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Experience with PhotoBooks?
I just want to add that I've seen donpedro's book in person, and the quality was excellent. And the printer (Fastback) did an excellent job as well. :)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:15 PM on January 12, 2006

Why is Ezra Pound's "In a Station of the Metro" so widely anthologized?
To read Pound is to dislike him on some level, whether for his anti-semitism, his literary self-indulgence, or what have you. Even more so if you delve into the Pound's whole Imagism vs. Vorticism shebang or try to untangle the Cantos.

Therefore, I would posit that the poem is anthologized as much for being unobjectionable as for any other reason, as a way to present Pound at his best without dragging in all the (almost… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:04 PM on December 27, 2005

D50 or S2?
The Panasonic FZ5's autofocus is much more responsive than the Canon S2's, especially if you select its high-speed focus setting. While Canon digicams are among the very best when it comes to image quality, shutter lag has always been an Achilles heel for Canon's Powershot series and the S2 is no exception. (It's improved over the old S1, but still sluggish.) The S2 is capable of putting out great photos, but also demands more patience and care from the photographer.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 7:53 PM on December 25, 2005
Right now Amazon has the FZ20 at $409 and the FZ5 at $449--so that pretty much makes the comparison increased portability (FZ5) vs. lower cost and focus ring.

That Amazon price for the FZ5 is for a "free memory with purchase" package, meaning that they'll sell you shoddy memory at a steep markup. The rock-solid photo-superstore B&H carries the FZ5 for $350, which is about as low as you'll find it without running into scams.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:08 AM on December 26, 2005
For portraits, neither the FZ5 or FZ20 will give you the "foreground focus" (i.e. subject-background separation) that you're looking for -- certainly not indoors in any case, though it's possible with enough distance outdoors. Likewise, manual focus at non-macro distances isn't too important with these small-sensor digicams because DOF is simply massive due to their extremely short actual focal lengths (6-72mm for both cameras). You'll really need a DSLR with a fast prime (such as… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:05 AM on December 26, 2005

Need a good case for a Canon Rebel XT
This reminds me of the new car owners who insist on triple-waxing their "investments" while the rest of us just drive the damn things. Understandable, but misguided.

kcm is right: if you're worried about damaging your camera due to the "klutz" factor, a handstrap is the way to go. (There are many that do not require large battery grip attachments, BTW.) Another way of looking at it is this: with the speed that digital cameras are evolving, your XT… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:23 PM on December 23, 2005
Oh, I forgot to mention:

I'd want to get some sort of smaller camera case that I would pop the camera in and out of while using it. [...] I want some decent protection, but I don't want something that screams "camera bag" and will get snatched. What do you use?

A $5 military surplus bread bag in olive drab from the local surplus store if I just have one body/lens, or a black Domke bag if I need more space. And… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:33 PM on December 23, 2005

Getting started in alternative photography?
Someone will mention this sooner or later, so I might as say it now:


If you've never played with camera movements before, you're in for a treat. A Lensbaby is a great way to experiment with movements cheaply while still sticking with the small 35mm/DSLR format. I don't own one, but most who do that I've talked to have tons of fun with theirs.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:24 AM on December 15, 2005

Flexible Digital SLR recommendations
I've said it before: IMO the entry level DSLRs are all so competent by now that you really don't need to worry about making a "wrong" choice so much as making a "best fit" choice.

Your top choices are:

Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT)
Nikon D50

Almost everyone agrees that Canon and Nikon have the most thorough DSLR systems right now. Of the two, the Nikon D50 is the better camera but the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:32 PM on December 14, 2005
When are the next models coming out? It seems like this set have been about 6 months or so.

Perhaps a new model or two at PMA (Feb. '06) at the earliest, but mostly likely some bigger shakeups in the lineups by Photokina in Fall '06. Product cycles in this segment are about 18 months, give or take 6 months or so (for example, much shorter between the Canon D60 to 20D upgrades, and much longer between the Nikon D100 to D200 upgrades). It's the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:38 PM on December 14, 2005
a 50mm 1.8 [...] It's 8 whole stops faster than the bundled 18-55 zoom is at 50.

Nitpick: It's a bit over 3 stops faster which lets in a bit more than 8 times more light, allowing you to use shutter speeds more than 8 times faster. But it's still 3 stops, roughly.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:55 PM on December 14, 2005

Practice girlfriend or stay lonely?
With the experience I think can gain some confidence for the next time I go after a girl I actually like. The problem is that I'm not sure if it is right to pretend I care about someone just to get practice, however

Do all women provoke either the two "I'm totally head over heels about her" or "she doesn't do a damn thing for me" extremes, or are there some women who fall in the middle with "you know, I… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:03 PM on December 13, 2005

Why do people steal shit?
Strange: why ship to my address?

