Ebola Deeply, Covering the Crisis.
EbolaDeeply.org, a curated list of articles on the crisis. I need to watch ‘em for a few days before I recommend ‘em. The article “Ebola Threatens Chocolate” rings a bit off (in the changing ‘Around The Web’ sidebar).
The New Yorker: The Limits of Friendship.
“With social media, we can easily keep up with the lives and interests of far more than a hundred and fifty people. But without investing the face-to-face time, we lack deeper connections to them, and the time we invest in superficial relationships comes at the expense of more profound ones.” Hmmm. ‘Profound’? I’d say ‘expense of more psychologically beneficial ones’.
The Amphipolis Tomb - Map, photos and information.
Nice. Someone’s compiling all the latest on the tomb.
The Dish: Chicken Not So Little.
Sully fell for it. I ain’t never seen a scrawny chicken on any farm, in my whole life - unless they were sick. Were we all picking at bony little two pound birds when I was born? Hell no. Do you realize how little meat is on a two-pound bird? Look at history. Vintage cookbooks from the 19th century spec four pound and larger hens.
This is what I mean about today’s internet. Doesn’t matter who is curating, how popular or clever they are. Accept nothing at face value. That includes MY finds. I do my best ... and in spite of that, I still link some pretty stinkeroo stuff from time to time. One must question the premise, every damn time.
Later: See the comments for clarification.
Scripting News: 20 years of blogging.
Happy 20th, Dave! Plain and simple, Scripting News and Userland Frontier were the carrots that pulled me into blogging over 15 years ago now. I do miss the old Edit This Page community; I sigh to think of it almost daily.
Kirby 2 is here!
One of the handful of decent file-based CMSs out there. Looking forward to kicking the tires again.
NiceMarmot: A Place for Everything.
Thought-provoking. What reading this brought to mind: what if Alzheimer’s is a loss of one’s mental map key ... no sense of scale, no ability to quantify the raw data within one’s mental map? We know the brain is very good at squirrelling stuff away in parts unknown. I wonder if the ‘key’ could ever be restored, post diagnosis. Just an amateur’s five second reflection.
Yes, I’m behind the 8-ball.
I’ll catch up with stuff here shortly. Post-Concorso, there’s just so much to get accomplished in a very short period of time. Links will increase in frequency gradually once I get the Award Winner images finalized.
Santa Fe Concorso weekend starts today for me.
I may even be late with my 365’s. At worst, I’ll catch up on Monday. Wish me luck! There’s a 40 percent chance of storms (with small hail) that could really bollix things up on Sunday.
An article on Scientific American ...
... clicks through to “QuickAndDirtyTips.com.” Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
New Statesman: Is it possible to live a modern contemplative life?
FOMO lingers, I suppose. Most of the early bloggers were young enough, the start of their married lives and families nuked the FOMO habit. For myself, commenting on politics started to erode it, the overall casual/sensational trend in news further gullywashed it ... and now ... well, I just look for stuff I like for the most part. Things I would be reading anyway, and believe appropriate to share. As I’ve said for ages, continuing the virtual extension of my physical self.
Jump for Joy! Featuring Roland Tanglao ...
More from Roland’s shoot. Great stuff!
Yeah, well ... day got away from me.
And supposedly there’s a car show on the Plaza. I have to go see. I’ll be back with pix later.
Busy morn. Links in afternoon.
Lots on the plate. Tootle along elsewhere for now.
PodioBlog: Stop giving me productivity tips.
“For me productivity is all about getting started, and getting started is all about motivation. So I make sure that I actually want to do most of the things that I have to do, and they are relevant and interesting for me. I check regularly that I am happy with what I am doing (you don’t need any tools for that).”
Metafilter: “remove line breaks? where have you been all my life!”
Guardian.UK: Deciding who should pay to publish peer-reviewed scientific research.
“But how can these [open-access] journals survive? They do that by charging the author. Fees range anywhere from $100–$1000 or so.” So, as we continue to argue our points, we need to be careful to source the journals we’re pulling studies from. I promise to try to link the originating journal’s source docs when I pull a study from now on.
