I continue to pick at the process of scanning all of my grandfather’s 8mm films.
It’s been slow going, mostly because there are so many of them. I’m fortunate to have a scanner that scans at 1:1 speed, but it’s still 10-30 minutes for the scan, 10 minutes to render, and 10 minutes to copy the file over wifi up to my Mac. Then I have to edit out any unnecessary leaders and convert the file to a smaller format. Once finished, I write the movie’s information in a notebook. In many cases, I also upload the file to YouTube so family members have access.
Recording a film’s metadata is tedious, but at least I have metadata! My grandpa took care to make notes in each film’s canister. Things like year, subject, and sometimes detailed index of the reel’s contents.
80 years later, I still know what’s on each reel and who some of the people in the movie are.
The moral is, record metadata for you images and movies.
The bulletin board at the new house has a long way to go
I wish there was a simple answer to the question, “What do you use for your blog?” The best answer tends to be, “It depends.”
On what does it depend? Well…
- My mood
- If I’m in plain-text mode or pointy-clicky mode
- How long I’ve been using the same (now boring) platform(s)
- If I’m in minimalist mode or feature-complete mode
- How much I feel like dealing with servers
- Am I in everything-in-one-place mode or each-thing-plays-a-part mode?
- How important is convenience over permanence/performance?
- What day of the week is it?
Based on the current combination of the above, I will use WordPress, Blot, Micro.blog, Hugo, or org-mode.
Or more likely, I’ll use ALL of them!
Added to that is the degradation in quality I’ve seen in Duck.com’s search results since last year. I’m not sure what changed under-the-hood, but I found myself having to search a second time in Google way more frequently to the point where I just gave up and made Google my default choice in January.
I’ve also found myself having to search using Google after a DuckDuckgo search fails to return quality results. It’s disappointing.
Update: I’ve subsequently learned about https://www.startpage.com/, which basically proxies Google without all the invasive bits.
I try everything. Today, it’s Centaur Emacs. Why not.
So you got Setapp… make the most of it – BrettTerpstra.com:
To that end, I’ve written a quick Terminal script (Ruby, no dependencies, but see the next section if you’re not a “terminal” person) which will tell you what apps you have that also have a Setapp version, and which of those already have both a “regular” and Setapp version installed. You can delete the original versions of those apps to make sure you’re always running the Setapp version
SetApp might be the most valuable $10/month subscription there is.
I am enjoying this combination of C.D. Notebook, TWSBI fountain pen, and Noodler’s American Aristocracy ink. I’ve used each separately, but together they’re awesome.
A coworker just came into my office and asked if I had any Wite-Out and when I told him I did not he said, “I thought you were the ‘paper guy’?” and now I feel like I’ve let everyone down.