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25 November 2014

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at a repost at The Sartorialist, the problem with iCloud, why the iPhone display seems sharper and the connection between single malt scotch and printer ink.

  • In Repost: On the Street ... Morning Flower Market, Mumbai, Scott Schuman explains he doesn't think of "The Sartorialist as just a fashion or street style blog. For me, it's always been a personal, visual diary of my life and -- as I've always stated -- I feel that these images are portraits of people whose clothing can help create a story about who they might be (for most of these people I'll never know the truth)." And the image he reposts with the essay, he points out, "is not a fashion photograph." Which is why we visit The Sartorialist every day.
  • If you find iCloud confusing, you're not alone. Even Apple finds it confusing, according to Jessica Lessin in What's Holding Back iCloud. If the paywall blocks you, MacRumors sums up the gist of it. Namely that "Apple's 'photo vision' has yet to be 'fully realized,' with internal problems like the lack of a centralized iCloud team leading to iCloud Photo Library's delayed beta release and the lack of the Photos for Mac app, which isn't expected to be completed until 2015."
  • Meanwhile Bryan Jones thinks he knows how the iPhone 6 Pixels make the display so clear. He used a stereomicroscope and a Canon 1D Mk III camera to measure the distance from the surface of the glass to the pixels. The pixels are closer to the glass on the iPhone 6 than on the iPhone 5.
  • In Art in a Whisky Glass, Neatly Explained, Kenneth Chang tells how Phoenix photographer Ernie Button, a speech pathologist by day, started photographing the dregs of single malt Scotch in his whisky glasses. The other worldly images have now been explained as an effect of ethyl alcohol evaporating more quickly than water on particles with a surfactant. Chang concludes, "Finding ways to deposit particles evenly can have practical applications like improved inks for printers." Which would seem to call for a toast.

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