Friday, 25 April 2008

"Self-important fucknozzle" - bang to rights

A three-word, tongue-in-cheek definition of minor bloggers like myself - and wonderful in its brevity and linguistic class.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Microsoft for Mac 2008 - it's getting hot in here

By which I mean that I can more quickly determine the infinitesimal effects of global warming on the hairs of my arms than I can tell that Excel 2008 is launching.

Why, oh why does a native Intel app that has been four years in the writing have to take such an epically long time to launch?

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Yikes - Microsoft coming at ya

Imagine that you are well-healed man or woman, a person who is a leader in their industry, globally influential in your space. Essentially you are a guy who lives in the best neighbourhood, drives a pretty smart car (unless you reverse the snobbery and are rolling with a Prius) and is generally quite used to a bit of respect, even maybe some ass-kissery.

In short, imagine you are one of these guys, the Yahoo! Board of Directors.

And then you get this letter from S Ballmer Esq.

Now you feel like a kid at school again, right? That's quite a self-righteous, I'm-not-angry-just-disappointed tone he's got there. Wouldn't make me any more willing to help my company get sucked into the maw of the big M.

(Due respect to JG@DF for the discovery of the letter.)

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

How to do it - HDR imagery

Jetty, originally uploaded by Huey_J.

Just check out this staggeringly good HDR (high dynamic range) image which recently won the TWIP photo contest for HDR shots.

For those who haven't yet tried HDR takes the information from a range of exposures of the same subject and then, through tonal mapping, puts the info from the darkest darks and lightest lights and merges it all into one image that shows details from shadows right through to highlights in a way that would overwhelm a single exposure.

Wonderful modern-day photographic trickery (in the most honest sense of the word).