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What I saw somewhat recently #88: November 24, 2021

Rainbow Trout fry

The above photo is a small Rainbow Trout fry that I pulled from the creek in my yard. It looks like it may have had a run-in with a Heron, Mink, Raccoon or some other predator.

Let’s get to some random links that I managed to set aside for y’all.

  • Feeds Mage – Link up your Twitter account and this app will show you all of the RSS feeds from those you follow. Handy.
  • Frédérick Carnet – I saved this photographers website with no note as to why specifically. But great work nonetheless. I’m usually not a fan of horizontal scrolling but it works for his portfolio I think.
  • Stripe Press – This website is fantastic.
  • Fidenza – Yeah, I know, NFT blah blah blah. Read the thinking behind this particular generative art series from Tyler Hobbs. Even if you don’t buy into the way he’s selling them, you have to appreciate how he creates them.
  • Guide to NFTs – Speaking of NFTs, whenever someone asks me for background this is the article I’m currently sending them to. The pace of change in this space is so fast that it is already out-of-date. I hope they update it.
  • Darkroom etiquette in the Navy – This video shows the proper way to darkroom for the Navy. I wish I was as regimented as these officers are. Perhaps I can up my game this winter in the basement.
  • Polaroid Week – Polaroid Week has come and gone – but this pool of photos on Flickr is worth looking through. Instant film definitely has its charm and I’m thinking of jumping into this medium soon.
  • Instax Mini Evo – Speaking of instant film cameras, this new one from Fujifilm looks fantastic.
  • Ethan Moses’ 20×24″ RA4 instant photos – This is a must-see. Ethan Moses of Cameradactyl built a 20×24″ camera and some paper holders that allows him to develop the paper right in the holder. He uses the RA4 process to make instant color positives. So incredible cool. For a deep dive he was on LFPP.
  • The Marginalian – Brain Pickings, easily one of the best blogs ever, has renamed. Story here.
  • 45 years of Apple Sounds – This video, created by Apple and A.G. Cook, hit me right in the feels.
  • 24-hours in the metaverse – Joanna Stern visits the metaverse for 24-hours. Good insight into what the current state of VR is.
  • John Chiara – The aforelinked episode of LFPP mentioned John Chiara. Amazing body of work. Check out this video, this one, and this one too.
  • Logan Baker – I’ve been digging the pace of Logan’s videos. I hope he continues to just make honest videos about photography at this pace. It is relaxing.

OK, that is good enough for this installment. Enjoy!

I miss spaghetti code. Frameworks, structure, unit testing, documentation… so boring!

I’m thinking of attempting to recruit a bunch of photographers for #FlickrFebruary where we only post to Flickr and no where else all month. Thoughts?

Fear not, developers, Shortcuts on Monterey is both buggy and limited.

Digital Ocean’s free static site hosting is a very quick and easy way to deploy small JavaScript-only apps.

If you’re reading this and are a Digital Ocean guru, I’d love your help. I have 3 droplets and 1 app and I’d love to see if I have them configured properly, make sure they are up-to-date, etc.

First company to let you “jack into” the metaverse without requiring any specific hardware (except a connection to the internet) wins. Bonus points if it isn’t a company at all.

Moved from Gmail to iCloud+ for my domain email. Now deleting all data off of Google. Finally! Even if iCloud isn’t as nice as Gmail I trust Apple more than Google.

I’ll be live on Instagram tonight with a friend in Oregon. We will be scanning negatives, developing film, etc. Join us at 7pm eastern.

Datafilm – Log your film photo EXIF data

Today I stumbled across Datafilm, a free iOS app for film photographers to log their photo EXIF data on the go, via Japan Camera Hunter’s blog. The app is being made by Vincent Tantardini.

Datafilm describes itself this way:

Datafilm is the note app designed for film photographers, focused on simplicity, ease of use and user experience. Keep track of your settings & improve your practice now.

So, why would you use this? Well – I’m the type of person that likes to write EXIF data directly to the film scans I make. I detailed this process in this post a bit. When I look at my JPG files on my computer, I can see what camera, film stock, and geo-location the photo was made with.

This task isn’t easy and takes a fair amount of time. It would be much easier if this could be done at the moment of capture. I don’t know if I would use this app in every situation – but I can definitely see the value in having it handy.

One note to the developer; the app starts off asking you to add “films”. I would rename this to “rolls”. Each roll of film is kept separate so that you can have multiple rolls going at the same time (which makes sense). But the word films confused me at first.

Mark wants to own the metaverse. Which is precisely the opposite of many of the foundational principles of it.

Micro.blog adds Flickr support

Manton Reece:

This is for people who have a Flickr account that has gone unused, but who know there’s value on Flickr if only it was easier to remember to use it.

Nice simple feature. I’m sure many will dig it. Glad to see Flickr being added to anything these days. All Flickr fans should be looking for small ways to support the platform. It all adds up.

Twitter’s project Bluesky seems stuck in the mud

Yesterday I randomly wondered what the status of Twitter’s Bluesky project was – a project that promises to create a protocol for federating the microblogging platform in the same way that SMTP/IMAP does for email.

So I poked around.

The Twitter account seems all but dormant.

So then I logged into their Discord guild (Discord being the en vogue way to do such things these days) to see what is happening in there. It didn’t take long to see that, while there was some activity, there was some vitriol being spewed as well.

That wouldn’t be interesting, in and of itself. But it just happened to be that the Gargron, the lead developer of Mastodon – what I would call the leading federated social platform – was in there spilling some tea as the kids say.

Here’s the juicy bit:

The truth is that Twitter could become decentralized almost overnight by simply adding some JSON-LD serializers, an inbox endpoint and maybe tweaking their storage schema slightly to become part of the fediverse – anyone who wouldn’t want to use twitter.com could follow twitter.com users from their own server and so on. That does not require 2 years of making people who don’t work for you talk to each other.

Ever since Jack Dorsey announced Bluesky I had the same thought “why doesn’t Twitter just piggy back off of prior art?”. And Jack Dorsey said they would if they found one that was good enough. But it seems like they didn’t.

That would be all well and good if there was any progress at all. And, of course, there has been a global pandemic ever since. But it seems, from my little bit of digging, that there hasn’t been enough wood put behind this particular arrow and it now sits stuck in the mud.

Unfortunate? Yes. But, if you are looking to be part of a more decentralized social web I urge you to start your own blog, and look at the Indie Web. And if that is a bit too technical for you – consider looking at Micro.blog (which handles a lot of this for you) or Mastodon, which plugs into many other platforms. You don’t have to wait for Bluesky.

By the way, I’m @cdevroe on Twitter, @cdevroe on Mastodon, and – you guessed it – @cdevroe on Micro.blog.

Finished Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Loved Martian, could’t finish Artemis, loved Hail Mary.