Thursday, April 7, 2022

☁️ Overcast +44°F

I deleted PhotoPrism from the Synology. It was chewing up all my (4GB) of RAM and generally causing things to misbehave. I suppose Synology Photos will have to do for now.

I still don’t know the difference between my “Daybook” and “Journal”. I know what I think the difference is, but I get lost in the grey area in the middle. I suppose the Daybook is for things I want to show up in the Agenda on that day. Things for which the date is important.

<span class="figure-number">Figure 1: </span>My dad is back from Florida

Figure 1: My dad is back from Florida

I made some prints this morning. I am trying to make at least one or two 5x7" prints from each roll (in addition to a contact sheet). I’m not fussy about it. I guess at exposure time and print. I only re-print if my guess was horribly wrong. Otherwise, they’re good enough. Anything “special” gets the real treatment by printing an 8x10" print on fiber paper.

I added Plausible analytics to,, and I’m already generating reports using GoAccess for my self-hosted sites, but it’s hard to parse what’s a real “visit” through all that noise. Plausible is great, cheap, and doesn’t track anything other than hits, so it’s pretty privacy-safe.

Upgraded Emacs to 28.1. Here’s a nice summary of changes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

🌫 Haze +47°F

Today, I shall improve something. It doesn’t matter what that something is.

I am considering some form of internet hiatus. Social media, mainly. We all suspect it’s not healthy, but I’m still addicted and feel like a break would do me good. Can I manage to only post on the blogs and only read my (fairly limited) set of RSS feeds? Is that enough?

How many of the super-cool things I can do with Org mode are actually useful and not just super-cool things that I think are super-cool?

I wonder if this is related to the USB ports not working on my LG display? Users Report External Monitor Issues After Updating to macOS Monterey 12.3 - MacRumors. I don’t think so. I unplugged the monitor and plugged it back in and it all works again :).

Mowglii - Itsycal for Mac - Tiny menu bar calendar. Similar to Dato

Great, I thought I’d try PhotoPrism on the Synology so I installed it, pointed it at a few thousand photos, and now it took down the whole synology by chewing through all its memory. Nice.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

🌫 Mist +39°F

Good morning. It’s 4:25 am and I should probably be doing something useful today, but so far it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

So, I replaced with a Hugo-based version of the blog. All the content from the WordPress site has been migrated. Well, most of it. Some formatting got all blowed up. This is why I swore I’d never do it again, but here we are. I just got tired of pushing up against all the stuff that is WordPress. (18 hours later) . I just switched DNS back and forth twice today. I honestly don’t know which site I want to use.

Ordered: The Real Deal: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful of a Life Behind the Camera « Joe McNally Photography

Tried LaunchBar 6 for a minute, just to see what was up, as it’s been years. Nah, back to Raycast.

Sleeve — Now playing on your Desktop

Fixed the issue with ox-hugo failing to export subtrees if the file has org-roam links in it.

I don’t need a “better” terminal but Introducing Warp: The Terminal for the 21st Century | Warp

Monday, April 4, 2022

☁️ Overcast +40°F

I’m feeling the weight of WordPress pushing against the inconvenience of maintaining a static blog. The past couple of days, I have found myself happier dealing with the inconvenience. So, I’ve rebuilt all of using Hugo. Content has been imported and it’s ready to go. All I need to do is sync it up to a virtual host on my VPS and update the DNS. But, I’m going to sit on this a bit to see how I feel. I’d hate for it to just have been my mood this morning.

I read the headlines from the Grammys and didn’t recognize any of the performers mentioned. I’m old and I guess I can officially stop caring about the Grammys.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

🌫 Mist +34°F

the days of usenet, irc, the web…even email (w PGP)…were amazing. centralizing discovery and identity into corporations really damaged the internet.

I realize I’m partially to blame, and regret it.

Jack Dorsey

I’m feeling the need for convenience today. Also feeling very pointy-clicky. This doesn’t bode well for my current setup. It’ll pass.

If I were to be described as a “Man of letters” after I’m gone, I would consider my life to have been a success. I wonder why I’ve not done anything in support of that.

“…takes the biscuit” is a phrase I’m definitely going to be using more.

Friday, April 1, 2022

☁️ Overcast +32°F

I just happened to already be in Emacs so I thought I’d write here for a spell. It’s no joke 😉. Which reminds me that today is the best day to stay off the internet.

