Recommended reading

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πŸ’» My wife and I never would have used Airbnb were it not for COVID. We liked hotels just fine. But Airbnb lets us rent apartments with full kitchens so we don’t have to eat out, and no mingling with possibly infected people in lobbies and hallways. Apparently, lots and lots of people have noticed the same thing. Scott Galloway says this is Airbnb’s moment in the sun, and the markets have taken notice. Read AirbnBaller

Barn at Windswept Farm
Canon PowerShot S95, 2020

πŸ’» Ryan Moulton writes about the fragile nature of abundance by looking at clams and crabs on the beach. He then applies this thinking to Silicon Valley, a place that, until COVID, seemed to have endless abundance. Read Abundance

πŸ’» Disney reorganized this week. Ben Thompson, in a dense article worth picking your way through, explains why their new organization around integrating their content offerings will drive high margins. It’s a much more attractive business than that of any aggregator (cough, Facebook, cough, Google). Read Disney and Integrators Versus Aggregators

πŸ“· Some of the world’s best photographers used one camera and one lens for most of their work, Dave Jenkins reminds us. Not that it isn’t fun to buy new gear! Read The Underequipped Photographer

πŸ“· Alyssa Chiarello had that Kodak Brownie Hawkeye for a long time before shooting it. She even developed the film she found inside. Read Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Camera

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8 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. yuri rasin Avatar

    Thanks for the links! I resonate with Dave Jenkins post. I’m a very underequipped photographer ha and I like it!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve always been overequipped! I’m close to having that rectified.

  2. Dave Jenkins Avatar

    Thanks for linking to my blog, Jim. You are not overequipped for what you do, because using old, mostly film cameras is a big part of the fun for you. It’s all harmless fun, so each of us should do what he enjoys and use whatever equipment enables one to accomplish one’s goals in photography, whatever they may be.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Great point, Dave! Thank you.

  3. tbm3fan Avatar

    I remember when the Santa Clara Valley was mainly middle class homes and orchards. My father’s company had a canning plant in Sunnyvale through the end of the 70s. The place was nice really nice. Of course there was Farichild but there was also HP and probably most important of all there was Stanford. Lots of stuff came out of Stanford in the 80s and 90s and they all wanted to stay right where they were. Then the venture capital firms set themselves not far from Stanford. Soon every start up came to the Valley looking for funding and mostly they all stayed.To top it off Steve Jobs happened to live there to light the fuse. Why couldn’t he have lived in Alabama???

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Interesting perspective. And to think I complain about the urbanization of Hamilton County. That’s nothing compared to what happened out there where you are.

  4. Peggy Avatar

    I have used Airbnb a few times recently. I do like that I can book a whole apartment. That way my father and I can have a room each and I don’t have to listen to his snoring….or him mine.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s helpful! My wife and I both snore but for obvious reasons we want to share a bed so we just deal with it.

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