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Sports Illustrated:

I was afraid they’d have to put Barbaro down.  Rest in peace, great one.  I wonder if they’ve prepared for artificial insemination?  His offspring, whether live-generated or AI, will be valuable.

01/29/07 • 12:09 PM • HealthNatureSports(2) Comments

Adobe Lightroom ships February 19.

DP Review comments, Rob Galbraith comments, and adds info on Camera Raw 3.7.

I think the price point is excellent, and I hope the software does exceedingly well.  Note that if you bought Pixmantec Rawshooter Premium, you are automatically entitled to a Lightroom license. 

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the beta.  It’s been my exclusive RAW converter now for months, beta bumps and glitches or no.  It has improved my photographic output, beyond what I was accomplishing with other RAW converters.  I can’t often say that about a mere piece of software.

Later: Digital Outback Photo has a preview of 1.0.  Luminous Landscape has a Lightroom Illumination, and a 4.5 hour Lightroom instructional video for $14.95, but 20% off if ordered before Feb. 25.  Photo District News has a blurb,  as does Ars Technica.

01/29/07 • 09:43 AM • PhotographySoftware(3) Comments

NY Times:

Mallory climbed Everest in a gabardine suit ... Prince Charles plays basketball with similar style.

01/29/07 • 08:59 AM • ChildhoodDesignHuman RightsPhysical Fitness • No Comments

NY Times Politics:

Feeding Frenzy for a Big Story, Even if It’s False.  “The hosts violated one of our general rules, which is know what you are talking about.”  Hah.  Hah-ha-ha-ha-ha ...

01/29/07 • 08:56 AM • NewsPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Feds deploying more officers to jails to catch illegal immigrants.

01/29/07 • 08:47 AM • Human RightsLawPoliticsSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican/AP:

“Over the last three weeks, the decision by National Guard troops to back off and call in federal agents as gunmen approached their post near the Arizona-Mexico border has disturbed advocates for tougher immigration enforcement.” One would imagine the National Guard would be better equipped to handle such things than the Border Patrol.

01/29/07 • 08:42 AM • Human RightsPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

“The Jemez Pueblo drum group Black Eagle has received its fourth Grammy Award nomination in six years in the Best Native American Music Album category.”  Congratulations, guys.

01/29/07 • 08:39 AM • ArtsMusicSanta Fe Local • No Comments

Harvard Magazine:

Mapping music.  Stravinsky and string theory.

01/28/07 • 12:09 PM • MusicScience • No Comments

Yahoo News:

Ex-Cheney aide details media tactics.  “Ultimately, Cheney crafted an on-the-record statement to be attributed to Libby by name along with some anonymous background information. Libby personally called Matt Cooper of Time, who had e-mailed questions to Martin earlier.”  Media management.

01/28/07 • 12:08 PM • NewsPolitics • No Comments

Daily Tech:

Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Hits Store Shelves Way Early.  Given my recent experience with Intel’s Pentium D’s, I will return to AMD products, if I persist in a Windows path.

01/28/07 • 10:59 AM • ComputingHardware(3) Comments

NY Times:

The Long Road to Energy Independence.  “The actual amount of ethanol produced will depend on what is technically feasible and on the price of oil. But at the rate of change suggested by the Bush plan, energy independence is about a century away.”

Related: Saudi officials seek to temper the price of oil.

01/28/07 • 10:45 AM • EnvironmentalPolitics • No Comments

Rob Galbraith:

CNET looks at HD Photo format.  JPG-killer?

01/28/07 • 10:32 AM • PhotographySoftware • No Comments

Foggy this morning,

up in Santa Fe.  I can’t remember another persistent cold winter like this one, in my ten short years here.  I’d love for the ‘old’ snow to just go away; usually a snowfall will have melted to nothing within three days.  This one’s still hanging about from Xmas. I hear they’re finally starting to sweep the roads downtown, to rid it of the red grit.

Can anyone give me a recommendation as to a good wi-fi spot in Albuquerque?  One where I can meet with a client for an extended period?

01/27/07 • 08:19 AM • PersonalSanta Fe Local(2) Comments


The vaulting ambition of America’s Lady Macbeth.  “As you consider her career this past 15 years or so in the public spotlight, it is impossible not to be struck, and even impressed, by the sheer ruthless, unapologetic, unshameable way in which she has pursued this ambition, and confirmed that there is literally nothing she will not do, say, think or feel to achieve it. Here, finally, is someone who has taken the black arts of the politician’s trade, the dissembling, the trimming, the pandering, all the way to their logical conclusion.”  As I complained of over Mr Kerry in ‘04, she has way too much baggage, and I am afraid America’s still not ready for a woman President.  I shiver at the thought of four years worth of “Vince Foster” conservative radio broadcasts.

01/26/07 • 02:15 PM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments


Interview with Mark Hamburg, founder of the Adobe Lightroom project.

01/26/07 • 10:01 AM • ComputingPhotographySoftware • No Comments

World Hum:

Paulina Porizkova: A Model Traveler.  The interviewer, note, misspells Jane Austen’s name.  Which, interestingly enough, if you search the misspelling on Google, it automatically takes you to correctly-spelled results, without informing you of the mistake.  The mistaken spelling even gets book results at the top of the search, while the correctly-spelled one does not. 

I was a fan of Ms Porizkova’s during my college years, because of an interview shot of her sitting in a cafe with a copy of Dicken’s “Our Mutual Friend.”

01/26/07 • 09:56 AM • BooksEntertainmentInternetSoftware1 Comment

Washington Post:

FCC to Feel Unfamiliar Heat From Democrats.

01/26/07 • 09:50 AM • EntertainmentPolitics • No Comments


Lift-off for Swedish space tourism.  Not just in New Mexico, then.  But an interesting twist: “Areas of work to be developed include scientific confirmation of the possibility of operating the first ever spaceflights into the Aurora Borealis ( The Northern Lights) ...”

01/26/07 • 09:21 AM • ConsumptionScienceTravel • No Comments


We were so slim in the 70’s.  I just had an entertaining thought ... what if “American Idol” was staged in the 70’s?  Can you imagine the BeeGee falsettos and polyester?

01/26/07 • 09:18 AM • FoodHealthHistory • No Comments

Forrester/Charlene Li’s Blog:

New ROI of blogging report from Forrester.

01/26/07 • 09:07 AM • InternetWeblogs • No Comments

NY Times:

Artistic Revival Takes Root Amid Relics of Copper Mines.

01/26/07 • 08:51 AM • ArtsTravel • No Comments

NY Times Travel:

36 hours in Madrid.  I’ve got the NM winter blues; sign me up ...

01/26/07 • 08:48 AM • Travel • No Comments

NY Times Business:

Sales of New Homes Plummet in 2006.  Buyer’s market.

01/26/07 • 08:41 AM • EconomicsHome & Living • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Hollywood for sale: Western’s props up for grabs today at old prison.  Perhaps I’ll have to go poke my nose in.

01/26/07 • 08:33 AM • ArtsEntertainmentSanta Fe Local • No Comments


Woman, 65, saves husband from mountain lion. Another reason to carry pepper spray.

01/26/07 • 08:24 AM • NaturePhysical Fitness • No Comments
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