Absinthe Antiques: A collection from la Belle Époque

Absinthe AntiquesAbsinthe Antiques: A collection from la Belle Époque features pieces utilized in the preparation and serving of the famed spirit absinthe. These lovely antiques from the mid 1800s through the early 20th century evoke a time of beauty, art, new technologies and changing culture; the era known as France’s la Belle Époque. Spoons, glasses, carafes, pitchers, saucers, art …Lovers of absinthe, and antiques in general, will enjoy the beauty of these elegant survivors of time.

When I first laid my hands up on S. B. MacDonald’s Absinthe Antiques: A collection from la Belle Époque… I expected nice photographs… I expected a quick history of the spirit, absinthe, alongside a number of historical artifacts. What I didn’t expect was to gain access to such a great number of photographs comprising the wide diversity of absinthe-related objects that is to be discovered in this work.

The photographs themselves are spectacular – many composed in what appears to be either natural ambient light or directed candlelight… quite suited to the subjects presented. These subjects – these absinthe antiques – range from glasses, spoons, fountains, pitchers, carafes, postcards, sugar tongs, period photographs… the list is comprehensive in scope and the book itself is a treasure for the absintheur.

Alongside each photograph is a description of the piece and some relation to its place in the history of the spirit. Want to know what “choking a parrot” means? This book will surely enlighten you!

The format of this book is large - the beautiful photographs really do take center stage!

The format of this book is large – the beautiful photographs really do take center stage!

The book also does a fair bit toward transitioning the reader from la Belle Époque to the present day in the latter portions… binding the history of absinthe with the present resurgence is so very important.

Throughout this work – there is evident a great respect for traditions surrounding the spirit and a desire to honor and continue such traditions to this day. Whether employing true antiques or faithful reproductions in preparing the fine absinthes being produced in our current era… this book will instill a true sense of history and appreciation for both the absinthes of our glorious past and of her present and ongoing renewal. Especially so for this present day, in which lady absinthe dusts herself off from a century of imprisonment and neglect… now free to be enjoyed by the greater population once again.

Celebrate with me… have a fine absinthe today… santé!

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Adobe AIR. NativeProcess. FFMPEG. Awesome.

This was the title of my latest presentation for the Rocky Mountain Adobe User Group… and may very well be the final presentation for that group, ever. If anyone in the Denver area is interested in taking up his great little user group – get in touch with the nice people at RealEyes! Bittersweet.

In this session  well be stepping away from the web a bit and see just what Adobe AIR can offer behind the veil. Adobe still develops and supports AIR? You bet they do! Well start off with a quick overview of whats going on with the Flash Runtimes and then dive straight into an often overlooked  yet endlessly extensible feature. Using the NativeProcess ActionScript API  well explore how to invoke native operating system processes with a focus on employing the open source FFMPEG toolkit to manage the transcoding and streaming of live and recorded video. Awesome!


Recording (it is terrible – sorry!):
(mine begins at ~54:00)

We are well into 2014… isn’t Flash dead already?

There been a bit of a stir lately around Flash (again)… caused by this Adobe post on some PhoneGap announcements for marketing. The Adobe Flash Runtimes platform PM, Chris Campbell, has posted a response to these comments and I’ve thrown in my opinion as well. Incidentally… while I do plenty of web standards work… most of my income with Fractured Vision Media still comes from Flash Platform technologies and 2014 looks to be no exception to this. At all.

Balance and perspective, people…

Thanks for the (formal) update, Chris. This should go some ways to alleviating the fears out there inadvertently caused by the marketing post on PhoneGap enterprise tooling.

I remain a huge proponent of of Flash Player and AIR. I work with these technologies every day. 2014. Working with Flash Player, in the browser, daily. Working with AIR on mobile and on the desktop/server… daily. Most of this work is done in applications which support rich media and video creation, management, and delivery. The platform excels in gaming (of course), and video… but also general app and utility development. This is to say nothing of the incredible workflow established over the past decade. Incredible creativity. Perhaps Adobe could re-visit the strategy of pigeonholing the platform to such a narrow set of targets?

I also work with web standards on a daily basis. this stuff has come a long way obviously… and Adobe is right to want to take advantage of these advances and contribute to moving things forward. There is no question that web standards developers want a better experience. Adobe is enabling this. PhoneGap is one way in which this is being done for mobile. This work is needed… it is welcome… and appreciated.

I teach on PhoneGap and Edge Animate. I work with various HTML5 libraries all the time and some of them are very solid. Have you all seen the Phaser HTML5 GDK? Incredible what is now possible in the browser. Does this take away from my work in… or support of… Flash and AIR? Of course not. I’ve ALWAYS believed in choice and balance when it comes to web technologies and see no reason to change my perspective or my daily practice. I do wish that Adobe (as an organization) would realize that this balance is the true sweet spot.

You have the Flash runtimes platform AND the web standards platform in your domain. The only thing missing is balance. Flash on.