March 18, 2020

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L Lens Review

I began to worry about this review about a week into my time with the RF 50mm f/1.2L lens from Canon.

My process is simple: use the lens like I normally would. Take it to work shoots and personal shoots, carry it around with me, explore its capabilities, and take notes throughout the process about what I like and what I don’t like.

The first week with any piece of gear is a honeymoon period. We tend to be more forgiving, more excited, and less receptive to the little nuances that reveal themselves over the course of extended use.

As a result, by the end of that first week my notes were distinctly lopsided. Instead of a balanced set of pros and cons, I had a bunch of pros, and just two cons. That kind of imbalance makes for a boring review, one that suggests insufficient time spent with the gear or a lack of skill and context in evaluating it.

Thankfully, after that initial glow wore off, I began to form a more balanced opinion about it. Now, a month later, I’m ready to share a proper evaluation.

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March 9, 2020

Things vs Todoist in Early 2020

It always comes down to a choice between these two productivity powerhouses for me.

Over time, I’ve mostly settled on using Things, but as I tend to do once or twice per year, I switched back to using Todoist for a few weeks to see how things have changed and improved over the past few months.

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February 24, 2020

Understands Planet 6 Desk Stand

For several years now, my desktop setup has revolved around an iMac.

At the centre of that setup was a Grovemade stand that elevated the computer. The trouble was that the Grovemade stand doesn’t allow for any storage, so I was happy to discover an alternative.

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January 27, 2020

Why We Spend Our Brief Lives Indoors, Alone, and Typing

Writing about writing feels like a cliché (and one particularly endemic to Medium), but this may be one of the best pieces of writing I’ve read so far this year.

Timothy Kreider has quickly become one of my favourite modern essayists, and in this piece he wrestles with his responsibility as a teacher. Is it fair, he wonders, to lure guileless young people into squandering their passion and talents on a life of letters?”

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January 14, 2020

The Olympus E-M1 Mark III is Coming

The market seems to have forced Olympus to reconsider its 4-year lifespan of the flagship E-M1 Mark II. We find ourselves anticipating the E-M1 Mark III a year early, which leaves me wondering what we can realistically expect.

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December 30, 2019

Unsubscribing From Apple News+

Apple News+ is a mediocre app, a bad deal for publishers, and of questionable business value to Apple given its terrible traction so far. And yet…as someone who enjoys magazines, it turns out it’s difficult to leave behind.

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