• Josh Flint

    Life As a Digital Native

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 29, 2012

    During last week’s company meeting, a presenter explained to the group that folks born in 1980 and after are “digital natives.” That is, these folks have a tough time remembering life before computers. The Flint family entered the computer era in 1987. I was five years old. My sister was barely one. It was an IBM compatible. I honestly can’t remember the specific brand. I do remember there was no Windows. The operating system was MS-DOS. The power switch was on…

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    Pondering the Gory of War

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 28, 2012

    On a day such as this, it’s easy to get swept up in the patriotic images we often associate with war. A grandfather looking dapper in his dress uniform, Old Glory framed for display, or white gloves firing rifles in a 21-gun salute. For many in my generation, these images are how we understand Memorial Day. The majority of us did not go to war. We don’t understand how it feels to see close friends, many of them barely over the age of 18, die in an arena of combat. In 8th…

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    Ag Desperataly Needs To Speak To Consumers With a Unified Voice

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 17, 2012

    It seems my “Consumers Got Exactly What They Asked For” blog has sparked some conversation. While some agreed with my comments (actually they came primarily from Tyler Cowen), many were outraged that I would pit farmers vs. consumers. And, how dare I cast the blame on consumers? How dare I? Are you joking? These folks have been blaming farmers for everything from destroying the earth’s atmosphere with animal farts to maliciously abusing every hog, cow and chicken that…

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    How To Shoot HDR Photos on the Prairie

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 16, 2012

    During the summer, life on the prairie gets pretty warm. That big ball of gas is great for growing corn, but it can wreak havoc on a photographer. Here’s a new technique for the farm photography enthusiast. A bright blue sky often produces too many lighting variants for a terrific photo. For example, park the planter on a sunny day and try to take a scenic photo with a nice blue sky in the background. Unless you’re Ken Kashian, you’ll probably end up with a washed out sky…

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    Red Meat Didn't Make Us Fat

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 9, 2012

    When Newsweek arrives in my mailbox, standard operating procedure has been to toss it in the trash on the way into the house. I’m not a fan of one-sided, liberally-skewed reporting. This week’s cover sucked me in. On it is a photo of a baby holding a huge thing of French fries with the headline “When I Grow Up, I’m Going to Weigh 300 Lbs. Help!” My past experience with this magazine led me to believe I’d find another scathing critique of modern…

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