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💻 You hear people label others as “toxic” – a toxic family, a toxic workplace. Stewie asks us to see beyond that and look for the unmet needs that drive the behavior. He also clarifies that we shouldn’t excuse the behavior. But in short, labeling others as toxic dehumanizes them. Read Stop Calling People Toxic

At Checkpoint Charlie
Keystone XR-308, unknown film, 1984.

📷 Dario Veréb found an old Keystone XR-308 110 camera recently and found out, as I did when I bought one new in the 80s, that it is pretty crappy. Read The Keystone Everflash XR308 and My First Time Shooting 110 Film

📷 The Petri Flex 7 is a funky-looking 35mm SLR from the mid 1960s. It has some quirky usage, which John Margetts details in his review. Read Petri Flex 7

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💻 J. P. Cavanaugh writes a paean to the humble hamburger. Read Wherein The Author Celebrates Hamburgers

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Yashica TL Electro X, 50mm f/1.7 Auto Yahinon-DX, Kodak Max 400 @ EI 200, 2021

💻 Daniel Miessler explains rationally how you can support vaccine mandates even if you’re a Republican. Read Thoughts on Vaccine Mandates

📷 The rules aren’t applied fairly: men can get away with certain behaviors women can’t, and vice versa; Black people can get away with some behaviors white people can’t, and vice versa; and liberals can get away with some stuff conservatives can’t, and vice versa. Aaron Renn recommends you understand this dynamic and honor it. Read Life’s Not Fair

📷 Film photographer J. R. Smith tells you which film-camera repair shops he uses and recommends. Read My Annual Blog Post About Servicing Old Cameras

📷 Mike Eckman reviews a funky ’60s Russian camera, the Lomo Voshkod. Read LOMO Voshkod

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💻 I know many of you write your own blogs. I’ve learned a lot about how to write from Johanna Rothman. She shares some good perspective on how to avoid perfectionism in your writing and just publish already. Read Perfection Rules in Writing? You Might Be Micromanaging Yourself

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Minolta XD-11, 50mm f/1.7 MD Rokkor-X, Ilford FP4 Plus, Ilford ID-11 1+1, 2021

💻 Are you familiar with the One America News Network? It’s a news network that’s farther right than Fox News. Karl Bode has uncovered its origins: AT&T, which wanted a news network that promoted its interests. Read AT&T Set Up And Paid For OAN Propaganda Network; Yet Everyone Wants To Scream About Facebook

📷 Alex Luyckx reviews the Minolta XD-11 — his was fully working, as mine was not, so it’s a stronger review. Read Camera Review Blog No. 136 – Minolta XD

📷 The more obscure the camera, the better. I’d never heard of the Chinon CP-7m, but arh came across one and gave it a short review. Read The Chinon CP-7m | m7-PC nonihC\

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📰 If you think the last Presidential election was a mess — regardless of which side you were on — the risk of the next major election being subverted is rising sharply. So reports Politico. Read What If 2020 Was Just A Rehearsal?

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Polaroid Colorpack II, Fujifilm FP-100C, 2017

📷 Nick Collingwood was given a large-format SLR — yes, such a thing exists — and made some great portraits of stylish people with it. Read NYFW SS2022 on Large Format Film // 4×5 + Polaroid

📷 The first photographs made with a Leica camera, by Oskar Barnack himself, are unearthed, and Stephen Dowling shares some of them. Read This first picture taken on a Leica

📷 Katie walks us through her journey to owning a Russian camera that didn’t work right, but which made a few passable images anyway. Read Zenit ET

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💻 Nelson Minar writes about the ugly stuff that Facebook facilitates — not anti-vax, but all the way to human trafficking. And Facebook is reluctant to intervene. Read Facebook revulsion, captivity

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Canon PowerShot S95, 2021

💻 Believe it or not, there really was a Dr. Scholl. He was more a marketer than a podiatrist, however. Jill Weiss Simins explains. Read Dr. Scholl’s… or “Dr.” Scholl’s?: A Hoosier’s Empire Built on Advertising

💻 Are you overstressed? Burned out? Consider lowering your standards, says Venkatesh Rao. Read Mediocratopia: 11

📷 You know how you don’t forget who’s in your photographs? Print them and write on them. Like we all used to have to. Kenneth Wajda explains why this remains a good idea. Read We Need To Print Our Photographs So We Have Something To Write On

📷 The more obscure the camera, the better to review it, I always say. Andy clearly agrees as he reviews the Fujica GE. Read Fuji GE

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💻 The pandemic has affected us all, and I’ll bet few of us have tried to fully unpack just exactly how yet. Shawna LeMay is one who’s tried. It starts, and ends, with a bar cart. Read This is the Story

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Yashica-12, Fujifilm Velvia 50, 2020

💻 Things aren’t as bad as they seem, says Kevin Drum with some statistics to back it up. Read Here is the state of America circa 2021

💻 In New York City, they’ve added a dedicated bike lane to the multi-deck Brooklyn Bridge. What’s interesting about this post by Don Friedman is this historic imagery, including video, of the bridge. Read Both Well-Known and New

📷 I’ve enjoyed Fujifilm Velvia 50 every time I’ve tried it, but it does demand certain conditions for best results. Alex Luyckx reviews this film and details those conditions. Read Film Review Blog No. 75 – Fujifilm Velvia 50

📷 arh tries the Minolta Dynax 500si, aka the Maxxum 400si. It’s a plastic 1990s SLR crammed with features. Read The Amiable Minolta 500si

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