Cameras, circa 2021

The equipment used to capture a scene, or the “decisive moment” continues to evolve.

Some old, some new. Some rehashing the past.

Just a few years ago, while attending an event, a young lady offered a Polaroid style instant print of Nancy and I (Fuji, naturally).

For me, perhaps due to the “curse of knowledge”, I prefer the right equipment at the right time. That’s not always so simple, particularly when a long – often heavy – lens might prove useful, if not essential. Or, a sharp, fixed focal length lens, left at home when I decided to minimize the on the go bag.

Further, interesting scenes may avail themselves during extreme light conditions. [1]

Thom Hogan’s latest [2], considers traditional camera makers’ approach to the market vis a vis smartphones. A few recent iPhone images lead me to wonder how long “mid tier” traditional cameras will be relavent? (Smartphones long ago killed off entry level cameras).

Finally, Om has posted a few smartphone notes, illustrating their powerful, in your pocket capabilities. [3]

1. Pentacost: The Holy Spirit, Peace & Multimedia Doves captured with an impressive mirrorless “full frame” camera. I was astonished at the low light capabilities.

2. Lies that live on:

Technically, there should be a clear migration path for people who like to take photos: mobile device users discover limitations of their small camera(s), and want to move up (preferably to something compatible with their workflow). They buy a dedicated camera, but eventually outgrow that and want something even more sophisticated. This creates a wide pyramid of customers, with the bottom (and by far biggest area) being mobile device users, the top (smallest area) being the high-end ILC users, and a largish area in between that doesn’t necessarily have to be all ILC.

3. ProRaw and Super Resolution // Proraw; black and white

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This is an impressive look at the @SebastianThrun Larry Page aircraft @kittyhawkcorp -vertical takeoff, 1/2 the energy use of a Tesla, 35 decibels cruising, 100 mile range at 180 mph.

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Lisbon has shared dissident info with repressive regimes for years. Municipal authorities forwarded the names and addresses of activists to the Chinese, Venezuelan and Angolan embassies.

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Step 5: Dinamo built a custom type tool for symphony designers. The plug-in, built for Illustrator, expedites the design process through pre-set recommendations, such as the curve library, to help internal teams quickly compose within a sophisticated system. As an added bonus, Dinamo included a “randomize” button as its gift of engineered surprise. “It’s fully random but restricted,” says Breyer. “For instance, it ensures that the aesthetic steps are still quite distinctive in the letter forms.” This feature became a great starting point for designers — revealing previously unseen rhythms in a word, at random.

As a reporter who has spent a decade revealing hundreds of serious safety breaches at U.S. biological research labs, it has always seemed obvious to investigate whether the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a major coronavirus research center, possibly played a role given that the initial outbreak happened in the same city.

Yet for more than a year, those who publicly raised such questions were too often deemed a crackpot conspiracy theorist or a simpleton who just didn’t understand science.

It has only been in recent weeks that a growing list of high-profile scientists, intelligence officials and politicians – including President Joe Biden – have publicly acknowledged the plausibility of a lab accident and pushed for rigorous investigation.

No, millennials don’t have it worse than previous generations

Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel2 made a simple case for this: When there’s a combination of resources and competition, civilizations develop much faster.

Cookie licking is one of those concepts where once you’ve seen it you “can’t unsee”. Now that I’m aware of the concept, I keep finding it all over the place. And thinking about it, it is literally all over the place.

‘The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience — this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.’ – Aldous Huxley


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The possibility of a science in which all the world is thought of computationally casts the study of computers in an important new light. As its practitioners are fond of saying, computer science is not about computers, any more than astronomy is about telescopes, or biology about microscopes. These devices are tools for observing worlds otherwise inaccessible. The computer is a tool for exploring the world of complex processes, whether they involve cells, stars, or the human mind.

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The most startling aspect, to me, about the modern institutional media is its hyperconformity.

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Looking at the chronology of the dispute, it is apparent that the moment China truly escalated matters was when Canberra demanded an independent inquiry into the origins of Covid-19. Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister, even called for international experts to be given “weapons inspector-style powers” in conducting their probe. China’s ambassador to Canberra responded by warning that this perceived insult might trigger a boycott of Australian produce by Chinese consumers. Within months, the Chinese government itself had taken the initiative by imposing tariffs.

A grow­ing fight is un­fold­ing across the U.S. as cities con­sider phas­ing out nat­ural gas for home cook­ing and heat­ing, cit­ing con­cerns about cli­mate change, and states push back against these bans.

“all of these disasters brought to you by the total, self-assured unanimity of the highly educated people who are supposed to know what they’re doing, plus the total complacency of the highly educated people who are supposed to be supervising them”.

Why Working From Home Will Stick

Thanks to Facebook and its clampdown on any discussion of the theory that Covid-19 might have been ‘manufactured’ or might have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, people in America, Britain, France and across the globe were subjected to Chinese-style silencing. They were essentially banned from saying things that might embarrass the Chinese Communist Party. The supposedly woke, chilled overlords of the World Wide Web helped to globalise the CCP’s repression of free thought and open debate.

Of course, the Indian paper was quickly withdrawn by its authors, and the notion that COVID-19 could have been man-made was rendered radioactive – for a while.

The statement struck Demaneuf as “totally nonscientific.” To him, it seemed to contain no evidence or information. And so he decided to begin his own inquiry in a “proper” way, with no idea of what he would find. “found that conflicts of interest, stemming in part from large government grants supporting controversial virology research, hampered the U.S. investigation into COVID-19’s origin at every step; “It tackled a fundamental question: How did a novel bat coronavirus get to a major metropolis of 11 million people in central China, in the dead of winter when most bats were hibernating, and turn a market where bats weren’t sold into the epicenter of an outbreak?” In addition, many leading experts had either received or approved funding for gain-of-function research. Their “conflicted” status, said Pottinger, “played a profound role in muddying the waters and contaminating the shot at having an impartial inquiry.” “The sums at stake allow it to “purchase a lot of omertà” from the labs it supports, said Richard Ebright of Rutgers. (In response to detailed questions, an EcoHealth Alliance spokesperson said on behalf of the organization and Daszak, “We have no comment.”)

