The new watchword is to replace â€œdomestic spyingâ€ with â€œTerrorist Surveillanceâ€. It consisted of a three-pronged assault of the news: Bush speaking at Kansas, A.G. Alberto Gonzales speaking at Georgetown University Law Center, and Karl Rove speaking at the Republican National Committee.
I wonâ€™t get into a defense or attack about this issue because it wonâ€™t convince anyoneâ€”weâ€™ll rationalize our own view even in the face of facts.
Instead I donâ€™t think this new frame will work. To me, at least, â€œdomestic spyingâ€ sounds a lot more catchy than â€œterrorist surveillanceâ€Continue reading Domestic spying reframed
Editor and Publisher reports that TimesSelect gets 156,000 web subscribers in the first 4 months which is among the 390,000 total web subscription base.
At $49.95 a pop, thatâ€™s a $7.3 million and $19.5 million respectively. Doesnâ€™t sound bad, certainly not the way the article puts it.Continue reading TimesSelect’s first 150k
If the Telegraph is to be believed then the Disney is about to get Pixar for $7 billion dollars in stock making Jobs’s 50% share in Pixar the single largest shareholder in Disney.
Wow!Continue reading Disney picks up Pixar?
A fun discussion on Flickr pointed me to this site that contains a quiz where you guess images as â€œfakeâ€ or â€œphotoâ€?
The site is sponsored by Alias, they have been the king of 3D graphics for many years now. I remember visiting my friend at Alias/Wavefrontâ€™s offices in Santa Barbara (back when they were a division of SGI) and seeing all the movies posters up on the walls thereâ€”each one had parts that were rendered with their software.
If you take the quiz and get a 10/10, there is a 4 question bonus round.Continue reading Fake or Photo fun
DPReview posted that Canon built their 30 millionth EF lens. This is quite a feat since they only introduced the mount in 1987 (a new mount to go along with a new “EOS” body which added Minolta’s auto-focusing ideas into their previous auto-exposure (AE) design), just under twenty years ago. This is great stuff!
For reference, Nikon built their 30 millionth in 2001 and introduced that mount in 1959, or just over forty years.Continue reading Canon’s 30 millionth
Here is a question I received today:
Weâ€™re planning to buy the 35mm film negatives from our wedding photographer, and we would like to have them scanned into digital format (as a back-up, and so friends/family can order prints). A friend of a friend offered to help us outâ€”and â€œscan them at 16-bit resolutionâ€ for free.
Does that refer to bit depth (i.e. 65,536 colors) – or something else?
Would 11″x14″ prints from a â€œ16-bit resolutionâ€ scan look ok?
Continue reading Scanning resolution…
Iâ€™m always amazed that so many Mac users havenâ€™t seen Front Row just because it is installed only on an iMac (G5 and Core Duo).
Now that the MacBook Pro is out with the Front Row installed, I recalled that there was some way to hack other Macs to run the software. I wondered what the status was and a quick web search shows that it is alive and well.
Following the instructions, I got it working on my Powerbook G4. As you can see from the video, it is a little sluggish when you are running it and SnapzPro to record it, and I think it may be related to some issues I might have with DVD Player crashing the first time I launch it. But other than that, the behavior is full of the usual Apple eye-candy goodness.
Continue reading Moving to the Front Row
Michael Rowley whom I know from work designed some kick butt Chinese New Year images for Plaxo eCards. You can check them out here (theyâ€™re the oneâ€™s marked â€œnewâ€).
He uses his mad pict-o-graphics skills on one of them. There is another clever one from with an image kindly provided by Marya Figueroa. Look for them.
I canâ€™t wait to see more.
Theyâ€™re all premium cards but you can send them via a 30 day free trial.
BTW, Chinese New Year is on January 29th, 2006, so you can postdate your e-cards to send on that day. (I really should make that automatic in a future release.)
I hate how nearly every discussion that mentions Canon and Nikon in the same breath degenerates into a pissing contest. Yes, I’ve been guilty of this myself, but I like to think my rants are of a different quality than mindless cheering of â€œmy team.â€
Having said that, I wanted to piss on another troll here in my blog, because of something I read in this Flickr thread. It is typical of many things Iâ€™ve seen spouted.Continue reading Feeding the Canon trolls
Zeiss today announced the much rumored foray into Nikon SLR cameras with the ZF lens series for the Nikon F-mount. (Previously Zeiss only made interchangeable photo lenses for Contax.)
These lenses are manual-focus prime lenses. In particular a 50mm (Planar T* 1.4/50 ZF) and 85mm (Planar T* 1.4/85 ZF) lenses. Probably much better constructed than the 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor that is my most used lens. Of course, the $100 price point is hard to beat, even if I give up 2/3 of a stop.
It will be interesting to see if Zeiss will be able to carve out a niche in the prime lens market without the corporate advantages they had in the Contax line.
I hope so.Continue reading ZF lenses