Clare Hesse is alive and she does not have cancer

“Clare” made famous in this article has apparently been identified and is alive and well and does not have cancer. A member of Model Mayhem looked at the Myspace page of Daniel Colegrove (cap) and found a tag by his daughter Topanga Diaz. On this page (cap) of her friends list, there is a user named *Pearl* (cap). That lead to profiles of Clarissa Cromwell on Myspace and Facebook. Here is a composite of Clare from Daniel’s site and Clarissa on the right.

Edit: December 16, 2010. I had originally hidden this post as the matter came to a close and I didn’t want Daniel Colegrove to get any more attention. But I just found out he is perpetrating more lies in the MyLesPaul.com forum so I’m reopening this posts to allow Google and other search engines to reindex this for the benefit of his future victims.

“Clare” made famous in this article has apparently been identified and is alive and well and does not have cancer. A member of Model Mayhem looked at the Myspace page of Daniel Colegrove (cap) and found a tag by his daughter Topanga Diaz. On her friends list, there is a user named *Pearl*. That lead to profiles of Clarissa on Myspace and Facebook. Here is a composite of Clare from Daniel’s site and Clarissa on the right.

The real Clarissa sent this message to Shervin who originally made the connection.

Hi this is Clarissa, I logged onto my friends account. I did some of those modeling pictures for Daniel. He is one of my friends Dads whom I hardly speak to anymore. I’m clearly not dead and am not suffering from cancer.

** I am amazed at the investigative power of the Model Mayhem community despite the best efforts of the site to shut down discussion. ***

Clare vs Clarissa

Is Clarissa real?

Some are questioning if Clarissa is real. Consider these facts.

  • Public records show a Daniel Colegrove in Ventura County with a minor daughter named Tiffany Colegrove in 2004.
  • A 21 year old Tiffany Colegrove from Ventura has a Myspace page under the name Topanga Diaz with 326 friends.
  • Topanga Diaz has shot with Model Mayhem photographer Phooks Photography.
  • Clarissa is listed as a friend of Topanga Diaz and also has a Facebook page. She also shows up in a public records search.
  • There is a photobucket account belonging to Topanga Diaz with 284 images including some with Clarisss and some with Daniel Colegrove.

Don’t be an idiot.

Oh! What a tangled web we weave

For those who don’t know what’s going on, a member on Model Mayhem announced on September 29, 2010 she was dying of cancer. It was followed by a large outpouring of love and support by the community and everyone was told she died 2 weeks later on October 15th.

Edit: December 16, 2010. I had originally hidden this post as the matter came to a close and I didn’t want Daniel Colegrove to get any more attention. But I just found out he is perpetrating more lies in the MyLesPaul.com forum (P1 P2 P3 P4 P5)  so I’m reopening this posts to allow Google and other search engines to reindex this for the benefit of his future victims. One more thing. High five to mylespaul forum member Harmony.

Breaking news: Clare Hesse is alive and she does not have cancer

For those who don’t know what’s going on, a member on Model Mayhem announced on September 29,  2010 she was dying of cancer. It was followed by a large outpouring of love and support by the community and everyone was told she died 2 weeks later on October 15th. People started to get suspicious when no details were provided about her life, sickness, or funeral arrangements. Members separated into two camps, believers and doubters. Simple questions posed to Daniel Colegrove, the only person who claims to have known her and was her caretaker, went unanswered. This fueled more doubt and he eventually closed his account without providing any answers only to show up here to provide fewer answers. (Daniel has since deleted his comments from that thread so you will only see the replies to his comments. There was nothing substantial anyway.) Shortly after Daniel replied and left in that thread, an anonymous Facebook user named Tom Shields with a cartoon avatar and no info joined the group to say he spoke to Clare five times. When asked to verify his identity, he decline and his membership was revoked as anonymous profiles are a violation of Facebook’s terms of service.

I can’t take credit for all of this. I’m simply consolidating information I and others have found on the net about Daniel Colegrove’s circle jerk of references. Decide for yourself the “truthiness” of these events. Continue reading “Oh! What a tangled web we weave”

An in depth look at Facebook’s new photo service and interview with Sam Odio

Pixel dimension is only one measure of image quality. Other important factors include jpg compression level and color space. Based on testing, Facebook recompresses all images regardless of upload size.

In this Facebook blog post, Sam Odio, product manager for Facebook photos writes “we also wanted to give people on Facebook the best quality photo product on the web.” But is it really the best on the web?

Pixel dimension is only one measure of image quality. Other important factors include jpg compression level and color space. Based on testing, Facebook recompresses all images regardless of upload size. A 466 x 700 pixel test image was uploaded with exif and IPTC data intact. The original size is 101 KB. 700 pixel is well within Facebook’s current size limit of 720 pixels so there is no need to downsize it. The downloaded version of the image is the same size but all the exif and IPTC data has been removed and it has been recompressed to 89 KB. Photographers often embed copyright data in the IPTC field and some courts have ruled the existence of such data is sufficient to serve as copyright notice. Therefore, the removal of such identifying information has serious consequences to any copyright holder in enforcing a claim against someone who may try to claim innocent infringement. A look at the National Geographic’s album with high resolution images point to the same results. The images do not contain any exif or IPTC data. Continue reading “An in depth look at Facebook’s new photo service and interview with Sam Odio”

Garmin solves model flakes once and for all with chirp

Starting today, photographers have a new trick up their sleeves as we’re introducing chirp, a unique wireless beacon designed specifically for the unpredictable adventures of internet TF model shoots. Affordable, durable and waterproof, chirp can communicate with, and be programmed by, any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld for a more interactive and enjoyable TF shoot experience. Photographers and makeup artists alike will enjoy the benefits as chirp stores hints, transmits multi-location coordinates, and confirms the model is nearby.

