It occurred to me that this combines a ton of my passions—photography, internet, writing, cycling, and activism—with my ethnicity.
Save the world, one bike ride at a time.
“I want to tell you the most important tip I learned about photography.”
“What is it?”
“You have a camera.”
Recently some colleagues had a contest: “Guess how many cameras Terry has on him right now?”
Even though I have one, too often, I forget I carry a camera.
You have a camera, shoot it! You never know what will happen.
Scientific thinking requires that the more outlandish the claim, the more compelling the evidence must be. It is this thinking that rejects the libertarian’s love children: Freakonomics, The Bell Curve, or nearly any book by Malcolm Gladwell.
During lunch, I exhausted my daily newsfeed and started to troll the top hits on digg when I ran across this linked article in which a journalist and amateur geographer explains the Tea Party movement.
Here is the central claim that forms the basis for the author’s entire argument:
We’ve never been a nation-state in the European sense; we’re a federation of nations, more akin to the European Union than the Republic of France, and this confounds both collective efforts to find common ground and radical campaigns to force one component nation’s values on the others.
What a load of crap! Continue reading about regionalism after the jump→
“This is another song from a Swedish band.”
“Are they Swedish or something else?”
“I don’t know—some Scandinavian country I think. The song isn’t bad.”
“I think it’s a bit overplayed—it’s featured in a lot of TV and movies.”
“Yes, I guess you’re right. Did you know that it’s played a lot in evangelical churches, even though it not about religion?”
“Yeah, listen to the lyrics… ‘Save me, I’m lost.’… ‘Oh lord I’ve been waiting for you.’”
“Wow, he was asking for it!”
Laughs “Yeah. He probably shouldn’t have added ‘Oh Lord.’”
(The fact that the lead singer looks like White Jesus doesn’t help either.)
Equally interesting is what [Siri] portents for Apple. Just like the App Store began the intermediation and exclusion of Google by offering users a better experience interacting with data in apps than via a web search, Siri continues it by theoretically making it easier and more enjoyable to engage in query/response with Siri than with Google. In typical fashion, Apple isn’t building a search engine to compete with Google, they’re building something to obsolete the current conception of search engines. And they’re not doing it by becoming a walled garden — there’s no profit in that. They’re doing it by becoming a walled gate with a multi-directional toll system.
Someone asked me how I got the sunbleached faded photo treatment from this photo (mouseover to see original):
Me (as navigator): Okay go right here and then turn left onto Mission.
Me: Are you sure you are going the right direction?
Her: I got it under control.
Me: I think you must have gone the wrong direction earlier.
Her: I turned onto Mission like you said.
Me: Oh! I should have told you that the turn was more like a hairpin left.
Her: You give terrible directions.
Me: Well don’t blame me, blame Google. See?
Her: Those directions are terrible, it should have said, “Flip a bitch onto Mission Street.”
Are you listening, Siri?
Somewhere along the way, I ran into Gordy’s Camera Straps.
Gordon Coale is a guy out in Washington state who hand makes leather camera straps. Last year it occurred to me that one of his straps would perfectly match my Hirano case (which you may have seen before). Hand straps are simply a good idea for nearly any camera, because they’re the most minimal safety leash for photography: you don’t really need a one normally; but if something bad happens, you’ll be glad you have one around your wrist. Plus, when you do it right, they look gorgeous:
I bought this Gordy’s strap almost exactly one year ago.
A few weeks ago, there was a thread on on of our internal blogs at work concerning our home office setup for productivity and comfort. One of them mentioned an old blog post of mine, and it occurred to me that it’s been five years since I’ve shared my office.
Here is what it looks like today: