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No Stopping Anytime

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This seems about right as a midlife signpost. By this point you’ve set up some pretty elaborate systems to sustain your job or family, or whatever your thing is, and there’s no pulling off to the shoulder for a smoke, or suddenly deciding to drive the opposite way. You’d better put the petal to the floor and keep on going if you care about the general safety of others on the road.

Soldering Iron

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Palm Tree


Instaxcasting is, of course, blogging with a Fuji Instax instant camera.

Campbell Sunrise

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The Pocket Square camera

I just learned about the lo-fi Pocket Square camera (“Miniscule square-format photos and videos with analog edge”) on the blog Miss Doxie (jump to point #4 where she provides a funny interpretation of the user’s manual) and although it is $100 dollars more than I should be spending on thingamajigs at the moment, I am intrigued.

It’s a super small digital camera with no viewfinder that takes square 6″ x 6″ photos and has lo-fi filters (yellow, ‘noise,’ and monochrome).

Thing is, probably even a cool camera like this would result in crummy photos if I was behind the lens, because of the following fact: I am a terrible photographer. If you lay your mitts on one though, I want to see the pictures.

Note: image shamelessly lifted from Photojojo web site for this post.

My (late) entry in the Clickthing Crapcam Challenge

Clickthing recently challenged typospherians and interested others to take to the streets with a low-fi digital camera
, otherwise known as a crapcam, to gather quick photographic impressions of one’s surroundings. The point of this exercise was to skip over the fetishistic focus on Just The Right Tools and focus instead on just getting the images with whatever sad excuse for a low-fi camera you might have lying around.

Today while at Pike Place market on a classic Seattle weather day (40 degrees and raining, but in a misty sort of fashion), I busted out my 5 year old, scratched-up candy-bar style Samsung phone, which features no internet capability and only the faintest excuse for a digital camera, and took a few pictures:

Return of the Polaroid?

A new low: I am writing this post with a mobile device. One with a virtual keypad, no less. Least retrotech post in history of typosphere. I dare you to stoop lower. If it’s even possible.

So I hear Polaroid cameras are coming back. Hoax? You decide.

Graduate school is kicking my ass. That is all.

Update. I see I am late to the party with this information. So then I had better come up with something else…. crickets chirping… stay tuned.

Typewriter photography, pen pencil & paper, and why Flickr is better than Twitter

I think that this Sotto Voce post is very interesting. If you haven’t read it yet, do. I’ll be checking his comments section for your opinion of the Seth Godin “bandwidth-sync correlation” chart.

The first Carnival of Pen, Pencil & Paper is live. Check it out!

Here is a photo of Dennis and Matt McCormack of Ace Typewriter in Portland, OR. It was taken by Jake Shivery of Blue Moon Camera & Machine.

Elsewhere on Flickr are still more interesting photos related to typewriters. I have said it before and I will say it again– Flickr is definitely the best social-media website there is. And here’s why: related to the Sotto Voce post, it transforms ephemeral information into an organized and (digitally) permanent resource, retaining its value. Compared to this, Twitter is like a Letterpress type cabinet knocked over in an earthquake.

On blogging, and the Kodak Kodaslide tabletop slide viewer

Today I saw a presentation at coughcoughMicrosoftcough by Scott Rosenberg about his book Say Everything: How blogging began, what it’s becoming, and why it matters. On the topic of ever-evolving media forms (e.g., blogs replacing old media, Twitter replacing blogs, etc.), he indicated that no form of media truly extinguishes another. “The new medium redefines the old,” he said, “and helps us see its essence.”

I’d like to think that this is what blogging does for the typewriter. Did typists of the past ever imagine that someday, tactile sensation would be mostly expunged from the act of forming written thoughts? That new disposable technology would create great amounts of toxic refuse, and require expensive investments on a regular upgrade cycle? That typewriters, machines in regular use for 100 years, would quickly become nothing more than jewelry, movie props, and shorthand symbols for technophobia, due to our ready reception of marketing messages that tell us mechanical equals obsolescence?

And, climbing off my soapox, I turn now to the long-neglected topic of the Kodak Kodaslide tabletop slide viewer (bonus points to anyone who can find solid interweb documentation of this device; I could not). This fully functional early 50’s era electric tabletop slide projector has been sitting on my dining room table for a month (at least), waiting for me to do a post about it. Originally, I filmed a videocast demonstrating it in use, but it turned out that *I* appeared in the video, in all my fast-talking camera-unreadiness, and so only this lone frame (and the one below) of the original film has been salvaged. (I might perhaps re-film the demo, provided I can find a suitable spokesmodel. The husband, perhaps?)

It’s quite a convenient alternative to slide projectors and screens and whatall if you have a stack of slides you’d like to view. However, my own parents are hoarding any slides of relevance to me in an Arkansan hallway closet full of 50 year old clothes and bags of expired personal beauty products (dad, you KNOW you need to clean those closets), and thus, I unfortunately have no use for it myself, despite its delightfully retro-futuristic pod-shaped form and distressed vintage case. It was given to me by a friend of my husband’s, who knew it would be just the thing for a Strikethru post.

Could anyone out there make better use of this item than I can? You KNOW that you need a Kodaslide tabletop viewer. You have my permission to brush aside any family members/second thoughts that argue otherwise, if this device will serve your slide-viewing needs.

It even comes with handy slide drawers and a replacement lightbulb:


Now, there’s just about one of the most search-unfriendly post titles possible.

I know *one* of you retrotechnical types out there already blogged about Poladroid. Please point me to that post, because I missed it.

Was poking around the interweb and found a link to it on Dearly Devoted. Poladroid, quite simply, turns digital photographs into digital Polaroids. Which is cheaper and less time consuming than:

1) Rummaging around the Goodwill technology graveyard bins for a functioning Polaroid camera;
2) Buying overpriced discontinued Polaroid film from an eBay reseller and waiting two weeks for it to arrive;
3)Shooting Polaroids, watching them ooze from the camera, and then waiting while they slowly fade into view;
4) Placing them facedown on a flatbed scanner;
5) Fooling with the resulting image on your computer.

It is however, not as cool as the above sequence of actions. Which I don’t need to tell a bunch of typecasters, do I?

Note that Poladroid is a little bit quirky, as far as freeware goes. Not a bad thing, really.