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Programming-Designs.com:

Five great fonts for programmers.

10/01/06 • 10:07 AM • InternetProgrammingSoftware • No Comments

Corporations.org:

Of the world’s 100 largest economic entities, 51 are now corporations and 49 are countries.  Read the note at the bottom, however, and click the link before you start screaming about the present administration, capitalism, and the evils of the 21st century.  It was the same in 1995/6.

10/01/06 • 10:05 AM • EconomicsHistory • No Comments

NY Times Opinion, from yesterday:

Pirates of the Mediterranean.  If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it (and you expected I’d say that).

10/01/06 • 10:02 AM • HistoryPolitics • No Comments

CalAcademy:

Scientists see the softer side of Tyrannosaurus rex.  I know a local place where you can see a petrified tree that changes from crumbly rotten wood to the solid rock of petrification on the same trunk.

10/01/06 • 10:00 AM • NatureSanta Fe LocalScience • No Comments

Galisteo cemetery at dusk:

 


galisteo cemetery at dusk.


 


09/30/06 • 07:30 PM • General1 Comment

Adobe PS Lightroom Beta 4 update.

I’ve been using this software almost exclusively now since released.  I am more than pleased.  A fine point, not communicated well by any of the online sources I’ve read, is that Lightroom incorporates an extension of Photoshop Camera Raw.  It has more features.  Some recent architecture shoots allowed me to use fewer destructive processes after raw conversion, and the quality of my images went up by a good percentage (IMHO).  Download it, watch their videos on the Lab site, and use it.  The videos added gobs of technique to what I was discovering by mere use-and-repetition.  Someone needs to work up a key-command shortcut sheet. You’ll be very satisfied.

I’ve been comparing it to Bridge, Camera Raw, Breezebrowser, RawShooter Essentials, Canon DPP ... and the plethora of image adjustment tools are a standout, both in function and in UI. I have some speed issues, but I think I need to push my desktop box to 2 gigs of RAM to cure those, so I can keep Lightroom and Photoshop open at the same time with reasonable performance.  I hope they do more speed tweaks to Lightroom before release, however.  [As I’ve said before, I’m not happy with the performance of the Pentium D dual-core chip in my relatively new VIAO, compared to AMD offerings.]

Once I get all used to this software, I hope I can afford it once it releases ...

09/30/06 • 09:49 AM • PhotographySoftware1 Comment

NY Times:

Off we go, building our own Maginot Line.  I’m overusing that metaphor, but what the hell.  The ends of the fence will be Belgium and the Ardennes.  I do wonder if the contractors will be using immigrant labor ...

09/30/06 • 09:18 AM • Human RightsPolitics(2) Comments

NY Times Travel:

Paris la Nuit.  Yes, yes ... walking the great cities at night.  Would that I were there.

09/30/06 • 09:13 AM • HealthTravel • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Young hiker finds old bowl near Gila Cliff Dwellings.  At Chaco Culture National Historical Park, you routinely find shards ... usually around the middens piles.  They ask that you don’t remove them, but hikers tend to pick them up anyway ... because they’re all over the trails, too.  Guilt then ensues, and a short distance from the middens piles you’ll usually see a boulder covered with dozens of shards, samples of the diverse patterns the ancients used for their pottery.  Evidence of morality in modern homo sapiens.

09/30/06 • 09:12 AM • ArtsHistory • No Comments

Digihack:

Make your own tilt-shift lens.  With a Zeiss front end, if you’re so inclined.

09/29/06 • 03:18 PM • Photography • No Comments

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

starts on the 6th.  List of events.  I’m trying to bolster my will so’s I can get there at opening, like around 5 AM for Dawn Patrol (it’s at least an hour from SF, barring the usual traffic pileup before parking).  This year, I have to capture specific images for a gig; if anyone needs balloon pics for a particular project, let me know.  I’ll be taking hundreds.

09/29/06 • 02:03 PM • PhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

Northern New Mexico

stinks to high heaven.  Chamisa (rabbitbrush) is blooming, overgenerously, thanks to our recent rains.  Can’t decide whether it smells like rotten dog food or year-old sweat socks.  I’m not shoving my face into a clump to decide the issue, however.  Pretty to look at, for all its rhinitis glory (some folks are very allergic).

09/29/06 • 01:56 PM • NatureSanta Fe Local1 Comment

DavidCorn:

Ever seen a waterboard?

09/29/06 • 08:20 AM • Human RightsPolitics • No Comments

CBS News:

Bob Woodward: Bush Misleads on Iraq.  “According to Woodward, insurgent attacks against coalition troops occur, on average, every 15 minutes, a shocking fact the administration has kept secret.”

09/29/06 • 08:14 AM • Human RightsPolitics • No Comments

Boston Herald:

Publishers say few hits on blog books.

09/29/06 • 08:11 AM • BooksWeblogs • No Comments

Postings will be thin today.

Very busy.

09/29/06 • 07:04 AM • Personal • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

CĂ©line Cousteau lives in Santa Fe.  “I enjoy the contrast of water versus desert.”  Exactly.

09/28/06 • 07:53 PM • EntertainmentEnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe LocalSportsTravel • No Comments

SF New Mexican/AP:

Happy 2,557th birthday, Confucius!

09/28/06 • 07:43 PM • HistoryTravel1 Comment

NY Times Washington:

A dark day.  Once again, Congress heels for the Executive Branch, in spite of a couple of pulls on the leash.  Too much power is being arrogated to the Presidency.  This, and other facets of this bill, will come back to haunt us indeed.  Congress is leaving the White House’s door wide open to authoritarianism.

Try this: “What’s wrong with military trials of terrorist suspects?”  And, read a bit about “Combatant Status Review Tribunals.”  Also, scroll down to “IV. The Prosecutorial Benefits of Summary Proceedings.” 

What’s left?  To sit back and watch other countries follow our example, as they have with other ‘precedents’ set during this Administration ... interpreting the Geneva Conventions in their own particular warp.  Drumhead trials for all.

09/28/06 • 07:36 PM • Human RightsPolitics(3) Comments

Google Earth Hacks:

Ten coolest things to do with Google Earth.

09/28/06 • 05:02 PM • InternetSoftware • No Comments

CSM:

The Economist effect: Not all news media are dumbing it down.  Yes, but they’re British.  I’m not holding my breath for the American media to change anytime soon.

09/28/06 • 01:12 PM • News • No Comments

CSM:

Risky mortgages threaten a squeeze. “The overall impact is muted, but some 500,000 homeowners are projected to face foreclosure.”  My italics.

09/28/06 • 01:09 PM • EconomicsHome & Living(2) Comments

Bits of News:

A fifth state of matter, the Bose-Einstein condensate, has been observed.

09/28/06 • 10:01 AM • ScholarlyScience(3) Comments

The Economist:

“Can the Democrats make gains in the heavily Republican South? A look at two Senate races, in Tennessee and Virginia.

09/28/06 • 09:58 AM • Politics • No Comments

Rob Galbraith:

Two from Photokinda: Walkstool, and EzyBox Hotshoe.  They both look quite handy.

09/28/06 • 09:55 AM • ConsumptionPhotography • No Comments
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