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Sunday, 01 August 2021


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When I used to have similar projects to yours I used the MailTags add-on for Apple Mail. It’s trivial to name a new project and have MailTags tag each Mail automatically and they will then appear in an appropriately named Smart Folder. No moving emails about involved. It does other useful things with keywords. https://smallcubed.com/scs/

MailTags is now part of the larger MailSuite which does a lot of other, no doubt useful, things and like everyone has gone to a kind of annual subscription.

A more basic solution for searching Apple Mail is InfoClick https://nisus.com/InfoClick/ which is $15 on the App Store and works really well for searching for emails. It has been available for many years and is still updated.

Thanks for answering the bell. I really like Maggie’s picture from the new set.

“Going in one more round when you don’t think you can, that’s what makes all the difference.” - Rocky Balboa

thank you for this post. i usually screw up deadlines and other important stuff. i am glad you finally managed to do this. i have never send you any photo but i always like your photo critique. maybe you can write a couple (or a dozen) posts about your take on the photos presented, and why not post a few more collective random excellence ones about the honorable mentions.

Congratulations on achieving the new record delay! But much more important, congratulations on figuring out that the photos weren't lost after all and you can follow through on the project, because I think it's a really cool idea twice, the reader submissions, and the particular theme.

This sounds like one of those "things that turn off your brain" situations. Seems like you were thinking "Drat, I've done that again, deny deny delay!" At least this time, when you faced it squarely, it was fixable. The "drat" is always appropriate to these situations, but "deny" and "delay" make things worse, not better. (Trust me on this!) At worst, the public shame could be a year in the past; and, as happened this time, there's no need for public shame, and two years of feeling bad about it could have been skipped.

(Yes, I'm kind of assuming you could have had the realization that resolved this at any time, and I admit that's not really how these things work, not reliably. I don't know how long you have to wait to be sure you won't have the realization, I suspect there's no safe time limit. And I don't know how to tell from internal feelings when you might vs. might not figure it out. But tackling the problem and really working on it, in my experience, makes it vastly more likely that I will have the realization than just waiting does, and in this case, when you buckled down to make a solid try at recovery, it came. But the usual assumption that everybody of course is just like me isn't all that reliable either.)

Well, I'm glad you responded to it with positivity and that it had a good ending, in terms of finding the pics. But I find myself quite surprised and disappointed that people reacted to you harshly. I'm an atheist, but there's a lot to be said about the ethic of "let the person who is without sin cast the first stone". I'm not sure that there are many of us out here in Reader Land who haven't dropped the ball on some project or other. Especially this last year, with a global pandemic raging, and not least knowing what you've been through personally.

And, heck, this is a free blog! I try to use your Amazon links to buy stuff, but mostly you're giving this content away for free. Grouching about the odd project that doesn't make it to conclusion seems, well, harsh.

I think people can forget that the admin of this blog is very much a one person show, and that you have an entire life outside generating content here and maintaining this space. You clearly take the "Bakers Dozen" submissions and posts seriously, and value the work your readers submit. As such I imagine these events are a lot of extra labour.

I loved this "In the Museum" Baker's Dozen even though the theme initially didn't interest me. On viewing the photos posted I was drawn in.

As an aside, one of the things that keeps me coming back to this blog is your humility as author. It's refreshing to read someone discuss mistakes they may have made or problems they've had in a way that invites discussion and also makes the blog a varied and always entertaining read. I know that you'll approach whatever you write about or do here with curiosity, and an approach that welcomes even those who have no prior knowledge of the topic at hand. You manage to make the writing here approachable to all while at the same time not dumbing anything down. TOP is a pretty special place on an internet that's becoming increasingly hostile and bland.

It's all good, Mike. A very nice selection that is enjoyable to experience. Thanks to all that shared. (✿´‿`)

It’s really great to see this. I really enjoy when you share photos, of your own or readers’, and the sense of community on your website is palpable and joyful. I wish I could contribute more. I particularly love your print critiques. I’m minded to post you something over the Atlantic.

As they say "Crow is best eaten hot."

The "In The Museum" baker's dozen was great, thank you, and thanks
for the explanation. I'm still holding my breath for the "Grandkids" baker's dozen (well, I have breathed, but just once a week).

I'm glad you found them and were able to finish the job. It's good. I'm enjoying looking at the set. I often get stalled and take a long time to finish a project. I don't usually have any good reason like losing track of the content (I shudder to think of the volume of email you must get), but I do recognize the accomplishment and, well, relief, when all the pieces are finally organized and finished! I hope you do run the smartphone contest, I've already got my submission picked out!

"The past has too much of a hold on me; it often casts too much of a shadow on the future…" Well, don't sweat that now—can it until you're my age (90), when long term perspective can apply.

Meh. Better late than never.

[Well which is it? --Mike]

Is the title of the post a reference to "Monk"?

I'm sad that I didn't make it to the chosen dozen, yet seeing my name on TOP after 10 years of daily visits feels like the sweetest silver medal !
The quality of this selection is very high, this was a real treat to watch.

I'll bet that you didn't have "people in the museum" as a theme before you looked at the submissions. That's going to happen with any categorized contest or show. The curator has to take advantage of what they find in the raw material, so any of these is so subjective.
If you want a real test, get paid.

Re: categories for cell phone photos (I loathe the smartphone label), you wrote, "...the words tending to funnel viewers' conceptions into reductionist bins..." Thank you for a very salient observation that could easily cover so many other groupings. Not far behind in inducing a gag response are the so-called Best Lists.

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