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Digitalism

Digitalism

So, Santa — in the form of the girlfriend — was good to me this year, and gifted me a shiny new Kindle 3. Yeah, I threw ‘gifted’ in there because, well, you don’t really see it used as a verb very often.

Anyway: it’s a good present for me. Reading and gadgetry in one slim package? Yep, don’t mind if I do.

Aside from my personal tastes — she reckons I have a fetish for electronics; sometimes I’m not sure I disagree — this also promises to come in useful for college work. The Thesis is starting to loom ever closer and I’ve a nasty feeling that I’ll be doing a lot of reading in the months to come. Being able to throw a load of PDF journal articles onto this device and thus read them without either A) blinding myself through staring at a screen, or B) bankrupting myself through the printing of small rainforests-worth of paper can only be a Good Thing.

As a gadget, it’s very satisfying on a purely aesthetic level. It’s slimmer than my phone, the size of a paperback, and fits quite nicely into the hand. The interface is pretty straightforward (at the end of the day, you’re mostly going to be opening books and pressing Forward or Backward), though it’s hard in this day and age not to paw clumsily at the screen and wonder why it doesn’t respond.

A Clue: not everything is touchscreen in this world.

In terms of its functionality (and how I despise that word): it’s seemingly quite good indeed. The screen refreshes quickly, you can customise the font size, line spacing, and portrait/landscape display.

While a big problem the last time I looked at e-readers was the format war between ePub, Mobi, Amazon, and whatever else is out there, it’s all been made irrelevant by a lovely wee open-source programme called Calibre. Calibre sorts all that mess out for you by quietly converting any format into any other format. This is a big relief, as you don’t have to worry about whether your favourite author is in the Waterstones or Amazon camp.

To start with, however, I’m going to work my way through the classics available for free from the likes of Project Gutenberg: copyright-free works that ought to keep me going for 2011 at least.

And of course, this being the Internet: number one most-downloaded book on Project Gutenberg? This one.

Ah, Internet.

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SoFoBoMo

or, Prometheus Unbound

I’m not really sure why the subtitle for Frankenstein occurred to me just there; it just seemed like the title needed some explanation. It’s not like that actually explains it, though.

Anyway. SoFoBoMo (not to be confused with NaNoWriMo), stands for Solo Photo Book Month. The basic idea is 31 days, 35 photos, 1 PDF.

One of the problems with digital photography is that you end up not printing pictures. SoFoBoMo challenges you to work against this by taking enough shots to print a photobook (at least 35), processing them, writing any accompanying text, and laying out the book in .pdf format — all within the space of 31 days. Obviously, you should carry on and order a print of the finished book, but this is considered outside the scope of the project.

The start/end times are flexible, to accommodate different schedules, but the project window runs from the 1st June until the 31st July, 2010. Start when you want, as long as you’re done by the end of July.

I’ve been thinking about it and have decided to sign-up for this year. At the moment, I’m not sure what theme I’ll deal with, but I’ve got some time yet to decide. I have to say, I’m looking forward to this.

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Abhann na mBradán



Abhann na mBradan Building, originally uploaded by Landigan.

This picture of the new Abhann na mBradán (‘Salmon River’ in Irish) building was taken a week or two ago from the window of my new apartment.

While the light outside was pretty much perfect, I didn’t really manage to capture it in any way that did it justice. However, I am happy enough with the balance of light and dark in this shot to post it up.

Bonus points for anyone who figures out exactly where I live using this photo…

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Cool Flickr photostream

And the second post comes in a nose behind the first… Just a wee one to say this guy’s Flickr photostream is really interesting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/norby

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First post / Welcome / Manifesto



Toby and Katja, originally uploaded by Landigan.

So, my first post on this brand spanking new photoblog…

It’s been alive for about a week, actually, but I haven’t had a chance until now to tinker with the theme and do other important things like figure out what the hell to put on it.

Ideally, I would like for the photos to speak for themselves, so in future I’ll try and keep text to a minimum. That said, I think pictures alone — well, my pictures anyway — would get pretty boring, so I’ll try and explain a little about each shot as I post it.

In my head, this has two purposes: firstly, it allows me to explain what I was attempting, what I like and what I dislike about a photo, and also gives me the chance to ask for feedback on a specific topic, and secondly, it allows me to make frantic excuses to try to avoid responsibility for anything I’ve done wrong.

Let’s hope it’s mostly the first.

Anyway, this photo:
Recently, my German friend Toby (who I met while on Erasmus in Scotland) came to visit, accompanied by his girlfriend Katja. He brought me on my first geocaching expedition — I’d heard about it, but never done it before. This was taken as we returned from one cache, stuck down a wee boreen out in the Barna bog.

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