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Business

Quick Sprout: 10 Lessons Learned This Year

This website is probably a good one to add to the list of sites you visit regularly if you like to dabble in startups and keep good advice in mind.  I just found it and all the articles on the homepage at the moment are very relevant and great advice… So I assume that he will write much more great stuff!

http://www.quicksprout.com/2009/08/31/10-business-lessons-i-learned-this-year/

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Multimedia Reviews

Movie Review: The Apartment

As some people know, my DVD collection has gotten out of hand.  Be glad to hear that my purchasing obsession ended a while ago, with the advent of HD.  It would be unacceptable to buy such a lowly quality movie when there is the pristine beauty of Blu-ray!  😉 Yet, I have no HDTV, and therefore no need for HD movies….  So I still rent DVD’s from Netflix.

I’ve been copying my DVD collection to a hard drive for more convenient viewing.  Today I found “The Apartment” with Jack Lemmon laying around.  I don’t know what it was, but I got sucked in and watched the whole thing!  I had never watched it before and was blown away at how awesome the movie was!  I was completely enthralled in the character and story.  Now, the plot is about the darker side of humanity, and really surprised me that a movie from 1960 had such blatant topics that I would have thought sensitive topics for a movie of that time.  But then again, I’ve been realizing, the more I watch older movies, that stories have always been pretty risque.  Maybe it is because I am now older that plot details are much more apparently adult to me.

Nonetheless, I highly recommend “The Apartment’!  It is probably one of my favorite movies now!  Jack Lemmon is awesome (and young!) and Shirley MacLaine is incredibly believable (and beautiful).  She totally makes the movie.  Incredible.

I am really excited to discover more “classics” as I travel backwards through movie history.  Excellent movie.  No wonder it got the Oscar for Best Picture that year.

Billy Wilder directed the movie.  Here’s the trailer:

If you want to see the New York Times’ critic’s pick clip, it gives some of it away, but covers the whole movie and isn’t as cheezy as the old trailer!

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Studies

How Are Your Students?

This is a pretty eye-opening view of literacy in students today.  I was of the opinion that texting and all these brief interactions were promoting abbreviations that make me want to scream.  So many people are used to abbreviations from texting that they seep into emails and other places where they clearly should have the time to write out full words.  Then there’s the consistent misuses of homophones that get under my skin too.

I see it in the professional world all the time and it shocks me every time that people don’t realize they use “their” instead of “there” way too often (“too often” presumes that it’s “OK” from time to time… which it’s obviously not!).  At work, there’s a copywriter that sends out a newsletter to the whole company on a monthly basis (or so) teaching the organization about a common grammatical mistake, why it’s incorrect, and how to fix it (and remember the correct usage).  That is a result of lots of reports going around and being proofread for accuracy before publishing to customers.  I used to see some pretty horrible writing.

Clearly I get agitated by these little negligent oversights.  I learned English as a second language, and struggled to “get it”, I’m sure.  Somewhere in the time that has passed, I developed OCD (on many levels?) and grammatical leniency on my part is a virtue that does not exist.  I am very particular about words, their use, combinations, and SPELLING!

But I digress.  The purpose of this post is to point you to an article that I read that gives me some hope.  Hope for our future.  I hope that I am only cynical and will be proven wrong.  (While a pretty bad movie, Idiocracy is a satirical prediction of how we could end up as a society.  To an extent, I can sympathize with the where the writer thinks we are headed.)

“Clive Thompson on the New Literacy”
http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-09/st_thompson

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Photography

Photography Tips That Are Very Good!

Here are 8 tips that are great.  Very much in line with the subjects that my sister plays with in photography.

The last one shows a huge difference between the original and a “cleaned up” version….!

http://digital-photography-school.com/8-tips-for-mom-a-raz-zo-photographers

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Photography

Sharp Telephoto Shots

This one’s more for my dad.  I got him a telephoto lens for Christmas last year and it’s become his favorite toy. This is a pretty extensive tutorial on how to get sharp shots with zooms.  Not illustrated, but if you’re interested in technique, might be useful.

http://www.lensrentals.com/news/view?permalink=how-to-get-sharp-telephoto-images

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Studies

Multitasking May Not Be That Good For You

I tend to juggle a lot of projects at once.  It gets hard to keep my head on straight from time to time.  Apparently multitasking can affect the brain in odd ways…. I have to admit, believe it!

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/08/multitasking/

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Studies

Artificial Intelligence

Wired has an article about little robots that learn to deceive eachother.  Hmm….

“Real-Life Decepticons: Robots Learn to Cheat”
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/08/real-life-decepticons-robots-learn-to-cheat/

More interesting to me was the article linked at the end.  It’s about neuron culture (rat brain matter?) that they’ve hooked up to a robot, so they call it “animat” and are getting the two to interact… so like… robots and organic, live matter connected…. a live brain for a robot….!  Sounding more like Cyberdyne Systems.

“It’s Alive(ish)”
http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/news/2006/08/71457

The second article is actually already 3 years old! I will have to look up “animats” to see what has been going on since then.  Scary?

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Studies

Archeology of Languages

This is very fascinating… I wonder about things related to language from time to time.  Wonder if I will ever take the time to check out this show….  Did I mention I do not have cable TV?!  Only internet.  You should try it!  $33/month….

Here’s the post about the languages.

http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2009/08/the_archaeology_of_l.html

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Studies

How Well Do You Know Your Friends?

Here’s a post about a study involving peoples’ misconception of how well they actually know their friends….

http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2009/08/seeing_what_we_want_.html

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Multimedia Photography

Stuck in Customs

My friend Matt sent this blog along.  Sounds like the author’s got my dream life (for the most part)!  Read his “about” page to get more of an idea what the blog’s about.  Really cool photography though… HDR… something that I’ve wanted to play with for a while.

http://www.stuckincustoms.com/