Cutting the Cord: Update

Smartphone Use I read a short article about reducing the impact of the digital world over my world. This article focused on the smartphone. The author recommended: Don’t charge it by your bed. (I have to because it controls the lights, sound, thermostats, etc.) Kill all notifications. (Done!) Delete Facebook, Twitter, Insta and other “attention loop” apps. (Done) Switch to… Continue reading

Cinemagraph Pro – Apple Design Award, 2014

I am always curious about who is awarded the Apple Design Award each year. I’m certain that winning this award is a rather big deal in the software community. But one of this year’s winners is a bit of a puzzle to me: Cinemagraph by Flixel which comes in a variety of different flavors: Pro and Plus for the desktop… Continue reading

Kim Leuenberger: Traveling Cars Adventures Series

I stubbled onto this interesting collection of photos by Kim Leuenberger. Her Traveling Cars Adventures series is a collection of old miniature cars staged and photographed by the young Swiss photographer. If you like her images below, you can find more at the French source post. (Source: fubiz) You can also check out her work at her smugmug pro account,… Continue reading

I’m Fixin’ to…

That’s what we say in the south when we’re about to do something. I’m fixin’ to go on a video shooting spree—shooting video (with a camera) of everything I can in the bay area. In preparation for this adventure, I’ve been doing some test shots with my 3 cameras: the GoPro, iPhone, and Canon 5Dmk2. I would prefer to travel… Continue reading

Oh, The Thrill of It All!

You know how it goes: Small things break, get messed up, or otherwise need a bit of attention. But they aren’t that important in the moment. You think, “I’ll fix it when I get around to it.” Well, over the past year or two or three, little things on my blog, small yet annoying things, have broken and needed a… Continue reading

Something Evil Is Afoot

Death of the morning paper? You have no idea! Google announced yesterday that it is killing off Google Reader. Google claims they are doing this because, “RSS is a dying technology.” Don’t believe them for a minute, because I believe that statement is a flat out lie. RSS isn’t just alive and well, it’s thriving like never before, but corporate… Continue reading

Yay! Finally!!

After hours have been spent over numerous attempts to get the plugin slickr flickr to work properly, I finally nailed it! Lest I forget, here is the required code (the entirety of which must be enclosed in square brackets which is not done here or the plugin would try to execute the code which is missing my api_key and full… Continue reading

Backlash Gains Real Traction

Social media? Get real. It’s really all marketing machinery! Facebook and Twitter try to keep it quiet, but a backlash against the heavy marketing (exploitation) of user information is annoying a critical mass of people. Remember, if you’re not paying for an online service, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold. Eli Pariser nailed it in his book,… Continue reading

The Week in iPhoneography

I’ve mentioned before that I really like the @KitCam and @PhotoForge2 iPhone apps. This first photo of the Golden Gate Bridge is another example of what they can do. The remainder of the photos were just shot with KitCam, my Instagram replacement choice. I really like these iOS apps! (Clicking any image opens a larger view of the photo.)  … Continue reading