Required by many card companies and/or online merchants (especially the more reputable merchants). I had a rough time before trying to convince B&H to ship to a different address than my billing address; I finally had to call my card company and add the second address to my account before B&H would agree to ship there. It's for your own protection (in theory anyway).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:25 PM on December 12, 2005

Given P outcomes, how many different P's are chosen when N choices are made?
Sorry, I meant to say that the options are always the same, so according to the "drawing of marbles" visualization of the problem, they're being replaced after each drawing.

Also, I should have said that "expected value" of how many distinct options (marbles etc) are drawn with N trials, and not "average"... but I hope that was clear in context.

Finally, I'm looking to solve a problem where P is somewhere in the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:34 AM on December 11, 2005
Thanks everyone! Johnny Assay's formula of P * (1 - (1 - 1/P)^N) is very calculator- and spreadsheet-friendly, and I played with the numbers and they look pretty good to my (untrained) eyes. I don't know enough to really judge the answers here but since the concensus seems to agree with Johnny Assay, I'll go ahead and mark his as the best one. Thanks to everyone for delving into the theory and for doing some number-crunching your fancy math programs.

I'm also marking… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:50 PM on December 11, 2005
As part of a game I work on in my spare time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:10 AM on December 12, 2005

Almost none, including with family. (American male mid-20's.) Receiving friendly hugs/kisses is great, but giving them unprompted is very uncomfortable for me.

I've been told on several occasions that this is "unhealthy" and/or "pathological" -- is it? I've always just chalked it up to differences in upbringing (from being of Asian descent).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:19 PM on December 11, 2005

Why can't men keep their hands to themselves?
Is it just too much to ask of a 24 year old, to actually live the lifestyle he expects of his partner?

You've got it exactly backwards. Without any explicit pre-agreement from both sides: yes, it's just too much to ask of a [number]-year-old to actually live the lifestyle that his former partner expects of him.

A "no sex after breakup clause" can't be arbitrarily imposed and enforced by one party, especially ex… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:30 AM on December 10, 2005

Does image theft worry you?
The rule of thumb is that people who worry about it too much almost never* create anything worth seriously stealing to begin with.

* Heavy emphasis on the caveat "almost never."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 5:15 PM on November 27, 2005

Why, God? Why??!!
I've retouched the photo to remove the glare on the glasses (as well as fixing the lighting and other odds and ends) and put everything on a plain black background.

Version 1: Color balanced/corrected for color photo prints. [thumbnail] [original] [upscaled 2x]

Version 2: Monochrome conversion for black and white photo prints. [thumbnail] [original] [upscaled 2x]

Version 3: High contrast black and white for easier… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:57 PM on November 15, 2005

What dSLR would you buy?
Is this the time to switch to Canon or another manufacturer? I've heard such great things about Canon dSLRs and equipment — would it be wise to jump ship on Nikon before I become any more married to it?

Nikon makes great equipment -- so great that, IMO, the only real reasons to justify a switch to Canon are:

A) Consistently outstanding high ISO performance. One of the biggest reasons why I'm a Canon shooter is that ISO 400… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:17 AM on October 7, 2005

Will anyone photoshop my images for me?
There are professional services that cater to digital post-processing, normally as an adjunct to printing for exhibitions. For example, there have been discussions about who prepared Nachtway's prints in his most recent exhibition, as those who attended reported seeing astoundingly good 4-foot+ prints that were coaxed out of 8-megapixel Canon 1Dmk2 files. These services would be priced well out of the budget for any amateur though.

If your shots were made under similar… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:56 AM on September 20, 2005

Advice on a good compact flash card reader.
That DPReview speed test is rather dated (October 2003).

From the more recent (and continously updated) CompactFlash Performance Database over at

"Note: Card-to-computer transfer speed for a given CompactFlash card varies with both the card reader and the operating system. The Lexar FireWire CompactFlash reader, model RW019, is the fastest of over 2 dozen readers we've tested to date, which is the primary reason… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:56 PM on September 18, 2005

Why is time passing so quickly?
What have you accomplished with your hours as a kid, and what have you accomplished with your hours as an adult? Accomplishments not just professionally/financially, but in terms of family, relationships, creative output, hobbies, taking control of your personal enviroment, etc.

