|Musings and Random Thoughts
by Jim McGee
I'll keep it short this month - just a few thoughts by way of introduction to this month's issue.
Back on Track
We're using that additional week to automate some processes, things that have been planned but that there was no time to implement. This will allow us to ensure that readers get their Vivid Light fix on time each month.
Some Good from Something Terrible
In the aftermath of those events we've seen the country pull together and we've seen a reemergence of American pride. Although there are fewer than at their peak last October I can't remember a time other than on Fourth of July weekend when so many flags were on display. And they're on display every day.
Over the last two centuries numerous countries have underestimated the resolve of America. All have done so at their peril and many have suffered greatly as a result. Don't expect that resolve to falter until the job is done and terrorism is suppressed. This has been a reminder to us all that the world is indeed a dangerous place and that we need to be on guard.
It's the Economy Stupid - and it's Finally Getting Better
It's a Great Time to Travel!
So open to the travel section of your newspaper, call a travel agent or head to a travel Web site. Just don't wait. Take advantage of the fares and take a romantic walk along a Paris street, go hiking in Yellowstone, or mountain climbing in Patagonia.
There are Amazing things Happening in Photography
In digital photography memory cards will get smaller, their capacities will get bigger, and we'll see 12 megapixel digital SLRs this year. We'll also find out if the new digital technology from Foveon is really a breakthrough or whether it's just another example of digital snake oil.
Film scanners will improve and their prices will drop. Our computers will get faster and our ink jet printers will continue to improve and amaze us. We'll begin to see over the next 12 months more color matched monitors and printers. They will eliminate the biggest problem for the home and casual user which is getting what comes out of the printer to look like what they see on the screen.
Pop-ups are Bad
Why should you care? Well it's been almost a year since we banished pop-ups from our magazine. Readers loved it but it caused a tremendous amount of friction with DoubleClick, our ad agency. DoubleClick is the same ad agency that has a huge voice in the IAB. You probably don't know it but the IAB are the folks who are setting the standards for the type of ads you see all over the Web.
This month they released a study that listed under "reasons why people don't read online magazines" that 47% have signed off because of pop-up ads. Since these guys are the same ones who pushed the pop-up concept they can take credit for half the online audience signing off. Thanks guys.
Galen Rowell Killed in Plane Crash
As many of you already know on Sunday morning, August 11th Galen Rowell, his wife Barbara and two others were killed when a chartered twin engine plane crashed on approach to Bishop Airport in California killing all aboard.
The news came as a shock to all in the photographic community whether they knew Galen personally or only through his work. Click here for the full story.
The Glass is Half Full
I'll be easy to find in the crowd. Not because of my family resemblance to bigfoot but because I'll be the guy with the camera and the big grin.
I hope I'll see you out there,