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Script for renaming photos

Aug 30, 2015   #photography  #scripting  | 161 words

The best way I've found to rename my photos the way I like them | Read On →

Book: The Fold

Aug 29, 2015   #book  | 88 words

As a new audiobook user, I enjoyed listening to The Fold, by Peter Clines, although it felt a bit too similar to his earlier book, “14”. I found the first two thirds to be very good. Mike using is eidetic memory to put together pieces and possible secrets about “the door” was the most fun. But then it turned into a monster movie. Too many good stories seem to do that. | Read On →

Jason Fried on mechanical watches

Aug 29, 2015   #analog  | 88 words

"And then there’s the machine on my wrist. It’s powered entirely by human movement." | Read On →

No longer using an app launcher

Aug 28, 2015   #Apps  | 205 words

First, there was Quicksilver. Then, there was Launchbar. Then there was Alfred. Then there was Launchbar again. I’ve been using one app launcher or another for so long that I find it hard to use a computer without one. While learning about some of the fancy file manipulation features in Launchbar, it occurred to me that, neat as they are, I never used any of those features. After thinking about it, I realized that I only use three features: app launching, clipboard history, and the calculator. | Read On →

On moving back to a static website

Aug 21, 2015   #Blogging  | 359 words

Sigh. We’ve been here before. I’m once again considering moving my blog at baty.net to use statically-rendered files. I’ve done this several times before, mostly because I like the idea of static blogs and whenever I run into a new static site generator I decide that THIS TIME I MEAN IT! Except I always get frustrated and switch back to the ease and convenience of a dynamic CMS (typically Wordpress) after a few weeks or months. | Read On →

Manton Reece’s upcoming microblogging app

Aug 17, 2015   #Blogging  | 74 words

Manton Reece recently shared the following Sneak peek screenshot of his upcoming microblogging app. I can’t wait to see what he’s is working on. What I want it to be is a microblogging app that I run at my own domain and that can optionally syndicate to Twitter/Tumblr, etc. I’d like it to be less invasive than the WordPress version of a microblog I’m using today. It’s good to see activity around this stuff.

Please Don’t Buy a Digital SLR — The Brooks Review

Aug 17, 2015   #photography  | 188 words

Please Don’t Buy a Digital SLR — The Brooks Review You see, for the normal person, owning a dSLR will not yield a better picture. It is far more likely that you will get worse picture with a dSLR than with your iPhone. I know that many of you who didn’t heed my advice to not read this, are now thinking I am nuts. Yep, I think he’s nuts. How is it “far more likely” that someone will get a worse picture? | Read On →

Publishing my “notes” using Fargo

Aug 17, 2015   #Blogging  | 285 words

I’ve had an on-again-off-again relationship with Dave Winer’s Fargo outliner/publisher. I love outliners, and Fargo is a nice outliner, but I don’t really need a new one. My old one works just fine for general note-taking. On the other hand, publishing with Fargo is pretty slick, so I fired up an outline and made it available at notes.baty.net. Why? Good question. Mostly, I wanted a place to write things that may or may not be tweet-worthy, but that I feel like sharing. | Read On →

Back to Tinderbox

Aug 15, 2015   #Tinderbox  #workflow  | 395 words

I never actually stopped using Tinderbox, but for the past six months or so I’ve not been using it as my “daily driver”. There are a few reasons for this, but primarily I just wanted to check out my options for note-taking and project management. There are two approaches I take when in comes to keeping notes and lists. The first approach is to use fancy, pointy-clicky apps like Tinderbox, Circus Ponies Notebook, Evernote, and Curio. | Read On →

The ethics of modern web ad-blocking – Marco.org

Aug 11, 2015   | 82 words

Marco.org Web ads are dramatically different from prior ad media, though — rather than just being printed on paper or inserted into a broadcast, web ads are software. They run arbitrary code on your computer, which can (and usually does) collect and send data about you and your behavior back to the advertisers and publishers. I didn’t believe in using ad blockers until about 6 months ago when I became fed up with exactly what Marco describes. | Read On →

Now Playing: Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me

Aug 10, 2015   #now playing  #vinyl  | 12 words

Joanna Newsome, 'Have One On Me' I love this record so much.

Filling Holes in the Vinyl Revival

Aug 9, 2015   #vinyl  | 366 words

Khoi Vinh: I’ve long been skeptical of vinyl’s second act. In spite of the surprising growth in sales figures for the format over the past few years, it has rarely had the feeling of an authentic revival—more like the feeling of a bubble among people who are desperate to buy authenticity, artificially inflated by those who profit from selling it. Why do so many people spend so much time “Poking Holes in the Vinyl Revial”? | Read On →

Now Playing: Beth Orton – Comfort of Strangers

Aug 8, 2015   #vinyl  | 14 words

Beth Orton - Comfort of Strangers Not my typical fare, but I’m enjoying it.

I like my Apple Watch but I don’t love it

Jul 29, 2015   #apple  #hardware  | 578 words

I own two very nice watches. Tag Heuer Aquaracer automatic and Apple Watch The first is a Tag Heuer automatic that I bought six years ago and had, until recently, worn every day. It looks the way a watch is supposed to look, requires no batteries, and is waterproof to 1000 feet (because over-engineering). The second is an Apple Watch that I bought just a couple of months ago. I’ve worn it almost every day since. | Read On →

Sony TC-378

Jul 26, 2015   #Analog  #audio  | 91 words

Sony TC-378 You just knew I was going to end up with a reel-to-reel deck some day. Or as I like to call it, reel-to-real. Many of the GRAMC films include a separate audio track on 1⁄4-inch magnetic tape. I had no way to play the audio so I bought the above Sony TC-378 from a local record store. It’s probably overkill but it’s pretty cool. The TC-378 was manufactured in 1976. | Read On →

Ello

Jul 25, 2015   #ello  #social  | 229 words

Ello launched last year and of course I signed up as soon as I could. It was hyped at the time as the “anti-Facebook”. This appealed to me since I’m rather anti-Facebook myself. But I was disappointed. I found the layout and typography to be a little too quirky, and it seemed there were more bugs than people. I posted a few things, followed a few people, and soon forgot about Ello. | Read On →

Now Playing: Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother

Jul 22, 2015   #now playing  #vinyl  | 60 words

Pink Floyd. Atom Heart Mother I don’t always find *Atom Heart Mother* easy to listen to, but it’s still worth the occasional spin. “If somebody said to me now – right – here’s a million pounds, go out and play Atom Heart Mother, I’d say you must be fucking joking.” –Roger Waters1 Dear Diary (PDF). The Word. July 2008 [return]

One Roll of Film

Jul 22, 2015   #film  #Hasselblad  #photography  | 12 words

Grab your Hasselblad and 1 roll of film. See what you get.

Done using offlineimap

Jul 21, 2015   #email  #softare  | 185 words

I have been using OfflineIMAP, on and off, for a long time. The reason it’s been “on and off” is that once in a while I’ll have some inexplicable problem and give up and just access my IMAP accounts directly. A few months pass and I wonder why I stopped using offlineIMAP and so I update the configuration and the circle begins again. This time I’m writing it down. I love having all my Gmail messages stored locally in simple text files. | Read On →

Fusionary Bowls

Jul 18, 2015   #Fusionary  | 20 words

Fusionary was incorporated on July 15th, 1995. We celebrated by getting together to eat, drink, and bowl. Fusionary and +1s