Anything worth accomplishing takes a buttload of time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:57 PM on September 15, 2005

Looking for digital camera reccommendations for my girlfriend...
The reason why there has been so many Canon recommendations on this thread is that Canon's Powershot series has been ridiculously consistent at producing quality cameras. It's true that some models are better than others (and many are even truly, truly excellent), but you can throw darts at Canon's Powershot lineup all day and never, ever hit a bad camera, particularly when it comes to delivering consistently good and pleasing images. The older Powershots definitely have… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:36 PM on September 15, 2005

Help us choose where to move - MN or CA?
Once you've become accustomed to the glorious California weather, it's hard to imagine living anywhere else. You should be the one going out to meet the snow in the nearby mountains, rather than having it come to you between your driveway and your shovel.

I'd pick "friends in the same city" over "closer to family (but presumably with some distance still)" any day of the week, but that's probably just reflective of my own biases and upbringing. Also,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:51 AM on September 14, 2005
For the non-Angelenos: San Andreas Fault, La Brea Tar Pits.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:59 PM on September 14, 2005

Recommend a book on Canon 305D
I'm assuming you mean the 350D (i.e. the Digital Rebel XT)?

For Nikonians, I've heard Thom Hogan's "Complete Guides" for various Nikon DSLR's being repeatedly lauded among enthusiasts, but AFAIK there's no equivalent go-to reference for the Canon folks. Coolpix guru Peter iNova is coming out with an e-book for the 350D (scroll down) but it's not available yet. I've picked up his e-book for the Nikon Coolpix 995 years ago and found it useful in many parts, but… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:01 AM on September 12, 2005 marked best answer

Do you trust the product reviews out there on the web?
Whether a product review is trustworthy depends entirely upon its context.

Well-established review sites (Anandtech, DPReview, etc) are generally pretty reputable, but they only review a narrow selection of products. User reviews (Amazon and many other shopping sites) are vulnerable to shilling, so no they're not trustworthy at all.

epinions tries to straddle the two by being a community-based review site, where you can rate and trust reviewers… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:47 AM on September 10, 2005

Help me get set up with a dSLR.
Ack, I'm a bad influence!

normy's right on about Pentax/Minolta DSLR's having (relatively) great viewfinders -- the Nikon D70/D70s/D50 and Canon Rebel XT are simply wretched in that department. Having said that, it's not as big of a deal with autofocus as it would be with manual focus, but be prepared for a *very* rude awakening if you're used to a film SLR. I also wholeheartedly agree with him on another issue -- make sure to try out the cameras first to make sure… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:58 AM on August 27, 2005

Getting my car running after a long period of neglect.
Also in a related question: do I need to contact a Toyota dealer specifically to replace the window, or is the make/year/part a common enough one that most any car place can do the work? I'd normally take it back to the same dealership I originally bought the car from except that right now, it's over four hundred miles away.

C_D: I've been told/harangued (belatedly) from a few sources that cars need to be run regularly to prevent problems with battery/fluids, so I'm a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:34 AM on August 25, 2005

How do I take/edit great photographs?
Wow -- didn't find out about this AskMe thread until someone commented about it on MeTa. A few responses:

"Vibrant" colors: I'm actually a bit puzzled by this, since Canon DSLR's (reputedly) have more muted colors than their counterparts from other brands. I don't bump up the saturation levels during RAW conversion, either. About the only thing I can add is that indoor lighting is often surprisingly colorful and interesting when you can manage to capture it… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:04 PM on July 10, 2005

How can atheists feel comfortable about death?
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Death is beyond my ability to stave off. All I want out of my short life is a little serenity.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:42 PM on June 5, 2005

Portrait mode problems with Photoshop CS Raw importer?
Are you using any of the hacked firmwares for the Digital Rebel? Not all the custom firmwares are 100% compatible with all RAW converters.

Also, what sort of error is it? Just a simple dialog box with "program error" and an exclamation point icon?

Lastly, the ACR (Abode Camera Raw) plugin has been through a ton of updates due to new camera releases. What version are you running?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:36 PM on May 28, 2005

Falling out of love...
Fuck people... I'm going back into my hole of solitude, and not coming out again.

I've been hiding like this for years and it simply does not work. You will fall in love with a co-worker, the cute barista at your local cafe, a stranger online, a random passerby with a smile and a kind word. Anyone. It almost doesn't matter who it is.

The fight against biology is a pyrrhic one, and the only method of victory is to turn… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:09 AM on May 28, 2005

How do I photograph strangers?
You are not doing anything wrong by photographing people in public.

You need confidence first and foremost. Being uncertain -- or worse, trying to be surreptitious -- will get you immediately branded as "the creep with a camera", do not pass go, do not collect $200. As will fumbling with the camera at all -- set the camera the way you want to before raising it to your eye. Compose in your mind… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:33 PM on May 16, 2005

Calling all Monkey(filter)'s....
The official word in #mofirc is: nobody knows, and she's been away for the day so there'll no immediate resolution.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:32 PM on May 13, 2005

Are blind people hairy legged?
Do sighted people shave their legs? It depends on who you ask. Same goes for blind people, I'd imagine: it depends on their personal tactile preferences (and their partner's). The proportion of the blind who do shave is probably lower compared to that of the sighted population though.

