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Commemorating 75 years of Batman

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Commemorating 75 years of Batman

There was a large exhibit commemorating 75 years of Batman at Comic-Con 2014. Here’s some highlights, along with a few additional shots from around the floor.


A cleaner shot of the latest Batman for Square Enix, designed by Tesuya Nomura, the creator of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts.

Some painted masks and capes at the 75th Anniversary exhibit.

Batman almost always looks better in Black & White.

But sometimes a dash of color helps…

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More Photos from Comic-Con 2014

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More Photos from Comic-Con 2014

Kotobukiya had an impressive display, as usual.
I think I overheard someone say there were about 1000 Storm Troopers in this setup.

A few miscellaneous shots from around the floor. Mystique, the Ring Wraith and Lurtz, leader of the Uruk-hai were some highly detailed, life-sized statues from the Profiles in History booth.

Deadpool, by Kotobukiya

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Random Comic-Con 2014 Photos

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Random Comic-Con 2014 Photos

Came across some pretty cool things at Comic-Con today. In particular, this Monkey King sculpt was really impressive. The detail was just incredible. I also continue to be impressed with how well the iPhone 5s can take pictures. Some credit goes to Snapseed as well, for really simple and powerful “on-the-go” photo editing features. 


This next one is from Sideshow’s Court of the Dead. They had a very nice booth that was isolated from crowds on either side and had great art and displays around each sculpture so photos came out much cleaner without glass reflections everywhere and people in the backgrounds.


What Comic-con image gallery would be complete without some Batman, Iron Man and Hulk. The last two in this set are Kat from Gravity Rush, which Kyle recognized since she’s from a video game he had played on his PS Vita. He was also quick to point out that her constant high-pitched wailing in the game is very annoying.


And then there’s…Vader’s car…

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iOS 6 Panorama comparison: iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4s

Early adopter @adamehrheart stood in line overnight to get his iPhone 5 which he shared with me this morning. I had no idea the Panorama feature was already on my 4s when I upgraded to iOS 6 the other night until he told me he realized the same thing while standing in line. We tested the Panorama feature this morning on both devices and the differences are ridiculous between the two. Check them out.

iPhone 5:

iPhone 4s:

The iPhone 5 version was shared to me via PhotoStream which came over as a 1.5mb file. The iPhone 4s version was downloaded from my own PhotoStream, and that was a whopping 16mb file.

Here’s some odd specs:

  • iPhone 5 version shared to me via Adam’s PhotoStream: 
    1.5mb, 5400 x 1166
  • iPhone 4s version downloaded from my PhotoStream from iPhoto: 
    16mb, 10800 x 2332 

Adam then sent me what we thought was the full resolution from the iPhone 5 via email, but that ended up being only 3.5mb, 8640 x 1865.

Despite the difference in resolution (which is completely unintuitive given the newer, higher resolution of the 5) the quality differences are dramatic.

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Inspired by Katniss, my girls make their own bows and arrows with twigs.

During lunch-recess at school yesterday, the twins found a couple of twigs and sticks which prompted them to build their own bow and arrow using hair ties. Guess it was such a hit with them that when they came home, they built a whole bunch more.

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iPhoto in iOS can’t compete with Snapseed (test comparisons).

Being the Apple Fan Boy that I am, I was really looking forward to iPhoto in iOS. Apple did a pretty decent job with it and has added some unique features that I think are really cool, but at the end of the day, Snapseed still reigns supreme. I thought I’d share some experiements.

Here’s the original image taken from my iPhone 4s just for comparison sake:

1st test | Duotones

Duotones are a little easier to do in iPhoto (left image) since they pre-package it as one of the image enhancement options. It’s hard to tell, but I also sharpened the face and tie, just to bring a little extra emphasis in those areas. The ability to isolate certain areas for editing is a great feature in iPhoto. Snapseed (right image) adds Tilt-shift, vignette and grain capabilities which helps reinforce the vintage camera look. It’s a bit difficult to get match the colors exactly right between two images when you’re working on a device that can only show one app at a time (I used my iPad 2 since it’s a larger screen than the iPhone), but this gives a general idea of the differences:

