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Slaid Cleaves sings that, “Everything you love will be taken away.” Do you love your online life? Robert Scoble is afraid it may all rot away on you.

Have you backed up enough today?


Okay, I admit I haven’t read this as a whole, but I read all of the pieces as Mindy McAdams, Flash Goddess, posted them over the last year or so. She’s now compiled a 42 page PDF of her advice on stepping up your online journalism game. Given the thoroughness and inventiveness of her past work, this is a Must Read.

And it’s FREE. Yes, all that knowledge, FOR FREE. Because she cares about journalism, that’s why.

Because your grandkids may want to know …

If you know me, you know I’m paranoid. I am constantly afraid of losing stuff – either stuff I’ve created or stuff that’s happening in front of me. I take pictures of everything I can and then do everything I can to not lose those photos.

Andy Ihnatko has a great post up today talking about preserving memories – it’s not about how, it’s about why. What treasures from your past do you cherish?

Wired magazine has a listing of things in the photo world they believe need to be dumped down a black hole. I agree with most of them, though, as I wrote to Tommy McGahee who sent me the link, watermarks – if done reasonably – don’t bother me much.

And I’m getting tired of HDR, too … and the megapixel war is just stupid at this point. I’d been shooting with the Canon 5D for about a year and a half and really loved the files coming out of it. After a few months with the 5D Mark II, the files – though nearly twice the size – just aren’t the same.

At least Canon (and some others) are getting the picture – the newly-announced G11 is a lower resolution than the G10 it’s replacing. Smart.

It’s official – Kodak has announced it will no longer produce Kodachrome. After 74 years of production, the last batch is the last batch. (Sales had declined to where they were only making it once a year.)

Having grown up on Kodachrome 25 and 64, I’m pretty saddened by this. Though I’m part of its demise – I haven’t shot a roll in over a decade …

Also first seen on the New York Times‘ Lens blog … a marvelously simple and effective documentary piece on the conversion of the abandoned High Line railway into a park. The framing of the two interviews is bordering on exquisite and there are some artsy camera movements that work amazingly well to help the viewer get s sense of place and scale.

For those who think about online compression, around 2:30 into the piece is a massive pan – and the compression is just about killing it, wiping out most of the detail. The smaller movements work, but that big one – while it would look fine at full resolution – really suffers here.

Far afield of what we tend to do in the photojournalism realm, but this mini-documentary shows how Alexx Henry used the Red One camera to shoot an entirely new form of movie poster.

We’re getting close to that time of the year, the time when many of my students will start fretting about graduating. And it’s not so much the Becoming a Real Person Dilemma as it is what do I need to buy?

I say it often – we do a great thing here at UGA in providing gear to our students. It completely eliminates an economic barrier to taking the classes and finding your passion. But it also means the students don’t have to buy anything or start building their kits. So when their last class ends and they have to hand back the kit, they go into a bit of withdrawal. Or, more accurately, they go into shock over what it costs to build their own.
David McIntyre over at Black Star Rising has a short post on the basic gear a freelancer needs and it’s a great starting point for a discussion that will go on for a few weeks here.

Not intentional, but this post is much like the last – all about Twitter. The New York Times has an interactive … well, I don’t know what to call it … thing that looks at what was Twittered throughout the Super Bowl Sunday night.

Click on the “People saying go” and let it play, paying attention to the timeline. Very entertaining. 

I am still not convinced that Twitter is something of value. I use it. A LOT. But I do wonder whether it’s just a play thing, a way to avoid time. And then some breaking news event happens and I know because I have a Twitter client running on my desktop (Spaz).

One of the creators, Dom Sagolla, has now told the story behind its creation