InspirationFeed: 20 Simple Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Writing.
“Don’t use words unless you know what they mean.” @^#$@$%^@
Valet: Get Fit.
No. Work with a trainer who knows kettlebells first. It’s so easy to get injured from using bad form with these. Round your back at the wrong time, and you’re in for a world of pain.
Have Fun/Do Good: Text Your Big Vision Buddy
I really like the Big Vision Buddy concept. Would work really well for short-term low-commitment mentoring.
Up until 3:30 AM last night rolling out a site ...
You’ll excuse me, I hope, if I sort of melt around the internet today. Links, if I have any brainpower left. I’m flipping over to 55 next month. These late/all nighters really, really, really hurt.
jwz: How to delete the “Move to Dropbox” context menu item.
Yep, I’m going to sit back and just ... watch. Until someone says something useful. Given the posts flying around, I suspect it’ll be a week or more.
Later: Wrongo. Dave has something very useful to say.
Gear, gear, gear, gear, gear ...
I’m finding myself oversaturated these days when visiting most photography sites. In fact, I’ve blown away most of the former regulars out of my RSS lists. Visit just about any of them these days, and you’ll be buried in articles for latest gear (lenses, cameras, lighting, accessories, software, hardware, anything with a $ tag on it). Everyone’s doing ‘reviews’ now. Everyone’s offering ‘advice’ with recommended gear ‘footnotes’. This, I find, is a not-so-subtle shift from straight blogging about one’s photographic learning and experience. Techniques are predicated upon having the ‘right’ gear. And each time the subject is covered, the gear is always a bit different. I recognize gear is trending to the ‘disposable/obsolescence/impulse-purchase’ philosophy of Western merchandise … yet how often do you need to replace a tripod, really? A C-stand? Someone can have the latest, greatest, sharpest lens … but if they’re not in the right place to catch stunning light, does it matter that the award-winning shot was done on a cheapo ‘nifty 50’? Does great photography require the best gear?
You’d be hard-pressed, in some circles, to find any responsibility resting on the head behind the viewfinder - other than the pull-out-the-wallet reflex. “Buy this gear, watch this video ... voila, you’re a professional.”
Also, as the photography blogs get more lucrative, the prices of the ‘necessary’ gear in instructional articles tend to creep upwards. Audiences strain their wallets to keep up as the photoblog writers strain their virtual waistbelts - getting fat off affiliate links, subscriptions, ebooks, videos and sponsorships.
I’ll bet not a one of you care one jot about the brand, price or currency of your favorite author’s pens, computers, paper as you’re reading their books.
What I’ve come to realize is, the work I aspire to equal or surpass is no longer being done by most of these photographic ‘advisors’ or ‘reviewers.’ I’d forgotten, as the metacosm matured, that great images are the whole point - the journey to get to a great image is rarely documented. There are only a couple of blogs whose work is strong enough that I still listen to their recommends. The rest of folks pushing gear, brands, what-have-you ... tend to be bankrupt in the ‘admirable imagery’ department. Pushing their personal brand to ‘11’ instead of improving their portfolios. Or stuck in the same old rut doing the same thing over and over, just with different gear.
Here’s my recommend. Buy Beamont Newhall’s History of Photography. Read/view it all the way through. Define what a ‘great’ photograph is. I’ll tell you right off the bat, it’s near-impossible. However, while you may not end up being able to define greatness, you’ll sure know it when you see it. And you’ll know clearly what a ‘bad’ photograph is.
In this vein, and on a personal note, I don’t think I’ll bother with a 365 project again. Seems overblown and pretentious now, in a world where everyone documents their daily lives anyway. It served its purpose the first time I did one - this time, I’ve had neither the time nor the opportunity to capitalize on it. I’ll pick monthly or weekly subjects instead, work directly against my perceived weaknesses, next year.
I’m here to learn, not to buy. Some are blind to the difference. I’ll only link recommends from those who take great images, from here on in.
JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project: Roland Tanglao, jump photo of the day.
Roland ... showing every guy out there how it’s done! Catching major air. Great shot by e// - that shadow is stunning.