November 23, 2017

One of too many blogs

I wrote a post about having too many blogs and this here is one of them. I haven’t been using it because, well, I have too many blogs, but I can’t seem to give up on it either. I should probably do something with it, right?

blogging
September 5, 2017

Wonder Woman, 2017 - ★★★½

I keep saying that I’m done with super hero movies, and I keep being wrong. I did enjoy Wonder Woman, but was most interested in the second act. Could have done without the runaway CGI fest that was the ending.

Via: https://letterboxd.com/jackbaty/film/wonder-woman-2017/

film
September 5, 2017

The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, 2016 - ★★★★

An Errol Morris documentary about Elsa Dorfman? Yes please! A lovely film about an affectionate, endearing photographer.

Via: https://letterboxd.com/jackbaty/film/the-b-side-elsa-dorfmans-portrait-photography/

film
September 1, 2017

Setting up a new Mac

Whenever I get a new Mac, I start with a clean install and re-build and re-install everything from scratch. This is decidedly not the easiest path but it’s one that helps me think about what I need and also avoid the cruft accumulated from a year or two of use.

Here is the list of apps I install when setting up a new Mac. The latest of these was in August 2017 when the drive on my iMac died.

That’s about it. It’s always a longer list than I think it’s going to be. Then I end up spending a day tweaking preferences and things like…

  • Make sure all the right dotfiles are symlinked to where I keep them in Dropbox.
  • Configure and make sure my backups are in order.

After this most recent re-install I swore that next time I’ll just use a Time Machine backup. Then again, I say that every time.

apple workflow software
September 1, 2017

A Drastic Keyboard Change

Extended Keyboard II vs Magic KeyboardExtended Keyboard II vs Magic Keyboard

I have always been a keyboard guy. For as long as I can remember, I’ve used big, clicky, important keyboards. The way a keyboard feels and sounds has always been, well, key to my typing enjoyment.

Then along comes the iPad and its Smart Keyboard. Now that I’m spending a great deal of time typing on the little Smart Keyboard, I’m finding that switching between that and my dear old Apple Extended Keyboard II on the desktop is a bit of a shock.

So, continuing my recent trend of making my desktop and mobile experiences as similar as possible, I’ve put a little Apple Magic Keyboard on my desks and retired the big Extended Keyboards. This is a dramatic change for me, but it has brought a few improvements.

  1. I now have way more room on my desks. Just look at the size difference in the above photo.
  2. It frees up a USB port (I charge it using an existing Lightning cable)
  3. It feels similar to the Smart Keyboard, reducing the shock of switching from mobile to desktop
  4. I can finally remap Caps Lock to Control. (The Extended Keyboard’s Caps Lock key physically locks” when pressed.)

The down side is that I’m not sure I’ll ever be as good at typing on this little thing. Also, I’m not used to having no numeric keypad or Home keys, etc. I could get the larger Magic Keyboard with the extra keys but I’m trying to learn to live without them. Plus, how will my coworkers know I’m working if they can’t hear the loud clackity-clack of my keyboard? I’m quite sure they won’t miss it, to be honest.

It’s been a week since switching to the smaller keyboard, and I’m dealing with it, if not yet loving it. Eventually I hope I can learn to enjoy living like this and that the benefits outweigh the feeling that I’m giving up an important part of how I interact with these machines.

apple hardware
August 31, 2017

The Joy of Not Sharing

Gail and I - Manistee (2017)Gail and I - Manistee (2017)

I love sharing my photos. I joined Flickr in 2004 and after that just about every other service imaginable, with Instagram being (reluctantly) the latest.

Box O PrintsBox O Prints

But recently I’m finding a sort of joy in not sharing photos. Specifically, I’ve noticed that I haven’t bothered scanning or posting any of my recent Polaroid or Instax images. They’re instant, analog, and each one is a precious artifact.

I haven’t been deliberately not posting them anywhere, but now that I’ve noticed it I like the idea. It’s surprisingly difficult keeping things to oneself these days, so having this private box of memories feels good.

photography analog social