Who is that? "Woman" as an archetype has a very powerful hold on human beings' imaginations—for all people, perhaps especially men. We did a post about this in 2007. Stephen Edgar, in Ireland, was trying to find out more about an unidentified woman in some old slides.
Now, another Mystery Woman has surfaced. Who is she? Everyone seems to want to know. Meagan Abell found the 120 negatives in...well, what else, a thrift store, and is asking people to use the hashtag #FindTheGirlOnTheNegatives on Twitter to share information.
The mystery woman is more an idea, isn't she?
Although it's curious that, after reading Don Craig's link about The Life of Frederick Jury on Sunday, and following up on Alan Hill's recommendation of Herodotus, I learned that the Greek word "historia" (ἱστορία) literally means "inquiry," or "knowledge acquired by investigation." Maybe trying to find out about the mystery woman is just how history is done.
Ilford sold: "Harman technology, manufacturers of the famous Ilford Photo range of monochrome photographic products, have been purchased by Pemberstone Ventures Ltd. for an undisclosed amount." (From the press release.)
Peter Elton, Managing Director of Harman, said "Film has become an interesting medium for young photographers to work with again.We are seeing this very clearly. Our new owners will assist us to connect more effectively to this younger generation in the future, and we will prioritise this as our main goal over the next five years."
It never does to parse press releases too closely, so take my advice, don't think about that paragraph very hard.
Most expensive Pentax camera case: Ned Bunnell is selling a Pentax K-01 case for $99, only a third of what it cost new, and he discusses it on Facebook. It costs as much as some Pentax cameras because it was designed by Marc Newson, who also designed the K-01, one of the few future collectibles among digital cameras. Newson now works for Apple. See Annie Leibovitz's fine portrait of Newson with Jony Ive here.
Wasted ink: Ars Technica has published some findings. What they've found is that when their 9900 says an ink cartridge is "empty," it's still pretty full...namely, that a 700ml cart stops printing when it still has 100 to 150ml left. That's awkward when you're being charged more than $120 per liter for the stuff.
The change has just begun: Hold on to your hats, folks, it's starting already at National Geographic, previously one of the world's leading voices of environmentalism.
Allow Photos NEIN: "Camera Restricta is a speculative design of a new kind of camera. It locates itself via GPS and searches online for photos that have been geotagged nearby. If the camera decides that too many photos have been taken at your location, it retracts the shutter and blocks the viewfinder. You can't take any more pictures here."
Seen anything interesting on the Web lately? Tell us about it.
(Thanks to Eric Kellerman, Roger Bradbury, Ned Bunnell, John Camp, Doug Thacker, and psu)
Ctein adds, re the printer ink: I have officially spent way too much time thinking about this ink business.
First thought: where have these guys been for the last 10–15 years? Unused ink left in cartridges? That was news around, oh, 2000. Not so much, since.
Second thought: but, wait, Epson fixed that in later printers. It was common in earlier printers like the 2200/2400, because engineering couldn't monitor ink consumption really accurately, and they didn't want the cartridges to run dry—potential for trouble like air bubbles in the system and dry heads overheating when they fired. Later models suck every bit of ink out, like my 3880. I've checked. So I'd have expected a 9900 to do the same; it's an even a later generation. (I am not certain about my 9800: I think I've cracked an empty cartridge and it really was empty, but it was long enough ago I don't entirely trust my memory.)
Third thought: this is backwards thinking. Ink isn't sold in standardized defined units like quarts of milk. Every model of printer uses a different cartridge size. Customers have no expectations whatsoever. So there's no percentage for Epson in selling 700 ml cartridges that withhold 20% of the ink instead of selling 550 ml cartridges that use all their ink. Customers would pay exactly the same price for a 550 ml cartridge, because the price is entirely arbitrary (it's still relatively cheap per milliliter, compared to smaller printers and smaller cartridges). Epson would just be throwing money away on additional ink and larger cartridges unless there were good reasons for this.
So it's gotta be an engineering thing. I just don't know what.
But the whole notion that customers are somehow getting “cheated” out of 20% of their ink? That's just silly.
Mike replies: I think it's at least a truth in labeling issue. If you buy a box of cereal and it settles so it looks like the box is half full, they'll explain that to you by saying there's still 13 oz. of cereal in the box (or whatever) like the label says. Even if Epson still charges you the same amount of money for it, the label should say 550 ml if that's all that's available and usable.
Dishonesty in marketing and labeling is a pretty slippery slope, and a pretty difficult thing to excuse, in my opinion. The whole issue of "forced wastage" is a dirty little secret of many kinds of marketing (even if it's not happening in Epson's case). A lot of pretty smart people spend a lot of time and money figuring out how they can get us to waste what we buy.
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