Recommended reading

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January and February are the coldest months in Indiana, and on this Saturday we’re about three quarters through. Snuggle in and enjoy this week’s best blog posts.

๐Ÿ’ป Paris streets have seen several protests recently against the Macron government. Photographer Clement Marion has been making stunning photographs of them on black-and-white film. Stephen Dowling interviews Marion and shares several of his photographs. Read One photographer’s atmospheric images of the Paris protests, captured on film

Olympus XA, Fujifilm Superia X-tra 800, 2013.

๐Ÿ’ป I remember when the Internet was young. It was a place where ideas flowed freely, and all at no cost to you beyond whatever your ISP charged for the bandwidth. Fred Wilson remembers it, too, and has some pointed things to say about the state of the paid Internet today. Read The Free And Open Internet

๐Ÿ“ท Semi-pro auto-everything 35mm SLR bodies are available today used at bargain prices. Now is the time to buy them. Many of them, like Nikon’s F100, are truly outstanding cameras. Jeb Inge, writing for Casual Photophile, reviews that particular camera. Read Nikon F100 Review – The Ultimate 35mm Film SLR Value

๐Ÿ“ท Alex Luyckx writes a terrific review of the Kiev 19, a Soviet 35mm SLR. He says such nice things about it that I’m interested in trying one. That’s saying something, as I’ve deliberately stayed away from ex-Commie gear. Read Camera Review Blog No. 102 โ€“ ะšะ˜ะ•ะ’-19

๐Ÿ’ป Fellow roadgeek Richard M. Simpson, III, has started a blog to make permanent the great research he’s done on the Indiana Transportation History group on Facebook. One of his first blog posts is a short history of the U.S. highway system — and how the states actually pay for them. Read US Highways: They are actually State Roads

๐Ÿ“ฐ You might not fully realize how deeply Amazon, Google, and Facebook are rooted in our lives — until you try boycotting one or more of them entirely. If you want to live an Amazon-free life, you might be surprised just how much of the Internet will be unavailable to you. This story on NPR explains. Read Why We Can’t Break Up With Big Tech


7 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Dan James Avatar

    A juicy week Jim, plenty here to get us thinking, thanks!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure as always!

  2. J P Avatar

    Great stuff, as always.

  3. Heide Avatar

    I read that last article on breaking up with big tech with special interest, having just permanently unplugged from Facebook. It’s scary how much information and influence these big tech companies have, and how pervasive they’ve become. Even the article came with an editor’s note: “Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are financial sponsors of NPR.” Can’t help wondering what kind of brave new world we’re creating when everything is literally connected.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I didnโ€™t used to mind this level of connection until it became crystal clear that these companies will stop short of no less than total domination.

  4. TBM3FAN Avatar

    Ex-Commie camera? Well I guess that is one way to put it…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I was just trying to be clever!

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