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Retro Camera App Incorporates Fun, Excludes Smugness

Many hipsters refuse to learn the same way that most photographers do, about apertures, ISOs, shutter speeds, etc. Instead, they just shoot, and claim that learning the technicalities only slows them down.

Chris Gampat

I was futzing around with one of my favourite Android applications back during in July, and trying to get an interesting shot of one of my favourite beaches. These photos were all taken with Urbian’s Retro Camera: a free Android camera app similar to Hipstamatic for iOS, but without the associated hipster smugness. It’s great fun for nostalgia buffs, photography aficionados, or fans of obsolete technology! That being said, just for the sake of comparison, I took the same shot with each of the camera app’s settings. Enjoy, and let me know which you like best!

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A Trip to Warner Brothers Studios

So, my buddy Suraj (“Surge” to his friends) called me up shortly after my arrival in California wanting to know if I would like to attend a taping of Conan with him.  Who, honestly, could say no to that?

This is how I usually answer the phone when he calls.

Seriously, I’ve been in Los Angeles for about two weeks and I’m already going to see television stars…LIVE! IN PERSON! I must be living the dream!

Anyway, we loaded up his Mustang, and headed for Burbank–the homeland of some of my childhood heroes:

Well, I’ve already been to New York looking for turtles.

Honestly, I think I was far more excited about the remote possibility of seeing the Warners being chased around by Ralph the Guard than watching Conan O’Brien perform tell jokes and chat with other celebrities. That being the case, Animaniacs became the joke of the day–even so much addressing all security guards as “Ralph” and driving around listening to “Yakko’s World” while on a quest to find the water tower.  In all, I gotta say that everyone at the Warner lot was really cool, Conan O’Brien was as professional as always, and the Basic Cable Band are one of my new favourite groups (after watching them live, about 6 feet from their stand).  Cameras were prohibited inside the studios, but I managed to get a few fun snapshots around the area.

Gate 4 at Warner Brothers Studios circa 1990’s (left) and today (right). A tree has grown since the Animaniacs opening was shot.
Yep, there I am on basic cable. Of course, back in Atlanta, TBS is a broadcast station.

To finish, enjoy these clips from the July 21, 2011 Conan show:

Conan’s Monologue

This Hand Vagina Is Really Getting A Lot Of Work

Astronauts Dis Joe Biden

Ventriloquist Dummies React To Eden Wood

Super Dave’s Lips Freak Everybody Out

Lisa Kudrow Interview

Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal Interview

And, as a special bonus:

Picasa 3 for Linux

It’s still got a few bugs to work out (like automatically recognizing media in Gnome), but I’m quite happy with Picasa for Linux. Even better news is that v3 runs natively in Ubuntu even under a 64-bit architecture–no emulation or Wine required!


Another Lucky Day

The day started out routine enough, I took Diana down to Z93 to pick up her tickets, and who should I happen to meet but Frank Jackson, programming director for the station. The guy was cool, wearing a ball cap and polo shirt, and asked us if we wanted tickets to see an advance screening of some new movie coming out next week. I took the opportunity to ask him about internships. He and I talked for a few minutes in the board room, and he seemed very interested in the fact that I was very excited about radio, so he gave me the name and number of the person in charge of that section of business for Infinity Broadcasting and told me to tell her that I had talked to him personally and that I was very interested in interning for Z93 (her office is at V103). She’ll give me all the information I need as soon as I call her Monday afternoon.

From there, we went into the city via Lenox Road, stopping for a jaunt around Phipps Plaza to gawk at the expensive taste. I took a few roads I had never actually been down before, and the thrill of discovery–even in the mundane–was very invigorating. We parked in a small $3 lot at the corner of 10th and Spring and began our trek.

First, toward the new 17th Street bridge we walked and took a few pictures around there and Atlantic Station before heading up toward Georgia Tech. We stopped at the new Turner complex to take a picture of the building, but were accosted by security guards who thought our camera and tripod setup was some sort of dangerous threat to Mr. Turner. So after a brief holdup with a security guard and a genial groundskeeper, we moved on to downtown, stopping to take pictures along the way. With no more interference from meddling security guards, we got some pretty good photos along Peachtree Street before running out of memory down by Peachtree Plaza and the Hard Rock Cafe.

Anyway, it was a pretty good day all-in-all, and I’ve got some really good photos to put in my portfolio. Now, to just adjust them in Photoshop….