Three Dot Lounge for July 20, 2014

Three dot lounge is a mostly-weekly collection of things that deserve more than a retweet. Stay tuned for fascinating opinions and pithy commentary. Also keep an eye on my Twitter feed for more interesting stuff.

Protecting Your Photographic Memories. You Need to See This

Protecting Your Photographic Memories. You Need to See This

Are you computers properly backed up yet? Yeah, you, the person trying to sneak out the back of the room. What happens to your photos if your hard disk crashes or your laptop gets stolen? How many times have I told you to back things up?

And I’m going to keep harping on this until you actually do it.

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David “Strobist” Hobby has some very interesting thoughts on your own headshot and avatar and how it’s an important part of your online branding. It reminded me that I was long overdue to update my headshot on Linkedin (so I did).

At the same time, people who follow me on the various sites will note that other than on Linkedin I never use a head shot of myself as my avatar. It’s always one of my images. This is by design, not just because I have a face made for radio, but also because to me, even though my branding (such as it is) is around my name for my photography, what matters is my images, not me, and so I want those images front and center, not my smiling face.

That, and I don’t want to make it any easier for stalkers to track me down than I have to. Because, you know, Stalkers haven’t discovered my Linkedin profile yet.

Confessions of an ex-developer

Confessions of an ex-developer

More interesting discussion on the whole “I am not a developer any more” from last week. I don’t code full time any more, and I haven’t for years, but I wonder just what “a developer” means, because I’m still doing site architecture and design for communities, and I still find myself elbow deep (and cussing) at HTML and CSS and even some javascript on a regular basis. “not a developer” doesn’t imply “not technical”, it’s just that the kind of technical problems I’ve shifted into solving are different, and in many ways, a lot bigger in scope and complexity than the ones I solved when I lived in a text editor and compiler.

Seems to me that’s part of the natural progression as you age and move from a primarily tactical role of writing code to a more strategic role of definining what needs to be built. And that’s not a bad thing.

Morro Bay Drone Flight – Zebras, Sea Lions, and Oceans Oh My!

Morro Bay Drone Flight – Zebras, Sea Lions, and Oceans Oh My!

Here is a perfect example of why drones are going to be regulated and restricted. They can be very useful tools for people who use them with care, but in this youtube, you see this guy fly it through the Hearst Castle zebras, causing them to react and run off; he flies it over kayakers in the Morro Bay Harbor where if there’s a problem with the unit, it could crash on them.

It’s the lack of care of its impact on the others (human and animal) around the pilot that’s the problem; I haven’t even gotten into the fun of being in earshot of one of these things when they’re flown, or finding my own photography shut down because someone’s flown a quad copter up into the scene I’m trying to photograph for the third time.

Unfortunately, there are enough people who only care about what they can do and not enough about the impacts of their using these devices on others, and that’s going to cause them to be restricted and regulated, and that’s too bad because there are a bunch of really good and careful people doing a lot of fascinating stuff with them who will get nailed by the bad eggs.