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Yesterday, the 1st of December

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December 1 is World AIDS Day. And you know this because Bono is all over. Bono is a man with a mission and he’s out there for a cause–a very good cause. Do your little part with this.

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December 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

DPReview’s in-depth hands-on preview of the Olympus PEN E-P3

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Andy Westlake and Richard Butler of DPReview gives you an extensive hands-on preview of the Olympus PEN E-P3:

The E-P3’s similarity of appearance to its predecessors could, all too easily, suggest that Olympus has again been subtle with its changes. But this isn’t the case at all, and the new model brings with it a whole raft of updates and refinements. Olympus has addressed many of the key criticisms of the older models, to the extent that we’d be tempted to say that the E-P3 is finally the camera that the PEN has always promised to be.

I’m always impressed with the utter depth and thoroughness of the reviews of the guys over at the Digital Photography Review website. Whenever I read any of the reviews from their site, it feels strangely enough as if I am about to read some sort of dissertation or a doctoral thesis–only, written in lay man’s terms. In other words, they write their reviews as if their very lives depend on it. Everything you ever wanted to know about every bit about the cameras they review is there. For me, DPReview is where you need to go on the net when you want to read greatly exhaustive camera reviews.

Too bad though, where it actually may matter, it would seem that the picture sample galleries for each camera reviewed usually fails to match the awesome quality of the written reviews. The way I see it, the pictures they show are not as interesting as the reviews themselves. In my opinion, the pictures in the reviews never live up to one’s expectations of the kind of images the cameras can do, and it can be a little bit of a let-down. One may be inclined to wonder, “Is this the only kind of picture that this camera can take?”

Great reviewers aren’t necessarily great photographers.

The 50 gayest ads ever

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David Griner of AdWeek lists 50 gay ads that we don’t mind interrupting America’s Got Talent, The Voice, and, American Idol:

At a time when every other demographic is practically shoehorned into marketing for the sake of diversity, gays and lesbians are still all but invisible in the TV advertising landscape. But while you might not have seen many yourself, gay-themed TV ads are definitely out there.

So, who says we don’t like watching ads?

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July 1, 2011 at 10:12 AM

The new Olympus E-P3

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Tim Moynihan, PC World (syndicated in Macworld):

The E-P3 introduces a 3-inch OLED touchscreen, a revamped 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor, and a new imaging engine. The new “Fast AF System” supports 35 individual focus points and touch-to-focus controls while shooting still images; Olympus claims that the camera’s focus speeds are faster than those on any other compact interchangeable-lens camera on the current market.

If you are in the market for a new DSLR camera, something that’s small, but also full-featured, take a look at the new Olympus E-P3.

Starting the day with a printed newspaper

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This morning, I read a newspaper. I read today’s issue of the USA Today–section by section, page by page. While having coffee, I went through almost every headline, and actually read all the articles I happen to be interested in. In fact, I was so thorough that I even dutifully scanned almost all of the QR codes to look at more photos, watch videos, hear passages, and read more news–all from my iPhone. I must say that it has been quite an immersive experience.

And as if it weren’t enough, I even read yesterday’s issue of the USA Today when I finished with today’s papers. I went through it like I did with today’s newspapers–studiously. I even took out and set aside a total of three articles from yesterday and today’s newspapers that I want to read more at leisure later on. I believe the antique word to describe this kind of behavior is called “clipping.” (I read a bit about Vivian Maier yesterday from an official website about her, the nanny from the 50s who was made sensationally famous as a street photographer, who compulsively clipped thousands and thousands of newspaper articles during most of her adulthood and methodically compiled them together in hundreds of ring binders. Today’s digital equivalent of this behavior would be to use Marco Arment’s excellent software called Instapaper.)

I wouldn’t have read the newspapers were I not staying for a week at a hotel where they are delivered door by door every morning. I suppose I can tell them to stop the delivery if I don’t want it, but I didn’t. I surprised myself because I actually want it. Though I already know most of the gist of the news that’s printed, having been receiving news streamed constantly throughout the day from my computer and smartphone, I must admit that it actually feels nice to read the news from an actual newspaper–for a change. I like the feel of the paper in my fingers, the smell of the ink, and the look of the text and photos in print. I can’t honestly remember when was the last time I read the morning’s papers. The last time must have been from when I was staying at another hotel. So this is how it actually feels for the so millions of people around the world who still starts their day with a newspaper. It feels good. It feels normal.

Now this got me thinking–despite the fact that I like it, will I actually ever want to personally subscribe to a print edition? I know I like my news very much. I even think I’m addicted since I like to get them all the time. I’m one of those news junkies, so to speak. But it seems that I can’t imagine myself actually subscribing to a news source that’s printed on paper. I have nothing against printed pages. As I said, I like the experience. (For what its worth, I still buy and collect lots of printed books, the latest of which is the hardbound edition of “Onward” by Starbucks President and CEO Howard Schultz, which I got yesterday from a Starbucks store despite the fact that I’ve already bought and read the e-book edition almost a month ago, and despite the fact that I’ve actually since fallen into the habit of buying and reading e-book editions for quite some time now.) But when it comes to newspapers, for all its charms, I would much rather get my news whenever I feel like it, and when I have the time and chance, streamed throughout the day, from any of my desktop or laptop computers or from any of my electronic handheld devices. I know I am already comfortable with the idea of giving up the printed edition of the news on paper, despite and in spite of its charms, and I can see myself subscribing and amply plugged, into a motley of digital news services online.

U P D A T E: Since I’m staying at a hotel for three more days, I called the front desk and asked them if they can deliver the New York Times instead of the USA Today. They said yes they can deliver the New York Times for $2 a day.

A photographer’s business card

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Cotton Paperie pressed photographer Ryan Flynn’s square business cards in style:

Ryan Flynn Photography had an awesome design that they wanted letterpressed. We were excited to put this concept on paper! It’s printed on Crane 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper in black with black edge painting.

And it all started with, not surprisingly, photography:

Our passion began with photography and it’s slowly grown into all things pretty. We love weddings and all the beautiful things associated with weddings. As time moved on, and we photographed more weddings, the one thing we grew to appreciate is letterpress invitations and stationery. The elegant papers, smooth inks, and creative designs really made a difference at the events. Almost as to set the stage before the event. We had a higher expectation for events that took the time to invest in letterpress and that’s exciting.

We began studying the art and the key components needed to deliver a letterpress product that was in line with our expectations as wedding photographers. No ordinary letterpress would do! We found the best papers, best presses, and combined that with our vision to deliver products that we’re truly proud of. We enjoy the process of designing and delivering a one of a kind letterpress product that you’ll be excited to share with family and friends. We love letterpress and we know you will too.

Press on, Chavvon and Larissa!

A field of notes

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No other way to say this: This is awesome!

Celebrate summer and your “to do” list with the newest FIELD NOTES COLORS limited edition. “American Tradesman” pocket memo books feature a Neenah 120# duplex cover. The outside of the cover is “Indigo Blue” with a vertical linear finish and “Jefferson Nickel” metallic silver type, the inside cover is a smooth “Avalanche White” printed in “Concord Red.” The inside paper is 50# Finch Opaque printed with a light cool-gray graph.

Each 3-Pack includes a sturdy 7″ carpenter pencil and a Field Notes Workshop Reference Card featuring instructions for sharpening. When you’re armed with this mighty stylus and 144 pages of graph paper, no patriotic thought nor workshop inspiration will escape careful documentation. Build a shed, a half-pipe, a php script, or a screenplay. Whatever you build, build it to last and paint some stars and stripes on that beast.

Order now.

Written by dominiquejames

June 23, 2011 at 10:11 PM

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