five things for the week

  1. During Prime Day, I took advantage of the discount and upgraded to a Kindle Voyage. The Paperwhite is close to as perfect as you can get but, the finishing touches on the Voyage (e.g. auto light adjustment, flush screen with bezel, and the page turn “buttons”) really make it worth it.  #treatyoself.
  2. Currently reading Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee. I don’t want it to end.
  3. I have been working from home a little more often, lately. I’m getting a lot more work done. But the biggest lesson learned? My cat sleeps like, 22 out of the day’s 24 hours. I envy her.
  4. Watch: Chasing Coral. Just do it. Please?
  5. I need to add more pictures to this blog…

Computer-y things I need to do today

** Amadou & Mariam have made for a great soundtrack for all of this.**

  1. Repair Apple Photos library: Somehow it got corrupted which is a little cause for panic. I do have backups so, not full panic mode (yet). Repair has been going almost 24 hours straight. I have read, in some instances, it might take upwards of 40+ hours.
  2. Schoolwork: a small paper to write and then some programming (coding) exercises.
  3. File organization: home files (we scan everything) need to be purged and reorganized.

developing film

After seeing this, on Bored Panda, I got to reminiscing (a lot) about my days when I shot and developed film. I even remember rolling my own film, which was great because I didn’t limit myself to 24 or 36 exposure rolls. The more I thought about it all, the more vivid the memories became. The smell of the fixer, the red light when making prints… even the time learning to work completely in the dark (by feel only).

When my wife and I bought our first home, a condo, there was a darkroom in the garage. The previous owner was a photographer. We used it for storage (and later, demolished it to make more room for our cars and my work bench). In retrospect, I didn’t take advantage of that room as I should have.

I miss that Twitter, too

In Patrick Rhone‘s July 18th newsletter, he writes about “The Twitter I Miss” and hits the nail on the head. I have begun to loathe checking Twitter for the same reasons he outlines. Contacts who still generate their own content (thoughts/tweets) are the only reasons I keep going back. Unfortunately, they’re few and far between all of the political and public shaming type garbage flooded through the timeline.

He makes a great point about Instagram, as well. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with that platform, as it really has the potential to get back to a more personal sharing level. But the timeline order makes it almost unbearable.

4 recent reads

The Hundred Year Flood, by Matthew Salesses
He’s one of my favorite authors, someone I would love to sit and talk with over coffee. I have fully enjoyed all of his works.

A Small Revolution, by Jimin Han
Excellent novel that slowly builds in intensity from start to finish.

Big Little Man, by Alex Tizon
This one really hit home for me. The author was able to put the Asian male experience into words (that I never could have), encapsulating many of the experiences I had while growing up (and even now, as a middle aged man). Excellently done. Also, check out this NPR interview with the author. I first read Mr. Tizon’s work with this The Atlantic article. It’s so sad that he is no longer with us.

Monstress, Vol. 2, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
I professed my love for this series after reading vol. 1. My reaction there still rings true, “My lord, this is good! I am in love with the writing and the art. The story, the characters. Love this, and cannot recommend it enough.”