The other day a friend of mine asked why I like taking photos with my Leica (manual focus and exposure) and Nikon (big dslr).
“Isn’t it hassle, to take the photo, then goto to your mac and upload. then post online”
The answer is yes. It’s far more easier to take a pic with my phone and post from there. I love sending photos to Tumblr, Twitter and Foursquare from my phone. It’s a breeze and I often will do that.
But the fast majority of the photos I take are with my Leica and dslr.
For me, it just slows things down. A lot. And that feels like a feature, not a bug.
When you shoot with a dslr or a manual camera (or any other “unconnected camera” for that matter), you take your time making the photo. And then you wait to see it. I avoid chimping. I’ll wait to review my snaps. Sometimes I’ll wait a few hours or a day. Sometimes longer.
And then when I do sit down, I’ll sometimes find something wonderful my phone could’t have captured.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s true, the best camera you can possibly use is the one you take with you — which is increasingly our mobile phone.
But as I get older, I’m trying my best to appreciate and respect delayed gratification. So much so that getting back to film might be the next thing on my list.
There is likely a lesson about delayed gratification for startups — but I’ll save that for a future post.
We have the highest child poverty rate of any advanced nation in the world. Nearly 25% of our children live in poverty. This is a scandal. Family poverty is the most reliable predictor of low test scores. How can we compare ourselves to nations like Finland where less than 5% of the children live in poverty?
And individuals use Tumblr and Twitter in different ways. My friend Fred rarely tweets his Tumblr posts where other folks tend to send all/most of their Tumblr posts to Twitter.
My sense is that these services are extremely complimentary and yet distinct in their experiences.
At least that’s how I use these services. I’ll create or reblog a something special I see on my Tumblr dashboard — sometimes it makes it Twitter and sometimes it doesn’t. And things I create on Twitter aren’t a good fit for my Tumblr.
However, I really couldn’t imagine a single day going by without checking, contributing and participating in each one. They each bring something so unique to my daily life and I’m grateful for that.
What distinguishes companies led by mercenaries from those led by missionaries? While the two might seem similar at first glance, they are in fact very different, Doerr points out. “Mercenaries are driven by paranoia; missionaries are driven by passion,” he says. “Mercenaries think opportunistically; missionaries think strategically. Mercenaries go for the sprint; missionaries go for the marathon. Mercenaries focus on their competitors and financial statements; missionaries focus on their customers and value statements. Mercenaries are bosses of wolf packs; missionaries are mentors or coaches of teams. Mercenaries worry about entitlements; missionaries are obsessed with making a contribution. Mercenaries are motivated by the lust for making money; missionaries, while recognizing the importance of money, are fundamentally driven by the desire to make meaning.”