Status Update

Since June, I’ve been working at H&H Color Lab, which processes color photos from professional photographers and produces high-end products such as wedding albums, greeting/anniversary/graduation cards, canvas gallery wraps (made by dye sublimation of an image onto canvas and wrapped around a wood frame), and much more. They also can handle normal photo prints.

I’m a contractor, which means I don’t know how long they’ll keep renewing my contract, but that’s really the case for most work these days.

I’m doing desktop applications programming using Java Swing, which is a lot of fun, and I already had experience doing that kind of work. H&H makes several applications that can be downloaded and used to compose, say, an album, a greeting card, or a metal water bottle and then packages up the order and submits it over the internet for processing.

So we have stuff that allows you to drag and drop photos, crop them, organize them, etc. Think of it sort of as Adobe InDesign lite with the ability to order prints.

One thing I’ll say about this company is that they keep you busy. I haven’t had any time to work on outside projects since I started.

It’s not that I don’t have anything to say…

But I’ve been busy with work.

Phil Plait says

The wind is no longer at Voyager’s back. It’s in the heliosheath.

This means that in a few years Voyager will have left the solar system and be in the interstellar medium. Amazing.

He adds:

Imagine! It was launched before personal computers were everywhere, before cell phones, before the internet! But it was given a powerful boost by its rocket, and another by the two largest planets in the solar system as it swung by them. And now, in just a few more years, it will have left our nest forever.

Yglesias is pretty much correct

He says that stuff doesn’t matter very much.

A great post from philhellenes

There are a few (I think just two) NSFW words in this. Otherwise, it’s totally amazing.

Phil Plait has a new post on his Bad Astronomy blog, referencing an article on Chandra Wickramasinghe’s claims that NASA is hiding evidence of life on Mars.

It’s a good comment. There’s no good evidence for NASA hiding life, and Wickramasinghe has a tendency to cry wolf.

James Kwak on The Baseline Scenario has a new post, titled beyond crazy, making the case that simple attempts to measure professorial productivity are rather counterproductive. It’s in line with what I was saying earlier.

I like Austan Goolsbee

More like this, please:

Monterey Seafood Watch

I’ve talked about this before, but not here. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a well respected Seafood Watch program, giving advice on what seafood is harvested sustainably.

This came to mind because I noticed that Orange Roughy was on the menu at a local seafood place. No one should eat Orange Roughy. There’s no way to harvest it sustainably without it costing hundreds of dollars per pound, which is not what they were charging.

More on R&D from Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein says only 9% of our companies are innovating, according to an NSF study. There is a link in his article to an article by Michael Mandel, which is where Ezra got his info.

This underscores the need for universities to do R&D, and thus, not to be run like businesses whose clients are the students.