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Text Recognition Map Search

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The David Rumsey Map Collection has unveiled its new amazing Text on Maps feature which allows users to search one of the world's largest collections of digitized maps by text. The David Rumsey Map Collection contains over 57,000 geo-referenced vintage maps. Using the new Text on Maps feature you can now search for where any word appears on any of those 57,000 maps. Old maps are an invaluable
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Central Indiana
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Barbie Girl, in the Style of Six Classical Composers


This is fun: Aqua's pop hit Barbie Girl, redone in the style of six classical composers: Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, and Ravel. (via @Erikmitk)

Tags: Aqua · Barbie · music · remix · video
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32 days ago
Central Indiana
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In macOS Sonoma, Touch ID for sudo can survive updates

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One of the great things about having a Mac with built-in biometric authentication is not having to constantly type in your password. It’s particularly nice for those of us that work in Terminal, where you can set up Touch ID to authenticate the sudo command that bestows administrative powers.

However there’s been one drawback to enabling that feature: because it means altering a system file, the change wouldn’t generally survive a system update—the file would get overwritten by the stock file every time macOS released a new version, meaning you’d have to go in and make the change again. I’m probably not alone in having given up on having Touch ID enabled, rather than playing the constant cat-and-mouse game.

But wait, there’s good news: in macOS Sonoma, Apple appears to have provided a new framework to work around this problem. As Mastodon user Rachel pointed out, Sonoma allows for an additional file that will persist through updates. So you can make the change once and it should stick.

From what I can tell, this system was put in place precisely for this feature. Apple provides a sudo_local.template file as an example, which not only contains a comment explaining that sudo_local will survive updates, but also even includes the code necessary to enable Touch ID.

So, without further adieu, here are the steps for enabling this feature in macOS Sonoma, once and for all:1

Open the Terminal app. Navigate to the directory that stores the authentication files by typing the following:

cd /etc/pam.d

Next, copy Apple’s provided template to the actual file that the system will read. You’ll need to use sudo and enter your administrator password to get permission:

sudo cp sudo_local.template sudo_local

Finally, open up the file you just made using your text editor of choice; I prefer pico.2 You’ll need to use sudo again here.

sudo pico sudo_local

In that file, navigate to the line that contains with and delete the hashtag (#) at the beginning. Save the file out by pressing Control-X, typing ‘Y’ to save your changes, and hitting Return.

That’s it; you’re done! We’ll have to wait and see if this truly works as described, but fingers crossed you should be able to keep Touch ID access for sudo for ever and ever.

  1. With the caveat that Sonoma is, of course, still in beta, and this could change upon the official release, as unlikely as that seems. 
  2. Miss me with your command-line text editor wars. 
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33 days ago
Central Indiana
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Chip Player JS

open-source chiptune player with over 200k songs in a variety of tracker/console formats, turn on the visualizer and hit shuffle #
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35 days ago
Central Indiana
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Film photography blogs you should follow

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It’s time for my annual list of film photography blogs! One of the best things about film photography today is the community of people who enjoy everything about it: gear, films, shooting, photographs. Lots of us share our adventures on our blogs.

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A portrait of the blogger, with his finger in the lens.

I was sad to remove 15 blogs from this list this year. A few of them no longer exist, and most of the rest have gone fallow. But I added an equal number of new or new-to-me blogs this year, keeping the list at 104 total blogs.

In this list’s first several years, most of the blogs were about vintage film gear. But over the last few years more and more new blogs are about making film photographs. I like this shift toward writing about film photography and not just gear. I think this shows that film photography has become far more alive and well than any of us could have imagined even ten years ago!

If you don’t see your blog here, I hope you won’t feel put out. Maybe I just don’t know about it. Let me know which blogs I’m missing in the comments!

If you do see your blog here but think my description misses the mark, go to my About page and send me a message on the contact form. Keep it to one or two brief sentences. I’ll edit what you send me for length and clarity, and update this post with it.

Here’s what it takes for a blog to make this list:

  • I have to know about it. (Duh.)
  • Film photography and/or film gear is one of the blog’s subjects, or the blog features primarily film photographs to illustrate the blog’s subject(s).
  • The author posts at least a few times a year.
  • It has an RSS feed so people can follow it with a feed reader.
  • It accepts comments, which helps build this community.

And now, the list! You’ll see 💥 next to blogs that are new on this year’s list, or have returned after being inactive.

