Sunday, October 5, 2014

You know that film is dead...

... when you have to say that what was being put into a camera is a roll of film as this clip from the recent "Sin City - A Dame to Die For" did because otherwise the modern audience wouldn't know what it was.

Weights and Measures Craziness

I was comparing the nutrition information of two bags of cheese at the grocer's today.
And noted that the information was based on the amount of cheese by cup and gram.
Somehow, although they are both using 30 grams as the measure - one has 30 grams being 1/3 of a cup but with the other the same 30 grams is 1/4 of a cup.
Hmmmmm. So what does a web-based converter say?
Apparently 1/4 of a cup isn't 30 grams - it's 59!
I give up.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Liberal Wastage

I received this mailer from the Liberal Party of Canada in my mail today.

It's a "Special Invitation" to join the Laurier Club for a suggested donation of between $225 and $325.

Inside is a "personal video message" which can be viewed by using the enclosed USB stick.
To my surprise the "personal video message" was identical to the one that could be viewed at the URL listed just below the attached USB stick. So, the Liberal Party marketeers created a very expensive way to communicate a simple URL. Also, because the USB stick does not show up as an attached device on the user's computer desktop - it can't be reused for any other purpose.

What a waste.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

You can't do this with a tablet or PC

The GeoBender Hypercube:

Beautiful and amazing. For more information click HERE 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Drinkable Book

An innovative solution to the problem of securing drinkable water that is unlikely to ever be replaced by an eBook.

For more information visit:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A printshop in the Center of the Cosmos - Lewes, England

At the top of the High Street in the bustling market town of Lewes, East Sussex, sits the Tom Paine Printing Press.

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Printer Peter Chasseaud set up his letterpress shop just five years ago after a career in fine art and graphic design.

Now he does short run printing for other artists as well as specialty work for commercial printers.

Rather than carving the images into wooden plates as was originally done for letterpress printing, Peter etches his designs into modern photopolymer plates.

The Tom Paine Printing Press is actually a not-for-profit educational organization. It is based around a working 18th-century-style wooden ‘common press’, as used to print Thomas Paine’s pamphlets and books. Together with the trappings of an 18th century print room, type cases, cabinets, frames and the compositor’s ‘stone’, the shop is an excellent educational resource and tourist attraction. Local writers and artists use the press for the production of their own books, pamphlets, broadsheets and prints. As well, the press is used to instruct students of all ages in the complexities of letterpress technology and the crucial importance of the printed word in disseminating ideas.

If you ever find yourself in the Center of the Cosmos - the town of Lewes, England - take the time to visit Peter at the Tom Paine Printing Press and discover the living craft of printing. The shop's web site can be found by clicking HERE

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Wayback View

A modern newspaper press from the 1940 Green Hornet TV series. For more print in movies videos check out this LINK