Unfollowed

Friday, July 25, 2014 0 Permalink 0

Dear too many of you,

I don’t mind that we don’t agree. I’m pretty sure you’re wrong, but I’m willing to listen, so long as you’re willing to discuss things rationally. On the other hand, if you’re only capable of shouting opinions and quoting misguided “data” as facts without also considering (however critically) what I have to say… well then I must say goodbye.

And that’s a shame, because I believe you’re smart, concerned, and capable. Believe it or not, you’ll be missed.

Love,

Jack

Hasselblad CFV-50c

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 0 , Permalink 0

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I love my Hasselblad film cameras and would love them even more if I could drop a digital back on them. The new CFV-50c looks like just the ticket. Now, if I only had an extra $15,000 around here somewhere. Still, wouldn’t it be cool to shoot digitally with a camera from the 60s?

Good News is Good

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 0 , Permalink 0

good-news

My Twitter stream was becoming so full of snark, entitlement, and whining that the two back-to-back local news updates above stood out and reminded me that there can also be good news and nice people.

I tire of listening to people making fun of everything, or bitching, or just being dicks all the time. When that happens I unfollow anyone who says anything remotely negative more than once in a 24-hour period. I end up following way fewer people, but I feel better. And I hope that feeling better helps me avoid being part of the problem.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 0 Permalink 0

I know I’m getting old because I now ask for a woman’s Sleep Number rather than her phone number.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0
Dog sleeping in doorway. Grand Haven, MI

Dog sleeping in doorway. Grand Haven, MI (Leica M3)

I should probably leave well enough alone, but I never do. Converted baty.net to WordPress last night. I know, right? I was tired of the work involved when publishing with Octopress. A static site is a great thing but not worth the hassle. For now.

Olympia SM9

Saturday, July 12, 2014 0 , Permalink 0

20140712_olympia-sm9I saw an Olympia SM9 on Craigslist and couldn’t resist. It’s not especially pretty, but it seems to work really well. Rather than writing about it using a computer, I thought I should put the typewriter to use.

Olympia SM9 Sample

Lotus Agenda

Saturday, June 28, 2014 0 , , Permalink 0

Someone recently mentioned their love for (and continued use of) Lotus Agenda. My ears perked up because Agenda was one of those apps so completely loved by the people using it that they’ve been whining about its demise for nearly 20 years. Curious, I thought I’d see if it was still possible to run Agenda, on my Mac, and was surprised to learn that it’s not only possible, but relatively easy to do.

The key is to run it using DOSBox. I know, DOSBox is geared mostly toward running games so there’s no printing, etc. but it’s small, easy to set up and so far works fine. I copied a pre-installed version of Agenda (downloaded here) to a local folder. Then, after launching DOSBox, I mount the directory like this…

mount c /Users/jbaty/Dropbox/Agenda

Once that was done it was simply a matter of running the file from within DOSBox to install, then typing “agenda”. I’ve been playing with it for hours now and it’s easy to see why so many people loved it. It reminds me a little of Tinderbox in that you can put stuff in right away and then organize it later.

Lotus Agenda Welcome Screen

I’m going to try using Agenda for a couple of weeks as my primary planner, just to see how it feels in real life.

James Fallows wrote in the Atlantic

I still find Agenda indispensable when I want to organize data for a writing project. Like the 1964 Mustang, it has been replaced but not improved upon

Mitch Kapor, Agenda’s original author, said something similar

It’s like owning an antique car. You enter into a different world when you use it.

The antique car metaphor feels about right. I’m not expecting to run my life in Agenda, but playing with old software like this is fun for me. If you’d like to try it too, Bob Newell maintains a pretty great list of resources and links that I found useful. Start there.

Writing Stuff on Index Cards

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 0 , Permalink 0

When I type something on my computer it can be easily filed forever into a giant hierarchy of files and notes. When I write something on an index card it gets in my way until I deal with it.

That sounds like a disadvantage of index cards and it is — but only if you have the wrong goal. My goal is not to find the easiest possible way to write things and file them. The the goal is to remember what I’m writing so that I can use it later. This is why I stick with index cards, notebooks, and Post-It notes. Their pain-in-the-assness is their greatest benefit.