Another JSON Schema Gripe · Re­cent­ly I wrote of my dis­gruntle­ment with JSON Schema. Since then I’ve learned that its au­thors plan more work, and that there are sev­er­al oth­er ef­forts to build a schema fa­cil­i­ty for JSON. This note is just a com­plaint about a par­tic­u­lar use-case, with the hope that it might in­form these ef­fort­s ...
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Hemlock Ocean · I care most about the ocean, while Lau­ren cares more for the forest; for­tu­nate­ly the Pa­cif­ic North­west of­fers Cottage-Life com­pro­mis­es; il­lus­trat­ed with the help of a gi­ant hem­lock ...
 
On Color · I just en­joyed read­ing The Search for Our Miss­ing Colors by Amos Zee­berg in The New York­er, and it gives me men­tal wire to hang some words and pic­tures on col­or and its ab­sence ...
 
Specifying JSON · I find my­self tasked with pol­ish­ing and pub­lish­ing a lit­tle cus­tom JSON-encoded lan­guage. It’s hard­er than it ought to be ...
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“Photographer”? · Every­one takes pic­tures ev­ery­where now, 24/7/365. So does “photographer”, in the am­a­teur sense, still mean any­thing? I have pic­tures and ques­tions that say it does ...
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Speaker Dust Cap Dent Repair · As pre­vi­ous­ly not­ed in this space, I’m a de­ranged au­dio­phile, and for some years my speak­ers of choice have been from Totem, out of Montréal. In a re­cent ren­o­va­tion a woofer got a dent in a dust cap, where by “dent” I mean it was pushed in. I’m post­ing the so­lu­tion here in the hopes that fu­ture searchers will find it ...
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Getting the Picture · It’s like this: Aver­ages are your en­e­my be­cause they hide change. Mak­ing graphs is easy and cheap and some­times they un­cov­er se­cret­s; more of us should do it more ...
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Cool Aussie Phoners · What the ti­tle says: Three pho­tos of Aussies hold­ing phones look­ing cool ...
 
Serverlessness · To­day Mi­crosoft an­nounced Azure Func­tions, join­ing Google Cloud Func­tions and (from 2014) AWS Lamb­da. This is fun stuff, and might be a big deal ...
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Mobile Aerials · A lit­tle while ago I tweet­ed “One thing phone-cams aren’t much good for is shoot­ing out air­plane windows.” Since then, I’ve no­ticed my Nexus 5X look­ing at me in a hurt sort of way ...
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Lenses and Cameras in 2016 · I’m on the way back from a cou­ple of weeks in Aus­trali­a, and of course Pic­tures Were Tak­en. I brought al­most all my photo-gear but used it very un­even­ly; con­clud­ed that I have too many lens­es, and was left won­der­ing whether you re­al­ly even need a cam­era any more. Here­with notes il­lus­trat­ed with Pacific-ocean (most­ly) pic­tures ...
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Galah Story · We’re vis­it­ing friends in Aus­tralia and I watched a pair of par­rots in­ter­act (oop­s, Mar­ius Coomans writes from Aus­tralia to tell me they’re Galah­s); pho­tographed them, but didn’t un­der­stand. Oh, and a koala ...
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Urbanity · Ci­ties are our rule now, any­thing else the ex­cep­tion. I’m bik­ing most work­days, on con­crete over the ocean in­to the stone heart of a small big city, get­ting ten dozen chan­nels of non­stop ur­ban in­put and ev­ery day I won­der where we’re all go­ing. The fu­ture is dis­tribut­ed un­even­ly and cities con­cen­trate the un­even­ness ...
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Lightroom, Mobile, Nexus · In which I re­port on us­ing the Nexus 5X in RAW mod­e, with the help of Adobe Light­room, and on work­flows for mo­bile pho­togs. With il­lus­tra­tions from Vancouver’s Light­house Park ...
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Dell U3415W · 34", 21:9, 3440x1440. Which is to say, pret­ty big and pret­ty sharp. Full name: Dell Ul­traSharp 34 Curved Mon­i­tor. It’s curved. I like it a lot ...
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Modern Corporate English · “The client’s ask is simple,” he said, “but I’m not con­vict­ed that’s a good cri­te­ri­a; any­how, there are im­por­tant learn­ings for us.” How much of that do you hate? What­ev­er; liv­ing lan­guages don’t care what you think ...
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CL XXXVI: Island Ingress · On a wet grey Fe­bru­ary Satur­day we com­bined two of our amuse­ments on a boat trip to Keats Is­land: Cot­tage Life and Ingress. Some of this will be com­pre­hen­si­ble on­ly to Ingress play­er­s, but there are a cou­ple of fair­ly groovy pix.
Up­dat­ed with an apol­o­gy
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Low-light Phone cam · Reg­u­lar read­ers will know that I have a thing about low-light pho­tog­ra­phy. My new photo-toy is the Nexus 5X and I’ve the urge to push it fur­ther in­to the dark than it re­al­ly wants to go ...
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Marlowe, RIP · Our big male cat, an­nounced in this space in 2005, died sud­den­ly. Bloggers’ cats get obit­u­ar­ies ...
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#Bike2WorkPix · I’ve been cy­cling to work since late last year. It’s good, for me and the world. But there are more con­ve­nient al­ter­na­tives, and they temp­t. So here’s a lit­tle in­cen­tive: #Bike2WorkPix. Con­sid­er join­ing in! ...
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