Computers & Tech Nerd Stuff

When I was in Bhutan, I saw a monk who told fortunes or something like that. I’m not a believer in this stuff, but it was fun. He said that I should have this guy around. It’s Vajrapani.

From Wildmind: “Vajrapani (Holder of the Thunderbolt) represents the energy of the enlightened mind, and energy that breaks through delusion. He dances wildly within a halo of flames, which represent the transformative power of Awakening. He holds a vajra (thunderbolt) in his right hand, which emphasizes the power to cut through the darkness of delusion.”

My dear teacher sent me a postcard of Vajrapani right after the monk gave me this information. I thought that was interesting.

I keep this postcard on my desk and photographed it to archive it. Recently, I’ve been playing with a paint app on my iPhone called AutoPainter3. It does, as its name suggests, automatically applies a painting style to the photograph. It’s a little heavy handed for my taste so I imported the original and the painted version into Photoshop where I could control the amount of “paint” applied. So far I’m liking it. I’m especially liking playing with my iPhone. It’s just my go to camera now!

Playing with image

Playing with image

And under what conditions are people working under? Are we imposing our standard on other countries?

From This American Life. The embed feature isn’t working, but make some time to check out this video.
Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory
“Mike Daisey was a self-described “worshipper in the cult of Mac.” Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out.”
Here’s the link:

Thought I’d share this. I’m so guilty of checking email the first thing instead of doing something creative…something I really need to be aware of.

By Seth Godin

Let me guess: check the incoming. Check email or traffic stats or messages from your boss. Check the tweets you follow or the FB status of friends.

You’ve just surrendered not only a block of time but your freshest, best chance to start something new.

If you’re a tech company or a marketer, your goal is to be the first thing people do when they start their day. If you’re an artist, a leader or someone seeking to make a difference, the first thing you do should be to lay tracks to accomplish your goals, not to hear how others have reacted/responded/insisted to what happened yesterday.

Photographing food in restaurants that are not well-lit has been a challenge. No flash and flash make the food look really unappealing. Last night I experimented with a video light that Kris bought. It didn’t work for us so we’ve been using it as an over-priced flashlight – examining Murphy’s ears and looking for dog toys misplaced under the furniture.

Here’s what I found – these are shots taken with the video light, without flash and with flash. I’m liking the results.

With flash

No flash

Using video light