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Sunday: June 21, 2009

Einstein photo sells for $74,000 over in New Hampshire.Einstein photo sells for $74,000 over in New Hampshire.

Einstein had nine prints made. He signed the print that was auctioned on Thursday and gave it to journalist Howard K. Smith. In his inscription, Einstein said his gesture was aimed at all of humanity.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 10:10 AM | Tags (3) | einstein | photography | auction |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: June 19, 2009

Photoblog: Sticky Drops
Sticky Drops

The first new photoblog post of GLM 4.0!  This photo seemed relevant to post what with all of the buckets of rain we've been getting here in New York. You can view more of my homebrew psuedo photography via the photoblog tab in the navigation bar above - its cleverly labeled 'photoblog'.

Location:

Eastchester, NY

Posted to Photoblog filed in Artsy @ 1:13 PM | Tags (6) | dew | grass | green | macro | photoblog | photography |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: June 15, 2009

Photo of rare clouds stumps weather watchers, ignites need for new cloud type classification.Photo of rare clouds stumps weather watchers, ignites need for new cloud type classification.

New clouds described from one on-looker as looking like 'Armageddon'. I'm sure science will think of a less fearful name.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 7:48 AM | Tags (3) | clouds | photography | science |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 44 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: August 19, 2008

Photoblog: Insect Friend

I really need to paint my fence. One out of five praying mantis agree.

Location:

Eastchester, New York

Posted to Photoblog filed in Artsy @ 10:13 AM | Tags (2) | insect | photography |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: June 20, 2008

Photoblog: Funhouse

Oh, to be a kid again. Best part of Six Flags that I never knew existed.

Location:

Jackson, New Jersey

Posted to Photoblog filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 5:40 PM | Tags (3) | six flags | funhouse | photography |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Monday: March 3, 2008

Photoblog: Cookie Time

The result of ordering the 'jumbo cookie' from the diner menu. Mmmm... jumbo cookie.

Location:

Eastchester, New York

Posted to Photoblog filed in Artsy @ 10:33 AM | Tags (3) | cookie | food | photography |  | Discuss (1) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: January 25, 2008

Photoblog: Complex Instructions

Admiring the emergency box over whilst visiting Queens.

Location:

Woodside, New York

Posted to Photoblog filed in Artsy @ 4:31 PM | Tags (4) | instructions | macro | photography | queens |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: December 28, 2007

Photoblog: In the Shop

Must have needed some more plutonium.

Location:

Tuckahoe, New York

Posted to Photoblog filed in Silly @ 10:10 AM | Tags (3) | photography | delorean | plutonium |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: August 6, 2007

Vegas Photo Spread

Below are some quick snaps I managed to take on our recent trip out to Las Vegas. I really don't consider myself much of a photographer but I was happy with how most of the photos below came out. Most of these will probably end up in the photoblog at one point or another.


Outside Paris perspective.


Indoor sky.


Outside LOVE theater at The Mirage. Reminded me of The Matrix.


Entrance into LOVE theater at The Mirage. Trippy.


Bellagio Conservatory.


Macro attempt at Bellagio Conservatory.


Shape patterns and colors at Bellagio Conservatory.


The glass ceiling.


The Strip.

Posted to Verbose filed in Life @ 1:03 PM | Tags (2) | photography | vegas |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: August 22, 2006

Five iPhoto enhancements I would like to see.

I love using iPhoto to organize all of my digital photos. I recently decided to give Picasa a spin and discovered that there are some neat little features I wish iPhoto had. After using the two programs side by side there are some other features that would be nice to see in our favorite little photo application for the Mac.

  1. Better Spot Focus Feature and Other Photo Manipulations spot focusing in picasa

    I'm a big fan of this tool in Picasa (and some of the other photo manipulation tools - we'll get to them later). It can be handy for giving a new look to a photo or even to spruce an older picture into a desktop wallpaper (see desktops to find some examples of this from me). However, this feature is nowhere to be found in iPhoto. Closest thing to that kind of manipulation is the Edge Blur tool but it doesn't let you pick a particular spot as Picasa does. There are some other neat image functions in Picasa I like as well, such as the 'Focal Black and White' tool which basically removes color to any given area. Again, a feature not found in iPhoto. The other glaring advantage of Picasa over iPhoto is that you can choose the area you are looking to 'spot' rather than just the edges of a picture (I am referring to the Matte and Vignette features found in iPhoto).

