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πŸ’» Have you noticed how most cars are black, white, or gray today? Whatever happened to blue and green? Tom Halter found that the state of New York publishes its car registration data from 1946 and did an analysis of color trends over time. Read Curbside Analysis: Fade to Gray — Where Have All the Car Colors Gone?

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πŸ’» Bastian Berbner tells the story of postal worker Finbarr O’Brien, a soft-spoken, conservative, straight man — and how his experience and his voice helped influence Ireland to legalize gay marriage. Read The Unlikely Friendship that Helped Legalize Same-Sex Marriage in Ireland

πŸ’» The news is full of experts telling us what we should be doing during the pandemic. Trouble is, as J P Cavanaugh points out so well, experts can be wrong. We should always think critically about what they say. Read Experts — A Look Behind the Curtain

πŸ’» COVID-19 is not like the flu — it can be protracted and brutal. Lynlee Swartz found out the hard way, and shares her story. I know Lynlee; we worked together at a software startup a few years ago. Read The Coronavirus Story You’re Not Hearing About On the News

πŸ“· Mark O’Brien rounds up all of the ISO 100 (and 125) black-and-white films made today and gives a mini-review of each. Read The B&W ISO 100 Club

πŸ“· It’s the last film SLR to enter production, anywhere, ever. It’s newer than Facebook! And it’s from Russia. Stephen Dowling looks at the Zenit-KM Plus. Read Younger than Facebook: The last Zenit film SLR

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πŸ’» Nick Gerlich looks at how the pandemic has changed our behavior in ways that aren’t great for the environment. Read Driven To Change

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πŸ’» Ann Althouse photographed the sunrise near her Madison, Wisconsin, home every day for a year. She’s categorized those sunrises into ten types, with examples. Read Today marks the 1-year anniversary of the sunrise run

πŸ’» Remember the Apple II computer? Remember that you could type in uppercase letters only on it? Steve Wozniak himself tells the cash-strapped reason why. Read Why the Apple II Didn’t Support Lowercase Letters

πŸ“· Imperial cameras were funky, and they were made in Chicago. Alyssa Chiarello looks at one from the 60s that takes 127 film. Read Imperial Satellite 127

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Happy September, Roadies!

πŸ“° Recently I wrote about my 2007 trip down the Dixie Highway (SR 37) from Indy to Bloomington. Writing for National Review, Daniel Lee reflects on this highway, the can-do spirit that created it, and the don’t-you-dare spirit of today. Read Roads to Ruin

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πŸ’» A fact is an objective truth, right? Mike Elias says not so fast: what context was omitted? He says that with facts, context is key. So is your trust in the fact-giver. Read Wittgenstein’s Revenge

πŸ“· I’ve always thought the Topcon RE Super was a beautifully designed 35mm SLR. Theo Panagopoulos has a review. Read Topcon RE Super

πŸ“· Alex Luyckx extols the virtues of semi-stand development. I’ve not tried it yet, but Alex’s results make me more willing. Read Stand Development – Magic Bullet or Lazy?

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Do you write? Would you like to write? Would you like to write more and better?

A few years ago I took an online writing workshop that taught me how to write more words in less time with no loss in quality. That was huge for this blog: my six-day-a-week schedule was taking far too much time. I couldn’t sustain it. But thanks to that workshop I was able to dramatically cut the time it takes to write this blog.

That workshop is being offered again starting this October 5, and I want to recommend it to you. It runs for five weeks, one session per week, plus homework.

Johanna Rothman created and leads this workshop. She makes her living in large part through her writing, both non-fiction and fiction. Her non-fiction writing is how I came to encounter Johanna; she writes a great deal about software project management, a topic I care a lot about in my professional life. She’s bright, engaging, and funny. She made this workshop great fun.

This workshop also helps you build a strong writing habit, structure an article that draws readers in and keeps them engaged, edit your own writing effectively, and find ways to get your writing published beyond your own blog.

After the workshop, Johanna will invite you to join a private Internet forum for everyone who’s ever taken this workshop. It’s a place to continue the conversation from the workshop and to share your work and seek feedback.

There’s a fee for the workshop, of course, but I got far more value from it than it cost. If you’d like to write more, and write more engaging and interesting stuff, give Johanna’s workshop a look. She limits the workshop to 12 participants at a time, so if you’re interested, act fast! Check it out here.

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πŸ’» Ray Bradbury would have been 100 this week. He was one of my top favorite authors when I was a kid. John Scalzi felt the same way. He shares the introduction he wrote for a special edition of Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles in which he shares his love for Bradbury’s work. Read On the Occasion of Ray Bradbury’s 100th Birthday: β€œMeeting the Wizard”

πŸ’» You can know that people live in poverty in America. But as long as you aren’t connected to people in impoverished communities, you don’t really know it. Pete Saunders explains, and very well. Read The CityBricks Project: Confronting Community Disparities

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πŸ“· Is film photography becoming too expensive? Hamish Gill reminds us that it still can be (relatively) inexpensive fun — and shares his recent experience with how to bring the cost down. Read Film Photography – A Realisation That Cheap Thrills Can Still Be Had!

πŸ’» Before streaming, there were CDs; before CDs, there were records; and before records, there were cylinders. J.P. Cavanaugh looks back at the audio format that Thomas Edison himself invented, and why the phonograph record won the early audio format war. Read Audio Format Wars: Cylinders vs. Discs

πŸ“· Paul Lovell does a short take on the brilliant Olympus OM-2n. Read Olympus OM-2n

πŸ“· Paul McIvor writes a great review of the Pentax MZ-S, one of the late Pentax film SLRs. Read The unlovely (but very good) Pentax MZ-S

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πŸ’» The pandemic continues …and continues, and continues. Mark Evanier reminds us that, like many other unwanted events in life, pretty much all we can do is wait it out. Read Dispatches from the Fortress – Day 161

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πŸ’» The news reporting on the USPS mess focuses primarily on mail-in voting. Om Malik points out that a poorly functioning USPS actually affects the very fabric of our modern economy, given how many small businesses rely on it. Read Why United States Political Shitshow (USPS) is far from over

πŸ“· Ali MC shows some stunning black-and-white film photographs she made of everyday people in Iran. Read Analog Iran: The Changing Face of Young Iran

πŸ“· Paul Lovell puts the Canon Sure Shot 76 Zoom through its paces. It doesn’t look like much, but it delivers the goods. Read Canon Sure Shot 76 Zoom

πŸ“· Yuan Oliver Jin takes a look at a Nikon F-mount shift lens. What’s a shift lens? The article explains. Read Nikon PC-Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 – a 35mm Perspecitve Control (Shift) Lens

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