Congrats on the newest addition to your family! I've noticed you've introduced both Oliver and Nolan as "Oliver Bord" and "Nolan Bord" -- do your children have their mother's last name, or is it their middle name?
Thanks! And yes, they both have their mother’s last name. And middle names are for suckers. I SAID IT.
When I'm taking photos, whether it be a portrait or just a general environment, I find that I have many duplicates (especially with portraits where someone is moving and each photo is slightly different) just to be on the safe side so I can ensure at least one turns out well. Would you say there's a boundary as to how many successful duplicates to keep? I'd love to keep all of them as memories but I think it's a bit overkill keeping so many especially when it takes up so much space in Lightroom.
I have a similar problem, and I’m terrible about deleting them. If they’re obvious garbage (blurry, total duplicate, bad lighting) I delete them right away, but I end up keeping the four extra versions of a good shot if they’re marginally different. The general cheapness of disk space these days has its drawbacks. I’d say the boundary is space more than anything else.
Hi, Garrett! I recently got back into photography and was wondering how you organize your photos in Lightroom, how you use collections (if at all), and what you decide what to upload to Flickr. What does your folder taxonomy look like? Do you delete ruthlessly and only keep the best? Do you sort selects into collections instead? Do you see your Flickr stream as a backup solution for your edited shots or as your "show room"? Thanks!
I organize things in a pretty simple fashion. My catalog is a series of collection sets—one for each year, one generic larger set for everything related to LA—with sub-collections for events or important groupings like our kids’ milestones:
When I import new photos, the first thing I do is drag stuff into appropriate collections. There might be crossover in the case of a photo of Oliver, for instance, where it will be in “Oliver, Year 2” and also “LA Apartment”. Once I drop everything into collections, I also flag photos I might want to edit and upload.
I have a few smart collections, the most important of which is the “flagged” collection. That’s where I do all my editing and posting from. If a photo is flagged, it either gets edited and posted or un-flagged if I decide I don’t want it to be public.
I could be much better about deleting photos I know I don’t need (like blurry shots, duplicates, alternates that didn’t work, etc), but I often don’t bother because hard drive space is cheap. If it’s an obviously bad shot, I try to kill it right after import. My entire Lightroom library is on Dropbox, so it’s backed up there. I also have a Backblaze backup as well as a physical backup here in the office.
Flickr (and 500px and Facebook) are my showcases, not my backups. I consider any of those temporary since Yahoo! could make the crazy decision to kill Flickr tomorrow (which would be horrible, but). I take backups very seriously because this data is the most precious thing in my digital life.
It might also be worth noting I have two Lightroom catalogs: This one, which is on my Mac Pro and contains nearly every shot from the past 6 years, and a separate mobile catalog which I use when I need to edit a photo from my MacBook Pro on the go (on vacation, from home, that sort of thing). Since I keep my collection on Dropbox and I don’t want the entire giant data set to be on my laptop, I selectively sync only the mobile catalog on my MBP.
I have children. Because I have children, it does not give you license to let your children run around me acting like assholes. You’ll notice I keep my children under control. You’ll notice they don’t walk up to your children and take their toys, they don’t walk up to people trying to enjoy a meal and start screaming in their faces. Because I have children, it does not mean I want to interact with your children without expressly choosing to do so. I certainly don’t want your unattended children randomly walking up to me and my attended child and acting like little assholes while you browse on your iPhone or chit-chat with your bonehead husband 40 feet away. When I chose to have children, I did not give up my basic rights to not be bothered by you and your children.
Further, because I have children, this does not give you any rights to infringe on my space or basic social rules with your children. Therefore, do not bring your toddler over to my infant and tell them it’s okay to touch him. Do not pick your child up and hold it over my infant. That’s not acceptable in any situation. You do not have special rights because you also procreated. These are my children and they deserve as much personal space as I do. You’re confusing our mutual parental status as a license to act like a fucking asshole.
Today Oliver is a year and a half old and our second boy Nolan is a month and a half old. This means 18 months and 1 day ago we had zero children and now we have two.
It’s hard to describe how thoroughly different our household is and how different our lives are over all now compared to two years ago. We joke frequently (often at 9PM, completely exhausted and while cleaning up every single square foot of our apartment from the impact of the day) about how if this were 2012 we’d be lounging on the couch watching a movie, drinking tea and browsing the internet until 3AM with a spacious, always spotless apartment. Now we feed Oliver, bathe him, read to him, coax him into sleeping without too much screaming and then clean, do dishes, prepare food for the night for Nolan, feed Nolan for hours and pass out around 11PM if we’re lucky (only to be woken every three hours through the night to feed Nolan more). Between work and the kids, each day feels more like a blur where survival and a bit of sleep are all you can hope for.
