January 2012

Wi[s]tful Wednesday #9

Wi[s]tful Photo News, redux

Oddly enough, shortly after Eve Arnold’s death, came news of another pioneering female photographer’s passing, at age 98, this time in India, as reported in the NYT: “Homai Vyarawalla, ‘First Lady of the Lens’” and The Picture Show on NPR “India’s First Female Photojournalist Captured A Nation In Transition“.

Interesting geographical notes

Who Needs UFOs?” by Ask the Pilot

Interesting typographical archive

American Specimen Book of Type Styles, 1912 by the Internet Archive’s Open Library project. If you haven’t explored the Internet Archive yet, please do, it’s a wealth of interesting exploring of text, audio, video, and web sites.

Lapland aurora

Solar storms are forecast to be quite strong, even historic, over this and next year.

Chad Blakely posted a nice timelapse video on Vimeo of this week’s aurora show, something I’d like to see in person some day.

Lines of launch

BH430 on pad 1 at the Kearny heliport at sunset

© Copyright 2012 David Nuss


Today’s Bell 430 ready to leap into colorful, line-filled skies from the Kearny, NJ heliport. Canon S100 only slightly tweaked in Aperture.

Witful Wednesday #8

Wishing I’d found more Wit, will have to look harder….


In recent days the word “vigilante” has become popular in the blogosphere. Possibly something to do with a NY Times Ombudsman article which incredulously asks if their reporters should challenge the statements of public officials in their reporting, or just report the statements as spoken.

It strikes some of us, perhaps especially those with a journalism background and hard core truth focus, that it’s really, ah, beyond “Duh!” for the NYT to be asking its readers this. Even “WTF?” doesn’t quite capture it. Well, of course journalists should not only report accurately the statements of those they are reporting on, but also the context, opposing views, and the relationship of the statements to demonstrable facts, as best they can be determined by deadline! No idea how that concept seems to have slipped the grasp of the mighty NYT.

But that digression/rant/contextual information aside, consider reading:

Wi[s]tful Wednesday #7


WISTful entry:


Storms Produce Record UK Wind Power Output by Scientific American

Witful, finally

Silo-homes with runway in NY state available (is it any coincidence they have a hypnotist ad on the page?

How to easily export Mail photo attachments by importing to Aperture

The Issue

Apple has failed to provide an “Export to Aperture” equivalent contextual menu item to “Export to iPhoto” in Mail. As if Aperture users do not use email!

This failure has led to various workarounds by creative people with time on their hands or too much frustration and impatience waiting for Apple to fix what is a years-long head-slapping oversight.

One Solution

A bit of online searching results in references to setting up Rules in mail to invoke an AppleScript, or using Automator. I tried out Automator and made a very simple Automator Application that simply imports the selected photo(s) into a specified Aperture Project. One could get more organized and set up Applications for several projects to handle different destinations in Aperture, and other fancy footwork available in Automators Action Library for Aperture. But for my workflow, I am putting emailed photos into one Project, and from there I will further organize the photos within Aperture.

If you are using Aperture with referenced images, you could use Automator to set up a Folder Action so that once you send the photo to the destination folder, it triggers an Aperture import, etc etc.

The simple basic import I’ver just created involves a few easy steps to set up the process, but thereafter it’s only a couple of clicks and you’re done with the import, and then you switch over to Aperture and further manage the photo(s) just imported, ie placing in appropriate Projects, tagging, etc.

(Automator can be found in the Applications folder, or by using Spotlight if you’ve selected Applications in Spotlight’s System Preferences).

The Step by Step

  1. Set up a new Project in Aperture called “imported from Mail” (or whatever you like)
  2. Open Automator, and from the intro screen, click Application, then the Choose button
  3. Click Photos in the Library in the far left pane
  4. Drag Import Photos from the middle pane to the pane on the right
  5. From the Choose Project pop-up menu in the Import Photos action, select the Project you created in step one
  6. Save this Automator Application somewhere you will be able to find it (perhaps in the Documents folder)
  7. In Mail, select the photo(s) you want in Aperture, select Open With > Other… and choose the Application you created in step 6, then enjoy as you glide over to Aperture and see the photo in the Project!

In Future, repeat step 7.

The Wrap

Automator has a lot of potential that you can explore. This exercise does one simple thing. Feel free to expand on this to meet your needs, or create multiple similar Automator Applications.

[Update Jan 11: More suggestions were added to the Apple Discussions thread by other users]

Recent musical inspirations

For a long time we didn’t listen to much music, since our ’80s generation Pioneer receiver was in the shop for repair (about 6 months), and the local jazz station we belong to, WBGO, had a scratchy signal, even here with direct line-of-sight to Manhattan. So it was mostly WBGO with antenna wiggling on a small world radio for a while.

But lately the receiver is back, connected to the Apple Airport Express device via AirPlay, there’s more WBGO and now iTunes connected, so we’re enjoying jazz with WBGO (also better reception now, with their new antenna in Manhattan turned on).

Today’s musical joy was provided in the afternoon by WBGO, with a live track of “At Last” by Etta James. So we downloaded the nice album “Best of Chess Records” from iTunes, and have been rocking to that this evening, and now it’s “Facing Future” by Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole, which we rec’d from our friends the Heinzes in Münich for the holidays.

If you’re a jazz fan, no matter where in the world you live, consider supporting WBGO, a full-time public-supported jazz station for over 33 years! Try ’em out first via their web stream or thru iTunes or their iOS app or other Internet radio streaming apps. If you like jazz and are tired of listening to advertisements, this is a station for you! Not an affiliate, just a fan and member!

Witful Wednesday #6

Off to the races with

  • Twenty-Twelve, or
  • Two-Thousand Twelve, or
  • Twenty-one-two, or
  • oh-twelve, or
  • oh-one-two (sounds like baseball)

Aviation + Photo!

How the Brits get Merlins to Afghanistan on cargo planes by BBC (video requires Flash, or something)

Photos of New Year’s celebrations ’round the world by The Guardian (UK)


Is it time to overhaul the calendar?” Scientific American

Ink & Paper“, a nine-minute Vimeo by Ben Proudfoot on LA’s last two letterpress and paper shops

Dot-dash-diss: The gentleman hacker’s 1903 lulz” story on hacking, way back, of Marconi wireless, at New Scientist

Essential Geography of the USA map

Wonderfully done award-winning US map, produced by actual human at a computer, instead of automated production:

https://imusgeographics.com/ by David Imus.

First noted at Kottke’s blog.