The lava was hot, but the flames were for the shot: Turns out the 'lava photographer' picture we linked to the the other day was sort of real, sort of not...it wasn't a hoax, exactly—it's an undoctored photo—but it was staged. The photographer and his unseen henchman used an unnamed accelerant (lighter fluid, maybe?) to set his shoes and tripod legs on fire. But he says he did it as a joke for his Facebook cover photo and didn't expect or intend to become a viral star. Imaging-Resource has more about the story.
Air vs. Pro conclusion: My thinking about this after sleeping on all the comments (for which, many thanks) is that I'll get an 11" Air for travel and replace my iMac next February with a Mac Mini (by then I will have an extra 27" Cinema Display that will not otherwise be in use).
One interesting wrinkle: I had been assuming that I need a way to download pictures to a hard drive when I travel, so I can reuse cards—true in the past. Upon further consideration, that might be 'oldthink' now...cards are now so big and so cheap that I can just take more cards and not worry about reusing any of them. I never process pictures on the road anyway...that task always waits until I get home (and, uh, then some, usually).
(Thanks to Kevin Purcell and Bob Stothfang)
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Vince: "Oh, no, please don't. You don't copy the pictures off the card (just) so you can re-use the card, you copy the pictures off the card so you have a good backup while you're in the field. You need something to copy those pictures to, whether you process them or not. Otherwise, you have a single point of failure—if the card fails, if the card is lost/stolen, the pictures are gone. It's not 'oldthink' to always have a picture in at least two separate places when in the field. It's 'goodbackupthink.'"