A pinhole view of the world

Ever since I first picked up a camera, I’ve been aware of how vastly different a scene can look, depending on how you shoot it.

It’s interesting to see this happen today in NYC at the RNC protests. Jason took some photos here and so did Donald Tetto. Many of the same buildings in the backgrounds, but Jason’s look like a ghost town in many parts, while Donald’s gallery is chock full of folks in every frame. Perhaps it was timing, perhaps it was framing, but it’s interesting to see two very different views of the same events, same locations, and all on the same day.

(this is probably my favorite photo in Donald’s gallery)

An arresting insanity

After watching the Bikes Against Bush guy getting arrested, I really can’t believe they’re confiscating all his equipment until after the RNC for vandalism which will be dismissed. Leonard pulled the diamonds out of the Slashdot thread about it. Honestly, it’s a clever hack and even if the designer used it at the DNC, writing “KERRY LIES” and “BUSH RULES” I would still be impressed with the technology that allows someone to type something into a website that gets received by a bike that prints it out in chalk.

The original Indymedia thread mentions that Sunday morning he was released, and could get another bike running again, but needs funds. I just dropped him some money on the paypal button listed on the main Bikes Against Bush site so I hope him and Yury can get something rolling in the next day or so.

An actually useful wiki

Merlin showed me Instiki and it looks great, works intuitively (using various text plugins instead of just typical wiki stuff), and the desktop Mac OS X one is the easiest to install wiki I’ve used. You download the disk image, double-click, and it’s running locally, accessible from the menu bar at all times.

Last week I got into the habit of launching it and using it instead of having a BBEdit todo.txt file on my desktop. As a private scratchpad, it’s absolutely fantastic. Over the past few days I’ve built out my ToDos into a pile of organized, hyperlinked pages that are useful to have around.

Now I wish I could mark some stuff as non-private/local and have it upstream to a public web server to share with others (like a “hey friends, check out these ideas for an upcoming trip” list I might have sitting here).

We’re doing this for your own good

I love it when iChat blocks you from talking. You might have two coworkers going in separate windows, conducting actual work conversations, then you get blocked with this:

The AIM service could not send the message: You have sent too much data too quickly. Please wait a little while before sending more.

I call it the “Shut the fuck up for a second” feature. I know that real AIM clients used to have limits to keep you from crapflooding users, but iChat seems to invoke it under normal circumstances every few days for me (it helps if you’re a fast typist).

I hate when software knows what is best for me, and I have no say in the matter.