Personal Posts

“Media-Proof Kids”

As digital content creators, sometimes we come face to face with Pogo the Possum’s famous observation, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” In a cultural landscape drowning in endless advertisements, hypnotic entertainment, and overwhelming information, are we…

How I Made An App

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How many times have you heard someone say – or said yourself – “I’ve got a great idea for an app …” A few months ago, I posted an interview with Dean Head, a DP who developed an app for…

RIP Sarah Elizabeth Jones

Normally, I try to keep things fairly positive on this blog. Not today. The tragic death of Sarah Jones on the set of “Midnight Rider,” represents everything I have grown to despise about the entertainment industry. Here’s the short version…

Walking With A Broken Leg

Sometimes, we in the creative fields get so wrapped up in technique that we forget how profoundly the prevalence of video technology has allowed ideas to spread. As an example, look at this video. A friend of mine posted this…

A Better Source For Creative Fuel

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It is a bit of a cliché that creative people are coffee addicts. Unlike 9-to-5 jobs (do those even exist anymore?), the projects undertaken by artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers and photographers tend to translate into late nights and short weekends.…

“The Great Gatsby” Doesn’t Disappoint

In anticipation of watching Baz Luhrmann’s “Great Gatsby” on DVD, I re-read the original novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. What follows are my impressions of the film. If you haven’t seen it, this will probably make no sense to you…

Oh Good! “Inception” DID Have A Happy Ending

Here’s a great explanation of why the ambiguous ending of Christopher Nolan’s terrific film “Inception” actually WAS reality, and not a dream. To make a long (French) story short, DiCaprio’s character wears a wedding ring on his left hand in…

Is Adobe Considering Linux?

Back in 2010, when I started to get really annoyed that Apple was abandoning its creative pro customer base in order to focus on consumer gadgets, I bought a small HP laptop that ran the Linux operating system. I wanted…

Shirt Demon

Ever get startled by something that you see out of the corner of your eye? Something that turns out to be completely innocuous, like a crumpled shirt? Well, this crumpled shirt held up to some scrutiny. Here’s what I saw.…

Exposure “Cheat Sheet”

It occurred to me recently that I am part of the last generation of photographers who grew up shooting film. The first SLR I ever owned, back in the early ’90s, was an old Pentax K1000. It was rugged, reliable,…