randomness

Delete multiple Facebook messages at once 2013

I've searched around to find a solution for getting rid of a couple of years worth of junk / business page / spam messages on Facebook - there used to be a handy Chrome plugin, that's dead and gone. I found a nifty Javascript shortcut that will work. Here's a quick how-to and a link to the JS. 1. Add the "Delete all Facebook messages" link below to your Bookmarks bar so that you can see it, eg;

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THIS IS THE LINK [click / drag / drop on bookmarks bar]

2. Go to Facebook and go into your messages view, either archived or main messages window or spam, and then click the bookmark you've created - your address bar may rapidly change a few times. You will most likely get a pop up that says "this will be deleted forever blah blah" and you will most likely have to click the shortcut a few times to get 'em all... better than opening each one and deleting manually.

If you're crap a following the instructions I've penned for you, here's a dude to talk you through it. [and the original link - it worked for me]

Do you Vine?

Anyone using Vine? Twitter owned, short video sharing app for iPhone. Plus: More going on than that of a single image, fun and easy to express something that takes more than just 140 characters / one word.

Minus: Damn slow to load via your regular 3G iPhone connection whatever.. even via Wifi.. Speed it up, buffer the other videos in the stream, I don't know.. it's almost enough to make me use it less. Almost.

I've posted a couple of videos on Vine recently, nothing life changing. But there are some fun ones up there.

That's my friend Jill, when I say friend, I mean I've never met her, she's a writer from the other side of the world.. I've watched her photographs on Flickr for years, now she posts crazy vids the oft make me chuckle, thanks Jill.

That's a new take on dinner via Vine. Asian Sea Bass... I'm certain my friend Alice would have LOVED the fish head.

You can get Vine on the app store.

Think of the many things you can do with this... A crazy stop motion type thing.... maybe...

...and, um, she doesn't really want to do it in this voice!

Inspiration overload - the dangers of my job.

Please note - I use very few affiliate links in my blog posts these days, my blog doesn't cost much to run... But if you're inspired or like what you read, feel free to support my coffee habit. 

I posted about a *list* I'm making last night on Facebook. It's of a certain type of photographer, or, rather, a certain type of camera user... Before you get all camera supremacist on my eButt... If you know me, you'll know I couldn't care less if you used an old rock with a bit of broken beer bottle as a lens / camera combo... Do what you like... But I wanted to sort a list of 'smaller camera' users for my own evil* plans...

I don't mind if you use an iPhone or some other phone thing...

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Anyways... I was thinking about this list and collecting a few names in my head when I posted that I was making a list on my Facebook page... We were a few comments in when I mentioned being surrounded by inspiration... [here, read for yourselves]

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Which leads me to what the hell I'm on about...  'Inspiration overload' 

Like, watching my Facebook wall and seeing my favourite photo journalists, Nick Ut post photographs from his current trip.. He's in Ha Noi for another week, so I guess another week of seeing his images, each of which has a great story attached, won't kill me... But then you take Nick and times him by 1000000 with all of the content coming through each minute... So much! Today I saw the new video from Vincent LaForet with the.... here, watch it yourself...

MōVI - Stabilised System

Stuff from about 40 other photographers caught my eye today too, and I guess that is all part of my job... Identifying photographers that are doing amazing work and seeing if one of the companies I work for can be a part of their life in some way... But I'm an emotional sort and I find it very easy to be distracted by good work... That's fine...

BUT THEN....

There's another element to it, too... I'm one of a zillion try hard photographers. I love technology, I love using it to create images, I love photography and that feeling that looking at some people's images gives me... I love the photography community - for the most part. 

I get depressed by rock stars (the photographic sort) and photographers that think they're better than everyone else. I also slip into a frame of mind that comes with a little voice in my head that says "why don't you just quit and leave this to the big girls and boys?" - Sometimes that inspiration can leave you feeling quite uninspired. Random huh...

Then there's music, food, people's experiences, tech, nostalgia, news... Its all swinging by at a million miles an hour - right there in front of our eyes.

