Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

  • So I Bought A New Camera…

    December 1, 2014

    Yeah, I know. Camera sales are in decline (even digital SLRs), thanks to smart phones that can hit nearly 20 megapixels, have digital zooms, accessory telephoto lenses, and instant connections to Instagram and other photo sharing sites. Still, there are a lot of things smart phone cameras don’t do well. Like shooting sharp, correctly-exposed images under low lighting levels. Or zoom optically over ranges of 15x, 20x, and even 30x. (Plus you don’t need to enter a password or swipe your fingerprint to turn on a camera.) I shoot lots of photos every year, mostly for my articles, classes, and trade show coverage. In 2013, I probably captured well over 10,000 images and videos. My CES 2014 images alone totaled 1500 with an additional 100 videos, and it looks like it I will also break the 10K barrier by the end of December. At one time, I did a lot of commercial photography, using Nikon F2s, Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex cameras, and even view cameras. But those days are long in t..Read more

  • Best Buy’s Bharp TV: Turkey Most Foul

    December 6, 2014

    The fourth Thursday in November was Thanksgiving in the United States, as it has been since Abraham Lincoln made it so in 1863.  This quintessentially American celebration was created as a national holiday not by Act of Congress but by Presidential Proclamation, which is worth pondering given our current debate concerning the proper limits of presidential power. Politics aside, Thanksgiving is the day on which we travel long distances to have overly large family dinners with people we don't like. The traditional main dish is roast turkey, and turkey is also our slang term for a fool or failure -- as in, "It's hard to fly with the eagles when I'm stuck down here with all these turkeys." [caption id="attachment_3928" align="alignright" width="300"] It's hard to fly with the eagles... (Photo: Ken Werner)[/caption] Sitting down with strange companions to consume a tu..Read more