Jack Baty

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Daily Posts

Links, thoughts, and photos I feel like sharing---one post per day.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Good morning. It's 4:00 am and Alice and I are finished with our walk. Now what?

What’s wrong with being ordinary? Where’s the shame in being of use?

David Foster Wallace Said I Spoke to Him Like He Was a Dog

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.

The lost art of browsing | The Spectator

Well, of course I'm performing here. But it's a quiet, solitary performance for the actively curious.

One of the things I liked about Roam was that it was always right there as a pinned tab in my browser. I miss that.


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

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.

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Focomat IIc. (Leica MP

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.

Glass.photo has a web UI now. This makes it much more interesting for me. My profile .


Monday, April 11, 2022

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...

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Mom and her "butler" Hasselblad 500C/M.

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.

Dante Stella, Three tired tropes of analog photography

Finally finished Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson . That there is an impressive fella.

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.

Jack White

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.


Sunday, April 10, 2022

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.

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Laughing at the Garage Bar
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That's a lot of bottle caps. HopCat - Grand Rapids.

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.

@gawker The Future Is Not Only Useless, It’s Expensive

Blog Post: The kinds of portraits I prefer…Judith Joy Ross, for example - Jack Baty's Weblog


Saturday, April 9, 2022

The concern I have about using Doom Emacs is that I'm not really learning how to use Emacs, but rather how to use Doom. But damn it's fast and improves just about every aspect of Emacs.

How do I tell Instagram to stop notifying me that "so-and-so has added to their story"? I want some notifications, just not those.

I took another look at Notion and still find it to be an overwrought mess.

I like being able to write in an outline, but I don't like being forced to. Hence my disillusionment with Roam and Logseq.

Remember when I used to work here? Hell, I owned the place :).

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Fusionary. (Leica MP)

I did this: Bringing my Daily posts here to baty.net .

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.