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*** May 2022
**** DONE Thursday, May 12, 2022
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Alice's poop was semi-normal this morning, but the best news is that she slept from 11:00 pm until 5:00 am which means I had five whole hours of uninterrupted sleep. That's not nearly enough sleep, but I'll take it, since I've not had more than two hours at a time since Saturday.

...And thanks for hanging around for my compelling content!

I'm learning that I can totally do without block references. Whodathunk?

**** DONE Wednesday, May 11, 2022
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Good morning. My {{{mark(dog's had diarrhea)}}} for 3 days and that has meant getting up to take her out every 2 or 3 hours which also means that I've gotten almost no decent sleep this week. How's your day going? 💩

Speaking of Alice, I got another yawn shot yesterday.

{{{img(Roll-068_23.jpg, Alice. Leica MP. 50mm Summilux. HP5)}}}

I had a scary issue with [[https://c-command.com/eaglefiler/][EagleFiler]] so I emailed support and in 20 minutes I got a response from [[https://mjtsai.com/blog/][Michael Tsai]] with the solution. This is the great thing about using established, thoughtful, cared for apps.

Nice intro to Hugo: [[https://cloudcannon.com/community/learn/hugo-beginner-tutorial/][Getting set up in Hugo | CloudCannon]]

I've gotten a couple of questions about this blog's theme, so I added some notes to the [[/about/][About page]]

One nice thing about the [[https://leica-camera.com/en-int/photography/cameras/m/m10-r-black][Leica M10-R]] is that when there's a firmware update I don't have to sift through all sorts of video updates to get to the good stuff.

Sure wish Capture One had "Select Subject". Oh, and an ecosystem.

**** DONE Tuesday, May 10, 2022
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It might be time to admit that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon%27s_razor][Hanlon's razor]] is outdated. It probably /is/ malice.

One difference between a tool like {{{mark(Logseq and Org-roam)}}} is that with Logseq, connections just appear and are easy to spot. It makes serendipitous discovery more likely. With Org-roam it feels like I need to go /looking/ for connections. If I need to go looking, the tool is less useful.

I finally cleaned my mouse ([[https://www.logitech.com/en-us/products/mice/mx-master-3.910-005647.html][MX Master 3]]) and my whole world feels better.

I prefer wired devices but I hate wires.

#+begin_quote
Well, having run the full course of so-called success in America, I can say it's just bankruptcy, it's ludicrousy, it's meaningless.

I'll be talking to you know, some girl at Hertz Rent-a-Car, and tell her, "Don't ask me for my autograph, it's meaningless, it doesn't mean anything.""
I tell the Tahitians, "Don't bother with buying that it's not going to make your life better, and don't go where he is going, 'cause I just came from there, and there's nothing there."

You guys sitting with your guitar and your bottle of beer and getting excited about
fish, and sitting and bullshitting on your front porches, that's
about all there is to it. You guys get more laughs per hour than probably anybody else in the world, and what else is there?

Marlin Brando, Co-Evolution Quarterly, Winter 1975. h/t [[https://twitter.com/danklyn/status/1524009368299134978][Dan Klyn]]
#+end_quote


**** DONE Monday, May  9, 2022
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I'm now maintaining {{{mark(two blogs)}}} with identical content. Yes, I know it's stupid. UPDATE: No I'm not.

Installed and configured [MarsEdit 4](https://redsweater.com/marsedit/) but realized that if I'm going to edit posts in one place, and view them in another, I might as well use a static site. (So that's what I did. I moved it all back to Hugo this morning.) Dizzy yet? I am.

The best thing for {{{mark(my mental health)}}} might be to just get away from all of it.
**** DONE Saturday, May  7, 2022
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Trying to make some {{{mark(digital prints)}}} this morning. I wonder if I'll ever get to the point where I don't hate everything about the process. I don't know what's worse, scanning film or digital printing.

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Today I learned that {{{mark(botheration)}}} is an actual word. How fun! I'm officially coining the phrase "Botheration Nation". For what, I don't know. Just read the news, I guess.
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I don't have a job, so Fridays should mean nothing to me, and yet, I'm {{{mark(happy it's Friday)}}}.

Upgraded the {{{mark(Q2 Monochrom to firmware 2.0)}}}, which adds Highlight Weighted Metering. This is great becase the Q2M pretty easily blows highlights and they're unrecoverable. I'd much rather have crunched blacks than blown highlights.

I hate the feeling of {{{mark(needing to be seen)}}}.

I'm confident that {{{mark(we'll solve climate change)}}}. I'm less confident that we'll solve politics. Which means the future remains bleak.

Bringing a film camera "out and about" is less and less enjoyable for me. I'm learning to {{{mark(prefer digital)}}} for the snapshots and save film for specific events. This would all be easier if the MP didn't feel so damn good to simply hold.

I need to get over this...
#+begin_quote
A large part of what makes me prefer film photos is just knowing they’re film photos. That means something to me, and influences how I respond to an image.

Jack Baty, [[http://localhost:1313/2022/comparing-film-and-digital-mom/][Comparing film and digital]]
#+end_quote

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Good morning. It's 4:05 am. Now what?

Renewed my [[https://www.zengobi.com/curio/][Curio]] license, as I always do. It's such a great app for all things visual.

I'm having trouble choosing between [[http://logseq.com][Logseq]] and [[http://orgroam.com][org-roam]] for my "lab notebook".

[[https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/every-bay-area-house-party?s=r][Every Bay Area House Party - by Scott Alexander]]

Want: [[https://www.houndsy.com/products/houndsy-kibble-dispenser][Houndsy Kibble Dispenser]]

This is a dangerous channel for me: [[https://www.youtube.com/c/WristwatchRevival/videos][Wristwatch Revival - YouTube]]. Found via a link on this fascinating page describing how mechanical watches work [[https://ciechanow.ski/mechanical-watch/][Mechanical Watch – Bartosz Ciechanowski]]. (via [[https://daringfireball.net/linked/2022/05/05/how-mechanical-watches-work][Daring Fireball: How Mechanical Watches Work]])

I've been using Logseq regularly for a while now. I prefer their "attitude" to that of the Roam folks. But now with [[https://blog.logseq.com/logseq-raises-4-1m-to-accelerate-growth-of-the-new-world-knowledge-graph/][more VC money]], they're starting to say things like "Accelerate Growth of the New World Knowledge Graph" and it makes me nervous.
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Happy Stupid Pun day!

I am wildly inaccurate most of the time.

#+begin_quote
People...are like nature's apps

Eleanor, "The Good Place"
#+end_quote

Just [[https://github.com/kaushalmodi/ox-hugo/releases/tag/v0.11.0][upgraded ox-hugo with the new toml processing bits]]. Seems to work.

I'd love to see org mode thrive outside of Emacs: [[https://orga.js.org/][Orga | orga.js.org]]

The Bad People keep winning. Why is that?