  • 127 Film Photography — A blog dedicated to 127 film and cameras, and the major proponent of 127 Day, held annually on July 12th.
  • 35 millimetre — Film photographs by Charlotte Davis in the UK.
  • 35mm Shootist — Black and whites from Martin Smith’s Leica.
  • 35mmc — Hamish Gill and his crew write about cameras and films and photographic skills
  • 6×6 Portraits — Kenneth Wajda shares his excellent work and writes essays about photography.
  • A Life in Photography — Dave is a longtime professional photographer who reflects on his career and on photography. He shoots digital now, but frequently shares his film work.
  • Alex Burke Photography — Alex likes to see the world through the lens of a large-format camera. He does stunning work.
  • Alex Luyckx — A dedicated film photographer shares his work. His film reviews are the most useful on the Internet.
  • All My Cameras — Christoph in Germany and his growing collection. In German and in English.
  • Aly’s Vintage Camera Alley — Alyssa loves obscure old cameras, and shoots as many as she finds.
  • 💥 Analog anecdotes — Analog photography and storytelling.
  • 💥 Analog.Cafe — Outstanding, comprehensive reviews and technical deep dives in film photography.
  • Analogue Wonderland — The blog of Analogue Wonderland, a film store in the UK.
  • Andrew Bartram — Film landscapes of the Cambridgeshire Fenlands in eastern England.
  • arhphotographic — arh shares his work and gear reviews.
  • Barnaby Nutt — Barnaby documents his life with his film camera.
  • Bikes and FIlm Cameras Club — Shawn is an artist and film photographer and a dedicated three-speed bicycle rider who seeks ways to combine his two loves.
  • Bill Smith’s Photography — Bill shoots 35mm and medium format, and shares in a visual diary format.
  • 💥 Blog – Mat Marrash — The occasional writings of this Ohio-based film photographer.
  • Broken Camera . Club — Mostly reviews of mostly obscure gear.
  • Camera Go Camera — Peggy reviews lots and lots of gear, some of it off-the-wall stuff she bought while living in Japan.
  • Camera Legend — Sam collects legendary cameras and writes about using them.
  • Canny Cameras — Gear reviews and photographs by Alan D.
  • 💥 Captured by Film — A longtime film-photography blog, back on this list after a hiatus.
  • Casual Photophile — This site written by James and his crew sets the Internet standard for vintage gear reviews. Excellent writing, excellent images, great cameras. I read every post, from beginning to end.
  • Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris and Carol — Photos of gear from their extensive collection, mostly Yashicas.
  • Coronet66 — Film and digital photography, vintage cameras, travel, music.
  • 💥 — Reviews of classic film cameras.
  • 💥 Dmitriy B. — Film photographs from his extensive travels.
  • Dusty Negatives — Jeremy talks about cameras, film, gear, and techniques, and tells stories that shed insight into the art of film photography.
  • Earth Sun Film — An exploration of gardening and photography, by Jerome Carter.
  • EMULSIVE — A place for film photographers of all backgrounds to share their knowledge, experience, and thoughts about everything related to film photography.
  • 💥 Everything Vintage — Simon looks at vintage technologies, including film cameras.
  • Film Advance — Gary shares images from his eclectic collection of film cameras.
  • 💥 Film Photography Blog — A collaborative blog from the Film Shooters Collective.
  • Film Photography Project — You gotta include the blog of the FPP gang.
  • Fine Film Days — A young woman who travels with her film cameras.
  • 💥FogBlog — Herman’s log of his film photography and other adventures.
  • Fogdog Blog — John takes his Nikons and his Pentaxes (and sometimes his Leicas) along the northern California coast.
  • fourohoh — Film photographs from the Hawaiian coast.
  • Fup Duck Photography — A fellow who shares his experience shooting film, with occasional gear reviews.
  • Going Lomo — Dan likes alternative film looks as he photographs the places he visits around the world.
  • GQGlasgow — Film photographs of a life in Glasgow.
  • Histoires de Photos — A professional film photographer in Lille, France, shares his work. In French, but Google Translate can solve that for you tout de suite.
  • Island in the Net — Khürt shoots both film and digital and shares his work.
  • Japan Camera Hunter — Bellamy lives in Tokyo and finds lovely old cameras for you. And writes about film photography.
  • Joe Van Cleave’s Blog — Experimental film photography, and typewriters, by Joe Van Cleeve.
  • John’s Old Camera Collection — If it can make an image, John Margetts will give it a try and share his experience here.
  • Journeys in Film — Matt publishes lovely film photographs, and tells stories about the places they represent.
  • Katie Shoots Film — Katie shoots film all over the world, using a small stable of cameras.
  • Keith Cartmell Photography — Keith picked up his first film camera in 2016 and shares his experiences as he keeps shooting.
  • kevinthephotographer — Kevin is an amateur photographer from Newcastle upon Tyne who shares location guides to places I’ve photographed, hints and tips for beginners, and other stuff.
  • Kosmo Foto — Stephen dispels the myths about film: that it’s too hard and too expensive, and breaks film-photography news.
