Not that I need this, but I’ll save the link here: Fujifilm released software that allows the use of X-series cameras as webcams. I’d imagine you’d need a DC adapter to really make this work, as the batteries would drain in minutes, but it’s kind of cool. Update: I jut noticed it’s only compatible with the high-end X-series cameras and not my X-T10. Oh, well.

Date posted: May 29, 2020 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Here’s a brief history of the troubled evolution of the screenplay of Big Trouble In Little China, one of the most oddball—and best movies—of the 1980’s. Apparently the longstanding belief that this was originally meant to be a sequel to Buckaroo Banzai is just fiction, which makes sense to me. (previously)

Date posted: May 26, 2020 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Here’s a tip on how to enable the old startup chime on a newer Mac (I didn’t even know this was an option)! (via)

Date posted: May 22, 2020 | Filed under apple, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Lots of good unsolicited advice here from Kevin Kelly, the executive editor of Wired in its heyday and a bunch of other good things. Like these:

Buying tools: Start by buying the absolute cheapest tools you can find. Upgrade the ones you use a lot. If you wind up using some tool for a job, buy the very best you can afford.

Pros are just amateurs who know how to gracefully recover from their mistakes.

Separate the processes of creation from improving. You can’t write and edit, or sculpt and polish, or make and analyze at the same time. If you do, the editor stops the creator. While you invent, don’t select. While you sketch, don’t inspect. While you write the first draft, don’t reflect. At the start, the creator mind must be unleashed from judgement.

To make mistakes is human. To own your mistakes is divine. Nothing elevates a person higher than quickly admitting and taking personal responsibility for the mistakes you make and then fixing them fairly. If you mess up, fess up. It’s astounding how powerful this ownership is.

Date posted: April 29, 2020 | Filed under general, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

At the Atlantic, George Packer argues that we are living in a failed state:

A third of the country locked itself in a hall of mirrors that it believed to be reality; a third drove itself mad with the effort to hold on to the idea of knowable truth; and a third gave up even trying.

Totally pessimistic—you may need to day drink while reading this—but he makes a convincing point. Especially on a morning when the Great Pumpkin is telling people to inject disinfectant to clean their lungs.

Date posted: April 24, 2020 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Hooray! Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog is back up for all our COVID quarantine needs. To recap: it involves most of the best writers from Deadspin, who came together to cover the Super Bowl for a week, and then dissolved the site. Not necessarily sports content, not necessarily serious, but always good writing.

Date posted: April 23, 2020 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

“This is what I learned from those years in the prison camp, where all those constraints just were oppressive. You must never ever ever confuse, on the one hand, the need for absolute, unwavering faith that you can prevail despite those constraints with, on the other hand, the need for the discipline to begin by confronting the brutal facts, whatever they are. We’re not getting out of here by Christmas.”

I saw this last week and meant to post it sooner: Admiral Jim Stockdale was a POW for seven years in Vietnam, and this is what he learned about faith and optimism.

Date posted: April 20, 2020 | Filed under general, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Until a vaccine or another protective measure emerges, there is no scenario, epidemiologists agreed, in which it is safe for that many people to suddenly come out of hiding. If Americans pour back out in force, all will appear quiet for perhaps three weeks.

Then the emergency rooms will get busy again.

I heard the author of this article on The Daily, the New York Times’ podcast, and what he said was sobering. We’re not out of the woods yet—this is going to continue for months. There is no vaccine coming soon. And it’s going to take careful, intelligent government to help us through the pandemic with as little pain as possible—something we haven’t gotten at all.

Date posted: April 20, 2020 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

You didn’t see people in masks standing in the rain risking their lives to vote. Not in America. You didn’t see the leader of the free world push an unproven miracle drug like a late-night infomercial salesman. That was a crisis update. You didn’t see homeless people dead on the street. You didn’t see inequality. You didn’t see indifference. You didn’t see utter failure of leadership and systems.

Jen found this article and read it aloud a couple of days ago, and it really struck home. In Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting, Julio Vincent Gambuto makes the case that this strange reality is the best opportunity we’ve ever had to stop, look, and evaluate our lives, our country, and our future, and prepare to make changes for the better right now before we are lulled back to sleep.

Date posted: April 15, 2020 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

OK, so the folks that came up with a digital back for medium-format cameras now have a Kickstarter for a limited set of 35mm cameras: the I’m Back is a kit that bolts to the back of a film camera and provides a 2″ touchscreen display, 14MB RAW files, and as much storage as you can stuff into a Micro SD card. As I would expect, none of the cameras I own are on their list of supported models, but I’m going to wait and see if someone mods a Minolta x700 or a Fujica AX-3 and then maybe consider one of these.

Date posted: April 14, 2020 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »