Is all that we do is to wring our hands about algorithms and tracking and "walled gardens" and the same old takes on the same old things for at least the last decade? I, for one, could use less of all of it.
I've changed some colors here. Black and white is "clean" but boring. We'll see how this feels.
So much time in one’s cultural life before the digital revolution was spent physically flipping through things: racks of records, CDs, VHS cassettes, DVDs and books. And the very act of doing that would set mental hares running: you’d come away with the fresh desire to watch or listen or read something new. Or something old.
I've added comments here. Used Cusdis - Lightweight, privacy-first, open-source comment system
. It was super easy. We'll see how it feels, and if I like it enough once they start charging for the hosted option. I don't think I'm interested in self-hosting. My feelings about comments are usually mixed. I like having them available, but almost no one comments, so it ends up being mostly overhead. Plus, I prefer getting emails from people to drive-by comments.
This Focomat IIc is going to be the death of me. I plan to try and adjust the autofocus mechanism myself to see if I can get it to focus throught the entire range. I've also ordered a 75 watt bulb to replace the 150W bulb to try and get exposure times up to a workable duration.
I was able to replace the screen on (what will become) my mom's iPhone XR. I bought the repair kit from iFixIt.com for $99. It wasn't terrible, but I wouldn't want to do it every day.
I shot a roll with the Hasselblad yesterday. It was disappointing. I had more trouble than I remember with focusing. And a third of the frames were underexposed. I need more practice. I've now swapped out the split prism focusing screen for the plain matte (Acute Matte D) version. That should help. Here's my favorite from the roll...
It bothers me a little that I don't know how the "image" plugin works in Hugo. It solves the problem with relative URLs when referencing images when using page bundles, but I don't know how.
I need to learn that when I'm about to take a photo and the light looks boring, the photo will be boring. Every time.
The things I care about are changing. I care less and less about the things everyone else seems to cares more and more about. Is it just my usual zagging?
I don't feel much like sitting at the computer today, but that's probably what I'll do anyway.
I recently considered bulk loading film, but decided against it. This decision was reinforced today when (re)reading Dante Stella:
It is not entirely clear what bulk-loading gets you here – an opportunity for scratched film, the chance to expose a bulk roll while getting into the loader, losing consecutive frame numbers, and ending up with a cassette that is either missing DX codes or pops apart if you drop it. One thing it does not get you is an actual cost advantage, especially after you spend an hour or two cleaning and loading the cassettes for each 100 foot bulk roll.
So it seems that Jack White is a digital sellout now, eh?
All the years of the razor blade editing gets you to a point where I don't want to waste my energy on that when I could put that energy to this now.
I'm growing weary of fighting with the Focomat IIc. It's such a wonderfully-built contraption that is capable of amazing enlargements, but it's behaving badly. Exposure times are in the 3-8 second range for anything but the densest negatives. What's worse, the autofocus isn't working correctly. Autofocus is kind of the whole point of this thing. I'm starting to think I should find something modern, with readily-available replacement parts. Tired of struggling with this ancient beast.
Good morning. After sleeping on the decision to bring my daily notes into the main blog, I don't hate it. I thought I might, but so far it seems like a good move.
This is how NFTs make me feel: like the future is useless but expensive, and world-altering technology is now in the hands of a culture so aesthetically and spiritually impoverished that it should maybe go back to telling stories around the cooking fire for a while, just to remember how to mean something.
There's no way I'm going to fall in love with Warp: The terminal for the 21st century
, because I'm 100% sure they will be charging a subscription at some point and that the one feature I really want will be behind a paywall. Also, having to create and log into an "account" just to use my terminal makes me uncomfortable. Cool app, though.