Daily Beast: Does Beyoncé Write Her Own Music? And Does It Really Matter?
“On Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade, already a religious work for its legion of worshippers, that village is populated by dozens of the industry’s most in-demand producers and no less than 72 writers, including James Blake, The Weeknd, Jack White, and, um, Led Zeppelin.” Read it, see what you think.
PDN: Leica Reimagines Digital Rangefinder with the Stripped-Down M-D
No LCD for image review. Interestingly, as I use digitals more, I use the LCD less in landscape photography. I’ve visualized what I want, and I don’t attach a lot of expectations. For portraiture, I use it quite a bit to verify focus.
AuthorityNutrition: Are Oats and Oatmeal Gluten-Free?
They are, but cross-contamination is a huge problem. I eat oats only when I know I can ‘take a chance’ with my health.
I’ll take the opportunity to interject another interesting cross-contamination source. Coffee. I bought some mass market coldbrew coffee, and had some problems. I chalked it up to acidity (even though cold brew is supposed to be lower), kept drinking, and had worse problems. Doing research (I’m SO sick of researching things) ... coffee in America is of course not subject to cross-contamination in general. It’s the source countries. They use the same trucks for the coffee harvest that they use for hauling wheat and other grains. So some, especially cheaper coffees, can be significantly contaminated.
Unfortunately, everyone changes their sourcing all the time. I stick with one brand until symptoms start, and then start gently trialing others.
Celiac/gluten issues blow the big one. I hate it.
Atlas Obscura: For Sale - Solar Panels at IKEA.
“There is no word as to whether IKEA will bring their solar initiative to the United States or elsewhere, but there is no telling how much energy costs could be lowered by creating solar powered bachelor pads the world over.” As I’ve highlighted before, if you cannot afford a whole-house makeover, a room-at-a-time is less costly in the short term (though more expensive in the long run).
Engadget: Hover Camera is a safe and foldable drone that follows you.
Yeah, I’m really looking forward to a future of dishwasher racks overpopulating the ozone.
CJR: For enthusiast media, ethics can be costly.
I got a snort out of this, at least: “The profile suggests a readership of fewer aspiring Olympians than what cyclists call M.A.M.I.Ls, or ‘Middle-Aged Men in Lycra.’”
Valet: Spring Buying Planner - The Four Shorts You Want for Warm Weather.
Because every male needs some hideously embarrassing shorts to roll out on occasion.
Anandtech: Drobo 5D with BeyondRAID - Protected Direct-Attached Storage Made Simple.
They seem so simple and wonderful. But. More than one person has complained about this: “One of the main disadvantages of this proprietary scheme is that it is impossible for third-party tools to reconstruct data in case of a faulty unit. Unless the user has a standing warranty coverage from Drobo, getting hold of another similar Drobo unit is the only way out.” You need to stay well within warranty.
PDN: What Photographers and Filmmakers Need to Know About Thunderbolt 3.
“Thunderbolt 3 uses a Type C port just like USB Type C. That means, in practice, there’s no physical difference between a Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type C cable and port. And, like USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 has identical plugs on either end of the cable so there’s no longer a ‘right’ way to plug them in.” You mean there’s no longer a ‘wrong’ way to plug them in, hopefully ...
Breaking Energy: New Study, Continuing Problems With E15.
ExposingTruth: New UN report finds almost no industry profitable if enviro costs were included.
Mashable: IKEA rides into flat pack transportation with its own bicycle.
What’s not to like? Belt drive and a usable centerstand/kickstand. Well thought out. Put the heavy stuff on the back, though. Never overweight your turning wheel (personal experience - I have the road rash to prove it).
FontsInUse: 70s/80s Dune book series covers, New English Library.
Who could forget that cover for God Emperor of Dune?
Beneath the Underground: New Single “Talk To You”.
Commenter Jeremiah has a new song out.
Hemmings: Barn find of the millennium - Entire production run of 1962 De Sotos found.
4,000 1962 DeSotos. There went the auction price, for those who’ve restored.
Sorry, an April Fool prank that came up today in my newsfeed. Thanks for the heads-up, Andrea!
Mashable: Land Rover can now sell you a factory-restored 1948 Series I.
SoundWavesTV: KGO and the Death of Radio.
“Citadel, along with Cumulus, Entercom and Clear Channel (a.k.a. iHeart Radio) destroyed radio as we knew it. If you can’t stand to listen to radio anymore you can thank these companies. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 allowed them to consolidate thousands of Mom-and-Pop radio stations into just a handful of owners. What was once a thriving marketplace of ideas and new music became a moribund feedback loop of homogeneity and satellite programs.” Synchronicity. I just popped in the car to go deposit a check, and the local classical station interrupted a wonderful Haydn flute piece RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE to give a station identification ... then started a new piece after. I sat and yelled at the radio for about two minutes.
EOSHD: Short note – Canon 80D has no improvement in video quality!
Not Meh: Photos of Miserable Men Trapped In Shopping Hell.
You would think someone could recognize this as a huge opportunity, y’know?
DP Review: Nikon D5 has lowest dynamic range of any current FF Nikon DSLR.
Gag! What’s Nikon thinking?
CoolTools: PollenTec Clean Air Window Screen.
Filters pollen? This may help some readers out there. I may buy some to trial myself.
Amazon.com: Duro-Med Waterproof Leg Cast Protector.
I’ll bet at least one of you knows someone who needs this.
Guardian.UK: Fifty Shades of Grey - the book you literally can’t give away.
Autoweek: Mazda MX-5 RF debuts at New York auto show.
Strobist: Fuji X-Pro2: All Your Questions, Answered.
As per usual, great advice within.