Hello again all,
This has - thankfully - been a rather nice week.
While winter is not quite over here in Michigan, there have begun to be some warmer days sprinkled here and there. As I write to you on this Friday night I'm still left smiling from a walk I took with my girlfriend out in the sunshine this afternoon. A lingering feeling of happiness is kind of a theme for my week to be honest - I had a couple days in a row off of work, and so aside from waking up for school I was able to get some writing and relaxation in where it feels like I wasn't able to the past few weeks. It's been nice to have some time.
Enough about me though, I've used some of that helping of time this week to put together some links for you to go through this Saturday morning, and as I look back on reading them I have to say that they're ripe with interest - to me at least. We'll dabble in another conceptual camera review this week, Josh Ginter's struggle to decide between two close-related computers, get a good understanding of Apple's troubles with the FBI, and round it all out with a couple enjoyable art and movie pieces at the end.
I have to thank you all as usual for coming and reading along with me week-in and week-out. I'm hoping to have more writing for you coming down the pipeline, but life does have it's way with things, so we'll have to wait and see.
Enjoy the reads, and I'll see you all back here come next Saturday.
Review of the Fujifilm X70 For Street Photography - While I don't read all of his pieces anymore, Eric Kim was actually the original inspiration for me to start writing here on MBS-P-B a little over a year ago. This piece reminds me of why. His review of the new FujiFilm x70 compact is simultaneously focused on the gear itself, the more conceptual things the gear allows for, a story, and a street photography lesson all at once. It sounds messy, but Eric pulls it off every time. The X70 sounds like a great camera for a run-and-gun street photographer, but I like reading about Eric's ethics and priorities even more.
MacBook - The Newsprint - Over the past months it's become increasingly clear that most people fall into two decisive camps when it comes to the latest portable computers out of Cupertino - people who like the 12" MacBook better, and those who feel the same about the iPad Pro. Josh Ginter it seems, is one of the few in the middle. He's still deciding which one is best for him, and this piece really highlights that struggle in both his likes and dislikes with the MacBook - though not without some quality prose and photography of course. I wish him luck, and I count my blessings that I'm satisfied with my iPad alone for now.
Apple Versus the FBI, Understanding iPhone Encryption, The Risks for Apple and Encryption - Stratechery - In one of the more important politcal stories this week, Apple is still in the process of grappeling with the court and FBI over whether or not they will offer assistance in breaking into a terrorist's recovered iPhone. This story has been all over the place, so I'm sure most of you have seen it, but it was important enough where I felt it needed a share - and Ben Thompson did a terrific job explaining the situation over at Stretechery this week. I wish someone knew the answer to this tough situation. On one hand the government says they are trying their best to protect our country, but on the other hand they haven't been the best stewards of our privacy in recent years. I'd say Apple's concerns are warranted, and so while it doesn't matter who I support in the grand scheme of things, I stand with Apple and Tim Cook on this one.
With Firewatch, Olly Moss Brings His Subversive Touch to Video Games - The New Yorker - Before I start with this one, I haven't read any reviews of Firewatch yet as I'm still slowly making my way through the game. So far it's really good - I can tell you that much - but I'd rather take it slow and savor it, and thankfully that's all my life allows for at the moment. This profile on one of the game's influential artists Olly Moss doesn't spoil anything along the way, but does let us a little into the details behind just how Firewatch got so gorgeous. I've been enjoying video games a little more across the board recently, and you can add Firewatch to the growing list of games I'm making my way through.
Coffee At The Movies: Deadpool - Sprudge - The second entry in Sprudge's Coffee At The Movies series hit my feed late this week, this time around talking about a movie I saw myself this past Sunday - Deadpool. A lot like the reviewer, I found the film to be a really refreshing break from the super-serious and substance-light superhero movies that have been flooding the box office recently. Deadpool's no substance-fest either, but it's gleefully so - eschewing twisting plotlines and dark sequences for jokes and gags of all kinds. I enjoyed the movie, I enjoyed this piece, and I'll have to try that espresso tonic to-go soon.
72 hrs in Hong Kong - Finn Beales - With this trip to Hong Kong, Finn Beales again shows that he can turn just about any locale into a great photo-log. When I visualize China the first thing that comes to mind is usually urban images, but this piece shows there's a lot more to the landscapes than that. Gorgeous shots all around, I wish I could be there. For now though, just pop open this link and get transported there for a minute or two.