Author: Kyle Bell
Jazz for a Monday morning chill
I put on McCoy Tyner’s Nights of Ballads and Blues while walking to work today because it was sitting in my Apple Music albums and I hasn’t listened to it before. It really fit the Monday morning vibe. Enjoy.
Where to recycle anything in New York City
Keeping our tiny apartment in Manhattan tidy requires constant attention to not accumulating things. Part of what we’ve developed over the years is a strategy for getting rid of things we no longer need or want. We often save them near the door and make a weekend “run” to drop things off at several places.…
Light and shadow
No need to wait for the golden hour as the sun is setting, New York is good for photos at any hour. The skyscrapers cast hard shadows like sundials onto the streets below. All photos were taken and edited on my iPhone 13 Pro Max.
New site design
I recently transferred my blog to WordPress managed hosting, which is the reason for the change in design. It offers a similar set of features at a much lower price than my previous self-hosted arrangement. You might see some things move around in the next few days. Bear with me as I get everything set…
Finding the right coffee recipe for a vintage vacuum pot
Maybe two or three years ago after returning from Japan, I decided I wanted to try replicating the siphon coffee that we were served for our first breakfast. I some research and found out that they used to be very common in the US before auto-percolators took off in the 1960s and were known as…
Using the Rollei Prego 90 for the first and last time
A few months ago, after catching the film bug, I happened across a 90s-era point and shoot at a local second hand shop. It looked average but had a good name, it was a Rollei, a German brand famous for cameras like the Rolleiflex. The camera was a Rollei Prego 90, and given how hard…
Rediscovering film cameras in Princeton
A few months ago, Paola and I took some friends to Princeton, New Jersey. We were just looking to get out of the city and enjoy a sunny Saturday. While we were there we happened across a store named, interestingly and somewhat incongruously, New York Camera. Struck by nostalgia, we decided to buy a disposable…
How do you charge an electric vehicle and how much does it cost?
We recently rented a Tesla Model Y from Hertz and took it on a 900-mile round trip through the Adirondacks, Quebec, Vermont, and the Hudson Valley. This was a bit of a test-drive to see if an electric vehicle could put up with being driven on a road trip that we had planned without much…
Cheems, the most famous Shiba Inu in Mexico
This is a post about a Shiba Inu from Hong Kong named Balltze who is a superstar in Mexico, where he is known as Cheems. KnowYourMeme traces the birth of “Cheems” to r/dogelore, an American Reddit group focusing on dog memes, in June 2019. In his original incarnation, Cheems was a floating dog head that…