I recently returned from a cruise island-hopping the Hawaiian islands. What follows is a few landscape photos taken from my stateroom balcony of the shoreline I saw pass by.
This is a bit geeky but I couldn’t resist. I recently picked up at a tag sale a nearly new condition old IBM Model M ‘clicky’ keyboard (this particular one is from 1991) and it’s the best keyboard I have ever typed on:
Since this keyboard comes with a PS/2 plug, you can use a special PS/2 to USB adapter to connect it to your current computer, whether it be a Mac (like me) or a Windows or Linux machine. Re-map the Alt/Control/Caps Lock keys in your keyboard control panel to work how you like them and it works like a charm! And it evokes a certain caché with a cool yet familiar old-school retro look and feel:
This keyboard has a real cult following and I can see why-the keyboards that come with computers these days feel like total mush. I would highly recommend this keyboard (or the modern day roughly-equivalent one from a company called Unicomp in Lexington Kentucky), to anyone who writes, programs or just uses their computer a lot, which is practically everyone these days isn’t it? You can find them on eBay, and at thrift and computer surplus shops. If you want one with USB built in or one in black, Unicomp would be the place to get that although the build-quality is not quite as good and sturdy as the originals.
The IBM Model M is the best keyboard ever!
For more, check out to this NPR radio story.
UPDATE (April 1, 2010): I’m now using the Space Saver IBM Model M which does not include the number keypad on the right. It’s quite a bit smaller on the desk, which is nice. Having the mouse closer in to the keyboard is surprisingly more ergonomic and quicker as well. It’s my new favorite!
A while back, AAA commissioned my Golden Gate Bridge in Fog picture for a large corporate conference with a ‘Building Bridges’ theme. Here are a few pictures of one of the finished products, an announcement card; front, back and the envelope. It may be a bit difficult to see in the picture, but the image is printed directly on the card with embossing around it. I think it turned out quite nice!
AAA also purchased over one hundred framed matted prints of my photograph. Yes, I sell those! Please inquire if you’re interested.
The best camera is the one that’s with you. I always have my iPhone with me because it’s not practical to have a DSLR with you constantly. I enjoy the limitations of the iPhone camera in perpetuating a ‘snapshot ethic’ much in the same way Polaroids did in the past.
This is a gallery of some snapshots I’ve recently taken with my iPhone 3G.
I stumbled across this great sequence of pictures by someone on by the name of Jill Johnson on Flickr.
This really shows how even a short sequence of photographs can sure tell a compelling story! (click on the thumbnail to the right to view.)
I’m having fun paging through all the card images (be sure to click on the ‘Older Cards’ as well) and thinking about some of the design elements that work well, and ones that don’t.