Fashion photography at the ROM and AGO - Fall 2009

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Toronto has not one, but two fashion photography exhibits this fall. One at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and one in the new crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

  • Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, 1923–1937
  • Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913 - 2008

Both shows are worth checking out if you are a fan of classic fashion, modern fashion, or portrait photography.

3 minute video of U2 360 tour at the Rogers Center in Toronto


Here's a quick 3 minute video from the U2 360 Tour here in Toronto on September 17th, 2009. It was a good concert, with the dome open. I'm not a huge fan of huge concerts, but the sound was great, and there was a fair amount of energy. The famous 'claw' stage, designed by longtime U2 collaborator Mark Fisher was really impressive - great sound and lighting, with a huge 360 degree colour display. Live shots of the band from moving cameras really added to the show, and eventually the screen spread out and down.

3 ways to enjoy Photojunkie's Toronto Panoramic photos

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Rannie Turingan is a prolific and influential blogger and photographer here in Toronto. For one of his latest projects (which won him a Nissan Cube) he set out taking panoramic photos with his iPhone. Here are three ways you can enjoy those photos. Whether you're just visiting Toronto on vacation, or if you live here, they are well worth a look!

We'll run through three choices:

  • Standard web page and online map
  • iPhone and Blackberry specific web page
  • iPhone application (that also runs on an iPod touch)

Tiny Beaches rail trail outside Elmvale north to Penetanguishene

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There is a wonderful multi-use trail called the Tiny Beaches rail trail, running north just outside Elmvale up to Penetanguishene. It is a snowmobile trail in the winter, and a great biking, running, and hiking trail in the summer and fall (there are LOTS of bugs in the spring...).

Here's a short video of a few sections along the northern end of the trail from July, 2009.

Ottawa Lock #3 Time Lapse video

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We were in Ottawa last summer, and I've finally got around to adding some music to a time lapse video I made of one of the locks on the Rideau Canal, right downtown.

I used a Canon PowerShot SD870 IS and the built in time lapse function, trying to hold the camera as steady as possible against a railing.

iPod Touch and iPhone Wi-Fi connection at Starbucks for Bell Internet customers


You may have heard that Bell Internet customers can now wirelessly connect to the Internet at Starbucks locations across Canada. Although the Bell website only mentions laptops running Windows, I thought I'd go grab a grande latte and see what the process was to connect with my iPod Touch. It worked, and I could browse the web and connect to the internet with all my applications, too. Here's a set of screen captures walking through the process.

A quick tutorial on using iUI to create a native looking iPhone or iPod touch web page

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I just picked up a new Apple iPod Touch and thought I'd create a version of my photoblog that is optimized for the iPhone and/or iPod Touch. This won't be an actual application available through the App Store, but instead a web page using Joe Hewitt's iUI CSS and JavaScript library.

In this first tutorial we'll:

  1. Download and setup iUI
  2. Create a simple 'Hello World' page
  3. Dream of the final photoblog application

My pretty Wordle "word cloud"

I took a quick look at the Wordle Beautiful Word Cloud generator, and sure enough, it generates beautiful word clouds, from text, or from a account. Here's mine:

There are lots of controls: the font type, range of colours, orientation mix of the fonts, etc... I like it!

You shouldn't have to fight, for your right, to PRIVACY!

At long last we've decided to cancel our cable TV and go 100% DVD and media purchased online (although we don't have as many options here in Canada). I assumed we'd get an Apple TV one day, but the Bell Video Store was announced a few weeks ago, so I signed up to see what I could learn.

I still haven't rent or bought a movie, but I did learn a lot about corporations and their privacy statements. I'm hoping this will be a cautionary tale for consumers, but more so for companies.

Seemingly obvious, but easy to break rule #1: Don't make your customers have to fight just to protect their own privacy, and by extension your employee and business-partner's privacy.

Who has the most followers per update on Twitter?

I was wandering about Twitter tonight, looking for more people to follow, when I started to wonder just who has the most followers on Twitter. Some of more famous names came to mind, but in most cases they've made thousands of updates, too. Lots of work, quite frankly, so I decided to try and find the most efficient person on Twitter:

Who has the highest People per Update (PpU) ratio on Twitter?