#+begin_quote
Men make these laws...and they also don't know where a girl pees from

Patricia Lockwood, "No One is Talking About This"
#+end_quote

I started the day in a terrible mood so I distracted myself by spending some time in the darkroom. I feel much better. I've noticed that doesn't happen when using Lightroom.

#+caption: Spent this morning in the darkroom
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Awesome detail:
#+begin_quote
“The keyboard doesn’t have an escape key on purpose because the people down there on the severed floor can’t ever escape,” she said. “It’s subconsciously creating and supporting the world that our story is living in.”

[[https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/04/style/severance-props-catherine-miller.html][Stories Behind Some of the Weird Stuff on ‘Severance’ - The New York Times]]
#+end_quote

[[https://williamkennedy.ninja/javascript/2022/05/03/in-defence-of-the-single-page-application/][In Defence of the Single Page Application | William Kennedy]] heh

**** DONE Tuesday, May  3, 2022
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Still waffling on {{{mark(Hugo vs Ghost)}}}. I spent so much time over the weekend setting up Ghost and migrating content. I like how it looks and I like the editor. I like just dragging images to make galleries or featured images. I like that switching templates is much easier. I like that I get a built-in newsletter engine for free. I like that I can just edit a post in place right in the browser rather than Emacs->Org->Hugo->sync. But, it's not plain text. I can't write in Org-mode/Emacs. I don't understand Ghost templates. Hosting requirements are higher. On top of all that, I feel like a "static website" person, not a "use a CMS" person. I know that's silly, but I can't ignore it.

*UPDATE:* We're back on Hugo for baty.net. I had fun tinkering with Ghost but it just doesn't /feel/ right. (This is me [[https://baty.net/2022/use-what-you-have/][using what I have]])

**** DONE Monday, May  2, 2022
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Now what? I've moved baty.net to Ghost so there's no place for these daily notes. Back to [[https://wiki.baty.net][the wiki]] I guess.



*** April 2022
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I'm hungry.

Contemplating the {{{mark(pros and cons of using ox-hugo)}}} for posting here. [[https://ox-hugo.scripter.co][ox-hugo]] is awesome, but it's yet another layer of abstraction between what I'm typing and what ends up here. I mean, I get to use Org mode for writing, which is great, but Markdown is pretty good for just writing, too. Creating the necessary files/folders for new posts is a no-brainer in ox-hugo, once things are configured. But, how long would it take me to wire up the equivalent with a bit o' lisp and a snippet or two? With ox-hugo, everything is in one big Org file. I love the idea of this, but I don't know how /useful/ it is. Then again, it /works/!. Still noodlin'. Trying to remember to Use What You Have.

I've been using the {{{mark(stacking feature on my macOS desktop)}}} for a couple of weeks and, surprisingly, I don't hate it. I thought I'd hate it, but it's kind of nice having things organized for me. It's not the way /I'd/ normally organize things, but once I just let it do its thing, I stopped worrying about it.'

Moved my theme's git repo to Sourcehut, too. https://git.sr.ht/~jbaty/codeit-theme. It's part of the [[https://sr.ht/~jbaty/baty.net/][baty.net project.]] I have to admit, [[https://sourcehut.org][Sourcehut]] is growing on me.

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Good morning, it's 4:00 am and I'm already back from my walk wtf.

I have a notes.org file with {{{mark(thousands of lines of stuff)}}} I've written down, just in case. I never use it.

#+begin_quote
the smartphone’s fundamental utility, often elaborately concealed under the guise of entertainment or social connection, is the elimination of friction from capitalist exchange.

[[https://gabrielkahane.substack.com/p/in-defense-of-friction?s=r][In Defense of Friction - Gabriel Kahane: Words & Music]]
#+end_quote

New Post: [[https://baty.net/2022/book-logging-in-emacs/][Book logging in Emacs - Jack Baty]]

I want one so badly: [[https://skysedge.com/unsmartphones/RUSP/index.html][Rotary Un-Smartphone]]

This, from Mastodon's dev...
#+begin_quote
Mastodon's monthly active user numbers have risen by 84,579 since the Twitter buyout story broke on Monday

[[https://mastodon.social/@Gargron/108205005223077798][Eugen: "Mastodon's monthly active user numbers have risen…" - Mastodon]]
#+end_quote

...so, as I suspected, almost nobody has left Twitter for Mastodon, if you consider Twitter's 330 Million active users. Measurable but not meaningful.

I made my .doom.d config public, but just to be annoying, it's on Sourcehut: https://git.sr.ht/~jbaty/doom.d

**** DONE Wednesday, April 27, 2022
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It's time for spring, why can't we have spring?

I don't see how [[https://nota.md][Nota]] adds anything that Obsidian doesn't already cover, other than it feels like a good Mac app. That's not trivial, though. Interesting that I can use both interchangeably. For example, I opened Obsidian and it created a daily page for me, which I'm now editing in Nota, since Nota doesn't create daily pages.

Remember [[https://tumblr.com][Tumblr]]? I miss Tumblr... [[https://jackbaty.tumblr.com/][Jack Shares Things]]

Remember [[https://tiddlywiki.com][TiddlyWiki]]? I miss my wiki...[[http://localhost:8080/rudimentarylathe/index.html][Jack Batys Wiki — A sort of Rudimentary Lathe]]

One of the best things I've done recently is to {{{mark(consolidate my domain names)}}}. Everything is under *.baty.net now and it's a relief. On the other hand, consolidating all my sites here as one blog is something I'm less sure about.

Put a new ribbon in the Hermes 3000.

{{{img(NewRibbon.jpg)}}}

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I'm bored with all of this.

So basically [[https://www.zengobi.com/curio/][Curio]] now has a form of {{{mark(transclusion for figures)}}}. That, and file-backed text figures make Curio a sort of visual Roam. [[https://www.zengobi.com/curio/releasenotes/?v=22][Curio 22 Release Notes]]

As an org-mode user, I'm starting to feel isolated. If I don't want to use Emacs or (sort of) Logseq, my "text" files aren't very useful. It makes me {{{mark(miss Markdown a little)}}}.

[[https://www.orgroam.com/][Org-roam]] is clever and helps me stay in Emacs, but it's {{{mark(not as easy or immediately useful)}}} as the more fluid and visual tools like Roam or [[https://logseq.com][Logseq]]. I don't know what to do about this, other than to not use Emacs for my PKM or whatever.

[[https://nota.md/][Nota - Pro notes app designed for local Markdown files.]] Looks and feels quite nice and has an actual Mac menu bar like all Mac-assed apps should. Missing daily notes, though.

#+begin_quote
The speed with which Twitter recedes in your mind will shock you. Like a demon from a folktale, the kind that only gains power when you invite it into your home, the platform loses all its power when that invitation is rescinded.

Robin Sloan, [[https://www.robinsloan.com/lab/lost-thread/][The lost thread]]
#+end_quote

[[https://punchagan.muse-amuse.in/blog/ox-gist/][GitHub Gists from Emacs Orgmode - Noetic Nought]]

Funny: \\
{{{img(LibertariansAreHouseCats.jpg)}}}

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I should really get my shit together.

