Film Hierarchy

b/w S Tier Eastman Double X 200 very old school look, very high contrast, looks like the movies should consider bulk loading this… Ilford HP5 fun amounts of grain, moderate contrast, useful in lower light situations way more contrasty and grainy at 1600 which makes it look more Eastman Double X-ish, but with the added benefit of working in lower light situations Fomopan 100 Classic high contrast most of the time looks old school, also cheap much nicer negatives than 200 Creative Kodak TMax Professional 400 great all-rounder used to shoot a lot of this in highschool, so nostalgia hits hard A Tier Ilford XP2 Super very similar to HP5+, but uses C41 development chemicals instead of traditional b/w yields very dark, strange looking negatives works really well pushed to ISO 1600 (+2) just like HP5+ worth getting if you can’t get b/w developed easily, or is on sale for less than HP5+, otherwise not really worth it over HP5+ Fomopan 200 Creative high contrast most of the time looks old school and I dig it, also cheap thin and kinda wonky negatives Ilford Kentmere KPan 100 surprisingly good and smooth while also being cheap, low grain, high contrast Kodak TMax Professional 100 super smooth, very low grain B Tier Ilford Delta Professional 100 super smooth, very low grain, a bit greyscale Ilford FP4 very low grain, but also pretty low contrast C Tier Ilford Kentmere KPan 400 nowhere near as good contrast-wise as ISO 100 version Rollei RPX 400 not very contrasty D Tier Kodak Professional P3200 very, very grainy very expensive, would rather just use Ilford HP5+ pushed F Tier unplaced / need a retry Fujifilm Acros II 100 need to shoot again, didn’t work well in Halina 35X as first roll due to mostly indoor + overcast shooting, needed higher ISO film + fix light leak + better understanding of focusing the Halina colour S Tier Lomography Color Negative 800 extremely useful in lower light situations whilst maintaining good grain aood grain and sharpness expensive, but worth it, especially in bulk packs for traveling A Tier Fujifilm Fujicolor C200 great PNW film for summer time as the greens really shine Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400 Kodak Ultramax 400 Kodak ColorPlus 200 probably better than Ultramax but harder to find Kodak Gold 200 great for fall time colours (oranges, yellows), strong saturation which I enjoy B Tier C Tier Cinestill 400D hallations not my jam with mid-speed daytime film Lomography Color 100 pretty meh for the price probably rebadged Kodak or something, not worth getting again D Tier F Tier unplaced / need a retry experimental S Tier Lomography Lomochrome Metropolis a lot of fun to shoot, looks like Soviet Russia A Tier Lomography Lomochrome Purple pretty interesting color tones works pushed +1 to ISO 800, but ends up making pretty thin negatives, don’t think +2 (1600) would work well B Tier C Tier Film Photography Project Retrochrome pretty interesting in interior lighting or darker exteriors, but really not good in low light (very grainy) or direct sunlight (very over-exposed looking and washed out) D Tier Lomography Lomochrome Turquoise 2021 pretty weird, very few photos I’ve taken with this I actually thought were cool F Tier unplaced / need a retry

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Coffee Hierarchy

S Tier Water Avenue River Trip Blend light/medium roast funky complex taste Tostado Arandas medium dark roast pretty mild but in a lux-diner-coffee kinda way. I could drink this all day! couldn’t be more opposite to River Trip Blend, but different moods require different coffees A Tier Tostado Tonala medium dark roast dark cherry and chocolate, pretty classic taste Water Avenue Boxcar Blend dark roast classic taste Water Avenue Mutu Batak single origin from Sumatra Indonesia pretty funky but fun taste works pretty well with electric grinder too, no real difference from hand-ground likely since its kinda funky and has a strong flavour B Tier C Tier Water Avenue Canoe Blend medium roast a bit too bitter / astringent, much more drinkable when hand ground than machine ground D Tier Stumptown Hair Bender light roast extremely caffeinated, too much so for me, gives me the jitters F Tier unplaced / need a retry

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pre-reqs blank ext4 formatted flash drive for original ChromeOS firmware backup flash drive with UEFI compatible Linux distro installed Steps powerwash and shutdown open back cover and disconnect battery. Plug in power cable and blank ext4 flash drive Enter Recovery Mode: press/hold ESC and Refresh, then press Power for ~1s; release all 3 keys Press CTRL+D to switch to Developer Mode; confirm when prompted Press CTRL+D on Developer Mode splash screen to boot in Developer Mode (On first boot, system will securely wipe all userdata, this takes a few minutes) open a VT2 terminal (from login screen: CTRL+ALT+F2, login ‘chronos’) run the mrchromebox firmware utility script using instructions from https://mrchromebox.

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offline-first laptop

hardware very portable, 13" or smaller older and reliable like a Thinkpad or Dell / HP business class ultraportable, although a 12" MacBook would be cool too as they’re small and light USB-C charging large battery SSD, likely a larger one for local storage and services comfortable keyboard for writing built like a tank but at the same time cheap enough that you don’t care too much about it’s appearance stickers at least a couple cores and 4GB RAM integrated graphics only, low res screen is fine good well supported wifi card and Ethernet jack (Intel) software OS LTS distro, likely Debian minimal with packages installed on top suspend properly supported userspace very lightweight WM instead of full DE i3 or Sway powertop and similar power savings modes and daemons Docker for running local services, but disabled and stopped by default for battery savings disable all visual effects quick screen off and sleep times software offline Wikipedia download with web UI office tools torrent client the usual vim and terminal tools mapping tools VPN clients VLC media player + ffmpeg

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Gambler 500

My first Gambler 500 experience was an absolute blast. I heard it best described as a “Burning Man for Redneck, Car Nerds”. Even though Butterface, my team’s 1988 Mercedes 190E, didn’t even make it to the campsite in Chemult, Oregon, I still had a great weekend and the smiles per mile factor was through the roof. So many hilarious cars, questionable modifications, and goofy people having a good ol’ time out in the blazing hot desert.

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Missing Emojis

Here’s an ongoing list of emojis that I wish were part of the Unicode standard zombie or walking dead blushing face that isn’t a smile with a slight blush hug that doesn’t look like two high-fives

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I was driving to work a while back and came across three of what I think are the best looking “normal” cars (read: normal cars as not sports cars) in one 15 minute drive… Ford Fusion (Americas Gen2: 2013-2015…): Aston Martin grille Mazda 6 (Gen1: 2004-2008, Gen3: 2011-2015…): Dodge Dart (2012-2015…): I’ve actually driven a Dodge Dart, not bad at all for a normal economy car. Would have been more fun in manual, the auto had a bit of a mind of its own…

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