The Blackwing 602

13.07.2018 02:00

I started out with the Blackwing “MMX”, and I immediately knew that I probably should have gone with the 602.

This pencil is awesome. IT is not a “HB”, it is a little bit softer and smother than all of the HB pencils I have used. But it feels like a very good compromise between point retention and smoothness.

Where I usually wanted to re-sharpen my MMX after half a A5 page, this pencil I can get through at least a full A5 before I want to stop and sharpen it. Other than that it feels a lot like the MMX. It is very comfortable to use and is obviously a premium pencil.

The design. It looks really good, even though to colours etc are not my kind of thing. I think both the MMX and the Pearl look much better than the Grey and Gold on this one.

I would probably have liked it to be a little bit harder, but if you are going to use the pencil for writing long form I’d go with this over the other Blackwings.


12.07.2018 02:00

Are there some kind of football thing going on?


12.07.2018 02:00

Malcom Gladwell’s podcast ads makes me kind of uncomfortable


12.07.2018 02:00

I can’t wait to see how the new MacBook Pro keyboards hold up after people have been using them for a while.


12.07.2018 02:00

IDE’s are not my kind of thing, but if it is, then I think Cursive is four you. It is a plugin for IntelliJ. IntelliJ is without a doubt the best Java IDE I have ever used, and I have spent some time using Cursive, you know, just to give it fair shake, and it is great.

Some languages need more IDE like features than others. Java and C# are two of them. I’m not 100% convinced that Clojure need all of them though. They might be nice, to you do not need them. Check it out if you are looking for a powerful Clojure IDE, it is the best non-Emacs Clojure experience I have seen.

New Camera Bags

12.07.2018 02:00

I have a long and complicated relationship with camera bags.

None of the ones I have bought have worked out very well for me. Because I tried to find one solution that fits the mall, before I gave up.

Then I decided to solve it. Usually I don’t need a camera bag, because I either just bring the camera using the strap, or in some other bag like my laptop bag; because I only bring one camera with the lens on it. But there are times when I would like to have something, either because I want to bring more than one camera or a camera plus a lens, and there are times when I want to bring “everything”.

One of my constraints was that I wanted the bags to be good, but not expensive, because I wanted to feel free to add more bags if I found situations where I needed something else. And I would not feel comfortable doing that if I went into ONA land.

The first situation: two cameras or one camera plus an extra lens; and some stuff, like notebook, rolls of film, batteries etc. I decided to go with a “Lowpro Nova 170 AW II”. I can fit two camera bodies in it, plus some extra stuff I might need or want while shooting. Or one camera plus an extra lens or two. It is the camera bag I’m going to use if I’m going to a family thing or going somewhere during the weekend and might want to shoot digital and analog.

But I also wanted a travel bag. You know, the kind where I can fit all my photo stuff, and some stuff I might want while traveling, like water bottles, some clothes etc. I went with a backpack instead of a bag because when you reach a certain size they are more elegant than bags. I went with another Lowpro bag “Hatchback BP 250 AW II”. I can fit all of my stuff in it, and a couple of extra lenses when or if I get them.

I’m very happy with this setup. Because there is enough room for both the camera stuff and the non camera stuff in each of them. And they are picket the two typical camera bag scenarios I have.


11.07.2018 02:00

Fujion 23mm F2

11.07.2018 02:00

I finally bought the third lens I was planning to get when I first got my X-Pro 2. The process have been long, because I have gone back and forth between getting this lens and some of the Fuji zoom lenses.

I’d love a fast similar sized 60 or 90mm to complete the setup; I know Fuji have them, but they are HUGE, I want compact.

I now have three small primes (four counting my Fisheye) a 23, 35 and 50 all f2; or similar to a 35, 50 and 75 on full frame. They are all fast, small, light with very fast auto focus. The reason I prefer to have small and light primes over zooms is that they are light enough to shoot one handed, very useful if you like to take pictures while walking the dog or other situations where you can’t spare an entire hand holding a lens.

If you want to have one lens go for the 23 or 35. The 23mm is more versatile in terms of capturing a larger variety of things without stepping too far back. I think it is the best for just capturing what you see. The 35mm on the other hand is better if you also want to take portraits or want to have more control over what is included in the frame.

This lens is awesome for street by the way, and the auto focus speed is the fastest I have ever seen.

Linux Backup Strategy

10.07.2018 02:00

For me, there are two different “roles” to a backup system. One is to make sure you don’t loose backups, and another is to make the process of moving from one drive or hardware to another. On my Mac I have a lot of stuff that doesn’t live in the cloud or anything like that. Which means that I need a solid backup strategy. My Linux machine on the other hand doesn’t. Everything on it is in Git, and the rest is the system.

The way I decided to back it up, is to clone the system drive with the “dd” command to an external drive. And I update it every few weeks, because the system itself doesn’t change that often.

If my drive fails now, when there have gone a few weeks since the last time I cloned it, the process of recovery would be to get a new drive, clone my backup over to it and then just update the system and the git repositories.


09.07.2018 02:00