But watching your children grow is constantly and deeply rewarding in a way I never expected. Oliver is a walking, talking, uniquely amazing kid. He’s so smart and goofy and cute and funny. Interacting with him every day is so much fun. Nolan’s still a tiny little guy but in a year we’ll get to enjoy these same milestones with him.
Each day is exhausting and challenging, but my what an amazing experience. I turn 33 in two days and by the time I turn 34 who knows what these kids will be capable of.
All the big problems facing iOS in the summer of 2013 are still with us. Some have gotten even worse. It’s still impossible for customers to easily discover new apps. It’s still impractical for apps to interact with the same data and documents. It’s still unclear what the role of the iPad is supposed to be in a lifestyle filled with digital devices. Paid app sales are still sagging as scummy IAP business models are enjoying the lion’s share of App Store promotion and profit. Productivity apps are still unsustainable.
More importantly, Jared points out something very near and dear to my heart: Just how much time was wasted re-skinning apps to make them work for iOS 7. We spent an entire year with clients (and with our own apps) doing this and it was a huge pain in the ass for only visual style gains:
Fast-forwarding a year, the effect that iOS 7 has had on third party development is disheartening — which sounds like a fatuous thing to say, since there have been so many well-liked redesigns over the past year. But that’s the rub: the vast majority of third-party developers’ time has been spent redesigning and reimplementing apps to dress the part for iOS 7. Many shops, such as Tapbots and Cultured Code, were forced to delay new products indefinitely while they scrapped ongoing work in favor of reboots. I suspect that many other developers had to make similar decisions.
I’ve spent the past few days using Android 4.4 KitKat on a Nexus 5 and I will admit I think KitKat’s design language is stronger and more uniform. I think Apple made a lot of mistakes with iOS 7 and I’m hopeful WWDC will reveal changes that steer it back in the right direction. The tools are maturing, definitely, but the UI/UX has gone downhill.
Why did you choose Safari over Chrome? (This is a serious question as I consider you perfectly chiseled and sculpted from a Greek god himself with immaculate thought and consideration put into every decision. Thanks.)
I started using Safari before Chrome existed and over the years I’ve grown to like its idiosyncracies (like the bookmarks bar not having favicons, the constantly visible status bar, etc) and the general look of its rendering. Chrome is very nice, and I use it for several work purposes (and all Flash viewing) but it doesn’t feel nearly as polished to me.
Perhaps I’m also used to being able to hit ⌘1-4 to get to my most used bookmarks and Chrome doesn’t have that feature.
When I set up my Mac Pro I completely forgot Safari in 10.9 disables the delete key as a back button, which breaks my brain because I have over a decade of muscle memory using it that way in various browsers. If you’re crazy like me and want to bring it back (pun!) (added line breaks here for readability):
Any chance that Prettify will come back to life? I still go to it reflexively when I'm looking for new backgrounds!
The reason I stopped updating Prettify was that it became harder and harder to find quality wallpapers in light of the Retina transition. I might be insane (and I probably am), but it feels like the wallpaper community sort of dried up over the past few years. And everything I liked seemed to have a max resolution that was too small to look sharp on modern displays. Perhaps this has changed and I should reconsider.
Ironically, Prettify itself also needs a major facelift since it’s definitely sporting a pre-retina design. Damn it, now you’ve got me excited about bringing it back.
We use a Brita system here in the house and every time I pull out a new filter I cringe at all the plastic and garbage it creates. Soma uses a completely biodegradable filter and delivers filters to your door every 60 days (solving another problem of having to shop for Brita filters).
On top of this, Soma provides a glass carafe which looks nicer and has no plastic chemicals or BPA issues (even though Brita pitchers and filters are BPA-free, I still prefer avoiding hard plastics where possible). It’s also dishwasher safe which is a nice bonus (having to occasionally clean the Brita filter by hand is a pain in the ass). The last thing I need is more stuff to wash by hand.
Ordered one and I’m going to give this thing a shot at replacing the Brita. (Note: The link in this post contains a referral code that gives you $10 off and should give me $10 off future filter orders, though it’s not clear if this is a unique code or a generic one.)
I still use Safari as my daily browser and uninstalled Flash years ago. So in the rare cases when I need to watch a Flash-only video or something similar, I open a Chrome tab. Used to be that I copy/pasted the URL back and forth but now I use this.
