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5 February 2016

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at an unusual Robert Frank exhibit, getting into mirrorless today, games as model user interfaces and Frankiac.

  • In Robert Frank, Valuing the Image Over the Object, James Estrin reports on an unusual exhibit of the photographer's work, the first showing of which is just closing at New York University. The images were printed on newsprint and nailed to the wall where they will be taken down and handed to students to creatively deface as they choose. Gerhard Steidl, the publisher who curated the show, explained, "We don't have to be respectful for the typical form of the photo."
  • Thom Hogan, who got into mirrorless in 2009, asks himself, "what if I had waited until now to pick up a mirrorless model to supplement my DSLR gear?" In Which Mirrorless Now?, he thinks the problem through a number of popular options "for a small/light product I could carry with me alongside my DSLRs."
  • As Jane McGonigal has poignantly pointed out, games have a lot to teach us. Google's John Nack found Plants vs. Zombies creator George Fan talk about learning software by playing with it revealing and generously outlined the takeaways for future reference in Immediate success: What can we learn from game design? Maybe not the ten commandments of user interface design but a nice draft.
  • And speaking of fun, Frankiac lets you search through the subtitles of 15 years of Simpson episodes screencaps. Just type in a word (you know, like "photo" or "camera"). You can make a meme of the screencap, too.

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