I'm thinking of {{{mark(changing my complex-as-hell "productivity" system)}}}  with something simpler, like, "Write it down  so you don't forget it. Then do it as soon as you can."

I don't need more software. I {{{mark(need more ideas)}}} and the energy to act on them.

I'm already sick of hearing about {{{mark(people rage-quitting Twitter)}}} because Musk is buying it and /something bad/ might happen because of that. Twitter wasn't great yesterday, so let's see if any of the terrible things actually happen first, /then/ quit.

Ben Thompson can [[https://stratechery.com/2022/beyond-aggregation-amazon-as-a-service/][stop suggesting]] that companies should {{{mark(build out an advertising model)}}} any time. He's smart, and probably right, but it's not /right/ right, know what I mean?

I've made {{{mark(posting to this site)}}} as easy and fluid as I'm capable of but some days it's still too much friction.

**** DONE Sunday, April 24, 2022
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[[https://christiantietze.de/posts/2022/04/emacs-center-window-current-monitor-simplified/][Center Window on the Current Monitor in Emacs, Simplified • Christian Tietze]] /Very/ simplified. Nice.

I spent nearly 4 hours yesterday {{{mark(cleaning up old content)}}} here. Mostly bad image links due to trying to migrate from a half-dozen different WordPress gallery plugins. I think I got most of them. What a pain. Now I remember why I keep promising myself I won't change platforms, again.

This is handy, and comes with SetApp: [[https://textsniper.app/?ref=christiantietze][TextSniper - Capture and extract any text from your Mac's screen | images]]

D'ya ever feel like you {{{mark(need a reboot)}}}? I feel like I need a reboot.

Shot a roll of the new Neopan Acros in the Nikon F100 yesterday. Something doesn't seem right, but I can't put my finger on it (other than the scratches and dust).

{{{img(2022-04-23-0024.jpg, Alice. Nikon F100. Acros 100)}}}

Looking at photos on tiny screens sure papers over a lot of flaws.

Film photo reaction: "Oooh, it's almost in focus, there's not too much motion blur, the grain isn't too rough, and there's only a few dust spots...I love it!"
Digital photo reaction: "It's not perfect, delete it."
**** DONE Saturday, April 23, 2022
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New post: [[/2022/i-need-a-new-scanner/][I need a new film scanner]]

I thought the M10-R would cause me to shoot less film, because it's, you know, a Leica M but digital. Turns out that the {{{mark(Q2 Monochrom is the camera that has been distracting me from film.)}}} I like everything about it.

I wish I would {{{mark(shoot more video)}}}, but I don't enjoy shooting video.

{{{img(20220423-Q1000529.jpg, Today's tool.)}}}

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Jesse Grosjean has {{{mark(a new outliner)}}}. Of course I'm going to give it a go. [[https://www.hogbaysoftware.com/bike/][Bike, from Hog Bay Software]]. However, Jesse's track record for sticking with his apps over the long term is spotty at best, so I don't imagine this will be more than a curiosity for me. I wish him luck with the app, though.

New [[https://psychedelicporncrumpets.bandcamp.com/album/night-gnomes][︎Psychedelic Porn Crumpets]] record today! Getting my dose of fuzzy/garage/prog/psych/pop.

Lately I've found it {{{mark(hard to write actual blog posts)}}}. I don't mind tossing a sentence or two in these daily posts but to actually sit down and put together a coherent set of thoughts has been...elusive.

Here's a {{{mark(photo of Alice)}}} from the latest roll (Tri-X):
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#+begin_quote
To suggest that the worst part of vacationing in a van is sleeping in a van is not fair to the other aspects of the endeavor, which are also all the worst part

[[https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/20/magazine/van-life-dwelling.html][I Lived the #VanLife. It Wasn’t Pretty. - The New York Times]]
#+end_quote

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[[https://techbriefly.com/2022/01/13/9-modern-alternatives-to-classic-linux-commands/][9 Modern Alternatives To Classic Linux Commands | TechBriefly]] I'm not sure how I'll ever change my muscle memory from =cat= to =bat= or =find= to =fd= without using shell aliases, but I've been trying.

New post: [[https://baty.net/2022/searching-org-roam-files/][Searching Org-roam files - Jack Baty]]

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Let's see if I have {{{mark(anything at all to say)}}} today. Doesn't feel like it.

Finished a book...
#+begin_export html
<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53889337-analogia" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Analogia: The Emergence of Technology Beyond Programmable Control" src="https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1591575364l/53889337._SX98_.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53889337-analogia">Analogia: The Emergence of Technology Beyond Programmable Control</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/111356.George_Dyson">George Dyson</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4591917951">3 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
It's as if Neal Stephenson wrote a book about AI without knowing what AI stands for.
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I find [[https://sourcehut.org][Sourcehut]] difficult to parse. I threw a couple of repos up there and it can feel as if they are deliberately obfuscating my project.

#+begin_quote
A search engine... isn’t just a collective model of how we think; increasingly, it /is/ how we think.

George Dyson, [[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53889337-analogia][Analogia]]
#+end_quote

[[https://cusdis.com][cusdis.com]] is down so comments here aren't working. I hate dependencies. (Not that I get any comments, but still.) (UPDATE: Back up at 7:45 am)

My dad built a 10-foot picnic table:
{{{img(Dad.jpg, Dad and the new table he built)}}}

I'm just {{{mark(not thrilled with the Leica M10-R)}}} and I can't figure out why. Maybe because the MP is /perfect/ and the M10-R wants to be an MP?

Preordered: [[https://bookshop.org/books/the-future-is-analog-how-to-create-a-more-human-world/9781541701557][The Future Is Analog: How to Create a More Human World a book by David Sax]]

Considering linking to [[https://glass.photo/jbaty][Jack Baty on Glass]] as my "Photos" link on social media.

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Seems that Github has added a mini Airtable feature called [[https://docs.github.com/en/issues/trying-out-the-new-projects-experience/about-projects][Projects (beta)]]. I don't need that, but I can imagine uses for it.

[[https://wptavern.com/openverse-why-this-project-is-good-for-wordpress-and-the-web][Openverse: Why This Project Is Good for WordPress and the Web – WP Tavern]]. Is it, though? I'm not sure what we need is to make it even easier to add giant, unnecessary, irrelevant images to more blog posts.

I'm once again wondering what real value I get from [[https://micro.blog][Micro.blog]]. I keep renewing my subscription but honestly I could just use Twitter/Mastodon/Tumblr and be fine.

Stop doing Prompt Tweets.

Guido don't mince words:

{{{img(LetWeb3DieInFire.png)}}}

I was an hour and a half into "The Batman" when I realized it was only half over. Decided I didn't need another 90 minutes of dark, wet, and broody so I shut it off.

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The [[https://discourse.doomemacs.org/][Doom Emacs Discourse]] is finally "real". [[https://discourse.doomemacs.org/t/hello-discourse/75/2][Here is the announcement post]]. I hope more projects realize that Discord is not the right tool for anything more than "hanging out".

Finished migrating {{{mark(from DEVONthink into EagleFiler)}}} for my "Filing Cabinet" and "Library" collections.

Just discovered [[https://github.com/dandavison/delta/][delta: A syntax-highlighting pager for git, diff, and grep output]]. Nice.

Hmmm. [[https://twitter.com/aryansawhney17/status/1516025231650947078][Publish Logseq notes as Hugo documents]].

Ben Thompson makes a good argument for something that should never ever happen:

#+begin_quote
A truly open TwitterServiceCo has the potential to be a new protocol for the Internet — the notifications and identity protocol

[[https://stratechery.com/2022/back-to-the-future-of-twitter/?access_token=eyJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiIsImtpZCI6InN0cmF0ZWNoZXJ5LnBhc3Nwb3J0Lm9ubGluZSIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJhdWQiOiJzdHJhdGVjaGVyeS5wYXNzcG9ydC5vbmxpbmUiLCJlbnQiOnsidXJpIjpbImh0dHBzOi8vc3RyYXRlY2hlcnkuY29tLzIwMjIvYmFjay10by10aGUtZnV0dXJlLW9mLXR3aXR0ZXIvIl19LCJleHAiOjE2NTI4ODg0NTUsImlhdCI6MTY1MDI5NjQ1NSwiaXNzIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly9zdHJhdGVjaGVyeS5wYXNzcG9ydC5vbmxpbmUvb2F1dGgiLCJzY29wZSI6ImFydGljbGU6cmVhZCBhc3NldDpyZWFkIGNhdGVnb3J5OnJlYWQiLCJzdWIiOiJXTU5MTEZCZ2g4QXlDQkVjbllxcTVjIiwidXNlIjoiYWNjZXNzIn0.BBejEZlCtLshvDRAf8fWVBdreLXwpPlQ1_kpVOUA9ffBIQHplyjMlY9PMRfHzgccn5AZ68ejd2jspxOkBstbVOYm4G1Iw_Xcko68UTWBJfoB43L9QgnhjPmuUua7gy4I636X29xktZYOpyObO-ah4VIOeC0tkCjtfXQGiRDz8zSglncEj0eG0TIfmQ79qRlZYnY5kuUYMkQzJ-J0hXUeFVqs3DFMQZL_cUpto34u1n2pDQJKF3VDUKlfctEJuDvyiLRKgi10Co7Kty0zGSU-vOauUBMhRYphJ84F3NhCzAQFdZYLfoWWvCX6flIZRSxcysBHIohQBJnBv06u0q2GQQ][Back to the Future of Twitter – Stratechery by Ben Thompson]]
#+end_quote

...because...

#+begin_quote
.. unlike every other protocol, though, this one would be owned by a private company. That would be insanely valuable

Ben Thompson
#+end_quote

Please let's not.

[[https://www.openbb.co/products/terminal][OpenBB Terminal]] is cool. (via [[https://fondoftea.com/#Monday%2C%2018th%20April%2C%202022][Alex]])

Thought I could live without [[https://pilotmoon.com/popclip/][PopClip for Mac]] but nope. Installed.

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I don't see how anyone who has acquired more than a {{{mark(passing familiarity with Org mode)}}} would ever choose to write anything in Markdown. It's not fair that the only real tooling for Org is Emacs.

There's a subtle difference between {{{mark(what I want to say and what I want to share)}}}. The things I want to say but not force on people go here in these daily posts. Shared things go on social media and as posts below.

Toyed with the idea of moving some repos to [[https://sourcehut.org/][sourcehut - the hackers forge]]. The idea is cool, and I love the old-school approach but man what a painful workflow after using Github for years. Not sure I can live like that.

Tell me you left social media without telling me you left social media.

[[https://slowsocial.us/][Slow Social]] seems like an interesting approach. How many people have the mindset for it, though?

I'm inclined to over-think my note taking process, but [[https://sspaeti.com/blog/pkm-workflow-for-a-deeper-life/][this is next level]].

As soon as I load up an article about social networks or productivity or what have you, I search for things like "walled garden" and "dopamine" and if I find any occurrences, I don't feel like I need to bother reading the article because it's almost certainly the same as all the others.
**** DONE Saturday, April 16, 2022
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There are two small man-made ponds in my neighborhood. This morning on my walk, {{{mark(the full moon was reflecting beautifully)}}} off one of them and it was nice.

I've been a [[https://put.io][put.io]] user for 10 years, they tell me. They also, as a thank you, sent me a free year of the 1TB plan. That was nice of them.

I spent six hours this morning working on a {{{mark(custom Emacs config)}}}. From scratch. I copied and pasted some of my stuff from my Doom config, but mostly I opted for the defaults. It was horrible. Nothing works nearly as nicely as the Doom default setup. I mean, not even close. I'm going to continue picking at it, but I think I'm done trying to make it a daily driver.

I love it when nerds question an app's "Business Model" as if they have a clue.

Running the [[https://browser.kagi.com/][Orion Browser by Kagi]] to see how it feels.

Twitter is unusable without [[https://underpassapp.com/tweaks/][Tweaks for Twitter]]

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I started building an emacs config from scratch this morning. I said I was never going to do that again, but here we are.

I should never have {{{mark(sold any of my film cameras)}}}. Especially the Hasselblad 503CXi and the Leica M4. I want them both back but they'd cost too much.

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I never watched "{{{mark(The Sopranos)}}}" in its heyday. I started the first season this week. I can see the appeal, but I don't know if I care enough (after 7 episodes) to spend the time on six seasons of a TV show.

Wanting an app to be basically a wrapper over {{{mark(a set of Markdown files)}}} in a folder is fine, but as a requirement it's a silly place to draw a line.

If I could just agree with myself to {{{mark(use Emacs for most writing and note-taking)}}}, life would be a lot simpler. Even though at times I tire of living in all-text, all-the-time, the alternative of moving stuff around and having to decide where to put things all the time is a terrible way to live.

I hate how being {{{mark(addicted to the computer)}}} makes me feel.

My god we just keep {{{mark(talking about the same things)}}} over and over. Do I need a new community or is this just the world now?

I'm happy to have a {{{mark(place to vent)}}} that doesn't involve bothering everyone on social media platforms all day.

Ordered 900 dog poop bags. There.

If [[https://www.cbr.com/the-kids-in-the-hall-best-characters-debuted-early/][Kids In The Hall]] comes back I'll be so happy.

I just looked up my [[https://c-command.com/eaglefiler/][EagleFiler]] serial number in DEVONthink because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
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Good morning. It's 4:00 am and Alice and I are finished with our walk. Now what?

#+begin_quote
What’s wrong with being ordinary? Where’s the shame in being of use?

[[https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/david-foster-wallace-said-i-spoke-to-him-like-he-was-a-dog/][David Foster Wallace Said I Spoke to Him Like He Was a Dog]]
#+end_quote

Is all that we do is to {{{mark(wring our hands)}}} about algorithms and tracking and "walled gardens" and the same old takes on the same old things for at least the last decade? I, for one, could use less of all of it.

I've changed some colors here. Black and white is "clean" but boring. We'll see how this feels.

#+begin_quote
So much time in one’s cultural life before the digital revolution was spent physically flipping through things: racks of records, CDs, VHS cassettes, DVDs and books. And the very act of doing that would set mental hares running: you’d come away with the fresh desire to watch or listen or read something new. Or something old.

[[https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-lost-art-of-browsing][The lost art of browsing | The Spectator]]
#+end_quote

Well, /of course/ {{{mark(I'm performing here)}}}. But it's a quiet, solitary performance for the actively curious.

One of the things I {{{mark(liked about Roam)}}} was that it was always right there as a pinned tab in my browser. I miss that.

**** DONE Tuesday, April 12, 2022
CLOSED: [2022-04-12 Tue 04:22]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: 2022-04-12-Tuesday
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: 2022-04-12
:EXPORT_HUGO_CUSTOM_FRONT_MATTER: :weather "☀️ Clear +39°F"
:END:

I've {{{mark(added comments here)}}}. Used [[https://cusdis.com/][Cusdis - Lightweight, privacy-first, open-source comment system]]. It was super easy. We'll see how it feels, and if I like it enough once they start charging for the hosted option. I don't think I'm interested in self-hosting. My feelings about comments are usually mixed. I like having them available, but almost no one comments, so it ends up being mostly overhead. Plus, I prefer getting emails from people to drive-by comments.

This Focomat IIc is going to be the death of me. I plan to try and {{{mark(adjust the autofocus mechanism)}}} myself to see if I can get it to focus throught the entire range. I've also ordered a 75 watt bulb to replace the 150W bulb to try and get exposure times up to a workable duration.

{{{img(2022-Roll-62_22.jpg, Focomat IIc. (Leica MP, T-MAX3200))}}}

I was able to {{{mark(replace the screen)}}} on (what will become) my mom's iPhone XR. I bought the repair kit from iFixIt.com for $99. It wasn't terrible, but I wouldn't want to do it every day.

[[https://glass.photo][Glass.photo]] has a web UI now. This makes it much more interesting for me. [[https://glass.photo/jbaty][My profile]].

**** DONE Monday, April 11, 2022
CLOSED: [2022-04-11 Mon 05:08]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: 2022-04-11-Monday
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: 2022-04-11
:EXPORT_HUGO_CUSTOM_FRONT_MATTER: :weather "⛅️ Partly cloudy +50°F "
:END:

I shot a roll with the Hasselblad yesterday. {{{mark(It was disappointing.)}}} I had more trouble than I remember with focusing. And a third of the frames were underexposed. I need more practice. I've now swapped out the split prism focusing screen for the plain matte (Acute Matte D) version. That should help. Here's my favorite from the roll...

{{{img(2022-Roll-64_09.jpg, Mom and her \"butler\" Hasselblad 500C/M.)}}}

It bothers me a little that I don't know {{{mark(how the "image" plugin works)}}} in Hugo. It solves the problem with relative URLs when referencing images when using page bundles, but I don't know how.

I need to learn that when I'm about to take a photo and the light looks boring, {{{mark(the photo will be boring)}}}. Every time.

The things I care about are changing. I {{{mark(care less and less)}}} about the things everyone else seems to cares more and more about. Is it just my usual zagging?

I don't feel much like {{{mark(sitting at the computer)}}} today, but that's probably what I'll do anyway.

I recently considered {{{mark(bulk loading film)}}}, but decided against it. This decision was reinforced today when (re)reading Dante Stella:

#+begin_quote
It is not entirely clear what bulk-loading gets you here – an opportunity for scratched film, the chance to expose a bulk roll while getting into the loader, losing consecutive frame numbers, and ending up with a cassette that is either missing DX codes or pops apart if you drop it. One thing it does not get you is an actual cost advantage, especially after you spend an hour or two cleaning and loading the cassettes for each 100 foot bulk roll.

Dante Stella, [[https://themachineplanet.wordpress.com/2021/03/25/three-tired-tropes-of-analog-photography/][Three tired tropes of analog photography]]
#+end_quote

Finally finished [[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34684622-leonardo-da-vinci][Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson]]. That there is an impressive fella.

So it seems that Jack White is a digital sellout now, eh?

#+begin_quote
All the years of the razor blade editing gets you to a point where I don't want to waste my energy on that when I could put that energy to this now.

Jack White
#+end_quote

I'm growing weary of {{{mark(fighting with the Focomat IIc)}}}. It's such a wonderfully-built contraption that is capable of amazing enlargements, but it's behaving badly. Exposure times are in the 3-8 second range for anything but the densest negatives. What's worse, the autofocus isn't working correctly. Autofocus is kind of the whole point of this thing. I'm starting to think I should find something modern, with readily-available replacement parts. Tired of struggling with this ancient beast.

**** DONE Sunday, April 10, 2022 :@Daily:
CLOSED: [2022-04-10 Sun 05:39]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: 2022-04-10-Sunday
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: 2022-04-10
:EXPORT_HUGO_CUSTOM_FRONT_MATTER: :weather "☀️ Clear +28°F"
:END:

Good morning. After sleeping on the decision to bring my daily notes into the main blog, I don't hate it. I thought I might, but so far it seems like a good move.

{{{img(Garage.jpg, Laughing at the Garage Bar)}}}

{{{img(BottleCaps.jpg, That's a lot of bottle caps. HopCat - Grand Rapids.)}}}

#+begin_quote
This is how NFTs make me feel: like the future is useless but expensive, and world-altering technology is now in the hands of a culture so aesthetically and spiritually impoverished that it should maybe go back to telling stories around the cooking fire for a while, just to remember how to mean something.

@gawker [[https://www.gawker.com/culture/the-future-is-useless-expensive][The Future Is Not Only Useless, It’s Expensive]]
#+end_quote

Blog Post: [[https://baty.net/2022/the-kinds-of-portraits-i-prefer/][The kinds of portraits I prefer…Judith Joy Ross, for example - Jack Baty's Weblog]]

**** DONE Saturday, April  9, 2022 :@Daily:
CLOSED: [2022-04-09 Sat 07:40]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: 2022-04-09-Saturday
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: 2022-04-09
:EXPORT_HUGO_CUSTOM_FRONT_MATTER: :weather "⛅️  Partly cloudy +30°F"
:END:

The concern I have about {{{mark(using Doom Emacs)}}} is that I'm not really learning how to use Emacs, but rather how to use Doom. But damn it's fast and improves just about every aspect of Emacs.

How do I tell Instagram to {{{mark(stop notifying me)}}} that "so-and-so has added to their story"? I want /some/ notifications, just not those.

I took another look at [[https://notion.so][Notion]] and still find it to be an overwrought mess.

I like being able to {{{mark(write in an outline)}}}, but I don't like being /forced/ to. Hence my disillusionment with Roam and Logseq.

Remember when I used to work here? Hell, I /owned/ the place :).

