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 […]


We use YUI at Tagged because that’s what I chose. We lost a couple front end engineers at Tagged so I’m having to pick up the slack—this means actually having to learn the Yahoo User Interface (YUI) in earnest. So I whipped up this diagram of YUI 2.5: There are some errors, but it’s good […]

New camera

New camera, lens, and software… First D3 photo North Beach, San Francisco, California Nikon D3, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S 1/15sec @ f/2.8, iso 420, 14mm (14mm) [There is a jump.]

Apparently I have a club

S—: Hey, Terry. She broke up with me last night. Me: I didn’t know you were dating someone. S—: Can I join your Afraid-of-Women club? Me: You have to be the one to break it off first. It’s like Whac-A-Mole The Doctrine of Pre-emption probably works as well here as it did for the Bush […]

Thinking bags

I love bags. I guess it’s not that unusual. Now being a geek with no taste, I’m not very imaginative. But now that my camera is too big to fit in the bbp bags’s Biz bag (which replaced my Mamba booqbag whose strap I wore out at the stitching). Because of this, it was pleasant […]