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Photography, notes, commentary and much more from former Reporter Online Editor Chris Stanley.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

How to report TV news

A simple guide to TV journalism.
(F-bomb alert...make sure Sponge Bob drowns this out if kiddies are nearby)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Media scrum

AP photo
Five photographers...count 'em...five

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A CGI experience

If you have 12 minutes to spare and a good high-speed internet connection, you should watch this in full-screen mode:

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

This is completely computer-rendered.

If you have a really good connection and a decent monitor, turn the HD option on. It's well worth it.

Monday, January 25, 2010


I'm selling accessories for the new Apple iWhatever slate that will be announced Wednesday. Don't let a little thing like not knowing squat about this new device stop you; you already know you want one. The accessories may or may not work, but who cares, you'll be the first to have them. Meet me in the alley and bring cash.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Good-bye, friend

Here's something I wrote today to well-wishers after our 18-year-old cat Pudding died of natural causes early this morning in my arms:

We had 18 awesome years with this cat. We spent some time this morning recounting some of the many good times we had with this amazing creature...she played fetch, could catch milk bottle caps in mid-air, and could hunt voles and birds despite being an indoor cat (she used to escape once in a while).

She survived three houses, three presidents and two dogs.

The way you see her sitting in the photo is the way she always sat...paws crossed or neatly lined up in front of her. Her eyes were bright yellow and round, and she loved to be turned upside-down and have her belly rubbed. She nursed us through some bad times, and was always happy to keep us company late at night.
She was so quiet and stealthy that some friends still think we never had a cat.

Her real name is Morticia (which she came with from the rescue), but she always loved pudding, and that name just stuck.

We have more of these stories, but you get the idea. When you get a pet, you know that someday you are probably going to face a day like I had today. It's hard as hell when you have to let a vulnerable, trusting creature go, with the only consolation being that you 'did the right thing.'

Is it worth it? 18 years with Pudding says 'absolutely.'

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Used tree salesman

Cheap Christmas trees for sale in Upper Gwynedd...any takers? Anybody? Hello?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The $45,000 lens

This was sold on eBay recently for the bargain price of $45K

Minimum focusing distance = 400 feet, widest aperature = f/14