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It seems I forgot to reorder i…
Feb 26th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

It seems I for­got to reorder ink for my pho­to print­er. Oops.

Fiddling with my new Kindle 2.
Feb 26th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Fid­dling with my new Kindle 2.

A 75 megapixel camera for under $150
Feb 26th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Rolleiflex

Rollei­flex

Two peo­ple who were inter­est­ed in one of my old­er cam­eras request­ed that I take this pho­to. The cam­era is a mid-1950s Rollei­flex, with attached Rollei­flash. The cam­era cost $135 on eBay, and the flash was $1.50 at KEH.

When scanned with my Nikon LS-9000, a 6×6 pho­to pro­duces a file of approx­i­mate­ly 75 megapix­els, and with a dynam­ic range greater than the newest and most expen­sive dig­i­tal cam­era can pro­duce.

Processing 4×5 scans with my n…
Feb 25th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Pro­cess­ing 4×5 scans with my new Mac is much faster. Now it only takes 4.5 hours instead of all day. 🙂

Scanning a roll of medium form…
Feb 24th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Scan­ning a roll of medi­um for­mat film.

New iTunes Store option
Feb 24th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Apple launch­es iTunes Pass con­tent. Apple has intro­duced the con­cept of the iTunes Pass, a new shop­ping option in the music sec­tion of the iTunes Store. The Pass auto­mat­i­cal­ly sub­scribes a per­son to all of the tracks and videos in a par­tic­u­lar col­lec­tion, down­load­ing exist­ing mate­ri­al and any­thing new as it becomes avail­able. Apple notes that all the mate­ri­al pro­vid­ed in a Pass is DRM-free, and encod­ed with 256kbps AAC audio.… [The Mac­in­tosh News Net­work]

This seems like it could be good for inde­pen­dent musi­cians. More than once I’ve heard about a CD release being held up because the artist need­ed to save up mon­ey to pay for art­work or man­u­fac­tur­ing, and with some­thing like this may­be they’d be able to cov­er those expens­es from “Pass” orders.

Amusing description
Feb 23rd, 2009 by Ken Hagler

From an arti­cle on the Rea­son web­site:

…the gift­ed Los Ange­les Times colum­nist who com­pen­sates for his indif­fer­ent rea­son­ing skills with a heart as big as West Hol­ly­wood…

For those not famil­iar with the LA area, West Hol­ly­wood isn’t all that big.

Ektar 100 impression
Feb 21st, 2009 by Ken Hagler

 

Sample photo using Ektar 100.

Sam­ple pho­to using Ektar 100.

I tried a roll of Kodak’s new Ektar 100 film. As adver­tised, it has very fine grain. How­ev­er, it suf­fers from the same prob­lem that all C41 films have–you’ll def­i­nite­ly get some col­or, but any resem­blance between the col­or you get out of the film and the col­or that was there in real­i­ty is pure­ly coin­ci­den­tal. I do have a sec­ond roll to try out, but I think I’ll be stick­ing to Kodachrome.

Birds
Feb 13th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

 

Birds in the water at Santa Monica Beach.

Birds in the water at San­ta Mon­i­ca Beach.

Recent­ly I’ve been shoot­ing more Kodachrome.

Not a change for the better
Feb 13th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

No, It Isn’t.

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), post­ing on Twit­ter:

11 hours to review a 1000+ page spend­ing bill that spends near­ly a tril­lion dol­lars? This is not Con­gress’ finest hour.”

Looks like Oba­ma will also again be break­ing his pledge to post every bill on the web for the pub­lic to review for five days before sign­ing it. And this on the biggest and (by his mea­sure) most impor­tant bill he’s like­ly to sign in his pres­i­den­cy.

[The Agi­ta­tor]

Here we see the dif­fer­ence between a pres­i­dent who’s stu­pid and evil and one who’s smart and evil. It took Bush until Sep­tem­ber of his first year in office to get away with the “Patri­ot” Act, while Oba­ma has pulled off his own ver­sion in Feb­ru­ary.

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