April 30 — Disney Crossy Roads Mini Figs, Micro Four Thirds, Picktorial

Disney Crossy Roads

So Disney just released little mini-figs that are based on the Disney Crossy Roads characters from their game. Basically they look like little 8-bit characters from Disney. It’s amazing! I had to have one! I also just love mystery mini-figs in general. It takes me back to when I would open baseball cards and see what I got. I always looked for either Ken Griffey Jr. or Deion Sanders.

Well, my wife went by Target and I asked her to get me a few. Luckily they are just $2.99. So she found them and got two. She got home and we opened them up. There are a possible 40 to get. We got Mickey and Donald! Two classics! On the little paper insert they give you they show you all the mini-figs you can get. They also let you know which ones are “rare”. Apparently Donald is rare. Jackpot! Really, I just love putting these in my work area. They are fun to look at and play with when I get bored. Sort of like a fidget-cube, but Disney. I have a bunch of The Simpsons Lego mini-figs.

If you haven’t seen these, go get some! I’m going to have to get some more soon.

Micro Four-Thirds

I’m still saving up about $500–600-ish for a personal everyday walk around camera. I’m super intrigued with the micro four-thirds system. I don’t know why. I think I like them because they are just mini DSLRs with a ton of technology in them. They produce amazing images and their lenses are cheap. The only major downside is that they just aren’t as good in low light. They are still good, but not as good as APS-C and of course not as good as a full frame.

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The EM10 looks like a tiny film camera. What’s not to love about that?[/caption]

Now some of them have 5-axis image stabilization which helps a ton and so does a fast lens. But even a basic Sony A6000 will beat most of the MFT (micro four-thirds) cameras. The good thing is you can get a really really good MFT body for under $400. You can get a used OMD EM10 for around $400 and a Panasonic 20/1.7 lens for $250. That’s $650 for a killer combo. Not to mention that the MFT bodies look super retro. I have my eye on a few MFT cameras and really might consider getting one. It all depends on pricing when I get my money saved up.

Picktorial

I recently got Picktorial for work. Picktorial is a RAW photo editor for Mac. It’s made by a small design team and they had a big 3.0 release recently. I really like it. It looks great. The only big downside right now is that they don’t have a noise reduction slider. They have a denoise brush, but I would much rather have a slider with options.

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From Picktorial.com. Picktorial has a beautiful UI that is joy to use.[/caption]

I really really like Picktorial though and hope to keep trying to work it in to my workflow. Right now I can import photos in to either Photos or Lightroom and Picktorial can see them. So I don’t import photos in to Picktorial. It’s more of a plugin style. I like that. A buddy of mine over at Finding Middle Earth has talked to the developers and says they are working on a slider for noise reduction. They seem like a great team of people that are really active on their app. That’s what will keep my coming back to it. I love it.

-Woody

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