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rambling…

Saturn flyby

Check out this riveting animation of a flyby of Saturn. This wasn’t drawn or modeled, but created by stitching together thousands of actual photographs taken from Cassini. This is as close as you’re going to get to actually visiting the jewel of our solar system unless someone invents some new-fangled fantastic means of propulsion.

@CassiniSaturn

Loffles

I have no idea what this website Loffles is. Nor do I know why I am intrigued, but I am intrigued. Who wants to sign up and find out what it is with me? There’s bunnies on the homepage. That’s got to count for something. The real question is, without the hype, would anyone care?

Bunnies falling over.

reOrder

Check it out. On Friday, March 4th, a new exhibit opens at the Brooklyn Museum called reOrder. reOrder is a “space-altering, site-specific architectural installation” created by Situ Studio in Brooklyn. It’s designed as a place for Museum visitors to congregate, relax, view temporary exhibitions, lectures, and, occasionally, see a performance.

I’m dear friends with one of the architects who worked on the fabrication of the exhibit so I’m painfully aware of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into creating this amazing thing. Look at the pictures below and follow the link. It looks like a Super Marios Bros game. It’ll be up for nearly a year so be sure to make a trip to the Brooklyn Museum one of your to-do items.

Using iPad as a Monitor for your DSLR


I’m new to the whole DSLR video thing, but since I got a Canon 550D, I’ve been obsessing over it for a month and a half now.

The photography world is a gadget game. Like golf. You don’t need that ball washer, but boy do you want it. When using a DSLR for video, there are all kinds of toys you usually need to make the experience more manageable. Hovering near the top of that must-have list is an external monitor for previewing what you’ll be shooting. There are several hinderances when using a DSLR camera as a video camera due to the form factor of the camera itself. The LCD is rigid (unless you have a 60D or now, a 600D) and depending on your shooting style, in an awkward spot for monitoring video in real time. An external monitor becomes a necessity to any quasi-serious shooting rig.

Of course, they are pricey. You can use a monitor like the Lilliput 669 for $200, but this is not a proper monitor and pulling focus or judging exposure might be a challenge. For more professional options you can go with the SmallHD DP6 for $900 or the Marshall *insert model # here* for $900. These are monitors made specifically for the task of field monitoring from these DSLR cameras, but they take a bite out of your wallet.

I have none of those. For someone like me, a hobbyist, money for an external monitor is money that I’d rather earmark for another lens. Additionally, these monitors add extra weight, extra battery requirements, and of course, the need to buy extra stuff like hoods and mounting brackets. Lastly, they only feature one-way interaction with your rig. They can’t tell the camera to do anything from the monitor. They’re just video taps. Listening.

So I thought I’d throw my support behind Chris Fenwick in this video. He makes a wonderfully compelling case for app developers to write an app for the iPad that will enable it to act as a client monitor/camera remote. Presumably, you’ll already be bringing your iPad on a shoot to accomplish other tasks. I’m already using one as my slate when shooting dual system sound. Why not take advantage of the iPad’s beautiful screen and giant battery as well as manipulate camera settings like white balance and focus with the touch of a finger? The app can be development cheaply and sold at a reasonable price so us hobbyists can see fit to buy it. Canon, Apple, Bill in his mother’s basement… Please someone write this app.

Chris’ video was posted on YouTube 10 months ago and still nothing. The only thing I’ve seen that comes close to this idea is onOne’s DSLR Camera Remote app. Unfortunately, the app requires your camera to be hooked up to a computer first, instead of attaching to the iPad directly. This means you’ll always have to be tethered to a computer. Not too nimble. The free demo version seems a bit buggy as well, but it generally works. And for $40, at a price point people with a need for this functionally can afford.

Developers, make haste. You’re going to want to cash in on the DSLR video revolution. It’s game changing and it’s doesn’t look to be going anywhere.

Surf The Train??

Two ladies and a ridiculous sign.On my way home from work tonight I saw a sign on the subway that read, “Surf The Train and you could get wiped out… forever”. With it is a picture of a dude hanging on to a train with the doors closed.

Is this a big enough problem where we need signs to remind us to not surf fucking trains? That’s not a rhetorical question. I’m quite curious. Are kids and drunks really surfing trains? Our future? What the hell is going on?

I blame the internet. Generations of kids knew not to surf trains. Even when trains were slow, people knew it was at least a bad idea. Now, from the day they are born, they have this monstrous web of all the world’s information at their fingertips, and they decide that surfing the train is a good idea. It’s gotta be connected somehow.

Really? We need a reminder?Surfing the train utterly reinforces my belief that there should be an age limit on the internet. Kids really have no business being on this thing. Have you ever looked at the comments on YouTube? It’s pointless because there are absolutely no good comments. It’s all just stupid kids bickering about bullshit or being as racist and jingoistic as humanly possible. Go ahead. Look at the comments for ANY video on YouTube. There’s billions. I’ll wait…

See what I mean. I blame the kids.

Surfing the train. Who ever heard of such a thing?

What ever happened to peacefully taking bong hits in your parent’s basement? Ride the snake.