Someone at work sent around this link. He asked if it was â€œfor real?â€
Man, I was so tempted when I saw the Fox News link to engage in ad hominem. But letâ€™s look at it.
Continue reading Water power and perpetual motion
Reading Dassi’s post about the new features in Plaxo’s member e-mails, I noticed something familiar in the corner.
Picture of me? Check. My birthdate? Check. Name of person? Bruce Langdon?
Well at least I’m not Dan Brown.Continue reading I’m Bruce Langdon!
In an old article, I mentioned that a Canon 18-55mm at high end isnâ€™t that different than the Nikon 17-70mm kit lens in focal length (reach).
My statement was:
After all, you can just shoot the Canon at 55mm @ 1.6x and then crop it down to a 6 megapixel photo and it will look close enough to the Nikon D70 at 70mm at 1.5x.
Iâ€™m surprised nobody has called me out on this statement!
Continue reading Where 2 millimeters makes a difference
I was at Costco today and noticed that they now have the kit cameras in boxes out. Normally, you have to write down a number of pick up a flag, take it to a register to pay for it, and then pick it up behind the counter. Now you just pick up the box on some cameras.
If your box is big enough, I’m sure this will help sales. Those extra 20 minutes of gratification when you know it’s “yours” make a big difference.
Continue reading Costco cameras and the D50
John Cole finds an apology in the latest admissions.
In this case, it is apologizing on the presentation of the war instead of the actual actions of war. Such a strange admission is understandableâ€”they must be giving a sideways glance at Nuremberg every time they open their mouth. I still find the whole thing ironic since the presentation of the war seemed to be the one area in which the administration made no mistakes.
I glossed over this article because the parts I read seem to follow into the same mold: passive voice. Along the lines of: â€œmistakes were madeâ€ or â€œI know we’ve made tactical errorsâ€”thousands of them.â€
Continue reading Apology and responsibility
During the boom, if you asked any startup in the Valley when they planned on going public theyâ€™d tell you â€œabout 18 months.â€
Come back in 18 months and youâ€™d hear the same talk. This continued until IPOâ€™s become radioactive. Post boom you hear these same people espouse having a â€œpath to profitability,â€ which is a sure barometer for the fact that they actually have no such plan.
After working at four startups, I can see clearly from the inside that most of these strategies are wishful thinking tied together with two matchsticks: thatâ€™s why luck is so important.
A lot of startup people spend an inordinate amount of time messing with their Excel spreadsheets of revenue and growth projections until the numbers say theyâ€™re going to be profitable. When you read, â€œthe intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy,â€ a startup person knows this is what you get when you elect a CEO president: someone simply forgot to prefix the word â€œfailedâ€ in front of his title.
Continue reading 6 months to a better Iraq
Last Saturday I took some photos at the Human Race, this was my first attempt at sport photography, something my camera (and background) is not suited for at all. I learned a lot of things that day, mostly about how stupid a photographer I am.
Caitlin was the official videographer of the event and I tagged along in order to practice some sport and candid photography.
What follows is a discussion of that and as time goes on, I’ll post and process more photos. If you can’t wait, you can view the view the official photographs or look at Caitlin’s set of the photos I took.
[more discussion after the jump]Continue reading My Human Race
A recent thread on Flickr about the unavailability of the D70s devolved into a question about whether the Nikon D70 is a “professional” camera or not.
It started with an comment by davehodg: “The camera is the hammer, the photographer is the craftsman.”
A point I agree with.
sam_ fired back: “Nikon currently produces five digital SLR models, including two “professional” models and three intended for consumers. The professional models include the D2X and D2Hs. While the consumer models include the D50, D70s and D200. Regardless of your personal opinion davehodg, this is how Nikon markets the mentioned cameras.”
A point I also agree with.
Then a whole slew of posts followed using durability to distinguish professional and non-professional cameras.
Continue reading Is my camera “professional”?
I’ll go even a step further. I think that such a manufacturer should standardized on a modified Nikon F, Canon EF-S, or Olympus 4/3 (if 4/3″ instead of APS-C) mount. This way, out of the box, a whole set of lenses will work with such a camera and they can still make gobs of money on their own custom “kit” lenses that allow zoom control (and other features cinematographers need but film camera lenses don’t have).Continue reading more about large sensor video cameras after the jump