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Friday, 01 April 2016


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Big Fuji news today!


Interesting new Sony product. Sure it can find ghosts but how good is the bokeh?

Sony develops the world’s first ghost catching device – The Proton Pack™



Jazz lover that you are, perhaps you'll appreciate this April Fool's effort: https://londonjazzcollector.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/blue-note-missing-over-fifty-years-discovered/

I'm not much of a prankster but I did my first April Fool's prank post on my blog this year. Photography and gear oriented, of course.
I’m getting rid of my 40+ cameras and moving to the EOS M

In my childhood (England) it was the tradition that if you played the April Fool trick after noon then the Fool was on you so I feel that the Newspaper or Web jokers are on shaky ground. We also had something called "pinch and a punch, first of the month" which was more fun, could be employed more often and I would advocate would be worth visiting upon these modern jokers.

I thought - "Donald Trump leads race for Republican nomination" was up there....

Absurdity and reality have become bosom friends

"Hilariously cruel?" Talk about punching down.

Ya gotta love this one and it is true!
Had a customer come into our camera shop back in the day, and ask for a "dark bulb" which Pop' Photo "advertised" in their April Fool's issue.
When I told her it didn't exist, she left in a huff.
It's why I hate April Fool's cuz sometimes there is just no explaining.
Mi dos pesos.

A lot of folks will probably post this here...but here goes anyway:


I bet the ones who say "physical" also say "aperature"

Don't forget the new pitcher for the Cubs with a 140mph fastball...;

With best regards,


Well, on a photographic-oriented April's fool prank, I have been bitten today with this...


You had (*) to finish one screen of Space Invaders to start editing photos....

(*) really you can skip it. But it was too fun not to.

Several years back a Minnesota photographer posted on April 1 that he had received funding from some government agency to travel to Antarctica. But it didn't stop there. He continued the story for 3 or 4 more days. He finally had to tell everyone it was an April Fools prank when the local TV news outlet wanted to interview him.

I fell for the darn thing because, really, who in their right mind would continue an April Fools joke for that long.

And you're supposed to say 'April Fool' at the end of the story and he didn't for 4 days.

I stopped following the fellow after that. I think that was around the time I started following 'The Online Photographer.'

Go figure.

I wish that thing about "physical" vs "fiscal" really was a prank.

Always loved the dark bulb story. I think I remember seeing it in the old much-lamented Camera 35 magazine in a satirical top-ten new products review. Another favorite from that story was a motor drive for an 8x10 view camera, accompanied by a photograph of a small factory building.

The older I get, the more I think that the best comment on April Fool's Day is one borrowed from another season.

Bah! Humbug!

Dickens was a genius.

I had my semi-annual dental cleaning on April 1 this year (true!) and when I checked out I was told the bill was $214.00USD. I (seriously) asked "Is that after the insurance?"

Net to me (after insurance) was actually $15.00. She got me.

Better late than never, and it may help you save money recoding TOP - "WonderPaw - World’s First App That Teaches Dogs To Code":


Yes, April Fool's Day becomes less and less interesting and more and more annoying, doesn't it?

Maybe it is aging, but I can't help wondering if it has something to do with the times--the way we're all plugged in to the network these days. Perhaps it's the scale of it, or the depersonalization of it, or the ease with which we can debunk an idea, or all of the above?

Or perhaps it's much simpler. What with 90% of the web dedicated to churning out foolishness 24/7, isn't an April Fool's Day quaintly redundant?

The only day when people don't believe what they read on the internet/Facebook/etc.

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