In the early days, she took pictures of flowers and sunsets. “I’d never post something like that now,” she said, looking at a closeup of ripening blackberries, from four years ago. As I thumbed toward the top of the screen, I had the disconcerting sense of watching a life become a life-style brand.

The New Yorker on #Vanlife, the social media trend of young white couples traveling in antique VW vans, paid for by sponsors and marketing deals.

Date posted: April 19, 2017 | Filed under other, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

File this under blue state, FUCK YEAH!

Maryland has become the first state to guarantee funding for Planned Parenthood, promising to reimburse clinics if the federal government cuts support.

My Governor, who is a Republican, did not endorse the bill but did not veto it, and allowed it to go into effect. $2,700,000 is fucking peanuts compared to the lack of any viable alternative to effective, low-cost family planning care.

Date posted: April 10, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

On the other hand, Donald Trump’s graphics were easy to dismiss. They combined the design sensibility of the Home Shopping Network with the tone of a Nigerian scam email. Like so many other complacent Democrats, my only question was: Why is this even close?

Michael Beirut does a postmortem on his logo for the Hilary campaign, putting it in the context of the Obama campaign, the changes in atmosphere since 2008, and how his personal experience put him out of touch with the Midwest, where most of Trump’s supporters originated.

Date posted: April 6, 2017 | Filed under art/design, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

$200 is pretty steep for something I don’t actually need, but OH MY GOD this official LEGO snowspeeder is amazing.

Date posted: March 24, 2017 | Filed under geek, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Wow! The The (Matt Johnson, Johnny Marr) released their first single in 15 years for Record Store Day. Dusk was a pretty seminal album for me in ’93-94, so I wonder if they’re getting the band back together to record more stuff.

Date posted: March 22, 2017 | Filed under music, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Finn’s friends all have tablets of some kind, and they are all deep in a Minecraft phase right now. She asked for Minecraft before Christmas, and today I finally broke down and installed it on our spare Kindle. I’ve been reticent because we don’t want her staring at a screen all day, but I figure it’s better than letting her play Call Of Duty. Luckily, there’s an excellent Parents’ Guide to Minecraft offered by the How-To Geek that helped me get my feet wet. Thanks lazyweb!

Date posted: March 12, 2017 | Filed under finn, geek, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

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 »