I think what Frey did was wrong and probably potentially harmful to real drug addicts out there, but it wasnâ€™t that interesting until I read that Oprah put her stamp of approval on itâ€”â€œessential emotional truthsâ€ my ass.
We live in a world of political double speak, where even the big O thinks she is entitled to it. Continue reading
LA Times reports on a California lawsuit concerning â€œIntelligent Design.â€
Since Intelligent Design as a science was universally shut down, the idea this time is to nominally call Intelligent Design â€œPhilosophy of Designâ€ while teaching it as a science or religion course. Itâ€™s a lot like a long car trip with your older brother in reverse: you agree upon a line you cannot cross and then he puts his finger over, then his arm over, an escalates until you start fighting again. Amusing stuff. Continue reading
Robert Gordon, a Yale Law School Professor, writes the most interesting summary of the case against the Alito nomination Iâ€™ve seen. Continue reading
Ethan pointed out to me this press release from Nikon UK that points out that Nikon Japan is getting rid of most 35mm SLR film bodies, all large-format lenses and enlarging lenses, many manual focus 35mm lenses and related accessories.
I emphasize the word â€œmostâ€ because many people are reading this as â€œallâ€ when, in fact, the Nikon F6 is still being manufactured and sold worldwide along with the Nikon FM10 for some markets. The former is the latest (and possibly last) in a long line of 35mm cameras that people like me used to dream about owning as kids. The latter is an all-manual camera that has a special place in my heart because I hijacked an eyepiece from its grandfather, the FM2 to build my D70 eyecup replacement. Continue reading
Huffpost mentions that the Governator doesnâ€™t have a motorcycle license.
Am I the only person who dislikes Arnold Schwarzenegger being Governer of my state who doesnâ€™t understand the political importance of this? Is this a felony or something?
Sounds to me that he was just being stupid.
Moritz Petersen took this wonderful photograph on Flickr:
This sparked a discussion on C.A.F.E. on how he managed to get the wonderful star pattern on his night shot. Continue reading
Someone asked on Flickr if they should delete their camera raw files after converting to Adobe DNGs. Certainly you can see a strong pressure from Adobe to do so in order to save some hard drive space.
I don’t. Continue reading
Drew mentioned that Apple released an update to Aperture. This is probably the first of many though donâ€™t expect anything major:
- White balance adjustment accuracy and performance
- Image export quality
- Book and print ordering reliability
- Auto-stacking performance
- Custom paper size handling
Aperture depends on the ImageIO Framework to do the file handling and Core Image to do the majority of the heavy lifting in the UI. So the largest changes should be expected when Apple updates the operating system, not Aperture.
It is sad that I have to resort to foreign outlets to be able to read a writeup of Iraq’s elections that is free of pundit sound-bites. That sadness is a different and deeper sort when I read the Independent’s analysis of the Iraqi election.
The neo-con justification for the Iraq War has always been to create a Reganesque “City on the Hill” for the Middle East and cause a reverse domino effect. Many of the brightest minds on the right were willing to sacrifice any means to create that end, even if it meant lying to us.
Though I worried this might be a March of Folly, I hoped I would be wrong. We put America on the path of an empire and all trajectory of all empires contains the fall of it. Maybe those who actually didn’t just use poly sci to fill a humanities elective would prove me to be naïve, for how could one college quarter of game theory compare to a lifetime of agenda setting? Continue reading