AnalogSenses

By ÁLVARO SERRANO

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Rinzi Ruiz talks about finding the light on ISO 400 →

April 17, 2015 |

Julius Motal, The Phoblographer:

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Rinzi Ruiz, a street and wedding photographer based in Los Angeles. Towards the of 2011, Ruiz was laid off a job he had for 10 years, and this gave him time to focus on his photography. He found his zen in street photography on the streets of Los Angeles. His high contrast monochrome images are deeply meditative, and they have excellent lighting.

I absolutely love Rinzi Ruiz’s photographic style, and the way he paints incredible scenes with light in some of the most mundane places, like subways, coffee shops and the like.

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Marco Arment on Apple’s battery design choices →

April 17, 2015 |

Marco Arment plays “What if?” with Apple’s device lineup. What if Apple made some different design choices to create alternate versions of some of its products with actual all-day battery life?

Design is about making difficult decisions and trade-offs. Longer battery lives would make some of the products thicker and heavier, and not everyone would accept that trade-off. But today, everyone who wants an Apple product needs to accept the opposite: thinness and lightness that some of us didn’t need, at the expense of battery life that many of us could’ve really used.

He does have a point. I’d buy some of the devices he cites as examples in a heartbeat.

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Matt Gemmell on Whisky →

April 17, 2015 |

There’s no way I wasn’t going to link to this:

Whisky, like any non-clear spirit, is an acquired taste - and I mean acquired in the same way that we acquire wealth, or possessions: it takes work. You have to actually decide that you’re going to drink it. That’s the first step.

The next step is that you do drink it, and then usually you wish you hadn’t. Whisky doesn’t taste “nice” - or so you naively think in your formative weeks or months of discovery. How wrong you are, but your feelings are at least normal.

This is exactly right. Those first few weeks are where most people give up and decide whisky isn’t for them. Keep at it though, and there’s a wondrous world of sensation just around the corner.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need a drink.

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When do you stop wondering if you did the right thing? →

April 16, 2015 |

I only recently discovered the work of Zaron Burnett III and I have to say, the man can write:

Now, she was single. And I had just moved in with my best friend — her former roommate. Within days of settling in my new home, the three of us got together for drinks at her place up in the Berkeley hills. It was a tiny place. But that was okay because so was she. After our night of drinking and laughing, all three of us crashed out on her bed. My friend was the first asleep and began to snore. She was in the middle. I lay there staring at the ceiling, unable to sleep. Because her.

I don’t want to spoil any more of it for you, just go read the whole thing. So good.

If you want to read more of his work, check out his other articles on Medium, and his books on Amazon. At under $13 for all three, they’re a steal. I just bought them.

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John Siracusa won’t be reviewing future versions of OS X →

April 16, 2015 |

John Siracusa:

There is no single, dramatic reason behind this. It’s an accumulation of small things—the time investment, the (admittedly, self-imposed) mental anguish, the pressure to meet my own expectations and those of my readers year after year—but it all boils down to a simple, pervasive feeling that this is the time to stop. I’ve done this. It is done.

Now I’m sad. I’ve read every single one of John’s OS X reviews, and I’ve deeply enjoyed them all. I have only the utmost respect for John and his work. I’m sure the decision was incredibly difficult for him, but I also believe he made the right call.

One thing is certain, though: whoever steps up to the plate to continue his work will have some pretty huge shoes to fill.

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Keeping your car safe from electronic thieves →

April 16, 2015 |

Interesting stuff by Nick Bilton for The New York Times. Apparently, some thieves have found a way to get into his Toyota Prius by hacking its remote keyless system:

He explained it like this: In a normal scenario, when you walk up to a car with a keyless entry and try the door handle, the car wirelessly calls out for your key so you don’t have to press any buttons to get inside. If the key calls back, the door unlocks. But the keyless system is capable of searching for a key only within a couple of feet.

Mr. Danev said that when the teenage girl turned on her device, it amplified the distance that the car can search, which then allowed my car to talk to my key, which happened to be sitting about 50 feet away, on the kitchen counter. And just like that, open sesame.

If it does indeed work that way, it’s a pretty ingenious system, I’ll give them that. Luckily, there’s a way you can protect yourself:

While I can’t be 100 percent certain this is the device they used to get into my car, until car companies solve the problem, he said, the best way to protect my car is to “put your keys in the freezer, which acts as a Faraday Cage, and won’t allow a signal to get in or out.”

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Josh Ginter reviews the Retina iMac →

April 15, 2015 |

Josh is back in the reviewer’s seat, and boy did he do it in style. This great, in-depth review not only covers the Retina iMac’s features, but also why you should consider owning one, especially if you have an interest in photography:

Generally speaking, I’m willing to bet the majority of people in the market for a Retina iMac will be in the market as a hobbyist or professional. Sure, every element looks better than ever on this display, but the true potential of the 5K Retina iMac is in maximizing the precision and control over visual content. Any photographer looking to improve their images should take a long, hard look at any Retina iMac model. The resolution of the display alone is worth the money, and that doesn’t take into consideration the pixel perfect colouration across the screen.

I’m not ashamed to admit it: I would probably sell a few of my less-vital organs for a Retina iMac. There, I said it.

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The Great Age of Pirates →

April 15, 2015 |

I really, really enjoyed this essay by Joseph Rooks on One Piece, the best-selling Manga series by Eiichiro Oda:

The beauty of One Piece isn’t in checking-off a shopping list of story elements, but in pushing the limits of just how much imagination and detail a human being can pour into twenty pages of art and storytelling week after week, for fifteen years and counting.

Oda has a talent for weaving disparate details together, collected from every cultural and historical source he can absorb, to create something new and exciting. This skill is most apparent in the colorful designs of his characters and the settings in which they are introduced.

One Piece is creativity in its purest form, definitely a must-read.

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