Month: June 2013

[ video ] Trey’s Variety Hour #79: Backing up your Photos – The Latest! Physical and cloud…

Good discussion (though at times way technical!) on various ways to back up photos, and why it’s crucially important.

Trey said on his Facebook post of this video:

In short, if you are a basic user, Eric Cheng recommends that you just get two external hard drives so you have a total of three copies. And keep one off-site or at a friend’s place. If you are more HARDCORE, then there are a ton of solutions in here! Lots of good suggestions from all the guests including Scott Jarvie John Pozadzides Scott Kublin Peter Adams – also Dave Veffer is putting together the full show notes for this, so I will share it again soon! :)

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Actual back-up discussion starts at minute-21

Trey’s Variety Hour #79: Backing up your Photos – The Latest! Physical and cloud…

Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff

Streamed live on Jun 24, 2013

Backups, backups and more backups! John Pozadzides, Eric Cheng, Scott Kublin, Peter Adams, Scott Jarvie, and I go over a ton of different backup options and workflows. Later in the show we share some photos and finish the show with our G+ Discoveries.

G+ Photographer Discoveries:
Lace Andersen, Jim Shoemaker, Robbie Peterson, Douglas Sonders, Matt Adcock, and Phillip Colla.

Thanks to Dave Veffer for helping out with the whole production!

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(recipe) Dandelion Pesto: Eat Your Weeds — “Years of agriculture have bred the nutrients out of common supermarket foods but their wild relatives are way good for you”

From: ADN

Julia O’Malley: Eat your weeds

Laurie Constantino, a local cookbook author, is one of those people you see stooped on the green slopes of city parks with her knife and grocery bag. She’s out there because she knows something the rest of us probably don’t. A lot of plants that we think are weeds are also good, nutrient-packed eating.

I follow Constantino’s food website, which has a trove of interesting recipes for wild edible Alaska plants. (Cow parsnip ice cream, anyone?) I visited her at her home the Hillside this past week because I was curious about the scourge of my lawn: dandelions. I don’t do pesticides (mainly out of laziness) and I can’t beat them. I wondered: Could I eat them?

Constantino’s answer: Oh yes. Then she offered to show me how to make pesto.

A little Internet research told me that dandelion greens have more than twice the vitamin A and vitamin C as spinach. I also read an article in The New York Times about how years of agriculture have bred the nutrients out of common supermarket foods but their wild relatives are way good for you. Crab apples have zillions of times more nutrients than Golden Delicious apples, for example. Wild purple potatoes are way better than Yukon Golds. Naturally, spinach kills iceberg lettuce in the antioxidant department. But dandelion greens crush spinach.

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Dandelion pesto

  • 3 cups packed clean dandelion greens, stems removed.
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 3 to 5 cloves garlic (depending on your love of garlic)
  • 2 ounces Parmesan, Romano or other hard Italian cheese (a block about the size of an Altoid box), roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts, walnuts, almonds or pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Pepper

In a food processor, mince the garlic well. Add the cheese. Pulse it a few times. Add other ingredients. Pulse a few more times until well combined. Store in a jar with a layer of olive oil over the top to prevent discoloration. Can be refrigerated for two weeks as long is there is oil on the top.

Entire Article with Recipe Here

The Great Alaska Mosquito Invasion of June 2013! — “It was a perfect overwintering blanket for insects”

Anchorage Mosquitoes were HORRENDOUS for about 3 weeks this summer, after about a 3 week late start. Here is a theory why they were so bad, as well as a funny and so true commentary from the Anchorage Daily News:

Mosquito invasion in Southcentral Alaska leads to run on supplies

Published: June 17, 2013

“Mosquito populations are fairly high everywhere,” said Janice Chumley, integrated pest management technician at the Kenai Peninsula District office of Cooperative Extension Service.

Why? Because of weather we had nine months ago. Southcentral Alaska experienced an extremely wet fall followed directly by snow. The snow covered and insulated the ground before it could freeze very deep.

“It was a perfect overwintering blanket for insects,” Chumley said.

