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Bought a used Minolta XE-7, and the shutter release was jammed. Bought another XE-7 to try and get enough parts to fix it, and it was totally fucked.

Finally bought an XE-7 that was demonstrably working, and it turns out the light meter is all kinds of wrong ☹️

At least now I have enough of these things to probably cobble together one working camera.

Buying used stuff is such a rush. Like, I get a new thing to play with, I keep something out of a landfill, AND I get a killer deal on it?

The only thing better is buying broken used stuff and fixing it.

I just read a scorching-hot take:

"cast iron people are the Linux bros of cooking."

Executive dysfunction + hyperfixation + community building impulse is such a wild trip.

Like, in 3 weeks I've gone from, "Film photography would be fun to play around with" to "I should start a community darkroom!"

Selfie, EC, New Glasses 

New Glasses Day! I can see more betterer!

I fixed this lens! A little bit ago the aperture blades were stuck, and now they aren't!

Thinking out loud about technology 

One thing that's incredibly frustrating about the forward development of technology (especially under capitalism) is that when a new technology supersedes another, we lose entire modalities of interacting with the world, and all research into the old modalities cease (or, maybe more accurately, the institutional knowledge for those modalities disappears, hurting even those that would otherwise continue it).

Thinking out loud about technology 

Even the tech part of it is doomed to fall to dust! Some of the best film scanners ever made were made in the late 90's/early 2000's. And many of them no longer work, due to software atrophy.

And sure, high resolution imaging tech lives on in other forms, but it's no longer as accessible, or affordable.

Again, lost modalities of interacting with the world. And lost modalities of creating art. Lost modalities of self-expression.

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Thinking out loud about technology 

Analog photography forces you to think more about each shot, and review each photo after you've walked away from it for a while. And there are effects that are impossible or very difficult to reproduce digitally (IR films, or Kodak Aerochrome, anyone?).

And eventually, we stand to lose that forever. Partially because companies are just gonna shutter those film lines without documenting or releasing any info about the chemistry.

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Thinking out loud about technology 

Mostly thinking about this in the context of getting into analog photography. Canon just stopped selling new film cameras a couple years ago (they stopped production 2012ish? and had a ton leftover), and most other manufacturers stopped a decade or more ago. And so many films and other consumables have been discontinued.

And in most senses, digital photography is better! Turnaround time, image reproduction, convenience.

But...

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Thinking out loud about technology 

One thing that's incredibly frustrating about the forward development of technology (especially under capitalism) is that when a new technology supersedes another, we lose entire modalities of interacting with the world, and all research into the old modalities cease (or, maybe more accurately, the institutional knowledge for those modalities disappears, hurting even those that would otherwise continue it).

The fall chill is back! Which means it's time for cheesy coffee shop type music and evening tea :-3

If you want to leave GitHub due to their recent bad behavior but still need a presence there, you can absolutely do that.

What FOSS developers provide them is credibility. If you move your cool projects elsewhere and mirror them to Github with a pointer to the real repo, the message is clear: you're only on Github because you have to be.

Boycotting $BIG_COMPANY 95% of the time is almost as effective as boycotting it 100% of the time; this isn't an all-or-nothing deal.

police sirens are a reminder that there are still people to free from slavery

Selfie, self-develooed photos 

I did it! Developed my own film! The scanning setup needs help, but I call this a win.

This is also incredibly dangerous because I can play the ebay roulette over and over at reasonably affordable prices

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The past few weeks, I've been getting into film photography. Got an old Pentax K1000, and I've been trying to snap pictures everywhere I go.

This weekend, my partner got me a kit of stuff to develop my own film, which is as close to magic as anything I've ever experienced.

I can tell my 30s are going to be defined by being upset that I was never exposed to the arts more growing up!

Louisville Protests, Sep 24 

A local Unitarian church is offering sanctuary to protestors who defied curfew to call attention to the injustice of the Kentucky Grand Jury failing to indict on the murder of Breonna Taylor.

The police are considering *storming the fucking church* to arrest these protestors as we speak.

A state senator has been arrested, along with a women who has spent the past 100+ days working to mediate between cops and protestors.

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