On gardening and civilized society

Ever since we've begun the restoration work on the historical monuments in the Transylvanian countryside (see Asociatia P.A.T.R.U. for the details), I've had to tend to the landscaping, among other things. And if there's one thing you learn when you garden, is that you have to prune the weeds constantly. Some weeds you simply cannot [...]

In-camera, optical tilt shift is now achievable

I'm not sure when it clicked for you that tilt shift could be had easily and practically, in camera with some recent models, but that time was today for me. Tilt–shift photography is the use of camera movements that change the orientation and/or position of the lens with respect to the film or image sensor [...]

What I’d like to see in a new iMac

As is usual in anticipation of the launch of new hardware from Apple, there are lots of posts and videos with detailed renders of what we might expect from a new iMac. Other than faster hardware, which is something that we're going to get anyway, I would really like to see a new swivel design [...]

The best of times

Isn't it interesting how timeless and true good writing proves itself, even in our modern age, and even though it was originally intended for a different literary context? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of [...]

The flip side of digital photography

Should you be old enough, you'll remember how different photography was before the arrival of digital cameras. Not only was it difficult to get great photos, the kind that were good enough for publication, but it was difficult to develop them and reproduce them. There were real barriers to entry and to success in the [...]

Work

The single highest purpose in life. The more one lives, the more they ask themselves about the meaning of life. What's the point of it all? Why are we here? Who made us? We get into all these complicated discussions about origins and God and the afterlife, discussions that amount to just about zero. All [...]

Sort the apps in Launchpad by most used

I'd love to see Apple introduce a simple option (a checkbox somewhere in System Preferences) to sort the apps in Launchpad by those most used. I find myself using the Launchpad a lot these days, but there is no way to sort the apps other than manually dragging and dropping them, and that's no fun. [...]

The answer to a great many questions of today

This post will seem to fall right out of nowhere for you, mainly because you haven't been privy to my thoughts in recent years -- how could you be, after all? It may also strike you as highly inconsiderate and you may even become angry with me. Let it be so. You will inevitably calm [...]

Management: wasted on the youth

In 1938, Ed Sullivan wrote in one of his newspaper columns that "youth is wasted on the very young". He was paraphrasing George Bernard Shaw, who once said: "Youth is the most beautiful thing in this world — and what a pity that it has to be wasted on children!" What does this have to [...]

Watch out online…

The internet's always been a fairly wild place with few rules to rein in offending behavior. And it's always been a place where plenty of people were ready, willing and able to dupe you -- to run a sheist on you, to phish you, to install malware on your machine, to mess with your mind, [...]