eclassical.com sells high resolution recordings

2012-10-20 18:28 (comments: 0)

In an era of high resolution (24bit) recording and excellent free codecs (FLAC), it is a shame that I still have to go to the brick&mortar store and buy a (small, I concede) heap of plastic that I then have to rip manually before I put it away for ever. Well, I finally have a solution, at least for my classical music craves

Edit: And here is a web page with an excellent explanation of why this topic matters to me. I am old enough (oh well...) that I can still remember (yes, even physically browse!) my vynil turntable discs collection. I can still remember (with my guts!) the absolutely marvelous quality of the recording of "Dangerous", the latest worthy Michael Jackson album. Since switching to CDs in 1994 I sorely missed that quality, especially in my classical music listening sessions. So here we are, 18 years later, we might finally come back full circle to a better quality music recording. Talk about slow growing...

Best life advice ever

2012-09-02 11:29 (comments: 0)

The best advice for a fulfilled life: "learn how to learn". This from a marvelous story told by Andrei Alexandrescu, about how a few words, in a minute of conversation, can change a life radically.

For what is worth, Andrei's and my country of birth and education seemed to have a rather consistent and solidly planted attitude towards learning, that could be distilled exactly to this: learn how to learn. I distinctly remember my lyceum and my university professors saying exactly these words to us. And teaching by example too.

Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012

2012-08-25 16:46 (comments: 0)

Neil Armstrong, hero of the Apollo 11 space flight to the Moon, died today. Thus goes another of my childhood's idols.

TED top 20

2012-08-24 10:26 (comments: 0)

What kind of photog am I?

2012-06-07 20:23 (comments: 0)

Answerthe wide angle kind.

I wrote this script to analyse my collection of photos. I wanted to know what focal length I use the most. Below is the output. Pretty obvious, eh? The fluke at 50 mm is caused by my owning a 50mm fixed lens that I actually use a bit. Why did I do this? Because I wondered if I am right to tolerate my Nikkor 18-200mm lens for its flexibility, despite of its obvious lack of sharpness. Yep, now I know what I sell next. 

If you can suggest a reasonable wide lens to use with my D300s, please comment.

Note 1: Dan Ariely is right: we are predictably irrational

Note 2: Unfortunately my script doesn't work on raw files (the PIL python lib doesn't know how to and pyexiv2 is a bitch to compile). But if you want to use this script, remember that probably you keep a .jpg copy of most of your raw files anyways.

Update (2 days later): I should have thought of wrapping the script around exiftool, which can go into raws too. Will do next time.

(Nikon D80 then Nikon D300s with a 18-200 mm and a 50 mm lenses over 5 years)
mm: nb of frames 

18: 1500 ****************************************************************************************************************************************************
 20:  189 ******************
 22:  181 ******************
 24:  133 *************
 26:  176 *****************
 27:   75 *******
 28:   74 *******
 29:   80 ********
 31:   71 *******
 32:  152 ***************
 34:   79 *******
 35:   94 *********
 36:   92 *********
 38:   64 ******
 40:   72 *******
 42:   45 ****
 44:   98 *********
 46:   66 ******
 48:   99 *********
 50:  327 ********************************
 52:   82 ********
 55:   59 *****
 56:   60 ******
 60:   77 *******
 62:  102 **********
 65:   65 ******
 70:   89 ********
 75:   64 ******
 80:   47 ****
 82:   75 *******
 90:   62 ******
 95:  109 **********
105:   93 *********
112:   48 ****
120:   37 ***
130:   66 ******
135:   70 *******
150:   82 ********
170:   92 *********
200:  249 ************************