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Vote for Kerry, Save the USA

I’ve been trying to come up with just a few things that illustrate why the U.S.A. should no longer support Bush. Even if you don’t like Kerry, I believe it’s clear that Bush has been bad for the country and can only make things worse if re-elected. Today’s New York Times reports that the Bush ...

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Mount St. Helens Eruption Movies

We Seattleites have been keeping an eye on our sister Mount St. Helens as she lets off some steam. I’m not worried about a massive eruption, but it’s still pretty cool to see nature at work on a large scale. Now, you can see the volcano cam images as movies! (The enormous fly that appears ...

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Bush Campaign Concerned about Sliding Popularity?

Since the presidential debates began and many outlets and polls judged Kerry the winner (or at least a strong tie), it’s been hard to find any good news for the Bush administration. I’m astounded at how often they’ve been caught blatantly lying or taking quotes wildly out of context. So I guess it’s no surprise ...

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My iMac G5 Review in Seattle Times

My colleague Glenn Fleishman and his wife recently had a baby, so I’ve been writing his Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times. The latest is a hands-on review of the iMac G5: "User-friendly iMac G5 keeps it simple". Here are links to the previous three I’ve written: "DVD led to digital shake-up" (Seattle Times, ...

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My iMac G5 Review in Seattle Times

My colleague Glenn Fleishman and his wife recently had a baby, so I’ve been writing his Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times. The latest is a hands-on review of the iMac G5: "User-friendly iMac G5 keeps it simple". Here are links to the previous three I’ve written: "DVD led to digital shake-up" (Seattle Times, ...

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iMac G5 for Video Editing

David from Florida wrote to me: The one iMac G5 thread I am hoping to read — how will it be for digital video? Let’s say I add 1GB of RAM — will it be fine for Final Cut Express? And how about Final Cut Pro? It doesn’t have to be top of the line. ...

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Iconfactory Halloween Icons

Fall is my favorite season, and it also heralds the fun work of The Iconfactory, which replaces its interface with a Halloween-inspired scheme every October. I use many of their icons (holiday and otherwise) on my Mac because they’re well-designed and add character. And I absolutely love the little factory GIF animation at the top ...

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Editing Other People’s Videos

Interesting article in today’s New York Times about companies that will edit up the video footage that you’ve shot and never gotten around to viewing or editing: For Neglected Video, a Hollywood Touch. “The problem people have with their home movies is mostly one of retrieval,” said Mark Smith, a co-owner of Pergamon, a video-editing ...

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Learning by Seeing: Firefly

The best way to learn something is to do it, but when you’re talking about film/video editing, sometimes watching can be just as important. My wife and I have been re-watching Joss Whedon‘s short-lived television series Firefly, and although I’ve seen the series twice before (once during its televised run, and again on DVD), the ...

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iChat AV Security Update

(I’m just coming off of a vacation, but thought this was worth mentioning.) Apple has released a security update that fixes a potential flaw in iChat that would let people launch programs on your machine if you clicked a link. MacCentral has a few more details.

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