  2. Del.icio.us Style Photo Tagging del.icio.us style photo tagging

    I don't tag my photos nearly as much as I could because I feel that the process is slightly annoying in iPhoto. You have to go to Preferences, define your keywords and then drag a photo into that particular created keyword. If you have a photo with multiple keywords you want to tag, it makes the process even more of a pain. There must be an easier way to do this. I'd really love to see a place in the application where I can type any given tag (or tags plural) to a given set of photos. If I have entered a tag previously, iPhoto would populate a list of previously used tags - a la del.icio.us - as a possible suggestion. In my opinion, part of the ease of use in the del.icio.us phenomenon is this kind of quick tagging ability. It's quick and painless. Apple should pick up on this and run with it. Ya know, just to make me and the other photo tagging population happy.

  3. Better Spotlight Integration

    I also think there should be some tuning up of the iPhoto search. Currently, there are some aspects of Spotlight integrated into the software (real time searching as you type; which is great - but only if you've assigned keywords or comments diligently enough) but not some of the more advanced tricks that would make for better power searching. For example, sometimes I am just looking for photos that were taken at a higher resolution setting. This feature is handy to me because I enjoy making desktop wallpaper and posting it for other people to (I hope) enjoy and download. If a photo isn't of a high enough resolution, it can make for an ugly pixelated mess when ported to your desktop. Having a method to sort the high resolution photos from the low res ones would speed things up in that regard.

    spotlight integration

    Searching by particular EXIF data would be nice to include as well. A feature could be included based off of the time a photo was actually taken to show pictures shot during the day or at night. Click a button to see your day shots, click a button to see your night shots. Basically, just a little something to make organizing a little easier and also add some fun to the mix.

    Again, I am aware that some of these kinds of power searching can be done from an advanced Spotlight search (with some clever tweaking) but we are talking about application specific features that would be easier if integrated directly into the software. Who knows, maybe Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) will include this feature.

  4. Collages, not just for Prints and Books collages

    Another Picasa feature I feel that could be 'adapted' to this software is the ability to make a collage from a given set of photos. Basically, I am referring to the neat drag and drop ability of book creation tool. Apple has some neat tricks up their sleeves with Core Animation and Core Image. They could very well build this feature if only to add the ability to add a 'Buy Poster' function. Until then, if you're looking to make a wall collage of your photos you'll have to follow the Mike Matas Life Poster tutorial.

  5. One Click Backup Solution backup

    As someone who has inadvertently lost copious amounts of personal data in the past (both photos and various other documents) adding a feature like this would be a ray of sunshine. Just give me a button that says 'BACKUP' that takes my photos and burns them to multiple DVD's. Really, I have a whole stack of them that are just begging to be used as backups. Now for the technical savvy, I am fully aware that you can just drag your Pictures folder from your home directory and burn a backup that way. But try telling that to someone who barely understands the concept of double-clicking (like your parents). It would just make life easier to know the option is there. Photos are a very precious thing. This was the one thing that really resonated with me while watching the WWDC keynote (Scott Forstall portion of the show). Of course, he would later go on to unveil Time Machine which will probably alleviate this request. However, I still think having a dedicated hard copy backup solution for iPhoto is a smart idea. Even a warning message letting you know upon new import of photos to give a reminder that you haven't backed up recently (although potentially annoying - nothing an on/off switch couldn't fix). You may think this a rather paranoid request but you have no idea how special a particular photo is until you lose it. Cheesy, but this really is a true statement.

Anyone have any other iPhoto enhancements they would like to see? Talk amongst yourselves via the comments.

Posted to Verbose filed in Apple @ 3:09 PM | Tags (3) | iphoto | enhancements | photography |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: August 2, 2006

Lightbox makes a great addition to your photoblog.

Just as the title suggests, I decided to take a crack at installing Lightbox to my beloved yet randomly updated photoblog here at GeekLikeMe.net.

Lightbox can be integrated into a given site in about five or six steps (give or take your level of programming experience). The documentation on the Lightbox site regarding integration is also very easy to understand even for the novice web developer.

I have to say that this was by far the easiest integration of new code I've worked with in a long time. Kudos to the developer Lokesh Dhakar for making such a clean script that is easy to understand. Inside the script itself resides a table of contents (which I have rarely seen lately) with explanations as to what piece of code does what. It really makes for a refreshing coding experience. The amount of inline commenting that Lokesh took the time out to write is helpful especially if you are looking to mess around with the core functionality. I can't begin to describe the number of times I have had to wade through miles of code without any type of documentation.

lightbox

I really like the way Lightbox works with displaying photos in the active web browser window rather than having to use a (seemingly deprecated) pop-up window. I've had some problems in the past with pop-ups getting blocked by a browser's security setting. Anyone remember when pop-ups were the 'in-thing' to do on web site? On second thought, I take that back.

As far as customization goes, if you know your way around CSS you can tweak the look and feel of Lightbox as you please. But as it stands, the design configuration right out of the box is very pleasing and laid out very well.

Click on any photo in the GeekLikeMe photoblog to see thie script in action.

Posted to Verbose filed in Programming @ 11:24 PM | Tags (2) | lightbox | photography |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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