A Camera Made Of Wood

Olympus Wood Camera

It’s a camera with a crunchy wooden shell and a gooey digital filling! I like the unique look, though I wish the camera looked less like a planchette. Either way it’d be pretty cool to see a larger SLR camera with a wood shell. I wonder how much more this weighs with the wood.

Anywho, Olympus just announced the camera today and they’re tightlipped about a release date.
Source Via Gizmodo

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Buffalo

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This is actually a proper sentence. How you may ask? Why, through the wonderful homophone! A homophone is a word with more than one meaning. In the case of buffalo it means the animal, the city in New York (which is famous for it’s hot wings), and the verb which means to bully. So basically the sentence is saying that the buffalo from Buffalo, which other Buffalonian buffalo buffalo, also buffalo Buffalo buffalo. See easy!

For more info on this and other homophones visit Wikipedia!

The Leica D-Lux 3 Is Spiffy

The Leica D-Lux 3 has a 28-112 F2.8 Lens on it. It has a nice figure at 4.2 x 2.3 x 1.0 in, with a weight of 7.8 ounces with the li-ion battery.

Personally I love the classic look.. Plus you can operate the shutter speed and every other setting manually. You can also shoot in either JPEG or RAW. If it had an actual viewfinder this thing would be perfect.

No price or release date but it will probably be in the 700 dollar range.
Full specs and info at Leica USA.

The Yahoo Search Engine Is Weird

I am now the top ranked search for Erik Persson on the Yahoo search directory. The only problem is that the top link goes to the Genealogy page family.erikpersson.com. For some reason, which is completely logical to the Yahoo bots, erikpersson.com is still ranked 15th. To add to the amusement, my Flickr account is ranked 13th.

All this data leads me to believe that Search Engine Optimization is just voodoo and random guessing.

Either way this means I’ve managed to place my name at the top of a popular search engine! This calls for revelry and non-alcoholic beverages!

Tags, Categories, and Updates, Oh My!

As you can see the The Journal section has been updated.

The biggest update you’ll find, besides the theme change, is the addition of Tags. You can find these at the bottom of each of my posts and on the sidebar on the right. Now the first question is what are tags? They’re another form of categorization. But don’t I have categories to categorize my posts? Yes but some search engines prefer Tags.

So whats the difference between Categories and Tags? Categories work like a folder structure. How do you classify a Dog? First you figure out if its a mammal, then see if it belongs to the order Carnivora, after that you see if it belongs to family Canidae. If thats all true then you check if it belongs to the genus Canus, whereupon we get to the species C. Lupus which then takes us to our old friend Canis lupus familiaris. Whew, that explanation was long winded and obtuse. Basically categories are straight lines. You also see this type of structure with the filing of documents in meatspace and on your computer. C:\Documents and Settings\Erik\My Documents refers to a folder that is located on the C: Drive within that drive you have the sub-category Documents and Settings, within this Folder we have the User profile Erik, and within that we have the folder My Documents.

Tags, or labels if you use a Google product, on the other hand are descriptive. What kind of dog is it? It’s a big furry red dog with a tennis ball in its mouth and muddy paws. Pretty descriptive, no? If somebody told you to look out for that animal you’d be able to spot it rather quickly. Likewise this article falls under the Tags:

As you can see Tags and Categories have diverse uses in computer technology and in real life. As such both Categorization methods work to make it easier for you to find interesting and meaningful content.

Vibram Five Fingers: Shoes With Toes!

Vibram Five Fingers

I just heard about the Vibram FiveFingers Shoes. After a little bit of searching on the ol’ Google I came across some more info on them.

The legend of Fivefingers goes that Marco Bramani, grandson of the founder of Vibram—the Italian shoe-sole company responsible for that elongated yellow octagon on the bottom of your hiking boots—asked his grandfather’s successors to design shoes that would allow him to retain the sensation of traipsing barefoot on his sailboat while boosting his traction and protecting his toes from deckside hazards. Eighteen months later, Fivefingers was born.

Via ID Online

The shoes are also gaining popularity among the barefoot running crowd. One reviewer had this to say about the shoes.

Get this, I did (ran) about 15 minutes on pavement and 15 minutes on dirt, gravel and mud trails. During the trail run, I could feel the ground – I could even feel the texture of sand. And nothing hurt.

Via APFR

That just sounds amazingly cool, spiffy if you were so inclined. The shoes are selling for 70$ plus S&H. Although some of the colors appear to be out of stock until September. This shortage includes the black colored size 11s 😦

Hidden Functions in Microsoft Notepad!

You know Notepad? The basic text editor that has been part of Windows since 1.0
Turns out it has some hidden functionality!

Journal Functionality

Open Notepade

Type “.LOG” without the quotes then hit enter.

Now save the document.

Close the document.

Reopen the document.

Pretty cool, no? Now everytime you open the document it will put a timestamp at the end.
You can also put down a new time stamp by pressing F5.

Interview With The Director Of Photography At The New York Times

I recently read this interview with New York Times Assistant Editor of Photography, Michelle McNally.

Turns out that the NYT photo department is run on Apple hardware, among other interesting facts.

Overall an interesting read.

New York Times Interview

Update: Forgot about the stupid registration login at the New York Times site. You can get around that by using a fake login provided by bugmenot.com

Update 2: Feb 17 2007: Finally fixed the link