Comments written on other sites from August 2010

The Observer’s Richard Rogers and his world of stupid

I keep thinking I should start a blog devoted to highlighting basic inaccuracies in professional journalism. We all make mistakes of course, but when one of the reasons professional outlets would say they are superior to mere bloggers is because of their journalism, their editing, their fact-checking, etc, this kind of stuff shows how often that argument falls down.

Not that I want to dance on the grave of worthwhile, quality reporting — it’s an important and valuable thing that I hope, in some fashion, can be sustained. But this kind of error is the sort of thing that someone who knows anything about the field in question should have picked up on, and that provides ammunition for equally dumb “blogging is the future of journalism” arguments.

On 8 August 2010. Permalink

RIG | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

It hadn’t occurred to me that I was subjecting you to such prominent branding, I do apologise.

On 13 August 2010. Permalink

The Online Photographer: ‘A Leica for a Year’ a Year Later

I didn’t do it with a Leica but I did dig out the Pentax K1000 I bought used when I went to college twenty years ago and haven’t used for years. I bought a 50mm f/1.7 lens on eBay and have been using nothing but this (aside from some casual phone/point-and-shoot shots occasionally), with Tri-X, for over a year now.

I’ve really enjoyed it and it’s been a real refresher — I was only using a digital point-and-shoot before, not wanting the bulk and expense of a digital SLR. But I didn’t like the pictures it took and wasn’t sure what to do next. So black and white film on my old SLR was just the change I was after.

I intended to shoot as much as you suggested, but reality took care of that — I just don’t have the time and would have to give other things up to really concentrate on photography that much. I’ve shot 23 films over the past year, although I sometimes went for weeks or even months without shooting. When I realised I was carrying the camera around a lot but never using it, I stopped taking it everywhere. I didn’t like being “on” all the time, and I valued being able to just be, to walk around without looking for potential shots. I guess I’m not a natural, compulsive photographer!

But it’s been good otherwise. I’ve thought more about composition. I really love taking my time and valuing each shot, rather than firing off several in one go. It’s made me think about what I want from a camera and photography in general. So, many thanks for your idea.

Here are my 30 favourites from the past year on Flickr.

On 23 August 2010. Permalink

Setting Up Twitter Bots with OAuth | maSnun’s logs

Thanks for the description, very useful! A couple of suggestions…

Maybe you should say a sentence or two more about setting up the application at Twitter, which you skip over. That form is a little baffling if you don’t know much about OAuth, so it would be useful to say something like “Set the ‘Application Type’ to ‘Client’ and ‘Default Access Type’ to ‘Read & Write’.”

It would also be useful to know how to test for an error after posting the status. For the PHP version, maybe something like:

$response = $connection->post('statuses/update', array('status' => "Hello Twitter OAuth!"));
if ($connection->lastStatusCode() != 200) {
    print $response->error;

Although lastStatusCode() appears not to be working properly at the moment…

On 24 August 2010. Permalink