Link Tank #34

by Jamie Sanford on May 26, 2016

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This Daria cosplay is amazing. I think Daria is definitely in my top 5 favorite TV shows.

A tumblr post with photos of 70s tech is wonderful.

This is some real talk about why bathroom bills are ridiculous and aren’t protecting anyone from anything, as long as so many other things stay the same.

Margie Ashcroft, AKA Margie Plus, AKA Margie, is such a badass and I can’t even with her new video. It’s amazing.

An interesting examination of the conservatorship over Britney Spears and why it is still in place, years and years later.

Nine Inch Nails albums, ranked. I’m pretty on board with this, with the exception that I would place Hesitation Marks much higher, perhaps even as high as number 2.

The before and after on baking my peach and raspberry cobbler. I have been baking this for a few years, here is the recipe I use. The addition of the raspberries was excellent.

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Sperry x Jaws | Brand Experience Project

by Jamie Sanford on May 23, 2016

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Today, an examination of a product that brings me so much joy.

I wish I remembered where I first saw that Sperry was releasing a line of Jaws-themed shoes for the summer. As soon as I did know, I was on the Journeys website, shopping for a pair of slip-ons that fulfilled every need I have as a massive fan of the original Jaws film.

Once I received them, I was even more excited. Lots of photos to come!

The top of the shoe box. Note the TM on the Jaws logo. I noted on a previous Star Wars x Vans post that I found it strange that the Star Wars logo does not feature a trademark.

Blood-soaked tissue paper!

The commitment to excellent packaging here is so wonderful. Custom boxing, custom tissue paper, it’s all there.

A blurryish look at the inside of the shoe shows a continuation of the bloody cloth theme in the shoe liner, and an incredible recreation of the famous “Beach Closed” sign from the film on the inside of the shoe. I cannot say enough about product design of this nature, meant to be a constant delight to the person who is buying something. As such a big fan of the movie, I am so charmed by the attention to detail taking place inside my new shoes. I am excited for the Sperry designers to have gone the distance in creating a pair of shoes that are a true collector’s item.

The inside of the lid of the box also features the “Beach Closed” sign.

Check out my new favorite sneakers. They are truly amazing.

Congratulations to the Sperry team for this amazing collaboration, and incredible commitment to design.

My slip-ons seem to be the most popular option in the Sperry x Jaws collection. They can still be purchased on Journeys.com. Sperry is still offering the other shoes in the collection – see below.

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Photography: Image Organization

by Jamie Sanford on May 19, 2016

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This post is a collaboration with my husband Will, who used to be a scientist and now is a librarian, and so has been organizing information in one form or another for many years.  He came up with our photo organization system with the general mindset of not having to rely on any third party software to keep things sane and findable. I have taken this “tiered foldering” method and adapted it for other purposes over time, so I wanted to share it here.

It is simple, but incredibly effective, and in the age where our images mostly live in our computers, essential for archiving.

1. Within your main image folder (“My Photos” is just fine), create a folder for each year that you have photos for.

2. Within each year, create individual folders for each event. The folder naming is important, to make sure everything is in the proper order.

Naming convention is:

YEAR(space)MONTH(space)DAY(space)EVENT DESCRIPTION

Remember to put a zero in front of the single-digit months, this keeps the sorting correctly ordered when you add folders for quarter 4.

3. Within each event folder, I drop the images from that event. In addition, since I edit my photos, I create sub-folders to contain my edited photos, as well as those edited photos optimally sized for using on the blog.

I have also at times used sub-folders to sort out the photos that I feel comfortable sharing on social media from the ones I would like to keep private. I don’t believe in deleting any photos, no matter how unflattering or weird – they are all memories of a time in your life.

It is important to remember that you are not taking photos for Facebook. You are taking photos to remember something. Do not only take photos you are comfortable showing to that random dude from 10th grade English class. This only applies to photos you SHARE. Don’t delete!

However, to make the uploading to Facebook easier, go ahead and create a sub-folder called “Facebook” (or your preferred social network) and put the photos you wish you share there. It will be so much easier.

Additional tips:

  • If you have multiple cameras, or a camera and a phone that is taking photos, take the time to move the cameras onto your computer and sort them properly. I did not do this properly and I still have more files to go through. I do, however, move all photos from my phone into the Photos folder, in a file called “2016 05 06 iPhone Photo Dump” which will ensure that even though they aren’t sorted, they ARE in the correct location to be picked up by our cloud backup, and so they will be safe.
  • BACK IT UP! I’ve written about it before, and we now have a cloud backup service to ensure that we won’t lose our image files. Do not rely on a single location to ensure that your memories are safe.
    • Related: Facebook is NOT a dependable photo storage solution.

There you have it! As I mentioned, it’s pretty simple, but the difference in managing your photos will be significant – especially when you are looking for something from a few years ago. Happy filing!

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In My Travels | The Florida Aquarium

by Jamie Sanford on May 16, 2016

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

We had some free time after Christmas, so we decided to go to The Florida Aquarium, since all of us had never been!

My brother Pete.

The design of the aquarium features lovely graphic elements.

Me and Dad enjoyed the touch tanks.

The only thing in focus is Pete’s (appropriately themed) ocean tattoo, but no matter, I love this picture.

The signs were great. Humor + message!

Great way to promote the hashtags and social networks. The signs are perfect in their environment. They don’t take away from the displays at all.

Uncooperative bird.

I have no idea what the point of this projection onto cascading “smoke” was, but it was fun nevertheless.

I took so many photos of this tank, with a massive school of fish.

These jellyfish seemed to be the best photobait. Everyone loved them.

I recommend checking out the Florida Aquarium, if you have nothing else to do. There are definitely bigger and better aquariums in the country, and there is no lack of things to do in the Tampa area. If you only have a day, go to Busch Gardens!

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