Monthly Archives: June 2008

Morning burnoff

Morning burnoff

Warren, Connecticut. My friend Zarinna called again this morning to tell me the fog and morning mist on the Shepaug Reservoir was incredible. We had a thunderstorm last night and it dawned hot, perfect for morning evaporation and burnoff. By the time I got coffee made, got gear packed up and drove over I’d missed the best part of it. Still, this shot gives you a taste of what she saw earlier.

This is looking east across the Shepaug Reservoir (bottom) toward Litchfield.

Google and Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal

Google and Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal

Google, which calls the distribution service the Google Content Network, until now has only dabbled in distributing original content. In May, it announced a deal with The Washington Post to distribute real estate listings from the newspaper’s Web site in a similar manner.

I guess it was just a matter of time. Part of me likes the idea, part of me thinks it will miss as many times as adsense does.

Save Polaroid

Save Polaroid

On February 8, 2008, Polaroid Corporation announced that it will discontinue production of all instant film. This site will document the aftermath of this announcement and will serve as a home-base for the effort to convince another company to begin producing the cherished technology that Polaroid has so carelessly abandoned.

This site is not about saving Polaroid, the company, rather the remarkable invention of Edwin Land, the instant film that made Polaroid a household name.

[via .leah]

Google: Behind the Screen

This is a 50 minute documentary on the history of Google, their technology, and the various things they’re working on including the various controversies about stored personal information, public access to information, and more. It’s quite well done and worth watching.

Note: toward the end at about 44:20 the interviewer asks Vint Cerf a question about the big brother/trust me nature of Google’s control of all of this information and Cerf’s answer is fantastic.

Laptop Searches in Airports Draw Fire at Senate Hearing

Laptop Searches in Airports Draw Fire at Senate Hearing

Russ Feingold:

“If you asked most Americans whether the government has the right to look through their luggage for contraband when they are returning from an overseas trip, they would tell you ‘yes, the government has that right,’ ” Senator Russ Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, said Wednesday at the hearing of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee.

“But,” Mr. Feingold continued, “if you asked them whether the government has a right to open their laptops, read their documents and e-mails, look at their photographs and examine the Web sites they have visited, all without any suspicion of wrongdoing, I think those same Americans would say that the government absolutely has no right to do that.”

Amen.

State of the Art: When Your Camera Knows Where You Are

State of the Art: When Your Camera Knows Where You Are

When I first read about this wifi card I thought it was a gimmick but the last part of this article, on geotragging is brilliant. Wireless transfer is not for DSLRs that make huge RAW files but the geotagging does sound like it would be useful.

Whether or not this technology is ripe yet, it’s a look at what’s to come and it looks fasinating to me.

flickr Commons, a fantastic resource

flickr has teamed up with the Library of Congress, the Powerhouse Museum Collection, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and Bibliothèque de Toulouse to start building a public archive of photographs called flickr Commons. Unlike private collections like Getty Images or The Bettman Archive, flickr Commons is open for anyone for any use.

There are no known copyright restrictions on the use of these photographs.

I’ve been tracking this through the Library of Congress but wasn’t aware of the other groups participating until Kottke’s post. I’m very excited about this, it’s like having a photographic encyclopedia online. And, the more tagging and writing that gets done on each photograph, the better integrated it will be on the web, google crawls flickr and so, all of these photographs and their comments are indexed.

[via kottke.org]

At Google, Slow Growth in News Site

At Google, Slow Growth in News Site

I use Google New and have since it started. I realize it’s far from perfect but that I like is the aggregation of different viewpoints on the same story all lumped together in one list, like this:

Israel closes Gaza after rockets (all 1,045 news articles) at the time of this posting

You can scan down the list and read different viewpoints on the same story: CNN International, Xinhua, China, International Herald Tribune, France, Los Angeles Times, CA, San Francisco Chronicle, USA, Financial Times, UK, Reuters, RTE.ie, Ireland, Voice of America, The Associated Press, Jerusalem Post, Israel, New York Times, United States, BBC News, UK, Alalam News Network, Iran, Aljazeera.com, UK, RIA Novosti, Russia, McClatchy Washington Bureau, DC, and so on.

I realize that most people will scan the front page of Google News and that will be it and many times I do the same, but on stories I care about I dig for multiple viewpoints and Google News makes that process easier than any other news site I track.

WordPress To Disable Remote Access (by default)

WordPress To Disable Remote Access (by default)

What does this mean? It means that those of us using clients like MarsEdit will have to turn on remote access in WordPress 2.6 to allow MarsEdit to communicate with it.

No big deal, you upgrade to 2.6, find the control, turn it on, done forever (well, until 2.7 where it will be off by default as well).

Read Daniel’s post and the comments if you’re a WordPress user.

[via Daring Fireball]

Steep Rock Preserve Walk

Mountain laurel in sun

Washington, Connecticut. I took a walk in the Steep Rock Preserve today and found a new path that led me into a deep forest with a lot of blooming mountain laurel. It was cloudy as I started but just as I entered the densest part of the forest the sun broke through and lit up a small area.

A shallow spot in the Shepaug

My walk took me along a part of the Shepaug River I’ve not explored yet and my guess is on weekends this spot is coveted by fly fishermen (and women).