Saturday, March 10, 2007
Tribute to Celtic Woman - The Soft Goodbye & Si Do Mhaimeo I
Harry's Game - Celtic Woman (PBS)
It shoots roll film and it's blurry, but the Holga's catching on — JSCMS
Its flaws are its merits. For lovers of the Holga, an all-plastic, no-frills camera, its unpredictable pictures are what makes it special.
"It has that wonderful contradiction: professional film and a toy camera," said Millie Falcaro, a photographer in New York. She's been using the Holga and other primitive cameras for years in her artwork.
Don't be fooled by the looks of a Holga. It does take pictures. And calling it a toy camera doesn't mean it's for children, although these plastic boxes look as if they might squirt water as soon as take a photograph.
The draw of the Holga, besides a price tag of $20, is the retro, dreamy quality of the photographs, which are as far removed from digital pictures as you can get.
The Holga and other toy cameras take big square pictures with colors that resemble intensely flavored candy. The prints have streaks and imperfections running across them because of the camera's light leaks and the four corners of the picture blur into black.
This intense vignetting, as the effect is known, is the hallmark of the Holga.
At a time when the world of photography is undergoing a sometimes painful conversion to digital images, Holga enthusiasts are raising their fists in defiance and sticking with film.
Toy camera lovers celebrate the cameras for producing what digital photos can only imitate: real, unpredictable flaws that make every image unique.http://jscms.jrn.columbia.edu/cns/2007-02-27/gronnevet-toycamera
We lived and died by our blogs; now, not so much
Friday, March 09, 2007
A Paperless Life
In today's world, everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight.
Enter DEVONthink: The solution to this digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial intelligence, DEVONthink is exceedingly flexible and adapts to your personal needs. And if the files are not digital yet, digitize them with DEVONthink Pro Office.
Use it as your document repository, your filing cabinet, your email archive, or your project organizer; DEVONthink can do it all. You can even collect and organize data from the web for your own use, enrich it with sound and movie files from your hard drive, and then export the finished product as a website or to an Apple Pages document to print, should you so desire. Or copy the content to your iPod! The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination.http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/devonthink/index.html
Eastgate Tinderbox: the tool for notes
Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant.
Tinderbox stores and organizes your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you analyze and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals and web logs.http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox/