It finally happened

posted in: On Corruption, Publication | 2
woman on sofa reads phd

Seven years ago I worked as head of CorpCom in a software company and as it goes, the job did instill in me the strong urge to go back to academia. My idea was to write a PhD in my field of expertise on something that had a wider social relevance.

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Mendeley Migration

posted in: Linux, Other, Technicalities | 0

Alreet.Sometimes Mendeley content has to move. There’s no easy way to tell Mendeley that. So.

  1. sudo apt-get install sqlitebrowser
  2. cd ~/.local/share/data/Mendeley\ Ltd./Mendeley\ Desktop/
  3. sqlitebrowser <you@whatever>@www.mendeley.com.sqlite
  4. Go to »Execute sql«-tab
  5. update Files set
    localUrl = replace(localUrl, 'file:///old/path/‘, 'file:///media/new/path/‘);
  6. click »Execute« (or F5 or ctrl+return)
  7. click »Write changes«
  8. Done. Easy, right?

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KUNSTFORUM Publication

posted in: Infringement, Photography, Publication | 0
KUNSTFORUM International 230 (2014), p 127.

A short while after my last portrait session with Marianne Vlaschits, KUNSTFORUM International did an interview with her and two fellow artists and she asked if it was ok to use one of my portraits to go with the interview.

One of my pictures published...   READ MORE

Automatically batch rename photo files

Following Robert Seale’s advice, I was looking for a solution to batch rename photo files. After my last shoot I used digikam and while the results were as desired, it took a second or more per image, which I thought a bit long. After not finding a different suitable solution I asked the question on unix.stackexchange and was overwhelmed by two people’s in-depth answers. I learned a lot from both mikserv and Gilles and in the end settled with Gilles’ suggestion. I take zero credit for the solution, I don’t even understand parts of what is going on, but I amended it a little bit nonetheless and thought the extended version might help someone.*

Preliminaries

What I get when I come home is file names looking like this: _DSC1234.NEF. What I wanted instead was

  1. date-shot in YYYYMMDD-format plus
  2. a descriptive shoot-name plus
  3. image-number

looking like this: 20140708_WeddingAdamAndEve_0001.NEF

There are a few issues with this:

ad 1. Date Shot: sometimes I can only copy and rename the files a few days after shooting, so the date should reflect the date the picture was taken, not the date it was copied. Getting date-shot from the file itself is difficult as there is no birth time recorded. The closest is mtime which is the time the file’s content has last been modified. However, creation date is stored in image file’s EXIF data.

ad 2: Name of Shoot: Ideally I wanted this to be a variable I could set as a parameter when calling the script.

ad 3. Number of Image: This should reflect the age of the image with the oldest one having the lowest number. The problem is that cameras usually restart numbering at  0000 once they hit  9999. So images n-9999 can potentially be older than 0000-n. I needed a solution that would cater for this special case.

The code

# original solution by @Gilles (http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/141138/)

# set base path and navigate to "basepath + parameter 1"
BASEPATH='/media/data/photo/';
cd $BASEPATH$1

#
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Failing Better with Marianne Vlaschits

posted in: Photography | 1

Last year in March I shot a portrait of Marianne Vlaschits for »Project 12 pt. II«, so we thought we?d do another one for the first anniversary....   READ MORE

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