(Say hello to C for me, M!)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:02 PM on May 13, 2005

What videogames should every gamer beat?
Beating the original NES Contra without using the Konami code is a challenging but still pretty attainable goal to separate the wheat from the chaff.

There are no shortages of ways to make games even more challenging -- ascending in Nethack using a pacifist tourist, going through Diablo 1 using only the worst cursed items you can find and without casting any spells, etc. But as a metric to distinguish casual gamers from hardcore gamers, Contra is a pretty good one.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:57 PM on May 11, 2005

Best way to carry multiple Canon dSLR batteries in camera bag?
Chances are very good that you won't need more than two batteries (one in-camera and one either in the bag or on charger). If you're coming from a different type of camera to a Canon DSLR, you may be surprised -- the CMOS sensors that almost all the Canon DSLR's use are very battery-friendly. With my old first-gen Digital Rebel, I've snapped 600+ shots over the course of 10+ hours on just two batteries. Make sure to bring your character with you on longer trips though.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:09 AM on May 9, 2005

LA must-see suggestions
There's an E3 MeFi meetup you can catch if you're interested.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:45 AM on May 6, 2005

I spent prom night with my friends, none of whom went, either. Senior prom is one of the few rites of passages left in suburban life, but not everyone "needs" or even appreciates these social quasi-ceremonies. If you're the type who plays down birthdays and don't belong in the strippers-and-booze-on-your-21st camp, then you probably wouldn't miss prom, either.

The main exception is if you have close friends who are going and you'd like to spend the time with… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:53 PM on May 3, 2005

Lets just be friends.
Alternately, cmyr, just email her this link and have her email it to dude in question. It should clear that little problem right up.

I strenuously disagree. Romantic issues should be handled in person whenever possible and never passed on via email or other online methods.

And I side with those who have mentioned that the right course is to consciously adjusting body language and flirting issues to send… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:10 PM on April 28, 2005

How to flirt
Or maybe I'm just jaded because I live in L.A. and every where I go it's like BOOBS! BOOBS! BIG FAKE BOOBS! BOOBS SHAPED LIKE BLIMPS BEING HELD ALOFT OF THEIR OWN VOLITION UNDER TINY TANK TOPS! BOOBS! I mean, honestly: the last time I was back in Chicago I was practically giddy at the sight of other women with real breasts wearing normal shirts.

It's just like the "men actually prefer women two sizes larger than what… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:05 PM on April 27, 2005

Best Recordings of Bach?
Previously suggestions for Bach's Chaconne.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:11 PM on April 24, 2005

Micro payments online - can they be profitable?
Micropayments just aren't really profitable. Mobile phones companies can attach micropayments to larger monthly bills, but the overhead costs for directly billing and receiving small amounts will almost always kill any profit to be made in micropayments unless you're certain you have a sizable captive audience to leverage some scale. In truth though, there just hasn't been enough critical mass for micropayments to take off and to have a multitude of services to choose from.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:34 AM on April 24, 2005

Digital Shutter lag is driving me crazy!
A few suggestions from an earlier AskMe thread.

What would be helpful to know is:

a) What's your budget, realistically speaking?
b) What's your target final output? (Web? If print, what print size?)
c) Which features are absolutely essential to you? A digital negative (RAW)? A 28mm wide zoom? A flash hotshoe? etc.

The superficial answer is that whether or not you need to spend a grand to get a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:18 AM on April 24, 2005
The whole issue comes down to timing, really. I can't tell a)when the photo was taken or b) whether it was taken at all.

I should just add that on most digital cameras, if you prefocus -- "half-press" the shutter button and hold it, wait for the sluggard autofocus to do its thing, then finish pressing it all the way at the right moment -- you should have no problems.

The reason why you don't know when the photo is… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:17 AM on April 24, 2005

Wedding photography hints
First off, lots of great tips above that should be highlighted:

If there is a pro hired for the event, the first thing to do is not get in his/her way.
Also, be sure to check with the officiant to find out if s/he (or the venue) has regulations/guidelines about when in the service flash photographs are permissible and when they are not. [My note: You'll definitely want to know ahead of time if you need to switch tactics.]
If you are using an… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:18 PM on April 18, 2005

Am I ever going to feel like this again?
That sense of social connectedness gets even better in college, especially if you decide to go to a small school. Enjoy your school years while you can. After that, everything goes downhill.

"And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world's sounds - wouldn't you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it." -- Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 7:31 PM on April 14, 2005

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