1. Aperture & the Olympus OMD-E-M10

    So, I’m really enjoying the M10. It’s a great camera. The photos look great, and the size is just amazing. But Aperture still doesn’t support it’s RAW format natively. My workflow has been (up until today):

    • Import RAW+JPEG into Aperture.
    • Use JPEG as the Master.
    • If I want to do a good bit of editing on exposure and recovery, then I will export the photo’s RAW file into Lightroom.
    • I’ll do some selective editing in Lightroom and then export the JPEG back into Aperture.

    It’s been less than ideal, and really frustrating at times.

    Well, I just came upon this post on MacRumors forum.

    This solution is actually working wonderfully. It adds a small step up front and might present issues in the future, but at the moment I can edit my RAWs in Aperture again. Hooray!

    So to outline what I now do.

    • Dump photos to a folder on my HDD.
    • Open Terminal and run the following command.

      exiftool -CameraType2='E-M1' *.ORF

    • Import into Aperture.

    I hope this helps someone else with the same issue.

  2. OS X, Vagrant, and Case-Sensitive Files

    So an issue I kept running into with OS X and deploying to a Linux server is that case matters in Linux, but it doesn’t in OS X. So I would unfortunately run into the issue where a file is not cased properly, and it would error on the server but not locally in Vagrant.

    So, I searched a bit, and the best way to handle this was to create a Sparse Disk Image Bundle and store all of my code in there. Then point Vagrant to that image, and voila!

    So I wanted to run through the basic steps here in case anyone else is looking to employ this method.

    1. Open Disk Utility.
    2. Select New Image.
    3. Name the image, both in the Save As field and the Name field.
    4. Select the maximum size. As a Sparse Disk Image, this is an expanding image, so you set the size that you don’t want it to exceed, but it will only use the amount of space that the files take up.
    5. Format should be “Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled).
    6. Encryption: you can leave it on or off, your call.
    7. Partitions: I left it as a Single Partition - GUID.
    8. Image Format: sparse disk image.

    And now you’re done! Simply migrate over your Vagrant paths to this new volume.

    Optional Steps

    Enable Indexing

    If you want Spotlight / Alfred to have the ability to see the files in this image, you need to enable indexing on it.

    Open Terminal, and enter the following:

    Symlink ~/Sites to this new image

    Open Terminal, and enter the following in order:

    This should allow you to leave the paths you previously had in place, so you can convert to the new image as time allows, but things that were previously working shouldn’t break.

    All in all, this has been a big help to bring my dev environment one step closer to production.

  3. Worship Without Words

    Words enable us to think and say the same things together, rooting our unity in the gospel and not simply in a shared experience. A hundred people listening to a song being played can have a hundred different thoughts about what is happening. As my friend Jon Payne has said, “A picture is worth 1000 words. The problem is, the viewer gets to decide what those words are.” ~ Bob Kauflin

  4. Switchfoot: “Ammunition”

    Blame it on what you’ve been through
    Blame it on what you’re into
    Blame it on your religions
    Blame it on politicians

    We’ve been blowing up
    We’re the issue
    It’s our condition

    We’ve been blowing up
    We’re the issue
    We’re ammunition
    We’re ammunition
    We’re ammunition
    We are the fuse and ammunition

    I have no generation
    Show me my motivation
    One world one desperation
    One hope and one salvation

    ~ Youtube

  5. The Power of 'I Don't Know' - NYTimes.com

    (via Instapaper)

  6. A little poppy-er of a song than I typically listen to, but the lyrics ring very true.

    Whatever you do, just don’t look back.
    Oh somebody needs the light you have.
    Whatever you do, just don’t lose heart.
    Keep on pushing back the dark,
    Keep on pushing back the dark.

    ~ Josh Wilson, Matthew West, and James Tealy

  7. Internet “Discussions”

    Who knew that Nineteen Eighty-Four, a novel written by George Orwell (published in 1949), would be such an accurate example of what it’s like to have Internet discussions?

    The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp.

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

  8. Those are some cute blankets you have there baby.

  9. Let it be counted folly or frenzy or whatsoever. It is our wisdom and our comfort; we care for no knowledge in the world but this, that man has sinned and God has suffered; that God has made himself the sin of men and that men are made the righteousness of God.

    Richard Hooker

  10. Google: Blink (Wait, wasn't Google Nose an April Fools Joke?)

    Instead of prefixes it will use flags: if you want to enable an experimental feature, set the appropriate flag in about:flags. (Incidentally, this means that experimental CSS features that would be prefixed are not available to the average user, who won’t set any flags.)

    This section strikes me as wrong. One of the great things about vendor prefixes was that the average user would get these “upgrades” without realizing it. If a new CSS property was available then developers could target it and the end-user had to do nothing on their side to see the improvement. Now it’s hidden in about:flags?

    I hope they change their mind about that.