NPR: Bill Cunningham, Iconic ‘New York Times’ Photographer, Dies At 87.
Dangit. RIP. The king of streetstyle photography. I suppose we should be grateful he didn’t have to suffer the aftereffects of the stroke. You will find tons of tributes and other photos of the man on various social channels ... Tumblr, etc.
NY Post: Trump has been giving out fake diamond cuff links for years.
“It’s just very Donald.” Make some hay, Clinton campaign. This one’s been dumped in your lap.
NY Times: F.D.A. Warns Whole Foods on Failure to Address Food Safety Problems.
I’m already buying less there. They’re replacing organic brands I like with their own crummy mass-produced garbage, chocked with sugar.
Autoweek: Riverside Museum cars for sale.
I want that Dan Gurney Eagle #42. What I’d do with it, I have no idea. But it’s a fond memory.
DP Review: KitSplit is a peer-to-peer rental service for camera equipment.
NY Times: AR-15 Rifles Are Beloved, Reviled and a Common Element in Mass Shootings.
“‘Many of the new shooters attracted to tactical guns for their first firearms purchase will think that they know guns because they’ve played a lot of first‐person shooter video games. (snip) Gamers inspired by Call of Duty to purchase their first gun will eventually discover that they have a lot to learn.’ But despite such admonitions, the gun industry has used the popularity of these games to sell its products to ‘a youthful, aggressive, technologically savvy generation’ ...” Yep, it’s all harmless, right? Video games, assault rifles, the mentalities encouraged ...
Far be it for me to impose my ethics on any of you, but the longer I live, the more I believe that violence should not be recreation. Especially for children. Quote me all the stats you’d like to, I will not yield. In this, I’ll be a stubborn son-of-a-bitch. The above is one of those quotes that simply blows away all the video game/violence stats, because it’s a consequence researchers haven’t noticed.
AppleInsider: Apple preparing changes to MacBook lineup this month.
“While sources couldn’t pin down Apple’s exact plans, it’s believed current MacBook families could see some adjustment by the end of this month, even if it’s just in the form of more aggressive pricing.” Bill, you’re my saviour.
Cool Tools: Crane Bicycle Bell.
Class in brass.
Publishers Weekly: My Very Rough Two Weeks Working for Barnes & Noble.
TWSBI ECO Fountain Pen, Black, F Nib.
Bought this on a friend’s recommendation. Omigod. With Noodler’s Black ink, it’s smooth as butter. Best stainless steel nib I’ve ever used. HIGHLY recommended.
NPR: ‘Sweetbitter’ Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love.
I keep seeing reviews of this book again and again. Either it’s a great book, or someone’s really going out of their way to push this. I mean, it’s coming up in at least a half-dozen feeds in my agg over the last week. When you scan the reviews, the point that stands out: “There’s sex in it.” OK.
ArtDaily: Native Americans step up fight over sacred object auctions.
“Kraus specifically objected to one item in next week’s auction, lot #206 described as a warrior jacket of scalps. ‘In our world, if that’s human remains, you cannot sell human remains. It’s just not the thing to do’ ...” It is wrong, and it should stop.
DP Review: Photo business - the rise and impending fall of social media ‘influencers’.
“The unnamed executive predicts influencers will start to disappear as brands recognize that the value isn’t there. ‘Just because photos look good and have 200,000 followers means nothing.’ While it lasts, it sure seems like a pretty sweet gig.”
Autoweek: Indian cars score zero stars in Global NCAP crash test, with video.
Cut to the chase: Everyone dies.
ArtDaily: Big cat roars as the hammer falls at €7.2 million for the Jaguar C-Type.
*Sigh*. My luck. My favorite model of Jag, priced into the stratosphere. Gorgeous one, too.
Guardian.UK: Books are back. Only the technodazzled thought they would go away.
Abdu: The most intricate deck of cards ever made.
Elegant, but if you’re going to go whole-hog, you need a theme. This sort of touches on Mason imagery; why not go all the way?
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!
Mashable: Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin rocket comes in for a landing in new POV video.
NY Times: ‘Second Skin’ May Reduce Wrinkles, Eyebags, Scientists Say.
“The ‘skin’ can last for more than a day.” Oh, this is going to be lucrative.
Atlas Obscura: Safe Zones For Exchanging Internet Purchases Are Popping Up Around the U.S.
Good idea. I bought a used piece of photo equipment over CompuServe (back in the Stone Age), and met the seller at a rest stop on the southern portion of the NJ Turnpike. Skeevy as all hell - didn’t realize how clandestine it would feel until I actually arrived. Probably considered sexist of me, but for a woman alone - highly unadvisable.
Mashable: Small enough to fit in your pocket, this device can tell if your food is gluten-free.
Expensive, but compared to losing three days of work ... ?
Daily Beast: Does Beyoncé Write Her Own Music? And Does It Really Matter?
“On Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade, already a religious work for its legion of worshippers, that village is populated by dozens of the industry’s most in-demand producers and no less than 72 writers, including James Blake, The Weeknd, Jack White, and, um, Led Zeppelin.” Read it, see what you think.
PDN: Leica Reimagines Digital Rangefinder with the Stripped-Down M-D
No LCD for image review. Interestingly, as I use digitals more, I use the LCD less in landscape photography. I’ve visualized what I want, and I don’t attach a lot of expectations. For portraiture, I use it quite a bit to verify focus.
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.