...I'll tell you what, if I ever do that Kickstarter and build that "Visitor Center" here*, I'll include at least one "Always-a-Frame, Never-a-TV" (thanks, robert e) Samsung Frame TV and have a rotating display of horizontally-oriented pictures on it. That would be cool, amongst the rest of the display. (To make it environmentally friendlier, it could be turned off except when visitors are present.)
*This is a plot I've been fomenting for some time now, to build a small outbuilding for my pool table, which is sadly now in storage. The garage-sized building would double as a photographic display space so visitors to TOP could have something to see other than my ratty self. I envision the two long walls would be for hanging pictures, the short solid wall would be for all my photobooks, and the short wall with the door in it would feature a display case for cool cameras and neat photo-related gewgaws of every description. I have a number of such items stored away already, a little seed-box of the dream. And of course the pool table, well-lit, would be a great table for spreading visitors' prints out on. I'm planning on...middle-gray cloth, of course. :-)
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P.S. I'm just talkin', never mind me.
P.P.S. Boy, the people who hate cars and pool are not going to be happy with me this week.
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Peter Foiles: "I am pretty sure when I was checking the details of The Frame TV that it has a motion sensor so that it turns itself off if there is nobody around."
Manuel: "The only hate I'll bear will be if you start raving about 8-ball pool tables instead of Snooker ones. It only takes watching Ronnie O'Sullivan play—at least when he's inspired—for all other types of billiards to become irrelevant. Now tell us your feelings about that Fiata....
Mike replies: Yes, I've become a rabid snooker fan of late. It's a much better game than any pool game—subtle, with distinct phases, requiring different skills, and endlessly varied in the ways the frames play out. And requiring great skill. I'm astonished at some of the things those players can do with position.
Snooker is very much like baseball is to aficionados—a game of fractions and great subtleties. There is always much more going on on a baseball field—and behind it, in the stats, scoring, and strategy—than meets the untutored eye. British people like to scorn baseball because they entertain themselves by disdaining all American sports, but the irony is that baseball would suit the British temperament wonderfully if they only would bother to understand it. But then, you have to grow up with it (and play it while you're young) to truly understand it, I'm told.
Pool is an indoor, miniaturized substitute for golf; snooker is an indoor, miniaturized substitute for baseball.
As for the Fiata (you knew I couldn't resist answering this, didn't you?), I approve of both the Fiata and the Miata RF, because other people will prefer them and the more the merrier, but I don't need either one—the regular mainstream version of the regular manually-operated ragtop would still be my preference.
John: "The new outbuilding sounds good. Except for the pool table. Tables, cushy chairs, and lamps for a reading space would be much better. And how about soliciting self-published photo books? The Center for Creative Photography had an exhibit like that and it was wonderful. Hey, you would sell the pool table to fund all this. :-) "
Mike replies: An outstanding idea, about the library section for self-published books by others. I would love to do that. Consider it adopted as part of the plan.
Cushy chairs and even a couch are do-able even with the pool table—all that is needed is a few feet around the table for standing and clearance for the end of the cue, so furniture below the level of the pool table-top does not interfere with playing, as long as it is not too close to the table. A couch might interfere with the viewing of prints on the walls, so maybe reading chairs in the corners would be the extent of it. And I would probably locate the reading light in the ceiling to reduce clutter.