Recommended reading

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Happy September, Roadies!

๐Ÿ“ฐ Recently I wrote about my 2007 trip down the Dixie Highway (SR 37) from Indy to Bloomington. Writing for National Review, Daniel Lee reflects on this highway, the can-do spirit that created it, and the don’t-you-dare spirit of today. Read Roads to Ruin

Red umbrellas at dusk
Pentax K10D, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC Pentax-DA AL, 2020

๐Ÿ’ป A fact is an objective truth, right? Mike Elias says not so fast: what context was omitted? He says that with facts, context is key. So is your trust in the fact-giver. Read Wittgenstein’s Revenge

๐Ÿ“ท I’ve always thought the Topcon RE Super was a beautifully designed 35mm SLR. Theo Panagopoulos has a review. Read Topcon RE Super

๐Ÿ“ท Alex Luyckx extols the virtues of semi-stand development. I’ve not tried it yet, but Alex’s results make me more willing. Read Stand Development – Magic Bullet or Lazy?

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6 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. J P Avatar

    The piece on facts is particularly interesting.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Isn’t it though? There are people who believe a fact is unassailable, that it is a standard of truth that can’t be argued. I’ve never been sure of that.

  2. J P Avatar

    I have been starting to wonder if this is a side effect of the way science has crowded philosophy out of the popular mind over the past 50-100 years, making us subject to the temptation to treat things as more concrete than they actually are.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You could be right. Interesting take.

      My dad told me as a child that most truth is perspective. If two people on opposite street corners witness an auto accident, he said, they will both likely have different stories about what happened because they saw it from different angles. That’s stuck with me.

  3. tbm3fan Avatar

    I happen to have three Topcons.The RE Suoer, Super D, and D-1 along with the 58, 135, and 200 lenses. The wide angle is hard to find. I bought them all 15 years ago when prices were cheap because now my versions go for close to $200. The actual camera is a true work of art. All mine are fully functional and just plain solid. I’d say more solid that the F2 which I have. Alas they faded away not being helped by the Exakta mount. Nonetheless, they still make optics as I have a Topcon SL-2D slit lamp in my office.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Fascinating. I just had my eyes checked a week ago and had I known I would have looked for a brand on the slit lamp.

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