I’ve been publishing a few of the notes from my Org-roam database over at just in case they might be useful to someone somewhere. I also like to browse them as decent-looking (read-only) HTML files instead of from within Emacs all the time. I’m using a version of the same “CodeIt” theme I used to use for Ideally I’d list the categories on the home page rather than a list of recent posts, but Hugo’s templating system is completely unfathomable to me so I’m leaving it alone for now. Another thing I’m doing “wrong” is putting the theme’s git repo right in the themes folder. No submodules, no hugo modules. I’m just editing in place. Hell, I might just stop keeping it as a separate repo :).

After I don’t even know how many years, I’ve canceled my Dropbox account

I thought I’d lost my entire archive of posts from the original but accidentally ran into it on Github yesterday. Whew!

Don’t tell anyone, but I’m thinking about selling the M10-R again. That would put me at a 4-month period of buying and selling two of them. I just can’t get over feeling guilty about having so much money tied up in a camera that I’m hardly using. It worries me that something could go wrong with it or it would get broken or stolen and I’d be out all that money. I don’t like feeling this way. Still noodling on it.

You’re you, and your pictures are yours, and what you bring to a photograph is not separate from it.

Your Camera Roll Contains a Masterpiece | The New Yorker

Maccy - macOS clipboard manager

Friday, March 25, 2022

🌨 Light snow +34°F

So far this morning I’ve written notes in Emacs, Roam, TiddlyWiki, and Logseq. JFC what’s wrong with me? This is after spending a good part of the last few days dialing in my Emacs config for capturing, writing, publishing, etc. UWYH (Use What You Have), remember? I do, but I have everything.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

☁️ Overcast +47°F

All of our smoke detectors started chirping at the same time last night. No smoke or fire. After an hour of walking around with that ear-piercing shrill, we noticed water coming out of one of the detectors in the basement. The one directly below the kitchen sink. Leaky garbage disposal. I removed the detector, which had shorted out (causing the ruckus). Turned off the water supply to the sink, and went to bed. Today is garbage disposal replacement day.

The conflict for me happens when I can’t decide if it matters to me how things are done. For example, film photographs mean more to me than digital photographs, so I tend to prefer using film because of how the photos are made. Otherwise, digital gets the job done and is 1,000% easier. Similarly, using Emacs for notes and tasks and blogging is, for me, the correct way to handle things. Plain text, consistent environment, free and open source. On the other hand, using Things and DEVONthink and WordPress sure is pretty and easy.

I updated this site’s RSS feed to only include type “post”. By default everything is included and this meant things like the About page were in the RSS feed.

I used to love programming and computers because I could make them do things. I still probably could, but I no longer know what I want them to do.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

My tendency to write daily posts here vs the wiki is tied to how deep I am into Emacs at the moment. Right now… that’s very deep.

I’ve spent hours configuring my Org-roam setup so I can publish certain notes as a website. It’s so cool, but in the end I’m not sure it offers clear advantages over the wiki other than that I can make some of my roam notes public without needing to rewrite them in TiddlyWiki. WIP is here: Later: now I’ve realized that I can simply add some ox-hugo metadata to any of my Org files and have them publish to this daily notes blog. Like so…

#+hugo_base_dir: ~/sites/
#+hugo_section: ./notes/

Now what!?

<span class="figure-number">Figure 1: </span>Me, at least once a month

Figure 1: Me, at least once a month

Apparently I have too much time on my hands.

I went into the darkroom to test a new safelight bulb and made a handful of 5x7 prints while I was in there. I love real photos. The decision to print a photo automatically makes that photo special.

Ordered a book: No One Is Talking about This - a book by Patricia Lockwood

“Computational Photography” can fuck right off.

Monday, March 7, 2022

☁️ Overcast +35°F

Writing in Emacs is great. Static websites are great. Using Emacs to manage and deal with content for a static website exhausts me eventually. Doesn’t bode well for this site, although it’s probably just my mood today.

I follow Matt Osbourne (aka Mr. Leica) on Flickr because he plays with just about every combination of lens and camera you could think of. Also, the lovely models don’t hurt. Thing is, with all the fuss about camera/lens combinations, all the images look basically the same. The biggest difference is film vs digital but otherwise I’d be hard-pressed to tell one from the other.

You can see below that I’m experimenting with subheadings within daily posts. This is for things that are more than one paragraph of text or text and images. There’s a way to copy a link to the heading, but it only makes sense on an individual day’s page. Not sure if I’ll find it useful, but let’s try it.

