Category: Thought

Tom Negrino, a Long Distance Friendship

Do you have any friends that live impossible distances away, that you interact with maybe a couple of times a year, and yet when you do get together it’s as if you’d seen them just the other day? I hope you do. My long-distance friend Tom Negrino is choosing to die this week after a ...

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The Bedroom Christmas Tree

One of the absolute unexpected joys of becoming a father is watching my daughter absorb experiences for the first time. Now I finally understand the notion that being around kids makes you feel younger. As the holidays approached this year, Ellie decided she wanted a Christmas tree of her own, in her bedroom. The idea ...

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Ice Crystals on the Shore

(Best viewed bigger.) There’s always guilt. You come home after shooting a bunch of photos and the queue is intimidating. During the Oregon Wonders Photography Workshop in October, I added 3,100 photos to my library. And when I got back, I had to jump immediately into three concurrent projects. Even though I follow my own ...

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Back in Seattle, Back to Work

Yesterday was my first full day back after 10 days of a spectacular photography workshop in Oregon, and I quickly had to settle into the everyday routine of house and work. (On the work side, it was mostly catching up.) I think waking up every day at 5 am also took its toll, because after ...

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811 Sunday Nights

Since 1997, that’s how many weekly issues of TidBITS I’ve assembled and edited. Each issue is released on Monday, so Sunday nights were the time when I’d do my pass on the issue, ready to hand off to publisher Adam Engst (who would sometimes be coming online on the East coast just as I was ...

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(A Father’s) Course Corrections

What I’m learning as a father is that parenting involves hundreds of little behavioral course corrections. Sometimes it’s something direct and forceful—don’t pound on the glass door; be careful, that pot on the stove is very hot—but usually it’s a lot of little nudges. “Try this.” “You might want to consider that instead.” “Please say ...

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Kickstarting the Veronica Mars Movie

Thanks to 39,000 (and counting) people today, there’s going to be a Veronica Mars movie in spring of 2014. The project, by show creator Rob Thomas, was set to fund if the Kickstarter campaign raised $2 million within 30 days. It actually took only ten hours to reach the goal. As I write this, late ...

Comic Confusion and Frustration

For several years, my lovely wife has given me a graphic novel for Christmas. Before we had our daughter, I’d enjoy spending Christmas Day next to the fireplace reading. (That’s more difficult now with a four-year-old.) Although I read comic books as a kid, I never got into them deeply, and so I have a ...

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What’s Missing from the Instagram Rights Discussion

Instagram is getting a lot of attention today for a change in its terms of service that gives the company (now owned by Facebook) the ability to include users’ photos in advertisements. TechHive has an overview, and here’s the wording in question: “To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree ...

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The Insourcing Boom and Apple’s Influence

Charles Fishman’s excellent article “The Insourcing Boom” in The Atlantic never mentions Apple — save for one instance of “iPhone” used for its apparent sleekness — but the company’s ethos is everywhere. Fishman writes about how GE has moved manufacturing of some of its products like washing machines and refrigerators back to the United States ...