This was the picture that was used in print in the San Francisco Chronicle Aug 14, 2019 that described Ephemerisle, sometimes referred to as the “burning man in the sea”. I decided to put this picture up as an NFT on OpenSea. There can only be one copy of it.
I had no idea this was a thing. Was in Napa recently and noticed an artichoke bush and saw the bloom and then saw all those bees in there. It was beautiful! Bees love artichokes.
So I am going to nerd out here for a bit I had read somewhere that the recent Sony cameras are ISO invariant. Meaning the raw data captured by the sensor doesn’t depend on what ISO is set in the settings. So if you shoot a photo at 3200 ISO in the camera and compareContinue reading “Shooting with ISO Invariance”
My phone was cracked so I decided to get it replaced using the iPhone Express Replacement service. I have used it in the past and I value it because it means no disruption. I get the new device, I get to activate it, and only then I ship my old phone to them. So IContinue reading “Apple’s usability issue has left me without a phone”
🎥 GoPro Max (360) has this easy to use editor that lets me create dynamic flat videos from spherical videos ☺️ The way it is shot is a fixed sphere that moves with me as I move. Then while the video is playing in the editor I can “point” the 2D viewpoint to any partContinue reading “Editing spherical videos with GoPro Max and GoPro Quik”
Modern Physics continues to ask whether time even has a direction and wondering if it’s something that exists entirely in our heads. In most Indian languages, the word for yesterday is the same as the word for tomorrow. Due to this, additional qualifiers have to be added to explicitly clarify if we are talking aboutContinue reading “In Hindi, the word for tomorrow is the same as yesterday, something pointed to by Physics”
Early morning I got the following text message on my phone. I had not tried logging in to Coinbase so was surprised to see this message. Luckily, I didn’t kick on the link. Instead I opened a browser window and manually typed coinbase.com and navigated to it. And I tried signing in and didn’t noticeContinue reading “How a phishing attack for Coinbase almost got me with an ‘ạ’ instead of an ‘a’”
Amazon is not to be blamed here. It is giving us exactly what we want. For me, however, I canceled prime and stopped using Amazon over 2 years ago because I couldn’t trust myself. In the past I used to end up with things I didn’t really need. Without prime, with the extra friction, myContinue reading “Supporting decentralized production and distribution by canceling Amazon Prime”
Jenna was asking me to remind her the name of a city in Poland that she had been planning to go for a conference. After I helped her pronounce Wrocław correctly (and was surprised at myself that I remembered it so well) she said something very interesting: “I think it should be part of geographyContinue reading “Deepening geographical understanding through language”
It’s amazing to reflect on how much effort and ingenuity has gone into making this possible. I really hope more people around the world can benefit from this as soon as possible. My vaccination was delivered by UC Davis Health. It was a very well run experience and I was very impressed with the wayContinue reading “I got vaccinated!”