Monday, February 20, 2012

Tuesday Tech

Where did the last couple of hours go? What was in my wake up coffee? The hours seem to have melted in this summery furnace masquerading as dawn. Was I abducted by a UFO for some sort of intergalactic pranking? No it was a bad case of that deadly little app called Instagram - photoshop style algorithms in a free hand held app. Are you listening Mr Adobe? Yes it's lo-fi. But that's part of the wow factor - surprisingly great results. Instantly. No it's not like Polaroid. Different but good. Like a quiver - different tools for different "looks".
My "real serious" (read "outrageously-expensive-and-superseded-within-a-year") camera is getting jealous. And all those rolls of film for the analogue trio are frying in this stinking heat. Apart from that, it's plain fun. Like riding a stupidly long board on a stupidly small wave. There's no reo, barrel action, but it's FUN. Bring on the video version, I say.
It's only a matter of time until the hordes of iPhones roaming the planet join their evolutionary cousins the GoPro and the Contour re-entering the primordial brine. Aqua Tek are taking up the challenge of developing what we all will later say was "an obvious gap in the market" - a rugged, waterproof iPhone case with a solar recharger on the back. And way more surfer-friendly than say an underwater iPad3 case. I'm happy to road test it, so long as I can play music via underwater headphones. . . 
"Ahhh, but remember that the city is a funny place
Something like a circus or a sewer
And just remember different people have peculiar tastes"
from the Lou Reed song Coney Island Baby 1975

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