{{{img(2022-Roll-63_15.jpg, Fusionary. (Leica MP))}}}


I did this: [[https://baty.net/2022/bringing-my-daily-posts-here-to-baty.net/][Bringing my Daily posts here to baty.net]].

There's no way I'm going to fall in love with [[https://www.warp.dev/][Warp: The terminal for the 21st century]], because I'm 100% sure they will be charging a subscription at some point and that the one feature I really want will be behind a paywall. Also, having to create and log into an "account" just to use my terminal makes me uncomfortable. Cool app, though.

**** DONE Friday, April  8, 2022 :@Daily:
CLOSED: [2022-04-08 Fri 05:30]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: 2022-04-08-Friday
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: 2022-04-08
:EXPORT_HUGO_CUSTOM_FRONT_MATTER: :weather "🌦 Light rain +37°F"
:END:


Severence is the best thing on TV.

I should take a closer look at [[https://sr.ht/][sourcehut]]

Trying [[https://github.com/jimeh/emacs-builds][jimeh/emacs-builds: Self-contained Emacs.app builds for macOS, with native-compilation support in nightly builds.]] Rather than the emacs-mac package. *UPDATE* Nope, doesn't work yet on M1 Macs.


* Posts
** 2022
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_SECTION: posts/2022
:DIR:  ~/sites/blog/static/img/2022/
:END:
*** May 2022

**** DONE AirPods Max are amazing but I kind of hate them :@Hardware:Apple:
CLOSED: [2022-05-10 Tue 06:50]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: 20220510-airpods-max-are-amazing
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: airpods-max-are-amazing-but-i-kind-of-hate-them
:EXPORT_HUGO_CUSTOM_FRONT_MATTER: :featuredImage Preview.jpg
:END:

I've had a pair of Apple's [[https://www.apple.com/airpods-max/][AirPods Max]] for almost exactly one year. The headphones

#+begin_sidenote
Please don't call them "cans". That's unnecessary insider hoohah.
#+end_sidenote

look nice and sound very good, but I don't enjoy using them. I've been thinking about why that is, and came up with the following list.

*There's no Off button*. I hate this. I don't use them every day, and if I don't remember to either plug them in or put them in the case (for "low power mode" or whatever it is), the batteries are often dead when I go to use them.

*They feel unstable on my head*. I can't figure out what it is about the way the AirPods Max fit, but I find that I'm always aware of them on my head and am constantly adjusting them. Maybe it's because of my giant head, but they aren't as comfortable as they should be.

*They steal audio from the AppleTV.* Occasionally, when my wife is doing a workout using the AppleTV in the next room,  I'll put on the AirPods, and they steal audio from the TV instead of connecting to my Mac, which is right in front of me. I haven't been able to figure out why this happens, but it bugs both of us.

*I  can't stand the clicking sound they make* when moving them around. If the AirPods are folded flat, they bang together when I pick them up and move them around. The sound is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. Why is nobody talking about this?

*The "case" is stupid*. Who approved that thing?

I wish I enjoyed them more. Spatial audio is nice, and the noise canceling works great. They sound really good, too. However, and as much as I hate wires, I find myself plugging in the [[https://en-us.sennheiser.com/high-quality-headphones-around-ear-audio-surround-hd-650][Sennheiser HD 650s]] most of the time instead. The 650s fit perfectly, sound even better, don't need charging, and never do anything wrong.

**** DONE A few photos from Mother's Day :@Photography:Family:
CLOSED: [2022-05-09 Mon 07:40]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: 20220509-a-few-photos-from-mothers-day
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: a-few-photos-from-mothers-day
:EXPORT_HUGO_CUSTOM_FRONT_MATTER: :featuredImage Preview.jpg
:END:

Had brunch at my parent's yesterday to celebrate Mother's Day. It was nice. My mom has been suffering from pain in her leg for a few weeks, but the combination of new meds and time seems to have helped quite a lot. I took the Leica Q2 Monochrom and made a few snaps. Here are my favorites from the day.

{{{img(20220508-L1000084-Edit.jpg, Mom. Leica Q2 Monochrom)}}}
{{{img(20220508-L1000041.jpg, Mom and Dad. Leica Q2 Monochrom)}}}
{{{img(20220508-L1000062.jpg, Mom at the picnic table dad built. Leica Q2 Monochrom)}}}
{{{img(20220508-L1000066.jpg, Mom. Leica Q2 Monochrom)}}}
{{{img(20220508-L1000074.jpg, Doyle. Leica Q2 Monochrom)}}}
{{{img(20220508-L1000083.jpg, Kelly rescuing a worm. Leica Q2 Monochrom)}}}
{{{img(20220508-L1000087.jpg, Picnic table. Leica Q2 Monochrom)}}}

**** DONE Use what you have
CLOSED: [2022-05-02 Mon 05:31]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: 20220502-use-what-you-have
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: use-what-you-have
:END:

I have some pretty nice things. I'm fortunate and have more "stuff" than I could ever need. And yet, it seems as if I'm always buying something new. It's just that I like to try new things, whether it's tools, software, gadgets, or what have you. I want to see what different things feel like to have and use.

{{{img(Garage.jpg, My Dad's Garage - 2022)}}}


The photo above is from my dad's garage, taken this year. I took it because I'm always amazed at how little it changes. My dad rarely buys anything new. He just uses what he has.

Recently, I have been striving to be more like my dad. Whenever I start looking for some new thing to help me do some old thing, I say to myself, "Use what you have!" It's working pretty well. I have not purchased anything new if I already have something similar that will do the job. No gadgets, cameras, pens, notebooks, computers, etc. I already have all those things, and they work great.


*** April 2022
**** DONE Book logging in Emacs :@Emacs:OrgMode:
CLOSED: [2022-04-28 Thu 14:55]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: 20220428-book-logging-in-emacs
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: book-logging-in-emacs
:END:

I've kept a list of books I've read as a plain text (well, technically, Markdown) file for years. I wrote about it [[/2021/book-logging-in-plain-text-2/][here]]. The public version is rendered using Github Pages at [[https://books.baty.net][books.baty.net]].  This is fine, but at some point last year I also started logging books in an Org mode file, just to see how it felt. It felt pretty good!

#+hugo: more

My books.org file is just an outline with some custom properties. An entry looks like this:

#+begin_src org
,** DONE Leonardo da Vinci
CLOSED: [2022-04-11 Mon 11:10]
:PROPERTIES:
:author:  Walter Isaacson
:year:    2017
:name:    Leonardo da Vinci
:url:     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34684622-leonardo-da-vinci
:pages:   600
:rating:  *****
:END:
#+end_src

The outline looks like this:

{{{img(Outline.png)}}}

That's fine, but doesn't show much information other than a short title. That's where Org's [[https://orgmode.org/manual/Column-attributes.html][Column View]] comes in. Column view shows a summary of a set of headings in a customizable view. The setup for mine is this:

=#+columns: %50ITEM(Title) %author(Author) %pages(Pages){+} %8rating=

This sets columns, widths, titles, and even a total of the number of pages (via the ={+}= flag). Then, I have a block which generates and saves the column view for me. Here's that block.

