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ars technica:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Review.  Read it through to get all the good stuff.  My mouse wheel adjusts brush size on-the-fly ... don’t know why the reviewer missed that.  The gradient filter is great for lightening dark directional shadows.  The judgment of RAW images ... the Aperture output looks, upon close inspection, to be unsharp masked a bit, compared to Lightroom.  Subjective, of course.  The reviewer clearly prefers Aperture.  I’m sure screwing with defaults will alleviate any such issues.

08/20/08 • 08:19 AM • PhotographySoftware • No Comments

CNN Entertainment:

Christina Applegate has double mastectomy.  She knew she had a history in the family ... lord, what a hard decision to make.  This way, she never has to live through the fear of waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Get better soon.

08/19/08 • 11:45 AM • EntertainmentHealth • No Comments

Upgraded to Lightroom 2.

I love it when this kind of thing happens.  The gradient tool immediately proved so useful on photos from yesterday’s shoot, it’s saved me a significant amount of production time already.  And that’s without reading a manual (yet).

Lately, when upgrading software, my mind has been casting back to my experience with the first Macintoshes and MacPaint.  Drawing little black and white children’s sketches with that big fat round brush.  The liveliness of the mouse interface was just so exciting.  Features that seem so minor now. 

08/19/08 • 10:29 AM • PhotographySoftware • No Comments

BBC:

US bank ‘to fail within months’.  “We’re going to see a whopper, we’re going to see a big one, one of the big investment banks or big banks.”

08/19/08 • 09:37 AM • ConsumptionEconomicsHome & LivingPolitics1 Comment

Finally.

Photo District News redesigns. Hope their membership renew process has been fixed, too.

08/19/08 • 09:16 AM • Photography • No Comments

Flowchart:

Small talk with a web designer.  Happened to me twice yesterday.

08/19/08 • 08:39 AM • GeneralInternet • No Comments

Boston Globe:

“Real men, goes the unwritten rule of American punctuation, don’t use semi-colons.”  Aw, phooey ...

08/19/08 • 08:09 AM • ArtsBooksPersonal • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Apparently, we had tornadoes over the weekend.  I did notice that at one point, my silver lace vine had been partially stripped of leaves, and the pillows in the various backyard seating areas had been whipped across the courtyard ... indications of unusually high winds.  60mph won’t do that ... we get those windspeeds in the springtime ... had to be higher.

08/19/08 • 07:27 AM • NaturePersonalSanta Fe Local • No Comments

CNN:

Professors for the class of 2012 need to shift their frames of reference.

08/19/08 • 07:17 AM • ChildhoodHistory • No Comments

CNN Money:

“As angry voters spark a barrage of energy bills in Congress, the oil industry is spending record amounts of money protecting its interests.”  Renewable energy has spent less than half, and is making virtually no headway with Congress.  Money talks.

08/19/08 • 07:10 AM • EconomicsPolitics • No Comments

Wheat

goes back to Mac.

08/19/08 • 07:02 AM • ComputingHardwarePersonalWeblogs • No Comments

Time:

The Great American Yard Sale.  Foreign buyouts of companies, in my direct experience, have always ended up in further buyouts - with no profits realized.  The primary mistake is often not completely replacing faulty management and doing an extensive ground-up accounting audit.  I do agree with this, however: “Indeed, European infrastructure firms calculate that the U.S. needs a massive infusion of capital to modernize its roads, bridges and power lines, highlighted by a recent spate of blackouts and the tragic collapse of a Minneapolis highway bridge last year.”  The overengineered bridges and tunnels built in the late ‘40’s and ‘50’s are succumbing to overuse and age, whereas our new bridges and tunnels are ‘efficient and economical’ - and falling apart before their projected lifespans due to poor quality building materials, criminally shoddy workmanship, and designers who don’t allow for those realities of modern construction.  Just the other week, the DOT was ‘refacing’ bridge abutments with concrete, covering over the heavily rusting, exposed rebar under the interstate.  “They’re safe”, supposedly. Read about failures of prestressed concrete, you won’t be so sanguine.

