For $150, Third-World Laptop Stirs a Big Debate: “The debate is centered on whether cheap laptops are the best way to improve education in the developing world.”
(Source NYT > Business.)
I wonder if any social photo sharing site get traction with flickr having so many users worldwide? This site looks beautiful but users seem to care less about beauty and more about community. Time will tell.
Kevin Kelly has a nice post about Photostamps (being able to use your own images on real postage stamps).
20 stamps, 39 cents
Available from Stamps.com
(Source Cool Tools.)
Last week we went to see Laura Love and Jen Todd at The Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, New York. It was one of the better concerts I’ve been to in a long time and even my wife Anne, who’s quite jaded about these kinds of things had a great time and loved the music, Laura’s personality, and the entire evening at the Town Crier.
The duo plays what has to be called “folk funk” but could also be called “folk blues” but could also be called “folk rock.” I have no idea how to characterize the music except that Laura has a fantastic inner musicality, arranges songs in fun and upbeat and surprising ways, and has a great stage presence. Laura plays bass, Jen plays both rhythm and lead guitar, they both sing and it feels like there are 5 people up on stage; they make a lot of great sound with just two guitars and their voices. And what voices. Wow.
And, while The Town Crier is kind of a funky place, they engineered this concert perfectly. It was loud enough but not so loud our ears were hurting. Perfection in sound engineering.
Laura Love has been around a while and has many CDs out (all of them great) and is listed in the iTunes Music Store but somehow has never broken through to be hugely popular. Since we all love her CDs and enjoyed the concert we’ve been speculating on why. Maybe it’s that her music is hard to categorize? Maybe it’s that she’s been a “bad girl” for much of her life (and this fact is in her lyrics), or, maybe she’s impossible to work with. I don’t know but I do know that she is one amazing talent and I’m going to try to see her again in January when she’s back on the east cost.
NPR Interview: Laura Love: Two for ‘Easter’
Richard Lohmann is a professional photographer who does monochromatic work with medium format cameras and film and prints with an inkjet printer using carbon pigment inks.
His work is fantastic but it’s his printing process that caught my attention. He uses a high end ink jet printer but he fills his own cartridges with his own blend of these special, long lasting inks.
Source: Dale Allyn
Warren, Connecticut. We have an old volunteer apple tree in our backyard that a friend pruned and saved when we bought our place many years ago. I do my best to keep it happy with pruning and spike fertilizer but no matter what I do it will never produce great eating apples, it’s just not that kind of tree. However, it produces great "camera apples" and even its branches are photogenic.