2nd test | Sepia

Again, iPhoto (first image) deals with presets and is relatively easy to pull off. The B&W effect also has a vignetting option which helps, whereas Duotone does not. One nice feature is that it’s able to retain the settings from the previous edit, but it appears you can only add one “effect” with each edit. Unfortunately, you can see that the highlights are a bit blown out which makes the face not look so good. iPhoto gives you the ability to adjust the B&W filter pretty easily, but you can’t isolate areas like you can with some of the other filters, so I wasn’t able to hold the exposure in one area and not another. You can do it by going back to the exposure setting, but it’s a little cumbersome since it removes the sepia effect until you re-apply it so it’s difficult to see exactly how your edit will affect the final image. The Snapseed version (second image) has much more control so I was able to make sure the most important part of the image (the face) was well preserved. In some cases, I prefer crisper images, so I also tried another version in Snapseed (third image) where I didn’t do any of the Tilt-shift or grain effects, just for comparison. The downside here is, in Snapseed, vignetting is usually a part of another effect, so if you want to keep it relatively clean, there isn’t a real easy option to add just a vignette.

Since I’ve been using Snapseed for awhile now, I’m pretty fast with it. Factoring out the learning curve for iPhoto, it still seems like the amount of time needed to edit the images was a lot longer and a little less intuitive. This is where Snapseed really shines. It’s such a quick, simple app that editing is not a chore. One negative though, is that it’s pretty much a linear process, whereas in iPhoto, it seems you can go back and adjust previous edits fairly easily. Love that feature.

Just for fun, I tried another version in Snapseed without taking all of the color out of it. I’m a sucker for desaturated images.

In conclusion, both apps are quite good. Way better than the multitude of iOS photo apps out there. I’ve tried a ton of them and while some have interesting aspects and decent filters, I always find that I come back to Snapseed. If I didn’t have Snapseed, iPhoto probably would take it’s place.

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Snapshots from my 3/4 mile walk from the parking lot to the office in Mason.

My meetings didn't start until later in the day so I worked from the hotel in the morning. I wasn’t thrilled to find that there was absoutely no parking which meant I had to park at a church that was about 3/4 mile away. At least it gave me an opportunity to snap a few pics on the walk back in the afternoon.

One thing I love about Cincinnati is the wide open spaces. There are some charming homes with lots of space between them. I’m definitely not in California.

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New Installation at 1 Icon.

More than 1000 sales reps from around the world are gathering this week for our Global Sales Meeting. What better time to put up a new installation that showcases some of our core values as well as some iconic products throughout our history. This is an interactive display. No, not digital, but employees will get the chance to write and comment on the walls regarding that Oakley “is” and “is not.”

Day one is at headquarters, so as usual, it’s a festive atmosphere. I love walking up to the building in the morning and being able to hear the DJ pumping music all the way from the lower lot. There's only room for 30 flags on the building, but over 100 countries are represented here today.

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Pics of the new Man Cave.

It was an early Christmas for me when I got my speakers installed yesterday, but there’s something terribly wrong. No, it’s not the fact that the subwoofer didn’t come in with the rest of the speakers, but clearly the TV is way too small! Looks like I need to start planning my first upgrade, hehe.

I was amused by how nicely my Tokyoplastic Koguma vinyls matched the Monitor Audio Silver RX Rosenut Wood Veneer color. I just had to put them on display nearby.

Below are a couple views from the Entertainment and Office Sides of the setup. The last pic is pretty crappy but I just wanted to quickly show the speakers in the ceiling. The futon will eventually be replaced with a couple of bean bags since it kind of chops the room in half. The office portion of the space isn’t as tight as the picture makes it out to be. Should have picked a better shooting angle. The front of the futon is about the halfway mark in the room.

The other big problem with this new setup is, I’m having a hard time getting myself out of this room. Even without the sub, the sound is pretty awesome. Even working on my computer is more pleasureable since the music is no longer coming out of the DX4 studio monitors (by M-Audio) on my desk. They’ve done a decent job these past 6 years, but nowhere near the quality of these Monitor Audio RX8’s.

Big thanks to Ben and Ryan for helping me decide on this setup! The music quality is much better than my previous home theater setup which was optimized for movies. This setup is far more versatile, and playing Gran Turismo 5 is fantastic with the sounds wizzing by on the proper sides. I was going to wait for the subwoofer before I watch an action movie, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to hold out.

TV and Speaker installation by Jaime Garau of Orange Coast Audio Video.

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