Jack Baty

Director of Unspecified Services

Sunday, January 2, 2022

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Good morning. It's 7:35 am because Alice slept until 6:45. I hardly know what to do with myself after nearly eight ours of sleep. Let's see what kind of day this can be.

Thomas Paine quote
A good regular reminder, so I keep it pinned to my bulletin board.
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I took a photo of the dog against a bright background using the Leica SL2-S with the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8. The sigma is a fine lens, but it (literally) pales in comparison with the native Leica primes. Alice was lacking in contrast and sharpness due to the slight flaring and CA that occurs with the Sigma. I've taken nearly identical photos with the APO Summicron-SL 35mm and they were bright, sharp, and contrasty. I miss that lens.

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Whatever I end up doing next, It's not going to be what Eric Floberg is making excellent fun of in this video:

yeesh.

But is it too complicated?

But is it too complicated?

Publishing this blog using Tinderbox is certainly complex, but is it also too complicated?

There are many moving parts: agents, rules, expressions, action code, attributes, and so on. But to simply publish this post, all I do is hit return, type some words, and click a button. Not complicated at all. However, if I decide to change something, or if I change something by accident, all hell might break loose.

Publishing is simple here, but running the show is pretty complicated. Still, this setup is fun, lightweight, super flexible, and ultimately renders a static site. I'm thinking it's a fair balance.

Update: Dave Rogers posted a note about complexity and Tinderbox and it's made me feel a bit better. His blog, Nice Marmot, is one of the things that inspired me to dive back to Tinderbox for personal blogging. I'm glad I did. Thanks, Dave!

Hobonichi 2022

Hobonichi 2022
Hobonichi 2022

I bought my first Hobonichi Techo in 2013, and I've used one every year since. One of my favorite things in any new year is copying over events from last year's calendar into the new one. Birthdays, anniversaries, etc. It's a much better feeling than something like waiting for Facebook to tell me when to pay attention to someone.

Another thing I do every January is plan on going all-in with the Techo. Todos, appointments, notes, lists, everything should go in that lovely book with its wonderful Tomoe River paper. But then I worry about it being too small. With big plans to use analog tools even more this year, will the little Hobonichi be too limiting?

The answer to that question has always been, "No." Most of those Techos on my shelf are at least half empty. I'd wager there aren't more than a couple dozen pages where I could have used more room.

What this all means is that I have not learned my lesson and will be once again diving right into the plans to use the Techo for everything. The difference this time is that I'm not going to worry about running out of room. I hope that will mean that I do run out of room, because wouldn't that be awesome.