Zeke Weeks

Web {Developer, Strategist, Native}

My Resolution for 2013 That Worked: Carrying a Real Camera Everywhere

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2013 was the first year I made a New Year’s resolution: to carry a real camera around everywhere. It went great!

Photography has been a strictly casual hobby throughout my life. It’s always been something that lets me capture enjoyable things that happen in my life, but never something that itself became a focus of my life. So why make a New Year’s Resolution for it? Aren’t those things usually done with the intent of bettering our lives?

The answer lies in how most of us have changed our photography habits: anyone with a smartphone is carrying a camera with them everywhere. Before smartphones, I was carrying along more traditional cameras to events where I thought I’d want them: vacations, concerts, and the like. But smartphones were the ultimate popularization of the old photographer’s adage: “The best camera is the one you have with you.”

Now, blame my twentysomething lifestyle, but many of the best moments in my life happen in the shadows – exactly where tiny cell phone sensors struggle to perform. Concerts, restaurants, twilight walks, and the like. I started finding myself out with something great going on, taking out my camera, and getting results that made me feel like I wasted my time even bothering to take a picture. That was it, really – I guessed that I’d capture more good moments if I carried a “real camera” to it all. Continue Reading →

Photos: Third Eye Blind in Denver, 12/6/2013

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I just saw my fifth Third Eye Blind show at the Gothic Theatre in Denver, and it was one of the best.

Millennials, Begone!

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This year, all the uninspired rants against my generation got a bit too much to handle:

I just cooked up a Chrome extension called “Millennials, Begone!” to make every invocation of “millennials” say what it really means:

Pesky Whipper-Snappers.

You can go install it from the Chrome Web Store, or grab the source at GitHub.

Denver’s snowy this morning.

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Denver's snowy this morning.

On Standards and Switching from Gmail to FastMail.FM

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This summer, I finally followed through on a couple of experiments I’ve had nagging at the back of my head for a while:

  1. Seeing if I can tolerably get by on standard IMAP email hosting after 9 years on Gmail, just to know if it’s a viable alternative in some kind of hypothetical doomsday scenario
  2. Moving my blog – the one place where I’m not a CMS/blog developer, but a writer – from a traditional server to one of the more modern “app-as-a-hosted-service” platforms.  ZekeWeeks.com is now hosted on WordPress.com Business – I’m just at the start of this experiment after a few years of “not good enough” attempts on various managed WordPress services, and will write about it later if anything interesting comes up. :-)

Even though I was interested in seeing the current state of email outside a proprietary host, I approached that experiment with skepticism and low expectations. And I certainly didn’t expect it to turn out like it did! 
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