This week’s big tech news is that Yahoo sold itself to Verizon for 4.8 billion. What does this mean for Flickr, where about 90% of the photos posted here live? Yahoo had 20 years to sort itself out and couldn’t manage that. Most likely Verizon will find a way to fuck it up good. Guess I’d better start planning for a migration…

Date posted: July 25, 2016 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

It’s so great to see the Descendents covered on NPR; I hate to be the hipster that says “I knew that band when…”, but I had Enjoy! and Milo Goes to College on vinyl when I was fifteen.

Date posted: July 22, 2016 | Filed under music, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

So Melania Trump lifted whole sentences from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech last night. The thing that annoys me so much about this is that I’ve got to go back to teach in the fall and tell students that it’s illegal and immoral to plagiarize. These assclowns don’t see any problem with it.

Date posted: July 19, 2016 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

When Trump assures us he’ll do for the United States what he’s done for his businesses, that’s not a promise — it’s a threat. The tactics he has used in running his business wouldn’t work in running a truly successful company, let alone the most powerful nation on Earth.

Henry Paulson, the Republican Treasury Secretary who helped guide the country out of the 2008 meltdown, takes on Donald Trump in the Washington Post.

Date posted: June 26, 2016 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Retro Baltimore is a Tumblr run by the Baltimore Sun with historical posts about the city. It’s kind of heavy on reprinting historical covers, but every once in a while there’s a good before/after shot that’s fascinating.

Date posted: June 16, 2016 | Filed under Baltimore, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Everything about this I love: Two Englishmen bought an AMC AMX, kitted it out for rallying, and are now going to drive it from Peking to Paris.

Date posted: May 30, 2016 | Filed under cars, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Abandoned Kansai is an urban exploration website based in the central region of Honshū in Japan. I’ve seen the author’s work on other sites but this is the mother lode.

Date posted: May 20, 2016 | Filed under shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

You know you are dealing with a dark film when its only true beating heart belongs to a crippled biker, weed dealer and fugitive murderer who is in love with a blow-up doll, having blown the head off his previous paramour.

I’m rewatching River’s Edge on the train ride home and I’ve forgotten just how of its time the movie really is. It’s fun to watch a young Keanu Reeves and Crispin Glover sleepwalk and freak out through crisis together.

Date posted: May 19, 2016 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Here’s a handy Fuji X-Series buyer’s guide from a pro photographer. Basically: Buy the 35mm f1.4. Then buy the X-T1 body. Or the other way around. I have yet to wade into the comments though.

Date posted: May 13, 2016 | Filed under photo, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

The Fed asked respondents how they would pay for a $400 emergency. The answer: 47 percent of respondents said that either they would cover the expense by borrowing or selling something, or they would not be able to come up with the $400 at all.

We’ve had an oh-shit fund since before I stopped using credit cards, and it always gets replenished. This was in response to being laid off the first time, back in 2001. But the hits keep coming, and it’s not getting easier to refill the fund. And college tuition is looming on the horizon…

Date posted: April 20, 2016 | Filed under money, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »