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My GoTo IOS Applications (2017 edition)

Here’s a list of the IOS Apps I use regularly and depend on. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted some of my tools because I now require that apps that do things that I might want to also do on IOS (or access their data on IOS) both have an IOS App and sync the...
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The Organizations I supported in 2017

Almost done with my 2017 wrap up. To be honest, all of these are blog posts that have been in my “do soon” pile anyway, and I realized bringing them all together at the end of the year together a lot of sense. This is the list of organizations I’ve donated to in 2017,...
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My GoTo Macintosh Apps (2017 edition)

Here’s a list of the MacOS Apps I use regularly and depend on. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted some of my tools because I now require that apps that do things that I might want to also do on IOS (or access their data on IOS) both have an IOS App and sync...
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My reading list for 2017

I was complaining to someone the other day I needed to read more and play video games less, and in fact added that to my goals for 2018. And then I sat down and compiled my reading list for 2017, which totals 16 fiction books and 29 non-fiction books. That’s, um, 45...
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2017 Best Photos of the Year

2017 was a strange year for me photographically. I started out feeling like I was turning out crap, unmotivated, a bit burned out. I did very little photography early in the year and didn't really miss it. As we headed into fall, however, I started thinking about...
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My 2018 in Preview

So, 2018… I am hoping 2018 is a better year for all of us than 2017 was. I despair at the real thought it might not be. But we can all work to make what difference we can to start making that happen (hint: vote, dammit). About all I can guarantee about what I’m about...
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My Favorite Youtube Channels 2017

I really fell into a rabbit hole with Youtube this year after not really paying much attention to it before. What I found was a great diversity of interesting voices and people and a place (unlike blogs where you really can’t compete anymore with the big sites for...
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My favorite Podcasts 2017

As we wind down 2017, I thought I’d discuss my favorite podcasts. I did this a year ago, but the list has changed a bit, in part because two podcasts I recommended last year have gone on hiatus or closed down, and because I’ve found my preferences have shifted a bit...
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Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith

Eisenhower in War and Peace Buy on Amazon Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith For much of 2017 I found myself reading non-fiction more than fiction. This has included continue to read books about the two World Wars, but I’ve also started exploring new...
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Vallista (A Vlad Taltos Novel) by Steven Brust

Vallista Buy on Amazon Vallista is the 15th novel in the Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust. Taltos is an Easterner warlock who is a retired assassin — retired because he ran afoul of the leaders of his guild, who now want him dead, so Taltos is on the run because...
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Apple’s 2016 in review

This has been the winter of our discontent. 2016 was the year the tone changed. There’s always been a lot of criticism and griping about anything Apple does (and doesn’t do — it can’t win) but in 2016 I feel like the tone of the chatter about...

Free Wallpapers for your desktop

I decided I wanted some new wallpapers for my system, so I created a set that I'm also sharing with you. These are available in both 1440x800 and 2560x1080 sizes. There are currently a total of 18 different images. These should work on most monitors today. My favorite...

My Best Photos of the Year for 2016

Welcome to my annual display of my best/favorite photos of the year. I've been doing this since 2007 (you can see all of the sets here) and it's always interesting me to go back and take a look at how my interests and technique has changed over time. 2016 was a big...

Working on and supporting a virtual/remote team

A couple of my recent jobs — Palm and Cisco — involved working on teams where most of the members were remote and spread across the country, and in some cases overseas. There are advantages and challenges to remote teams. A huge advantage is that members...

Good Enough Defeats Great

It’s been fascinating as an observer watching the disruption and transformation of the camera industry. As a photographer in the middle of it, it hasn’t always been fun. Around 2000 I bought a Canon Powershot pocket camera to take on vacation and the bug...

Everything you know about eating is wrong

One way I get my head going on a new project is to ingest new information about the topic; it seems to get the brain chewing on the problem and gets me motivated to move forward. Often, I do this by finding a book or two on the topic to read and use that to kick...

Some Thoughts on Lightroom Keywords

For most photographers, adding keywords and other meta data to their photos is a necessary evil. Many of us prefer to take photos, and putting in the time and energy to describe them during post-processing isn't -- fun. So we tend to do a minimal job of it. The...