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Jack Baty – Director of Unspecified Services

Organizing film negatives

I’ve finally taken my film negatives out of the moving boxes and given them proper space on shelves in my office. I don’t know why I bother, since I almost never actually look at them. Maybe I’m just comforted knowing they’re right there. I wish I would have been more consistent in how I’ve filed them over the years. I’ve used hanging folders, individual sleeves, and several different types of binders Currently I’m using binder sleeves with integrated contact sheet holders in archival binders, but things got a bit messy there for a while.

From Netlify to Vercel and Back

Baty.net has been a Hugo-managed static site for a few years now. I’ve been using Netlify for hosting this latest iteration, but I thought I’d give Vercel (formerly Zeit) a try. Getting things running with Vercel was simple and worked very well. The site was at least as fast or faster as it was on Netlify. This was encouraging. One downside of these services is that it takes a little time to build and deploy sites.

Moved to hosted comments by Commento

I don’t like having so many subscriptions, but I’m losing interest in maintaining servers and apps, so I’m now using the Commento- hosted version instead of the self-hosted version for comments. I’ve looked at other options but I don’t love any of them, so I’m sticking with Commento for now. My new theme supports it out of the box, so all it took was for me to pay for a subscription and now Commento is managing comments for me for the next year.

Giving up trying to use both Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC

The new Lightroom is too simple, and Capture One Pro is too disconnected from everything, so I want to use Lightroom Classic, which kind of falls in the middle. I love Capture One Pro, but I thought I’d try using Lightroom Classic and set up catalog sync so that the “keepers” end up synced to Lightroom Desktop (or is it “CC” or just “Lightroom” I can never remember?). Anyway, this was supposed to allow me the power of “real” Lightroom (aka Lightroom Classic) along with the convenience of sync-everywhere and editing on mobile.

Processing my org-journal each month

I use org-journal for keeping my personal journal. My first entry was made on December 20, 2016 and I’ve made nearly 600 entries since then1. Most months usually do consist of a couple dozen entries, and it’s important to me that I preserve them. One reason for using a text-based format like Org mode is that it’s portable, flexible, easy to back up, and likely to last a while. Still, I don’t trust anything digital to last forever, so I print my entries each month.

4x5 contact prints on 5x7 paper

I know it’s probably wrong. The whole point of 4x5 film is making giant enlargements. That’s not what I do. I make contact prints from 4x5 negatives onto 5x7 paper. There’s no cropping, and they are sometimes a little crooked, but I love them.

Updates to my ox-hugo publishing setup

My previous post was mostly a way to test updates to how I handle images and publish posts using Org mode and ox-hugo. New posts are created using the following Org mode capture template. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 (with-eval-after-load 'org-capture (defun org-hugo-new-subtree-post-capture-template () "Returns `org-capture'template string for new Hugo post.

RSS and the pleasure of not thinking - Dr. Drang

Dr. Drang: Honestly, it’s the “not thinking” part that’s the best. Over the 35 years I’ve been a computer user, way too much of my time has been spent thinking about the “right” software to buy. Some of this has been forced on me—when an app or service stops working, there’s no way to avoid thinking about the alternatives—but a lot has been self-inflicted. It’s nice to have one part of my computing life that’s stable and should continue to be stable for years to come.

Respecting visual lines in Doom Emacs

When using writing modes such as Org or Markdown in Emacs, I use visual-line-mode and prefer that vertical movements (using j & k) operate via visual lines and not logical ones. This does not seem to be the default behavior of Doom Emacs. Of course there’s a setting for this and of course I needed to look it up; evil-respect-visual-line-mode. I tried adding the following to my config.el… (setq evil-respect-visual-line-mode t)

Neglected Tools

Neglected tools on my desk One down side of my love for tools and toys is that I can’t use them all at once. In fact, some don’t get used for weeks or months at a time and that’s a shame. My paper notebooks and fine pens have languished while I’ve been amusing myself with Roam. My favorite typewriter hasn’t annoyed my family with it’s slapping sounds for months.