Archive for September, 2011

Einstein Biography

A couple weeks ago, I ordered an Einstein biography (used, hardcover) by the fella who is writing a Steve Jobs biography. It arrived in the mail today.

Just in time for this CERN news about particles measured going faster than light.

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Went to see the screening of PJ20, the Pearl Jam documentary by Cameron Crowe, last night at the Tampa Theatre. Went with Oscar, Jeff and Aric. Had a great time.



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I bit the bullet and bought a Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 D lens last week. It arrived Saturday, 17 September, 2011. Read Ken Rockwell’s review here.

So far, so good. It seems to be built really well. The autofocus does seem to hunt a bit but I was shooting in somewhat low light.

Update 25 September 2011 Sunday: I like the pictures that come out of this lens. The subject is creamy or smooth and the backgrounds are to die for. But I don’t feel like they’re enough better than those from my 50mm f/1.8 AF D to justify keeping the 85mm, in that I’m mostly shooting indoors where 85mm is kinda long. Plus, I’m not stoked about the focus. Focus speed on my 35mm f/1.8 G DX is far superior. I suspect that I’d love the focus on the G version of this 85mm f/1.4, but that’s too much coin ($1699) for me to feel comfortable dropping at this time.

Yesterday, I decided to send my 85mm f/1.4 D back. For available light family photography, I’m going to try this combination instead of this 85m f/1.4D:

According to Ken Rockwell (and borne out by pictures he’s provided on his site), the metering on the X100 is phenomenal and that’s what I really need — an any-light-conditions f/2 masterpiece. We’ll see how that goes.

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Leyna’s first trip to the movies, Wall-E.


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Image testing

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Motorola Triumph, Briefly.

Google Talk on my wife’s Virgin Mobile BlackBerry has been frequently telling her and her contacts that she’s online and quietly not delivering message to or from her. Restarting Google Talk app fixes this, until it recurs hours later. Could be that our Sprint network coverage at the house is spotty. Some research on my part has uncovered complaints about RIM’s Google Talk chat client fro BlackBerry.

My wife (and I didn’t twist her arm) tried a Motorola Triumph this weekend. Surprisingly, Google’s Google Chat Android client was logging her out. Not as bad as false reporting her as logged in, but still non-optimum. So I set her up with BeeJive IM and put her on the wifi at the house. I don’t remember why I changed clients, actually, but whatever.

But she can’t stand the Android keypad. And the Android 2.2 autocorrection is, in a word, completely freaking awful. I confirmed. 2.3’s autocorrection (checked on someone’s 2.3-based Nexus S) seems fine.

So she decided she’s going back to her BlackBerry.

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