Archive for January, 2009

1-31-2007 Never Forget!

Saturday, January 31st, 2009
2009-01-31 Never Forget

On January 31st, 2007, the Boston authorities completely lost their minds in a highly visible and ultimately humiliating way.

I am, of course, referring to the Mooninite Invasion.

For the first time in 8 years, we have the potential to live in a nation governed by the sane with policies grounded in reasoned thought.

But it is only potential.

We must remain vigilant and must never fail to ridicule figures of authority when they act like complete unreasoning jackasses!

Careers, Internships & You.

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

(Pithy, ’60s educational documentary title, huh?)

It is difficult to get an offer from Apple and other companies that are at the top of their industry. Such companies naturally attract tons of candidates and their success is indicative of a hiring process that selects the most valuable — talented and with pertinent skills — candidates. Getting an on-site interview is hard enough and no guarantee of success. I know people who interviewed with different groups for more than a year before being hired.

I’m often asked what a person can do to increase their chances of being hired. More often than not, these questions come from college student friends of family/friends.

The key, in all of this, is two fold:

1. Maximize your visibility.

2. Maintain professionalism.

So, some random points on the subject. None of this is particularly unique to Apple.

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Christmas Lights & HDR

Thursday, January 15th, 2009
Christmas Lights & Lit Building At Oakland Hills Temple

Over Christmas, our son Roger sang his first opera in a vocal concert put together by his voice teacher and held at the Oakland California LDS Temple.

He sang the part of Amahl from Amahl and the Night Visitors. Roger did a great job and, since it was fairly late in the evening, most folks thought his yawning was all part of acting out the role of tired little boy!

While there, I took a handful of photos, including several multiple exposures that I then ran through the Hydra HDR plug-in for Aperture.

Christmas Lights at Oakland Hills Temple

Frankly, the results were “meh”.

When Hydra 2.0 shipped at MacWorld, I upgraded and re-processed the images. The results were much better!

Specifically, the images are considerably sharper with a better balance of light and dark.

Overall, I’m quite happy with Hydra. Fewer fiddly knobs and it serves my needs exactly. With Hydra, I can create an image that looks good in a situation where my Digital Rebel XT would simply not produce a usable single image. Indoors, Hydra compensates for my lack of professional grade light sources combined with a camera body that performs well in low light situations.

Emphasis on compensates. I’m not remotely claiming that someone with a clue and better equipment couldn’t take better pictures. Heck, someone with a clue could take better pictures with the equipment I have!

Overlooking the Bay from the Oakland Hills (Mormon Temple)

The Temple also overlooks Oakland and San Francisco Bay.

So, of course, I had to take a long exposure of the bay bridge.

OK image. It was pretty windy, thus it isn’t as sharp as I would like.

However, the gorilla pod did do an admirable job of anchoring the camera to a random railing.

Beautiful view.

This image is not an HDR image. I did take a set of photos and process them through Hydra. Interesting; it basically blew out the fog over the city!