I've spent the last several days of "time off" doing a number of things—working on my old list of "226 Books by Genre," which has already sucked up hundreds of hours of time and could stand another hundred; thinking about the past and future of TOP (including a few odd 'n' ends, pace Ctein on Wednesday*); and writing down some of my personal aims and ambitions, so I can attempt to prioritize.
Of course, that list turns out to be rather funny. A few items plucked from it that are cases in point:
• Fix up my old Miata
• Sell my old Miata and use the dough to buy something else cheap and fun
• Use the D800 more
• Sell the D800 while there's still time
• Rehab the house**
• Consider moving
• Increase the number of daily posts on TOP
• Make the posts fewer in number but longer and better
• Print a portfolio of old 35mm Tri-X negatives
• Forget printing old negs, publish a book of them instead
...And so on. It's a good thing I'm a blogger; it seems well adapted to the limit of my attention span.
I see the doctors next on Monday. I have very high hopes for what adequate sleep might do for me. Will it improve...decisiveness? Organization skills? Will I suddenly be able to play the piano?
*I've left quite a few loose ends dangling in the past, turns out, such as the Canon Pro-1 printer and the Reader Print Sale.
**"Redecorate" is far too grand a word here, take my word. :-)
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A book of interest today:
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Oren Grad: "This is the fate of a pack rat."
richardplondon: "I keep getting distracted from my 'to do' li [sic]"
Ed. Note: Oren's link above was to an eBay auction entitled "Huge lot of old cameras collection for Sale [sic]. 1,000+ pieces":
It was being offered at $35,000. (I'd actually seen it before on eBay, for higher prices.) And what do you know, it actually sold!
Even odds as to whether it will be worth it for the buyer. The price of $35 per camera seems low, but I'll bet an awful lot of the cameras aren't worth $35 and I'll bet they're also not very liquid, meaning it'd take a lot of time and effort to get $35 back out of each of them.
On the other hand, throughput is how collectors find the gems—I actually knew a camera collector in Chicago who opened a used camera store just so he could cherry pick what came through. It's not impossible that a few dozen of the cameras could make the whole pile break even. Interesting situation. I'd love to know more about this, too. —Mike