A little more ridiculousness - Paul Ford

Paul Ford, Vergecast:

So it’s getting cheaper to do more, but it is not an environment that rewards the vast and ridiculous creativity that we saw in the early days. I think it would. I think that just a little more ridiculousness would be welcomed because it’s very inexpensive to be ridiculous at scale.

I, for one, would welcome a little more ridiculousness.

Leica M4 is out of storage

Finally, I’ve gotten my beloved Leica M4 out of storage. It’s been in a case in my basement since last year’s move and that’s a shame.

Figure 1: Leica M4 with Voightlander 35mm f2.5 Color Skopar

Figure 1: Leica M4 with Voightlander 35mm f2.5 Color Skopar

The camera was made in 1966 and I bought it in 2009. It’s seen regular, if sporadic, use since then. I think it’s beautiful, and I especially like that it has the M3-style levers.

I have the tiny and terrific Voightlander 35mm Color Skopar on it. That lens is almost too small, but it makes fine images and was inexpensive.

It feels good to be using this setup again. I’ll run a few rolls through it and see if I still become fatigued shooting with no meter at all.

I still like using ox-hugo

I’m still using ox-hugo for publishing with Hugo. I like writing in org-mode. I also like that my entire site can be in a single text file. It’s clever enough to be helpful, but not so clever that it feels like magic.

Here’s a current screenshot.

The web without the web

Laura on dev.to:

The designer that knows CSS can’t update some colours in GitHub without breaking half of the tests. The Product manager can’t replace a bunch of words in a page without figuring out the PropTypes of the map component. The accessibility expert can’t replace divs with buttons because the visual regression testing says that Opera mini in Windows Phone 6.5 renders a border about them and we can’t merge changes until it all goes green. The frontend dev can’t implement an accordion (honestly, that one might be for the best) because the guy who’s super into types won’t let her store state outside of redux.

In elevating frontend to the land of Serious Code we have not just made things incredibly over-engineered but we have also set fire to all the ladders that we used to get up here in the first place.

I don’t mean to continue coming off as an old curmudgeon that can’t keep up, but I worry that the way we’re building the web these days is bad for some portion of our future.

(via @baldure)

Book: Armada by Ernest Cline πŸ“š

ArmadaArmada by Ernest Cline
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was fine. More like “Ready Player Six”, I’d say.

I enjoy the occasional pop culture reference, but good lord that was a lot of them.

I knew I was in trouble when, as soon as he met a girl, I said to myself, “How much you bet he accidentally says something clever and they kiss before the day is out.”, and whaddaya know. Of course that’s what happened.

Also, “The Last Starfighter” and “Enders Game” did this already, and arguably better. Still, it was a quick, mildly entertaining read.


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Book: Space Opera, by Catherynne Valente πŸ“š

Space OperaSpace Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I imagine Catherynne Valente thought to herself…

“I think I’ll write something sort of like Douglas Adams, but with MORE!”

If you throw a lot of words at me, all trying to be super funny, a few of them will land. But when you do it in every single sentence with no guidance at all from an actual plot or characters, it becomes exhausting. So exhausting, in fact, that I stopped reading about 2/3rds of the way through.

In My (Peak Design 5L Sling) Bag

Here’s a snap of today’s all-analog combo in the Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L.

  • Fuji Instax Square camera
  • Leica M6 w/50mm Summicron
  • Film for both

I love this bag. I wish that the clever strap adjustment mechanism worked more easily, but otherwise, for carrying a small camera and accessories it’s nearly perfect.