Jack Baty

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Friday, August 19, 2022

I don’t know why, exactly, but I fired up a Ghost blog at rudimentarylathe.org. I’d planned to revivie my old Substack newsletter, so I migrated that content over to the new blog. Now, I’m not so sure I have the energy or discipline to maintain a newsletter, so the site could become a blog for when I’m not in the mood to use the static site generator on this site. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Roll-80 (Leica MP/HP5 Plus)

2022-08-02 Photography
I attended our annual family reunion in Newaygo this weekend. It’s always great to see everyone. I shot a roll of HP5 with the MP and 35mm Summilux. Aunt Joan and Uncle Bob Playing cornhole Smiles all around My cousin Aaron Judy and Norma

Hiding File Permissions in Dired


Dired mode in Emacs is fantastic, but one little thing that annoyed me was that the directory listings show file ownership and permissions, taking up space with information I almost never care about. I started down a rabbit hole of figuring out how to hide those columns. I spent wasted an hour on my way to discovering that, of course, there’s a built-in way to do it: dired-hide-details-mode.

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One from the beach

2022-07-30 Photography
I took the little Stylus Epic to the beach yesterday. Nothing much came of it, but here’s a self-portrait from the day. Not sure what that flare is toward the bottom of the frame. The good news is that the Epic didn’t make its usual grinding noises while rewinding. I was worried about the camera, but it seems fine now. Self-portrait Olympus Stylus Epic | Kodak TMAX 100 Digitized with Lumix S5 Continue reading

Roll-078 (Leica MP)

Here are few from the latest roll of HP5 through the Leica MP. This is notable because it’s the first roll scanned using a digital camera. Jeff got a new shirt Gail Steve Steve and Bryan

My first salt-water-aquarium

When I was a kid I kept a small, fresh-water aquarium. It was fun, but I always knew that the really cool fish lived in salt water. Fast forward 40 years or so and I’ve finally put together a salt-water “reef” aquarium. I’ve started small because there seems to be quite a percentage of people who bail on them within the first year or so. I want to be sure it sticks before spending tons of money and going all-in. Continue reading

I almost sold the M10-R

2022-06-30 Photography
Sometimes I notice the Leica M10-R sitting forlornly on my desk and I’m reminded that I don’t deserve it. A camera like that should be used, and used a lot. Mine mostly sits around waiting for me to take another selfie or photo of my dog. That’s a lot of money tied up in what most people do (and often better) with their phones. I’m a rangefinder guy at heart. I’ve shot with one almost continually since 2003. Continue reading
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