Server outage on my VPS this morning.
Back up, but my attention was obviously elsewhere (this is hosted on a different cluster). Links as I have time!
Oh, only 2600+ unread news articles in my agg ...
... as in ‘gag’. Let’s see how far I can scan before I decide to bail for “Mark all as read.”
First chance I’ve had to breathe today. How’re you all? Hope you’re well. And that’s the last you’ll hear from me until tomorrow ...
Busy this morning, then busy all day tomorrow.
Photo shoots, video shoots. And a brief car repair. Man, I’m already tired just looking at my schedule. Links in and around these events. Thanks for your patience.
DP Review: Nikon D810 in-depth review.
“A lot of you will be asking why it took so long. That’s a good question.” And the answer’s lame, IMHO. This is, and has been, an important camera. They’ve done Nikon sales no favors. The review itself. This page specifically talks about the noise difference I saw between the D810 and the 5DRs. Shadow is distinctly more recoverable with excellent quality on the Nikon. The Canon 5DRs has 5D MKIII quality hamburger-mush. The mirror vibration section - why did they not include all shutter options, as they did for the Canon? There’s a Quiet-Continuous mode that seems to minimize shutter vibration (to my untrained hands). A big deficit in the testing here.
[Caveat: I’m replacing my Canons with Nikons. And the D810 is my current main tool.]
FishbowlNY: Joe Morgenstern Recalls His Contributions to 1966 Newsweek Cover Story.
How odd. I was only 7 when this came out, but I remember it. Some elders in the family must have flashed it about, starting a discussion about teenagers. The image has stayed in my head all this time.
George R.R. Martin: Excerpt from the Winds of Winter.
Now I can stop apologizing for the slowness of Santa Fe’s most-recognized resident ...
Coolist: 17 Best Hiking Boots for Heading Into Thin Air.
I love my Asolo TPS 520 GV boots. Owned ‘em for years, never needed breaking in. And, they have my initials!
Appointments this morn.
Links later on. Trot off to other interesting destinations for a while. Thanks.
Gorgeous day at Pecos yesterday ...
First year in a long while that they haven’t been nipped early by frost. The fragrance is a near-orgasmic pleasure.
SF New Mexican: Were neon green orbs hovering above Santa Fe a UFO?
Hmmmm. On an afternoon of high winds - note, right after they’d calmed - I saw a dot grow in size. Blacker than black. Moving west to east, about 2500-5000 feet in the air. Never gained or lost altitude - just kept moving East until out of sight. It revolved slowly (not perfectly round). No odd accelerations, no movements that defied physics. Occam’s razor. I’m telling myself it was a black garbage bag caught in laminar airflow overhead. My story, I’m sticking to it.
Atlas Obscura: The Hidden Messages of Colonial Handwriting.
Synchronicity. I’ve been working on my handwriting - printing, first - because notes I’ve left to myself prove to be undecipherable without context. This article makes me feel a little better. My cure - stop slanting, embrace verticality, increase volume of closed loops in characters. And SLOW DOWN. Interestingly, purchasing a Lamy Al-Star (in burnt orange) with an extra-fine nib (I wanted fine, but the stockist was out) forced this change. There’s no unreadability like thin chickenscratch unreadability ... now that I’ve adjusted my technique, I rather like the extra fine nib. Blue ink at the moment, but I suspect black ink will seal the deal for me.
The Millions: Ward Farnsworth Doesn’t Mess Around - On ‘Classical English Metaphor’.
Oh yes. On my reading list!
Suggested new hashtag: #nonumping
As in “No Normalizing Trump.” No Numping. In good Latin terms, “I Nump, you Nump, he/she/it Numps, we Nump, you (pl) Nump, they Nump.”
Gotta head it off at the pass. I’ll start callin’ em out, if everyone’s with me.
Sorry - had to run.
Finished some last changes to a contract before zooming out for a photo gig. Back now. Links will percolate through.
Backup Brain: I’ve had a big secret. Now I’m sharing it.
Tom has stage IV cancer. Read his post, it’s quite eloquent on his feelings about the situation. Given Tom’s preferences, I’ll send him a wish I wish I’d fulfilled for my own father. The night before he died of myelodysplasia/leukemia (we knew it was close, just not THIS close), he’d asked for us to move the television into his room so he could watch his beloved “Law and Order.” We begged off until the next day, because a) it was late and b) we were tired mentally/physically/emotionally and c) it was a bloody huge tube TV with a wooden case. Turns out he passed just before noon the next day, never really becoming conscious except for a few seconds here and there. I will forever rue that choice. Pleasures are few and precious when a life winds down. Tom, I fervently wish (with all the love I can push behind it) you get to drive that Mercedes of yours.
