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017 iPhone 6S(+) camera

August 10, 2016

016 New chapters

July 15, 2016

015 String.join(" (again), ", "Hello World".split(" "));

Nov 21, 2015

014 Other sounds

Nov 1, 2015

013 Circuitous sounds

Sep 30, 2015

012 a constant

Aug 28, 2015

011 xp

Aug 24, 2015

010 Updates

July 20, 2015

009 Positions

July 13, 2015

008 Thoughts on VR and the Future of Everyday Life

Apr 10 2015

007 Huarache Lights

Feb 13, 2015

006 More updates

Feb 8, 2015

005 Pets (deadmau5 cover)

Jul 27, 2014

004 Trello

Apr 10, 2014

003 Continued efforts

Mar 12, 2014

002 This is a cool post

Dec 20, 2012

001 New homepage!

Jun 8, 2012

iPhone 6S(+) camera

Before the iPhone 7 hits – and however its camera performs – I just want to take a moment and acknowledge a milestone. The iPhone 6S (Plus) (or, essentially, iPhone SE) camera is truly a wonder. It's the first sensor that can see as well as my eyes can under basically all conditions. It exceeds the quality of the Canon Pro1 "prosumer" (between 'consumer' and 'DSLR' level) camera I had spent hundreds of dollars on just a handful of years ago. It also shoots hardware–stabilized 1080p video at 60fps, something that is just eons beyond the 720x480 30fps of my MiniDV camcorder of yore, and affords so much more flexibility and quality of experience. 1080p/60 on YouTube just looks incredible – it looks like the future. It's amazing to see technology progress like this. Just look:

Stunning stunning stunning.

Funnily enough, the camera was my biggest hesitation in upgrading from the 6 Plus to the 6S Plus – I worried that the bump from 8 to 12 megapixels would come at a cost to clarity; often, resolution increase is accompanied by an increased muddiness / blurriness. Fortunately, in pretty much all lighting conditions, the 6S series beats out the prior generation, often remarkably so. I even upgraded my mom to the iPhone SE from the iPhone 5, which on its own is an insane jump in quality when you really examine the photos. Looking at my own shots from the original iPhone, then 3G, then 3GS, then 4, then 6 Plus, then 6s Plus, two things really stand out: (1) these cameras have come FREAKING FAR – from a place of absolutely horrendous color and clarity, to a level of remarkable detail and accurate colors – and (2) the 6S really is a big jump forward; every generation up until this one has still looked definitively like an approximation of reality; the 6S approaches actually feeling like a truly accurate reproduction of a moment.

– Zakk @ August 10, 2016

New chapters

This is odd. I'm a graduate. Weeks later, it still hasn't hit me yet... at this rate, I think it'll hit me in about three years.

I think I don't see it that monumentally - just the simple result of lots of little bits of hard work. I see it as the end of a very long chapter, a now-completed journey that I spent 7 years undertaking – 2009 through 2016. I've always been more into the journey than the destination, I think, as a person; planning the perfect thing is so satisfying, but executing it is just cake – satisfying, but automatic.

This past few months has been unprecedented, in terms of how much I've had to stay on top of. The general feeling of "is everything accounted for? Am I forgetting something right now?" has been tiring to say the least – knowing one of about 100 important things could slip at any moment. I've accomplished a lot in this time, however. I can't even tell you... coherent sentences are impossible when facing how excited I am about how much good stuff has been going on, and where it feels like it's leading.

I have a lot more to post about here soon, but for the moment, I've just done a big visual overhaul of the site. Changed up the style once again – hope you like the new background and color scheme. Made the new background last night in about 15 minutes, after realizing the color palette around here has been dominated by blues and greens for far too long.

In general I'm liking the idea of mixing things up more. I'm shaking up routine a lot and I realized I've always liked to do that by nature. I hate the idea of getting too acclimated, too patterned in your thoughts, too comfortable where you're at mentally. That's where you get bored and uncreative, and I have to think that space is hard as hell to get out of. Better not to even entertain it, if you ask me!

– Zakk @ July 15, 2016

String.join(" (again), ", "Hello World".split(" "));

Life is super busy but good. I'm doing much more all at once than I ever have before in my life, and I've always been one to be pushing forward, so that's saying something. I'm still managing to stop and appreciate it all, which currently feels like a pretty good barometer for ensuring I haven't gotten in TOO deep.

One of the many things I did lately was publish an app on the Windows Store. It's called FolderSpace and I built it to be a basic, touch-friendly, modern-UI version of one of my favorite Windows utilities, Disk Space Fan.

I've been making a lot more music lately -- and my own original stuff, at that. That process is becoming pretty effortless and improvement has been rapid. I've actually made some things that sort of awed me ... a completely new feeling at this point in my life. I like awing myself. Music has been the hardest area to do that in, but perhaps the most rewarding.

I haven't posted my best works, out of wanting to save them until my skills are just a bit more fully-realized. But I have been posting lots of the little seedlings of ideas. It feels good to be throwing stuff out there again. Not perfect? Screw it. Keep moving forward.

– Zakk @ Nov 21, 2015

Other sounds

– Zakk @ Nov 1, 2015

Circuitous sounds

– Zakk @ Sep 30, 2015

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