Monthly Archives: September 2009

Adobe Lightroom, Camera Raw bug hits PowerPC users

Adobe Lightroom, Camera Raw bug hits PowerPC users

If any of you out there are still using G4 and G5 Macs, this post’s for you. Those of you using newer Intel hardware can skip this.

However, when combined with the general dissatisfaction with Adobe’s user interface design of Macintosh products it will no doubt add to the growing irritation with Adobe among some Mac users.

[via Edward McKeown]

The Sartorialist

The Sartorialist

Photographer Scott Schuman’s blog on style around the world. Fantastic stuff and it’s quite deep. Use the monthly archives on the right sidebar to explore month by month working back in time.

I started The Sartorialist simply to share photos of people that I saw on the streets of New York that I thought looked great. When I worked in the fashion industry (15 years), I always felt that there was a disconnect between what I was selling in the showroom and what I was seeing real people (really cool people) wearing in real life.

Sartorialist at Wikipedia

[via Kottke.org]

Foreign Airlines Rush Ahead of U.S. on Cellphones

Foreign Airlines Rush Ahead of U.S. on Cellphones

The national union representing flight attendants wants Congress to ban in-flight phone calls, and survey after survey of airline passengers shows strong opposition to allowing cellphones on planes.

I vote no. Yes to wifi, no to cell phone. Or, have a cell phone section like the old smoking section; put them all together.

A Move to Curb Digitally Altered Photos in Ads

A Move to Curb Digitally Altered Photos in Ads

Concerned that girls and women feel excessive pressure to live up to the digitally Botoxed and liposuctioned images of human perfection they see in glossy magazines, lawmakers in Britain and France are trying to push advertisers to get real.

Under their proposals, ads containing altered photos of models would be required to carry disclaimers.

Not sure how I feel about this. No doubt advertising drives people (not just young girls) to do things, buy things, think things, but how far do we go protecting people from themselves? A piece of me feels very libertarian about these things: as long as people take full responsibility for the consequences of their actions, let them do as they please.

Are we next going to protect people from excessive body piercing or tattooing by putting disclaimers on all ads showing people with x number of tattoos or pierces?

Informal talk at the G20

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President Barack Obama talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy prior to making a statement about Iran at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Penn., Sept. 25, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

It’s absolutely incredible to see images like this on flickr. This is historic and to have a great candid of these guys talking informally is incredible.

This was taken with a Canon EOS 5D mark II and a Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L. To get a shot like this with that lens on a full frame camera Pete had to be quite close, less than ten feet away.

You can see the EXIF information on the shot here. Note, no flash was used.

An Indian Doctor’s Cure-All: Charlie Chaplin

An Indian Doctor’s Cure-All: Charlie Chaplin

In India, laughing is a serious matter. There are laughing clubs — groups who gather in parks for a collective guffaw to relieve the stresses of daily life.

Ashok Aswani goes one step further: He hands out free DVDs of Charlie Chaplin movies to patients as a cure for depression.

“This makes them feel better,” he says. “They enjoy it. The next visit, they ask for another movie.”

Aswani, 59, practices ayurveda, the traditional medical system widely used in India for thousands of years. He has a tiny walk-in clinic in the industrial town of Adipur, in the western state of Gujarat.

A wonderful NPR piece reported by Philip Reeves.

I think more Americans need to form and join laughing clubs. Seriously (grin).

Coneflowers

Purple Coneflower After a Rain

Click the image above to start a slide show of the various image in this set. The slide show application has various tools including a button at bottom right to zoom to full screen. Let go of your mouse or trackpad and the slideshow will run automatically to the end or until you stop it. Use your browser’s back button (left arrow) to return here.

Note: Those of you who have tried my other slide shows, I’m trying this one in a new window (on top of this one) to make it easier to bail and get back here by simply closing the new window. Let me know what you think either way, thanks.

The purple coneflower is also known as echinacea which is sometimes used as a natural antibiotic and immune system stimulator. Whatever you use it for, these plants are beautiful and a joy to photograph.

These images were taken with a Canon EOS 5D camera and for the most part, a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. A few were taken with a Canon EF 300mm f/4 L lens. A tripod was used.

A Dog’s eye View

A Dog’s eye View

Tom Ashbrook/OnPoint interviews Alexandra Horowitz, a psychologist specializing in dogs on how dogs perceive the world.

This is a fascinating discussion, well worth listening to whether or not you have a dog (we don’t).

But the way they sense the world is vastly different from our own. These “creature of the nose,” she says, can actually smell time. And when they do see, they see more of the world in every second.

Forest Whitaker on Newark Mayor Cory Booker

Forest Whitaker, Getting Behind A ‘Brick City’ Hero

All Things Considered recently did an interview with the actor Forest Whitaker on an upcoming five part documentary (Brick City) about the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory Booker.

Booker has been profiled in The New Yorker and is someone worth reading about and watching. He’s done a lot of good for the city of Newark and he’s young and smart enough so that he’s no doubt got a trajectory beyond it.

Note: I’m digging NPR a la carte. I don’t always catch shows and stories as they’re broadcast on the radio and the NPR site and various show sites give me the opportunity to listen to this stuff any time. The site is a searchable radio-Tivo.