Having been without my iPhone for three days, there were times when I felt like I was missing my right arm. What will the weather be like today? What’s the address of my doctor’s office? It was alternately liberating and annoying to be unplugged when I needed information. The idea of a simple cellphone does have its merits. The Punkt MP01 is a simple cellphone with just the basic functionality, and it looks great. Unfortunately it’s only available for 2G GSM, which means it’s unavailable for AT&T, my carrier.

Date posted: February 22, 2017 | Filed under geek, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I love taking old things and making them work again; this is why I’ve got multiple 40-year-old Nikon lenses I screw on to new DSLRs. I’ve had a problem with focusing them properly. This article has 6 tips, tricks, and hacks for shooting sharper manual focus photos.

Date posted: February 1, 2017 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

We got turned away at the Halethorpe train station because there were too many people boarding further up the line, so we didn’t go to the March On Washington on Saturday. However, the New York Times has Pictures From Women’s Marches on Every Continent. I’m so incredibly happy it was this widespread.

Date posted: January 23, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Mr. Spicer said that Mr. Trump had drawn “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration,” a statement that photographs clearly show to be false. Mr. Spicer said photographs of the inaugural ceremonies were deliberately framed “to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall,” although he provided no proof of either assertion.

So here’s your new boss, America. We’ve got a guy who spends the first day on the job bitching and complaining like a first-grader who didn’t get any candy for dessert.

Date posted: January 21, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Buried amidst his weekly NFL wrapup (and poop story compendium), this gem from Drew Magary:

Regardless, the rest of the country needs to hurry the fuck up and be like Colorado. I could easily survive the Trump Years with cheap and available weed all around me. JUST THE MELLOW I NEED.

Via: San Diego Chargers Fans Got Fucked To The Last

Date posted: January 20, 2017 | Filed under humor, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

In the latest continuation of the tortured Yahoo saga, some of the company has been sold off to Alibaba, the Chinese eCommerce giant. What this means for Flickr is still unclear; as mentioned before, 90% of the photos on this site are hosted there. Just in case, there’s a handy set of instructions for downloading an archive of your images.
Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

Date posted: January 10, 2017 | Filed under geek, housekeeping, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I just so happened to be watching cable the other night and Children of Men was on–one of my favorite movies. The next day I stumbled across this article, which asks if it’s 2016’s most relevant film.

Date posted: December 29, 2016 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I would rather stay up past midnight pecking out an essay about not wanting to grade your Final Papers with one finger on my tiny outdated smart phone touchpad than grade your Final Papers because I do not want to read them.

Source: McSweeney’s

Date posted: December 21, 2016 | Filed under shortlinks, teaching | Leave a Comment »

I have Longreads set up in my Flipboard feed as a great source of excellent journalism and storytelling. Here’s the Longreads Best of 2016 list. Pour a cup of coffee, kick back, and enjoy.

Date posted: December 18, 2016 | Filed under general, list, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I love everything about this: The machinists who keep the New York Times running. Part engineer, part mechanic, part inventor, part investigator. It’s obvious how much pride these guys have in their work, and how rare this kind of job is in an ever vanishing industry.

Date posted: December 11, 2016 | Filed under general, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »