I shot this on 35mm film sometime in 1990-91 on my way to or from college. I believe it was somewhere between the Bear Mountain Bridge and Putnam County, but I’d guess it’s long gone by now. When I peeked in the windows, the counters were piled high with clean plates and cookware.
I did some surgery on my Powerbook 160 last night. Apple, in its wisdom 20 years ago, soldered the clock battery to a daughtercard, and from all I’ve read the machine won’t boot if the batteries are dead. So I busted out the iron and got the original battery off (with some difficulty), then put a new one in. Unfortunately it still didn’t come on. No bong, no whine, nothing. I have a working G3 Pismo in the basement for any OS 9 needs, but it would be fun to have an working monochrome Mac in the house, for old time’s sake.
Rooting through the basement a few weeks ago, I stumbled across a tupperware full of unused black and white film. Never one to waste money or pass up a challenge, I dusted off my Minolta X-700 and found it, too had dead batteries. With the clock battery order I got two new cells for the camera, and dropped them in. It fired right up and I started shooting pictures again. Having practiced about 10,000 digital shutter actuations on the D70, I knew exactly how to use it, and I’m hoping the film is still good so that I can develop some film. I have a scanner at work with a negative attachment, so I’m going to plug that in tomorrow and try it out. If I get good results, I’ll start scanning boxes of negs we have sitting around the house.
This Minolta is actually my second. My father has always been a camera nut, and he bought me the first when I left for college. I used it through most of my freshman year, until my asshat second-semester roommate invited a homeless thief to stay in our apartment for a few days. Predictably, it went missing. My dad replaced it that summer with a new one, and it served me well through four years of college and afterward as my primary camera until I bought my first digital. It’s a shame I didn’t learn to master it then as much as I wanted to, but I hope I can now use my digital experience to improve my film skills.
File this under IT’S ABOUT GODDAMN TIME: Flickr has introduced their new iPhone App. It’s much easier to see your friends’ photos, take and upload your own photos, integrate with Twitter and Facebook, and apply filters (if you so desire).
I don’t usually read Gizmodo, because, well, it sucks. But this article is very good: How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet.
“That is the reason we bought Flickr—not the community. We didn’t give a shit about that. The theory behind buying Flickr was not to increase social connections, it was to monetize the image index. It was totally not about social communities or social networking. It was certainly nothing to do with the users.”
That right there is the telling quote. I still use Flickr as a CDN for all my photos, but I’ve considered moving them all in-house (something I’m, frankly, dreading) just in case they decide to pull the plug one day.
Update: Equally interesting is the response in this comment thread on Metafilter. As a community who identifies strongly with the old-school internet, the pro/con mixture seems split roughly down the middle.