October 2005

film found in old cameras. i’m a sucker for sites like this. be it found film or found photos. the mystery of images from someone else’s life. i have a roll of film that came with my shumy camera that is still waiting to be developed. since it has no information about iso or film type i haven’t had it processed yet. i’ll probably do it when i go to the states for xmas as the labs here aren’t exactly that helpful when it comes to anything out of the ordinary. via pcl linkdump.

america’s electric chairs. pictured above is the first electric chair which was first used in 1860. for some reason i was surprised to learn that they were used in the 19th century. the site lists the race of those executed in various states. nearly all the blacks executed were for rape, whereas almost no whites were. considering the time period and the history in the south i wonder if those were fair trials or just trumped up charges. i’d be curious to see a similiar site about the electric chair outside the states. how widely was it used in other countries? via geisha asobi.

this is pretty amazing. i had no idea anyone was still making tintypes. here’s a rundown on what a tintype is:

In 1856 Hamilton L. Smith of Ohio patented a new photographic method that came to be known as tintype. These one-of-a-kind images are made directly on a thin iron plate that has been coated with chemicals, exposed in a camera while still wet, and developed on the spot. Because the plates are iron, not tin, the more proper term is ferrotype, but the photographs have been commonly called tintypes from the beginning. The process, less expensive than daguerreotype and more durable than other earlier methods of photographic portraiture, became very popular during the Civil War and remained so into the 20th century until newer processes that could produce multiple images took over.

here’s a site of tintypes which features portraits of cowboys/cowgirls which i found much more interesting than i expected to. it’s also where the above quote came from. and here’s another of work by a university student(where the picture above comes from). interesting that both sites are mainly of portraits. via toycamera.com.

glue sniffing and pills. a scan of a fabulous filmstrip from the 70s. all that’s missing are the beeps and sound. somehow i doubt modern drug propaganda is as visually interesting as this. via geisha asobi.

qoop. a service to turn your flickr photos into a book or poster. i couldn’t find any detailed information about picture sizes(just how many photos per page). it’s nice that they are using matte paper. there’s a faq on the service here. of course when i upload images to flickr i’m not thinking about printing them, so they may or may not be the right size for printing. for my money lulu seems to be a better deal as they offer free postage if you spend over a certain amount of money. but that’s not flawless either as i’m still waiting for my toycamera handbook to arrive.

this is really cool. the original manuscript for alice in wonderland. it may take awhile to load but once it does you can flip through the pages and read the original manuscript. you can also listen to someone reading the book. via geisha asobi.

this week’s audioscrobbler chart. i’ve pulled out a few things i haven’t listened to in awhile. one of the fnacs here have a discount bin with a bunch of stuff marked down, so i picked up a ton of stuff. quite a bit 80s stuff plus some more exotica stuff. the goblin tracks on this week’s chart are from the soundtrack to a film called patrick. which for some odd reason is probably always going to remind me of my friend patrick eventhough, as far as i know, he was never been in a coma communicating psychically with nurses. but you never know.

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