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Susie Trexler went to visit one of my favorite historic sites, the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, and came back with lovely photographs. Read Views of Lincoln’s Kentucky

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Orange Lambo. Canon AE-1 Program, 50/1.8 Canon FD, Agfa Vista 200 at 100, 2018.

In my line of work (software development) I’ve learned that small teams work better. If you have a lot of people, break them into teams of 4-6, and give each team its own backlog of work. Seth Godin says this is broadly true. Read Big crew/little crew

Mike Johnston considers the slow death of newspapers. It’s not the newspapers themselves that we’ll miss, but the ethical norms and methodologies they solidified in reporting. Read Open Mike: The Death of Newspapers

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Because so many own such capable cameras but lack actual talent, says AEG, much of modern photography is like the junk art of a Starving Artists’ sale. Read Happy Little Photographs

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Me on the Lincoln Highway near Ligonier, IN
Nikon D50, 28-300 mm f/3.5-6.3 Tamron, 2014

Stephen Dowling updates his list of good places for film photographers to share their work. Read Photo sharing for film photographers

A British physician who writes as Dr. Alfred Prunesquallor and currently practices in Africa tells a charming story of a walk through a village in central Kenya. Read Sunday walk in Embu (part 2)

M. B. Henry tells the fascinating story of the mission at Tumacacori, near Phoenix, Arizona. Today, the mission is just a ruin. Read Tumacacori Historic Site – A Step Back in Time

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This is certainly the strangest post I’ve ever shared, this reflection by Ann Althouse on a movie from 1968. She considers its metaphor and structure, and how back then “literary fiction revealed the complexities of the mind of wealthy suburban males.” Read I’m a very special human being. Noble. And splendid.

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Land Rover grille. iPhone 5, 2013

Despite the news stories of security breaches and big companies selling your data, Mark Evanier reminds us that modern technology is mighty darned useful. Read Science Marches On

Dave Kellogg reminds us, when at work, to come right out and directly ask for what we want when making a proposal. Because so many of us never get to the actual thing we are asking for. Read Write Actionable Emails!

I wrote another remembrance of my dad, who was a penny pincher. But I wrote it over at Curbside Classic, the site for old parked cars, because I found a car that was a ringer for one he used to own — one that any miser would be proud to drive. Read CC Capsule: 1986 Ford Escort Pony – The Ultimate Car for the Man Who Hates to Spend Money

I manage software engineers for a living. Actually, I manage managers who mange engineers. Hiring managers is in some ways more challenging than hiring engineers because at least with engineers, you can evaluate their engineering, as it’s a tangible thing. Chelsea Troy offers some great tough questions to ask prospective manager candidates that really get at the depth of their experience. Read Questions for Prospective Managers

Do you ever feel stuck? Unsure how to move forward? Johanna Rothman says you probably have a preferred solution in mind that you can’t have. The first step to moving forward is to let go of your preferred solution. Read How Can You Generate Options When You’re Stuck

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Welcome to May, Roadies! And welcome to my weekly blog roundup.

I am no fan of our current President, but Scott Adams may well have a point that he may have been the right man to have helped broker peace between North and South Korea and reduce the world’s threat from North Korean nukes. Adams takes some credit, as well, at which I wrinkle my nose. Read My North Korea Blog Posts – Indexed for Historians

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Kodak EasyShare Z730 Zoom, 2008

Stephen Dowling shares the 20 film-photography blogs he finds to be essential. I’m delighted that this blog made his list! Read Film photography blogs to follow

I’ve flirted with processing my own film for years, but keep not doing it because I don’t feel like I can make the time for it. Ivan Pilov felt the same way until he moved to a place with no local labs and had to process his own. He says he adapted so easily that he wishes now he’d started years ago. Read How moving to a place with no film supplies made me a better film photographer

This is just the kind of writing about photography that I aspire to, this wonderful memoir Jeb Inge wrote about taking his Nikon F100 to the American West before he moved permanently from the East Coast to Germany. In it he also compares the Nikon N90s to the F100 and calls the F100 the winner, which only makes me want one now because I love my N90s (which gets its Operation Thin the Herd treatment soon). Read Capturing the American West with a Nikon F100 and Kodak Film

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Is it spring yet, Roadies? Here are this week’s best blog posts:

Ashley Pomeroy shares a thoughtful analysis of why — and why it’s a great used console choice. Read PlayStation 3: The Negative Influence of Externalities

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Canon PowerShot S95, 2012

They’re sisters, the two women in the photograph. Katherine Griffiths analyzes all the clues that make her sure of it. Read Two Sisters, Two Friends

Ming Thien considers creativity, and how it can meaningfully exist without plenty of support of several kinds. Read Creativity by the yard

In this age of large Web sites with lots of users, it’s easy to forget (and Anil Dash reminds us) that the Web was meant to be lots of little sites owned by people like you and me. Read The Missing Building Blocks of the Web

Part-time pilot Philip Greenspun tells how the pilots on the Southwest flight with the exploded engine trained for this very scenario so much they should have been able to handle it with their eyes closed. It was the flight attendants who would have been unprepared for what happened. Read Southwest 1380: Think about the flight attendants

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My blog roundup returns after a one-week hiatus! Here are the posts I liked best this week.

Moni Smith bought some jeans. And a T-shirt. And, to some extent, the ability to feel good about herself. Read I want a pair of jeans that don’t make me feel bad about myself

I’ve followed NYC photographer Dave Beckerman‘s blog for some years now but only just learned that he’s suffered from Crohn’s disease for more than 30 years. He writes about his recent experience with the disease. Read My Life During the Last Two Years

Ken Levine writes about the time he was burned out — and how a new job was all it took to get his creative juices flowing again. Read The time I thought my career was over

Life sure can be disappointing. Fred Wilson says it’s just part of the human condition — but we should always look for the next thing to be excited about anyway. Read Expectation and Disappointment

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