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💻 Berlin, Germany, aims to be a zero-waste city. It’s sparked a secondhand goods craze — even the major department stores are getting in on it, devoting entire floors to gently used merchandise. There’s even a giant indoor mall that sells goods culled from municipal recycling yards. (It’s called the NochMall, and if you speak German you just chuckled. Noch mal means “again.”) Klaus Sieg has the story. Read Berlin’s Second-Hand Craze Is Turning It into a ‘Zero-Waste City’

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Canon A35F, Fujicolor 200, 2013

💻 Why do friendships sometimes end? Brett and Kate McKay mull it over. Read The 3 Reasons Friendships End

💻 Like me, you may have Zoom fatigue after so many months of meetings on it. But Om Malik says that it is our new normal — even after the pandemic ends. Read Why are we underestimating Zoom and its impact?

📷 Canon’s last Canonet camera didn’t carry the Canonet label. But it was based on the Canonet body, so it qualifies. Mike Eckman has a review. Read Canon A35 F

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💻 Andrew Bosworth is a VP at Facebook. This week on his blog he reflects on how every one of our strengths covers a weakness, and how playing to our strengths not only forms our identity, but creates blind spots for us. Read Strength Dictates Weakness

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Apple iPhone 6s, 2020

📷 Mark O’Brien tried Rollei RPX 100 film and gives his impressions. Read Rollei RPX 100, One-roll Review

📷 Another new accessory-shoe light meter is about to hit the market, and Stephen Dowling has the first look at it. Read Hedeco Lime One meter: First impressions

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💻 Do you listen to Joe Rogan’s podcast? Did you hear the one with conspiracy-theorist Alex Jones? Daniel Miessler calls it a model for how we can talk about ideas we don’t agree with or that we find to be suspicious. Read Joe Rogan vs. Alex Jones

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Kodak EasyShare Z730, 2016

💻 N. S. Palmer reminds us that other people on the Internet are as real as you are. Remembering that is how we can all make our online interactions more pleasant. Read Why Are People So Mean on the Internet?

📷 Alex Luyckx reviews Film Washi D, an extra-contrasty black-and-white film. Read Film Review Blog No. 65 – Film Washi Type “Z”

📷 I’ve always wanted to try the Olympus Pen F, a half-frame 35mm SLR — that is, it makes 72 images on a 36-exposure roll of film. Mike Eckman tells the history of half-frame cameras at Olympus, and reviews this camera. Read Olympus Pen F (1963)

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💻 Ukulele Ike was first well known for his simple vocal songs accompanied only by his instrument. He was later better known for something else — something you absolutely already know him for. J. P. Cavanaugh tells the tale. Read I Like Ike – The Most Famous Ukulele Player Ever (But He’s Not Famous For That)

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Yashica-12, Fujifilm Velvia 50, 2020

💻 Jerome Carter contemplates the meaning of the blues: both the low-down feelings and the low-down guitar. Read The Meaning of the Blues

💻 If you feel like the views of the other side are a real threat to you, then perhaps it’s time to deliberately practice empathy. The other side is made of real people largely trying to live a good life, just like you. Eric Krebs explains. Read You Don’t Have to Hate the Other Side

💻 What does basic respect look like? Nicholas Stewart offers a baseline. Read Rules for Respect

📷 Katie Yang gives a short experience report with the often overlooked Olympus XA4. Read Olympus XA4

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Happy Halloween to you! I say that, but frankly this holiday is just not my thing. I’m relieved that I’m still working from home thanks to COVID-19 — every year at work, someone gets the bright idea to have a costume contest. No thanks. But not this year! If you enjoy this holiday, however, more power to you!

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Yashica Electro 35 GSN, Kodak Tri-X, 2018

💻 I love it when Ken Levine, who was a writer on M*A*S*H, Cheers, and other TV shows, tells stories from his time as a radio disc jockey. For many years his air name was Beaver Cleaver. He tells how that came to be — and how well it was received. Read Weekend Post

💻 If you, like me, rely on networking to stay connected in your industry and help you find career opportunities, you might also be struggling to maintain and grow your network during the pandemic. Brian Schuster has some excellent tips for how to network while we’re all mostly stuck at home. Read A Strategy for Networking in the Pandemic Era

💻 I avoid politics here, but this take on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination (and confirmation this week) to the Supreme Court is so interesting I had to share it. John Gruber thinks that it would have been advantageous to Trump to wait until after the election to fill the seat — but that Mitch McConnell did it anyway for his own reasons. Read McConnell Played Trump

📷 Alex Luyckx reviews Cinestill’s D96 developer. It’s meant for black-and-white motion picture films, but given that so many of those are being stuffed into 35mm cartridges these days it’s useful to have it in the developing arsenal. Read Developer Review Blog No. 10 – Cinestill D96

📷 Dan Cuny reviews the Voigtländer Superb, a 1930s TLR for 120 film that doesn’t follow the usual TLR idiom. Read Voigtländer Superb

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💻 Our fear of doing work that isn’t very interesting, useful, or even good frequently blocks us from trying new things. I face that as I prepare to publish my first book of my original writing. But I’m pressing on, despite that fear. Paul Graham encourages us all to, if we have something we want to make that we’ve not done before. Read Early Work

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Canon PowerShot S95, 2020

💻 I share a post by Rush Limbaugh with some trepidation because he’s a polarizing figure and some of you surely can’t stand him. I enjoyed his radio show in the ’90s, but since then I’ve fallen out of his audience as I’ve moved to the center politically (or maybe the right has moved so, so, so far to the right), and as Rush has become more strident and less entertaining on his program. But the fellow has stage 4 lung cancer. He spoke about it on his show this week, and reading the transcript, he shows some remarkable personal insight. I found it interesting. Note: If you’re poised to leave a poison comment about Rush, don’t bother because I’ll just delete it. Read An Update on My Health: It’s a Roller Coaster

📷 Kenneth Wajda considers how we used to make photographs to preserve memories, but now we do it to show what we are doing now. It has implications on the kinds of photographs we make. Read When the Audience Changes and We Have to Show Proof

📷 Winter is coming. This can be challenging for film photographers, as our old gear doesn’t always play well with the cold, and our fair-weather films are sometimes too slow for winter’s gray days. Alex Luyckx has some solid tips on how to keep shooting film when the temperature dips. Read The Cold Weather Challenge: Photography, Winter, and You

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