This is a fascinating interview on the topics in his new book “Outliers” which is about the nature/nurture issues behind being successful.
[via Signal vs. Noise]
Bill Moyers interviewed Mark Johnson, this film’s director a while back. It was a great show: Playing for Change . Watch the video on the Moyers site, it overlaps the one embedded here but it’s worth it; goes into more detail about the movie.
And on that note, Anne and I wish you all a very happy new year.
[via Norah Cross]
New York City. A quick shot of Anne on our way back to Grand Central and home after a satisfying Afghan dinner.
I really like the auto ISO feature on the new Canon bodies. Even though I can’t set the threshold where it switches it seems to be pretty smart about keeping shutter speeds high enough for decent images. And, the light weight of the XSi with a 50mm f/1.4 lens and hood on it makes for a nice little package.
Gad. Do I really want to shop at J&R? Better B&H.
NY Times: 2008 – The Year in Pictures
Wow, this is a spectacular collection from a variety of photographers. Play the audio and sit back for a great photojournalistic ride.
I posted about this famous experiment I was in before: Milgram Revisited. This new research is rather depressing: even after all political movement away from a culture of people who simply follow orders, we’re still a people who follow orders if the person giving them is an authority.
I wonder what it is about human nature that pushes us to this?
New York City. Riding the Staten Island Ferry is always a good thing to do because it gets you away from Manhattan for a different perspective (without going to New Jersey). Combine that with dusk and you have a winning combination. Others had the same idea, the ferry was packed with sightseers.
Taken from the Staten Island Ferry which is about to dock in lower Manhattan.
This was taken in the financial district. I really do enjoy a wide angle focal length among office towers, very dramatic.
Friday night in New York is one thing, combine that with Holiday time and stand in Times Square and you have wall to wall chaos. Gary and I were in heaven although I certainly would not want to be there on New Year’s eve.
I waited a split second too long, the image was on his screen and then disappeared just before I took this shot. Still, this is Times Square x 10,000. Come New Years Eve, x 500,000 no doubt.