Racist Camera?

This is actually kind of amusing. Dark skinned Desi and light skinned Wanda demonstrate the HP’s MediaSmart webcam tracking software can track her but not him. HP says: We are working with our partners to learn more. The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between… Continue reading Racist Camera?

Self Portrait

Self Portrait Originally uploaded by Ezra S F This was posted a while ago to Flickr, but I was reminded it has been a while since I posted anything here… Sitting on a recliner playing with my new bank breaking toys. Sunpak MZ440AF-CA on a light stand with a hot shoe connected to a PocketWizard… Continue reading Self Portrait

Supply and Demand

Here is a shocking idea. People get college degrees because graduates are valued. This leads to parents sending more kids to college who get degrees. Eventually higher education reaches the point where the overabundance of graduates decreases the value of a degree. Weak students have been admitted for years. Universities struggle to identify who will… Continue reading Supply and Demand

Categorized as University

Me Social Media

Dan Schultz doesn’t like Facebook or Twitter because they are too focussed on individual expression rather than the community. That may be because he is using them wrong. I liked photography as a kid, but I didn’t know any photographers. Flickr happened to come into my life just after I bought my first digital camera.… Continue reading Me Social Media


Saturday I didn’t go anywhere. Sunday, a piece of paper fell out of the door. All my neighbors had what appeared to be the same paper in their doors. The point of the note is to be careful about letting people know you are away from home for Christmas. In a college town like here,… Continue reading Helping?

Categorized as Privacy


Microsoft China blatantly copied Plurk. A similar message used to appear on web design forums at least monthly. People sought advice how to handle such situations. Plurk seems to be in the same state. As a young startup, we’re stunned, shocked, and unsure what to do next and need your support and suggestions. The recent, popular advice… Continue reading Copycats

Categorized as Photography

Awesome Coworkers

The state gives employees 15 holidays in addition to the generous accrual of sick and vacation. Where I work only schedules 12 of the holidays. So we get 3 to take whenever we wish. I poorly planned and ended up having to take two this month or lose them. Today ended up being one of… Continue reading Awesome Coworkers

Ashley Merryman: On Parenting

Cannot believe I have yet to read NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children! It looks to have all the things I love: scientific studies debunking common assumptions, policy, school programs, etc. At least it is already on the wishlist. Also, I follow NutureShock on Twitter. A list of articles on the topic. The first part on… Continue reading Ashley Merryman: On Parenting

Google Chrome on Linux

I was excited to read today a Google Chrome Beta is now available on Linux. Gmail and Google Reader have weird font issues for me on both Linux and Window Firefox. So I tend split my browser load based on where the sites work best for me. Making the Linux switch meant leaving Chrome behind… Continue reading Google Chrome on Linux


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