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I have an old MacBook that I’d like to repurpose. It is pretty old so I’m thinking a Linux server or file server. Any suggestions?

What I saw somewhat recently #89: December 17, 2021

Penelope says gm.

  • Phone-sized Faraday Bags – Matt Blaze tests some ways to block every signal coming out of your phone. Techie stuff.
  • World Chess Championship Game 6 – I play chess with friends from time-to-time. I’ve researched opening moves, middle games, and end games. So my experience is just enough to fully appreciate Magnus Carlsen’s skill – and this high energy breakdown of what is now the longest game in World Chess Championship history.
  • Iconmap – 425,000 favicons on a grid. And an interesting analysis as well.
  • Tetris thread on Twitter – It turns out, there is a lot of physical technique that comes into play to be the best at Tetris. This thread on Twitter enlightened me to that world. It also reminds me of Mario speed runs which I love.
  • Sheron Rupp’s photographic work – Ohio #2 is a banger.
  • Remote work should be (mostly) asynchronous – A good reminder from HBR. I’ve sent this to my team.
  • The art of disappearing – Poem by Noami Shihab Nye. Via SwissMiss.
  • Beneath the Bird Feeder – Photo series by Carla Rhodes. This gives me all sorts of ideas.
  • ShareBot – This little utility Mac app by Pedro José Pereira Vieito allows you to put any Shortcut (from macOS’s built-in Shortcuts app) into the Share Menu. Why Apple is dragging its feet making this happen I do not know. But I bought this app instantly.
  • Get Back – This documentary, edited by Peter Jackson using 60+ hours worth of footage shot in 1969, is absolutely incredible. I’m sure you’ve seen many, many opinions on it so I didn’t write up my own thoughts. I don’t write music, but I do consider myself a creative person in my own right. And watching this was like watching myself work with my friends. I loved it.

Also, just some quick things that don’t have any specific links that you may want to search on Duck.com; Steph Curry’s 3-point record, the James Webb Telescope, the analysis of the tornadoes that hit the mid-west last weekend.

Until next time.

Unfollowing everyone and everything, again

Me, in 2015:

As many of you reading this likely know, I do this all the time. Probably once every two or three months. I delete everything on Twitter and Feedly and start new. It has led me to finding more and more great people, places, and things than just about anything else I’ve done online. I highly recommend it.

I haven’t done this in a long time and so I’m long overdue. And with the new year coming I feel like now is the perfect time to set fire to my follows across all platforms, newsletter subscriptions, and RSS feeds.

So I’ll be spending the next few days deleting everything. And I’m going to keep it all at zero (or thereabouts) until January. Then I’ll begin building again.

👋

Why do I have no problem reading/writing code using light text on a dark background but feel as though I’m going blind if I have to read a blog post that way?

I love the sound my spinning hard drive makes when Time Machine is running. It really sounds and feels like it is doing something. I’m reluctant to upgrade it to a silent SSD.

Weekend posts are the best because I get to see people’s little side hobbies.

Does anyone else use WordPress, have the Webmentions plugin, syndicate to Micro.blog and have webmentions / comments working properly? Mine have been failing for a few weeks now due to a SSL error that myself, Manton, and the Webmentions plugin creator cannot figure out. Willing to pay for help.

Multiply the number of times Urban Dictionary appears in your Internet history over the last 30 days by 10 and that is how old you are.

Why aren’t all images of QR codes clickable/tappable across all operating systems? Why only through the camera?

Mastodon.social seems super slow this morning. Is this really because Jack stepped down as Twitter CEO? Or coincidental?

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!