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.
Atlas Obscura: For Sale - Solar Panels at IKEA.
“There is no word as to whether IKEA will bring their solar initiative to the United States or elsewhere, but there is no telling how much energy costs could be lowered by creating solar powered bachelor pads the world over.” As I’ve highlighted before, if you cannot afford a whole-house makeover, a room-at-a-time is less costly in the short term (though more expensive in the long run).
Engadget: Hover Camera is a safe and foldable drone that follows you.
Yeah, I’m really looking forward to a future of dishwasher racks overpopulating the ozone.
CJR: For enthusiast media, ethics can be costly.
I got a snort out of this, at least: “The profile suggests a readership of fewer aspiring Olympians than what cyclists call M.A.M.I.Ls, or ‘Middle-Aged Men in Lycra.’”
Valet: Spring Buying Planner - The Four Shorts You Want for Warm Weather.
Because every male needs some hideously embarrassing shorts to roll out on occasion.
Anandtech: Drobo 5D with BeyondRAID - Protected Direct-Attached Storage Made Simple.
They seem so simple and wonderful. But. More than one person has complained about this: “One of the main disadvantages of this proprietary scheme is that it is impossible for third-party tools to reconstruct data in case of a faulty unit. Unless the user has a standing warranty coverage from Drobo, getting hold of another similar Drobo unit is the only way out.” You need to stay well within warranty.
PDN: What Photographers and Filmmakers Need to Know About Thunderbolt 3.
“Thunderbolt 3 uses a Type C port just like USB Type C. That means, in practice, there’s no physical difference between a Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type C cable and port. And, like USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 has identical plugs on either end of the cable so there’s no longer a ‘right’ way to plug them in.” You mean there’s no longer a ‘wrong’ way to plug them in, hopefully ...