Jack Baty

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Today’s photo is of the hammer coral I just added to the aquarium. It looks super cool under the blue “moon” lighting.

COVID Day 3. Cold symptoms about the same. Headache worse. Also, my eyes feel like they’re going to pop out of my head.

I’m slowly coming around to the idea that living in Doom Emacs is a mistake. It occurred to me that I don’t even know how to load a package or change a keybinding in “normal” Emacs. I only know Doom’s wrappers for those functions. This is not good.

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AirPods Max are amazing but I kind of hate them

2022-05-10 Hardware
I’ve had a pair of Apple’s AirPods Max for almost exactly one year. The headphones look nice and sound very good, but I don’t enjoy using them. I’ve been thinking about why that is, and came up with the following list. There’s no Off button. I hate this. I don’t use them every day, and if I don’t remember to either plug them in or put them in the case (for “low power mode” or whatever it is), the batteries are often dead when I go to use them. Continue reading

Blogging with Curio

2022-05-09 Software
I’ve used Zengobi’s Curio for many years when I needed a visual system for managing projects and associated files. In a recent version, Curio gained a Journal feature. It’s fairly rudimentary compared to dedicated journal apps, but I recently started testing it as a way to create a sort of scrapbook each day. It works pretty well for that. I export a PDF of the day’s entry, print it, and put it in a binder. Continue reading

A few photos from Mother's Day

2022-05-09 Photography
Had brunch at my parent’s yesterday to celebrate Mother’s Day. It was nice. My mom has been suffering from pain in her leg for a few weeks, but the combination of new meds and time seems to have helped quite a lot. I took the Leica Q2 Monochrom and made a few snaps. Here are my favorites from the day. Mom. Leica Q2 Monochrom Mom and Dad. Leica Q2 Monochrom Mom at the picnic table dad built. Continue reading

Use what you have

I have some pretty nice things. I’m fortunate and have more “stuff” than I could ever need. And yet, it seems as if I’m always buying something new. It’s just that I like to try new things, whether it’s tools, software, gadgets, or what have you. I want to see what different things feel like to have and use. My Dad's Garage - 2022 The photo above is from my dad’s garage, taken this year. Continue reading

Book logging in Emacs

2022-04-28 Emacs

I’ve kept a list of books I’ve read as a plain text (well, technically, Markdown) file for years. I wrote about it here. The public version is rendered using Github Pages at books.baty.net. This is fine, but at some point last year I also started logging books in an Org mode file, just to see how it felt. It felt pretty good!

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Searching Org-roam files

2022-04-21 Emacs

Org-roam is “A plain-text personal knowledge management system” using Emacs and Org-mode and I put nearly all my notes in there. While it’s easy to find notes in org-roam based on filename, there’s no obvious way to search the contents of notes. Weird, right?

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The kinds of portraits I prefer…Judith Joy Ross, for example

2022-04-10 Photography
I recently read Joe McNally’s book, The Real Deal: Field Notes from the Life of a Working Photographer. While I found his anecdotes occasionally interesting, I didn’t really enjoy the book. I think this was because I don’t much care for McNally’s photographs. Here’s one of his portraits. Photo by Joe McNally There’s no question that McNally is a talented photographer with a powerful work ethic and serious technical skills. His portraits, however, leave me uninspired. Continue reading
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