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That was touching and sad and wonderfully told.
As a former owner of a '90 and '99 Miata, I don't think that I'd call the GX-7 the Miata of cameras. What we're looking for here is affordable fun with just a handful of revisions in the last 25 years, each a small step forward, each with its soul still intact. I can think of just one camera line that fits that description–Ricoh GR.
Another (belated) vote for Scrivener. It does take some time to learn its ways, but the investment in the learning curve is worth it. It's not perfect, but it's really helped me in the 5+ years that I've used it. Another tool that I use for organization (and for jotting down notes on the road, something Scrivener doesn't do so well) is Evernote. Not only is it great for note-taking, but it's great for finding that bit of info you jotted down two years ago and now can't recall. It's great not only for text, but also for pictures of text (i.e., receipts, signs, etc...) You can, for example, take a photo of a written passage that you like, and Evernote will automagically OCR the heck out of it while you're not looking. Then, when you do a search, Evernote will search the OCR'd version of the text. We must have the same penchant for disorder, because I've also been thinking about using a blog for non-linear written kind of thing. Best of luck!
I only dabbled in enthusiast audio, stepping back when I realized that I was listening to the system, not the music. The Rolling Stones on a cheap car AM radio is still, after all, The Rolling Stones.
Try Feedly.com. It's a pretty good news reader. After a little setup, you can efficiently peruse as many sites as you'd like. It's still a deluge, but a more controlled deluge.
And you thought that you had it bad, Mike. Alec Weinstein lives in a cave where they pipe in "jazzy" drum beats!
If you invest the time migrating the whole site, and then invest some more time categorizing and tagging your posts, then the next time you write about the Pentax FA43, all older posts related to the FA43 (or Pentax, or lenses, depending upon the taxonomy you choose) will be just a click away. For your readers and for you. That's powerful stuff. Make no mistake-it will be a PITA. But if well-executed, it will boost your traffic from search engines, Pages per Visit, Ad Impressions, and likely your Ad Revenue. Most importantly, it present the collected wisdom of Mike Johnston in a clear and cohesive manner, something that readers today and photo buffs/historians decades from now will appreciate. Like it or not, Mike, your a treasure to the photographic community, and the decision should be made with that in mind. [FWIW, I do this sort of thing for a living and can assist.]
If camera companies would get their acts together and integrate editing and data plans into their phones then I wouldn't have to do this whilst on the side of the road during a RoadRUNNER motorcycle travel assignment. Seriously, posting pictures on Facebook/Instagram/Etc.. while on the road lets readers come along for the ride while at the same time getting them primed for the story in an upcoming issue of the print magazine. It's fun having them along; some will have been to the area and will share their own memories or give tips on things to see that I was not aware of. 1980 isn't coming back.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2014 on Small Joke at The Online Photographer
I always chuckle when I read practitioners of the most democratic means of visual expression (photogaphy) claim with a completely straight face that it has somehow become too democratic. It's a story that seems to be repeated every 20 years or so. Photography changes and morphs every time new technology is introduced. The definition changes for each generation. But as long as humans have eyes, they will always have pictures to view and people that will want to make those pictures.
My brother loaned me his DP2M. There is a certain verisimilitude in the photos that I don't get with any of my other cameras. And I don't think that it's just sharpness. I returned it as quickly as I could so as to avoid temptation.
To those that feel excluded and marginalized in this little contest—imagine going through your whole life and professional career feeling that way, except that the exclusion and marginalization isn't usually explicit or documented but, like someone looking over your shoulder, is very much there. Make no mistake, we've come a long way in just 100 years—it's amazing to think that a woman's right to vote is less than 100 years old. And in many ways the US is among the most progressive nations with regards to the rights of women. We're on the right path but we're certainly not beyond sexism quite yet.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2014 on For Women Readers at The Online Photographer
I feel like the odd person out here, as I have no nostalgia for cameras. Yes, I've owned some great ones and have been lucky enough to capture some timeless moments with them, but my adoration of them is ever fleeting. As long as they continue to get better, faster, stronger, I will always gravitate to the new kid on the block, which makes me, I guess, a Serial Infatuationalist. My current flavor of the month is (no surprise) the newest in the bag, a tasty Pentax K-3 in "I'm tired of black" silver. Feels great in the hand, familiar controls, and with a heft that makes me think that I can get out of a heap of trouble in a dark alley by swinging it over my head with the lovely brown leather strap. Ask me next year and the answer will likely be different.
Your job includes a unique perk—the ability to work from just about anywhere. So pack up the computer, jump in the car, and drive down to New Orleans for the week. Take some pictures while you at it!
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2014 on Blog Notes at The Online Photographer
Here's an interesting article I read a couple of months ago: "Joy in the task: Even the finest restaurants are serving coffee made with capsules. Have we lost faith in the human touch?" http://aeon.co/magazine/being-human/julian-baggini-coffee-artisans/ At home we grind and make espresso in a Neopolitan or Aeropress. The Neopolitan makes a bolder cup. The Aeropress a smoother one. And like you, it is to our taste and nine times out of ten better than what we can get out and about. Nespresso? No thanks. We prefer the imperfect human touch and don't like the excessive plastic waste that capsules generate.
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2014 on Open Mike: Mmm, Coffee at The Online Photographer
Nobody's going to care more about your stuff than yourself, so once you've exceeded a certain level of proficiency in production (of coffee, prints, etc...), no amount of expertness is going to trump your knowledge+care.
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2014 on Mike Starts a Fight at The Online Photographer
"Luckily, I was in Minneapolis in the latter part of January..." Now those are words I never thought I'd see together... Looking forward to the photos!
Count me as one of the folks volunteering to hold up the bike until the rider gets back on...
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2014 on Mike Update at The Online Photographer
Love it. Happens to me from time to time on the road... http://www.roadrunner.travel/2013/10/15/just-ride/
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2014 on Shortest Post Ever at The Online Photographer
+1000 Will, those long takes in Gravity were delicious. They held you in suspense, holding your breathe, just waiting and waiting as time ticked by. Cinematography at its very best.
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2013 on OT: A Tale of Two Movies at The Online Photographer
Perfect bait for a sugar daddy trap.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2013 on Camera Newz (Nikon Df) at The Online Photographer
Best of luck, Mike. You are an inspiration to all of us that have gotten off the escalator of corporate America and are making our own way in this crazy digital world. BTW, looks like "I'm bad at math" may be a myth... http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/10/the-myth-of-im-bad-at-math/280914/
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2013 on Big Picture Guy at The Online Photographer
Oh, and since we're talking about Miatas, if you'd like a little more power, consider a Honda S2000. I've owned a NA, NB, and recently drove an NC. The Miata steering is more communicative than the S2000, but in all other areas the S2000 is superior, and now it's a great used bargain. Oh, and one more thing...had I known that motorcycles were fair game, I'd have said that I already have my dream vehicle...
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2013 on Open Mike: Fantasies (OT) at The Online Photographer
Mini Cooper, and not the overwrought, overweight, and overcheeky current model (as nice as they are). I'd like the original, thank you very much.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2013 on Open Mike: Fantasies (OT) at The Online Photographer
They actually only averaged half the faces. Where are the males?
Perfect for the reporters of the Chicago Sun-Times, and anyone else paid to post photos to the cloud ASAP.