Swimming with the Razorfishes

Thursday, May 25, 2006


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Lay and Skilling Guilty.



Reuters says that Canon will "consider" stopping development of film-based cameras. Per a Canon spokesman, though no new cameras would be developed, existing cameras will remain in production.


Microsoft announces an image file format they hope will replace JPEG.

Some Cnet reporter interviews Steven Wells, a "part-time professional photographer" about the new Windows Media Photo file format. Steven opines,

"The JPEG artifacts make it almost unusable for professional photographers," he said. "Windows Media Photo is possibly the first viable compression format."

Yes. That useless JPEG format. Certainly no professional photographers use it, because the artifacts must be so bad.


Wednesday, May 24, 2006


No Exit
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Neil Chaudhuri: Java Succumbing to .NET in my Organization

This reminds me of a line from the "Butter Shave" Seinfeld episode: "I love stuff you don't have to think too much about"


And while we're talking about Java, because they made a public announcement, I assume it is OK to mention that Apple has released the second developer preview of Java SE 6.0, for both Intel and PPC hardware.


JSR 295 has been submitted, covering data binding between Java classes and Swing UI components. Scott Violet gives a bit of an overview.

This is quite important, at least to those of us who write fat-client, Java-based software. A comprehensive data binding framework would make development tools much, much better. I have to do some thinking about the approach suggested in this JSR.


"IN 2004, Nina Planck, who had just been dismissed as director of the New York City Greenmarkets, wrote in an Op-Ed article in The New York Times: "Perhaps it is time Greenmarket itself had some competition."

Next month, that meditation will materialize when Ms. Planck opens two outdoor food markets in Lower Manhattan. Every Saturday, these "hybrid" markets, like weekly markets in Europe, will offer more diverse products than a strictly defined farmers' market. With local makers of guacamole and sorbet selling alongside organic farmers, Ms. Planck is striking a symbolic blow at the farmers-only Greenmarket model." [via The New York Times]

From an interesting article on the state of Farmers' Markets. Regardless, I believe that more direct paths from local farmers to consumers are good. I really hate shopping in supermarkets.

Not a Statement

The compiler just
signaled an error.
"Not a statement"
it said. But I
beg to differ.


The End Is Near. We are all robots.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Three Gorges

The BBC has photos of China's Three Gorges Dam. Bill Zorn made a beautiful book documenting the people displaced by the dam.

Monday, May 22, 2006


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Sunday, May 21, 2006


Close Enough
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