Month: February 2007

This is a Public Service Announcement: Do not see Ghost Rider. It is a lukewarm piece of Hollywood comic murder scat. It is the final stage of Marvel’s unraveling as a hot intellectual property holder. The Spider-man movies remain as the only good thing left with the Marvel name attached to it. They are the only ones with a good, proven director still behind them, and everything else now is being produced by hacks like Mark Steven Johnson and Brett Ratner. No, in fact, go see it. Because I can’t prove to you here spoiler-free how bad a movie Ghost Rider is. It is made doubly bad by the presence of Nicolas “No Typo” Cage. How low can a former A-list star go!? Snake Eyes? Con Air? The Wicker Man – Reloaded? Inaccurate Ghost Rider comic translation with ridiculous sappy mid-Western romance story thrown in? Bingo! The shame and embarrassment of his overstated performance will only be matched by your own as you walk out, 2 hours closer to your death with nothing to show …

Fluid Logo Theory

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Fluid Logo Theory (20070216), originally uploaded by sangsara. One of the best feelings I know is going into old notebooks and harddrives, and finding things I don’t remember doing. In this case here, I was bored and started a chain of websites that I’m sure nobody visited (and that I never finished). There was some kind of weird philosophy behind it all, but I don’t recall exactly, and I’m not sure whether I was consciously trying to be ridiculous, or if I just was. Right now I’m simply amazed that I once had the time to write so much nonsense on a page that was never uploaded. The working life is hard, and my blog/s are dying slow deaths of being updated only when my memory reflects upon its own fragility – like turning on a digital camera and seeing something briefly on it’s screen before the battery dies. “Oh yes, I took some …

Holy Grail of Photo Fixes

Wow, my bad. In the last post I said that it was highly unlikely the Olympus Stylus 1000 could meet its claims of fixing motion blur after the fact, with a software process. It seems such things might be possible (although not with the Olympus). This program, Focus Magic, claims to be able to undo motion blurring and also offers an alternative method of sharpening photos. I’m about to try it out. UPDATE: It sucks, and is very slow with its unspectacular processing. There is, of course, the chance that I wasn’t meticulous enough with my noodling on a sample photo. But anyone who doubts my Final Word of Damnation is free to knock themselves out.

Olympus Stylus 1000 review

This camera is a bit of a disappointment. I’ve owned 2 other Olympus point-and-shoots (film), and they were fantastic. Olympus pretty much led the way for compact camera technology and adoption, and it’s a bit sad really to see them in the state they are today, playing the megapixel game with loser companies like CASIO and producing sub-par products. The Stylus 1000 is their top-of-the-line digital P&S. 10 megapixel images, 3x digital zoom, and ISO sensitivity up to 6400 (ISO1600 for full-sized 10mp shots). The Stylus 750 might actually be a better buy, as it features mechanical Image Stabilization. The 1000 model pictured above relies solely on high ISO sensitivity to eliminate blur. Does it work? Sure, if you like blur-free photos splotched with green and red color noise. Even worse, photos taken at ISO3200-6400 are limited to 2000 pixels across. That’s significantly less resolution, and suddenly you’re doing digital photography from the nineties. Dude. The new Styluses/Stylii also feature in-camera photo editing, called Perfect Fix. The audacity! If I weren’t so good at deduction, …