I’ve had about ten different tabs open in my browser for the past week, which usually means they contain something interesting and it’s probably time to share them. Here goes:
- Here’s an article about why mirrorless cameras are better than DSLRs; I haven’t actually been shooting much in the last eight months, but it’s always good to refresh my memory. The big takeaway here is about using focus peaking in the viewfinder, something you can’t do on a DSLR unless you’re using Live View.
- This is what it says on the tin: 3 hours of oldies music playing in another room with rainfall and some thunder.
- This is a good time waster website: Rare Historical Photos. The author(s) do a good job of researching the stuff they post, so it’s not the usual Tumblr image dump. See also: Shorpy.
- Austin Kleon, a writer/artist, posts a list of 100 things that made his year better. See also: 31 favorite records. His post on 15 years of blogging contains this excellent insight:
That last line is worth repeating: “Blogging is an essential tool toward meditating over an extended period of time on a subject you consider to be important.”
- I don’t know how I’ve overlooked this for so long, but Hype Machine is an aggregator of new music websites that posts interesting new stuff to listen to every day.
- We saw Soul on Friday night. It was good—as usual, Pete Docter (writer/director of Wall-E, Up and Inside Out) takes a big, adult concept and makes a warm, human-centered movie out of it. My only complaint is that it felt rushed compared to other Pixar movies—a lot happens and they speed through it all quickly. It could have benefited from a little more time throughout to breathe and let the character beats settle. Still—recommended. Here’s the song Just Us, which ran over the credits, but which I really loved:
- Finally, we saw the movie Uncle Frank on Saturday evening: a gay man in New York returns to South Carolina for his father’s funeral in 1973; along with him for the ride are his niece and boyfriend. Finley needs more gay uncles like these.