NY Times Review: Shania Twain in Concert Recalls Glory Days.
“Ms. Twain, at 49, isn’t the same singer she was before what she called her sabbatical. Her voice has lost some of its perky sweetness; it has a rasp in it now, and she sings some of her hits in lower keys.” Yeah, I’ve never taken to anything Elton’s done since his voice issues. Perhaps some things have to say on vinyl (or silicon).
BBC: Airbus signs deal for second plant in China.
Given the quality of the goods I’ve seen from China lately, I sincerely hope we’re not talking carbon fibre manufacturing.
BikeEXIF: Dicer Bikes’ motorized bicycle.
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.
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.”
Luminous Landscape: The Art Of The Photograph, Essential Habits For Stronger Compositions.
DP Review: The Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison.
Oh, ouch. Set the Canon to the 85 1.8 wide open, you’ll see what I mean. The price? RENTAL.
Authority Nutrition: 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Whey Protein.
Been consuming it for years. I’ve graduated to the purest, lowest-cost form I can find: Now Foods Whey Protein Isolate, Natural Unflavored. Two scoops, a small teaspoon of instant coffee to knock back the flavor, milk. Blend. Done.
Giz: This Crazy Vertical Turntable Is the Best Way to Show Off Your Records.
The Nation: Is Walmart Hiding $76 Billion in Overseas Tax Havens?
“According to the financial investigation, Walmart is stashing ‘at least $76 billion worth of assets in 78 subsidiaries and branches located in 15 overseas tax havens.’” And a subset of folks in America believe buying at Walmart is ‘patriotic’ ...
BikeEXIF: Back To The Roots - Rebellion’s Honda CB750.
Ideas for my own Nighthawk ...
Now, that’s a proper Southwestern skull.
Yessirree. I’ll take one of those for over my fireplace.
Chicago Tribune: Apple changes tune on royalties after Taylor Swift complains.
The newly-awakened businesswoman makes Apple change course. Previously here, here and here. And don’t make the mistake of thinking I disapprove. She knows her brand is youth-linked; make hay while the sun shines. And please, Ms Swift, you *must* record “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend.”
CraigsList: 1946 Flxible - yes, it runs.
Oh, to have the cash to turn it into an RV.
EOS HD: Interesting insights into the new Sony A7R II and RX sensor technology.
Italian Ways: The art of cycling in Italy.
Scroll to the last few. Centaur with busy factory in the background? Angel wings being tied to the pedals? Recommendations to the proletariat.
incase: DSLR Camera Organizer.
Retrofit an existing bag into a camera bag. Nice to know it’s available.
BlessThisStuff: DxO One.
Same MP and sensor size as the new Canon G3X. It all hinges on the quality of the lens, methinks.
JamesEdition: Luxury real estate in Tavoleto Italy - Castle.
8 floors. Let’s get a bunch together and buy this. It could be “Castle Blog.” Much more entertaining than all that other IndieGogo and Kickstarter stuff we drop pocket change into.
The Bookseller: Amazon to pay KDP authors ‘per page’.
EOSHD: First Sony A7R II user experiences - global shutter and native ISO 800?
Forget the other news - this makes it a serious contender for a possible switch to mirrorless: “Photographers meanwhile will appreciate user reports that Sony have moved to 14bit raw for the A7R II’s massive 42MP stills, vs the compressed 11bit raw of previous cameras.” Soon as I see it in the rental lists, I’ve got to try it.
BarnFinds: 1957 Dual Ghia - One Of 117.
GQ: How to Wear a Seersucker Suit, According to the Brand That Invented Them.
Yes, but it took the Princeton University students of the ‘20’s to make them mainstream (reveling in the pre-hipster working-class economic irony of the fabric).
ArtDaily: Napoleon’s last gift to his son - A superb pair of child-size pistols.
Nicer than a child-sized Glock, certainly.
DP Review: Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on 4k-capable full frame BSI CMOS sensor.
Wowzer. Now, Sony, stop compressing RAW files.
Later: EOSHD’s take (video focused).