links for 2011-08-05

  • Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries
  • I've developed this field guide to complement the OneLight workshop and DVD. It isn’t meant to be a comprehensive knowledge base on the technical aspects of how to use, modify, and control flash. All of that information is covered in length in the workshop and on the DVD. This guide has been designed to be thrown into your camera bag so that you have a cookbook of scenarios that you may find yourself in. 
    While looking through this book remember that light is light. It doesn’t matter if you are shooting a ten year old Vivitar, a new Nikon, a Canon, an Alienbee, or a Profoto. 
    Light. Is. Light. Don’t freak out about what kind of light you have. Freak out about what kind of light you make.
  • Code Kata is an attempt to bring this element of practice to software development. A kata is an exercise in karate where you repeat a form many, many times, making little improvements in each. The intent behind code kata is similar. Each is a short exercise (perhaps 30 minutes to an hour long). Some involve programming, and can be coded in many different ways. Some are open ended, and involve thinking about the issues behind programming. These are unlikely to have a single correct answer. I add a new kata every week or so. Invest some time in your craft and try them.