th 2017 at 04:39 am 9

    The copyright date that CaroZ noticed @6 goes along with the signature of the original authors. I don’t know where most of the “Brevity” that shows up here comes from, but a surprisingly large percentage seems to be “old” ones, before the new artist took over.

  10. mitch4 Aug 24th 2017 at 07:59 am 10

    These days they make you take off your glasses for your license photo.

    Really? I don’t remember it that way; but it’s been a while since I had to do a full office-visit renewal. Or maybe different for different places.

    I understand there is the reflections issue. But isn’t there also a principle that you want the ID photo to look more like the actual usual appearance?

  11. Olivier Aug 24th 2017 at 08:28 am 11

    “you want the ID photo to look more like the actual usual appearance”: it’s the opposite : when they control you, they make you take your glasses off so that you look like your picture.
    It makes sense in a way : sometimes, you get new glasses.
    I wonder what happens when people undergo facial surgery. Or more simply, grow a beard.

  12. Brian in STL Aug 24th 2017 at 01:27 pm 12

    Missouri used to make you take them off. At the time, I was told that it was to prevent glare on the lenses causing a problem with image. Now they use a digital camera and can check the picture immediately. They will sometimes ask you to move your head a bit to avoid the problem.

  13. Winter Wallaby Aug 24th 2017 at 02:44 pm 13

    I believe that for state driver’s licenses to be compliant with the federal RealID act, the pictures need to not have glasses. Not all states have policies compliant with the RealID act, and they never have to become compliant if they don’t want to, but if they don’t, their driver’s licenses won’t be useful for identification by the TSA, which would create real hassle for citizens of that state. When I flew a few days ago, there was a sign at the airport warning that after date X, driver’s licenses from states Y-Z would no longer be valid for identification. (Missouri was on the list.) I’m assuming that this is a federal-state game of chicken, since this would be a huge mess for everyone.

    (And I’m not sure if there’s some grandfathering, or if old driver’s licenses with glasses would need to be retaken.)

  14. guero Aug 25th 2017 at 02:03 am 14

    I have gotten new driver’s licenses from Texas (July 2016, - not compliant at that time, don’t know about now) and Hawai’i (February 2017 - compliant, last I heard). I wear glasses, and did not take them off either time. This is the first time I have ever heard about taking glasses off for an ID. For that matter, I wear my glasses in my passport picture from 2 or 3 years ago. Surely that is compliant with RealID.

  15. Winter Wallaby Aug 25th 2017 at 10:40 am 15

    guero #14: Hm, yes, I must have misremembered, since surely passport pictures were compliant with RealID 2-3 years ago.

    I do see that starting last year you’re not allowed to have glasses in passport photos:

  16. Brian in STL Aug 25th 2017 at 12:17 pm 16

    As I recall, Missouri has reached an agreement the Feds to become compliant.

  17. Mark in Boston Aug 25th 2017 at 07:45 pm 17

    So when Clark Kent gets pulled over, the policeman looks at his driver’s license and says “Sir, this isn’t your license. This is a picture of Superman.”

  18. Arthur Aug 25th 2017 at 08:53 pm 18

    MiB, you’ve shown that it works. By requiring no glasses on ID
    photos, they’ve caught an illegal alien. (Very alien.)

  19. Cidu Bill Aug 26th 2017 at 01:39 am 19

    Regarding the glasses issue: this isn’t passport-related, but there’s some very annoying personal synchronicity…

    Last night I tried to register for an Airbnb account, a procedure that actually is now more complicated than getting a passport (apparently it’s gone from super-simple a few years ago to insane now). Long story short, the computer determined that my identity couldn’t be confirmed because my clean-shaven selfie didn’t match my bearded driver’s license. And when I finally got through to a live person, she said she couldn’t do anything for me but suggested I send another selfie (#4).

    But back to the passports, when I went through Customs in June, they scanned my face (essentially a selfie) and compared it to my passport photo (bearded) and determined that I was me.

    So it’s easier for a terrorist to get into the United States than it is to rent a @#$% studio apartment for 3 days.

  20. James Pollock Aug 26th 2017 at 03:00 am 20

    This is obviously where my rant on realID belonged.

    I would have put it here, except, um, the moon got in the way of the sun, and that caused an unusual tidal effect, and something something something….

  21. larK Aug 26th 2017 at 10:21 am 21

    So Bill, you admit you are a terrorist?

    (And let’s see how this comes back to haunt you as they start demanding social media accounts at the border…)

  22. DanV Aug 28th 2017 at 02:45 pm 22

    I renewed my passport a couple of weeks ago, and was required to remove my glasses for the photo. I renewed my Illinois drivers license last week, so I asked if they wanted me to remove the glasses (as I did for the passport photo) and was told I didn’t have to do so. After they examined the digital photo, they changed their minds and had me take them off because of the glare. I could have held my head differently or perhaps tilted the glasses forward a bit to reflect the light down toward the floor and away from the lens, but wasn’t given that option. From this discussion, you can deduce that I just celebrated a milestone birthday. :) But at least my drivers license and passport photos will match.

  23. Meryl A Aug 30th 2017 at 01:17 am 23

    Our passports were not recently renewed, but have me in my eyeglasses.

    I went last year for a new driver’s license (and I don’t think NYS is compliant and they do not have a chip unless you get the special license that does - as of last year at least) and I was not going to take a new photo. Robert insisted I should as I have had the same photo for several renewals (as long as I have been able to avoid a new photo) and over the past 20 years I have lost 60 lbs and he thought I should have a new, thinner me, photo. I had an argument over taking my photo with my eyeglasses and was told that it was to prevent glare - and they finally took it with my glasses on. (Hey, I actually have gotten 2 new pairs since then as I broke 2 old pairs earlier this year - but since I might be wearing any of 5 different pairs of eyeglasses - 7 if my reading glasses are included, I have been known to forget and leave the house with them on instead of changing them - the fact that they are new does not affect anything. Note - I am not vain, they are different types of glasses and also some kept in different places. Oh, wait, add another 4 pairs - I forgot my 19th century and 18th century glasses - although I rare drive with the latter as the lenses are so small).

    I hate the photo - the fatter one was much nicer. In addition, I managed to find a DMV office that apparently rarely has a line and in the time it took me to have the photo taken (and it was not long as I was the only person doing so) they had called me for my renewal and gone on to other people and I had to figure out what to do and wait until someone could take me.

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