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 »

There’s a Kickstarter going which promises to make direct positive photo paper available for 120 cameras.

Direct positive photo paper falls somewhere between instant film and regular film: the paper does need to be developed, but compared to film the process is lightning fast. You can have a roll developed in about 7 minutes.

I’m totally keeping an eye on this, because shooting this with my Rolleicord would be so much fun.
Via: Petapixel

Date posted: April 15, 2016 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

If you love old film cameras and constantly want to know more about them (like me), then Old Cameras is a YouTube Channel where you can lose hours of time.
Source: Petapixel

Date posted: April 12, 2016 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Atomic succeeds because of the band’s willingness to dive into their muse and experiment. It’s why they’ve achieved such high status in the sub-genre.

Consequence of Sound reviews Mogwai’s Atomic.

Date posted: April 5, 2016 | Filed under music, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

By way of rationale, Hogan dismissed the Red Line as a “wasteful boondoggle,” and the downtown tunnel, in particular, as a costly indulgence — as if it was outlandish for rail lines in cities to run underground. Soon afterward, it would emerge in public-records requests from a pro-transit group that his administration had given the question zero study.

My Governor is an asshole from the country who has made it clear he doesn’t give a shit about Baltimore.

Date posted: March 22, 2016 | Filed under Baltimore, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Serial One is a website about a guy restoring a Honda 600. This is not just any guy, though. He restores 600s as his living, and this car is the first one produced.

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

Underworld’s never had trouble getting listeners to their feet. This gorgeously love-drunk finale makes Barbara a record that can bring them to their knees.

Pitchfork’s review of Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future has good things to say. I’m happy to see them back.

Date posted: March 15, 2016 | Filed under music, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

So many good things to find here: A Complete History of the Millennium Falcon, exhaustively researched and illustrated. This is my favorite spaceship design, and what taught me at an early age that careful asymmetry was an excellent design choice.

Date posted: March 2, 2016 | Filed under design, geek, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

This lineup totally motivates me for a road trip to North Carolina in June: Chvrches, Death Cab for Cutie Announce Joint Tour. Interestingly, Death Cab is touring with Metric up in Canada right now–another Venn diagram of music I like. Related: M83 is releasing a new album and will be at Meriwether Post Pavilion, about 10 miles from the house, in June.

Date posted: March 1, 2016 | Filed under music, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I had no idea the Maryland Historical Society was writing such excellent pieces. This one is about the lost breweries of Baltimore, from Gunther’s to National.

Date posted: February 28, 2016 | Filed under Baltimore, brewing, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »