Boathouse Row, Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tuesday Photo Challenge – Age by Frank JansenFrank Jansen (Dutch goes the Photo!)

With Age comes wisdom and, like many a great wine, things can get better with Age!

This image was captured in 2016 during a field trip to Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row with the Princeton Photo Workshop and instructor Richard Sherman.

My sensor must have been dirty that day. I removed at least ten of them using content-aware fill in Photoshop. I also removed a number of hot pixels. I then applied the Reflector Efex filter using Color Efex Pro 4. I didn’t do any tweaking beyond this and I like the result.

Sometimes it is worth it to go back to an image taken in the past, images that I didn’t get around to processing, images that I may have processed previously but could benefit from new techniques that I have learned. I think photography is one of those art forms where the techniques can be easy to learn in the beginning but it takes time to become skilled at its use. But even then, being skilled is not enough. The photographer must continue to experiment to hopefully develop the wisdom to what to do and when to do it. I am still on that journey and personal wisdom, the sort that comes with age, tells me that I must focus on the destination while also enjoying the journey. Modern psychology agrees, “those who focused on the future were less likely to be depressed“.

A balance between the past, present, and future is needed. And a balance between the self and others. Where you’ve been, where you are, and where you are going are all important. And who you’re with.

Doing this is especially important given my recent challenges with Graves’ disease and how it has impacted my energy and my ability to get outside with the camera. And perhaps this will allow me to rejoin Frank’s weekly photochallenge.

Foreign Objects Wet Gravity
Want To Live To Be 90? Drink Coffee (And Beer) (Sprudge)

According to Paste, the “90+ Study” (not to be confused with the Ninety Plus Study) was performed by researchers at the University of California, Irvine who were trying to find common factors in those still alive and kicking past the ripe old age of 90. To do this, researchers spent the past 15 years surveying over 14,000 nonagenarians about their “diet, activities, medical history, medications and numerous other factors,” with follow up visits every six months to perform “perform neurological and neuropsychological tests,” according to the study.

They found that moderate (two cups) daily consumption of both coffee and beer led to a decreased likelihood of “premature death, by 10 percent and 18 percent, respectively, over those who abstained from those liquid fun parts of life. The study also found that exercise and having hobbies—two things that have been widely accepted as beneficial—also lead to a longer life. It stands to reason, then, that if coffee is your hobby, its effects will double. Or maybe they increase exponentially. I’m neither a doctor nor a mathematician so I can’t say for sure, but it sounds pretty airtight.

  • Aperture—ƒ/1.8
  • Credit—Khürt L. Williams
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—17 February, 2018
  • Focal length—35mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—1/320s

My grandparents lived long lives and loved coffee. I’ve been drinking coffee since I was a young child. I didn’t realize I was extending my life with each sip. In recent years I’ve discovered craft ale. I’m adding more years to my life with each pint of New England IPA. If I drink a coffee cream stout will I extend my life some more?

Princeton, Monument, Spring

Apple’s Craig Federighi, talking to a small group of reporters near its headquarters in Cupertino.

We certainly see, as I know you do, a wide spectrum of views expressed in internet forums about all things, including our products. I think it’s not entirely unreasonable and it’s understandable that some people who love their Macs so much and see something new that Apple is talking about in the form of iPad, creating in some of them a sense of insecurity: ‘What does this mean? There’s a thing I really care about, I don’t want to see it go away, I see this other new thing on the scene, what does this mean to me, what does this mean to the product I love?’ So I understand how that would come out in the form of concern that this is happening, but this is not happening. The Mac is — we say it over and over, we’re saying it again here — a huge part of our future, we’re deeply invested in it.

It’s a reasonable question, and this is why we’re here today, specifically, to address that question above all else. We’re committed to the Mac, we‘ve got great talent on the Mac, both hardware and software, we’ve got great products planned for the future and as far as our horizon line can see, the Mac is a core component of the things Apple delivers, including to our Pro customers.

