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Lens Rentals | Blog - Optics of Zooms vs Primes
A great zoom is not as good as a good prime at comparable apertures, but it’s plenty good, especially in the center of the image.
Zooms have more variation, and most copies of a given zoom will vary at different focal lengths. If someone asks me for the best copy of a zoom, my first response would always be ‘at which focal length?’ In this case, the sharpest copy at 200mm is not the sharpest at 70mm.
lens  optics  review  advice  lensrentals  photography  lenses 
9 days ago by bwiese
Jordan Peele’s Genius New Horror Movie Shows the Terror of Being Black in World Full of White People
“It was very important to me for this not to be about a black guy going to the South and going to this red state where the presumption for a lot of people is everybody’s racist there,” Peele said. “This was meant to take a stab at the liberal elite that tends to believe that ‘We’re above these things.’” In other words, before you point fingers at the white people in Get Out, ask yourself if you, too, ever done anything that might have made a terrified black man bash your head in with a croquet ball.
jordan-peel  get-out-movie  review  vulture  jada-yuan 
9 days ago by yolandaenoch
Surfing, metrics and creation: Facebook and Snap — Benedict Evans
One of the ways I've talked about social on smartphones is that smartphones themselves are a social platform in a way that the desktop web was not. Every app has an icon on the home screen, so it's quicker to switch apps than switch tabs in the same app. Every app has push notifications, and access to your address book, and your photo library. So, it's much easier to use multiple apps on a phone than on the web. This makes it much easier for apps to take off, but they can look like fireworks - burning brightly and then disappearing. Each social app is trying to capture some piece of psychology or of Maslow's hierarchy and encapsulate it in a few interaction mechanics, and each one is trying to find some angle that's unique enough to break out but not so unique that it becomes a fad. They're also trying to fund a mechanic that can't entirely co-opted by Facebook (live video is another good example here). Not many have managed all of this.
Facebook  Google  Snapchat  comparison  discovery  socialmedia  index  review  BenedictEvans  2017 
10 days ago by inspiral
The Agency Review
Since January 1, 2012, The Agency Review has posted weekly reviews of books relevant to the advertising industry.
opinion  books  reading  review  advertising  agency 
10 days ago by markhgn
Album Review: 2112 by Rush | The 'Fish Out of Water' Blog
2112 is one of the most musically creative and impressive progressive rock albums I have ever heard. Rush’s musical ability is only trumped by their longevity, as this album stills to this day delivers a fusion of stunning musicianship and thought-provoking lyrical content.
The A side of the album contains the song ‘2112’, a sweeping piece that runs over twenty minutes. Based on the novella Anthem by Ayn Rand, ‘2112’ tells the story of a dystopian future in which all forms of media, books, and music are controlled and regulated by the malevolent “Priests of the Red Star Federation” from the “Temple of Syrinx”. The protagonist of the story stumbles upon a guitar, an item completely new to him, and realizes his ability to create, think, and explore. As he tries to presents his gift before the priests they reject it as a waste of time, and destroy the guitar in attempts to continue to pacify the population. In the wake of the destruction, the protagonist is greeted by an oracle who shows him the true potential of man, and the creative force mankind possesses by conjuring images of cities, paintings, and sculptures. Stricken by grief and loss, the protagonist decides that life is not worth living under the rule of the Federation, and takes his own life.
music  rush  2112  70s  prog_rock  review 
10 days ago by rgl7194
The Story of Rush's Brazen, Long-Form Breakthrough on '2112'
The epic title track of Rush‘s 2112 was 20:33 in length and occupied the entire first side of the album. Because of that, the triple-platinum project – released on April 1, 1976 – is often mistakenly identified as a concept album. While there was indeed a long-form subject attached to the title track, the entire second side of songs are unrelated to the storyline laid out by 2112, technically striking it from true “concept album” status – though spirited music fans will continue to argue otherwise.
music  rush  2112  70s  prog_rock  review 
10 days ago by rgl7194

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