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πŸ’» Daniel Miessler advises us to associate with people who never give up. Read Associate With Grinders

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πŸ’» Until about 10 years ago, in Detroit there stood a three-story-tall cast-iron stove that wasn’t actually made of iron, but rather of wood. Don Friedman explains why it wouldn’t have worked to make it out of iron. Read Scale Problems Again

πŸ“· Alex Luyckx bought a wee bottle of Adox HR-DEV developer and developed all sorts of black-and-white film in it. Even though this developer was meant for Adox HR-50 film, he got good results with every film he tried. Read Developer Review Blog No. 19 — Adox HR-DEV

πŸ“· I’ve wanted to try the Minolta XD11 for a long time. J Carter did recently, and it was love at first click. Read VMLP 13: The Minolta XD11 — A Love Story…

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πŸ’» An old friend of mine likes to say, “My mind is like a bad neighborhood. You don’t want to go in there alone.” For many of us, we spend a lot of time in our heads, and sometimes that’s not good for us. David Cain offers practical advice for getting our of our heads. Read How to Get Out of Your Own Head

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Canon PowerShot S95, 2018

πŸ’» brandib got go go up in an old biplane recently. She shares some photos from the air, as well as her reflections. Read Deep Thoughts In Flight

πŸ“· One of the great things about the photo blogs I follow is that they show me things I’d never get to see otherwise. Andrew Morang went to Mound, Louisiana and photographed an abandoned school Read The Abandoned School of Mound, Louisiana

πŸ“· Mike Connealy schools us all on how to take a portrait with a view camera. Read Trial Run

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πŸ’» Are you frequently lonely? More people report that they are than ever before. Aaron Renn talks about how men especially find themselves lonely. Read An Army of the Lonely

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Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK. Arista Premium 100, LegacyPro L110 Dilution H (1+63), 2020

πŸ“· Zeiss Ikon viewfinder 35mm cameras from the 1960s are generally delightful to shoot. Mark O’Brien found one I’ve never heard of before. Read Zeiss Ikon Symbolica

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πŸ’» Terence Eden writes about a very strange job he was once offered — to interview for other jobs as a way to shill a product. Read NDA Expired – let’s spill the beans on a weird startup

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Polaroid SX-70, Polaroid Color SX-70 Film, 2020

πŸ’» J. P. Cavanaugh shares a very early clip from The Ed Sullivan Show, with the TV debut of jazz musicians Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson. Read Jazz Connections – Wherein Ed Sullivan, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Frank Sinatra, The Mambo and The FBI All Somehow Meander Into The Presentation of a Single Thirteen Minute 1950 VideoΒ Clip

πŸ’» I wrote an article for Curbside Classic this week, sharing some cars I found parked at my nearby big-box store that are all more than 20 years old. Read CCs Getting Groceries: A Collection Of Old Cars At The Big Box Store

πŸ“· I enjoy Yashica TLRs, so I was happy to see Andy‘s look at the Yashica 635 — a TLR that takes both 120 and 35mm film. Read Yashica 635

πŸ“· I really enjoy my Polaroid SX-70; it’s the only Polaroid camera I’ve kept. (Read my review here.) Mike Eckman wrote his own review of this landmark camera this week. Read Polaroid SX-70

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Canon PowerShot S95, 2018

πŸ’» Do you want to write? Is time a limiting factor? Johanna Rothman says you need just 15 minutes. Or 10. Or 5. But short writing periods here and there all add up. Read Writing Secret 1: Use the Growth Mindset to Write in 15-Minute Chunks

πŸ’» Do you have any close friends? Aaron Renn shares data that shows how a growing number of Americans have no close friends, and the number of close friends the average American has is steadily falling. It’s a troubling stat on our society. Read The Decline in American Friendships

πŸ’» This past Thursday, an anniversary passed quietly: that of the first commercial aired on U.S. television. It happened 80 years ago on the station that is now WNBC in New York City, and it was for Bulova watches. Read July 1, 1941…Commercial Television Begins in America

πŸ“· Mike Connealy got out his Pentax ES II after not having used it for a few years, and found its meter was dead. He had a bit of an adventure getting it back to working, but he managed it, and aimed it at some of his favorite subjects around Albuquerque. Read Success with an Asterisk

πŸ“· Acufine is a developer for black-and-white film that excels at managing grain when you underexpose your film. Alex Luyckx has a review. Read Developer Review Blog No. 18 — Acufine

πŸ“· It’s a fixed-lens SLR from the early 1960s, an oddity to be sure. J. Carter reviews the Minolta ER. Read VMLP 11: The Minolta ER — Strange Quark

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Two years with Ko-Fi — and thank you!

Until about two years ago, I ran ads on this site to help cover its costs. It was an unpleasant experience. Despite my ad provider’s promises to the contrary, the ads generated pop-ups and videos that played automatically. Sometimes music would play, and there was no way to shut it off. I had to keep emailing their support team to make the ads behave. My few inconspicuous ad placements generated about 20 bucks a month. I could have made more if I had plastered ads all over the site, but I think that would have turned many of you away. The money I made wasn’t remotely worth the hassle. I finally had enough and disabled the ads.

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

Some of you told me that you’d like to support my work, so I set up an account with Ko-Fi and put their “Buy me a coffee” button on my site. Each time you click it, you can send me $3, or any multiple of $3.

Since then, I’ve dropped that button at the end of every post. I announced it at the time, and I mentioned it one other time, but otherwise I’ve not promoted it. To my astonishment, you have responded generously! In an average month you donate $30 on Ko-Fi! That’s one third more income than the annoying ads, and I do next to nothing extra for it. Win!

Your donations have bought a ton of film and developing as well as several old film cameras, all of which I have featured on this site. They also helped me buy a dedicated scanner for 35mm negatives, which significantly improved the quality of the scans I share with you.

As always, any time you click that button I will be most grateful. Every time Ko-Fi notifies me of a donation, I feel honored and validated — my work matters enough that you’re willing to support it financially. But if you never click it, you are always wanted and welcome here!

I considered other platforms to help me cover this site’s costs, but they were more complicated for me and for donors, and to get the most from it I would have had to create special content for those sites. I’d rather share all of my writing and photographs here!

Ko-Fi offers many of those features, and they keep offering more. They recently announced an integration with the Discord community platform, and soon will release Ko-Fi Memberships where supporters can subscribe monthly at whatever level they choose. But you don’t have to use their extra features to get value from it, as my results show — and the basic Ko-Fi service remains free for creators like me.

If you’ve supported me via Ko-Fi, again I say thank you! And thank you to Ko-Fi for your easy and valuable platform.

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