Advice by Henry Miller
In 1932-1933, while working on what would become his first published novel, Tropic of Cancer, Miller devised and adhered to a stringent daily routine to propel his writing. Among it was this list of eleven commandments, found in Henry Miller on Writing — a fine addition to these 9 essential books on reading and writing, part of this year’s resolution to read more and write better.
Catching up with the coolest tech news. Summary.
I’ve been on the road for the past 2 weeks, with very limited internet access. Today, I finally had some time to catch up with the latest technology news (1683 articles and 268 emails). These are, in my opinion, the most interesting and relevant announcements:
Two years ago I set up my camera to take a picture every 15 seconds for 36 hour and edited 698 still images into a 29-second video.
• Recently I was interviewed by PDN about the “13 Products you need to add HD Video to your business.” Do you agree or disagree? Did we miss something? We would love to hear your comments below. The article is also available on PDN’s May print issue.
• Blurb posted a cool article about how we use the Book Module on Adobe Lightroom 4. If you are interested in exploring this option don’t miss one of our upcoming seminars. Here’s the sample book (about wine!) we created.
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• Canon announced the EOS 60Da, specifically designed for astrophotography. The camera has the same image sensor as the standard 60D, but it has been reworked for enhanced transmission of a specific wavelength of red light — 656 nanometers — within the visible spectrum.
• Tenba announced the Roadie II Hybrid, a carry-on compliant rolling camera case than can be converted into a backpack.
• Sony announced the NEX FS700, a new 4k-capable E-mount camcorder, with 1080p video and 60p, 50p, 60i and 24p. Apparently a firmware upgrade will enable 4k capture and Raw output, as well as slow-motion footage (up to 960 fps at reduced resolution and 240fps in Full HD). As always, our friends from Abel Cine posted a great article about the new system here.
• A few months ago we tested Adobe Premiere Pro and Twixtor to find out which one was better for slow motion. We chose skateboarders as the subject matter, which proved to be very challenging. On these new tutorials (Part 1 and Part 2) a pro skateboarding photographer discusses various composition tips and techniques.
• David Pogue, the New York Times technology columnist wrote about the changes he has witness during the last year on professional TV and film cameras while shooting a new PBS show. He covers the flexibility of interchangeable lenses and amazing low-light capability of the new (Canon, Sony, and Panasonic) digital systems.
• Canon announced a free Digital Photo Professional (DPP) update to enhance EOS 5D Mark III CR2 file corrections. The software update will be available next month.
• Adobe is hosting a free Webinar this Friday April 6th at noon Pacific Time titled “Developing Digital Publishing Suite Content for the New iPad.” This is a VERY relevant topic for anyone creating and delivering online content, which means, everybody.
Muscle tissue produced with a 3D printer.
San Diego startup Organovo has developed a bioprinting technique which allows it to create human tissue starting with any cell source. The printer deposits lines of cells closely together, where they are allowed to grow and interconnect until they form working muscle tissue.
Unlike other experimental approaches that utilize ink-jet printers to deposit cells, Organovo’s technology enables cells to interact with each other the way they do in the body. How? They are packed tightly together, sandwiched, if you will, and incubated. This prompts them to cleave to each other and interchange chemical signals. When printed, the cells are grouped together in a paste that helps them grow, migrate, and align themselves properly. In the case of muscle cells, the way they orient themselves in the same direction allow for contractions of the tissue.
The company hopes to one day build entire organs for transplants. Because tissue is able to be built from a patient’s own cells, the risk of rejection would be very low.
On the fifth Episode of our “Conversations with Friends” we met with Peter Waisnor and discussed his 5 favorite movies, and why he feels “lost in translation” when visiting Tokyo on business trips. We also had a little “difference” regarding Jim Carrey’s acting skills.
The wine was a special bottle I was saving specially for Peter since last summer, a very beautiful 2005 G.D. Vajra italian Barolo.
“A sweet, inviting bouquet leads to roses, cherries, raspberries, flowers and spices. The wine possesses gorgeous inner perfume and wonderful depth as it hovers on the palate with a Burgundian sense of weightlessness. This is an emotionally moving, delicate wine of the highest level. Simply put, this is a marvelous bottle.” Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate