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💻 Especially out West, water supplies are shrinking at a frightening rate. But there sits Chicago, right on the largest source of fresh water in the nation. The city offers outstanding water security. But even the Second City suffers from being in the Midwest with its unexciting reputation. People are far more likely to move to Chicago than to other Midwestern cities — but they don’t move there at nearly the same rates as they do to LA or Phoenix or Austin. Pete Saunders explains. Read Welcome to “Chicagwa”

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Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6 AF Nikkor, 2021

💻 An innocent joke sent Derek Sivers down a rabbit hole that defined his life in some key ways. Read The joke that changed my life

💻 Herman Martinus has journaled every day for six straight years. He describes the many benefits to him of doing that. It’s remarkable to me how much his benefits parallel the benefits I receive from near-daily blogging. Read Observations on 6 years of journaling

📷 When you live in Bavaria, Bavaria is not exotic. But when you live half a world away, it is exotic. It’s even more exotic to Amerikaner like me when you photograph it with an old German leaf-shutter 35mm SLR. Reinhold Graf shares his images. Read A Voigtländer Ultramatic hiking in Bavaria

📷 arh puts the Minolta XG-9 35mm SLR through its paces. He especially likes its large, bright viewfinder. Read The Silky Smooth Minolta XG 9

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10 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. The Ultramatic certainly was a mechanical engineering masterpiece (rat’s nest) when it was designed. Mr. Graf is lucky that his works. Read some of his older articles and you will see that he has the rare 15mm /3.5 SMC Takumar lens, the one you covered a few weeks ago.

  2. Andy Umbo says:

    Interesting take on Chicago and the abundance of water. Ditto for most of Wisconsin. We constantly lose manufacturing facilities that are water dependent to states like Arizona! (This happened not long ago with a computer chip manufacturer). We have plenty of water, and I’m horrified to read stories about how desert states are trying to figure out how to legislate that we give them water! It’s not easy to figure why a point or two in tax differenced, would make you move something to the desert, especially since Wisconsin also has a long history of educated and highly skilled blue collar workers as well. Even if you don’t like the winter, the winters here over the last 40 years have gotten much milder…soo…it’s a “shrug”…

    • Fortunately, there is no chance whatsoever that water will ever be pumped via pipes of culverts from the Lakes to desert states. Think of a nuclear power plant every 200 miles to provide the electrical needs for pumping.

  3. tbm3fan says:

    Funny, as that joke I understood perfectly. I already knew about British Bobbies which is the police part of the joke, the French about food, the organization of the Germans, and mostly the chaos of the Italians and this was before 1976 when I went to Europe for 3 months. Once there all points were absolutely dead on. The British couldn’t cook, while the French certainly could, the Germans were organized and precise, while most all of Italy was chaos. Compare a simple traffic intersection in Rome to Bonn and it is more than night and day then. Also Italy was were I saw Italian men always trying to make the moves on the American girls as you traveled around. Each country was enjoyable in their own right although Italy could be the most taxing in trying to move around the country. Mind you this is 1976.

  4. My journaling is often a stream of consciousness mess but it can help me straighten out my thoughts or even improve my attitude. Sometimes it’s helpful to simply acknowledge the thought or emotion as a step toward moving past it or developing it further.

    Also, I love the concept of Rubber ducking! I used to do this with a coworker when I was in the office. Sometimes when you have an especially complicated task it’s helpful to say the words out loud.

    • Writing things out really does help us make sense of them. The “rubber ducking” idea is A Thing in the software industry; we often to that to work through difficult technical challenges.

      • For me, it’s often when I am writing a feature on a small business and there’s a lot to tell that doesn’t necessarily fit together in a neat story package. It’s a useful tool!

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