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My ideal American city

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A list of most stringent and non-negotiable requirements:

• A really huge public park
• Lots and lots of interesting (and preferably, tall) buildings designed by world-famous architects
• Lots and lots of interesting people from all walks of life, and from all over the world
• Great public transportation system (bus, cab, subway, train, plane, helicopter, trolley, boat, etc.)
• Awesome current AT&T 3G network coverage, and soon, awesome AT&T 4G LTE network coverage
• Fantastic public library system (and bookstores)
• Wide swath of strong and stable (and usable) free WiFi coverage
• A Starbucks in every corner (and a whole lot of artisanal coffee shops serving French press coffee)
• Museums and galleries, as well as art centers, art foundations, art colonies
• At least one fabulous emporium of a brick-and-mortar photography store
• Famous and historic landmarks
• Celebrates gay pride month
• A throbbing gay district (bars, clubs, etc.)
• A thriving shopping district (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.)
• A thrilling entertainment district (movies, plays, concerts, etc.)
• A well-known financial district (banking, finance, etc.)
• An international business district (of all kinds)
• A media and publishing district (of all kinds)
• Four seasons (not the hotel, but the weather)
• Deli shops and stores that are open 24 hours a day
• The best pizza in the world (outside of Italy)

I bet, there’s only one city in the whole of the continental United States that has all these, and more.

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July 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM

The (very) long wait

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The Apple fanboy that I am, I’ve fallen into this crazy habit of checking out Apple stores wherever in the world I happen to be. So, I’m at the Apple Store in Galleria, in St. Louis, Missouri. This is the 24th Apple Store I’ve been to. It’s Monday afternoon, at a mall. The store is busy, but not nearly full. In my hands are a couple of boxes I plucked out of the display shelves, an Apple Battery Charger and a Mophie Juice Pack Reserve. And I pulled out my wallet from the back pocket of my jeans, ready. I’ve been at the store almost an hour. And so far, not a single blue t-shirt has approached me, let alone acknowledged my existence. I waited, and waited, and waited. After almost 2 hours, and after taking the humiliating initiative of finally approaching a blue shirt (who I learned goes by the name Barbara), I can now confidently declare that this Apple Store holds the record for the longest time I’ve been in one without anyone saying hello. Congratulations? Even during peak hours at my favorite Apple Store, the one in 5th Avenue in New York, someone invariably finds the time to say hello within minutes of stepping in, almost without fail.

U P D A T E: It was a very strange feeling to be ignored inside a lively place such as an Apple Store. It feels very surreal, lonely, and surprisingly, offensive.

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June 27, 2011 at 2:59 PM

If you’re in New York City …

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Go see Anton Kawasaki, a.k.a. “that guy with crutches”:

Anton will be talking about his iPhone photos, processes and techniques at the SoHo Apple Store in NYC on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 7 PM.

Apple Store SoHo:

Since the introduction of the iPhone, Anton Kawasaki has been taking up-close and personal photos that capture intimate moments of New Yorkers on the street. Join him for a special discussion, moderated by iPhoneographer Sion Fullana, and see Anton’s recent work, get valuable tips for taking photos with an iPhone—his camera of choice—and learn about ways to reach a wider audience.

Who is he?

Anton has been an editor, writer, comic book store owner, and much more. He is also a music junkie, Apple Inc. devotee, and soy chai latte addict.  Anton has gotten lots of recognition for his NYC street photography (which he takes exclusively with his iPhone). His work has been featured in published magazines, online sites, and photo exhibitions, and he was recently a winner of the “Ten Best Ten” photo contest that included over 10,000 entries.

By the way, Anton will have a solo Hipstamatic exhibitions that will surely be worth watching out for in San Francisco and New York later this year.

Most popular camera

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Daniel Ionescu of PC World reports:

The iPhone 4’s 5-megapixel camera is now officially the most popular camera used on Flickr, according to the photo sharing site’s own statistics. The iPhone 4 outclassed Nikon’s D90 for the top spot in Flickr’s rankings, and it’s the only phone in the top 5, alongside three other Canon EOS cameras. Since its launch in 2010, the iPhone 4 has seen a slow and steady rise in popularity on Flickr. The device is followed by the Nikon D90, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi, and Canon EOS REBEL T1i.

Wow, who would have thought!

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June 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Texture

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A picture of patterns, textures, tones, lines, swirls and forms such as this keeps the eyes looking in every which way. With nothing exactly to fix on, the image becomes merely an impression. We see it even if we don’t really focus on it.

[Photography by Dominique James. Copyright © 2011. All rights reserved.]

Hip!

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Hipstamatic is one of the most popular photo apps on the iPhone for a reason: it’s fun. And it manages to churn out interesting-looking images all the time.

[Photo by Dominique James. Copyright © 2011. All rights reserved.]

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June 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM

iPhone photography

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June 21, 2011 at 1:48 PM

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