Yup, still on a
blog break. So, more of my selected Twitter posts, newest first:
Vancouver to Whistler
in one minute (okay, I cheated):
the mountains, but in a civilized way. Pool/hot tub, grocery store across the street, Wi-Fi. But, uh, there is mountain weather. Super-duper
stop-motion movie with 60,000 photo prints (ad for Olympus, via Lisa Bettany and Photojojo). Chris Atherton points out that this follows Wolf and Pig. Okay camera nerds, here's some
rangefinder pr0n for you. The stereotypically
blingtastic (and boobtastic) video diminishes Karl Wolf's tolerable version of Toto's "Africa." (And I'm no Toto fan.) It's like a live-action Hot Chicks with Douchebags. Yes, the choirboy harmonies are actually kind of charming, but he's going P-Diddy on it in the end. In the storage closet, my kids found
something of mine from 1976 that is EVEN GEEKIER than my U.S.S. Enterprise belt buckle:
Red shirts were available back then, as well as the blue Mr. Spock style, but I chose Kirk. Of course. The only sounds I can hear right now: the dishwasher, the fan in the hallway, and the birds in the trees outside the window.
During my biology degree,
Platyhelminthes was a favourite organism name. Now there's a plush toy! (With 2 heads!!) When I used to busk with
the band, our biggest victories were scaring away the holy rollers across the street (we got applause). Neat. When a ship is built, here are the
differences between milestones: keel laying, christening, commissioning, etc.
AutoTune the News #6. Even more awesome. Picked up kids from Aldergrove camp. Sadly, there was a terrible accident on the Port Mann Bridge. We took a long Langley/Surrey/New Westminster detour.
changing culture. Point: Google now has more employees than Microsoft did at launch of Windows 95. Time lapse:
8 hours from my front window in about 1 min 30 sec, made with my new Nikon D90 and free Sofortbild capture software (and iMovie):
Something like John Biehler's Nikon Coolpix P6000 is better for timelapse long term; the D90's mechanical shutter, which is rated for 100,000 uses, would wear out in less than 6 months if used for time lapse every day. P.S. Andy Gagliano pointed to a useful Macworld podcast about making time-lapse movies. Depressing: most Internet Explorer 6 users use it at work, because they're
not allowed to use another browser. These
Christopher Walken impressions are way funnier than I expected. The way
monkeys peel a banana shows us we've all been doing it the needlessly hard way all these years. Um...
hot! Most appropriate
Flash cartoon ever? Drinking whisky and Diet Dr. Pepper, watching
MythBusters. Pretty mellow. A
good photo is "not about the details or the subject. It's what your subconscious pulls out of it all without thinking." Just picked up another month's supply of horrible, nasty, vile, wonderful, beautiful, lifesaving
anti-cancer pills. Thanks, Big Pharma Man. My wife tells me she's discovered a sure-fire tip for a gal to attract quality guys in public: carry a
huge SLR camera over your shoulder. "For the great majority [...] blogging is
a social activity, not an aspiration to mass-media stardom." Just talked to younger daughter (9) for first time after three days at summer camp. She's a little homesick, but having fun.
I took a flight over a
50 worst cars of all time (e.g. "The Yugo had the distinct feeling of something assembled at gunpoint"). I haven't seen either Transformers movie, but that's okay,
I saw this. Dan Savage: cheating on your spouse should now be known as "
hiking the Appalachian Trail." Good point in the article too. You can still buy a station wagon with
fake wood paneling!
Train vs. tornado. It does not end well. Watch without fast-forward/scrubbing for maximum tension. Just lucked into a parking spot on Granville Island. Time for
some lunch. Sent the kids off for a week of horse-riding camp today. Wife Air and I had sparkling wine in the garden. Vewwy vewwy quiet around here.
Just sorted a bunch of CDs. Still several discs missing cases, and cases missing discs. I feel like a total '90s throwback.
Rules of photography (via Alastair Bird). When did the standard
Booth Babe uniform become cropped T-shirt and too-short schoolgirl kilt? Listening to "
Kind of Blue." It's been awhile. "A two-year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don't have a top for it." - Jerry Seinfeld (via
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