Creating a Photograph vs. Taking a Photograph

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

— Elliott Erwitt

My buddy, Jeff Golenski, wrote an article on the Daily Post WordPress.com blog not too long ago about creative photography versus snapshots. I’ve finally read it, after having it bookmarked for a while, and I’d suggest it to any novice.

Also, for what it’s worth, I read the Understanding Expose book that Jeff points out, and loved that as well!

Source: Creating a Photograph vs. Taking a Photograph | The Daily Post

‘Wire Cutters’, A Short Animated Film About Two Robots Mining on a Desolate Planet…

This is a super cute short animated film. If you’ve got a few minutes, it’s worth a watch.

Wire Cutters is a fantastic short animated film, created by Minneapolis-based Jack Anderson, about two robots who run into each other while mining on a desolate planet and then fight over their min…

Source: ‘Wire Cutters’, A Short Animated Film About Two Robots Mining on a Desolate Planet and Fighting Over Minerals

Significant Digits For Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

Just after the victory at Standing Rock, about 176,000 gallons of crude oil are spilled. 😱

176,000 gallonsA North Dakota oil pipeline ruptured and dumped more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil into Ash Coulee creek, which then spread the spill onto an unknown amount of U.S. Forest Service and private land. This incident happened just 150 miles away from the Standing Rock protests, which are trying to prevent the Dakota Access pipeline being built on tribal lands for fear a pipe rupture could contaminate their water supply. [The Guardian]

Source: Significant Digits For Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 | FiveThirtyEight

State of WordPress.com Elasticsearch Systems 2016 

One of my coworkers recently published a post that summarizes some of the details of how we use Elasticsearch at Automattic. If you’re interested in that kind of stuff, be sure to check the post out.

I liked reading the article because it was a reminder of the scale at which WordPress.com works.

We are constantly expanding what we are using Elasticsearch for and so although some previous posts have broadly define what we are doing, they don’t really capture the continually expanding scale. So here are some quick bullet points about what we currently have deployed…

Source: State of WordPress.com Elasticsearch Systems 2016 | Developer Resources

Cargo cult programming

A coworker, who is much more experienced and smarter than I, used the phrase “cargo-culted” the other day. Not knowing what the phrase meant, I decided that I’d look it up.

The following is a definition from Wikipedia.

Cargo cult programming is a style of computer programming characterized by the ritual inclusion of code or program structures that serve no real purpose. Cargo cult programming is typically symptomatic of a programmer not understanding either a bug they were attempting to solve or the apparent solution.

This serves as a reminder to me to do a better job of fully understanding an issue before trying to fix it.