I picked it up in Japan and I’m very happy. It’s a relatively compact camera with excellent manual controls, fantastic image quality and a great, bright and sharp prime lens.
This is one of the most brilliant things I’ve seen in a very long time.
The single best thing about Fujifilm X-E1 that people often fail to mention is that it comes with an aperture dial on its R lenses, and a dedicated shutter speed and exposure compensation dials. It is orders of magnitude better than using the (now ubiquitous) exposure mode dial.
So it finally happened: we have a full-frame mirrorless camera system. I suppose everyone expected it would, but at least I expected this camera would come from Olympus or Fujifilm, and not Sony. Kudos to Sony for making this bold move.
(too bad my trip to Japan is in October and not December)
A better trade route to Asia be damned – Columbus wanted cheddar.
I love the kind of frank disclosure FastMail does here. I’ve been using their service for more than a year now, and I find it exceptional. If you don’t like GMail, or think that having your email hosted by the world’s biggest advertising company isn’t the best idea, you should definitely give FastMail a try.
setxkbmap -option "ctrl:nocaps"
It sets caps lock to ctrl, which is its most useful and reasonable binding. Useful especially in latest releases of most distributions, since newest Gnome control centre libraries remove the GUI to set the above (seriously, Gnome people, what’s with the constant removal of useful stuff, huh?).
update: Anya tweets a protip:
@pkazmierczak Tip #2: put it in ~/.config/autostart/ctrlnocaps.desktop (or does .xsession or similar still work?)—
Anya Helene Bagge (@anyahelene) October 07, 2013
I guess whether
.xsession still works depends on what kind of desktop env you’re using, afaik it doesn’t work on GNOME/Unity. Also, Unity still has a UI where you can put “startup applications”, and these can be arbitrary commands.
- Your iPod/iPhone is always charged when plugged in.
- The music gets automatically muted when the phone rings.
- Many modern docking stations have air play capabilities, which is convenient for streaming from laptops or iPads.
Despite what you might hear me saying, I like TV shows. I don’t own a TV set (in fact I haven’t lived in an apartment with one for many years), and I avoid mentioning my interest in some shows, but that’s mostly due to my somewhat snobbish nature – I would like to be seen as a person who doesn’t fall for easy entertainment, and isn’t interested in anything less than a Booker prize winning novel, an inaccessible contemporary jazz album, or modern art exhibition. But in the privacy of my own blog I am willing to admit that there are certain things on television that I really enjoy, and one1 of these things – AMC’s Breaking Bad – just came to an end.
Breaking Bad is a simple show. It’s not very sophisticated, like Mad Men. It isn’t as spectacular as Game of Thrones, and not as intellectual as Girls. The story is in fact very similar to Weeds (at least in the beginning), but in contrast to the light-toned Showtime series, Breaking Bad is seldom funny.2 It is fantastically written, it has great characters, awesome cinematography, and, above all, amazing actors. But all this doesn’t explain the Breaking Bad phenomenon to me, i.e. I can’t understand how is it possible that a relatively simple TV series like that gets so much media coverage.
It’s not just the sheer amount3 of words that have been written about the show that amazes me, but also where the pieces were published. That BoingBoing regularly publishes posts about Breaking Bad isn’t that surprising (although these are relatively long-form essays, featured columns if you may, unlike most short notes that appear on BoingBoing), but if The New Yorker writes about shows other than Girls and Mad Men, it’s a serious matter. And it’s not only the Culture Desk, oh no. There are longer pieces in the magazine itself, as well as a recently published profile of Bryan Cranston. That The New York Times, The Guardian and even FAZ have published articles about the show doesn’t surprise me so much, but once I stumbled upon Breaking Bad in The Economist, I realized there’s no where to run, no where to hide.
- Other shows I admire are Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Girls, and House of Cards. (shit, that’s more than I thought.) ↩
- Despite significant differences between Weeds and BB, Vince Gilligan mentioned that he wouldn’t have made Breaking Bad if he knew about Weeds. Luckily for us, he didn’t. ↩
- Apparently you should wear a spoiler helmet if you haven’t seen the show yet (thanks, Karolina).↩
It’s not that Walt needed to suffer, necessarily, for the show’s finale to be challenging, or original, or meaningful: but Walt succeeded with so little true friction … that it felt quite unlike the destabilizing series that I’d been watching for years.
— Emily Nussbaum on how the “Breaking Bad” finale fell short: http://nyr.kr/19imb5j
Apple web services are a bit like Windows 98. You get non-sensical error messages every now and then, and your best strategy is to keep ignoring them until they stop popping up. And then at some point, stuff starts to work properly. Or not.