OlatheParkChirpStarting today, photographers have a new trick up their sleeves as we’re introducing chirp, a unique wireless beacon designed specifically for the unpredictable adventures of internet TF model shoots. Affordable, durable and waterproof, chirp can communicate with, and be programmed by, any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld for a more interactive and enjoyable TF shoot experience. Photographers and makeup artists alike will enjoy the benefits as chirp stores hints, transmits multi-location coordinates, and confirms the model is nearby.

“With chirp, photographers have a new tool to enhance the joys of creating and finding TF models around the globe,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “In listening to and participating in the vibrant internet modeling community, Garmin created a one-of-a-kind device that builds on popular innovations such as paperless model scheduling and downloading shoot details directly to the device.”

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Internet TF model scheduling is a modern version of hide-and-seek where photographers of all skill levels explore the exciting adventure in search of hidden and elusive TF models, and chirp’s wireless interactivity introduces a world of possibilities for creative photography. Experienced photographers will embrace the countless options now available in creating cutting-edge model scheduling, and beginners will appreciate chirp’s features that make those models easier to find. Simple to use and password-protected, chirp can be programmed by any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld to store model location hints and other information. A special group shoot version of chirp will be also be available. When other photographers arrive near the scheduled model, they’ll be alerted that the model is nearby, and then they’ll be able to access the hints you’ve loaded into chirp. And when you return, chirp will tell you how many phtotographers have successfully made contact with the elusive model.

With chirp, setting up and maintaining multiple TF shoots has never been easier. Using your compatible Garmin handheld device (such as OregonDakota and the recently announced GPSMAP handhelds), chirp automatically transmits program coordinates so other photographers can find each one of the scheduled models. Or if you’re on a multi-location shoot, chirp lets you download coordinates. So there’s no need to manually enter numerous sets of complex coordinates – there’s just one simple touch and you’re on your way to the next location.

DashboardDesigned and tested by photographers, chirp is built to take the rigors of the outdoors. And because chirp is password protected, the owner is the only one with programming powers. With a battery life of up to a year and a battery that’s easy to replace, chirp is long-lasting and user-friendly. Measuring 1.3” by 0.9” (slightly bigger than a quarter) and weighing less than an ounce, chirp is small enough to incorporate easily into a cleverly disguised necklace or handbag which can be sent in advance to the model to plant the device.

The helpful hints provided by chirp are brought to life through paperless tracking, which allows photoraphers to help the environment and be more efficient by having model location information downloaded and displayed directly on the device. Compatible Garmin models store and display details such as location, model mood, model stats, difficulty, hints and description, so that you don’t have to carry around

Available now for a suggested retail price of $22.99, chirp represents the latestprintouts. Additionally, an upgraded version of the device also displays locations of nearby shopping malls, bars, and clubs to easily target where the model may have been redirected. breakthrough from Garmin, which has spent more than 20 years developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ lives, making Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries. For more about features and product compatibility, as well as information about Garmin’s other products and services, go to www.garmin.comwww.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.

The unrecognized power of the new Facebook group feature

Now Facebook has introduced a new feature in group that allows friends to add their friends to groups. The possibilities are exponential and nearly limitless. Like the LIKE button, this feature allows members of a group to connect with people they have yet to know about.

In the last few days, there has been very vocal complaints about Facebook’s decision to require opt out to leave a group. While some concerns are certainly legitimate, I believe many have missed the potential networking implications of such a powerful tool. I’ve been fairly successful at social networking and traffic building. I understand the enormous power of Facebook as a networking tool.  This is backed up by hard data I gleamed from studying my site logs and Google Analytic reports. Google is still king when it comes to building referrer traffic but Facebook is gaining fast. In the last year, not a day goes by without Facebook showing up as a top 10 referrer site for this blog. The addition of the Facebook LIKE button has allowed others to propagate my articles beyond what is possible by myself. I simply cannot send links to people I do not know but the LIKE button allows others to do that for me. Continue reading “The unrecognized power of the new Facebook group feature”

Facebook groups compared

Facebook recently revamped their groups application and almost immediately there was an uproar from users complaining about being added to groups without their permission. Some of the complaints are quite valid while many of the concerns may be misguided. Here are some facts about new Facebook groups.

Facebook recently revamped their groups application and almost immediately there was an uproar from users complaining about being added to groups without their permission. Some of the complaints are quite valid while many of the concerns may be misguided. Here are some facts about new Facebook groups. Check here for more info about groups.

  • It’s an opt out only system meaning any of your friends can add you to a group and you have to leave the group if you want out.
  • Only your friends can add you to a group.
  • Your profile privacy does not change. Members of the group who are your friends can see your profile, other members cannot see your profile except for your profile name and avatar. If you had extremely private settings blocking everything from the public, your avatar and screen name may now be revealed to strangers within the group. If you are extremely private about your profile, leave all groups you are added to and do not post any content into groups as they will be visible by other members of the group including strangers.
  • Your group membership does not appear in your profile or wall but you being added to the group will appear in the group’s timeline.
  • If you leave a group, you cannot be added back to that group by anyone but you can request to be added back to the group if you change your mind.
  • Facebook groups work very similar to Model Mayhem’s list. Many will recall that when that was first rolled out, there was no option to opt out of being added to list. Neither Facebook groups nor Model Mayhem list require approval from the person being added. Continue reading “Facebook groups compared”