How perfect wasn’t immediately apparent because breakup came late this year; much of the state got smacked by a snowstorm a month ago. The extended cool weather delayed the hatchout, Chumley said. “But the minute it warmed up, all of those successfully overwintering sites produced clouds of mosquitoes.” …

What is not anecdotal is the fact that the Anchorage store shelves on which mosquito control products are usually stocked have become bare in the past few days. …

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Elise Patkotak: Tropical heat in Anchorage? This isn’t right

Published: June 18, 2013

OK, let’s get one thing straight. If I’d wanted to have bright, hot sunshine for weeks in a row I’d have moved to Fairbanks or Hawaii or Mexico or, if I was really desperate, Florida. If I wanted to devote an hour every morning killing mosquitoes in my office before I could work, I’d have moved to a tropical forest. If I wanted to spend my time outdoors batting wildly at my head while screaming, “Get away from me, you beasts from hell” I’d have done a remake of “Bedlam.”

And I know I’m not alone. There are a lot of us out there in the Anchorage bowl, hiding in our own special closets with netting covering our entire bodies and fans blowing cold air from ice cubes to help us maintain our sanity.

My dogs scurry through the door to go into the yard at top speed because they fear that their tails will be slammed into the door I’m shutting as quickly as possible to keep the next horde of blood suckers out. They eye me fearfully as I stalk through the rooms of my house, bloody magazine in hand, inspecting walls and ceilings for another evil biter to squash beneath my avenging hand. …

Related:

Bloodletting worsens during Alaska’s legendary mosquito infestation

June 30, 2013

The insect uprising — courtesy of a swampy spring and late-season snow — has prompted many Alaskans to wonder when relief will come. …

It’s hard to know, because we have over 40 species in Alaska that rely on different habitats. The large mosquitoes are called the snow mosquitoes, and there are six species of those. They’re much slower, and some people call them “training mosquitoes” to get us ready for the next wave. Those are mostly gone. The ones we are seeing now are mostly in the genus ochlerotatus. They’re smaller and faster.

[ video ] Trippy Mirrored Hyperlapse Videos Shot on Japanese Monorail Systems

From: PetaPixel

Mirroring your time-lapse footage can yield a trippy, ethereal quality to an otherwise standard video. Riding on the Japanese monorail, for example, is nothing particularly special. Creating a hyperlapse of the experience, while cool, probably won’t stand out.

A few users, however, have come up with some interesting takes on a monorail hyperlapse by mirroring the footage and taking you on a much stranger journey.

The video above was shot by Vimeo user darwinfish105 using a Panasonic DMC-GH3 attached to an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6. All of the photos were shot at a 1 second shutter, with help from an ND400 filter for daytime shots and setting the ISO at 400 (sans filter, obviously) at night. He then mirrored and vertically flipped the footage in post to get the final product.

Of course, he’s not the only person to have done something like this. Vimeo user Daihei Shibata‘s video Shinkansen ver.2 (above) takes you on a similar journey. His video captures the trip from Shinosaka to Tokyo as you would see it out of the right side window — assuming you had mirrored vision, that is. His was shot using an Olympus Pen EP-1.

If you want to see more trippy mirrored videos, check out this Chicago time-lapse we shared a few years ago, or read through the comments on the video at the top.

Entire Article Here

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Related:

[ video ] Floating Chicago – A collection of mirrored skyline timelapses

[ video ] Floating Chicago – A collection of mirrored skyline timelapses

From: PetaPixel

Mirror Filter Transforms Dash Cam Footage into an Ethereal Experience

This surreal video might seem like some sort of abstract, computer-generated art project at first glance, but take a closer look and you’ll probably realize what’s going on. Flickr user cshimala attached a GoPro Hero HD to his front windshield and shot some footage as he drove around Chicago. He then mirrored the footage in post, sped it up, and set it to Liquid Summer by Diamond Messages.

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From: flickr.com/photos/cshimala/5275838854

The mirror effect was added later with a filter in Vegas Movie Studio HD

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[ video ] Trippy Mirrored Hyperlapse Videos Shot on Japanese Monorail Systems