Jason McDermott
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We made it..

Well, we made it. A few glitches notwithstanding, this blog is now up and running on justhost.com. Farewell MyDomain.com, I won’t be thinking of you this summer.

  • Jason,
  • January 9, 2012

Panasonic Lumix GF-ummm..

Very shortly I’ll be looking to splash out on a panasonic lumix GF1 or GF2. I’ve read great reviews on both, although the GF1 is discontinued and can only be bought second hand. I can’t decide which to go with, it’s certainly a matter of cost and availability. I’m keen to hear if there are […]


Have you heard of Plotto? Neither had I, up until this morning. It’s a text from 1894 by Georges Polti, which creates a structural system for creating story plots. It’s quite extraordinary, taking 36 basic plots through a staggering 1462 plot permutations. Below is one example. Plotto is being reissued by Tin House. Fun for […]

The future of youtube

The New Yorker has seen the future of youtube, and it’s not what you thought it would look like.   Google is shifting gears quite rapidly, moving the focus away from user generated content to studio-produced shows & movies – even channels created solely for youtube itself. It’s a revenue driven set of decisions seeking […]

Warning: Upcoming Churn

I’ve hosted jasonmcdermott.net on MyDomain.com for the last 4 years, and I’ve been fairly happy with their service. It was a breeze to set up the jasonmcdermott.net gmail hosted account, and their web hosting seemed quite nice and simple to use (aside from a few stumbles starting up wikis and wordpress the wrong way..). Very […]

  • Jason,
  • January 6, 2012

Cameras on the verge

Anything you could ever want to know about the basics of camera use, over at the verge. Here’s a small snippet to give you a taste: SENSOR SIZE If there’s one rule to follow in photography, it’s that cameras with larger sensors take better photos. That’s a generalization, of course, but it’s based on a […]

Just shameful, Paypal

One shameful story over at Regretsy, about a transaction gone wrong via paypal. I sold an old French violin to a buyer in Canada, and the buyer disputed the label. This is not uncommon. In the violin market, labels often mean little and there is often disagreement over them. Some of the most expensive violins […]

Stay curious

If you’re a designer (heck even if you’re not a designer), stop everything and read this article by Mike Monteiro, over at net magazine. It’s what Jason Santa Maria describes as a rallying call for designers to take wake up and take 2012 by storm. It does have the sheen of a new years resolution […]

Images from London, c1940

Some incredible images in this photo essay from the Atlantic; Business as usual. Sure. Recently the Daily Mail also published colour photos from the same period, a very rare view into the typically greyscale 40′s. A trip down.. well memory lane (for some!). Check out the Daily Mail and Atlantic pages for the full set. […]

A monumental effort

I can only guess at how much time and effort went into crafting this ode to the cinema of 2011. Apparently Matt Shapiro has been making these for the last 5 years, beginning in 2006 when he was just 14! His 2011 cinescape is the best of the lot, check it out below.

  • Jason,
  • January 4, 2012
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