2012 Macbook Pro: Why I will Buy One this Year

Allow me to describe my current state of affairs: I have never owned an Apple computer. I have used many Apple computers in college, but the value equation has always tipped heavily in favor of anonymous, utilitarian Windows appliances. I have only recently stepped gingerly into the Apple whirlwind with the addition of an iPad2 to my collection of computing gadgets.

I could go on and on about the virtues of my PC: quad-core i7 processor, a solid state drive, liquid cooling ... true home computing bliss. Just one problem: like a pet horse, my PC is impossible to take anywhere!

Recently, I realized that my nascent blog and other web projects would require me to spend much more time online. To meet all of my obligations, I definitely need to bring more computing power while on the go. Neither my smartphone nor my iPad would suffice as substitutes for my all-mighty desktop. They simply do not have the industrial-strength processing, screen real estate, nor sufficient ergonomic virtues to help me get through extended periods of work.

With these facts in mind, I set out in search of a new laptop. I attended CES 2012 earlier this year, and from the products displayed by vendors, this year promises to be the year of the laptop. I figured that my choices of light, portable easy-to-use laptops would be numerous.

Laptops come in all shapes and sizes. Light and Portable!

Caltech Watson Lecture: Dr. Jonas C. Peters on Making Molecules

Watson lectures are a staple of the Caltech community. LA residents are treated to presentations on cutting edge research from one of the world's most prestigious scientific institutions. Wednesday night was no exception.

Dr. Jonas Peters made his presentation on "Making Molecules" to a full house at Beckman Auditorium. His current research is focused on building organo-metallic molecules to assist in replicating the energy processes found in nature. What the heck does that mean, and why should we care? Two issues resonated with the audience.

Question: Are you a maker, measurer, thinker or tinkerer?

Natural Products Expo West: Sustainable Organic Products for a Better Future

Fitness guru Jack LaLanne was famous for many quotes. One was, "If man makes it, don't eat it." You, the technology-savvy crowd, my fans, do not always have the luxury to give such careful forethought to diet in a world where one must keep up with the pace of Twitter feeds, and ready-made foods are so easily accessible. Help is on the way!

One of the largest exhibitions showcasing innovations in healthy living just concluded in Anaheim this weekend. The annual Natural Products Expo West convention is closed to the general public, but was very well attended by international manufacturers, distributors and other members of the natural products ecosystem. I am fortunate to be able to attend every year, and as always, it was very educational.

Natural Products Expo West: the Mecca for Natural and Organic Products

Canon 5D Mark III First Impressions

It's finally here! Today, Canon formally announced the availability of its newest full frame camera, the 5D Mark III. Why is this so important? It has been over 3 years since Canon released a full-frame DSLR camera that was:

1. HD Video capable.
2. Relatively lightweight and wieldable for long periods of time compared to the 1Dx.
3. Relatively affordable for the enthusiast who wants a camera significantly more substantial than a Rebel.

When reviewing the specifications, this camera appears to be more evolutionary than revolutionary. Let's look at the three specifications that matter to most photographers. In pixel resolution, it has only increased from 21 to 22 megapixels. Secondly, for low-light photography, the stated maximum standard ISO has been pushed to 25,600: however, the real improvement will have to come from the newly designed photodiodes, which may only provide incrementally better performance. Finally, the Mark III's new and faster DIGIC5+ processor only allows for an increase in continous shooting speeds to 6 frames per second, up from the Mark II's 3.9: will it be fast enough to capture just the right moment in action photography? Or do we still have to depend on luck, as I did when I captured this image on a recent trip to Manhattan Beach.

Manhattan Beach Surfer caught with a Canon
Catch the wave if you can!