It’s baffling though that a company capable of producing such brilliant hardware and software cannot, for so many years, create robust and reliable web services.
This is what innovation, real innovation, looks like. It’s like the Thomas Edison quote, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Innovation is missed by most people because it is so often incremental.
John Gruber writes about the new iPhones. A very insightful piece, you should read it especially if you hate Apple.
Managing Haskell libraries/packages is a huge PITA, because you can’t easily resolve dependencies, can’t easily delete old/broken versions of packages, simply because Cabal is not a package manager. This sucks, that’s why every now and then what I have to do is to purge all my conflicting packages, and here is the easiest way to do it:
ghc-pkg check --simple-output | xargs -n 1 ghc-pkg unregister --force
After that you can simply
cabal install any package you need.
Every couple years I get the urge to peek out of my Apple-furnished hole and survey the landscape of alternative devices and operating systems. I call this urge switching season [...] I figure that the least I can do when the urge to switch strikes me is to share what I’ve learned in the hopes that it saves other people some time.
I have it exactly like Alex Payne – I’ve been living in the Apple-ecosystem for the last 3 years, and I am sorry to admit that the 2010 13” Macbook Pro is hands-down the best computer I have ever used. It’s fast (especially after having an SSD upgrade last summer), silent, portable, has great keyboard, and its software is boring like hell – it doesn’t crash and I don’t have to tinker with it to make wifi work after resuming from suspend. Despite all that, whenever I see a nice Thinkpad,1 I’m immediately browsing the best second-hand computer store in the world searching for a used X201 or X220 in good condition. It’s partly nostalgia, partly the love of XMonad, and to a small extent dislike of Apple.2 And every time it happens, I’m performing an analysis similar to the one Alex Payne did, arriving at mostly the same conclusions: Android sucks, Linux on the desktop mostly sucks, Windows is not considered due to it not being unix-based, and Apple sucks least on all fronts.
It’s all rather sad.
I’ve been wandering around the Internet looking for good, new sci-fi shows, and I have to say I’m a bit underwhelmed with what’s out there. Canadians seems to be making some, with Continuum and Orphan Black, but I’m a bit disappointed with the storyline1 of the former, and not exactly convinced by the latter. I haven’t seen Fringe before and someone recommended it to me, so I watched one episode, but probably won’t watch any more – too much X-Files-like, except without Anderson or Duchovny. Where are proper sci-fi shows like BSG or Babylon-5?2
And how about books? Some time ago someone recommended “The Windup Girl” (was that you, @tTikitu?) and I enjoyed it, as well as “The City & The City”, but I didn’t find anything else that would resemble science-fiction.
Could you please recommend something, Internet? Just no military sci-fi, please.
The 40 years of communism Poland endured battered its food. Communism did to the national cuisine what it did to so much else and reduced it to the lowest common denominator: uniform and bland stodge characterised by poor ingredients, low standards and low expectations.
The “Eastern Approaches” blog writes about Polish food today, and the coming revival of Polish cuisine. I haven’t been living in Poland for the last 5 years, so I can’t confirm whether it’s true that the “generation of younger Poles is breathing new life into Polish food”, but I can confirm its blandness, and I’m sorry to say that there’s so much I miss about Poland, but Polish food isn’t one of those things.
Last Thursday I went to a Keith Jarrett Trio concert in Rotterdam. It was probably the best jazz concert experience I’ve ever had.
The very first “contemporary” jazz1 album I’ve listened to was “Standards, Vol. 1″ (ECM 1983). My dad bought it when I was a teenager and played it to me, because I wanted to know other kinds of jazz than swing and bebop. I didn’t like it at first. It seemed chaotic and difficult to listen to. The melodies I knew were lost somewhere, and I didn’t understand how is this interpretation better than good old big bands. The more I listened to it, though, the more I understood, and the more I liked it. You could perhaps say that Keith Jarrett Trio’s standards taught me most things I know about jazz. I learned a lot about how a jazz trio works, how the bass underlines the chords of the piano, and how the drummer keeps things in control. But most importantly, Keith Jarrett Trio’s records opened my mind to a whole new kind of music: contemporary improvisation.
That’s me riding the final climb of Bergen-Voss 2013 race, the famous road from Granvin to Voss and its hairpins around Skjervsfossen. It was the second time I did this race, and although I had a better time than last year, I’m still at the very end of the “top 4000″ list. Continue reading
Adam Marcus makes at least two excellent points: that you should expect “crappy first drafts” and they should not discourage you, and that you should have some hours of absolute quiet time during each day. But the rest of the article is pretty good too, read it.