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Monday, October 28, 2013

Printing 4" x 6" Borderless Photo Prints on Epson WF-3520 using iPhoto

When I want 4" x 6" prints, I put them on a USB drive and bring them to CVS for printing on a Kodak Kiosk.

My old printer at home no longer printed the color red. It was a sad state of affairs.

I just got an Epson WF-3520 printer in for review along with some glossy photo paper. So I decided to give it a try and see what it looked like.

iPhoto Prints Photos
First I had to figure out how to give the printer a print command for a 4" x 6" photo print. Since I've got a Mac, I opened up iPhoto, selected a photo, and clicked on the PRINT menu option.

Look what popped up. A dialog box which allowed be to select my print size, paper quality, and if I wanted a borderless print or not.

iPhoto: Print 4
Image: iPhoto: Print 4" x 6" Borderless on Epson WF-3520

Adding Paper
At first I tried to put the paper in the back of the printer, but the LCD screen told me not to. So I opened up the manual and saw that I had to add the photo paper to the regular paper tray.

Add 4
Image: Add 4" x 6" Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy to WFNX-3520 paper tray

I pressed PRINT, and after some processing on the printer side, out came a nice 4" x 6" Borderless snapshot. Just like in the old days.

It's a Snapshot
Boston 4x6
Image: Boston 4x6 print


Epson provided me with an Epson WorkForce WF-3520 for review.

Buy on Amazon (Affilate Link)

Epson WorkForce WF-3520 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, 2-Sided Duplex, ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible (C11CC33201)

Boston Skyline Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy Camera. CC BY-NC-SA Thanks @SamsungMobileUS for the review unit.

Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100 8GB White, Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean) 3G Unlocked HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 by Samsung from New Generation Products

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Muffin Man

Bar Camp Boston 8 at Stata Center #bcbos
Image: Barcamp Boston 8

Barcamp Boston 8 took place on the weekend of October 26th at the MIT Stata Center.

It's a great event, where attendees plan and present the sessions. It's fun and everyone helps out.

Stata Center #bcbos
Image: Stata Center

I arrived early on Day 1.

After picking up my name badge I looked for some coffee. There wasn't any around.

No Muffins For You!
I did see a table full of Costco muffins. They were all lined up on the table in sealed packages.

costco muffins
Image: Sealed and Packaged Costco muffins

Someone was standing in front of the table, blocking access to the muffins.

"Can I get a muffin?" I inquired.

"No." was the muffin man's response.

"You can't have any muffins."

"Why?" I wondered.

The muffin man responded, "If we opened up the muffins, then people would come over here and ask where is the coffee? But there is no coffee here yet, so we can't open the muffins. The coffee is on the way."

"They told me that no one can have a muffin until the coffee arrives."

This seemed strange to me.

A crowd was gathering at the perimeter of the muffin table, but warily staying away from the area.

What's the muffin penalty?
I thought about Chris Guillebeau, who told a story at the recent World Domination Summit. He said that he wanted to use a space in the city for an event. If I remember correctly he couldn't get the space, but inquired as to what the penalty would be if he used it anyway. They response was $500.

That got me to thinking. What would be the penalty if I took a muffin? ;-)

I decided against taking a muffin.

My earlier decision not to go to Dunkin' Donuts, for coffee on my way over to Barcamp, was turning out to have been a poor choice.

Leave the area
At that moment, someone walked by with a Starbucks coffee. I knew that there was a Starbucks around the corner, so I decided to take the path of least resistance and leave the scene completely. That's how my dad always handled conflict. He didn't get involved in it. ;-)

So I left the building, and as I walked outside, I took the time to look around and saw a cool mirrored MIT logo.

I walked over and took a photo.

MIT: Stata Center #bcbos
Image: MIT: Stata Center

Ahh. I felt better.

It was chilly out.

I thought about it and decided to go back inside.

A question for the muffin man
I walked over to the muffin man and asked him a question, "What if I want to eat a muffin, but not have coffee?"


I thought that was a good question. ;-)

So I asked another, "Who's in charge here?"

The muffin man motioned over towards a table. "Over there," he replied.

So I walked over and saw an old friend Shimon Rura, along with Barcamp 8 organizer Jay Neely.

I said hi and asked if the muffins could be opened prior to the arrival of the coffee.

Simon replied, "Sure, open the muffins."

Open the muffins!
So I went back over to the muffin table, informed the muffin man that the muffins could be opened, and proceeded to open up the packages and yelled, "The muffins are free!"

They said the muffins could not be opened. We'll, guess what? They're open! Stata Center #bcbos
Image: The muffins are free

People came over. I said "Good morning." They smiled. We chatted. I organized the muffins by variety. I sliced them in half. I keep the table full of muffins. I had fun.

I am the Muffin Man!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Video and Audio tips for Interviews. Northeastern University 10/15/13

Here are a few of the videos that I'm going to show, along with the tips I'm going to share, at Dan Kennedy's Northeastern University Journalism class on 10/15/13.

1. Use the Camera You have With You, and if you can, Add a Microphone.

iPhone 5 with iRig Mic.

2. Keep rolling.

Keep rolling after the interview is over. Sometimes the best moments happen after the formal interview is over.

3. Lavaliere mic

A lavaliere mic is great for interviews. Captures more of the speaker nad less of the surrounding noise.

4. B-Roll

Listen to what the interviewee is saying and add B-Roll.

Make note of what is being said during the interview, then shoot extra footage to support what was said to add interest to the interview.

5. QUIET on the SET

Move away from the noise. If you are in a noisy area, move to where it's quiet.

6. Simulate Two Cameras With One

Think about how you might edit the video before shooting. Then use multiple shots to simulate multiple cameras.

7. Add Still Photos to Video

Still photos add interest and can also cover up video mistakes.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Not Google Glass

These are videos that are not Google Glass:

Mark Malkoff:

Oakley Airwave 1.5

Hubspot SproketVision:

Google Glass Sucks [NSFW]:


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

[Video] Jimmy Fallon, Miley Cyrus & The Roots Sing “We Can’t Stop” (A Capella)

Watch this new video from Jimmy Fallon, Miley Cyrus & The Roots Singing “We Can’t Stop” (A Capella). It's another great example of content made with multiple distributuion points in mind.

I just saw the link to it from Questlove on twitter.

It's also on the Late Night blog, tumblr, and their YouTube channel.

Earlier: Jimmy Fallon Makes Video Sing for TV and the web

Jimmy Fallon, Miley Cyrus & The Roots Sing "We Can't Stop" (A Cappella) - YouTube


Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Facebook: Edit Posts - I Love Justin Bieber!

You can finally edit your Facebook posts. Don't worry though, there is an edit history provided.

I edited this facebook post.

This is great for fixing typos, or, if you plan it right, turning Justin Bieber haters into Justin Bieber lovers. ;-)

I started with this text in my post: "Like this post if you hate Justin Bieber."

Facebook: Edit Posts

CLICK the dropdown menu, on the upper right of your post, and CLICK EDIT:

Facebook: Edit Posts - EDIT


Facebook: Edit Posts - Replace HATE with LOVE

NOTE: Your post will now show as 'Edited.' See?

Facebook: Edit Posts - EDITED

CLICK on 'Edited' and you can see your 'Edit History."

Facebook: Edit Posts - EDIT HISTORY

Have fun.