“One of the things I like to do in my spare time is trying to capture a specific film look.” (Source) What the author meant is: I like to use software to force an otherwise decent digital photo to resemble a photo taken with a specific type of film.
In one of the photography forums I frequent, this question arose: Is it just me, or does anyone else keep secrets from their loved ones when purchasing camera equipment? … I have occasionally bought … without saying anything (because they look very similar, so I guessed she wouldnt know the difference). Occasionally I also lie[...]
The first three points below are unrelated to the internet; it’s just that the internet has made me more aware of them. The fourth point below is almost certainly because of the internet. 1. Believing the untruth If something is true and verifiable, there are many, many people who believe it’s not true. The inverse[...]
Things you should know about me: I like charts. I’ve always like charts and comparing numbers and trends. The results don’t have to show anything; just the act of creating/reading charts is fun for me. In 2001, after a few years of intense poetry writing, I made the following chart, in a half-hearted attempt to[...]
Yes, I seem to have a fascination with expressing opinions that I know won’t be popular. Here’s another one: Too many of you own pets. Fortunately for me, my only regular readers are people who live in rural areas with larger properties than the U.S. average — so all of you fall into my one[...]
There really are such things as stupid questions. One good place to find them is in the advice columns of magazines or newspapers. Sometimes I characterize the question as stupid because the answer is (or should be) obvious. Other times it’s because the question itself says a lot about the person who asked it. The[...]
I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised at how quickly the news stories shifted yesterday from “Shooting at Connecticut School” to “It’s Time To Get Rid of Guns”. But I still am always surprised at how that happens in the U.S. I suppose political activists have learned that it’s much easier to press their agenda[...]
In The News: Is Public Nudity A Form Of Free Speech? (BBC News) Answer: No.
By happenstance, I came across several “logical” arguments today that said voting is irrational. Here is one such piece, found on the New York Times’ website, published seven years ago: Why Vote?. For others try this Google search. The theory goes like this: “Because voting exacts a cost — in time, effort, lost productivity —[...]
In The News: Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore In this five-page epistle, most of which I don’t expect anyone to read, writer Mat Honan waxes non-eloquent about how all his online accounts were hacked this summer and he lost everything, including every photo of his two-year-old daughter. I’m[...]