camera testing

I have a multiple day camping trip planned with my fifth grader and 40+ others, and was considering renting a DSLR to document the whole thing, maybe make a little keepsake book from it. But the best price I saw today to rent a Nikon D50 was $60/day. It wouldn’t take too many days renting before buying makes sense. I’m really looking forward to doing this but not too thrilled about messing with film and scanning it all when I get back. I’ll take a lot of pictures or very few (and miss out), depending on how well-equipped I am.

A little more research is in order, it seems.

will this make “albums” worth buying?

is this the new business model?

Radiohead has a new album coming out called In Rainbows. It’s only available from their site for now, either as a download (released Oct 10) or as a “discbox” that includes the CD, a bonus CD, two records, and assorted photos, books, etc. (released Dec 3). (via rex)


So the folks who want to buy the sounds can do that, those who want a physical doo-dad can buy one and those fans who want the extra stuff can buy that, too.

To tell the truth, I’m torn. I’d like to hear the stuff when it comes out, but I also think as an experiment, the idea of music+other goodies is interesting. Some people will vote more than once . . . .

The Big Deal about this is that the digital download has no fixed price: you pay what you like. The discbox, on the other hand, weighs in at £40, more than US$80, at present.

So what’s it worth? iTunes would charge US$9.99, AMZNmp3 the same, I expect. It will be interesting to see how many orders they take, in advance of release (Oct 10) and how many afterwards.

so *this* is how it works


my email has a Mute button?

Official Gmail Blog: “M” is for…mute:

Just like you, I get a lot of email. Much of it requires my reply, some is simply FYI, and some is the result of overactive mailing lists, like the one for Google’s San Francisco commuters. I take the shuttle to work, so I need to stay on top of announcements about route and schedule changes. But when there’s an alert about a route on the other side of the city, or a co-worker’s comment spurs a long thread about bus etiquette, I use the “m” shortcut key to mute the conversation and spare my inbox. As new messages are added to the same conversation, they bypass my inbox. If someone puts my email address directly on the To: or cc: line, the conversation immediately re-appears; otherwise, irrelevant messages sent to the mailing list are archived. That way I can refer back to them when I really need to find out about changes to the route when there’s a Monday night game at the 49ers stadium, or want to revisit the debate about dogs on the bus. To use the “m” shortcut key, first click “Settings” in the top right corner of Gmail and select the option “Keyboard shortcuts on.” Then, when you’re reading a conversation you want to mute, just press “m.”

I had no idea. And is that ever useful.

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