CLICK...

Then, I get to play with cool stuff and mess about - so I can turn off the inspiration tube and go play with this Westcott Rapid Box... Tiny, cute and like a little tiny beauty dish... still, didn't make me into a beauty!

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* not actually evil.

Simon's 'stuff of the year' Christmas fiasco!

Everyone else is doing it, I thought I'd write you up a quick post, letting you know what I've used this year and what worked well...

Here's a picture of the *real santa in a mountain cave in Cuba... True story!

I will say up front that the links are AMAZON affiliate links, and i'll tell you what I do with any Amazon affiliate cash ($14 in the last six months, I thank you!) ....I buy more disk space for my steadily growing habit image library... So, if you buy something through one of my links, you're entitled to a high res digital file of any image I've taken that a. won't get me locked up or b. won't get someone else locked up OR c. won't get me slapped by a bride I've photographed (unless she's uber hot... then I might still give you the file)

Right... Stuff! This year has been filled with random "stuff" and some of it has been awesome, some of it less awesome!

1. I think my favourite camera bag of the year (I work for thinkTank, but I use their stuff as a photographer) is the Retrospective 40 - I can pop my 13" MacBook Air in and my 5DMKIII with the grip on - a couple of lenses (including a 70-200 f/2.8) and loads of other stuff.

2. The Evo 2 tripod system from 3 Legged Thing has just hit the market, even here in Aus, and is simply brilliant - I've had 3 Legged Thing gear since the very first version of 'Brian' and I have to say that this Evo 2 gear is 'the mutts'

3. I've swapped to a little MacBook Air 13" (2012 model) for a lot of my 'on the go' social media work and when I'm not wanting to be tied to my desk with this, the 'big' computer.. SSD makes everything amazing - SO fast, small, battery life like a 65 year old with a can of viagra..

I got an iPhone 5, it's boring...

4. The Sony RX100 is not only the best compact camera I've used this year, it's the best compact camera I've ever had - it is simply awesome. My favourite feature, aside from really very nice raw image output, is the little flash - you can bend it backwards and fill your subject by bouncing light, rather than killing them with a laser beam.

5. Audio this year was brought to you by the RODE PodcasterFor a USB mic that most people use for simply talking into, the RODE is sweet enough to record your favourite hits, trust me.. I tried it... I take requests!

BUT, it's not all about expensive bits of camera and non-camera tech, oh no, the second five are dedicated to things you could simply click and buy RIGHT NOW without having to speak to your 'bank manager' first....

6. Nice Industries, the same people that brought you the wildly awesome 'Aviator Travel Jib' also produced a little wonder called the "Nice Clip" and it's super awesome.... You wait until you have seven cables you want to keep handy on the edge of your desk...

7. The best $35 you'll spend, a Lexar USB 3.0 CF / SD reader has made my 'ingest' soooo much faster, but only on my Mac Air as it's the only thing I have with USB 3.0... Next Amazon purchase is a G-Tech USB 3.0 external drive.... Oh yes....

8. Another recent love is the Capture Clip System from Peak Design - I use it on almost every shoot with my ProSpeed Belt - a sweet combo - saves shoulders, mental state, cameras etc.... try it, you might just wanna kiss me for the suggestion... ewww...

9. This year we got NASTY.... Nasty Clamps have change my life.... I can pretty much attach anything to anything else anywhere. For that, Nasty Clamps, I salute you.

10. ....speaking of rugged and portable, the drive of the year award goes to the ioSafe Rugged Portable... It's rugged and portable! I have a FW800 500gb version, and it's a toss up (only based on price) between the G-Tech and ioSafe for next drive to arrive.. The ioSafe is a great drive for those of you with just ONE external backup - it has lots of 'peace of mind' attached to it. Included recovery and the ability to withstand the crushing grip of Chuck Norris....

There you have it, 10 things you could blow some cash on... These are things I've actually used and STILL use - not some list of crap purely designed to make you click so I get PAID.... [Though, enough to buy a large clock with a gold chain to hang around my neck would be good, ta]