Posts Tagged as: long-island-city

May 31, 2014

The Official Cookie of Bitcoin

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Two of my favorite hobbies collided magnificently this afternoon – bitcoin and cookies. And as a result I’d like to nominate Gotham Cookies as the official cookie of bitcoin. (Although as far as I know, there are no other contenders.)

It started with this Reddit post about a vendor at the LIC Flea announcing that today would be their first day accepting bitcoin. 4 hours later I was enjoying some of the finest cookies I’ve ever had, and chatting with co-owner Alex about how much buzz they were getting from customers and other vendors.

So if there’s such a thing as the official cookie of Bitcoin, it should clearly be Gotham Cookies. The cookies are amazing, the owners are huge bitcoin advocates, and they are just awesome folks in general.

Next order of business… who’s the official bourbon of bitcoin?

January 22, 2014

Long Island City Snow Time Lapse

In advance of yesterday’s snow storm I aimed my webcam out the window and started recording.

The accumulation isn’t particularly interesting since there was a heavy wind and a hot vent, but at least watching the Citibank building’s lights is pretty cool. It’s also neat to see how dark things get when the show stops at around 10PM.

August 16, 2013

Queensboro Bridge Truck Fire Photos

Earlier today a truck burst into flames on the Queensboro bridge. Luckily nobody was injured.

Fast forward to tonight while I’m sipping some bourbon on my balcony (Breckenridge Bourbon from Colorodo, it’s not bad), and I notice two heavy-duty trailers hauling the burnt remains of a truck down Jackson Avenue.

I don’t know for sure this is the truck, but how often does a charred truck get carted down Jackson Avenue away from the Queensboro bridge? Anyway, enjoy the photos. The full hi-res gallery is here.

July 10, 2013

Embedding an Instagram Photo

Hot off the presses. You can now embed an Instagram photo into any web page. Just browse to any Instagram photo on instagram.com, and click the little rectangle on its right side.

Here’s one of my favorite recent shots, taken in Long Island City.

October 17, 2009

Dubai in LIC

After seeing this post at kottke.org I made this quick and dirty mockup below. The takeaway: it’s a tall fucking building.

burj in lic

September 8, 2009

Long Island City Fire

Long Island City is so hot right now.

June 13, 2009

All I wanna do is zooma zoom zoom zoom.

Let’s take a tour of what it might look like to peer through some of the world’s most powerful and expensive camera lenses, shall we?

To set a baseline, here’s a photo of Long Island City’s Citibank building taken with a regular ‘ol Canon 17-40mm zoom lens at 22mm. You can see the full photo on the top left, and a 100%, 1:1 zoom in the center of the screen. Click it to view it at actual size. Go on, click it.

22mm lens:

And here’s a shot with my most powerful zoom lens – a Canon 70-200mm 2.8L.

200mm lens:

Now the fun begins. Let’s see how much closer we can get by shooting through a 20-60x Nikon spotting scope.

40mm lens + spotting scope @ 20x (~800mm lens):

The photo above is pretty much as close as you’d get with an 800mm lens (although, obviously, the 800mm lens would have better image quality and the edges wouldn’t be completely darkened). Canon makes an 800mm lens and you can pick one up for a cool $11,000 at Adorama.

So let’s move on to 1200mm territory.

40mm lens + spotting scope @ 30x (~1200mm lens):

If you wanted to take the above photo without the black edges and degraded image quality, you could pick up Canon’s 1200mm, $120,000 lens from B&H. It’s the largest lens Canon makes and you can read more about it here.

Let’s get closer…

40mm lens + spotting scope @ 42.5x (~1700mm lens):

The photo above approximates the focal length of the world’s largest telephoto lens, made by Carl Zeiss. Badass.

100mm lens + spotting scope @ 20x (~2000mm lens):

Now we’re at 2000mm. Nikon made a 2000mm lens using mirrors a while back.

200mm lens + spotting scope @ 20x (~4000mm lens):

Somewhere between these two focal lengths is Canon’s insane 5200mm lens. You can read more about it here, here, and here.

100mm lens + spotting scope @ 60x (~6000mm lens):

To get any closer, someone once took Canon’s 1200mm lens and paired it with a 7.2x crop factor video camera to create a 8640mm focal length.

200mm lens + spotting scope @ 60x (~12000mm lens):

And there you have it – an example of how close you’d get with a 12000mm lens. Judging from the focal-length-to-price ratio of Canon’s 1200mm lens, getting a crystal clear full-frame shot of the Citibank building this close would run you $1,200,000. And that’s all I have to say about that.

March 21, 2009

Sanzone-Holloway Photos from M55 Art

For your viewing pleasure, here are some photos I took of artist Michael Sanzone‘s current exhibition at M55 Art in Long Island City. The exhibition features his wood sculptures, many of which were made during his two month artist’s residency at the Glenfiddich distillery in Scotland from whiskey barrels.

The highlight of the show is an installation called Boys and Girls – a collaboration with artist Earl Holloway consisting of 105 wood panels, each with a depiction of childhood.

If you’re in the New York City area you should check it out. It’ll knock you on your ass.

View more of this here.

October 6, 2007

Brooklyn & Queens Photos from a Bike

Hopefully the knowledge that I almost died on multiple occasions taking the following photographs will make them that much more enjoyable.

Enjoy!

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