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View from the Madison 20 bus, Chicago

From the Madison 20 bus, Chicago.

Leica M6, Fuji Neopan 1600

Links for Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 – Social Media in 2010 and more

Speaking of Moleskine notebooks, I’m always amazed at what I see in the Moleskinerie group on Flickr. Some talented folks in that group.

10 Ways Social Media Will Change in 2010

One interesting point from the article: “2009 revealed the growing role women play online. Women make 75% of all buying decisions for the home, and 85% of all consumer purchases. Social networks have at least 50% female members, and it is women ages 35-55 who make up the fastest-growing population on Facebook — not the expected Gen-Y population as previously anticipated.”

One of my obsessions – notebooks

I have a few obsessions (rangefinders, Tri-x film, fountain pens, steel-framed bikes, and more…). One of them is notebooks. I’m not hard-wired to be organized, but I have been into GTD for years and over time have modified it to suit my needs. I love Moleskine notebooks and use several variations. Awhile back I ran across a post about the Dot Grid Book from Behance and I ordered one. I like the heavy paper and the subdued dot grid. It is great for taking notes and the subtle grid provides a ready canvas for your sketches, process diagrams or book layouts. I just ordered two more and they came in the mail yesterday. What are your favorite note taking tools?



Links for Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 – N.Y. Times article skimmer

On Assignment: Afghanistan in Free Fall – photo essay by Moises Saman.  He also has a book, Afghanistan, Broken Promise.

A prototype article skimmer from the New York Times.

Links for Monday 11/30/09 – The Rise and Fall of Media and After the Page, the Next Phase of Media

Media After the Site. From Jeff Jarvis, “If you’re what used to be content-creation you’re all about insinuating yourself into that stream. If you’re about content curation – formerly known as editing – then you’re all about prioritizing streams for people; that’s how you add value now.”

The Fall and Rise of Media David Carr reflects on the past and looks to the future of media.

Links for Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re heading to Detroit this year; should be a nice time with Lisa’s family. For the past few days I have been running Google’s Chrome browser instead of Firefox. I have iGoogle setup giving me quick access to Gmail, Reader and Docs. I don’t use the calendar much yet. So far so good. I know that extensions are coming and I wonder what impact that is going to have on speed? Right now I rely on Firebug if I’m developing a site. Pretty essential for those of us that are not CSS experts.

I have also been thinking about laptops. I used to be a Mac user and owned several, but abandoned them for better performing PCs. While I’m attracted to the unix based OS, I’m drawn to the Lenovo ThinkPad T500. Several years ago, my work provided me with a ThinkPad and it was by far the best laptop I have ever used. Plus, the price is just so darn tempting. Right now they are on sale plus there is additional discount on Black Friday. The Mac pricing always seems to stop me. It is hard to justify when I’m primarily using Google, web based apps and Photoshop.

Links for Tuesday – 11/24/09

The 2010 Anthropographia Award for Human Rights and Photography

“The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs.” – The Be Good Tanyas

“The fact I have a job means I don’t feel pressured to do something market-friendly. Instead, I get to do whatever the hell I want. I get to do it for my own satisfaction. And I think that makes the work more powerful in the long run. It also makes it easier to carry on with it in a calm fashion, day-in day-out, and not go crazy in insane, creative bursts brought on by money worries.” — Hugh Macleod, gapingvoid.com

Book: War Is Only Half the Story

Nice list of photo related blogs.

Links for Monday 11/23/09 – William Eggleston show and more

New York Times piece on the Chicago News Cooperative.

A piece on Chicago gangs in the New York Times by the newly formed Chicago News Cooperative.

The Art Institute of Chicago will exhibit a retrospective of William Eggleston’s work; opens February 27. William Eggleston in the Real World, a film by Michael Almereyda.

Links for Sunday 11/22/09

I’m done scanning and now I’m working through setting up Adobe Bridge to tag and organize my projects. Next step will be to process and proof my latest round of selects. I’m trying to figure out how to do that quickly without having to spend a great deal of time in photoshop. My folder structure is setup like this: scans (raw scans of files), derivative_files (these are the work-in-progress photoshop files), proofs (web res proof prints, usually get posted to flickr), master print (final, master files for printing output). I used this to guide my approach – Directory Structure | dpBestflow.org.

The Battle for Algiers

I rented the Battle of Algiers and was struck by the richness of the black and white cinematography. There was one particular scene that really captivated me. The Algerians were killing police officers and in retaliation, the French blew up a section of the Casbah in Algiers. Here is a screen capture from that sequence of community members pulling the dead and wounded out of the rubble.


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I was struck by how familiar this still shot from the movie was to me. Why did it resonate so deeply? As I thought about it, two other war images came to mind. The first is a picture of a wounded marine in Vietnam by Larry Burrows.

The second, and probably most like the screen capture is the image by James Nachtwey of a fatally wounded Nicaraguan being carried by his fellow soldiers. While the film looks like it contains newsreel footage from the events in Algiers, it was entirely created by the director and cinematographer.


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Apparently this film was screened at the Pentagon in 2003 as a “useful illustration of the problems faced in Iraq“.

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