Keith Thomson kept me turning pages right to the end of his satirical thriller, Once A Spy. It moves at breakneck speed from Brooklyn to the boondocks of Virginia. (If you’re looking for glamourous locals, look elsewhere.) The body-count quickly goes sky-high and each chapter is so thick with double-cross you learn even your mom can’t be trusted.
The novel is guaranteed to make you laugh—hell, paranoids can chuckle, too—as the plot, like most spy thrillers, is absurd, but here it’s intentionally so. The hero—Drummond—suffers from a form of Alzheimer’s that must be unknown to medical science for it heightens his survival instincts to superhuman levels and permits him to shoot his way out of every situation against all odds. You’ll spot the happy ending a mile away, but the author manages to make us wonder how he’ll get there. Can’t ask for more than that.
I’ve been playing with the beta 2 release of Lightroom, and the first thing that wowed me was the new Luminance slider (circled in the above screen shot) which provides some kick-butt noise reduction.
Another welcome addition is the Tone Curve which can be adjusted the same as in Photoshop. It seems clear Adobe is moving toward expanding Lightroom to include all the Shop tools photographers need.
Beta 2 is a lot snappier than the original release.
Additional new features include: tethered shooting support for select Nikon and Canon cameras, and the ability to import and manage video files from DSLR cameras.
Stay tuned for more.