You’re not suffering from ‘vicarious trauma’, you’re tweeting in your living room

Silver gelatin fiber prints

I’m not sure darkroom printing on fiber paper is worth the trouble. I love the way fiber prints look and feel, but they take twice as long to develop and an hour to wash, then this happens when they dry.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

🌦 Light rain +54°F

WordPress is fine. Medium is fine. Facebook is fine. Twitter is fine. Mastodon is fine. Your self-hosted static-HTML website is fine. Instagram is fine. A typewriter in your basement is fine. Write wherever you feel like writing. Me? I like writing everywhere. Today, I’m here. Or perhaps more precisely, this morning, I’m here.

There’s nothing like an open Emacs frame narrowed to today’s post here. I write, save, export, and done. Repeat as needed throughout the day.

One day, if I’m lucky, I’ll be busy actually doing something and won’t have time to write here all day.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

☀️ Clear +33°F

I fire up a new post every morning, either here or on the wiki (often in both places) and add to it (them) throughout the day. I don’t really know why. It’s as if I’m worried that I’ll no longer exist if I stop publishing every passing thought.

Friday, March 4, 2022

☀️ Clear +16°F

I spent the morning reassembling the turret on the Focomat IIc, then attempting to print from 6x6 negatives. It’s possible, but far from ideal. The head needs to be too close to the base, making for very short exposures. I’m also struggling with the autofocus mechanism, but that’s probably just me. I think I’ll hold off on 6x6 printing until I have the 100mm lens issue solved for real.

This makes me want to take another swing at Standard Notes: Why so many editors? | Crafting Privacy

Thursday, March 3, 2022

☀️ Clear +20°F

The fact that I often cannot tell the difference between someone being smart and someone trying to sound smart gives you an idea of how smart I am.

I’m now running both Alfred and Raycast at the same time. I’m using Raycast for launching, clipboards, etc. and keeping Alfred running for a couple of workflows and “Universal Actions”. Why not? Although I may decide to reverse their roles at some point.

Monday: Ima use TiddlyWiki for everything!
Tuesday: Logseq! I need to put everything into Logseq!
Wednesday: What was I thinking? Emacs is life!
Thursday: ???

One nice feature of using Hugo for this site is that I haven’t felt a need to futz with it in a while. I just write, save, and type “make deploy”.

I love having a big screen, but hate managing windows. I can’t help but be distracted by background windows so I either fart around moving things to spaces or I hide them. As a test, I’m trying Hazeover (HazeOver: Distraction Dimmer™ for Productivity on Mac) to see if just auto-dimming the unfocused windows will help. Otherwise, I unplug the laptop and use the smaller screen and it’s often a relief.

I find myself withdrawing at a time when I should be participating.

Painting with John is a dumb, silly little miracle of a show and it’s still my favorite thing.

I love this blog and equally.

Looking at my stats. Is this what they mean by “trending”?

You can’t make fun of me if I’m not trying.

Fountain pens > Pencils. But not by as much as I thought.

I think we should all go back to Tumblr and Flickr. Who’s with me!?

I see they’ve kicked DHH off the Railsconf keynote this year. Part of me thinks they should have, because he’s being not just being normally dickish, he’s been loudly and repeatedly wrong about so many things recently. On the other hand, let him talk about Rails. Good grief, he still basically is Rails. I think he’s wrong, not dangerous, sheesh. There’s a difference.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

☀️ Clear +22°F

“Book of Boba Fett” is terrible. He should’ve been left as a cool, mysterious background character.

It seems I’ve settled on as the wiki domain. “” still works, but is discouraged.

Derek Sivers says Write plain text files and I mostly agree with him. Except if the plain text format makes what you’re actually doing more difficult, then don’t. I’d rather have a useful document now even if there’s a chance that one day, maybe, possibly, it could become unreadable. Future-proof-but-shitty is not my first choice.

I’ve modified things so that the home page shows the past 30 days rather than 7. Since there’s no search here yet, I figure CMD-f will let you search the past month. If it’s older than that, it’s probably no longer valid anyway 😆.

I’ve removed Disqus comments from this site. No reason other than it’s overhead I don’t need and I rarely see any comments anyway. Whatzamatta with you people?! Send me an email or something, sheesh.

I don’t usually panic when some random company I use is acquired but goddammit! Bandcamp is Joining Epic Games – Bandcamp Updates. How can that be good? Tell me it can be good. Please?!

It occurs to me that we didn’t name web1 and web2 ahead of time. We just labeled them that later. Now we’re inventing web3 and trying to make everything into that. It’s a bad idea from the start.

Speaking of Web3, there’s now I read How Blogchain is different by capsule on Blogchain and I don’t see how it’s meaningfully better or solves actual problems in any unique way. It’s what, WordPress with backups and a social element? Big whoop.

