Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Instant photography rediscovered

A few months ago I read about The Impossible Project, a project to newly develop instant film for Polaroid cameras. This project was started by a group of former employees of the Polaroid factory in Enschede, The Netherlands, after the factory was closed down. Because there was still demand for instant film (to use in original Polaroid cameras) and Polaroid themselves stopped production altogether, they tried and succeeded in reinventing the production of it, resulting in film packs being available again for the various Polaroid camera series: the 600 series, the SX-70 type, the Spectra and Image cameras. There are now films for color and silver gray shades photos, with white, gray, gold and black frames. You can get them at their web shop, or in their shops in some mayor cities, where they also have a collection of original cameras and new accessories, or at photoshops. Development of films is still going on; the light sensitivity is still an issue that is going to be tackled. I've been experimenting with two cameras, a OneStep express 600 series camera and a SX-70 type camera, a Polaroid Land camera Supercolor Autofocus 3500 (shown in the picture), which has a manual focus setting too, and various films.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Social media circles

Recently I joined Google plus, already using gmail and other Google services.
I must say it has become a bit of an addiction, posting messages or photos or reading and viewing other's in various circles I have created or added ('photographers', 'writers', or just funny and interesting people), from people all over the world whom I didn't know before.
To stay in touch with local friends and family I prefer to use my Facebook account.

New social media services come and go. One time it is 'hip' to be one of them, then they become less favorable and everybody is moving to other places to connect.

I'm going to stick to the two afore mentioned, unless they become invaded by a mass of advertisements or other commercialisation.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Holy controversy circus

The controversy about Monty Python's movie 'Life of Brian' is re-imagined in a new movie 'Holy Flying Circus', recently broadcasted on BBC. 
The characters of the original Monty Python team (John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Graham Chapman) are played by lookalike actors.
For those who missed it, or can't receive BBC on their telly or on the iPlayer it's now on youtube: 
It's quite funny.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

iAm loving it (IT)

It's a shame that Steve Jobs wasn't given more time to live. For him and his family and friends of course, but also because he's done so much to greatly enhance our life with computers and the mobile gadgets that we use at home, at work and everywhere.
First he gave us a much better alternative (the Mac) to the bug infested windows.
Then the iPod was created, the digital successor of Sony's walkman.
Microsoft tried to make a 'iPod killer', as they named it, the Zune.
Apart from the stupid name and ugly colors they gave them (poo brown and such), Microsoft never had any idea about what the customer wanted. They are only good at making dull and ugly products like Office.
The Zune was a complete failure of course.
Apple's iPhone was the success of the century and the start of a revolution in design and user friendliness.
And then there's the iPad, another strike and another blow to the windows pc market.
The pc is a fossil of the 1980's.
Now again spokesmen of various companies, full of envy about Apple's success, announce the 'iPhone killer' or the 'iPad killer' but all they do is trying to copy, lacking ideas and original concepts like Apple has.
In the meantime many users of Apple's products like me are having a good time and pc users and users of Android phones or tablets (Android is so like windows 95) are suffering many annoying times.
Jobs seems to left some plans for future products and continuity in furthermore improving the products of today, so I am curious what the future will bring. I'll trust they will do it right.
Steve may now be busy revolutionizing the Divine organization up there in Heaven.
They are longing for it too like we earthlings.

On the 19th of october there was a memorial for Steve Jobs at the Apple campus in Cupertino, Ca. where all employees gathered to remember him. The new ceo of Apple Tim Cook and Al Gore gave a speech and Norah Jones and Coldplay gave a performance.
CNet managed to film a short glimpse of this event from a helicopter: link (YouTube).
Apple has posted a video stream of the whole event:
open this url in your browser or media player on your Mac or pc: 'http://stream.qtv.apple.com/events/oct/10oiuhfvojb23/memorial_350_ref.mov'
or open this in Safari on your iPhone:
or on your iPad:

Apple has also set up a special webpage to remember him, where people have posted and still can post messages in response of Steve Jobs passing away.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

United Colors Of America

Although Americans are mostly conservative they sometimes choose to try out something completely different and never done before. Like a black or coloured guy to be their president. Yes you can!
Obama can make a change, but like most predecessors he will encounter resistance.
First of course he'll need to repair some of the damage caused by 8 years of Bush.
Then there's this crisis caused by greed, overconsumption and mismanagement.
The party is over, it's back to work now, for those who still have a job.
But some still don't realise it. Bankers and others in the top management of financial companies gave themselves billions of dollars of bonuses, even though their failure is apparent.
In the meantime Obama himself creates business opportunities for makers of action figures,
'Yes Pecan' icecream and a recordcompany selling a compilation cd 'A Change Is Gonna Come'.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Year Of The Rat

This year it's the 'Year of the Rat", according to the Chinese. Rats are appreciated as intelligent creatures by them, while in the Western world and most civilized parts of the world they are considered as vermin.
Whereas dogs are popular companions for Westerners, they are popular in China for their meat.
The rotten communist regime of China, responsible for millions of Chinese and Tibetans being killed for political reasons, during the "Cultural revolution" in China and the occupation of Tibet, is desperately trying to keep the Chinese and Tibetan people in mental slavery.
Like in Aldous Huxley's "Animal farm", a satire on communism, some pigs, or rats, are.more equal than others; Although communism was meant as a system where all are equal and everything should be in the benefit of all, the communist party of China considers itself as an elite, guiding the ordinary people. This communist elite is much better off than the people.
They try to keep them satisfied by giving them the freedom of consumerism, but that won't work much longer.
Because of the Olympic Games, this year in China, the gouvernment tries to put up a facade of civilisation and prosperity, demolishing poor neighboorhoods in Beijing (Peking) with little consideration for those who live there, locking up dissidents to keep them away from journalists...
Dissidents like Lu Gengson, who got 4 years of prison for writing about corrupt politicians.
If you are a dissident in China you may end up as an unvoluntary organ donor.

A few days ago the Chinese occupiers crushed protests by Tibetans of whom maybe up to 100 were killed and others who were captured shown to the public in a humiliting way.
The Tibetans are victims of a cultural genocide, since their peaceful nation was brutally put under Chinese rule. The policy is to make the Tibetans a minority in their own country and their relegion is submit to communist rule..
The Chinese communists showed their ugly evil face once again. Bad publicity for them of course.
But the civilized world could now force a breakthrough for (more) freedom and independence for Tibet. Until now the Chinese occupation of tibet wasn't much of an issue in international politics, because - specially the Western nations - have economical interests in China.

Let's free Tibet and the Chinese people from communist slavery!