This photo is funny, but I seriously doubt this is anything more than someone trying to make him look bad (albeit in a humorous way).

Remember, people, photography is an illusion. Don’t believe the hype.

I’m not sure if these pictures are actual photos or stills from videos, but on a related note, you can make anyone who is being video-recorded look like they’re high if their eyes are visible. At 24 frames per second and up, I can guarantee that you will find at least one still frame with the subject’s eyelids halfway open, and frequently with their mouth in an awkward position.

Why do I bring this up? Because if you take enough photos of anyone, you can make them look stupid. As the president of France, François Hollande both shakes many people’s hands and has many photos taken of him (oh yeah and will have plenty of people more than willing to make him looks stupid).

Photography is an illusion. Don’t believe the hype.

Kara Swisher wrote a really great piece about the Washington Post acquisition — what makes it a particularly informative read is the fact that as someone who started in the Post’s mailroom, she has a great perspective on why the Post’s transition to digital was such a mess:

As it turned out, I ended up staying at the Post — with a few short departures for things like graduate school — for almost 15 years, in more jobs than I can remember, including the lowest rung in the then-backwater business section.

If you have the time, even her ethics statement is a great read.

Frankly, I don’t know enough about this issue to comment in an intelligent manner, but it certainly is relevant to those in the VFX industry, such as myself:

Foreign subsidies on visual-effects work may be enough to trigger World Trade Organization “anti-subsidy duty” rules that would impose a tariff on those vfx when they’re imported into the U.S., according to a panel presentation at the Siggraph conference on Thursday.

Link.

After seeing this posted on Daring Fireball, I decided on a whim to buy this new version of Logic. I’ve never owned it, but have always wanted to try it out. Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into another Final Cut Pro X, however I’m not getting that impression from Jim Dalrymple’s review. I’ll have to come back to this when I’ve played around with it.

Now onto something a little less depressing:

[A]s familiar at the game feels, it also does something very few titles have ever done before: it caters almost entirely to gay players. “I wanted to play a fun gay sci-fi adventure game,” says creator Luke Miller. “There wasn’t one, so I made it.”

This looks awesome and hilarious.

From Daring Fireball:

The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk — regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.

[…]

Brutal. And especially galling from a president who was a constitutional law scholar.

While it may be galling, it also makes perfect sense. Who is more perfectly suited than he?