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17 July 2020

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at Tunisia, Akinbode Akinbiyi, engineering mind, futility, Android cameras and artful face masks.

  • In A Visual Journey of Southern Tunisia, David Gualandris showcases the images captured by Marina Denisova when she recently traveled through the country's scenic but isolated southern regions.
  • Hannah Abel-Hirsch presents the street photography of Berlin photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi taken in Bamako, Dakar, Khartoum, Athens and Chicago over four decades. "Sometimes, when I wander, I hum a song to myself," Akinbiyi said.
  • In Blue-Sky Forum-Y Fantasizing, Mike Johnston wonders why camera companies don't offer options on their camera models. Like different LCD monitors or optionally video capture. Reader John Camp suggests it might have something to do with "engineering mind" that lies at the root of a lot of things. "Why does Apple come out with a new Mac operating system every year or so and even give it away free, when it mostly just frustrates users, often obsoletes some useful third-party software and always has bugs that take most of a year to eliminate?," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck examines the futility of pursuing gear. It's not that new camera gear is disappointing. It's that the old photos were pretty darn good. One photo in particular. "Looking at it closely these days the image also tells me that most of my camera chasing is an exercise in futility," he writes. "That the tools we had a decade ago were fine."
  • Catalin Cimpanu reports Android Cameras Remain Active on Firefox when the phone is locked or you switch apps. Mozilla says a fix for the bug first reported in July 2019 will be available in October. But the fix only disables video. Audio will continue to record.
  • The National Gallery is offering face masks printed with art works. Hey, about a Moon Over Hernandez or Migrant Mother face mask? More to the point, how about Harold Edgerton's Milk Drop Coronet?

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