In terms of computer tragedies, losing a photo library is one of the most painful. Especially when the library contains the first two years of your child’s life.
Several months ago I opened Aperture and found 90 percent of the images corrupted — the thumbnail previews looked fine but the full RAW images were useless. The faces of my tiny cherubim were shredded by great horizontal jaggies of pure color. It was then that I discovered the backup, too, was corrupt. Fuck!
I spent the next two weeks in a panic, doing my best to salvage the database. After much work, I managed to extract a hierarchical directory containing hundreds of folders and tens of thousands of files including — thankfully — some salvageable JPGs. Exhausted and sensing hope, I decided to continue the operation later, until later turned into yesterday.
This time I found beauty in the twisted digital wreckage. I discovered vibrant, colorful glitch-art I couldn’t see through my inky-black rage. Sure, I lost the original RAW imagery but I gained something new, a serendipitous interpretation of my visual past. Images I would have deleted as murderous junk a few months ago have now been sorted and saved with care into their own album. Right alongside the shots of my boys learning to skateboard and my daughter learning to walk.
With time comes perspective, and this time my procrastination was rewarded with art.
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Ford lets you rent out your new car to help pay off monthly charges
After launching a pilot for its new GoDrive car-sharing service in London last month, Ford now has another way for drivers to borrow a set of wheels. The company announced a new "Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing" program last night, a ZipCar-esque pilot scheme that will allow Ford drivers to rent their cars to other people for short periods of time.
Look at this busted watch on a basic chain
As The Verge's preeminent men's fashion expert, I place Tom Ford at the top of my list when it comes to menswear brands that consistently bring it every Fashion Week. The man behind the eponymous brand is nothing short of a genius when it comes to dressing those who wish to be covered in the finest Italian threads. But Mr. Ford may have gone too far. Nay, he most certainly has gone too far.
Abortion pills will be delivered by drone this weekend
The stunt was announced this week in a statement from Women on Waves, a Dutch reproductive rights nonprofit organization that is organizing the flight together with activist groups from Germany and Poland. The 11-pound drone will take off from a German town near the Polish border and deliver the pills to the Polish town of Słubice.
All 180 Seinfeld episodes are now available to stream for the first time
Paying Hulu Plus subscribers can watch all 180 episodes of the iconic sitcom from today, after the streaming service reportedly shelled out more than $150 million for rights to the show. That figure works out at around $0.8 million per episode, but Hulu evidently thinks Seinfeld is worth it, with CEO Mike Hopkins telling CNNMoney that the show will "attract a new audience" to the site. "We think it's a one-of-a-kind property," said Hopkins. "There aren't too many shows that have a puffy shirt in the Smithsonian, for example."
Warner Bros scraps Dukes of Hazzard car toys over Confederate flag controversy
Warner Bros. today announced that it was halting production of toys and replicas of the General Lee, the car from the Dukes of Hazzard, which famously bore the flag on its roof. The company follows in the footsteps of retailers Amazon, Sears, eBay, and Walmart, all of whom elected to ban sales of the Confederate flag and its image this week after the racially motivated murders in Charleston on Sunday.