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Surf Photographer +Chris Burkard battles some of the harshest conditions on earth to capture moments of raw beauty. Watch as he and three professional surfers travel to the Arctic Circle to surf the frigid seas: http://youtu.be/cBJyo0tgLnw

Check out other SmugMug Films at https://www.youtube.com/SmugMugFilms.

#surfing #photography #smugmug
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Madras cafe has become a madhouse!
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Really like the layout of Marc Olivier's new SM site, especially his choice of thumbnails and how they tempt you to click by only showing portions of objects: http://takeoutphoto.smugmug.com/

and what a great review :)
I'm glad I was too lazy to switch to Zenfolio, because the new Smugmug has most of the features I was hoping for. I'm happy enough, in fact, that I'm shamelessly linking with a referral link just in case somebody out there decides to join (it gets you a discount and me some credit).
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The Santa Clara County Fair is a wonderful community event, and I'm glad it's back! Santa Clara's fair differs from the big ones in San Mateo and Alameda because it's smaller and more local, which makes it a more relaxing event, especially if you have kids. There's a lot more room for a little kid to run around and take his time looking at the animals. 

The farm animals there are happy lambs, goats, cows, pigs, chickens, and rabbits (and..cats?). This year there was also a petting zoo with an assortment of very friendly pets and a reptile area, including one huge tortoise. Hal really enjoyed the dog races, and of course, there are exhibitions of various arts and crafts from local kids.

Highly recommended. The fair's last day is sunday, opens at noon.

http://www.thefair.org/
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It's live! 

http://pics.shieh.info/

Check out David Pogue's column for more details!
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Thanks, it took about one hour to customize my site, mostly just making decisions about what to feature! Pretty amazing stuff. It's even more impressive on the sites of real photographers.
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4 days and 10 hours left to go!
 
SmugMug is one crazy photo company

Today I had a busy day. Visited Box.net, SmugMug, and ended up at Blackbox VC to meet with startups that are being born inside an Atherton house. 

SmugMug has something coming next Tuesday that's pretty nice for its customer base (they will live stream that product announcement, I'll link to it on Tuesday -- it's pretty damn cool and they've been working on it for two years. I hear a ton of Google+ photographers will be featured during the announcement, too).

Anyway, here's founder +Chris MacAskill  AKA "Baldy and CEO +Don MacAskill (and son) goofing off.  +Michael Bonocore  is the third person to the right of the animated GIF I shot of the three of them in front of the church and their goofy personalities shine through. 

This company has one of the coolest cultures of any startup I've visited. Home-made meals, photos on literally every surface of their offices, and just a really nice great vibe with dogs running around under our feet.

Don also has Google Glass, so it'll be interesting to see what that means for photographers who use Glass and love SmugMug. 

Anyway, if you are a photographer who is pretty serious about what you do, you should check out what SmugMug announces on Tuesday. I can't say more, but it's worth paying attention to. http://www.smugmug.com/

I know some of you hate these moving animated GIFs but I love them. How do you make them? You shoot five frames or more, upload them to Google+, and Google+ automatically makes them.

#throughglass  
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can't wait for the next +SmugMug  films video!
If you feel the Internet is short on inspirational content for budding photographers, then the folks at SmugMug have got something awesome in store for you
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<p>We inspected it, we tested it, and we fell in love with it. This is the best new equipment money can buy; photography's oustanding products of 2013.</p>
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Since this took me months to find, and is apparently ungoogleable and not obvious in the docs, here's how to make an easy histogram in Splunk:

"slow connect" Time<2.3| bucket Time span=0.01 | stats count by Time

and there you have it. Such a useful feature, buried.
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Just a note for folks using this, if your dataset is sparse, you can't trust the graph as any empty time bucket will simply be dropped if there are too many buckets. (I've not yet found the pattern, but I can cause my long tail to shift from a dotted line to compacted string of 1s just by chopping off items at the other end.)
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What people do when website/photo customization is easy:
 
10 Beautiful SmugMug Sites

Want to see what folks have been building on the new +SmugMug platform? Here are some of my favorites that I've seen so far. 

http://blog.ivanmakarov.com/2013/08/10-beautiful-smugmug-sites/

Mentioned in the post are sites by: 
+Gilmar Smith 
+Schmoo Theune 
+Katherine Cheng 
+Tomasz Nowicki 
Ben VonWong
+Scott Kelby 
+Denise Gamboa 
+Thomas Hawk 
+Jeff Sinon 
+Matt Savage 
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+Robert Scoble is spot-on here!

Of course I'm biased. But Scoble's absolutely right: the way for startups to win among the giant players is to do things they cannot do. None of the big companies offer low-level customization to their users. Customization requires top-notch customer service, and all of the big companies treat personalized help from customer service as something that cannot scale, and as something to be outsourced or eliminated. SmugMug makes customer service the heart of the business. Please copy this business model; it is a wonderful way to serve your customers, and the world will be better for it.

"I wish Silicon Valley had more companies like SmugMug" -- Scoble
 
The new SmugMug is awesome. Can this little company beat Yahoo and others?

All you have to do is see how excited photographers like +Thomas Hawk are: http://thomashawk.com/2013/07/smugmug-rolls-out-completely-redesigned-new-site.html or +Trey Ratcliff https://plus.google.com/u/0/+TreyRatcliff/posts/PSfCYsviPnh or +Karen Hutton https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KarenHutton/posts/ijQEXqr2eZZ or others who are great photographers here on Google+ (a search for "SmugMug" here this morning shows a bunch of others: https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/SmugMug ).

I shot these photos in a demo that founders +Don MacAskill and +Chris MacAskill gave me last week. Their wives (and dogs) were sitting on the floor, demonstrating just what a family affair this company is. I don't remember any other startup having such a family feel to it.

Which brings me to this point: can this company continue to find a way to compete with much bigger and better funded companies? I think so. Why: they are attracting great developer and customer service talent that other companies aren't. The singular focus they have on pro and advanced amateur photographers gives the service a focus that other places, including Google+ or Facebook, er, Instagram, will never be able to match.

I wish every startup entrepreneur could visit SmugMug. The lessons on how to build a company and not just a cool product are everywhere (it's very rare you'll see a cool product come out of a dysfunctional company). 

I'd say to start with the wives and the dogs on the floor. That says volumes about the kind of company they are building and the product on the screen reflects those values.

I wish Silicon Valley had more companies like SmugMug.
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