Opus Magnus

State of the Nerd Report / Homelab Update


The last few months have been quite a ride. I’ve been busy, both at work and at play. And both influence one another. Of course, if I were going to write about work tonight, I’ve got another outlet for that. So let’s catch up on what I’ve been up to in my personal nerding.

I’ve largely pulled back from photography. This isn’t so much on a permanent basis, but long enough for me to catch up on some other geekery. My home office was looking like something out of hoarders, though, so I took drastic action before my family could stage an intervention.

The part that hurts the most is that I’ve liquidated almost all of my darkroom equipment. I can still process exposed film in 35mm and medium format, but no longer have the trays for sheet film processing. All three enlargers are gone, safe lights are gone, enlarger timer is gone. In a nutshell, I can no longer create analog enlargements. This reflects the reality of how poorly my darkroom setup was. Quite literally, it involved crawling around on the floor of my downstair bathroom with an enlarger propped up on the toilet lid, trays in the bathtub, other supplies scattered on the floor around me. My knees can’t take it anymore, and I’m not making a significant upgrade in my house to accommodate a permanent professional type darkroom, so off it went.

A lot of old computer junk went off to the recycling center. I still have a bunch of hard disks to drill out, but this also freed up a lot of floor space.

But I didn’t just spend my time getting rid of stuff: there are new toys, as well.

I feel like I’ve been super busy and not getting a lot done. But I have gotten a lot done. I just have a lot more to do.

Some of the things I want to get done soon: