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Sixgill sharks have fluorescent eyes?!!

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I found an article on sixgill sharks which states that sixgills have “small, flourescent [sic] green eyes with a black pupil.”

That a perfect example of a writer writing about something he/she has never seen before. In many photographs, the eyes of a sixgill shark do glow green, but that is because sixgills have a tapetum lucidum (like cats do), which reflects light (and thus, appear to glow green when the light source is close to the camera’s lens). In fact, I’ve seen shark eyes reflect like frickin’ laser beams at night when the light source is moved around a bit. It’s creepy.

I’m going to write an article about cats. I found this photo:


Photo: Una Smith (Creative Commons)

… and have concluded that cats have one fluorescent green eye, one glowing red eye, and generally look pissed off. (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 6 comments » | Sep 29, 2008 17:21:43

Striped OCZ 120GB SSDs (RAID 0 Array) in a MacBook Pro

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Two OCZ Core Series v2 SATA II 120GB SSDs in a MacBook Pro

(Blah blah blah. Skip to the benchmarks.)

Six months ago, I put a 32GB MTRON MSD 3000 SSD drive in my MacBook Pro as a system drive and ran a Samsung 160GB IDE/ATA drive as a data drive in the slot normally taken up by a SuperDrive.

At the time, the MTRON MSD 3000 SSD appealed to me because it is a single-level cell (SLC) SSD, which tends to perform evenly and consistently, especially when being accessed at smaller transfer sizes. Cheaper drives use multi-level cell design (MLC), which historically has had a lower mean time between failures (MTBF), and has been less consistent in its performance. Still, big flash vendors like Samsung have recently switched from SLC to MLC for their consumer products, which suggests that a great deal of progress is being made on MLC drives. MLC drives are MUCH cheaper than are SLC drives, and most consumer solid-state drives use MLC designs, while the enterprise environment still relies on SLC. (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 29 comments » | Sep 28, 2008 01:08:15

New York whirlwind

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Kate Devaney, Eric Cheng, Al Vinjamur, Kirk Kazazian

I stayed in New York for a few days after Dave and Kim’s wedding to catch up with friends and to represent Wetpixel and Sea Shepherd at the LUSH press event.

I was excited to get to hang out some with Ella, Peter and Karine’s daughter. She is a smart one.

Special thanks to Al Vinjamur for letting me stay at his place again. Here are a bunch of photos from the week…

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Sep 26, 2008 18:58:43

LUSH press event, New York

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Kim at the Sea Shepherd booth, LUSH press event

Kim McCoy and I manned the Sea Shepherd booth at the LUSH press event at the Hudson Hotel in New York a couple of days ago. I had never before in my life been surrounded by soap people and members of the fashion/fitness press! The female to male ratio was at least 10:1 (which is always nice). (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 5 comments » | Sep 26, 2008 18:51:55

Twitter seems to be up more these days

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tweet, tweet, fail. 1pm 9/25/08.

… well, except right now.

Actually, Twitter has been pretty reliable for me lately. I’ve been much happier with the service than I was a few months ago. It’s free, so we can’t complain.

Well, we can complain because it makes us feel better. But there is no legitimacy to the complaints. :)

New York, NY | link | trackb | no comments » | Sep 25, 2008 13:06:09

New York HDR Experiment

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New York HDR Experiment, Canon 1Ds Mk III

In the few minutes before running out for dinner, I set a tripod up and snapped a few images out of the window. They turned out OK, but I think the exposures were too long. The swaying of the building actually shows up in some of the frames!

New York, NY | link | trackb | 5 comments » | Sep 23, 2008 23:53:27

Kim McCoy in New York

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Kim McCoy in New York

I spent most of the day fighting with encryption on the Mac. Yargh.

I did, however, get out for meals. I went to Candle Cafe 79 with Kim today, and had some really fantastic vegan food. She hates being in front of a (still) camera, but I’m trying hard to get her used to it. Met up with Tony, Scott, and Ai-Jen for dinner at Josie’s, which was also delicious.

New York, NY | link | trackb | no comments » | Sep 23, 2008 23:32:18

Dave and Kim’s Wedding, New York

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Dave and Kim at Cipriani, New York

Did I already mention that Dave and Kim’s wedding was the most incredible wedding I’ve ever been to? I think I did. Cipriani is a great venue for weddings. It features 60′ ceilings, and Dave and Kim packed the venue with yummy appetizers, beautiful floral arrangements, club-like/dynamic lighting, a 12-piece band, and more. Pat Suh came with me (the first time I’ve ever brought anyone to a wedding), which was great because I only know most of Dave and Kim’s friends in passing (and I enjoyed getting to know you all better. :).

Here are about 40 photos from the event; most of the images are of the people I knew best, but there are plenty more on the full gallery site, which also features inexpensive print sales and full resolution downloads. Dave has the link, and should be sending it out to everyone soon!

As a side note, I shot virtually the entire wedding using a 15mm fisheye lens on my Canon 1Ds Mk III. There was a small army of hired photographers there as well, who seemed to be taking lots of portraits. I focused on shooting the mood. (read more »)

New York, NY | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Sep 23, 2008 01:19:33

Incredible wedding (preview)

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Wedding @ Cipriani — incredible venue

I have never been to a wedding quite like this one. It was really, really well organized, and everything was pretty much perfect. There was a 12-piece band and the most insane spread of appetizers. Congrats, guys! (read more »)

New York, NY | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Sep 21, 2008 01:02:57

Undervolting: MacBook Pro runs cooler and quieter

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I’m totally sold on CoolBook, a Mac OS X utility that sets the voltage levels supplied to a Mac’s CPU at different clock speeds. I became tired of my 2.33Ghz MacBook Pro’s fan spinning up all the time, but I didn’t want to compromise by running it a clock speed. After using CoolBook and tweaking fan settings with Fan Control , my computer is now cool and quiet most of the time. I’ve even tweaked my settings so the fan rarely spins up when I’m on battery power (and the CPU stays relatively cool). (read more »)

New York, NY | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Sep 20, 2008 02:22:15

View of the Queensboro Bridge at night

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The Queensboro Bridge at night

Pat Suh and I went to Dave and Kim’s rehearsal dinner tonight, which was held at Water’s Edge in Long Island City. The restaurant has a beautiful view of Manhattan and the Queensboro Bridge. I was looking out the window all night wishing I had brought my tripod. Instead, I propped my camera up onto a railing and tried to hold it steady for the exposure.

Exposure details: Canon 1Ds Mk III, 24-105/4L lens @ 24mm, 0.5s @ f/4.5, ISO 1600

New York, NY | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Sep 20, 2008 00:24:03

MacBook Pro awesomeness preview

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Dual OCZ 120GB Core Series v2 SSD drives in a RAID 0 (striped)

I’m live with the new setup and have done some benchmarking. Too busy to post results now, but I will soon. :)

New York, NY | link | trackb | 11 comments » | Sep 19, 2008 15:47:04

Canon RAW converter comparison, take two

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Four years ago, I wrote a RAW converter comparison article called The Mystery of RAW Converters. Here’s a one-image update to the article. (read more »)

Yap, Micronesia | link | trackb | 13 comments » | Sep 16, 2008 02:09:30

Backlit taro leaf, Yap

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Backlit taro leaf, Yap, Micronesia

While walking on a stone path today, I spotted this backlit taro leaf in a field of swamp taro. It’s probably the best photo I took today (at least, topside).

Yap, Micronesia | link | trackb | no comments » | Sep 15, 2008 01:27:15

Close encounter (manta ray)

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A large female manta ray in Goofnuw Channel, Yap

I had a beautiful encounter with this 14′ female manta ray this morning. She stalled in front of me for 20 seconds or so before gliding over her cleaning station, literally inches from my face. I lowered my camera and savored the moment.

Yap, Micronesia | link | trackb | 4 comments » | Sep 14, 2008 21:00:24

Clouds, time-lapse video

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Clouds, by Eric Cheng.

I wandered down the road yesterday and set up a camera and tripod to take time-lapse videos of clouds. The clouds here in Yap are incredible, and every time I see a particularly voluminous one, I think of time-lapse. Unfortunately, the big ones are often way off on the horizon and would require a really long lens and heavy tripod to do properly, but I still managed to shoot some interesting proofs of concept. I want to shoot a really long cloud time-lapse as a background video I can play in the framed 46″ LCD on my wall.

Read on for another video. (read more »)

Yap, Micronesia | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Sep 14, 2008 00:27:39

Manta Ray Bay Hotel HDR

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The Manta Ray Bay hotel pool and the Mnuw

I snapped a few HDR shots on the way out to dinner last night. The clouds in Yap are incredible, and I’ve wanted to take this shot for some time, along with a mostly-clear sky and stars twinkling. But by the time the sky is dark enough for this sort of shot, exposures become quite long (the brightest exposures of the HDR series can be 8-10 seconds or more). And because the Mnuw is a boat, it rocks back and forth slightly, and wind pushes the tarp and other elements around.

I plan on doing some time-lapse photography of clouds moving sometime in the next day or two.

Yap, Micronesia | link | trackb | 9 comments » | Sep 13, 2008 00:07:20

Ready, fight!

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I had this conversation with a couple of tourists the other day:

Them: Hi — you were sleeping?
Me: (umm.. was that a question?) No.
Them: Yes, you were sleeping.
Me: Uh… no, I wasn’t.
Them: Yes, you were.
Me: You’re free to believe whatever you want to believe.

And people wonder why I stay in my room so much.

I don’t like to argue about anything factual — I typically end arguments by telling people to look it up on Google. Either they are wrong, or I am wrong, but no amount of arguing is going to change the outcome. Unfortunately, Google doesn’t know (yet) whether I was sleeping, and in any case, the (lack of) internet speed here is a big barrier to casual Google use.

Yap, FM | link | trackb | 10 comments » | Sep 10, 2008 23:42:13

Toonel.net: conserving network bandwidth

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I discovered toonel.net shortly after I started traveling to places with crippled internet connectivity. Toonel.net’s website says that it is “an experiment in a technique for conserving network bandwidth” — but it doesn’t mention how useful the experiment actually is!

When I need to conserve network bandwidth, I use toonel for all http (web) traffic as well as IMAP and SMTP connections. I’ve had really good luck with web compression. Alongside standard text compression, toonel has the option to recompress web images. I currently have JPG images set to be recompressed to a quality level of 90 (a noticeable degradation in image quality — but it can save as much as 50% in traffic). At the moment, I’m averaging around 38% outbound and 37% inbound compression. Not bad.

Success with IMAP and SMTP has been less than perfect; I frequently get an unresponsive proxy when I connect to check mail. Still, when it does connect, compression is good.

Toonel is easy to use — you just download the java proxy client, run it, and set up port mappings and web image compression settings. The toonel website has online tutorials for how to do this on various platforms.

I’ve also been investigating e-mail solutions for satellite connectivity, since traditional email protocols require too many network round-trips to be used in high-latency connections. XGate email gateway looks to be a good solution. Anyone out there used it before? :)

Yap, FM | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Sep 9, 2008 23:46:49

Yap village visit, part 2

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Me, with the kids

More photos from yesterday’s Yap village visit. The village dresses up for tourist shows, but I’m told that traditional garb is still very much the norm in outer island villages. (read more »)

Yap, FM | link | trackb | 4 comments » | Sep 9, 2008 21:56:55
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