DP Review: Sony - An eye on focus.
Hmmmm. The Metabones adapter for mating a Canon-mount lens to the Sony A7rII could make a camera-change to mirrorless rather painless ... and my 5D Mark II’s AF couldn’t really be worse.
SciAm: Water Use Rises as Fracking Expands.
“Oil and natural gas fracking, on average, uses more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought. Those are the results of a U.S. Geological Survey study published by the American Geophysical Union ...”
In which case, the technique should be banned in any drought-risk area. Common sense, please?
Archaeology News Network: Research shows how Spanish colonists changed life in the Middle Rio Grande
“I was expecting to see a turnover in the mammals people ate – a change from wild mammals to introduced domesticates, like sheep, goats and cattle - relatively early in the 17th or early 18th century. You would start with wild fauna which would then be mostly replaced by things like sheep, and goats and cattle. [snip] What I actually found was that this change doesn’t seem to occur until very late in the game in the late 19th and early 20th century.” History still lies very close to the skin here in New Mexico.
Pacific Standard: ‘In the Morning, I’ll Be All Right’.
Mashable: Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany
“The 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate, Hillwig said.” Perhaps I should start a new blog category called “Terminator Watch” ...
Standpoint: Saving Greece [Sell Britain the Parthenon].
Olivia de Havilland is 99!
“Olivia is now the oldest living academy award recipient, having received her last Oscar in 1950, 65 years ago, for her role as Catherine Sloper in the Heiress.” Happy Birthday, my dear. Scarlett O’Hara was nothing compared to your sweet self.
ArtDaily: ‘Nightscape’ - A light & sound experience by Klip collective opens at Longwood Gardens.
FastCoDesign: Want To Be More Creative? Your Personality May Hold The Key.
KOB: Former CNN reporter shoots, kills armed robber at Westside motel.
The big news here in the state. Former CNN anchorwoman Lynn Russell and her husband were attacked. They both have CCWs, and together they played along with the assailant until one of them could arm themselves. Long story short, Ms Russell’s husband got to a gun first and is in the hospital, took three shots, two bullets in the abdomen. The assailant is dead.
Unsurprisingly, they recommend CCWs. Best wishes for your swift recovery, Mr de Caro.
Later: I have to comment further ... usually the most lethal things at a Motel 6 are the rugs. No, wait. And the bedspreads. I’ve been known to lay trails of clean towels from the bedside to the bathroom, some have been that bad.
CJR: Under Spain’s gag law, covering the news could cost you.
“The so-called Citizen Security Law makes it illegal to disseminate pictures, video and other content deemed “damaging” to Spain’s police and security forces. Coinciding with a wave of demonstrations over austerity programs and bank bailouts, the law criminalizes demonstrations in front of some government agencies and public buildings, and includes stiff fines for documenting the police response.” Keeping an eye on this kind of thing.
SciAm: Cactus As Biofuel Could Help With Food-Versus-Fuel Fight.
Come. Take our invasive chain cholla cactus by the dumpsterload. And we’ll bless you.
Guardian.UK: Reports of English’s demise in US have been greatly exaggerated, experts say.
“It [the U.S.] has 41 million native Spanish speakers and 11.6 million who are bilingual – more than Colombia or Spain – and is on course to be the biggest Spanish-speaking nation on Earth, with Spanish the mother tongue of almost a third of its citizens.”
PoliticalWire: Bush Leads GOP Pack Nationally.
Told ya. ‘Twas only a matter of time. The players behind the scenes are falling into line now, I’d imagine.
Bookseller: Publishers Association ‘busts myths’ on copyright.
“It is time to debunk the long-pedalled myth that copyright is an obstacle to growth in the digital economy. When you look at the success of publishing and other creative industries in developing online products and services it is palpably untrue – copyright is the means by which the digital economy functions, allowing works to be made available to consumers and rewarding creators and the companies which invest in them.”
Atlantic: Don’t Call Kids ‘Smart’.
PS Mag: The American Diner at Age 143.
“The diners (the real ones, at least) stand as a testament to a past that is in so many ways impossible to find. Go to rural America and you’re more likely to find a Target than a stationary train car serving eggs. You can’t find whatever’s lost in America; that America, too, has been lost.” If you’ve never had the pleasure, please read Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon. Don’t ask, just run and buy it. Or grab it from the library (you’ll feel guilty you didn’t buy it, though). And make sure to have a nice hammock to read it in. Everything we miss, in one volume.
Guardian.UK: Hope for Alzheimer’s treatment as researchers find licensed drugs halt brain degenerati
“The scientists have chosen not to name the two drugs, which are currently used for conditions unrelated to dementia, to avoid the possibility of patients seeking to use them ahead of any clinical trial to prove their efficacy.” I say, that’s hardly fair.
Luminous Landscape: The Art Of The Photograph, Essential Habits For Stronger Compositions.
Observation: First time shooting an event with a drone zooming overhead.
I have to say, shooting the “Great Race” the other day, with a large drone zooming by overhead making almost as much noise as a small lawnmower, was terribly disconcerting. I suspect there’s some deep genetics going on, about having large dark things hovering over one’s head. The drone flew by at both unnaturally slow and amazingly fast speeds, obviously going for various ‘looks’ ... but man. Made it hard to concentrate. I suppose as a photographer I’m too attuned to ‘different’ movement, which might mean a good picture. My head kept swivelling around because of the damned thing.
Behaviors that will end once drones are more mainstream: Some people stop dead to look up at it once they hear it, causing all kinds of bumps and bruises for those not expecting such behavior. I got walked into a couple of times as I was kneeling for a photo, by those mesmerized into following the drone. People were even *taking photos of the drone* itself. A couple of angry ‘Big Brother’ folks were stomping around looking for the operator (presumably in a second story window or on a balcony, to remain inconspicuous).
I suppose the point of this is to warn you when you attend your first drone-attended event. Be ready for some nonstandard human behavior.
I hope the FAA requires bladeguards on any drone used in crowd situations. The thought of what a drone of this size - with uber-sharp carbon fiber blades - would do to all the aged flesh shuffling around.
Ars Technica: Tonight’s leap second may cause problems for the Internet.
BBC: Who, What, Why: What should you do if you encounter a bear?
TechCrunch: Blogging Site Medium Rolls Out Password-Free Email Logins.
Register.UK: Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May.
Mashable: Motorcycle racer saves himself from a brutal crash, finishes race on his knees.
I think he was still in shock, just trying to keep it together. I doubt he actually realized he crossed the finish line.