The Surface Book 2 is everything the MacBook Pro should be – Owen Williams

The Surface Book 2 is everything the MacBook Pro should be – Owen Williams:

If, like me, you’re coming from the Macbook Pro with the butterfly keyboard, I promise that typing on this thing is salve for your butterfly-keyboard wounds: it’s got a perfect amount of travel, feels comfortable to use and doesn’t sound like you’re typing on a hollow piece of wood.

Stories like this (long) one by Owen Williams have been around for years, but it sure seems like they’ve been increasing significantly in frequency. My disappointing experiences with the latest MacBook Pro do tend to pique my curiosity about the other options.

Accidentally using WordPress

For the last week or so I’ve been posting to jack.baty.net, a WordPress-managed blog. This wasn’t intentional. I’m supposed to be putting everything on baty.net, which is statically rendered (by Hugo).

I guess I haven’t felt like “writing a blog post”. Instead I felt like posting stuff. WordPress makes everything so easy. Maybe too easy.

I keep threatening to consolidate everything on baty.net but I’m realizing it may never happen. I’ve got baty.net for when I’m slow and serious, and this blog for when I just want to post something.

Emacs from scratch – Huy Tran

Huy Tran

Spacemacs is the first Emacs version I used, so I’m kind of attached to the evil-mode and SPC mnemonic key binding.But I always have a feeling that something is not right, Spacemacs hides a lot of things under the hood, and it loads a lot of stuff that I do not need during the startup.

This is so tempting.

Deciding whether to keep shooting 35mm film

Should I continue shooting 35mm film? I ask myself this question regularly, but never make a decision. Last week I thought I had decided I was going to shoot only medium and large format film, leaving the every day stuff to digital. And I certainly wasn’t going to shoot 35mm color film, since why would I do that if I can’t use it to make darkroom prints?

Then yesterday I went to a pool party and brought the Canon EOS-1v loaded with Portra 400. The 1v is a rugged, fast, weatherproof, professional-level camera. I forget how nice it is to use. I shot a roll of random snapshots, self-processed the roll in the JOBO, and scanned it using the Pakon. It’s really all quite easy when it works.

Thing is, I like the results. I don’t shoot color film often, but now I’m wondering if I should.

I get lazy, so shooting digital entices me. Then I spend some time with film and am immediately reminded that I prefer it.

I just ordered a dozen rolls of Portra 400 in 35mm so I guess that answers the question for now.

 

n-gate’s “Webshit Weekly” is one way to keep up on tech news

n-gate.com,s Webshit weekly.:

Some DIY electronics-repair people write a hit piece about a company that makes difficult-to-repair products. Hackernews can no longer ignore the fact that their favorite computer manufacturer hasn’t manufactured a useful computer in several years, and spends yet another afternoon mourning the death of the person who made the trains run on time. In the end, the consensus is that they’ll only spend a few thousand more dollars on this shit, and if it doesn’t get better, they’ll go buy Macbook clones from Dell instead.

When I’m in the mood for I’m-better-and-smarter-than-you meta-snark, I can always rely on n-gate.

I need dogs

Zim, Katie, and Leeloo (2006)

For many years I had three dogs and it was hectic and messy and awesome. I currently have no dogs and I don’t like it. I need dogs.

 

Leeloo, Jess, Zim, Katie (2009)

 

Leeloo, Zim, Katie, and Jack in car (2012)

 

Leeloo, Jess, Zim, and Katie (2013)

 

Zim, Leeloo, and Katie (2014)

Luminar, Skylum, DAM – Skylum

It’s time: Re-think your post-processing workflow:

Have you ever seen an Apple TV remote? It has three buttons on it. Compare that to the old-fashioned, TV remote with 60 or more buttons. That’s the kind of direction we want to take at Skylum. Simple should remain simple.

I really like Skylar’s Luminar for editing photos and have been eagerly awaiting their DAM solution, but referencing the Apple TV remote in a positive way like that gives me pause. The Apple TV remote sucks. I get their point about simplicity, but simplicity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Adobe is trying the simple route with Lightroom CC and it’s useless to me. On the other hand, Luminar is a pretty simple editor and I find that it works great for many things.

What I want is a solid, full-featured DAM and editor at a reasonable, subscription-less price. I’m cheering for you, Skylum.

Westworld Season 2, aka “Bernard wanders around looking flummoxed”

I’ve given it a few days but I’ve decided that I hated I’m angry with Westworld Season 2.

Bernard’s constant bewilderment aligned nicely with mine. I should have known better, given its dumb-ass messed up timeline and “Lost”-like “Rules, what rules?” behavior.

“You just don’t ‘get’ it!” you say. You’re right, and that’s another reason I hated it. It’s not a mystery, it’s sprawling nonsense. Go ahead, pretend it means something if you want. Pretend the “What does it really mean to be human?” question is deep. I’m past that.

This is what I got out of it:

  • Bernard is confused
  • Dolores is mean to everyone
  • The Man in Black falls for the too-quiet-empty town like 12 times and somehow survives
  • No one can die. Or can they?
  • Ford has a plan, but no one knows what it is and they wouldn’t tell us if they did.

Anyway, can’t wait for Season 3.

 

 

Xah Lee on Frames vs. Window in Emacs – Irreal

Xah Lee on Frames vs. Window in Emacs – Irreal:

Lee’s argument, as I understand it, is that switching between windows in a single frame is suboptimal because various Emacs operations will destroy your windows configuration and using something like winner-mode to restore your window configuration is too much trouble.

I’ve been using a single maximized frame, split into several windows, and I’m frequently frustrated when I trigger some action which fouls up my carefully constructed layout. I’ve tried “layouts” and “winner-mode” and still never feel like I can predict window behavior. Lee’s suggestion to use two frames, side-by-side, has greatly improved the way I feel using Emacs. He’s right, it’s better this way.

Making Larger Darkroom Prints

I made a handfull of 11″ x 14″ darkroom prints last night. Bigger prints are cool, but I never know what to do with them.

Mostly, I print at 5×7. The smaller paper is relatively inexpensive so I don’t freak out every time I waste a sheet (and I waste a lot of sheets). Smaller prints are easy to handle, display, and store.

Still, big prints are fun. I’ve got about 100 sheets sitting in the freezer so I might as well use them up.