Author Archives: chuq

Community Manager with a strong technical background. Amateur photographer with a strong interest in birds, animals and landscapes. Birdwatcher. Author and Blogger. Those are not the same thing. Person with Opinions. 17 years at Apple didn't kill me. It made me stronger.

Why I threw out my bucket list. Should you?

Like many people I’ve kept a so-called bucket list of things I want to do someday. Unlike most of you, I decided to throw mine out about a year ago. I happened to run into an old copy of it in my archives this week, and it made me think about explaining why I got rid of it. I realized the bucket list was an excuse to not do anything. It’s a fake accomplishment. It makes you think you’ve done something, by deciding that you’ll do something “someday”, so you don’t actually have to try to make it happen. I’m […]

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Three-dot Lounge for August 3, 2014

Three dot lounge is a mostly-weekly collection of things that deserve more than a retweet. Stay tuned for fascinating opinions and pithy commentary. Also keep an eye on my Twitter feed for more interesting stuff. Florida mom arrested after letting 7-year-old walk to the park alone CROP OR CRAP :: MATH OR MOMENT 10 Things Google Should Consider in Launching a Standalone Photo Sharing Service QuickLinks Florida mom arrested after letting 7-year-old walk to the park alone Florida mom arrested after letting 7-year-old walk to the park alone So a mother may go to jail for allowing her kid to […]

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Refactoring your Photo Collection

In the software world, “refactoring ” is a term used today to define what happens when a programmer goes in and cleans up some existing code. In the old days, it was called “maintenance programming” and thrown at the junior programmers. Today, it’s called “refactoring”, but now it has a fancy name to make programmers feel better about doing it. The idea behind refactoring is to  take a hunk of something that already exists, tear it apart and re-build it in a better and more effective way. This allows your to improve an existing system over time as you learn new skills […]

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Three-Dot Lounge for July 27, 2014

Three dot lounge is a mostly-weekly collection of things that deserve more than a retweet. Stay tuned for fascinating opinions and pithy commentary. Also keep an eye on my Twitter feed for more interesting stuff. West-side San Joaquin Valley water calamity may be unfolding Goodbye, Google Voice: I’m breaking up with you Things I Learned After My Photo Hit #1 on Reddit, and Why I Probably Shouldn’t Have Posted It The death of backpacking? QuickLinks West-side San Joaquin Valley water calamity may be unfolding West-side San Joaquin Valley water calamity may be unfolding While much of the focus on the […]

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Yellowstone Image processing round 2

I’m sure there are photographers who can go out on a shoot, process all of their images and get them all right the first time and right away. I am not that photographer, and I’m not sure I’ve ever met one that could. When I’m out on the road, I’m on my laptop screen and not my usual monitor. It’s calibrated, but it’s not the same. I’m processing under inconsistent lighting, and sometimes I’m tired, sometimes I’m distracted, sometimes I’m under the influence of that adrenalin high you get from a great shooting day, and all of those things can affect […]

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