08/18/08 • 09:24 PM • EconomicsGeneral1 Comment

CJR:

Appearances Are Everything : The NYT notes McCain’s “aura of commander in chief”. “Did encouragement from U.S. hawks—including McCain himself and Randy Scheunemann, his top foreign policy advisor, whose firm lobbies for Georgia—lead Georgia to believe, wrongly, that it could count on American military support if it tried to retake its breakaway provinces?” 

08/18/08 • 05:22 PM • HistoryNewsPolitics • No Comments

Reuters:

“Toxic chemicals from thousands of idols of Hindu gods immersed in rivers and lakes across India are causing pollution which is killing fish and contaminating food crops ...”  And there are a lot of Hindu deities, something like 300,000 of ‘em.

08/18/08 • 04:31 PM • EnvironmentalNatureReligion • No Comments

Psychology Today:

Ten paradoxical traits of the creative personality.  “Without eros, it would be difficult to take life on with vigor; without restraint, the energy could easily dissipate.”  Ask Picasso.

08/18/08 • 04:21 PM • ArtsPsychology • No Comments

Times Online.UK Book Review:

What They Teach you at Harvard Business School.  “... why the hell would the rest of us want to be led by these spreadsheet-reading, PowerPoint-presenting swots who’ve devoted the best years of their lives simply to making moolah?”

08/18/08 • 04:05 PM • BooksChildhoodScholarly • No Comments

The Daily Galaxy:

Antibodies Resurrected from 1918 Flu Pandemic That Killed 50 Million.

08/18/08 • 03:21 PM • HealthHistoryScience • No Comments

Tent caterpillars in my beloved aspen.

Hate ‘em.  Went out and bought me a big ole lopper. 

[Named it “Cyndi”.]

08/18/08 • 03:10 PM • NaturePersonal(2) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Knew you all were waitin’ with baited breath: NM Senate OK’s pared-down health, tax rebate bills.

08/18/08 • 03:05 PM • ChildhoodHealthSanta Fe Local1 Comment

Six years ago,

a pair of webloggers got hitched around these parts.  Two webloggers, married by a weblogger, witnessed by a weblogger and wife ... that was a ‘first’. Hal remembers it fondly, too.  Great memories.  You folks remember waltzing down the hiking trail in your wedding clothes and hiking boots, using umbrellas to keep the sun off?  It’s actually cool here today ... far cry from the heat of 2002.  I went back to the spot a few months ago, and the rock cairn we built during your last visit is still there.  Happy anniversary, Andrea and Andre.

08/18/08 • 10:19 AM • PersonalWeblogs(4) Comments

ecoworldly:

Asphalt Roads as Solar Collectors the Next Alternative Energy Revolution? “Because roads and parking lots are typically resurfaced every 10 to 12 years, it will be ideal for retrofits to be built into that cycle, while cooling the asphalt surfaces by the heat extraction process without any visibility.”  Simple, brilliant.  Do it now.

08/18/08 • 10:13 AM • Environmental • No Comments

Independent.UK:

“In Lashkar Gah, the majority of female prisoners are serving 20-year sentences for being forced to have sex.”  Jailed for being rape victims.

08/18/08 • 10:10 AM • Human RightsPoliticsReligion • No Comments

The Economist:

Exit Musharraf. Most articles don’t even contain the word “nuclear” anywhere in their assessments of the post-Musharraf era.  The Times of India, being next door, is more attentive.

08/18/08 • 10:01 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

Bloomberg:

Fannie, Freddie Fall as Barron’s Says Bailout Likely.  Loose analyst lips sink financial ships.

08/18/08 • 09:58 AM • EconomicsPolitics • No Comments

Washington Post:

The Gene Pool: Obama v. McCain: Your Words in Their Mouths.  Getting concerned about the debates.

08/18/08 • 09:54 AM • Politics • No Comments
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