Friday, October 28, 2011

Designer Chair Promo!

Here's my workstation. This is where I write my blog, write my book, write my articles. The chair is a famous one, called The Egg Chair, and it was designed by Arne Jacobsen. Originally, it used to sit in my living room, but on a whim, I placed it in front of my table. And waddaya know, it worked.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Third World Lightning Part 2

Oops, I did it again. I really lucked out with this photo. The lightning storm wasn't particularly active, but the one time it went really nuts, I had my shutter open.

You can also see the previous lightning photos here.

And here's more lightning in action:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hoarders, Digital Edition

With 6TB, you can save a lot of junk. Off the top of my head there are the TV series that I've had to sacrifice to make room for new ones. You know, TV shows that aren't keepers (Heroes anyone?), and more bad movies in HD than you can shake a stick at. I hated all of them, but it was painful to part with them nevertheless. Western Digital My Studio II lets you hoard all of that junk with its ginormous gargantuan titanic 6TB of storage. This is my review of that product.

Aside from hoarders, the Western Digital My Studio II is for a special breed of digital professional: the video editor, the professional photographer, the art director, the 3D animator. Chances are, that's not you. No worries, digital collector. Hoarders will be just as happy with this baby.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A week with iCloud and iOS 5

I waited more than a week to give my impression of iCloud, Apple's new service that promises to make your online life oh so much better, and here it is. While I'm at it, I'll also run down some of the more important changes in iOS 5, the operating system that makes iCloud possible. So has it changed my life and made everything better yet? Not really. Sorry Apple, it's not all blue skies...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Industar-22 Review

Or how an old manual lens works on the micro four thirds system and why you should try it.

This is my third manual focus lens. It's getting to be something of a habit. No doubt, many of you are wondering, "Why on earth would you want to stick a manual lens on a camera that has one of the fastest Autofocus systems available?"

Because you can. Because there's a quality to these lenses that you can't capture with modern lenses. Because old lenses kick ass. Because it will help you to become a better photographer. Because it will change the way you look at shooting. Because your camera will look cool. Because you will look cool. Because the pictures will be interesting. Because it's fun.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Third World Lightning

Just a quick photo-of-the-day post. Maybe I should open a Tumblr account. Shot with Olympus E-P3 and Panasonic 20mm lens. GIF from Photoshop. Fun fun fun. :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Adidas x Star Wars for baby nerds

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the Adidas x Star Wars collection. The Force is strong with these kicks. Since then, I've seen some of the Star Wars shoes from a previous collection in Adidas' Power Plant store. To my regret, I don't think a 37-year-old can pull off those designs with any pride (which is strange because it's precisely this age demographic that is rabid about Star Wars). Imagine my joy then when I came across a pair of Adidas x Star Wars shoes for my one-year-old son at Jump in High Street. And the design was Boba Fett. Winner.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Early Christmas Sale! Attack!

Speaking of Sony and Christmas, here are the details of that sale I was talking about. It's on October 21-23 at the Megatent in Ortigas (that's beside Renaissance). I suggest you go there really early on the first day because it can get really crazy. And then the last day because that's the Grand Draw and Pupil is playing.  :) Click on the picture above to embiggen.

Friday, October 14, 2011

My Sony Christmas Wish List

You know what? Sony could have been Apple. It had the Walkman, the Trinitron, and the PlayStation -- three reasons why I'm probably on the fanboy side of the fence. (They also show my age.) Later on, Sony would have the VAIO, the Bravia, and Sony Ericsson phones. With such hugely successful brands, Sony could have been bigger than Apple. Things didn't turn out that way, which is just too bad. Even then, Sony has been on something of a roll lately with the PS3, Bravia TVs, and NEX cameras.

Just the other day, Sony launched its lineup for the Christmas season. I'd seen most of this stuff in one way or the other, but it was pretty impressive seeing it all together in one place. There was a lot of good stuff there. Here are my picks:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

What do you do with 6TB?

Sitting on my table now is Western Digital's My Book Studio Edition II external hard drive, a loaner from WD. Inside, it's got two 3TB hard drives, giving you a total of 6TB. Starting the review process in a bit, but right now, I'm wondering what exactly I'll do with 6TB, or around 6,000GB. So any suggestions will be welcome.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Smart Rocket Review

4G. Also known as HSPA+. The promise of faster Internet without wires. Come and get it with Smart Rocket, basically Smart Buddy on steroids. Smart Rocket promises speeds of up to 12mbps. Those are crazy fast speeds, considering the fastest regular DSL connection you can get is 3mbps. Does this Rocket deliver? Read on.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Asus Eee Pad Slider First Sighting!

I thought the Asus Eee Pad Slider was pretty cute when I first heard of it. Last Friday, they officially launched the Slider to the public -- Asus' sly little tablet with a keyboard built in -- and I'm more impressed than ever. I mean, just look at it. It's adorable!