Friday, December 23, 2011

A Tech Turning Point for Photos?

Ok, sometimes I'm guilty of liking the new, innovative, even weird technology. Case in point.

Lytro is a camera that uses a new approach to digital photography that may be the beginning of a major change in how we take photos. At the very least, it is an interesting thing to play with. At the moment, the main benefits of this technology are no shutter delay, plus the ability to change the focus after the fact. In future, software powered capabilities may allow independent control of depth of field, even up to allowing the whole picture to be in sharp focus. There is also the promise in the future of mild to full 3D and the possibility of moving the point of view around within a picture.

For today, the technology seems a touch expensive for a point and shoot camera and the editing capabilities are limited.

Take a moment to go to Lytro's web gallery and play with their photos. To change the focus, point at spot in the picture and click your mouse. This link takes you to one of my favorites, but you can navigate around the gallery by clicking on other pictures. You can also check out the science behind it all.

Friday, December 16, 2011


Sometimes a picture says it all. This one came in an email from Corena. Nice.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


I recently found myself on a little business trip in the Arizona city of Surprise. As usual, there was no time to visit any of my Arizona friends, just a fast trip with long work hours.

Still, to unwind after work, I went for a walk and really got a giggle out of seeing the police cars. Surprise, Police!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Goat Rodeo

This came up on NPR, but it struck a chord on another level, so I just had to share.

NPR had a story on YoYo Ma, Chris Thiele, and others with a musical collaboration called, "The Goat Rodeo Sessions". Love the music. Also liked the name, so I looked up the meaning.

According to Urban Dictionary, the number 3 definition is my favorite.

Goat Rodeo definition #3

A chaotic situation, often one that involves several people, each with a different agenda/vision/perception of what's going on; a situation that is very difficult, despite energy and efforts, to instill any sense or order into

This completely describes my day to day life at Chrysler. We just can't seem to help it.

I also like the number 2 definition. You might say it brings forth strong imagery.

Goat Rodeo definition #2

A Goat Rodeo AKA Goat Rope, is about the most polite term used by aviation people (and others in higher risk situations) to describe a scenario that requires about 100 things to go right at once if you intend to walk away from it.

Thank you YoYo. I think you and your comrades have introduced a word that will find its way into common usage.