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HOWTO Tech

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Taking Selfies But Were Afraid to Ask

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Aanand Prasad, pictured above, has written an amusing — and exhaustive — guide to taking selfies:

Do you ever hate how you look in photos taken by other people? That’s because other people have no clue how to make you look good. But you can very easily learn how.

Selfies have been a positive force in my life ever since I came across the wonderful #dudetime and its gently radical flipping of the default male gaze. If you think selfies are bad for any reason, I don’t want to know. I suggest getting in a bin and sharing your bad opinions with the other trash.

The target audience is straight dudes, but there are tips in here for everyone. He covers topics like lighting, camera angles, facial expressions, backgrounds, composition, and more.

Fun stuff.

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Misc.

Image of the day: Saturn seen from above

Saturnmosaic cassini 960

Wow.

Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI; Composition: Gordan Ugarkovic.

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Misc.

The View from Campus: Looking South on Amsterdam

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Here’s an iPhone photo I snapped yesterday that I think illustrates the early evening feel around the Columbia campus.

I took this at about 6:30 p.m. from a pedestrian overpass that connects the 116th street campus to the Law School, looking south on Amsterdam.

The sun had gone down, the temperature was falling, and folks were hustling to and from campus. A moment captured in time, as they say.

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Bangkok

Off topic: My Favorite Bangkok Sunset Photos

Photographic cliché or not, I am a sucker for sunsets.

I often post Bangkok sunset pics to my Instagram feed (I’m @newley). And I just realized I’ve snapped many such images over the last year or so.

Here are some of my faves. All images were taken with an iPod Touch or an iPhone 3GS, and all — except for the very last one — were processed with Instagram filters.

Colorful Bangkok sunset. #MotherNaturesFireWorks

Another vibrant Bangkok sunset. Keep 'em coming, I say.

Magenta Bangkok sunset.

Bangkok sunset.

Bangkok sunset: oranges, blues, clouds, and more.

Bangkok sunset

Another reddish Bangkok sunset. Love it.

Vivid, reddish Bangkok sunset this evening.

Bangkok sunset.

Bangkok sunset

I took this one from Suvarnabhumi airport:

Suvarnabhumi sunset. Waiting for Sec. Clinton to arrive from the Philippines.

Here’s the gloaming as seen from my office:

One reason I like working from home: the view of Bangkok sunsets from my office.

And finally, this one may be my favorite. I didn’t apply any filters or effects:

Multicolor Bangkok sunset, Sun. evening edition. No filter.

Okay. Thanks for indulging my inner Ansel Adams. Normal programming will resume shortly…

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Misc.

Around the web: August 25th to August 30th

Some links that have caught my eye of late: