Kickstarter project for DSLR/iPhone Caddy

I came across this Kickstarter project via PetaPixel this afternoon and was intrigued - it was something I thought of and could have used just yesterday afternoon. The use case for this product isn't what I had in mind, though.

We were at a sporting event for our youngest daughter and I wanted to capture both still pictures and video at the same time. My DSLR (Nikon D300) doesn't capture video, but an iPhone 4 does a fine job. Unfortunately, I can't do both at once. I thought "it'd be kinda cool to have a little clip that could hold the phone under the camera - either on the hot shoe or tripod mount." I made a mental note (the kind I forget quickly) to look online later.

Seeing this project today jogged my memory, though the project founder has a different idea - mount the iPhone under your camera and show photos or video to keep babies and kids looking right at the camera. Also a good idea. It looks like a pretty sturdy piece of gear - though quite pricey at a $99 expected price point. It's definitely overkill for my use case, but it's the first option I've come across that mounts the phone under the lens rather than up on the hot shoe.

If you can spare the hot shoe, there are some cheaper options such as this one shown at TUAW last month. There's another commercial option from Spigen (reviewed at iLounge)and at least one DIY option as well. Each of these is pitched as an easy way to either capture video at the same time, use the iPhone GPS to geotag photos (to pair up later), or to take advantage of photography-related apps.

Overdue for Contacts - Way overdue.

Got some funny snail mail last week… could have come via Pony Express. Two things struck me as funny:

  1. My last order wasn't all that long ago. Certainly not time for another order.
  2. I should check the expiration date on the ones they did send me. ;-)

Less funny (for them)… they paid some amount of money to print and mail this letter. Multiply that by the number of people who also got this (probably due to a busted mail merge operation) - could be big bucks lost.

Distraction Free, Indeed

Here's a font. It has a size and a weight. Lines of text have a height.

You will love them.

Love them, dammit!

All you can do with iA Writer is write. It has no opions and no settings. It's incredibly hard to make any writing app work without deferring design decisions to the user. We and 999 out of 1,000 users would like to keep it as it is.

I guess it's good the market for text editors isn't competitive.

What I wish...

… for this blog.

  1. That I wrote more often.
  2. That I liked the sound of my written voice more.
  3. That I had the gift for succinct clarity.
  4. That it was easier to post here at the time I have something I want to say.
  5. That it wasn't so hard to remember what I wanted to say when I sit down to write.
  6. That Markdown syntax, despite all my efforts, were second-nature.

All wishes that should be easy to grant myself.

  1. Do it more often.
  2. Edit. Edit again.
  3. See #2.
  4. Look at Squarespace mobile apps.
  5. Use Flow and/or Evernote. [1]
  6. See #1.

[1] - Or stop paying for both.

Testing MarsEdit

Finally getting around to testing out MarsEdit with the new Squarespace account. So far, the setup and config has been automatic and completely hands-off. I just entered the blog URL and it auto-sensed pretty much everything -- which service I'm using, the API, categories, etc.

MarsEdit Screenshot

The MarsEdit UI is so far pretty intuitive and easy. I'm sure there are lots of options to explore (first up - scheduled posts?), but it's nice to just have a list of previous posts and a decent editor for simple text entries.

Positioning images precisely seems like it will take some practice, but you can't beat drag-and-drop-from-Finder for easily adding an image to a post.

No clue whether this (combined with on-going tinkering with the Squarespace control panel) will prompt me to breathe new life into the blog.