#+begin_src org
,#+BEGIN: columnview :hlines 1 :id global :skip-empty-rows t :indent t :match "-noexport"
,#+END
#+end_src

Pressing =C-c C-c= on that block header generates a nice table view of my book attributes. Here's what the file looks like, including the column block:

{{{img(BooksDotOrg.png, My books.org file)}}}

I like it. It's like a little plain-text database.

I probably won’t bother backfilling it with earlier entries, but I plan to keep it updated from now on. I haven’t yet created any fancy org-mode “Capture templates” because let’s be honest, I don’t finish enough books to benefit from that kind of automation. I simply copy and paste an earlier entry and modify that. Maybe I’ll do something smarter at some point, just for fun.

Org mode is pretty great and can do just about anything.

**** DONE I need a new film scanner :@Photography:
CLOSED: [2022-04-23 Sat 04:24]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: 20220422-i-need-a-new-scanner
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: i-need-a-new-scanner
:END:


My Epson V750 Pro, purchased in 2009, has scanned thousands of rolls of film, slides, and prints. After making strange grinding noises recently, it has finally ground to a halt.

#+hugo: more

Here are the last images it was able to scan from the most recent roll (2022-Roll-066)...

{{{img(Scan1.jpg, Self-portrait (2022))}}}

{{{img(Scan2.jpg, Alice (2022))}}}

So now what? I guess I need a new scanner. I have a PrimeFilm XAs but it's 35mm only and can be quite fidgety to use. And it only does 35mm. I need to scan 35mm, 120, and 4x5 negatives.

I am trying to decide between two options: A new flatbed Epson V850, or a digital camera scanning setup. I already have most of the doo-dads needed for digital camera scanning. I just don't have a feasible digital camera and macro lens up to the task.

I'm leaning toward the Epson V850 flatbed because I'm used to the workflow and, although expensive,  it would be cheaper than buying a new camera setup. On the other hand, I can use the new camera as, you know, a camera too, which would be nice.

It's just that I tried scanning with a digital camera before (Fuji X-T3) and didn't like what it did to the grain. I don't know that a higher-resolution camera and better macro lens would fix it.

What I might do is rent something like a Nikon Z7 and one of their macro lenses for a week and see if I like the results. The Nikon Z is probably what I'd look at if I were interested in a new mirrorless kit for general photography anyway.

I'll let you know how it goes.

**** DONE Searching Org-roam files :@Emacs:
CLOSED: [2022-04-21 Thu 06:16]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: 20220421-searching-org-roam-files
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: searching-org-roam-files
:END:

[[https://www.orgroam.com/][Org-roam]] is "A plain-text personal knowledge management system" using Emacs and Org-mode and I put nearly all my notes in there. While it's easy to find notes in org-roam based on filename, there's no obvious way to search the /contents/ of notes. Weird, right?

#+hugo: more

I could use the default =projectile= search, but my org-roam files live within my main ~/org directory, so the results are littered with all my other org documents. I'd prefer to only search in =~/org/roam=

I use a simple lisp function to help with this. It uses =consult-ripgrep=:

#+begin_src emacs-lisp
(defun jab/search-roam ()
 "Run consult-ripgrep on the org roam directory"
 (interactive)
 (consult-ripgrep org-roam-directory nil))
#+end_src

I added a keybinding for it to my other org-roam bindings:

#+begin_src emacs-lisp
(map!
 "\C-c n f" 'org-roam-node-find
 "s-u" 'org-roam-node-find
 "\C-c n i" 'org-roam-node-insert
 "\C-c n t" 'org-roam-dailies-goto-today
 "\C-c n d" 'org-roam-dailies-capture-today
 "\C-c n c" 'org-roam-capture
 "\C-c n s" 'jab/search-roam               ;; <-- my new keybinding
 "\C-c n l" 'org-roam-buffer-toggle)
#+end_src

Now, with a quick =C-s n s= I can search my org-roam files using the blazingly fast [[https://github.com/BurntSushi/ripgrep][ripgrep]].

If there's a better way to do this, I'm all ears.

**** DONE The West Wing (Show) Productivity System :@Analog:Productivity:Workflow:
CLOSED: [2022-04-12 Tue 14:53]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: 20220412-the-west-wing-productivity-system
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: the-west-wing-productivity-system
:END:

The last time I rewatched "The West Wing" I was once again  impressed by how good people were at their jobs. How /productive/ everyone was. I wondered how /I/ could be that productive.

#+hugo: more

I noticed that the entire process used by the staff seemed to be carrying around folders full of paper and barking things like "Get me the file on senator Jones and the notes from our briefing!" Within minutes they would be perusing a bunch of photos and papers scattered about a desk and they'd develop a plan right then and there. Awesome!

So, I started organizing all of my projects in manilla folders. One folder per project. I called it the "West Wing Productivity System". I'd print meeting notes, mindmaps, emails, etc and put them in the appropriate folder. I kept a single summary sheet clipped to the inside with contact information, summary info, budgets,  etc.

Whenever I needed to work on a project, I'd grab the folder, spread its contents across my desk, and get to work. It was nice knowing where everything was. It was nice being able to see everything at once, if necessary. (I had a big desk).

On the other hand, it was a pain when I needed to share something with colleagues. Search kind of sucked. And if I happened to be at home without the proper folder in my bag I was screwed.

It was fun for a while, but this was nearly 10 years ago. I still use folders, just not quite so deliberately.
Just for the hell of it, I've brought back the system for some of my home projects. There's not a lot of risk and I get to shuffle papers around again like I'm Josh's assistant or something.

**** DONE The kinds of portraits I prefer...Judith Joy Ross, for example :@Photography:
CLOSED: [2022-04-10 Sun 10:24]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: 20220410-the-kinds-of-portraits-i-prefer
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: the-kinds-of-portraits-i-prefer
:EXPORT_HUGO_CUSTOM_FRONT_MATTER: :featuredImagePreview Preview.png :featuredImage Featured.png
:END:

I recently read Joe McNally's book, [[https://www.amazon.com/Real-Deal-Field-Working-Photographer/dp/1681988011/][The Real Deal: Field Notes from the Life of a Working Photographer]]. While I found his anecdotes occasionally interesting, I didn't really enjoy the book. I think this was because I don't much care for McNally's photographs. Here's one of his portraits.

{{{img(McnallyPortrait.png, Photo by Joe McNally)}}}

There's no question that McNally is a talented photographer with a powerful work ethic and serious technical skills. His portraits, however, leave me uninspired. You know the style. Creatively lit with a handful of Speedlights, carefully arranged backgrounds or sets, wardrobe and makeup people, etc. The kinds of photos that get a shit ton of likes. This style is not for me.

Now, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Joy_Ross][Judith Joy Ross]], on the other hand, makes deeply moving, personal portraits while wandering around with an 8x10 view camera. I wasn't familiar with her work until recently. I mean, just look at these...

