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Happy Independence Day weekend to my US readers!

πŸ’» Cynthia shares a short essay/meditation on kindness, giving feedback, and power struggles. Read You People

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Canon FT QL, 50mm f/1.8 Canon FL, Fujicolor 200, 2013

πŸ’» I gather that there’s some legal gray area that law enforcement interprets to mean that they can compel you to use Touch ID or Face ID to unlock your iPhone, while they can’t compel you to enter your passcode. Sounds odd to me. But John Gruber offers a simple thing you can do on the fly to disable Touch ID and Face ID so it’s never a problem for you. Read How to Temporarily Disable Face ID or Touch ID, and Require a Passcode to Unlock Your iPhone or iPad

πŸ“· Would you believe that this is the 50th anniversary of the Olympus OM-1? Crazy. Stephen Dowling commemorates it with a history of that seminal camera, featuring some images by yours truly. Read Olympus OM-1: The small, quiet revolution in SLR design

πŸ“· Photographer Alex Burke captured the passing of the moon during an eclipse on a single sheet of large-format film. Molly Kate tells the story and shares the stunning image. Read Photographer Captures 2022 Lunar Eclipse on One Sheet of Large Format Film

πŸ“· Eric Jason reviews the Fuji DL-200, a brick-like 35mm point-and-shoot from 1984 that was the first to bring through-the-lens metering to this kind of camera. Read Fuji DL-200

πŸ“· Christoph Hille reviews the Canon FT QL, a late-1960s 35mm SLR. I had one years ago and it was a tank! Read The Canon FT QL

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πŸ’» 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

πŸ’» 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

πŸ’» 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

πŸ“· 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 VoigtlΓ€nder Ultramatic hiking in Bavaria

πŸ“· 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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πŸ’» This is what it looks like when a truss bridge gets washed away in a flood. Don Friedman shares the video. Read Real-Time News

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Canon PowerShot S80, 2013

πŸ’» Tom Halter tells the history of the gas-station credit card. I just love knowing the origins of esoteric stuff like this. Read Credit Card of a Lifetime: Parting Ways With BP After 30 Years – A Brief History of Gas Station Credit Cards

πŸ’» A lonely old Ford Thunderbird parked by the side of the road led David Joseph to reflect on family, and living, and sex, and death. Read CC Momento Mori: 1960 Ford Thunderbird – Sex and Death

πŸ’» Shawn Granton came of age in the 1990s. His memories of that decade are very different from the current ’90s nostalgia. He compares and contrasts. Read On the nostalgia and reality of a past decade

πŸ“· Peggy Marsh puts the Zenit 122 through its paces. It’s a Soviet 35mm SLR. Read Zenit 122

πŸ“· Like Mark O’Brien, I’m not enthralled with leaf-shutter SLRs. Too much that can go wrong. But he found one, a Topcon Uni, in good shape and got some good results with it. Read Some Fun with the Topcon Uni SLR

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πŸ’» You know I love Route 66 – I drove about half of it with my sons many years ago. M. B. Henry drove it much more recently, and this week shared photos and stories of all of the giant things you’ll find on the route. Read Route 66 Series: One Trip to Giant World

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Canon PowerShot S95, 2013

πŸ’» One of my favorite foods is a humble fried egg. But I cannot abide a runny yolk. I am firmly in the “over hard” camp where the yolk is cooked through. I always break my yolk with the egg shell as soon as the egg hits the hot frying pan. Brett and Kate McKay share a technique for frying an over-hard egg where you don’t have to break the yolk, but still get a good crispy edge on the white. Read How to Make a Perfect Over-Hard Fried Egg

πŸ“· I was heavily bullied during my middle school and early high school years. I was just a quiet nerd and an easy target. I turned out all right in the end, but especially today so many kids like me end up bitter and angry — and identify with troublesome and troubling groups. Daniel Miessler takes a quick look at this phenomenon, and has some suggestions on how to limit the problem. Read How Much Incel Terrorism Can We Prevent With Kindness?

πŸ“· The first digital rangefinder camera wasn’t a Leica. You might find it surprising that it was an Epson, and was based on the VoigtlΓ€nder Bessa R series of film cameras when it was introduced in 2004. Sam has a good review of this camera he describes as the most film-camera-like digital camera ever made. Read The Epson R-D1 2022…16 Year Review!

πŸ“· Dmitri reviews the Konica Big Mini BM-302, a 35mm point-and-shoot camera with a well-regarded lens. Read Konica Big Mini BM-302 Camera Review

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Kodak Signet 40, Kodak Gold 200, 2011

πŸ’» I’ve mentioned a number of times on this site that Indianapolis was built on swampy land. Stephen Taylor gives us a good deal of history about two Indianapolis swamps in particular. Read Fletcher’s Swamp and Bacon’s Swamp

πŸ’» J. P. Cavanaugh doesn’t usually do movie reviews, but he did one this week — of a movie released in 1948. Read Mr. Blandings Builds A Classic Movie

πŸ“· fupduckphoto owns a 15mm Pentax K-mount lens, and shows us what it can do. Read Pentax 15mm lens

πŸ“· I’ll share my results from my first roll of 120 Kodak Gold 200 soon. Andy beat me to it, and he says he thinks the stuff looks like Portra. Read Gold 200 in 120

πŸ“· Andrew Morang finally broke down and bought a Kodak Retina IIa, and pronounces it good. Read 1950s Optical Excellence: Kodak Retina IIa Camera

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πŸ“· Fujifilm’s versatile Neopan 100 Acros film is well-loved. Dmitri takes a deep look at the new version of this film that’s made in the UK rather than in Japan. Read The Fujifilm Neopan Acros Film Review: Almost Cancelled

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Nikon F2, 50mm f/2 AI Nikkor, Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros, 2016

πŸ“· fupduckphoto reviews a panoramic camera called the Horizon 202. It has a weird curved film transport and a swing lens. Read Horizon 202

πŸ“· Henri Toivonen has nothing nice to say about the Pentax MZ-10, a 35mm SLR. Read Pentax MZ-10/ZX-10 – The worst Pentax SLR

πŸ“· I adore my Yashica-12, a twin-lens reflex camera for 120 film. It is not very well known, however, as it was made for only a short time before being superseded by the much better-known Yashica-Mat 124. Alex Luyckx reviews this terrific camera. Read Bonus Camera Review Blog – Yashica 12

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