Another week, another Wednesday Edition. I’ve received some feedback over the last few weeks — positive and negative. I think I’ll keep slugging forward for the time being.

If you want some mid-week links to get you to the weekend, here you go.

Great Reads

How World War III Became Possible — Max Fisher for Vox:

Both sides came to believe that the other had more drastic intentions. Moscow is convinced the West is bent on isolating, subjugating, or outright destroying Russia. One in three Russians now believe the US may invade. Western nations worry, with reason, that Russia could use the threat of war, or provoke an actual conflict, to fracture NATO and its commitment to defend Eastern Europe. This would break the status quo order that has peacefully unified Europe under Western leadership, and kept out Russian influence, for 25 years.

 At Long Last, New Horizons Makes a Historic Flyby of Pluto — Funny. When New Horizons launched, Pluto was still considered a full on planet.

Distractions — Kevin Wild:

When I write on the iPhone, I don’t have this problem. Opening an app creates a single vision where all external distractions are tamed.  Something about how iOS is designed helps me to forget that distractions are a home button press away. My mind is not tempted to wander.

This is why I find the iPad to be the best writing device in my arsenal. Especially now after iOS 9’s multitasking features have begun to sink in.

The Millennial’s Guide To Living Well Cheaply — The tone in this article is overly condescending and extremely self-righteous — almost to the point of needing to close down the browser.

But that doesn’t mean the authors are wrong. If anything, they are right on the money. Figuratively and literally.

Photography

Robin Wong’s OM-D Camera Cheat Sheet — There are a plethora of interesting tweaks for your OM-D in this cheat sheet. I’m looking forward to getting home and pulling up my Mark II’s (horrible) menu system.

Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses — The Ultimate Guide — This is a fairly in-depth look at the best lenses in the Micro 4/3 system. Evidently, this is a very subjective topic and rests mainly on each person’s personal flavour of photograph. I’m currently convinced the Olympus PRO zoom trifecta and the Pana/Leica prime trifecta are the best lenses in the system, but I’ve never tried Voigtlander’s praised primes.

But to boldly stand on a soapbox and proclaim the best lenses? I don’t think I have the guts for that.

The Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Lens — On Tools & Toys, we are continuing the Micro 4/3 lens review theme with a review of the popular Pana/Leica 25mm Summilux lens. Álvaro’s in-depth review — as always — gives you everything you need to know about this lens.

I picked up the 25mm Summilux f/1.4 on eBay about two months ago for a fairly good bargain and I’ve been very happy with the lens so far. The Summilux doesn’t focus as fast as the Olympus PRO zooms, nor does it have anywhere near the high-end build quality associated with many of Olympus’ more expensive lenses. However, the character of each image produced with the Summilux just tickles my fancy. I have no problem swallowing the shortfalls in build quality and autofocus to obtain that classy semi-Leica look.

Great Stuff

The Work/Play Limited Edition by Baron Fig — Brad was lucky enough to get his hands on the latest limited edition from Baron Fig before it was announced, and this Confidant looks to be spectacular.

I’d love to collect all the Baron Fig limited editions, but I just can’t fill up a full notebook in the time the company takes to design and produce a new limited edition. I already pump enough money into Field Notes books sitting on my shelf, so I’m going to have to pass on this one.

Nox — My friend Chase McCoy, along with Nathan Ansel, have created a super simple, super beautiful iPhone app to track sunrise and sunset times. I’ve found the app really helpful to determine how much time I have left in the Golden Hour at the end of the day. I think chipping in $1 for Chase and Nathan’s hard work is a pretty simple task.

But hey, if you’re not cool with that, I’ve got a few promo codes to give away. First come, first served.

NeuBible and the ESV — NeuBible is easily the most beautiful way to read The Bible on your iPhone. Yesterday, the team launched the English Standard Version as an in-app purchase option — something I’ve been looking forward to since the app first launched. All that’s left on my wishlist is an iPad version.

Saddleback Leather Mouse Pad — I’ve never had a mouse pad for my desk at home. Time to change that.