September 11, 2022

Roll-085 Leica M3

Here a few from a recent roll using the Leica M3 and the Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH.

Mom and Dad. Leica M3Mom and Dad. Leica M3

Dad playing mini-golf on the Quest. Leica M3Dad playing mini-golf on the Quest. Leica M3

Molly. Leica M3Molly. Leica M3

Michigan Fucking State. Leica M3Michigan Fucking State. Leica M3

Photography Leica Film
September 10, 2022

Saturday, September 10, 2022

All of my notes are to remain in Emacs. I am so tired of looking for things in a dozen places where I might have recorded something. Was that in December? Oh, right, I was using Curio then. Sigh. Or at the very least I could use Emacs as the index in which I kept notes about everything and occasionally documented and linked to where the in formation can be found. That seems like a cop-out though. However I do it, the idea is that if I need to find something, I look in Emacs and it, or at least a pointer, will always be there.

I have no interest in succeeding” in the same way everyone else seems to want to. If I can’t do it my own way, I’d rather fail.

I also have every intention of continuing to slow down in just about every way. Driving, moving, thinking, reading, eating. There’s no rush.

September 9, 2022

Friday, September 9, 2022

Phil writes glowingly about David Merfield and Blot and I couldn’t agree more.

Does anyone know, assuming I could generate a single HTML page with every post, if I could make a nice book out of it using something like Paged.js? I’d like to do that.

Saw John Mulaney last night and it was a no phone” event meaning they bagged all phones and smart watches for the duration. I wore my mechanical watch and you wouldn’t believe how many people asked me for the time.

September 8, 2022

iA Writer vs Emacs

iA Writer, left. Emacs, rightiA Writer, left. Emacs, right

Emacs can be ugly, but it doesn’t have to be. Above we have the highly-polished and thoughtful iA Writer on the left and Emacs on the right.

I’m using Doom Emacs in Zen” mode, which is basically a tweaked version of Writeroom-mode. My tweaks include using iA’s Quattro font as a variable-pitch font and a little spacing via line-spacing.

(add-hook 'writeroom-mode-hook (lambda () (setq line-spacing 0.5)))

iA Writer is wonderful for editing Markdown files. Might even be nicer” overall than Emacs for that purpose. It’s just so smooth, you know? But, Emacs is Emacs and that’s tough to beat. I alternate between them. It helps that I’ve made them look similar.

I keep removing excuses to quit using Emacs.

September 8, 2022

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Every day I wake up older.

This is quite a thread about using, but never learning, Emacs. Feels familiar: Can’t learn Emacs, can’t use anything else

I changed the font here to HK Grotesk because Signika felt a little heavy.

It’s a little weird having these journal” posts included in the site’s RSS feed, since when first published they are nearly empty. What I should do is keep them as drafts until there’s more meat on their bones. Or perhaps there’s a way to trigger their inclusion in the RSS feed separately from Draft” status.

I spent some time in the darkroom this morning catching up on contact sheets and making a few quick prints from recent rolls. I’m not sure if I love it or hate it.

How could I not want one of these keyboards? Office Altar I.

It’s possible I could move back into Org-roam from Denote. I prefer the simplicity of Denote but Org-roam has it all, and Doom makes it all work pretty well.

September 7, 2022

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

☀️ Clear +64°F

Alex referred to one of his blogs as his daily waffle” and I feel seen. My whole life is a daily waffle. No matter what I’m doing today, it should be assumed that it’ll change tomorrow.

I’m moving a bunch of domains from to even though I just read about them having a prolonged outage. Is that weird? That seems weird. But, I had a few domains scheduled to renew at iwantmyname and they’re rather expensive so let’s try it. Several people I know seem to love Porkbun.

(via @ftrain)

Shortly before and shortly after Apple events is a good time to stay out of the blogosphere”.

I’m holding out for the Apple Watch Yowza.

Migrate TiddlyWiki to Org-roam: Part 1 I’m writing this down, but I’m not going to actually try it, nope, not doing it.

September 6, 2022

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

It’s been about a week using Blot and so far I’m thrilled to be back. I’ve never stuck with iA Writer for my general notes but for editing Markdown files for publishing with Blot, it’s quite nice. The combination is pretty sweet.

I’ve listed the Leica MP (Black Paint) for sale. Gasp!

The recent spate of AI tools for generative art are obviously amazing, revolutionary, and exciting. I just can’t seem to muster the energy to care.

I am so glad, now that the Mac line is awesome again, that I no longer have thoughts of Dell/Linux running distractingly in the back of my head.

I love the idea of manual typewriters. I have several nice ones. But I almost never use them.

Do I really want the artifacts of my life to be a stack of paper notebooks full of repetitive navel-gazing? Because right now that’s about all there is.

I’m feeling a digital photography phase coming on. Thinking of re-buying an M10-R. Why not a Q2 or SL2? Because I wan’t to try active photography rather than passive. I believe that the M helps with that. Why digital? Because I want to focus on taking pictures rather than the medium, process, and accoutrement.

Blot exposes a 404 log of my blog. This is great because it helps determine which content I’ve missed during migrations and where I need redirects.

Is there such a thing as old/shiny”? That’s what Blot is for me right now.

I just installed Insync as my Dropbox client on the MBP because Maestral kept crashing. If you’re reading this, it worked. (Update: It worked.)

I have changed my mind about whether or not to capitalize tag names at least 356 times. #Standards #consistency

I just reread Anything You Want by Derek Sivers. He mentions the dangers of trying to impress an invisible jury” and I realized that I do that all the time.

Shhhh, I’m typing this in Emacs.

September 5, 2022

Monday, September 5, 2022

☁️ Overcast +59°F

I’m having one of those mornings where everything annoys me. Currently, it’s writers whining about how hard writing is. If a construction worker complains about how hard their job is, they’re lazy”. Writers, on the other hand, seem to expect sympathy. (PS I would still like to be a writer and I would definitely complain about it.)

I just love how Arc’s pinned tabs indicate that I’m currently not on the original pinned page. It’s that little /” there at the beginning:

Arc pinned tabsArc pinned tabs

I was at our old office building recently getting ready for being leased and took a spin down the slide. If you’re looking for a cool office in downtown Grand Rapids, MI, this would be great for you.

Spiral slide. Leica MP, HP5.Spiral slide. Leica MP, HP5.

September 4, 2022

Sunday, September 4, 2022

I’ve gotten to a place where I don’t want to use any self-hosted app that requires anything more than SQLite. Don’t talk to me about locking.

I love Emacs and Hugo, but editing a markdown file in iA Writer and having it all published automatically via Blot by simply saving the file is a goddamned pleasure.

My mom and dad stopped by yesterday. I made a quick portrait of my mom. She’s so sweet I can’t stand it.

My momMy mom

I’ve decided to migrate to Blot. Sorry in advance for any breakage.

Maybe I should stop writing about my camera setup changes. It’s embarrassing.

I read this today: side note: there are no crappy teams, only crappy managers”. There are certainly a fair amount of crappy managers, but this statement is horseshit.

Most of today has been spent contemplating a full-on move to digital photography. I haven’t felt as much like dealing with film.

September 3, 2022

Saturday, September 3, 2022

⛅️ Partly cloudy +67°F

My stomach is a wreck this morning and I don’t feel like writing a newsletter. Maybe later.

Discord is an abysmal, noisy, UI nightmare that is eating our institutional knowledge at an alarming clip and it needs to go. Let the gamers have it back.