Tokyo Lecture – The Rules

As a preface to my talk at Tokyo Photo (see below) I articulated four rules that I thought were essential for any young photographer trying to survive.

Here are the rules:

  1. Have talent. (Talent is not when your friends tell you they love your work, but when people who don’t like you have to admit it’s good.)
  2. Understand how the world works. (Not just globally, but on a macro level. Understand what people need and don’t need. Understand when to approach people and when not to. Develop social skills.)
  3. Choose good friends. (There’s nothing like an effective network.)
  4. Be modern. (Don’t do anything that looks like it’s someone else’s work. Stay on top of technology. Engage on multiple platforms.)

via The Year in Pictures: Tokyo Lecture – The Rules.


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Glitch

Code Glitch

New motto for life.

Glitch | Dweebist.


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Web Ninja Interview: Marcin Wichary — Creator of Google Pacman Logo, HTML5 Slide Deck, and More

Brad Neuberg: What is a clever hack, trick, or elegant turn of code you’ve discovered or created while working with JavaScript, HTML, CSS, etc. that you are particularly proud of? Give good details, and don’t be afraid to be technical :)

Marcin Wichary: Get an iframe, make it tiny using CSS3 translate/scale, cover with a transparent div to intercept events, and voilà – you have a nice site thumbnail without having to create an image, upload it and worry about them getting out of sync. Of course, it also comes with terrible latency, so there you go.

color: transparent and text-shadow with 0px offset means blurry text. How is that not awesome?

Not that I can think of a use for it.Not sure if those are particularly clever or useful – I have an attention span of a <marquee> tag and if I do anything innovative I’m usually the first to miss it – but it’s exciting to discover new uses for things that, in and of themselves, are so brand new.

via Ajaxian » Web Ninja Interview: Marcin Wichary — Creator of Google Pacman Logo, HTML5 Slide Deck, and More.


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VLC Media Player for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Customer Review by Ben Tesser

  • iPad 32GB Wifi: $599
  • Verizon FIOS: $80/mo
  • The ability to watch torrent downloaded movies without converting first: PRICELESS

via VLC Media Player for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Posted from Provo, Utah, United States.


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The Student Loans Scheme: a Gateway Drug to Debt Slavery

Student Loans Make Education Affordable Or do they?

The Student Loan Scheme

via The Student Loans Scheme: a Gateway Drug to Debt Slavery.

Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.


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Domestic Conflict, Explained By Stock Photos

Dramatic pose

Jessica has been cold and distant for weeks. Whenever Jacob asks what’s wrong, she just brushes it off or ignores him entirely. The hand on her chin symbolizes a spiritual emptiness, brought on by years of deteriorating intimacy and the slow realization that the life Jessica had always dreamed of is as vacant and meaningless as their suburban existence.Or she’s posing for a high school portrait.

via Domestic Conflict, Explained By Stock Photos « The Bygone Bureau.


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And the Stig is… Captain Slow?

I’ll be perfectly honest here: when the producer outlined the idea to me, I thought he was overdoing it. I thought the conceit would be exposed by its own improbability.

He was, in effect, offering me two jobs on his new motoring programme. It was like being called Ronnie and invited to appear in The Two Ronnies but without another Ronnie.

via And the Stig is… – Telegraph.


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He’s Called, The Stig

<practisevoodoo> well the last 1st one was #000000, this one was #ffffff, logically stig 3 will be #888888

<ellipsis> you know, with The Stig revealed, I guess Top Gear now has to do a … Stig shift

via XKCDB: The #xkcd Quote Database.


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Inside Mad Men: On Set and Behind the Scenes of the Emmy- Winning Show

“If Rob Lowe had been cast in the part, it would have been different,” says Jon Hamm, on the set in L.A. “There was no backstory with me.”

via Inside Mad Men: On Set and Behind the Scenes of the Emmy- Winning Show | Rolling Stone Music | Photos.


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