The nub of the media criticism is, in my view, justified. Last April, I wrote, responding to Rogin’s reporting, that the press should “isolate legitimate questions” from conspiratorial noise “and try and report out the answers”; numerous journalists took this approach to the lab-leak theory, but many others did indeed dismiss it as an illegitimate line of inquiry.

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SCOOP: @LockheedMartin, the nation’s largest defense contractor, sent key executives to a three-day white male reeducation camp in order to deconstruct their “white male culture” and atone for their “white male privilege.”

Time has proven Rand Paul had his thumb on the pulse of the science of the virus, and understood the unintended consequences of government interventions better than public health officials.

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Can DARPA’s simulator decipher that “This person is a journalist” wasn’t meant as a statement of fact or high praise, but rather a slight, implying, “…and should not be”?

It is depressing it has taken so long for the world of science, supported by most journalists and politicians, to start accepting the basic truth that no theory should be discounted without evidence — especially given the seriousness of the issues at stake and history of leaks from laboratories. A spate of strong articles seems to have suddenly changed the media narrative, despite mostly reheating material familiar to those of us who have been tracking this story for months. The latest Wall Street Journal story, for example, about three Wuhan researchers allegedly falling suspiciously sick in November, builds on facts revealed by David Asher, former lead investigator for the State Department, in interviews two months ago with both the Australian journalist Sharri Markson and myself.

There was even a three-year ban in the United States under the Obama administration, although the work was simply outsourced to labs in other nations.

A freedom of information request later exposed this influential statement was secretly organised by Peter Daszak, a British charity chief who channelled funding from US health authorities to his friend and research colleague Shi Zhengli, the infamous “Batwoman” expert at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Other signatories included Jeremy Farrar, the highly regarded director of the Wellcome Trust.

Since then, Daszak has expended considerable efforts on denouncing the lab leak theory. Yet despite this clear conflict of interest, he was invited to join the WHO investigation in China into the virus’s cause and to head up a 12-strong group for the Lancet on the same subject alongside five of his fellow signatories.

Still Life: German Car Vibe

That SUV’s dominate our current auto era is an understatement.

Yet, every time I see a BMW i3, I ponder what might have been. I drove an early example in 2014 [1] and largely enjoyed a more recent road trip with a “conventional” ICE (internal combusion engine) BMW convertible [2].

My i3 experience included an unexpected lunch with a product manager.

It’s interesting to consider the conception, birth and death of the i3/i8 today, a time when many automakers are madly chasing EV’s (electric vehicles), including nearly unlimited girth, such as Ford’s recently announced electric F-150.

Eight years hence – in 2028, God willing, how will the i3 reflect that day’s market expectations?

Were I to hazard a guess, I suspect that it will be more familiar. Perhaps a recent Fiat 600 multipla [3] sighting foreshadows new thinking.

Docendo discimus.

[1] The i3 Long Bet

[2] Stuttgart/Munich: Gazing west to Cupertino

[3] Fiat 600 Multipla

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We are now living the intentional deconstruction of the aquifers and the groundwater. We are watching our home-grown food supply, and the most fertile farmland on the planet being destroyed. We are drinking water from the bottom of the barrel where contaminants are in concentrated form without the freshwater dilution for wells. Our infrastructure—-canals, roads, and bridges, are sinking because without water to plump it up, land drops.

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SeaGlass is a system designed by security researchers at the University of Washington to measure IMSI-catcher use across a city.

In other words, when push comes to shove and the system is pushed to its limits, policymakers invariably print.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Lab-Leak Theory*

As it happens, Amish communities are home to plenty of tinkerers, hackers and technophiles. Just like early adopters who read the news online when ‘the internet’ was still a strange term, they rigged up light bulbs, bought telephones and surfed the web before their peers or church leaders knew much about them. Due to the decentralised nature of Amish religious life (there’s no Amish pope), no one set a policy for addressing these novelties. Contrary to what outsiders might expect, early adopters often aren’t censored, nor necessarily discouraged.

For Bittman, the central drama of this story begins in the course of the last century, as agriculture and food processing became mass industries, and as we moved from having two types of food (plants and animals) to being overwhelmed by a new third type—one that was “more akin to poison.” These “engineered edible substances, barely recognizable as products of the earth, are commonly called ‘junk.’?”

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Are Angel Investors More Likely than Venture Capitalists to Drive Entrepreneurial Experimentation?

Amir Sariri:

Although angel investors and venture capitalists (VCs) both participate in the supply side of the same market providing capital and advice to early-stage companies, they are distinct in several ways. The differences in when they choose to deploy capital are well studied. The differences in when they choose to provide advice are not. Using a sample of 7,980 mentoring decisions by seed-stage investors from which I construct a novel typology of four types of startup activities, I report among the first empirical findings on systematic differences in angel versus VC advice. Angels are more likely than VCs to choose to provide advice on the design and execution of experiments (e.g., will customers buy this product at this price?), whereas angels are less likely than VCs to choose to provide advice on analysis (e.g., what is the size of the total addressable market?). While analysis is a skill that can be learned from studying, hypothesis testing is a skill developed via learning-by-doing. I report evidence consistent with the hypothesis that angels are more likely to choose to provide advice on the design and execution of experiments because they have a skill advantage in that domain due to operational experience. I also provide evidence that is inconsistent with alternative explanations, including financial incentives and selection.