PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 122: The Photographer’s Radar

In our last episode, Kirk asked a question that stumped Jeff: While on vacation, did Jeff ever think about not taking a camera with him for a day? Being a photographer of any level means you look at the world a little differently—you develop a “photographer’s eye,” but could that be a detriment? Is it possible to just enjoy one’s surroundings without looking for compositions and dynamic lighting?

Find out more, and subscribe to the podcast, at the PhotoActive website. You can follow The PhotoActive on Twitter at @PhotoActiveCast to keep up to date with new episodes, and join our Facebook group to chat with other listeners and participate in photo challenges and more.

The Zen of Everything Podcast: Buddha Basics 02: Dukkha Sucks

Dukkha, often translated as “suffering,” is at the heart of the four noble truths of Buddhism. But dukkha is about much more than suffering: it also means stress, unhappiness, and dissatisfaction. Its opposite is sukha, which means pleasure, happiness, and comfort.

Find out more, including show notes for each episode, at the Zen of Everything website and at Treeleaf Zendo.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #251: Tom Cruise and the Leap Second

Tom Cruise is showing up everywhere: landing his helicopter in an English family’s garden; interrupting hikers and leaping off a cliff; and even in deepfake videos. We also look at the leap second, and how taking away one second in time could wreak havoc on computers.

Follow the The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #250: Is Your Car the Next Security Risk?

Cars are the next target for hackers; we look at vulnerabilities in standalone GPS devices, and we also discuss how Honda shrugged when presented with security vulnerabilities. We also go over the recent Apple operating system updates, and look at how Content Caching on a Mac may prevent security updates from being installed automatically.

Follow the The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Thomas Hoepker’s ’63 road trip, plus four other fantastic photobooks to get you inspired

This month’s photobook selection includes a collection of photos of pairs by Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti; Thomas Hoepker’s look back at his 1963 road trip; Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s lockdown project of photos from Cape Cod; a collection of Bob Kolbrener’s B&W Californian landscapes; and a groundbreaking trilogy of photobooks by Ralph Gibson from the early 1970s.

Read the rest of the article on Popular Photography.

These Five Books Will Make You a Better Writer

Writing is something that most people learn on the hoof. While you can take writing courses, such as an MFA in Creative Writing or a journalism course, most writers are just born wordsmiths. As such, we can all benefit from books that help us hone our craft. There are hundreds of books about writing, some of which offer formulae for creating best sellers, others that focus on specific elements of writing (such as plot, dialog, or description), and some more general books that provide inspiration.

In this article, I look at a five books about writing that can help every writer.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

Stage Manager Offers a New Way to Work with Windows in macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16

While computers have changed a great deal since the first personal computers, one thing hasn’t: the way we work with windows. On the Mac, we went from being able to use one app at a time, to an early form of multitasking (the Multifinder, with System 5.0 in 1987), to true preemptive multitasking in 1999 with Mac OS 8.6.

Since then, the way we work with windows has not changed. You can open multiple windows, arrange them on the screen, switch from one to another easily, and even hide windows when you don’t want to see them.

Now, with macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16, Apple is introducing Stage Manager, the biggest change in the way we work with windows in decades. Here’s how Stage Manager works, and why you may want to use it.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 121: Jeff’s European Photo Adventures

Jeff just returned from two weeks in France and Italy with almost 3000 photos, even though his was a family vacation and not a “photo trip,” per se. From choosing gear to bring and finding time to make photos amid demands of travel and family, it turned out to be an interesting photographic challenge. We talk about what Jeff experienced and learned for the next adventure.

Find out more, and subscribe to the podcast, at the PhotoActive website. You can follow The PhotoActive on Twitter at @PhotoActiveCast to keep up to date with new episodes, and join our Facebook group to chat with other listeners and participate in photo challenges and more.

The Zen of Everything Podcast: Buddha Basics 01: Oodles of Buddhas

In this Buddha Basics episode no. 1, we look at how there are lots of Buddhas, an infinite number of Buddhas, and who’s who. This is the first episode of our Buddha Basics series which looks at the basics of Buddhism as never expressed before, featuring the irreverent comments of Reverend Jundo, a real Zen Roshi. No Buddha BS here.

Find out more, including show notes for each episode, at the Zen of Everything website and at Treeleaf Zendo.