I don’t want to waste time watching a movie that I don’t like but I have no problem just browsing the trailers for an hour and never watching anything

Simon is right: Don’t default to building an SPA

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Hooboy, it’s March.

Looking at the server analytics (I use GoAccess - Visual Web Log Analyzer) for this site shows that a large majority of “hits” are to the RSS feed. This makes me feel a little bad about posting so much over on the wiki. I know I keep saying that my daily notes are “for me” but that guilt I feel makes me think otherwise.

Oh cool, I posted on my Tumblr this morning.

I put a roll through the IIIC. It was fun. It’s a nice lens.

<span class="figure-number">Figure 1: </span>Self-portrait with Retina IIIC

Figure 1: Self-portrait with Retina IIIC

My subscription to Reid Reviews has expired. I’m off subscriptions right now so I’m not going to renew yet. It’s a great resource, but focuses so much on the micro-differences between lenses and sensors and I’m not really interested in that lately.

Am I thinking about Ukraine? Of course I’m thinking about Ukraine. I’m terrified.

I am, slowly but surely, becoming bored. Not having a job is great, but I’ll need to feel useful eventually.

Monday, February 28, 2022

☀️ Clear +22°F

Good morning. Today should be “finish taxes day” but I hate doing taxes so it may be another “find a new place to blog” and “read about cameras” day.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

☀️ Clear +30°F

Good morning. It’s 4:03 am and I’m already at my desk. Why?

Something cool about Emacs that I tend to forget about is putting code right in my notes and executing it from there. I don’t have to remember commands or switches, because they’re right there. I just hit C-c C-c and the command’s output is rendered right in the file .

I wrote a post about the new IIIC: The Kodak Retina IIIC – Jack Baty

<span class="figure-number">Figure 1: </span>My new 1959 Kodak Retina IIIC

Figure 1: My new 1959 Kodak Retina IIIC

Saturday, February 26, 2022

☁️ Overcast +22°F

It’s cool that I consolidated a bunch of blogs and reorganized my domain names. That meant I could be down to just a couple (few?) sites. Except I don’t enjoy writing in TiddlyWiki nearly as much as I do in Emacs. And this blog looks a lot better than the wiki, so I switched. More in this post .

<span class="figure-number">Figure 1: </span>My favorite drink: The "Ultimate Margharita"

Figure 1: My favorite drink: The “Ultimate Margharita”

I’m going to try setting up the Focomat IIc today. It’s been in storage for a couple of years. I never did get the longer lens mounted properly, so it’s 35mm only for now. I’m hoping I can fit both the IIc and the V35 in at the same time. I’d like to do some side-by-side (condensor vs diffusor head) comparisons. And then eventually figure out the problem with the longer lens so I can also make prints from the Hasselblad (6x6) negatives.

This looks nice for timelines: kochrt/ Make a cascading timeline from markdown-like text.

Half-way into the season and I sti ll don’t give a shit about Boba Fett. It’s cool seeing Tatooine, though.

Monday, February 14, 2022

You may have noticed that I’ve been posting daily notes both here and on the wiki. This is because I like writing in both places and I can’t find a path to choosing one of them. The wiki is just so easy and I like that it’s right next to most of my other notes. When I don’t write here regularly, the rest of the information languishes. It loses its “wikiness”. On the other hand, with I get to write in Emacs using Org-mode and publish a good-looking “normal” blog with RSS feeds and archives and all the other things that I love about blogs. I think that TiddlyWiki is the best long-term answer, but Hugo is what I prefer living with today. Still noodlin’ on it. You may also have noticed that I’ve cross-posted this in both places. Sigh.

<span class="figure-number">Figure 1: </span>I used to be much cooler

Figure 1: I used to be much cooler

I’m having one of those days where every social media post I read is either stupid, self-serving, mean, incorrect, or wildly unnecessary. Makes me happy that I can write that here and keep it mostly to myself.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

🌨 Light snow, mist +13°F

I often feel that I could run my life entirely on paper. Then I remember that this is because there’s nothing much to run.

I would like to declare Sundays to be “Stay Away From Screens Day” but I know me. Also, I’ve been sitting at this screen since 5:00 am with no signs of leaving.

Just write a goddamn blog post instead: MEGATHREAD TIME: In 40 tweets I will …

Browsing through one of my Henri Cartier-Bresson books, the thing that always stands out is that none of his photographs would have been improved by using a high-resolution digital sensor.

RSS Feed update (UPDATE: Never mind)

Update I’ve changed my mind. I keep breaking links and pulling the RSS rug out from everyone. Plus, making all these changes all the time is exhausting. Leaving things as-is here for now.

