Lightscoop: Cure for Ugly Flash Pictures

The Doctor is in! Dr. Ken Kobré, that is, and his Lightscoop is the a cure for those ugly flash pictures that wash out faces, cause red eyes and obliterate background figures. The lightweight, inexpensive device fits atop most pop-up flash cameras and provides a wash of flattering light. Guests at The Connected Traveler Technology Showcase were photographed in front of a beach backdrop with a hula dancer in the foreground and thanks to the Lightscoop, their photos turned into instant flattering digital postcards.

The Maker Faire: Burning Man Meets Martha Stewart

My father was a do-it-yourselfer, a master carpenter probably better than Jesus as the Son-of-God’s carpentry skills were never well documented (but I’m sure the SOG had more important things to do than building bird houses). I didn’t take after either one. My woodworking was plagued by bent over nails and my middle school shop teacher, a large ruddy man bursting with blood pressure, said I did rivits like “a girl.”

But the Maker Faire , sort of a Burning Man meets Martha Stewart affair, grabbed what was left of the little boy in my soul, the urge to build a Go Cart or blow up the neighbor’s garbage can. This was not a hangout for the tough-as-nails guys who hang out in the tool department of Home Depot. Here the muse was as important as the monkey wrench.

Taipei101 The Tallest Building in the World

Forget Mad Max, forget Bladerunner, forget The Matrix and all of the rest of those visions of a future of bombed out cities, leather-clad mutants and cyborgs on Harleys. I am looking at the REAL future, a tall, marble-floored tower of soft-spoken beings offering precious gifts of Gucci and Tiffany and YSL, every overpriced name brand on earth, in fact, and a grand piano that plays itself. A world sealed away from grit and random noise, stray animals and poor people.


Is it Art or is it Traffic?

Air Traffic Patterns, San Francisco Bay Area
No, this is not the work of some unknown abstract impressionist. Underneath the pattern is an aerial map of San Francisco Bay and the lines represent a day of air traffic to and from San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose airports. The different colors represent arrivals and departures by airport. (Courtesy of Michael McCarron, San Francisco Airport)

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