We’re really serious about this idea that we wanna figure out how to better communicate with pros. We understand their jobs rely on this stuff, they make important decisions about this stuff — they need to hear from us. We do have a process we need to go through, to make products and not tell competitors what we’re doing and on and on. But we’re trying to have it not all be one-way and find the right balance there.Craig Federighi

John Gruber was at the meeting too.

Let’s not beat around the bush. I have great news to share:

Apple is currently hard at work on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro, with a modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and big honking hot-running GPUs, and which should make it easier for Apple to update with new components on a regular basis. They’re also working on Apple-branded pro displays to go with them.John Gruber

I followed a link from Bruce Schneier’s web site.

Someone in the comment section brought up an interesting point. Language is code. I don’t know what two people speaking German are saying because I don’t know German and hence can’t decode their conversation. This is what the USA did when they used Native American languages to send secret messages during World War II. The Japanese had no experience with those languages and so had no way to decode the military messages. Why does the US government think encryption codes, which are advanced mathematical “languages”, are any different?

Almost twenty years ago, a hostile debate over whether government could regulate encryption—later named the Crypto Wars—seized the country. At the center of this debate stirred one simple question: is encryption protected speech? This issue touched all branches of government percolating from Congress, to the President, and eventually to the federal courts. In a waterfall of cases, several United States Court of Appeals appeared to reach a consensus that encryption was protected speech under the First Amendment, and with that the Crypto Wars appeared to be over, until now.

Nearly twenty years later, the Crypto Wars have returned. Following recent mass shootings, law enforcement has once again questioned the legal protection for encryption and tried to implement “backdoor” techniques to access messages sent over encrypted channels. In the case, Apple v. FBI, the agency tried to compel Apple to grant access to the iPhone of a San Bernardino shooter. The case was never decided, but the legal arguments briefed before the court were essentially the same as they were two decades prior. Apple and amici supporting the company argued that encryption was protected speech.

While these arguments remain convincing, circumstances have changed in ways that should be reflected in the legal doctrines that lawyers use. Unlike twenty years ago, today surveillance is ubiquitous, and the need for encryption is no longer felt by a seldom few. Encryption has become necessary for even the most basic exchange of information given that most Americans share “nearly every aspect of their lives—from the mundane to the intimate” over the Internet, as stated in a recent Supreme Court opinion.

Given these developments, lawyers might consider a new justification under the Press Clause. In addition to the many doctrinal concerns that exist with protection under the Speech Clause, the Press Clause is normatively and descriptively more accurate at protecting encryption as a tool for secure communication without fear of government surveillance. This Article outlines that framework by examining the historical and theoretical transformation of the Press Clause since its inception.Encryption and the Press Clause by D. Victoria Baranetsky, First Look Fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, J.D. 2011, Harvard Law School

Photographer David DuChemin on choosing the “best camera”.

You should also know that if you can’t use even the best, sharpest, fastest, low-lightest camera intuitively, and if it doesn’t get out of the way quickly for you and just let you do your thing, it’s not the best camera for you. And if you don’t know those things, if you don’t have a list of must-have features, then you don’t need them. Like the idea that the best camera is the one you have with you, it doesn’t answer every question or serve every circumstance. But while the geeks are arguing about this stuff on the forum you’ll be out making photographs with a camera that lets you focus on the things that are ultimately truly responsible for making photographs – being present, seeing in new ways, making creative decisions about interpreting your scene and finding the best expression of the thing that has captured your imagination.David Duchemin

John Goodenough is a 94 year-old inventor with several patents to his name, including a new one for a more efficient battery.

When I asked him about his late-life success, he said: “Some of us are turtles; we crawl and struggle along, and we haven’t maybe figured it out by the time we’re 30. But the turtles have to keep on walking.” This crawl through life can be advantageous, he pointed out, particularly if you meander around through different fields, picking up clues as you go along. Dr. Goodenough started in physics and hopped sideways into chemistry and materials science, while also keeping his eye on the social and political trends that could drive a green economy. “You have to draw on a fair amount of experience in order to be able to put ideas together,” he said.Pagan Kennedy writing for the New York Times