Warren, Connecticut. We took a hike in the woods the other day and found numerous leaves that must have been stuck on trees and had fallen off after a recent snow.
Some of us may miss summer and find winter hard going but let this leaf be your icon for the fact that the winter solstice has happened and the days are getting longer and soon (here on the east coast of the US) it will be 2008 which, if it’s like every other year, will bring spring, summer and fall.
Adventures in Stacking blocks.
I was a block fanatic as a kid, spent a lot of time building things. Later, as a potter I built a lot of kilns with corbeled arches (among other arch techniques like catenary).
Folkstr looks like distributed facebook: a social networking tool that each user installs and customizes.
[via David Clark]
End of Support for Netscape web browsers
It’s amazing how far we’ve come in ten years. Many millionaires were made when Netscape went public and look what happened to their flagship product. Of course, look what happened to AOL.
New rules for checking spare lithium ion batteries on planes
Okay to carry on, not okay to check. Wow, this is an important new rule. Read the link for details.
This means that those of us who are photographers will not be able to check spare LION batteries for our cameras and must carry all of them on. Many of us already do but on a big trip one might want to check some of this stuff.
New York City. Gary and I went into New York last night to ride the Staten Island Ferry and take some shots of the city lights from the water as well as walk around the financial district at the tip of Manhattan. It was a lot of fun but I must say, every photo outing I do with Gary is a lot of fun, including shooting apples on my kitchen table. He’s returning to Oregon tomorrow and I’m going to be sorry to see him go as will my entire family.
The B+W Filter Catalog is useful overview of different types of filters, what their effects on lenses are and how to care for them. I like and use B+W filters but the information in their catalog will be useful for folks using any brand.
More than six megapixels = Noise on a small sensor
The small sensors in compact digital cameras can only hold so many pixels before an artifact of crowding them in affects images: digital noise. Six megapixels is the limit for the small sensors in compact cameras.
One of the many reasons the Canon 5D and 1Ds cameras produce such noise-free images is that the pixels on their full-frame sensors are larger than most. However, there will no doubt be a limit to how much resolution one can get out of a 35mm sensor too, just like the smaller ones.
[via Steve Splonskowski]
Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Order Processing For Cafes
Apple is seeking to patent a system that would make it possible for a person to use a wirelessgadget to place an order at a cafe or fast-food restaurant and pickup the order without waiting in line.
They’ve already got integration with Starbucks with their WiFi Music Store so this looks like a trend. I’d say it’s a great one running parallel to handheld devices like iPhones capable of being the clients in systems like these. This is a great move that will have applications in areas hard to imagine now.
Washington, Connecticut. A new lookout has been built in Macricostas Preserve and Gary and I trudged through the snow to check it out. It’s ten feet off the ground which gives a photographer or bird watcher a nice perspective of the surrounding landscape. This is the east end of the swamp which is filled with horse tails.
Washington, Connecticut. The landscape at Macricostas Preserve is full of photographic possibilities in spring, summer, and fall but winter presents a bit more of a challenge. This dried grass was the first thing that caught my eye and its color was echoed all day as we saw this color and texture in meadows and marshes.
My friend Gary is visiting and he made this exceptional image of the little church in Cornwall, Connecticut last night.
Warren, Connecticut. Anne (my wife) rolled her eyes when Gary and I announced at 11:30 pm we were making a night run down to the lake to attempt some shots. It was pitch black when I took this but a tripod allowed me to leave the shutter open long enough to capture some light. The lake is frozen over although I don’t think it’s ready for walking just yet. We had a blast.
The Boulders is a classy inn and restaurant on the east shore of Lake Waramaug. They were still "doing business" at midnight and Gary and I thought we heard a bear poking around in their dumpster so we took off.
Warren, Connecticut. For Kay (mathteacher). Salt and pepper 8′ from me, christmas tree 30′ behind. 135mm at f/2 (wide open). Notice the focus strip on the table which shows you how shallow this is. Believe it or not, that’s Gary on the couch on the right.
At 71, Physics Professor Is a Web Star
Walter H. G. Lewin, 71, a physics professor, has long had a cult following at M.I.T. And he has now emerged as an international Internet guru, thanks to the global classroom the institute created to spread knowledge through cyberspace.
[via Gary Sharp]
New York City. Six of us had a great Ethiopian dinner in Greenwich Village last night. The restaurant is below ground level so shooting this clear water glass enabled me to angle up and catch the light on the street.
Greenwich Village. New York is loaded with this stuff: seemingly decorative wrought iron the sole purpose of which is repelling humans or pigeons. It’s a well known fact that you can’t pee anywhere in New York and here we have proof that it’s tough to sit down as well.
New York City. While waiting to get into The Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village we took a walk around the block and bumped into an edge of Washington Square park. The mood that lights at dusk creates reminds me of scenes in the various "Bourne" movies, especially scenes shot in Berlin.
The Claim: A Little Alcohol Can Help You Beat a Cold
Alcohol will not help cure a cold, though moderate consumption may reduce susceptibility.
[via Brad Willett]