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 […]

Pragmatic bullshit

Someone took exception to me saying: “I have yet to read a good “Pragmatic Programmer Series” book.” …with the lines: “I think that’s a bit of a hard knock of the Pragmatic Bookshelf. I’ve had a number of books which I’ve really enjoyed from them; The Pragmatic Programmer and Practices of an Agile Developer spring […]

…but you have to know RUBY to be our CTO

This popped in my e-mail box just now: Subject: Anyone know a top Rails programmer for Tech Advisor role Could be as little as one hour per week? Great opportunity for this person to inherit vp of engineering position once we get funded. We are close to launching, and hopefully to being funded. … This […]

I found a use for Ruby

…a place to send all the people who washed out coding PHP. I haven’t read this book so I can’t comment, however, I have yet to read a good “Pragmatic Programmer Series” book. The one all the Rails developers jizz over, is so poorly written and full of errors, I am beside myself. Please buy […]

Requiem for the Republican Party

Last week, the politics of fear ended: “Because I care so deeply about protecting our country, I take strong offense to your suggestion in recent days that the country will be vulnerable to terrorist attack unless Congress immediately enacts legislation giving you broader powers to conduct warrantless surveillance of Americans’ communications and provides legal immunity […]

Eating while you are shitting

E-mail received. I am writing to introduce myself and see if you would be interested in talking with me. My name is [redacted] and I am in Candidate Generation at Yahoo! for our Engineering, and I wanted to touch base with you to see if you might be open to hearing from us about opportunities […]