Running with cameras

DPReview has an excellent review of the 18-200mm Nikkor travel kit lens, a lens I happen to own. I wait for Pizza with my Nikon camera (from side) Patxi’s Pizza, Palo Alto, CA Lumix DMC-LX1 1/3 sec @ f/2.8, iso 200, 6mm (28mm) One criticism missing from the review is how annoyingly long the lens […]


The other day someone asked me again about what I thought about jQuery, and I’m getting tired of repeating myself for almost a year. jQuery actually is fodder for an interview question I sometimes ask: What’s wrong with the jQuery $() function? [Showing you the money after the jump.]

Computers don’t cry

>> Hello. How do you do. Please state your problem. >> Joseph Weizenbaum, your creator, died today. Why are you concerned over my creator ? >> Joseph Weizenbaum, your creator, died today. What about your own creator ? >> Joseph Weizenbaum, your creator, died today. Are you worried about someone else’s creator ? >> Joseph […]

The Trouble with Techies

While researching the previous article, I came across this hilarious quote: This is a far cry from 1966, originally the Klingons were scotch tape Asians (Fong, 176); White actors given slanty eyes. The Klingon race incarnate all the characteristics that most scare White America. The Klingons are violent, ill tempered, lustful, and drunk. They are […]

Hurrah, we're Klingons again!

“Gotta say, it’s kind of breathtaking what Bush has done to you, the awakening is something to behold!.” —rafaelh, “Well, Of Course.” The slow transformation of political blogger, John Cole, from a Bush supporting Republican to “Noam Chomsky” really is that. In the linked article, he points out the “settling in for a longer term […]

The crack cocaine of the Leica world

Recently I think I’ve met two other people who have purchased Leica M8s and on both those cameras, I think I saw a Cosina-Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 Nokton lens. If so, that’s a strange coincidence because it is a very obscure lens. Leica and Cosina North Beach, San Francisco, California Nikon D200, Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D, Canon […]

Joel B Sacks sendoff

I stopped by XYZ Bar to say bye to Joel B. Sacks, formerly of AdBrite and CNET. I came late and couldn’t stay for long. Joel gets all the hotties XYZ Bar, South of Market, San Francisco, California Nikon D3, 14-24mm f/2.8G 1/6 sec @ f/2.8, iso 6400, 24mm (24mm) Andrei left me my SB-800 […]

Leica Level UPs

“Personally I find that the price tag of Euro 1200 for a new piece of glass and the exchange of a few springs and cogs in the current shutter mechanism is on the high side. But we all know we are in Leica territory.” —Erwin Puts on “The Significance of LUP”, Februrary 13, 2008 The […]

A Grand Slam

It’s important to listen to feedback from your readers: Comment on my blog from John: Lol, what a complete load of bollocks. I can’t believe I wasted my life reading this. Comment on my blog from “photog”: “You are not a real photographer, look at your shots. Stick to being a dork and don’t post […]

Lossy RAW compression

Thomas Chamberlin asks an interesting question in the Flickr D3 user’s group: “With the D3 and D300 we are now offered lossless compression, no compression, or compression with loss for RAW files. Nikon says there is no effect on image quality using lossless compression. The file is compressed 20-40%. Write times are faster than with […]