{{{img(JudithJoyRossPortrait.png, Photo by Judith Joy Ross)}}}

{{{img(JudithJoyRossPortrait2.png, Photo by Judith Joy Ross)}}}

{{{img(JudithJoyRossPortrait3.png, Photo by Judith Joy Ross)}}}

Simply fantastic work. I just ordered her new book: [[https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1597115223/][Judith Joy Ross: Photographs 1978–2015]].

**** DONE Bringing my Daily posts here to baty.net :@Meta:Hugo:
CLOSED: [2022-04-09 Sat 11:48]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: 20220409-bringing-my-daily-posts-here-to-baty.net
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: bringing-my-daily-posts-here-to-baty.net
:END:

Now that I've moved my blog back to a static site generated with [[https://gohugo.io][Hugo]], I noticed that I was writing both my [[https://daily.baty.net][Daily notes]] and my blog posts in side-by-side Emacs buffers. It got me thinking about consolidating my sites even further.

#+hugo: more

The challenge was that I didn't want to simply shuffle the daily posts in with the "regular" posts. I wanted a "Daily" section. But, I also wanted today's Daily post to show on the home page, since that's where the action is.

I'm the first to admit the Hugo's templating system is a complete mystery to me. I've been using Hugo for /years/ and I still don't know what gets rendered where or how. I mostly just throw stuff at the wall until something sticks.

After several hours of Google and wild guesses, I've gotten it close enough to publish. You're soaking in it. The home page shows the most recent post in the =/daily/= folder. Then at [[https://baty.net/daily/][baty.net/daily/]] I show a reverse-chronological list of daily posts.

I've added a couple of tweaks. The list of Daily posts differs from the home page in that I display the full posts and not just the "summary". That was surprisingly difficult to wrangle.

I have a new attribute in the front matter, =weather=, which is displayed on daily posts. This lets me display the weather differently from the posts' content. The cool feature here is that I'm adding the weather attribute automatically when creating new posts. I create posts using YA Snippet, which can call custom functions at the time of expansion. Here's my "daily" snippet:

#+begin_src org
  # -*- mode: snippet -*-
  # name: Hugo Daily Post
  # key: daily
  # uuid: daily
  # --
  *** TODO ${1:title} :@Daily:
  :PROPERTIES:
  :EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: `(format-time-string "%Y-%m-%d-%A")`
  :EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
  :EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: `(format-time-string "%Y-%m-%d")`
  :EXPORT_HUGO_CUSTOM_FRONT_MATTER: :weather "`(jab/insert-weather)`"
  :END:

  $0
#+end_src

Note the =:EXPORT_HUGO_CUSTOM_FRONT_MATTER: :weather "`(jab/insert-weather)`"= property. I have a custom function called =jab/insert-weather= which calls the =wttr= service and outputs the current weather conditions. Surrounding the function with backticks causes the function to be evaluated while the snippet is expanded. Neat! Note that I also dynamically generate the filenames based on the current date.

This all means that, in my posts.org file, I can type =daily= and hit tab, enter the title, and I'm ready to publish.

**** DONE Comparing film and digital: Mom :@Photography:Leica:Analog:Film:
CLOSED: [2022-04-07 Thu 06:38]
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_HUGO_BUNDLE: 20220407-comparing-film-and-digital
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: index
:EXPORT_HUGO_SLUG: comparing-film-and-digital-mom
:EXPORT_HUGO_CUSTOM_FRONT_MATTER: :featuredImage Preview.png
:END:

I had lunch with my parents recently and took a few photos with both my film and digital cameras. I shot about the same number of photos with each camera, with close to the same number of "keepers". Which do I prefer?

#+hugo: more

Here I'm showing one of each, digital and film, of my favorite from the visit.

{{{img(MomFilm.jpg, Film: Leica MP (HP5 Plus))}}}

@@html:{{< image src="MomDigital.jpg" caption="Digital: Leica M10-R (B&W conversion in Silver Efex)" >}}@@

I prefer the film image. I manipulated the digital shot in Silver Efex Pro and added a bit of grain to try and get the look I like, but I still prefer the film image.

The difference might be partially due to using the 50mm Summilux on the MP. It's my favorite lens. The digital shot was with the 35mm Summilux. Also a great lens, but lacks that certain "something" of the 50.

I don't think the lens difference explains it, though. A large part of what makes me prefer film photos is just /knowing/ they're film photos. That means something to me, and influences how I respond to an image. One could probably use a decent HP5 preset on that image in Lightroom and I wouldn't be able to tell it from a film photo in a blind test, but I don't view my images that way. I know how they were made, and it matters.

Additionally, I can make beautiful silver gelatin prints of the film photo in my darkroom. That's important, too.

I'll probably always shoot both film and digital, but more often than not I prefer the results I get from film.

**** DONE A new blog just for the hell of it :@Blogging:Hugo:
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Here we are, running the show as a static blog, using Hugo. But why!? I suppose because I was bored and because it's fun.

#+hugo: more

Also because while tinkering with my [[https://notes.baty.net][notes.baty.net]] site I was reminded that I like the "[[https://github.com/jackbaty/CodeIT][CodeIt]]" theme that it uses. I thought I'd see how it felt to create a blog from scratch using my version of that theme. Turns out it felt pretty good, so here we are.

I grew tired of pushing against the weight of WordPress.  The inconvenience of maintaining a static blog seemed like a fair trade. The past couple of days, I have found myself happier dealing with the inconvenience.

**** DONE Some unremarkable pens the Internet made me buy :@Analog:Gear:
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I'm an impressionable young man, and when I notice someone on The Internet raving about something, I want to feel that way, too. I often order whatever that thing is, only to be disappointed. For example, here are a few of the pens I bought after being told how remarkable they are. They're not that remarkable.


* Now
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What I'm doing as of *Tuesday, April  5, 2022*

- Looking for the next phase of my career. Ideas welcome :).
- Reading [[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53733106-no-one-is-talking-about-this][No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood]]

(Thanks to [[https://sive.rs][Derek Sivers]] for the idea of [[https://nownownow.com/about][keeping a /now page]] like this one.)

* About
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#+caption: Your host, Jack Baty
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I used to be a web developer, project manager, and partner at Fusionary Media from 1995 until we sold the company in 2020. I’m currently on a temporary sabbatical. If there’s anything you think I could do for you, let me know. I'm good at process, requirements, documentation, and product/project management.

My favorite hobbies are photography and tinkering on the web.

💌 Reach out via *email*: [[mailto:jack@baty.net][jack@baty.net]]

I maintain a *wiki* at [[https://wiki.baty.net][wiki.baty.net]]

*Do not expect consistency*.

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This site is created with [[https://gohugo.io][Hugo]] using [[https://git.sr.ht/~jbaty/codeit-theme][my fork]] of the [[https://github.com/sunt-programator/CodeIT][CodeIT theme]]. Posts are written in [[https://orgmode.org][Org mode]] and exported to Markdown using [[https://ox-hugo.scripter.co][ox-hugo]].


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