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Why has Google cast me into oblivion? 

What it means is that a blog I wrote in 2007 will no longer be findable when searching on Google in Europe.

Which means that to all intents and purposes the article has been removed from the public record, given that Google is the route to information and stories for most people.

So why has Google killed this example of my journalism?

Well it has responded to someone exercising his or her new “right to be forgotten”, following a ruling in May by the European Court of Justice that Google must delete “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” data from its results when a member of the public requests it.

Essentially, what this means is that someone that a writer has references in their online article could be removed because that person requested to be “removed” from Google search. Imagine if even 1/10 of the world’s population did this? Or if 1/4 of celebrities did this? How much journalism would be erased?

The Grid TO to stop publishing

“We launched The Grid about three years ago and it gained a real solid reputation as a top-quality, city magazine for the downtown Toronto core. It won all sorts of international and national design awards and writing awards,” says Bob Hepburn, the director of communications for Star Media Group.

“However, in this current advertising market, it’s been a difficult, challenging environment, not only for The Grid, but for other print and electronic media.”

This is a sad ongoing trend of great publications locally and internationally. Why is no one able to crack this new era of independent content media sustainably?

How a password changed my life

I still await very anxiously each month so I can change my password into something that I need to get done.

On a good note, this article is not what you’re thinking. It doesn’t start off like what you’re thinking. But it ends up being very inspiring and logical.

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Sigma announces revolutionary lens 18-35mm f1.8 DX

Most constant aperture zooms, even those targeted at pros, peak at F2.8 – with exceptions including the Olympus 14-35 mm F2. This is why many photographers also have faster prime lenses in their kit bag for when they need those extra light gathering properties or an ultra-shallow depth of field. With its constant F1.8 aperture, the Sigma 18-35 mm F1.8 DC HSM lens could mean you don’t need to carry as many lenses with you.

This is a pretty exciting new development and a first in the photography industry. Never before has any one Nikon, Canon, Olympus etc. made a standard zoom lens with a fixed aperture of a stunning 1.8. But this results in the lens being quite large and pricey for the average joe, who are typically the targets of the DX or APS-C lineup of cameras.

LightRoom 5 Beta is revealed by Adobe

In my tests this week, the Lightroom clone and heal tools were almost as effective as Photoshop — about 95% there. As a photographer who brings 1,000 plus images into Lightroom every weekend, I will greatly appreciate the ability to do this sort of work within the app.

Digital photographers rejoice with the latest significant update to Adobe’s LightRoom editing software. One of the coolest new features for me is the “advanced healing brush”. This tool acts like the clone stamp, but allows you to brush over an area of the photo and then paste a cloned image from another more appropriate area of the image. It actually looks like it works pretty nicely.

Pictures: 2013 Pulitzer-Winning Photos Feature Syrian Conflict 

“It means that history won’t forget them.”

Winners of the Pulitzer prize are always top-notch. Javier Manzano is no exception with his photos of the Syrian conflict. I have always been drawn to the grittiness of war-photography and am sometimes jealous of brave these men and women can be.

Protecting the Right to Photograph, or Not to Be Photographed

“As a rule, I’d say it would be common courtesy to ask people whether you can take their picture,” he said. “But, then again, if you’re doing street photography and you see something going on, you don’t want to alter that dynamic.”

I love street photography and understand how some or many pedestrians absolutely hate having a picture of them taken without their consent. The issue is that technically, if the place the shot is taken is in a “public area”, then anyone can legally take a photograph of anything. What needs to be done is for street photographers to show some more class by learning how to “flow” with their work better. Learning how to “charm” your subjects will make you a better/stealthier photographer overall.

Austin Kleon on stealing like an artist via John Paul Caponigro

“Stealing from one person is called plagiarism, stealing from many is called research.”

This is a revisited talk by Mr. Kleon. But in essences, nothing we do today is completely and 100% “original”. Everything we do is built upon previous generations. And this is NOT a bad thing. This is called progression and an evolution into something even better. Having your work “stolen” or modified should be highly sought after by everyone as it builds on their own legacy.

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Video Game Heaven

Hey all,

Just updating my blog about some really cool things that I’ve been doing this summer.

As you might all know, I crossed off something from my bucket list when I attended E3 2010! It’s always been a dream of mine to go to this video game heaven, and I still can’t believe that I did it.

I got to meet a lot of awesome people such as Leonard Nimoy, Felicia Day, Tommy Tallarico and many booth babes.


The goal however was course trying all of the games and devices that will be coming out within the next few years. I was one of the very first people to play The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and am featured on Nintendo’s 3DS website (-> Videos -> Audience reactions @ 1:15) OR here on YouTube.

Check out my Flickr Photos of E3

Check out my Full Review of E3

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T-72 until E3

So there are a mere 72 days before my buddy Chris and I hop onto a LA-bound plane to E3 2010.

Within these 72 days, I will have finished my UOIT comprehensive examination, graduated from University with a Bachelors of Health Science and written the CSMLS national board exam…

Sounds a bit daunting to me, but I’ve stuck thick and thin with my plans and I feel like there is nothing that can stop me now. I am in the home stretch.