New Republic: How Literature Became Word Perfect.
Don’t forget daisywheels and pin-feed paper! I temped WP for a while in NYC, making $16/18 an hour in 1983, after being injured on a blue-collar job. Weekends were doubletime ($32) and ‘lobster’ was triple ($48). The law firms, Wall Street and news organizations were hard up for trained operators. Check the NY Times want ads on microfilm from the time. ‘Twas great money. I lived high off the hog, even had cars provided to drive me home when working OT. In the process discovered out my affinity for computing ... completely changing my career goals. I not only could use ‘em, I found I could streamline human workflows to make the most out of ‘em. I intrinsically understood their logic; started swapping logic boards to fix broken systems ... learning the operating systems of every unattended computer in any office I frequented. That ultimately proved to be my ticket.
Hmmm. Just remembering the ones I temped on: Singer (!), Xerox, Wang, NEC, DEC, CPT, Tandy, Apple (II, III, Lisa, Mac), IBM PC, Amtext-Jacquard, Jacquard, more. I think what modern historians forget, is that word processing was alive and well long before the personal computer and Mac/Win software. Too many articles only view through a lens of WordStar, WordPerfect, MS Word. The dedicated systems were *much* faster, until the Laserwriters started to pick up speed and were able to be networked. Laserwriter quality became demanded at management level first, the volume-users still depended on daisywheel/pinfeed for at least a couple of years after [dot matrix printers - meh]. The wonderful thing about dedicated (not PC) systems is that they had specific buttons for every function, rather than more cumbersome key-combinations on a “Swiss-Army-Knife” PC. WordStar was legendary for arcane and extensive combos - the joke on Wall Street was that you could tell a WordStar user by the fact they wore sandals to work ... they needed their toes to manage some of the key combos. And no temp agency held you to the 25-WPM requirement if you claimed to be able to temp on WordStar. *Any* WPM was considered ‘good enough’ to send out to a job.
I still wish for a configurable, modular keyboard setup. One for Photoshop, one for FCPX, etc. etc.
Autoweek: Planes of Fame photo gallery.
Omigod, omigod. Just about every plane I ever built as a plastic model kit when I was a kid. *fainting*
Techdirt: The Chilling Effect Of Mass Surveillance Quantified.
“A study from PEN America writers found that 1 in 6 writers had curbed their content out of fear of surveillance and showed that writers are ‘not only overwhelmingly worried about government surveillance, but are engaging in self-censorship as a result.’” Hell, I know I’m thinking twice, thrice before posting certain phrases for fear of misunderstanding.
One sentence equivalent articles.
I’m running into more and more lengthy ‘preach’ pieces ... you know, the old ‘best practices’ articles ... ones that run hundreds, even thousands of words long. And in each and every case, they could be communicated in one (admitted compound, but quickly-understood) sentence.
I’m reminded of a quote from Fowles’ The Magus: “Why should I struggle through hundreds of pages of fabrication to reach half a dozen very little truths?”
AuthorityNutrition: Are Oats and Oatmeal Gluten-Free?
They are, but cross-contamination is a huge problem. I eat oats only when I know I can ‘take a chance’ with my health.
I’ll take the opportunity to interject another interesting cross-contamination source. Coffee. I bought some mass market coldbrew coffee, and had some problems. I chalked it up to acidity (even though cold brew is supposed to be lower), kept drinking, and had worse problems. Doing research (I’m SO sick of researching things) ... coffee in America is of course not subject to cross-contamination in general. It’s the source countries. They use the same trucks for the coffee harvest that they use for hauling wheat and other grains. So some, especially cheaper coffees, can be significantly contaminated.
Unfortunately, everyone changes their sourcing all the time. I stick with one brand until symptoms start, and then start gently trialing others.
Celiac/gluten issues blow the big one. I hate it.
SF New Mexican: La Farge library running out of time.
Closing La Farge would be a terrible shame. Hope they can find a new location, rather than just shut it down. It’s the most convenient full-service library to Eldorado. Our little Vista Grande Library is wonderful, but they don’t have the selection the main Santa Fe library system has. I can call and reserve a book, pick it up the next day on the same run I make to check the PO box.
NY Times: U.S.-Mexico Teamwork Where the Rio Grande Is but a Ribbon.
Oh, I remember the river-choking effects of cane down on the Rio. Try clambering back through it after swimming to Mexico ...