My youngest son graduates college today. Congratulations, Garrett!
💻 If you keep waiting for everything to be just right before you do the things you want to do, you will never do them. Conditions are never perfect, says Cal Newport. Just get on with your life anyway! Read Favorable Conditions Never Come
💻 Paul Hoppe lives in Germany, where vaccination passports are a thing, without which some aspects of normal living are not available. He warns us against restricting rights based on vaccination status. I’m not fully sure where I stand on this issue, but I can’t escape thinking that vaccination passports are the modern equivalent of “may I see your papers.” Read This Is My Vaccine Passport
💻 The Internet is not free, by which I mean without cost. I spend upwards of $500 each year with my domain registrar, my hosting company, and with WordPress just to keep the lights on. Someone’s gotta pay for it. I carry my own costs, but many sites run ads not only as a way of covering costs, but of making a profit. Yet most people hate ads. Jeff Kaufman works on Google’s ad engine and he explains why he does so with a clean conscience. Read Why I Work on Ads
📰 I read a lot of Aaron Renn‘s work and he definitely leans conservative. That’s why it’s remarkable that he pans the standard conservative state-government play of low taxes and light regulation to attract businesses — because it ignores the citizen experience, which gets worse by the day. (Ad alert: you might have to click through an ad to get to the article.) Read Are Red States in Denial About Improving Economic Prospects?
📷 Dave Jenkins found a family snapshot made with Kodak’s cheapest Instamatic camera. Any modern cell phone can do better work, but he’s thrilled to have that memory recorded despite its so-so quality. Read Precious Memories
📷 Now that I scan my own negatives, I value scanner reviews. Bob Janes looks at the Plustek OpticFilm 135i, Plustek’s entry-level 35mm scanner, and compares it to the Minolta ScanDual III. I own a ScanDual II, so this review is all the more relevant to me. Read Plustek OpticFilm 135i 35mm Film Scanner Review
📷 Nikon had Cosina make a couple of its SLRs. The FM10 is probably the most famous, but there was also the FE10, and Mark O’Brien reviews it. Read Nikon FE10 – Hands On Review
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