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Ben Brooks: The New Way to Edit Photos

Ben Brooks:

What finally pushed me over the edge was a long look at how I actually use photos. My primary goal is not to make art, but to capture moments and in that, when I do capture a great moment, I want to share that image quickly and widely. I don’t want to share the unedited image, I want to make the image look great still, but sharing is really what photography is all about.

And so, with that in mind I looked at my Lightroom workflow:

  • Wait a long time to import images from my camera. (Usually weeks after I took the photos.)
  • Never import iPhone shots, where a lot of images reside.
  • Once imported, rate images.
  • After I rate them I edit them by choosing one of 12 “presets” that I have created.
  • Apply cropping to select images.
  • Share on Flickr, Studiobrooks.com, or other means like Dropbox, email, etc.
  • Close my computer.

Even if I am just editing a handful of pictures, I still will take about 30 minutes to do all of this, between Lightroom being slow with RAW files, or me obsessing over minor tweaks.

What I realized in looking at all of that: it is a big pain in the ass.

I don’t like it, I don’t enjoy it at all.

Further, I don’t have the images in the most important place: my iPhone. What kind of bullshit is that? Not my kind of bullshit. This was at the moment I decided I had to figure out how to do this all faster on my iPad.

I am finding that the further we get from the iOS 8 launch the more capable my iPad is becoming. I have replicated almost every function of my work computer on the iPad, with the exception of multiple monitors. Using Ben’s photo method is just one more step in my journey of shifting my work to iPad.

Patrick Rhone’s new book

When Patrick started his newsletter, I subscribed. Now, he has produced a book from some of the great content he has produced.

He was kind enough to send an ebook copy to people who were subscribers, but I’ll be buying a physical copy as well.

Game Theory: The Potluck Dilemma.

The Potluck Dilemma offers various insights on producer behaviors when attending one of Cheryl’s snooty gatherings. The individual determinants of compliance are so complex for each agent from game to game that a Nash Equilibrium is all but impossible. Few constants exist. Except that Drew will drink too much and fire off that unhinged laugh at all his own jokes. That’s a given.

GORUCK Training

I have two GORUCK Tough patches in my collection, one for Class 157, the other for Class 1073. Both were tough in their own ways, but I felt significantly better prepared physically for 1073. I had a good idea of what to expect mentally, so I could focus on being physically prepared.

In Jason McCarthy’s advice for preparing for Selection, he wrote:

Ruck More.

I figured if that is what the mastermind behind the GORUCK Challenge and the even more demanding GORUCK Selection recommended for the more difficult of the two events, that training plan should work.


First, a definition: “a ruck” is a military style backpack, “to ruck” is to march with a ruck, most likely weighted.


I rucked as much as I could. I would walk to work at least three times a week with 6 bricks in my ruck, three miles round trip. In addition to “Ruck More”, Jason recommends rucking heavy. Five weeks before my Challenge, I upped my weight, adding home made five point sandbags, first one, then two, ending up with four sandbags to complement the 6 bricks. The idea was that if I trained heavy, the load wouldn’t be as bad during the event. One day, I added more weight, my Brick Bag filled with my remaining home made sandbags. I stepped on the scale after getting home and I was rucking with over one hundred pounds. No wonder the walk home felt tough.

I would ruck with my ruck buddy around a 5-mile trail every Saturday. The terrain isn’t rough, but uneven, enough to keep it challenging. I always brought my Brick Bag full of home made sandbags. It wasn’t heavy, but it kept my hands occupied and my arms engaged with weight. It also forced me to focus on keeping it balanced and finding places to rest the weight on my ruck.

One Sunday, following on from my Saturday ruck, I did a road march to the trail, around said trail and back, a full 10 miles. It was long, but a good test, not only of my endurance, but also my gear setup. It was a dry run of my clothing and load out. I did this about a month out from my Challenge to make sure I didn’t stress myself too much before the event.

The last part of my training was a more GORUCK specific Crossfit style workouts. Lots of grinder style triplets:

Buy in:
- 800m 20lb weighted vest 60lb sandbag carry

Workout:
All with weighted vest
- 3 rounds:
- 10 pushups
- 10 box step ups
- 40m bear crawl

Cash out:
- 800m 20lb weighted vest 60lb sandbag carry
- Accumulate 150m of bear crawling with 20lb weighted vest

Normally, Crossfit workouts are intense short affairs, but these were long, slow grinders. I worked to get through them. The emphasis on bear crawling was particularly helpful during the GORUCK Challenge.

While there is nothing that can fully prepare someone for their first GORUCK Challenge, being more physically prepared can make the whole experience a better brand of “good livin’”.

Why Isn’t ‘Arkansas’ Pronounced Like ‘Kansas’?

Mental Floss explains the pronunciation difference between Kansas and Arkansas, which was a favorite pronunciation flip flop in my grandfather’s patois.

jQuery UI tabs and Google Maps embeds

A colleague brought me an interesting issue yesterday: an embedded Google Map was not showing with the location marker centered. It was showing the map zoomed out and in the wrong position. At first, I thought Oh great, Google has gone and changed something. But after googling around, it appears to be a known issue. I’m just not sure how it didn’t manifest itself earlier. After trying to play with jQuery to get the map to reload/re-center upon tab load. I found this comment which explained it. I had read the same thing last night, but it must have been too late in the day for my brain to make sense of it. The CSS fix:

.ui-tabs-hide {
    /* display:none; */
    position: absolute !important; left: -9999999px
}