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This and that, now and then. Mostly book reviews, with the occasional excursion into whimsy.



Published: 2006-02-05T07:50:47-08:00

 



Nothing To See Here

2006-02-05T07:50:47-08:00

Remember, this incarnation of The View From The Foothills is dead. Long live The View From The Foothills!




Moving the Movable Type...

2006-02-03T21:53:43-08:00

...to WordPress. My webhosting service now provides automatic installation of the WordPress blog software, and (woo-hoo!) automatic upgrading as well, when new versions of WordPress come out. At lot of folks seem to having good luck with WordPress, so I'm...



Mary, the Human Fly

2006-02-03T20:05:45-08:00

When she's stuck in the toy room, which is not infrequent as it's a safe place for her to be, she tends to complain verbally.... Nevertheless, I still find it a bit disconcerting to hear a high-pitched little voice wafting from the toy room saying, "Help me!




Ship of Magic, by Robin Hobb

2006-02-02T18:40:34-08:00

This is the first volume of Hobb's Liveship Traders trilogy, which is set in the same world as the FitzChivalry Farseer books. Between the Six Duchies and Jamaillia, far to the south, lies the Rain Wilds and on their...



Golden Fool, by Robin Hobb

2006-02-02T18:14:23-08:00

This, the sequel to Fool's Errand, is possibly my favorite Hobb to date...possibly because Hobb's hero, FitzChivalry Farseer, finally seems to be gaining some wisdom. The book advances the plot tolerably well for the middle book of a series, and...



Ex Libris Reviews

2006-02-01T19:25:22-08:00

The February Issue of Ex Libris Reviews is now on-line. And Craig Clarke is back with us after a short hiatus in which he became a new father. Happy reading!...



Photografee

2006-01-31T21:17:22-08:00

The first compares oil painting techniques with photography, and talks about how to enhance photos in similar ways in Photoshop; the second talks about getting the best color and sharpness out of color printers. I've read both; all I've got to say is, the author is an ardent perfectionist and knows far more about either topic (and the pitfalls of each) than I'm quite comfortable with knowing.




Sunlit Fountain

2006-01-31T20:38:25-08:00

.flickr-photo { } .flickr-frame { float: left; text-align: center; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Sunlit Fountain, originally uploaded by will.duquette. I went for a walk at Descanso Gardens on my way home...



Let There Be Light!

2006-01-31T20:34:57-08:00

.flickr-photo { } .flickr-frame { float: left; text-align: center; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Let There Be Light!, originally uploaded by will.duquette. I found this while out walking the other day. It's...



Understanding Digital Photography, by Bryan Peterson

2006-01-31T18:49:26-08:00

The reviews at Amazon didn't lie; this is a fabulous book. Whereas most books I've seen on digital photography are mostly about using Photoshop, Peterson's book is mostly about how to take good pictures. There's a slim section on using...



Photographic Composition, by Tom Grill & Mark Scanlon

2006-01-29T18:44:58-08:00

As has no doubt been abundantly clear over the last week, I've got a new camera, and I've aspirations to learn how to use it properly. One of my friends at work is seriously into photography--which is to say, he's...



Got a book on digital photography...

2006-01-28T19:06:41-08:00

First thing I read, the author's saying that you never want to use JPEG format because it's a lossy format: you lose a bit of the detail every time you open and close the file!... But after that, anybody with any computer savvy knows better than to save an image they're working on in JPEG format until they are completely, absolutely done; and even then, you keep a non-lossy copy.




Spider

2006-01-27T22:07:07-08:00

.flickr-photo { } .flickr-frame { float: left; text-align: center; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Spider, originally uploaded by will.duquette. I've never seen a spider quite like this one before. Its legs curve...



Rover Prototype

2006-01-25T16:59:51-08:00

.flickr-photo { } .flickr-frame { float: left; text-align: center; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Rover Prototype, originally uploaded by will.duquette. Here's a prototype Mars rover relaxing in JPL's Mars yard. They've got...



Loving your work

2006-01-24T21:14:50-08:00

Paul Graham has posted an essay on how to earn a living doing something you love to do. As it happens, I earn a living doing something I love to do, and as it happens I got here more or less the way he describes.