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Straight-out-of-camera ephemerality

Not too long ago Luke posted a link to this thing about how "the raw vs. jpeg debate needs to end." I don't think it's a great piece in part because it doesn't really do justice to Team Raw and in part because I'm a human being and frequently fall prey to informal fallacies, such as the one that leads me to say, "of course some guy who sells 'recipes' that make your photos irrecoverable if you ever decide that a caricature of 'the film look' was a bad artistic choice thinks it's insulting to tell people otherwise." "It is difficult...

SmallRig X-T5 Grip (and the Nikon Zf, kind of)

I got the SmallRig grip for my X-T5. I didn't realize they'd toss in a little red shutter button, but they did and it's a fine replacement for the one I had. The grip itself is nice! It's got a good rubbery texture, installs easily, doesn't interfere with the card or battery openings, and provides a way to add an Arca plate. It doesn't really disrupt the fundamental look of the camera in exchange for surer carry and better feel in the hand. I learned about it when I was, er, reading about the Nikon Zf, which is their full-frame Z-series...

The XF35/1.4

The Fujifilm XF35/1.4 was the first lens I bought for my X-T2 in 2016. I love it. I think most Fuji people do. In Portland, it's a six-months-out-of-the-year lens because it's not weather sealed, so I bought the "Fujicron" XF35/2.0 that winter, even though it is not the same at all.  I have the matching trio of 23mm's, too: The original f1.4, the Fujicron f2, and weather-sealed neo-1.4.  I've been in a slump with photography for a few months. Just not many changes of scenery, or traveling to familiar places, or feeling in a small rut. I did a little retail...

Civil War

People really want there to be some sort of ideological angle they can tease out of it, and some reviewers get irritated that it "won't take sides" or something like that. It would have been less effective if it had given into that impulse. Those same people would probably tell me it ended up being less effective by going about things the way it does.  Which, well, I went to see the movie Alex Garland wanted to show me, I think I saw that movie, and I think it did what he wanted. He  did not seem to want to tee...

Five Tracks for a 5k

Heading into the final weeks of the C25k plan, getting the music dialed in has helped. Nothing too uptempo. This initial list is working pretty well: 1. I Have Seen (Zero 7) 2. Eminence Front (The Who) 3. Stoner Girl (Machine Love) 4. Futterman's Rule (Beastie Boys) 5. Push th' Little Daisies (Ween) Other stuff from the list in case something doesn't land right: • We Tryin' to Stay Alive (Wyclef Jean) • Vicious Battle Raps (Abdominal) • Nail It Down (Meat Puppets) • Baba O'Riley (The Who) • Metronomic Underground (Stereolab) • Dry the Rain (Beta Band, bonus) It makes...

What's working class?

If someone pays you a wage—if you sell your time for money—you're working class. Applications, in terms of my taxonomy of peeves: • The idea of "elites" as "people who live on the coast and have college degrees." That is the word "elite" doing some work to describe assorted socioeconomic resentments. If you have a four-year degree and a boss, you are still working class.  • The idea that the Republican Party "understands the working class." That is the phrase "working class" being used to describe a particular demographic within the working class, and poorly at that. What the Republican Party...

Finished a Dune re-read

Dune 2 caused me to go back and re-read the novel. I don’t know how many times this is. Well north of a dozen. Maybe north of two dozen.  It’s one of those things I like to go back to now and then because it left such a big impression on seventh grade me that each re-read is a chance to see what comes up this time. Things that  seemed very profound  seem less so, and things I had no way of understanding jump out at me.  It’s been fashionable to trash-talk the book, and that’s fine. Most of the time...

You people are gonna make yourselves sick

Another day, another campaign ad from a backwater district in a red state using the language of disgust and outrage toward Donald Trump to ask for money. Like, literally just "Donald Trump sucks, vote for me." Not even "my opponent approves of Donald Trump." The "disgust" language probably should be disturbing, because when it was primarily a rhetorical tic of reactionaries, we were  told it was a fascist tell: That good progressives don't use words like "disgusting" because that's trafficking in reactionary, eliminationist sentiment. Now it's just another day in my inbox.  But it's not disturbing because it's just more output...

Star Wars Provokes an Early-Life Crisis (1996)

I dug out the Wayback archive of an old personal site that contained, in turn, a collection of things I rescued from my original GeoCities page. I started that page from my barracks room in Ft. Bragg using a WebTV with a wireless keyboard. It sort of bookends this anecdote, given I wrote it some time in February of 1997. I had about 10 months left in my enlistment at this point. I went to see Star Wars today. Like about every other person who saw it with me it was the first time in 20 years I'd seen it in...

Soup sandwich

Drill sergeants were fond of calling people and events "a soup sandwich." "You're a soup sandwich." "Yes, drill sergeant." "Do you even know what a soup sandwich is?" "No, drill sergeant." "See? That's how ate up you are ... you don't even know what you are." "Ate up" is another one they liked, and Urban Dictionary is correct to link the phrases. One last digression: Drill sergeants also practice a kind of kabalistic numerology, sometimes telling people they're "eleven up and three down: EIGHT UP". Anyhow, I'm feeling like a soup sandwich. I described something to Ed as "the core of...