January 8th, 2006


iPod and "podcasting"

So, before I got my iPod, I thought that I'd never listen to a podcast. The entire culture around it sucked. Lots of people patting themselves on the back over technology always bugs me.

However, when I got the iPod, I decided to browse through the iTunes Music and look at the podcasts.

Wait. There's NPR Podcasts?
And CNN News Updates?
Ooh, Mother Jones Radio!
I can get onpoint on the iPod?

So yeah. Needless to say, I kind of fell in love. Now, every morning, I plug my iPod in, and get a couple hours of audio, and if I have to go out, I just grab it and have NPR to listen to wherever I go.

The culture around podcasting may suck, but the idea of getting radio when I want it, where I want it, is kind of cool.

This must be what people who first get TiVo feel like.

Photography and OpenGuides

Went out yesterday and took about 100 pictures in and around Central Square, with the goal of dragging them into the Open Guide to Boston. It worked out pretty well -- there was a lot of sunlight, so the lighting on some of them came out pretty well. A couple of my favorite pictures were from Clement G. Morgan Park:

You can see a list of all nodes with photos on them from Image Uploads now, most of which are uploaded by me. The flickr tag openguides has all pictures tagged with that word, most of which are somehow related to it. ;)

iBook Perspective

Yesterday's Calendar has all of the pictures I took, including an iBook Perspective view (shown to the right) as well as a picture of a very sleepy me.

In case it wasn't blatantly obvious, I'm really loving the new camera. I've spent some time messing with it and am starting to finally remember to reset the white balance and ISO settings for different situations: the Auto White Balance mode is totally crap in any low light situations, so changing it has definitely helped me to get a more accurate color tint to my photos. unfortunately, I haven't spent a lot of time doing interesting photos, so even though I've taken more than 1000, many of them are simply playing around with the camera.

I'm not sure how people feel about me posting pictures from flickr -- I know that a bunch of people friended me over there, but I'll probably post every couple days with images that I've been taking lately, simply because it's something that I enjoy and I want to share that with other people.

One of my friends did like one of my images enough to use it as a "random picture" for his website: enyalios.net now features an image of two glasses that I took while waiting for food at Zaftig's. With the Lorem Ipsum text on that site, I was told that it really looks like FPO images that you'd get from Corbis or similar, which amuses me, and also makes me happy that someone could think it was a good enough looking shot. Of course, most of it is out of focus -- the only part that's well focused is the end of the spoon in the lower left.

Also, new icon for photography stuff.