Swimming with the Razorfishes

Friday, June 30, 2006


Here is another one I missed: Broken Social Scene in Red Hook.


This week I have missed two great shows: The Hold Steady at Castle Clinton and Bloc Party at the newly opened McCarren Pool Park in Greenpoint.


I have to pay more attention.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


Yahoo released a new version of their instant messaging software for the MacOS. It is much nicer than the old one.

Now you can 'buzz' me. It also works much better with Apple's webcam.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

OS Update

Apple has released an update for MacOS 10.4, bringing it to version 10.4.7. I don't see anything in the release notes indicating whether or not this release re-patches the nasty Photoshop printing issue (which was really a nasty MacOS printing issue).

Monday, June 26, 2006


This is brilliant.

Flickr is full of groups for getting criticism on photos. Post the photo, get critiqued from group members. One such group is the "Delete Me!" group, where people vote whether or not to delete a photo from the pool of group photos.

So someone posts a Henri Cartier-Bresson photo to the pool. Not an obscure one; a photo that most photographers should recognize. And it is trashed. Voted to delete.


I particularly like this re-shoot advice:

"This looks contrived, which is not a bad thing. If this is a planned shot, it just didn't come out right. If you can round up Mario, I would do it again. This time put the camera on a tripod and use the smallest aperture possible to get the best DoF. What I would hope for is that the railings are sharp and that mario on the bike shows a blur. Must have the foreground sharp, though. Without that, the image will never fly."

God, I hope that comment was satire.

This is a great follow-up to Mike Johnston's "Great Photographers on the Internet" post.