Recommended reading

💻 Daniel Miessler reminds us all why RSS is so awesome. What’s RSS? If you use Feedly to follow blogs, you use RSS. It lets you choose what information sources you follow, rather than whatever Facebook or Twitter push on you. Read It’s Time to Get Back Into RSS

Ferris wheel in the evening sky
Canon PowerShot S95, 2015

💻 M. B. Henry tells the story of the first Ferris wheel, and how George Ferris pushed past every roadblock to see his vision made real. Read The Ferris Wheel — A Guide to Dealing With Naysayers

💻 “One of the reasons I think we’re having such problems with the virus right now is that the economic contract is suspended. And, we haven’t decided about the social contract yet.” Johanna Rothman with a fascinating take on the societal issues around COVID-19. Read When Do We Choose the Social Contract & When Do We Choose the Economic Contract?

💻 Steve Mitchell‘s dad served in Korea — and shot some Kodachrome to prove it. Steve tells some of his dad’s story, and shares incredible scans of his dad’s slides. Read Remembering My Dad

📷 Kevin Lane has started sharing only scans of darkroom prints of his film photographs on his blog. Daggone it, his reasons are super compelling. I’m envious. Read Say “No” To the Scans (But “Yes” To the Prints!) Part One

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10 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. -N- Avatar

    Your “Recommended Reading” is always something I look forward to on Saturday morning! Far better than the daily news.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re welcome!

  2. Marc Beebe Avatar

    Steve Mitchell’s piece really touched a note with me; the similarities between his Dad and my own are striking.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Excellent – makes me extra glad I shared it.

  3. tbm3fan Avatar

    My father was also in Signals but during WWII in the Pacific. Enlisted the day he turned 17 in 1943. Went through New Guinea and the Philppines before Japan and the occupation. He talked about the good things like some great coffee on an LST where a New York friend of his was stationed in Lingayen Gulf. The lice in the only building left standing in Yokohama since it was concrete and stored silk. Accidentally conversing with Gen, Eichelberger, in HQ, about the crappy tasting water before he realized who he was talking to.Getting promoted to SSgt, from Private 1st Class, and when asked why was told because you never complained when sent up palm trees to lay line and the Japanese shooting at you. They always missed. His best friend from Kansas who was a natural with animals, I have a poor jungle picture of the two of them, but who died a gruesome death in the mountains of Leyte. That was the only bad thing he ever said just as I said it. Tomorrow his 11 year old grandson and me will put two flags at his grave in Dixon. Just writing this is hard as he passed last year at 93.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re fortunate your father told you so many good stories! Stories that you get to pass along. I’m sorry that you lost your father so recently. Thank you for sharing all of this here.

  4. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

    I liked the article about RSS. I used Google Reader and then Feedly, but now I subscribe to email alerts directly from websites. If the website doesn’t have that option, I add the link to my bookmarks folder.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I subscribe to so many blogs my email would overflow! That’s the main reason I still use Feedly.

  5. Khürt Williams Avatar

    Hi Jim, we read in small circles. I’m a cyber-secuirty professional and Daniel Miessler’s blog has been in my RSS for several years.

    I never abandoned RSS and used Google Reader as my RSS aggregator for many years. NetNewsWire, an RSS reader that has been around since 2002, was one of the most used app on my Mac in 2006.

    Shortly after Google Reader shutdown in 2013, I ran my own RSS server for a while before settling on the Feedbin service.

    RSS is how I read the web.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve worked 30 years in software development, in testing for a lot of it and now back in engineering. I’ve been on the management side for 23 years.

      I love RSS. I follow a lot of blogs and would hate to subscribe to them all in email. My inbox would blow up! And real emails I care about would be buried.

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