Boston Globe pho­tog­ra­ph­er Erik Jacobs set up a pho­to booth at the last MIT Swapfest. I love the results!

June 23, 2010 June 23, 2010 links by Scott No Comments

Vin­tage film cam­eras are the hot new acces­so­ry for twen­tysome­things in Tokyo. I’d like to think I’m just ahead of the trend here in the States.

August 4, 2009 August 4, 2009 links by Scott 1 Comment

Richard Nichol­son doc­u­ments the last pro­fes­sion­al dark­rooms in Lon­don. Darkrooms—like wood shops, machine shops, print shops, sci­en­tif­ic lab­o­ra­to­ries, and paint­ing studios—are mag­i­cal places filled with the clut­ter and chaos left behind by cre­ativ­i­ty.

I enjoy look­ing at work spaces. Pic­tures of liv­ing spaces (par­tic­u­lar­ly in archi­tec­tur­al mag­a­zines) usu­al­ly seem con­trived and unin­hab­it­ed. Work spaces are more hon­est. Ansel Adams wrote, “There are always two peo­ple in every pic­ture: the pho­tog­ra­ph­er and the view­er.” But in these pic­tures, there are three!

March 4, 2009 March 4, 2009 links by Scott No Comments

Despite 7.5 years of search­ing, Team Amer­i­ca still hasn’t found the world’s top crim­i­nal. A recent paper by some UCLA folks (“Find­ing Osama bin Laden: An Appli­ca­tion of Bio­geo­graph­ic The­o­ries and Satel­lite Imagery”) pro­pos­es a sim­ple but clever GIS-based approach to map­ping the prob­a­bil­i­ty of Bin Laden’s pres­ence. The paper depends on a lot of assump­tions but most of them seem rea­son­able based on what lit­tle infor­ma­tion is known to the pub­lic. Just ten years ago the spe­cial­ized data need­ed to solve these prob­lems was exclu­sive­ly avail­able to the mil­i­tary, but thanks to com­mer­cial satel­lite imagery and the Inter­net, acad­e­mia can now do a pret­ty cred­i­ble job. I’m curi­ous what US intel­li­gence thinks of all this. (And, I won­der, will they knock on any of the three doors iden­ti­fied by the algo­rithm in Parachi­nar, Pak­istan?)

March 1, 2009 March 1, 2009 links by Scott 1 Comment

I hate post­ing links, but I haven’t writ­ten in a while and this is too beau­ti­ful not to pass along. For their 25th anniver­sary, 4th Estate Pub­lish­ers com­mis­sioned a stop-motion film that will make any bib­lio­phile smile. Check it out here.

December 6, 2008 December 6, 2008 links by Scott 2 Comments

Chan­nel your inner Pearly Soames here.

October 26, 2008 October 26, 2008 links by Scott 1 Comment