If you’re like me (a glutton for punishment who wants to play a few PC-only games), you might want to install Windows 8.1 on your shiny new Mac Pro. If you’re like me, you own a license for Windows 7 and you bought a new license for Windows 8.1. If you’re like me, that means you can’t install Windows 8.1 via Boot Camp because Boot Camp only supports Windows ISO images of Windows 8 or higher, but when you purchase a download copy of Windows 8.1 you actually receive an EXE that contains a shell installer for the OS. Therefore you have no ISO and Boot Camp tells you to go to hell.
Well, since you’re like me, here’s how I solved it and maybe you can follow these instructions too and end up with a copy of Windows 8.1 and most of your sanity (that is, until you start using Windows 8.1 and then good luck).
It should be noted: If you own Windows 8 (not 8.1) you can install using that ISO and it will work fine. If you have the DVD installation disk for Windows 8.1, you can generate an ISO from that and it will work fine. This guide is for people who own the download version of Windows 8.1 only. Owning Windows 7 is optional, though it will help with step 1 below. Boot Camp on the new Mac Pro will not let you install Windows 7 directly, however, and purchasing Windows 8.1 will not give you an ISO.
Before you do this, make a full backup of your computer. You’re going to be live partitioning, you never know what might go wrong.
Here’s how you make this all work:
First, you’ll need to have Windows (7, 8 or 8.1) installed somewhere else. This is a very annoying step 1, but unfortunately it’s a requirement. The reason is that you’ll need to use an existing install of Windows to generate a Windows 8.1 ISO image. Microsoft does not provide this directly through purchase. If you own Windows 7, you can install that into Parallels or VMWare temporarily somewhere (or even on your Mac Pro). If you don’t own a copy of Windows 7, you’ll either need to buy one or use someone else’s computer for the next step, sadly.
If you haven’t already, buy Windows 8.1 from the Microsoft Store, in download form. (Or, avoid this whole thing and buy the DVD version and then just wait for that to arrive in the mail and make an ISO of it, but you’re probably impatient like I am and it’s 2AM and you just want this to happen now so keep reading).
On your existing Windows machine, open the WindowsSetupBox.exe application that you downloaded from Microsoft. Wait for it to do things. When it gets to the part about asking you what it should do, you want to choose “Install by creating media”, then ISO file. This will create an ISO of the Windows 8.1 installer. When it’s done, copy it over to your Mac Pro.
Find an external USB drive. Preferably USB 3.0 since that will save you time. I’d suggest the WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3 drive. It’s fast, light and tiny and when you’re done installing Windows you can use it as a backup drive (you do regular backups, right?).
Critical Step: Eject and disconnect all other hard drives from your system. Thunderbolt, USB, anything. This includes, say, an iMac in Target Display Mode. If you do not do this, you will get an error when trying to install Windows. This is a known issue.
Open the Boot Camp Assistant. Go through all the steps. It will ask you for that Windows 8.1 ISO you created and for the external drive you want to use. It will then format the drive, do all that nonsense, and then ask you to partition. Try not to poop your pants while OS X live partitions your drive.
When it’s done, you’ll restart and enter the Windows 8.1 installer. Enter your product key and select languages. When you’re asked which type of install you want, choose “Custom”.
You’ll be presented with a list of partitions. Find the one called “BOOTCAMP”. Do not touch any other partition in this list. Take note of the size of this partition so you’ll be able to identify it later without the word “BOOTCAMP”. Select the “BOOTCAMP” partition and click “format”. When it’s done, find that same partition in the list (it will no longer be titled “BOOTCAMP”, this is why you should have noted the size). Select it and click “Next”. Windows 8.1 will install.
When Windows 8.1 is done installing, open Windows Explorer and browse into the WININSTALL external drive and find the Boot Camp assistant software and install it, restart when complete.
Hello :) Back in 2012 I believe you mentioned that you were going to risk trying the new Jawbone UP in hopes that it was an improvement on the first release. I have seen that there is now the UP24 also ( which I unfortunately cannot buy here in the uk ) but I was wondering whether you knew if the UP had resolved its issues as was worth purchasing? I am considering switching from my FitBit One :) Many thanks, Grace
I never tried the new UP because the old UP was so terrible I couldn’t justify it. The UP24 adds wireless, which is nice, but I found the band (which is effectively the same on both devices) to be uncomfortable, especially while working (it was nearly impossible to keep my hands on the desk and type with the band on because it’s so thick). I’m assuming they have resolved their issues by now, but I don’t know first-hand.
For the most part I use the Fitbit Flex—comfortable, thin band which allows typing without issue, very lightweight, hate the fact that it has no clock in it (but glad I never bought a Fitbit Force since it seems to be giving people insane skin rashes). To be honest I haven’t been wearing it of late. All of this passive data collection is fun but pointless. Do I really need to know how many steps I’ve taken in a day, especially if it doesn’t drive me to change anything? The reality is that I don’t walk much on weekdays because I’m here in the home office doing work. On weekends, I walk plenty. But I don’t know if having the hard data for that means anything to me anymore.
I’ve been having a lot more fun recording data in Reporter for iPhone, which allows me to track activities, mood, games I’ve played and anything else I desire. I’m looking forward to looking at the raw data from this after a few months.
We’ve spent a lot of time trying to find the right group communication tool at Karbon. We tried Campfire, HipChat, Kickoff, HipChat again, and then finally Slack came around and blew them all out of the water.
Slack’s well designed, fully-featured and makes chatting, sharing files and screenshots and setting up Google Hangouts a breeze. They also have native apps for OS X and iOS with push notification support. Slack launched publicly today but we’ve been using it for months now and we love it. Seriously, you should give it a shot.
I’m going to try using App.net for feedback here on the site. I know, I know, comments, bleh. But the nice thing about doing it this way is these aren’t comments, they’re public @replies on ADN to me with an attachment link to the post you’re writing about. So hopefully that’ll keep things civil.
I don’t know how long I’ll try this for, but it’s a nice way to track feedback to specific posts so let’s give it a shot. You can find the post form on any permalink page (hint: that timestamp link), including this one.
I spent some time today updating this list of all the applications, tools and utilities we use on a daily basis at Karbon. We’ve added a few new apps and retired a few as well. If you’re into big lists of awesome software, dig in.
These days I’ve been shooting mostly with the Leica M Typ 240. Before that, a majority of my photos were with the Sony NEX-7. Further back there are a lot of Canon 5D Mark II and Fujifilm X100 shots. (I wish I could link to the X100 shots easily but I can’t because Flickr’s camera finder is broken for that model.)
Many months ago I tried the Sony RX1 but couldn’t really get into it and returned the camera a week later. After shooting with the Leica M these past few months I think the M is the best camera I’ve ever owned or shot with, but it’s very large and heavy and valuable so I don’t feel comfortable throwing it on my back every single day, especially with a kid running around. Based on this (and constant gushing from friends), I decided to give the RX1 another shot as my every day camera for 30 days. This time I put an EVF on it (huge difference) and so far I’ve been pretty happy with the results. Shots come out a little overblown and fringed, but they’re fixable in Lightroom and compared to the M this camera is tiny and light and quick.
Speaking of #nerdery - how did you manage to download the Facebook Lookback video? I assume that was necessary in order to upload it to Tumblr? Would love to have a local copy for posterity.
Search the source of your Look Back page for the video embed and its flashvars attribute, which is a giant URL-encoded string. Decode that (you can use this online tool) and then grab the hd_src value. You’ll need to take out the escapes on the slashes (replace \/ with /) and then you’re left with the full HD URL. Go download it!
Christopher’s encounters in DayZ are chilling and make for fascinating reading. I haven’t had a chance to play the game but I’d love to look around at some point in the future based on these posts alone. Give people the tools to act how they want and most of the time they’ll act horrifyingly. Then again, it is a post-apocalyptic game, perhaps that’s exactly what it takes to survive in there. Either way, this is a great social experiment.
Maybe the reason all doors depicted in the future open by sliding up or sliding in from the sides is that no single human being since the beginning of time has lived in a dwelling where at least one door didn’t have a functional issue. Some are too loose in their frames, some are too tight. Maybe you have one of those doors that you have to push really hard to get to stay closed because the bolt and the strike plate don’t quite line up. Then, of course, you have the rusting, squeaking hinges. And, if you live in a state with earthquakes, you have the cracks running up from each top corner. Doors are frequently too far from the ground (hello, drafts!) or too close the ground (enjoy that lovely scraping sound every time you enter or exit!). For such a fundamental part of building construction, we sure don’t seem to be getting any better at installing these things.
The current wave of the future is low-powered Bluetooth door locks which don’t require you to carry keys and I’m all for that. But it might be nice if someone figures out how to get those future doors working soon or at least invest in getting the doors of today to be less of a crummy mess.