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2 June 2022

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 Queen Elizabeth, Pixma printer reboots, Beth Galton, Rosalind Hobley, Tiananmen Square photos, rain, HD and SSD reliability, Excire Foto 2022 and an online game.

  • The New York Times celebrates Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee (gift link) with seven decades in photos. "Her reign has spanned virtually the entire post-World War II era, making her a witness to cultural upheavals from the Beatles to Brexit, technological advances from wireless radio to Zoom, political leaders from Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson," writes Mark Landler, the London bureau chief.
  • Richard Lawler reports that Canon Wireless Printers Are Getting Stuck in Reboot Loops. Pixma models include the MX490, MX492, MB2010, and MG7520. Canon is investigating the complaints but one solution involves disconnecting from the Internet to avoid a DNS issue.
  • Suzanne Sease features Memory of Absence, the personal project of Beth Galton. "In this series, I combined botanicals with objects and photographs that I found, in order to convey a sense of memory and loss," Galton writes. "The organic and volatile botanicals serve as a reminder of the ever-changing nature of memory and emotions -- an unstable and profoundly unreliable process."
  • In Blooms Exude Presence and Personality, Kate Mothes presents the cyanotypes of London-based artist Rosalind Hobley. "I aim for my prints to have the weight and presence of a piece of sculpture," Hobley tells her.
  • Shelzhang opens an old Naturalizer shoebox labeled "photos" and discovers Never Before Seen Tiananmen Square Photos. "I knew from my parents that my uncle was in Beijing during the protests, that he had gone to the square and that he was not in the square on the night of June 3," she writes. "I had no idea he had taken pictures. He must have developed the photos himself."
  • Darlene Barlows lists 10 Simple Tips to Take Beautiful Photos in the Rain. "It's sudden, unpredictable and it can take a beautiful day and make it downright depressing," she writes. "And yet, the rain can give you some of the most amazing photos you've ever seen -- assuming you're prepared."
  • Which Are More Reliable: Hard Disks or SSDs? Howard Oakley answers the question vaguely, "Although good estimates don’t exist, the failure rates of hard disks and SSDs during their expected working life appear low, and not significantly different."
  • The AI-enhanced Excire Foto 2022 has been released with "a powerful duplicate finder and other useful new features." We hope to have a review soon.
  • This Image Does Not Exist is an online game in which you guess whether an image was generated by a human or a machine.

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