  • 💥 Lilly Schwartz Photography & Art — Lilly is a European documentary photogrpaher and artist.
  • Marcus Peddle — Marcus shoots film all over Korea, where he lives.
  • 💥 Matthew Fickinger Photography — Occasional log of a film photographer.
  • Mere Film Photography — Shooting film, printing digitally, thinking and writing about the craft.
  • mike eckman dot com — Long form histories and reviews, from common cameras to wacky stuff you’ve never heard of.
  • Mostly Film Photography — Film and digital photography, technology, travel, and other things that interest Christian.
  • Mostly Monochrome — A photo-a-day blog with a surprising number of color photos given its title.
  • My Favourite Lens — Lee shoots vintage lenses on his mirrorless digital cameras as well as his film cameras.
  • My Journey Into Photography — Jim shares his images and thoughts on the cameras he has come to know and enjoy, and maybe one or two he didn’t get along with.
  • myvintagecamerasblog — Kathleen experiments with cameras and film.
  • 💥 Nick Collingwood Vintage — Nick is a wedding photographer who also uses film.
  • North East Liberties — Michael shares scenes from the region of Northern Ireland his blog is named after. His specialty is printing.
  • Now Developing — Dylan is a hobbyist photographer who aims to feature good work from the film photography community.
  • 💥 Peter Barker — UK film photogrpaher who can also tell a good tale.
  • — He takes pictures, collects cameras, drinks coffee, and travels a little.
  • Photo Thinking — Theo Panagopoulos writes a friendly and informative blog on photography, photo processes and the wonderful and varied cameras used to create pictures.
  • Photo-Analogue — Nicholas shares photos from his 20 film cameras and discusses tech and technique.
  • Photographer’s log — Viktor, native to Ukraine, writes about his experience with photography, especially film, and shares his photographs.
  • Photography and Vintage Cameras — Mike does great work with his old cameras, especially in black and white. He can make an old folder or box camera really sing.
  • Rambling Polymath — Tobias tells stories, regardless of whether they are told with a camera, a pen, a blog or in the newspaper.
  • Random Camera Blog — Mark shoots frequently with his old cameras and shares the results here.
  • reCap — Gear and photographs. A German blog in English.
  • Richard Haw’s Classic Nikon Repair and Review — What it says on the tin. Extremely informative.
  • S.H.O.U.T. — Andy in the UK shares his analog adventures.
  • Seeing Wide — Photo walks and street photography, on film, by Monette.
  • 💥 Shoot Film, Ride Steel — Adventures with film, bikes, trains, and back roads.
  • Shoot With Personality — A pro photographer shares any aspect of his life that was captured on film.
  • Sigg Photography — Daniel writes a general photography blog that is more about the craft of photography, but many of the images are on film.
  • Steel City Snapper — Medium format and 35mm photography from Sheffield, UK.
  • Steven Lawrence Pictures — Steve makes film photographs mostsly around Seattle, where he lives.
  • Street Dances — Simon shoots the street, mostly on film.
  • Studio C-41 — A group blog about film photography, including breaking film news.
  • 💥 Ted Smith Photography — UK wedding photographer who also shoots film.
  • TeGieeR — Michael Sikorski is a Polish photographer who favors 35mm film.
  • The Daily Lumenbox — Sonny loves lo-fi imagery, and shoots a lot of film in his Lumenbox camera. He also shoots more traditional film cameras.
  • The Resurrected Camera — Joe proves that film photography doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • The Thoughts & Photographs of Johnny Martyr — Thoughtful essays about film photography.
  • The View from the End of the World — New Zealander Steve Mitchell shares his film photographs.
  • The Vintage Lens — Tim Jeffers makes photos with cameras at least 50 years old.
  • thegashaus — Mark has collected about 500 film cameras. He shows them off and puts film through them.
  • Tim Dobbs Photography — This Welshman shoots film.
  • Toivonen Photography — Henri in Sweden likes old gear and unusual films. He shares what he’s learned about printing and scanning, too.
  • ULTRAsomething — Gregory Simpson has returned to film, and wants to share his work.
  • Uncle Jonesey’s Cameras — Gear reviews, stories, and images, all about vintage film cameras and the darkroom.
  • Urban Adventure League — Bicycling, geography, history, and film photography.
  • Urban Decay — Andrew shoots dilapidation he finds in Mississippi and surrounding states, mostly on film.
  • Utah Film Photography — Shaun Nelson with vintage gear photographs and reviews.
  • Victoria’s Light — A general photography blog with a slant towards film.

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44 days ago
Central Indiana
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Reminder that it’s still summer, which means we’re still offering bl...

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Reminder that it’s still summer, which means we’re still offering blog hosting for only $1/month to new folks who join There’s no easier way to blog that’s as full-featured and affordable. Feel free to share the link to anyone who might benefit from it! ☀️

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