Best of: Somewhat sappy dad post

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Monday September 14, 2009.

No “Best of” list of mine is complete without this one. As a baseball player growing up who saw all the ugliness of dads and a huge baseball fan today, I have always been pretty aware of how I acted toward my son regarding his baseball playing. I never tried to push him, and I stayed away from coaching for that reason. But seeing your kid achieve the pinnacle of the individual successes that collectively make up a baseball player is awesome.

You can’t argue that the home run is the best thing one player can do individually as a hitter. The strikeout is the equivalent on the pitching side, but they are much more common at this age. In fact, I think the failure rate...

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Best of: MLB Power Pros and predicting the future

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Wednesday September 9, 2009.

This is one of my all-time favorites because it’s ridiculous and was a bunch of fun to write. Here’s a little bit of a back story:

I love this game. I haven’t played it in a while because one of my biggest reasons for enjoying these things is the connection between the game and what’s happening in the real world. Since it’s a few years old, the players are not even close to current. There’s no James Loney! Or Clayton Kershaw! How could I possibly feel any connection with my current Dodgers team without those guys? So I haven’t played in a while. But the premise of the article is still valid. Andre Ethier is a beast in this game. He’s unstoppable. The best player...

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Best of: Joey Gilbert Headline Draws Attention

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Monday August 31, 2009.

This is a Best of for several reasons. It’s kind of redundant, but this originally was the Post of the Month in February 2008. I eventually stopped doing posts of the month—because I posted less-frequently and because they were all about Terri Patraw. It was tough to beat her presence here for a while.

The other reason this qualifies is because it’s an example of how I believe all bloggers and anyone with an opinion should operate. I formed an opinion based on the facts that I had in front of me (and the facts that were publicly available at the time). When I was given additional information I reassessed that opinion and came to what I think is ultimately the right decision. I also...

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Best of: Which color profile should I use for online photos?

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Wednesday August 26, 2009.

I wrote this one ofter getting fed up with my photos displaying differently in different browsers I was using at the time. I had noticed it long before, but hadn’t learned enough about color profiles to understand some differences and start to suspect them as the culprit. So, I sat down and decided to investigate a little at this point and this is what I came up with.

Perhaps the best thing to come out of the post is that I got a comment from Zack Sheppard, local photographer and Flickr employee. His insight basically answered the question, and that’s what I was trying to achieve with this.

Which color profile should I use for online photos?

Like a bunch of people who care about presenting photos...

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Best of: How to: The tilt-shift technique in video

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Tuesday August 25, 2009.

This is easily one of the most viewed posts ever on this site. I get daily search hits in double digits, which frequently puts it near the top of the daily visits, so that has to rank it among the best of.

I’m a fan of this genre, which is why I did so much experimenting with it. Frankly, I don’t care that it’s fake. In fact, just about all tilt-shift stuff I see online is post-production stuff, and I’m not bothered by that. I look at it because it’s a novelty, and it’s really difficult and expensive to do it for real in video. Therefore, I tried to find a way to do it with the tools most editors and shooters would already have at...

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