Making a Good Idea Even Better
One of my strongest impressions has been that Google will someday own the world. They are an amazing machine.
They make available - for free - a set of statistics on the daily site traffic that just continues to boggle my mind.
I can see which are the most popular pages, and develop those to basically give people more of what they want.
I know that people are logging on daily from more than 50 countries. (Estonia? Who knew?)
I know where people are likely to spend the longest amount of time. (On the essays.)
And if you have a webcam on your computer, I can actually see you while you surf. To the guy in Spain who likes to read "On Assignment" at 3:00am wearing nothing other than a pair of hot pink boxer shorts:
Alright, so maybe I am kidding about the webcam part. But the stats really are amazing.
The most telling is the list of referring sites - where people come to Strobist from.
And site number nine on yesterday's list was a place called www.fredmiranda.com. Never heard of it. But, apparently, some of you guys have.
So, out of curiosity, I moseyed on over and took a look through Fred's site last night.
Now, Fred is just your typical guy, with a typical story:
Born in Brazil, studies Architecture Design and Computer Science, wins the national bodybuilding championship, moves to the US, becomes a model (LA, New York and Milan) and later goes on to study computer graphics at UCLA. And now he runs FredMiranda.com, a pretty kick-butt photo site.
You know, pretty much the typical web publisher profile. My story, as you can imagine, is much the same. Yawn.
(Oh, and ladies: He's taken. Married 12 years with two daughters. Sorry. My wife was bummed, too.)
So, in addition to a site that is worth checking out in general, there are also some cool articles on how-to and the like. Which brings me to the purpose of this increasingly long-winded post.
On this page is a tutorial on how to build a little softbox for your flash. It's a cool little idea, that could be made even better with a little evolutionary thinking.
First, you could GET THE FRIGGIN' THING OFF OF THE CAMERA! (Sorry, little kneejerk reaction to on-cam flash there. Please excuse.)
But anybody could do that. What kept me awake last night was trying to figure out a way to design this softbox to where it would be collapsible. That way, I could carry two of them (face-to-face, for protection) in a little notebook in my trunk. They'd be ready to use - and undamaged - at any time.
I had a dawn assignment today, so I fell asleep before it came to me. But I thought I'd also flip it to you guys, since many of you are also
Take a look at the tutorial (and the rest of the site, for that matter) and see if you can come up with anything. If you get a good collapsible design, start a Flickr thread and lets see if it can be improved.
Get in touch with your Inner MacGuyver. And if you build it, use the thing off-camera for Pete's sake.
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