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Control. Sometimes just the mere mention of that word can send certain people into a haze. But deep down inside, everybody wants it. Aspyr Media's new release of The Sims Life Stories gives you control of the fate of two people: Riley and Vince.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 8/28/2007

I have a question. For those reading this who are geeks: Did you ever want to be the commander of the Rebel fleet or the Death Star in Star Wars? And if you answered yes, which one would you rather command? Well, that fantasy comes to life in Aspyr Media's new game, Star Wars: Empire at War.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 8/28/2007 

Editor of the Photo-Eye Booklist, Darius Himes eats, sleeps, and breathes photography books. In this interview we discuss photo books, publishing, and more! If you are interested in photography, publishing your own work, or collecting the work of others, then listen in! Recorded at the Photo Lucida Conference in Portland, Oregon in April 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 8/27/2007 (22:16)

Editor and Founder of LensWork Magazine, Brooks Jensen created one of the leading publications for fine-art photography. In this interview we discuss photo books, magazine publishing, and LensWorks transition to digital media and podcasting! If you are interested in photography then listen in! Recorded at the Photo Lucida Conference in Portland, Oregon in April 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 8/27/2007 (34:53)

During the NECC Conference in Atlanta, Adora Svitak teamed with actor James Earl Jones to create a modern retelling of a fairy tale using input from the audience. A writing prodigy, she authored Flying Fingers: Master the Tools of Learning Through the Joy of Writing at the age of 7! Adora was joined by the Verizon Foundation's Michelle Robinson, who explains what their Thinkfinity site is, and how it benefits educators throughout the country. If you are interested in the intersection of technology and teaching, then listen in! Recorded at the NECC Conference in Atlanta, June 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 8/15/2007 (6:28)

With the introduction of the first digital cameras two problems were quickly evident, the first was noise and artifacts in low light levels, and the second was the limited dynamic range. In order to tackle the problem of dynamic range Fuji took a new approach with their new FinePix S5 Pro DSLR, utilizing a sensor within a sensor to increase the dynamic range. In this interview with Fuji Film's Darin Pepple, we learn how they did this and more! Recorded at the Photo Marketing Association Conference in Las Vegas, in March 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 8/14/2007 (10:28)

In this extended conversation with Editor in Chief Michael R. Peres and Contemporary Issues Editor J. Tomas Lopez we discuss the newly published Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th Edition. Wondering what the role of a printed reference is in the age of Google, or just how one begins the incredibly daunting task of editing an encyclopedia? The new edition is completely updated to the present, and represents a major achievement in photographic publishing. Recorded at the Society for Photographic Education Conference in Miami, Florida in March 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 8/14/2007 (32:28)

With demand at record levels for competent employees trained in the latest technology, employers, schools, and now even countries are turning to certification to create reliable and consistent standards. In this interview with Adobe's Megan Stewart and Certiport's David Saedi we learn about Adobe’s partnership with Certiport, industry news, and governmental initiatives that will impact credit and training starting at the high school level through higher education. Recorded at the NECC-ISTE Conference in Atlanta, June 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 8/4/2007 (16:28)

Samsung's recent cameras have garnered a slew of design awards, with a unique "Smart Touch" system on its NV cameras. Their new NV GPS enabled camera can couple with a small GPS transmitter to record to metadata the exact location where photos are made. Interested in this new use of GPS technology, then listen to this interview with Samsung's David Denegre. Recorded at the Photo Marketing Association Conference in Las Vegas, in March 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 8/4/2007 (6:23)

Mary Virginia Swanson is one of the most respected voices in the photographic community, bringing a wide-range of experiences ranging from museum, editorial, fine-art, and more coupled with a committed passion for education and the expansion of the photographic aesthetic. In this extended conversation we discuss the rise of portfolio reviews, the status of photographic book publishing, and her own career in photography. If you are serious about your photography, then listen in as Mary Virginia Swanson elucidates her view of contemporary photography and how to succeed in meeting the goals you set for your work. Recorded at the Photo Lucida Conference in Portland, Oregon in April 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 8/4/2007 (32:51)

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