FLAC vs MP3

A friend asked me a question on Facebook. Are FLAC files better than high bit rate MP3’s? I instinctually said yes, but I didn’t know how much better they were. So, I set out to find an objective way to answer this question. I’ll start with my conclusion. MP3 files at very high bitrates add…

Plasma Lamp

This is a short video I made of a $30 plasma lamp I purchased on eBay. I something similar growing up but it was spherical. This once is a cylinder that is compressed in the center. You can buy one here. However, after owning it for about two months, I can tell the tube is…

4K NYC Time Lapse at Night

This is a quick time lapse I made. The full video represents just under an hour of capture time. 1 Frame / 3 Seconds or about 90x the speed of real life. There was no special hardware used, just my Fuji X-T10, Adobe Lightroom for color and cropping, and Adobe Media Encoder to assemble the…

Measuring Creative Operations

Preface: This is a post that I wrote for for the globaledit blog. I’m a huge believe in quantifying process and learning from other industries. After re-reading The Goal and looking at the Creative industry, I composed this: One of the books that has really shaped my thinking about creative operations is Eliyahu Goldratt’s The…

#tbt Tom’s Diner and MP3s

Here is a little known fact that I find interesting. The MP3 Audio format was finalized in 1992. While it was being developed, Karlheinz Brandenburg used Suzanne Vega’s song Tom’s Diner as his reference sample. The song was chosen because it sounds flat, has a wide range of frequencies and a large variation in volume. Additionally, the almost-mono…