Friday, March 30, 2007

Tutorial: Rapid Color Correction Using Photoshop

Here is a page on DpReview about rapid color correction in Photoshop.


I love pesto.  It is so good, if it is good.

Here is a good page about making pesto.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Conversion to Black and White

I started to write this post about converting to black and white but then I found out someone else did it already.

Here is the link to a blog about converting digital photographs in Photoshop CS2 to black and white.

The approaches he covers (I wasn't concerned with the gradient type) are:
  • Channel Mixer
  • Lab Color Method
  • Gradient Map
  • Desaturation

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Man freed on DNA evidence sues police

I wonder how often horrible stuff like this happens?  Way more than the police would like to admit, of that, I am certain.  We find ourselves surrounded by TV shows glorifying the power of evidence and convincing juries that the police are nearly infallible.  In reality, they make horrible mistakes all the time -- beating people, jailing the innocent and railroading minorities, the poor and anyone else who gets caught in the web of lies we call our "justice system."  We need to fix it but we never will because the money and power involved defend the status quo ... and descenders either queue up in the long line of people suing .... or worse yet, they just die in prison, unavenged and forgotten.

The only thing we can do to protect ourselves is get a lot of money, a good lawyer and stay under the radar.  The problem is, you never know where the police radar will focus next ... you may be already guilty and not even know it.

Staff and agencies
28 March, 2007

By DAN NEPHIN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 25 minutes ago

PITTSBURGH - A man freed from prison after 18 years when DNA evidence failed to link him to a 1988 murder sued police Wednesday claiming they violated his civil rights.

A witness had identified Whitley based on the shape of his face and his walk, and a crime lab technician had said 41 hairs found in a mask at the scene resembled Whitley's hair. DNA testing wasn't available at the time.

The lawsuit names six Allegheny County detectives, the county and one of Whitley's former attorneys. It claims Whitley was subject to malicious prosecution and denied a fair trial because he is black.

"We must hold accountable those responsible for the violation of his civil rights, the malicious prosecution by which those rights were violated, and the flawed legal counsel that allowed it all to happen," his lawyer, Lawrence Fisher, said in an e-mail.

The lawsuit accuses one of Whitley's former attorneys, Sanford A. Middleman, of professional negligence, claiming he delayed taking action on Whitley's behalf for more than two years, failed to pursue the most current DNA testing, and failed to tell Whitley the test yielded inconclusive results.

Allegheny County police say the six detectives named in the lawsuit are no longer with the force.

Fisher, Whitley's attorney, has said his client was "reconnecting with his family, appreciating his liberty and coping with the nightmares over the ordeals that he suffered."

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Dear Microsoft,

Just give up on the search thing.  You're really rather terrible at it. 
No one wants to buy ads from you.  Maybe you should sub-contract to Google?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Dear Yahoo,

[Dear Yahoo,]

Thank you for the search marketing tutorial it almost looks like you're managed to implement something decent.  How?  By taking the best -- Google -- and copying as much as you could.  That's a good plan, Yahoo. 

BUT, you have a *long* way to go and if you want to win over my other advertising-related business, like enterprise Analysis services, shopping cart integration and other site support services.  You'll not only have to match Google, but exceed them to get me to switch.  Your new advertising engine is good enough for me to start using to capture more viewers.  I am still not sure that you are going to deliver the type of targeted users that I need, but we will see.

See, Google lets me advertise to local users -- my potential customers.  I do not need people in LA or Detroit to see my ad, so you may still yet be out of the running for anything more than a few percent of my marketing budgets.

Monday, March 19, 2007


Oh my God that's a nice camera!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

D2Xs, CMOS Sensor Sizes & Lens Quality

I think you can clearly see from the D2Xs that it may be foolish yet to doubt Nikon's strategy of sticking to a cropped sensor. The advantage of only using the 'sweet spot' area of the lens is clear.

You might say "but Cory!" the full-size 35 mm sensors has been the dream of digital photographers since this age began! The issue is that they do place much bigger demands on the lens -- which means more costs, more mistakes and more lens that didn't quiet live up to the test across the entire sensor...

Certainly, at some point we will reach an upper ceiling of sensor density and larger sensors will be necessary -- perhaps even larger than what we call a "full frame sensor."

The fact of the matter is, you are concerned about resolution and lens quality as a combination -- not as individual issues. Nikon's approach is clearly the more technically aggressive and should win out in the medium to long term (20 years?) by allowing higher and higher resolution sensors to work with increasingly affordable, but high-quality, optics.

Larger sensors require more glass. They require less engineering effort to build the sensor of equal MP (they have more space to work with) and Canon (and other manufacturers of 35mm form-factor) have used that extra space (today) to pull ahead by about 16% in the Mega Pixel race.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

NEF Compression

Useful information from Google Cache about NEF Compression

Sunday, March 11, 2007

SkyNet Launch Delayed (by freedom fighters?)

Did the some humans from the future come back in time to screw with the engineering team and cause delays in some far-out plot to stop the destruction of human civilisation (sic)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

March 10, 2007 : SkyNet is Launched

Will these people never learn?  You do NOT make a highly advanced world-wide communication satellite, load it up with signal analytics and AI software and launch it into space after naming it SkyNet.  That is asking for the end of humanity!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Untitled-One 3-5-2007

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.

My new web comic gets a blog post to start

And if it is willing to do its part

and ad revenue it does retain

it may get it's own domain name