Steve Jobs is dead

My father saw much technological change in his lifetime (1906-1991). He was raised in the Ozarks of Missouri but extracted himself from his farm heritage by earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry. When he was a young professor, he used to lecture on things that were not...

Film (Analog) or Digital?

August 21, 2011 Normally journalists put the central message of their themes at the beginning of their writings. I am going to put it at the end.  Be fair–don’t skip ahead. As I ramble through the evidence to make my point, you may wonder, “Where the hell is he...

Is Hipstamatic coverage of war unethical?

I recently posted a link to a Foreign Policy web page with some very strong pictures of the war in Afghanistan. Besides being excellent pictures, the unusual characteristic of the pictures was that they were made with an iPhone using the popular Hipstamatic app. Elise...

Out, damn’d bolt! Out, I say!

People have often told me I have a screw loose. This time it was a bolt. Actually it wasn't loose it was sheared just about 3/8ths inch from the end. It was the front bolt of the support for the top case of my motorcycle. Theories about the shear from members of the...

Phone Booth

There are many young people who probably don't know what a phone booth is. I'll explain. It was a place occasionally used by reporter Clark Kent to change into Superman. But it was also an enclosure in which a coin operated public telephone was housed. These booths...

Jen Brown Wins!

Jen Brown, DVM, MPH, cannot be stumped by NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" with Carl Kasell posing quotes from the week ending July 30, 2011. Brown's vast knowledge extends to politics, food science and sports. I have been exposed to her brillance for the whole of...

Photographs that don’t exist

New software allows the combination of actual photos to create a new photo with a perspective different from all of the source photos. The idea originated from Burmese government agents identifying protesters by photographing protesters with cameras and then later...

Nora Thompson Dean’s advice

In trying to clean out my inbox I reread some very good advice from the late Nora Thompson Dean, a Delaware Indian native speaker. The email was from Jim Rementer who worked directly with Dean on preserving Delaware, or Lenape, language. Dean had an especially...

Holga Lens Experiment

James Brosher is a young photojournalist who carries two Holga cameras along with his professional gear. One is loaded with ISO 100 film and the other ISO 800 film. Holga cameras have a single aperture of f 8. Brosher uses one camera in sunlight and the other with...