It’s happening again. I am going to experiment with using the domain for my new blog.

This means that the RSS feed here will change to If you’d like to follow along, this change will take place shortly, so you’ll need to update the URL in your reader. I’ll move this blog to, just in case I want to keep using it.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

☁️ Overcast +22°F

I spent yesterday over at the wiki because I missed how easy it is to post there and how it tied all of my thoughts together so nicely. But, who wants to write in a little HTML text area in a browser all day when I could be in Emacs using Org mode with Vim bindings. Plus, here I have an RSS feed, better archives, and it looks better, IMO. One problem is that with this blog it feels like I’m just throwing everything onto a pile, where in TiddlyWiki it feels organized and linked up nicely right out of the box. The dilemma remains.

It’s unnatural to eat every day

Seems kinda crazy but it’s obviously true

What early human was such a good hunter that they caught prey every 3-4 hours?

When you eat is more important than what you eat

Why do people assume that whatever “early” humans did was somehow more “natural” than what we do today? More likely, it was their only option, and they’d kill to have what we have and would do it our way in a heartbeat. And they’d be better for it.

Thing is, I don’t feel much like capital-B “Blogging” but I do like writing things down, in public. Is there a difference?

Learning how to make custom mattes today:

Sunday, February 6, 2022

☀️ Clear +18°F

I’m tired this morning.

There are several apps that make me never want to leave macOS, and one of those is Curio.

My paper journal morphs regularly, but I’m really liking this most recent layout:

<span class="figure-number">Figure 1: </span>Paper Journal

Figure 1: Paper Journal

I’m feeling a little bored, and after a Hugo hiccup this morning I’m looking longingly at my wiki. Don’t be surprised if some daily posts show up there instead.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

☁️ Overcast +12°F

<span class="figure-number">Figure 1: </span>The last photo I took with the Leica SL2-S

Figure 1: The last photo I took with the Leica SL2-S

My favorite recent system change has been naming files using CamelCase for filenames. snake_case was the worst, but using-hypens-wasn’t-much-better. The easiest combination of typing ease and readability is CamelCase. So from now on it’s PhotoOfMyDog.jpg. OK that’s not true since I also prefix most files with a datestamp. How about 20220205-PhotoOfMyDog.jpg. Keyboard Maestro handles the YYYYMMDD- part so it’s not has painful to type as it looks.

Looking forward to Doom Emacs Discourse opening up. I hate Discord or other “chat” UIs for learning or communication beyond “Hey guys, what’s up?”

I had to update my Leica camera timeline, due to recent events:

<span class="figure-number">Figure 2: </span>Updated Leica Camera Timeline

Figure 2: Updated Leica Camera Timeline

I remain an Apple shareholder. I hope they can fix this. It really needs to be redone from top to bottom. If they can't handle a $1300 sale for a phone and get it delivered without incident in seven days then they should shut down everything until they can do it. Start over. Fire everyone. It's just not worth continuing if this is how you're going to do business.

Right. Apple sells about 500 phones every minute of every day. I don’t think your anecdotal issue with a single iPhone delivery is justification for Apple to “shut down everything”.

I need to reread some of these. What a fun list: Determining the best scifi/fantasy books since 1970 | Medium

When the Goodreads reviews suggest that Vampire Academy (4.11 rating) is better than Fahrenheit 451, it’s time to look elsewhere for our source of truth.

Friday, February 4, 2022

☀️ Clear +5°F

The Leica SL2-S was sold this morning. I was this close to withdrawing it. Too late now, I guess.

I wrote this back in December. Guess what I’m struggling with today:

Today I’m thinking that Logseq offers the best friction to value ratio, while still being local-first and plain text. It’s dead-simple to add notes and offers nice backlinks and graphing. The graph is unnecessary but is a free byproduct, so why not? It beats Roam for privacy, cost, and attitude. It beats TiddlyWiki for ease of use and usefulness outside of the app. Plus, the files are in Org format. What’s not to like?

<span class="figure-number">Figure 1: </span>Back and forth and back again.

Figure 1: Back and forth and back again.

I’ll give up my AirTags due to people abusing them as soon as you give up your guns for the same reason.

Say what you like about the internet, but for a certain class of underemployed male, life has become warmer, and more hygienic.

Nick Hornby, More Baths Less Talking

I’m supposed to be working on my resume but all I’ve done so far is tinker with some LaTeX templates.

I wonder if I’ll ever find a balance between Emacs, Curio, Tinderbox, and DEVONthink. Probably not. I could always just switch to Linux and that problem goes away.