AnalogSenses

By ÁLVARO SERRANO

A stunning 7000-image time-lapse video of Extremadura →

October 24, 2014 |

This is an amazing time-lapse video of the Extremadura region, in Spain:

Hope you enjoy the scenery as spectacular as Ibores-Villuercas Geopark in Cáceres (Extremadura unknown), dry plains and beautiful Sierra de Fuentes, extensive irrigated areas of Vegas del Guadiana with these natural mirrors are rice fields , the imposing castle of Medellin with its imposing yet (and recently unearthed) Teatro Romano, the beautiful and ever present oaks, the beautiful sunsets and moon and sun, the Milky Way and, of course, a symbol of Extremadura: Storks.

Extremadura is a beautiful region, and its landscapes are incredibly diverse. It also happens to be where I was born, so take it from me: it’s a sight to behold. Or better yet, watch the video and see for yourself.

Via Laughing Squid.

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Jason Snell reviews the iMac with Retina 5K Display →

October 24, 2014 |

It looks good, but feels subtle—until you turn back to a non-Retina Mac display and are confronted with the brutal reality of a low-DPI screen. “How did we live like this?,” you’ll cry out to no one. Is a Retina display absolutely necessary in life? There are very few people who need this many pixels—designers and photographers come to mind. But, then, you could argue that about high-resolution displays on any device: We got along fine without them, and they’re not necessary, but life is sure nicer now that we’ve got them.

Exactly. Once you’ve seen a Retina display, there’s no way you’re going back.

This is the promise of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display: It’s one of the fastest Macs ever attached to the best Mac display ever. Yes, it’s an iMac, meaning you can’t attach a newer, faster computer to this thing in two or three years. But I have a feeling that these iMacs will have the processor power, and the staying power, to make the aging process much less painful.

Excellent review.

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Google launches Inbox by Gmail →

October 23, 2014 |

Interesting new email-based product by Google. Privacy concerns aside, Google is probably the best company in the world when it comes to identifying and extracting relevant information from something as vast and opaque as an email inbox.

I’m interested in trying it, but for now Inbox by Gmail requires an invitation. I’ve asked for one but I’m yet to hear back from Google, so I can’t say much more about it at the moment. If you can spare an invite, please get in touch. Thanks.

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Austin Mann on what photographers need to know about Yosemite and iOS 8.1 →

October 23, 2014 |

Austin Mann:

Apple’s sharing all kinds of software updates with us these days, and a few of them are especially exciting for power user iPhone photographers. Here are my thoughts on how the new features affect how we create and share images with our iPhones.

Great article, chock-full of excellent tips.

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There Is Only Coffee, an amazing look at the lives of coffee growers in Ethiopia →

October 23, 2014 |

Fantastic video by The Perennial Plate:

Unlike most coffee growing regions of the world, in Ethiopia the folks who grow the coffee, also drink the product. Long considered the birthplace of the beverage, Ethiopia produces some of the best. This little film is a love song to coffee, the grueling work that goes into producing it and the importance of small farms and cooperation in that process.

Via Laughing Squid.

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Federico Viticci's 24 hours with Pixelmator for iPad →

October 23, 2014 |

Great overview by Federico of one of the apps that were demoed on-stage during Apple’s iPad event. It looks like an amazing app and I’m really excited to try it, but I fear these photo-editing apps won’t be particularly useful to me until they’re able to handle RAW files.

Which is to say, not anytime soon, sadly.

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Ben Brooks reviews Tom Bihn's Aeronaut 30, Travel Laundry Stuff Sack, and Daylight Backpack →

October 23, 2014 |

I really enjoyed this review by Ben:

The Aeronaut 30 is only 4 liters larger than the GR1, but those four liters make a world of difference. In fact, the Aeronaut 30 is the perfect travel bag for me, because it is the perfect size for the length of trips I normally take: 2-3 nights.

I absolutely love the Aeronaut 30 and in my testing I found that it was well made, and well considered.

The GORUCK backpacks are awesome, but they must fit your travel preferences in order to be right for you. They’re just extremely opinionated bags. Most of the time this is a good thing — great design is about making decisions — but sometimes it’s not.

It’s good to know there are other high-quality bags out there, for those occasions where you just need a different option. Ben does a terrific job of pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of each bag in a variety of situations. Great stuff.

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Student Spins Double Life Among Spanish Elite →

October 23, 2014 |

Raphael Minder, The New York Times:

MADRID — How is it that a baby-faced, 20-year-old university student skates his way into the coronation celebration of the new king, passes himself off as a government adviser to reportedly broker a lucrative business deal, and avoids traffic jams by flashing a fake police light?

That is the question members of Spain’s security services are asking themselves after the student, Francisco Nicolás Gómez Iglesias, was arrested last week and quickly gained prominence as the country’s most notorious gate-crasher.

The answer, disturbingly enough, is that he did it by falsifying police and secret service documents and pretending to hold several government and other official posts, Spain’s national police say.

How incredibly embarrassing. If it were a movie I’d have trouble believing it.

Also, the damned kid stole my idea. What am I going to do now with all these forged passports?

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Yale scientists achieve the world's coolest molecules →

October 23, 2014 |

Impressive milestone:

The tiny titans in question are bits of strontium monofluoride, dropped to 2.5 thousandths of a degree above absolute zero through a laser cooling and isolating process called magneto-optical trapping (MOT). They are the coldest molecules ever achieved through direct cooling, and they represent a physics milestone likely to prompt new research in areas ranging from quantum chemistry to tests of the most basic theories in particle physics.

Cool (no pun intended). Now we’re one step closer to cryo-sleep and interstellar travel. I just hope there are no actual xenomorphs out there.

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