Idiots on a plane

Pansy DivisionI’m on the plane from Munich to San Francisco listening to music and playing solitaire; like any other sophisticated world traveler. My bliss keeps getting interrupted by idiotic passengers laughing at the on board movies.

How simply dull and predictable.

Then the song “negative queen” comes on my iPod and fills my Bose noise reduction earphones with tales of negative queens that dismiss those around them. And for a split second I thought… have I become a negative queen?!?

Naw, that’s crazy talk. The other passengers are idiots.

Nikon’s new digital camera

The details are slim. The promo is dark. Could this be the camera I’ve been waiting for?

Digital cameras have a sensor that is smaller than your typical 35mm film area. This makes your lens behave differently. My wide-angle 24 becomes a mediocre lens. My lensbaby becomes a telephoto lensbaby. My telephoto becomes an oh-my-gawd telephoto. This doesn’t work for me. When I look at the world, I know how it’s going to appear via my different lenses. I purchased the d70 and returned it because I hated the lens behaviors.

So I’m waiting for Nikon to develop an affordable digital camera that has a sensor the same size as 35mm film. Give me my lenses back. That’s all I ask. Canon has it, it’s time for Nikon. Perhaps this is the one. Perhaps my excuse for sticking to my precious film is coming to an end. I still love film. But digital can also be fun.

Agfa Scala is not dead

Speaking of film, if you are an Agfa Scala fan, there is still hope. Agfa is gone. But Main Photo in Los Angeles still has a huge inventory and they are still processing this incredible film. I just bought four rolls and had two processed. The images are fabu and I can’t wait to scan them.

Yahoo! Tech

Tech for Red State Moms. I’m going to get killed at work for actually saying that. It’s been a mantra around the office for too long, but it’s true. We’ve launched Yahoo! Tech and I couldn’t be more proud.

When I was interviewed for a job at Yahoo! six months ago, I was asked about my preference of projects. Would I like to work in Santa Monica for News or for this new project about making tech easy for the average person. “Yes!” Pahleeease… like I would have said no to either of them?

However, I wanted to work on whichever would be the most challenging. Tech certainly filled that requirement.

I pictured Tech as a mix between Cnet and Netflix. A place where you could get the information you needed, but also feel like it was personlized just for you. I think we’ve done just that.

Yahoo! Tech is full of great information, specifications, price comparisons, and everything else you’d ask for in a tech site. But it’s also got personality, something you don’t always hear in conjunction with Yahoo! sites. We get a kick out of reading user’s questions, especially when they get a bit risque. The ability to save products, share them, and compare them with a few clicks makes shopping so much easier. One of the last features we added was content from Dummies and McGraw-Hill. It’s great to be on a page looking at digital cameras and see an article about removing red-eye.

So take some time and enjoy Yahoo! Tech. I know I will. It’s been a long 6 months with many, many 70-80 hour work weeks. Now I’ve got a computer filled with recordings of Top Chef, Flavor of Love, and other horrible television shows to catch up on.

Keep an eye on www.last-child.com, my CSS/Web design site for some articles about what’s behind the code in Tech.

The coverage is starting to appear. Here’s what Forbes has to say about Yahoo! Tech.