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Recommended reading

Happy Saturday, Roadies! You know the drill.

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Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK, Fujicolor 200, 2011.

💻 The world may feel chaotic now in the age of Trump and Brexit, but Jeff Minch (writing as “The Big Red Car”) came of age in the late 1960s and, comparing then to now, explains how this chaos ain’t nothing compared to 1969. Read What Chaos?

💻 Facebook is bullish on encryption in its products — making it so they can’t see what you post. Scott Galloway has a chilling take on why this is bad for the entire world. Read Encryption

📷 Olli Thompson shares a solid review of the Yashica MG-1, a 35mm rangefinder that’s sort of the junior partner to the Electro series. Read Yashica MG-1

Last updated on 14 March 2020 by Jim Grey

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5 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Heide says:

    Scott Galloway’s invocation of the U-boats is a chilling example of how encrypted communications can be destructive — and it’s especially apt as Facebook is trying to combat extremism on several fronts. But what do his tearful colleague and the subsequent sleepless night have to do with anything? If you can figure out that connection, please illuminate me. As for The Big Red Car’s take on chaos: YES. My hubby and I have been watching Ken Burns’ Vietnam documentary, and it has been a great-but-sad reminder of a divisiveness that makes today’s political bickering look like a tea party. It gives me hope that there IS a path forward.

    • I think the author was trying to show how inhumanly Facebook leadership has responded to the autrocities aided and abetted by their platform. He could have done a better job of it.

      • Heide says:

        Ah! Thank you, Jim. Well … I’m not going to criticize too much because I’ve written plenty of things also that were perfectly clear (only) in my own mind. Have a wonderful Saturday!

  2. TBM3FAN says:

    My take on Chaos. I don’t have to watch Ken Burn’s show since I was there. I came of draft age in the early 70’s. I lived between Los Angeles, to San Diego, to Berkeley between 1966-1973. I was acutely aware of weekly American casualties. Nothing escaped me back then. However, I knew once out of Vietnam things would settle down. What the author misses in my opinion is that the chaos is of a different flavor now. Today’s chaos is directed at core institutions of the country unlike the late 60s. Breaking down of core institutions is far more dangerous that what occurred during my teen years back in 1969.

    On a lighter note I happen to have an NOS MG-1 complete with box, case, and instructions from back in 2001. At $15 one couldn’t help but add it to a Yashica rangefinder collection. It is a sweet camera.

    • I agree – this is a different chaos. I was young during the end of the Vietnam War but even I remember the decorum of those days, which is lost now.

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