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Category Archives: Technology
So you got a fancy new compact camera for Christmas? Awww. Your mommy loves you. Maybe even a full fledged dSLR? Your baby’s Daddy really loves you. Perhaps you’ve even got a new cell phone that takes better pictures than your previous one and you’re just trigger happy. Your brother-in-law doesn’t really love you. He just got guilt tripped into getting you a present because you got him one last year and he didn’t, and it was all awkward at the dinner table. Kidding. In an case, you’re happy, grateful and enthusiastic about your new camera. And excited about annoying your loved ones for a month, or until the giddiness wears off. But you’ll be damned if you’re going to read an instruction manual. Pshh! You don’t even read your mail. You’d just like to fire that puppy up, dive right into automatic mode and hope for the best. That’s usually fine for most civilians. But if you want to act like you know a thing or two behind the viewfinder, this guide’s for you.
You gotta hand it to Motorola. They’re an outfit that has bounced back from dire circumstances over and over again. They have had long stretches of success, and periods of just horrible products, but since they scored big with the original Motorola Droid last November, the company has been setting its sights on complete mobile device domination. They’ve been able to do so with aggressive marketing campaigns like the one seen here that elevate their products to epic proportions. This teaser for Motorola’s upcoming Everest Tablet literally has it sitting on a pedestal. Of course we all remember the first Droid Teaser, which caused the biggest anti-iPhone uproar to date. Or how about this follow-up, which basically said “The iPhone is for girls, you ain’t a girl, are you?” Well, they’re doing it again, while blatantly targeting the iPad and even the innocent, recently released Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Google Maps recently updated its app for Android to include faster, vector-based loading of maps. That’s the boring stuff. The cool stuff is the 3D views, and two finger guesture control to tilt, spin, etc. Its like Google Earth without the fat now.
While giving it a test run through the upper East Side this morning, I noticed something odd. The Guggenheim Museum doesn’t look like what it should, at least in my snobby architectural mind. It seems Google has chosen to simply extrude the footprints of individual lots instead of giving iconic buildings the true and accurate rendering they deserve. I want to see the spiral and the cantilevered entrance! C’mon Googs! Perhaps in 6.0. :/
We’ve all been there. You go on vacation armed with either your point-&-shoot or your shiny new DSLR and you shoot the crap out of anything you see that’s mildly interesting. But when you get home, you’ve got 3,000 pictures, and 2,500 of them are of the same 5 clouds. Photography blog Mostly Lisa discusses what steps you can take to minimize the stress during and after your vacation, so that you can actually enjoy it and come back with good photos. Continue reading
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past decade, Flickr is perhaps the largest picture hosting and sharing community on the planet. As a user, your cumulative collection of uploaded images is called your Photostream. We’ll now examine who the typical users are, and what kind of pictures they take. Continue reading
Remember that scene in A Bronx Tale when Sonny thinks Calogero has planted a bomb under his car? He smacks him up a bit in a rage, only to later realize it was paranoia. That’s what’s kind of happening today in Kuwait with civilians toting Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras.
Photography in the middle eastern country has long been a touchy subject, with fears of ill intent constantly permeating the atmosphere. These recent guidlines have been put into effect by more Ministries than you can shake a stick at. The new strict laws state that DSLRs cannot be used in public, streets or malls except for purposes of journalism. Many photographers, both hobbyists and professionals have been forced to shift their interests and seek inanimate objects and landscapes as their new subjects.
Its stories like this that break my heart, but also make me feel fortunate that I live in a free(er) country. If I was ever told I couldn’t take pictures, or make any kind of art because the Gov’ment said so, I think I’d likely jump ship. On the other hand, some of the best art is produced with limited resources and the strictest of rules. I can see some incredible HDR photography developing in Kuwait soon.
UPDATE: The Kuwaiti Times issued the following retraction:
On Saturday, November 20, 2010 the Kuwait Times published an article titled ‘Multi ministry camera ban frustrates artists’ in which incorrect information was provided. The newspaper regrets failing to verify the information. The article wrongly stated that a ban on DSLR cameras was implemented by the Ministries of Information, Social Affairs and Finance. This information is false. In a follow up investigation, it was proved that no such ban has been issued. We regret this error and deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Since aquiring the Nikon GPS-1 for my D300 in February, I’ve made it a point to start tagging all my shots whenever I venture outside New York. GPS tagging for photos has been available to consumers and prosumers for a few years, and while some believe its unnecessary or even gimmicky, I find it rewarding and useful. Continue reading
As a visual artist and 30-year-old child, I’m always on the lookout for anthropomorphic inanimate objects. (See 2 posts down) However, this particular example has been staring me in the face for 6 years now, and I’m only now noticing it.
This is the side view of my electric heater. Its gripped at the “mouth” for lugging around. Imagine shoving your hand in someone’s mouth to move them?
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Remember when you were in High School, and there was always that one kid in math class who would complain? “I don’t get why we gotta learn this crap anyway. Its not like I’m gonna use it.” Well, little Johnny, guess what? People use it a lot these days. It’s the magic turns Science Fiction into reality. Want to look ripped?
Think of it as auto-Photoshop at thirty frames per second. You plug in the footage of your fat-ass into a this fancy computer program and it makes you Brad Pitt instantly. OR, you find some youtube videos of that popular jock you can’t stand and give him a fast food makeover for the public to enjoy. Oh the possibilities!
Whether you’re new to Android, or you’re a G1 veteran, there are probably a few core apps that everyone needs. Something that plays music, something that sends messages, something that farts, etc. But there are so many to choose. Fear not young grasshoppers! Thanassi has you covered with the best of the best (in my humble opinion).