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Depth of Field: 1944 Depth of Field: 1944

Look at how this fellow’s left eye is sharp, but by the time you get to the tip of his nose, or back to his ear, the focus gets soft. I can only speculate what sort of camera might have captured this image, but I bet the f-stop (focal length / aperture diameter) was 1.0 or even less. (From Bruce’s photos)

Bruce's Ford Pickup Bruce's Ford Pickup

My friend Bruce is 92 and I am scanning some of his photos for him. This Ford F-350 — I’d have guessed it was an F-250 — was his pride and joy for many years. I wanna say it’s a ‘74, because didn’t the hood change in ‘75?

Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride

I just learnt that Bakelite was invented by American Chemist Leo Baekeland in 1907. 

What's a good camera to use making a YouTube wrenching video? What's a good camera to use making a YouTube wrenching video?

I am going to rebuild the front suspension on my ‘97 Safari — which has 100% less of its paint than this specimen does — and install new upper and lower control arm bushings and upper and lower ball joints*. This is a job that nobody has done for YouTube, and I thought I’d document my efforts and upload it for…

East of Eden East of Eden

Will grumblingly accepted the southern half of the valley as his exclusive area, and within fifteen years the valley was two-deep in Fords and Will was a rich man driving a Marmon.

Some Really Good Doggo on Netflix Some Really Good Doggo on Netflix

Very different feature-length shows from the Doggo genre, both with lots of good feels and both well worth the time. And if you like doggos? Even better!

Craigslist: Stood Up Craigslist: Stood Up

I got stood up by a Craigslist seller today. 35-mile round trip, 30 minutes sitting there, $5 in gasoline. Then the guy called me back later on and I realized that Dude has issues, so whatevs. Nice drive in the Mazda 3 with Missus.

MH370: A Somewhat Exhaustive Story MH370: A Somewhat Exhaustive Story

I found this interesting, and I hope you will also. I’m not a big enough aviation fanboi to poke holes in any of the story, and there’s a bunch of what I’d call human interest that I could do without, but the story seems to largely add up.

This stuff is dreadful. This stuff is dreadful.

It’s like drinking a Lifesavers candy.

DOTS: MX-5 Edition DOTS: MX-5 Edition

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Shasta, California

You say "tomato" and I say "tomato." You say "tomato" and I say "tomato."

Let's call the whole thing off.

Made in Usa Made in Usa

Usa: a little island off Japan.

This may not look like much... This may not look like much...

This is the door latch on my Coleman tent trailer. The tab broke off — Coleman having spared every expense in the trailer’s construction -- for the door handle and I riveted on this new tab, which will probably last forever. PS: pop rivets are cool.

Legal Question Legal Question

Someone I know told me a year or two ago that they’d had an employee steal money from them, to the tune of around $20k. He terminated the employee and, he claims, added up all that the employee had embezzled and submitted a 1099 to the IRS for that amount. In other words, report the stolen amount as money he paid to…

Helmet Question Helmet Question

So a buddy of mine wants me to ride with him on some laps at Laguna Seca. He has a spare helmet, but it’s unlikely to fit my melon. What is an acceptable Snell SA2015 helmet that is basic?

Deep Cycle Battery Question #2

Is there a simple way to have a cutout or an audible warning when a deep cycle coach battery has dropped to a certain voltage so that you don’t inadvertently “flatten” the battery?

Deep Cycle Batteries Deep Cycle Batteries

What makes this battery qualify as a “golf cart” battery and double or triple the price of the other “marine” deep cycle batteries on offer?

Any theories? [UPDATE] I got the story. Any theories? [UPDATE] I got the story.

The owners of the two cars live in the brown house. An unlicensed 16-year-old was out joy riding in his father’s Nissan — without permission — at around 4 am this morning with two other kids. He struck the silver car and continued into the red car, which was pushed forward six feet from where it was parked. The silver…

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