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— Feels like I've been clicking on more slow-motion/time-lapse video lately. This guy does a really helpful job explaining what he did including all of the camera settings. The bottom line is that with storage being so cheap and digital cameras being so accepting of automation and batch photo processing, it's easy to essentially shoot video one frame at a time.

Speaking of video one frame at a time, check out YooouuuTuuube. I count 36 frames all the way across. I don't know if this corresponds to the actual frames in the video but it does work well in presenting a model for how many frames go into a video scene.

This is the second "death of RSS" piece I've read this week. It's not so much about RSS itself as it is about using RSS aggregators as a primary way to surf the Web. Early adopters who touted RSS readers as the future have found a new future in Twitter. I admit, I use Twitter more than I use my Google reader and if you're looking for a lesson to draw, it's that the best feature of Twitter is the following, not the tweeting. If you think of your follow list the way you think of your RSS subscriptions list, the whole thing makes a lot more sense than if you think of your Twitter follow list in the same way you think of your Facebook friends list. (It also makes me realize that whoever suggested earlier that I send a tweet when Clicked is updated. Maybe I should make an @Clicked.)

If you followed the top 100 people on Twitter, this is what it'd look like.

Rachel tweeted that photo of the kid licking the pig snout that was going around last week. Random story this photo makes think of: NBC is always organizing charity events and other helpful programs and that includes regular blood drives. One year I went outside to the RV "blood mobile" to do my part. The first step is to fill out a brief questionnaire; questions about where you've lived, your general health and whether you had sex with a monkey in the Dominican Republican between 1977 and 1979. I nodded to colleagues who were already being drained into plastic bags or who had moved on to recharging themselves with orange juice and cookies, and stepped into the small office to review my answers with the nurse. What I didn't know was that living in England from 1993 to 1994 put me in some kind of quarantine population for Mad Cow Disease so I was disqualified from giving blood. But now I had to walk past all the colleagues I'd just acknowledged without sitting down next to them. I disembarked from the blood mobile burning with the humiliation that they were surely all thinking I'd given the wrong answer to the Dominican monkey sex question. One day I imagine there will be a blood donor questionnaire asking, "Did you French kiss the snout of a pig in 2009" and that poor kid will be disqualified from blood donation and everyone in the blood mobile will suspect why.

Horizonless projection maps

What's the matter with Kansas? trailer - I thought Alex Pelosi's documentary for HBO was well done. Hopefully this is more like that and less like a Michael Moore film.

Seven Must-Listen This American Life Episodes

Too much Photoshop? Judge for yourself - This is an interesting variation on the Photoshopped model before/after pictures we often see. In case you're not familiar, RAW format is essentially the original file from your camera. I'm actually torn over these pictures. I agree that the photographers went overboard in how they rendered the images. To me they look like HDR or something. They almost cross the line into photo illustration. That said, I sympathize with the photographers in that what the camera sees is not necessarily what reality looked like when the picture was taken. Furthermore, the power of working with RAW format is that you can deliberately shoot a bad picture knowing that you have a lot more room in post production to make correction. So you might deliberately shoot a dark foreground in order to preserve the colors in the sky, knowing you can later add some fill light to the dark areas. So comparing the final with the RAW file is not really fair.