OSX flat design doesn’t mean cryptic.

Xcode 4.6.x had already some sort of flat design. They removed the colors and everything was flat and grey but at least it had some sort of depth. Look at these screenshots:

Xcode 4.6.x

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Now look at the new Xcode 5.0 flat design. I don’t see an improvement. It looks like an old fashioned GUI of the 90′s. It’s even hard to understand what the icons mean. It’s so abstract that someday we’ll need an ideogram dictionary to understand what those icons mean.

Xcode 5.x

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Now look at a very old version of Xcode 3.2.x and tell me which one do you prefer. Honestly I don’t see an evolution in the look and design from colorful and self explanatory icons to cryptic flat ones. Flat design is not bad and it doesn’t even matter if it’s flat or not. The point here is that an user interface should be self explanatory, an icon should be worth a thousand words.

Xcode 3.2.x

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Forcing air currents in urban areas for weather change. Ideas #1

I’m not a meteorologist or an expert in the matter. Anyway it doesn’t mean I cannot have an idea. Maybe it makes sense or it doesn’t, anyway here it is.

Summer in Tokyo is like hell on earth. Huge humidity and this year will be remembered in particular. I always read that the main causes are urbanization disorder that prevents air from moving, extensive use of air conditioning and inefficient construction materials that absorb heat. I don’t know if these are the causes. Anyway what if we paint the roofs in one area white and another dark. That will create a difference in temperature and therefore an air current. There are articles that predict that white roofs are not the solution and that it will be even worse. (here, here)

But what I’m saying here is not about just reflecting light. I’m thinking about how to create a huge cheap ventilator effect inside the city.

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Air in the dark area heats up, and creates a current moving from the white area. The idea behind this post is to use huge areas to work as artificial ventilators creating air currents by using houses roofs for heat absorption or heat reflection.

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Photographers Rights Indiegogo campaign last days

More than one month ago I started an indiegogo campaign for Photographers Rights.
Just 5 days left and the results are really bad. This is a niche app, it’s useful and I think it’s important for a photographer to have it and it’s free! I’m making almost no money with this app, I just want to have a useful tool for those situations when a photographer needs instantaneous legal advice. Today photography is a target of many stupid regulations made by myope politicians that don’t understand the difference from a camera and a bomb. Many see street photographers as potential terrorists or criminals, which I have no need to even explain how absurd this could go. Photography, in all its variants, is extremely important as a way to keep our memories for the future. Photography is history in real time.

I wonder what went wrong with this campaign. I first created a video talking about the app. It was quite long, almost 3 minutes where I explained every detail of the app. The video had very few views, people didn’t even bother to watch it. So, I decided to change it. I made it shorter and faster, with some self-made animations but it didn’t change the statistics.

I posted about the app everywhere, in Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Linkedin. Many friends and followers shared this campaign in their own social networks as well. I wrote to many photography blogs, with no response. At some point it seems like nobody really cares about this app and yet, more than 20,000 people downloaded the app and the reviews are good! I got, and I’m still getting, emails from people asking me for an Android version and suggestions for improvements. That’s why I started the campaign, I thought that there were people interested and, in fact, I think there is a lot of people interested in this app. So what happened??

This is what I thought that would happen. People would share it. Photographers would share it too. Some of those people’s friends would share it as well and some of them would contribute with the project.

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What really happened is that I reached the limits of my influence. No matter how many times I posted and reposted the same content, it would not reach anybody beyond that limit. Those photographers, potentially interested to participate in the campaign, were never reached by this information at all. They just don’t know that this campaign even exists.

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This is just what I think that happened. But, I really have no idea what really happened. The only thing I know is that with no marketing, no advertisement, not having thousands of followers, a pretty interesting number of people downloaded the app in the last 2 years. But for some reason, I wasn’t able to reach a similar amount of people using social networks, blogs, direct emails, retweets, re-shares and so forth…

For now, Photographers Rights remains as it is, with no English proof reading and no Android version. Thank you for the few people that contributed. You will get your perks soon.

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Radioactive Lenses

I read this article in Petapixel about old radioactive lenses and I realized I have one of them!! So I gave it a try with a portable geiger counter I bought in Japan a couple of years ago.
I’m not an expert on the matter, anyway the normal safe level is 0.05μSv/h and the lens was 5.00μSv/h It’s not dangerous, but it was cool to see that indeed they made these lenses with some radioactive elements.

Based on this question posted on the website of the Health Physics Society, the element used was thorium to increase the index of refraction of the lenses. Based on the answer the use is safe and in their own words:

…the dose rate near the viewfinder of an old Pentax camera of mine (Super Takumar lens) is roughly 100 microrad per hour—approximately ten times background. In other words, looking through the viewfinder of this camera for one minute results in the same dose that I receive every ten minutes when not using it. I would have to hold this camera up to my eye for several million hours to exceed the threshold dose for cataracts…

I’m happy with this lens, in fact the optics of Takumar lenses is great! I use it with an adapter for Nikon to shot video and they work great.
Remember that the world is radioactive and it’s natural to live in a radioactive environment, as far as we don’t surpass certain limits. Anyway if you have a Takumar lens or any other old lenses that you feel afraid to use due their radioactive nature, please send them to me I will be more than happy to keep them safe :)

Check the video bellow to see it in action:

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Photographers Rights App Stats

Since I released Photographers Rights I didn’t think too much about download numbers. I spent some time to compiling some charts and pies to show you how the app did since the beginning of time. In total the app was downloaded since november 2011, 25,820 times until today (July 12, 2013).
I released a new version in June 21st 2013 and 6,918 people downloaded the update. That’s just 26% of all users. This is not an app that you will use daily, but you will love to have it when you need it.

The app was downloaded from all over the world but I just added the main downloading countries. Thailand downloaded a lot, that was quite a surprise, thanks Thailand! :)

Actually there is an Indiegogo campaign to improve this app. You can help me a lot by sharing this campaign in your social networks. It’s a good app for photographers and it’s free but it really needs some of the improvements I listed in the campaign: http://igg.me/at/photorights/x/3186601

Version 2.0
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Version 1.0
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Temple by Henna Salonen

This is a drawing based on one of my pictures by Henna Salonen, check out her Deviantart page. I felt really good to see that a young artist got inspired by one of my pictures, so I’m sharing this with you here. To be honest I prefer her representation than my original picture, she gave it more mystery.

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Here is the original picture:

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Powered Jacket MK3

Funny video made by Sagawa Electronics, they manufactured only 5 at the moment.
The development of this kind of technology is pretty interesting, specially for elderly or physically disadvantaged people.

Video Link: http://youtu.be/beKkf8Oo0GU
Sagawa electronics (Japanese): http://www.sagawaelectronics.com
Contact form: http://www.sagawaelectronics.com/cgi/sendmail/question/form.html

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