Musing: What Digital Pictures Mean for Us Psychologically

A quick look at my Dropbox Camera Upload directory reveals that I take about 3-5 photos a day on average. They range from awesome to mundane, moments to remember, and moments that after a task is done, should be forgettable. But I save them all, because it’s too much work to weed through them and I don’t want to miss any golden ones. Tonight I wonder how this will change society psychologically over the next 30 years.

A Screenshot of my Camera Upload Directory
A Screenshot of my Camera Upload Directory

My parents have photo albums that have 10-20 photos per year in them. They are generally key moments, or at least moments when a camera with film in it was handy. There are no pictures of receipts, white boards, lunch, or random people seen in Walmart. But today we take all those types of photos, and more. And in 30 years, I might have around 1,400 photos per year = 42,000 photos that span a giant chunk of my life. What will this mean? Continue reading “Musing: What Digital Pictures Mean for Us Psychologically”

Minimalistic Culture

The last 10 years have seen minimalism as a movement take hold. Tips, tricks, and thoughts galore are online. One could say that the amount of how-to articles about minimalism is anything but.

KeySmart’s Post Size Makes Me Sad

Last summer I ordered Keysmart – both a regular size and an EXT size, with extension posts, so that I could try them with my keys. I built something similar, and was interested to see how a commercial product based on the same design would look.

And they look great. Unfortunately the size posts they use don’t work with most of my keys. Here are 4 keys off my ring, 3 of which have “too small” holes. In their defense, they did provide 2 SC1 blanks with larger holes, however my Schlage key isn’t a standard SC1, so unfortunately, no dice.

Keysmart Non-Working KeysThe thing I find kinda amazing is that they market this as something a janitor could use. Most commercial janitors probably have Sargent, Primus, or Best keys to carry (I don’t have any Best keys around right now, so I can’t test those – but I don’t think they were much larger than the Sargent).

I really hope they offer smaller posts that could be swapped in, otherwise I’m going to have to find some novelty use for two tools that could have been really useful in daily life!