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Thursday, 01 October 2020


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Thank you for sending me to he dictionary once again. Encomium, wonderful word! I hope you never find that you have to write an eulogy for books. In these times, I believe the printed page is more important than ever.

Are you familiar with Agnes Varga's film "Faces Places" from 2017? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5598102/
"Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship."
Great pictures in great places!


There is a piece now on slashdot called 'Youtubers are upscaling the past to 4k'which might be of interest.

Hello Mike,
With respect to “paper is patient”: it is actually used when someone tells he/ she has written down plans or ideas. In case you think it unlikely that they are going to be realised, you may say “paper is patient” (you can write anything down on paper, but realising them is a different matter.
Best regards,
Roel Kramer,
The Netherlands

"...in which I called them the most patient of friends, because they will wait for you indefinitely and never complain."


AFAIK (as a german myself), the main meaning of "Papier ist geduldig" is that the things you read aren't necessarily true, just because they have been put into print. I.e. you can write any old lie, without the paper fighting back -- it will patiently accept any text you put down.

For the few weddings I still photograph each year, I make sure that they are delivered with a set of prints. However, I just don't run them through my friend's minilab which still kicks out hundreds of 3x5 through 8x10 prints weekly, but something unique.

My approach isn't just to print a stack of 4x6 or 3x5 prints, but thinking to the days of the dark room, print them up a bunch of 4x6 prints gang-sheet style on 24x36 inch prints. As I tell them, this is unique and it's tough to loose one of these sheets like smaller prints in the seat cushions and the their friends can't simply grab a pix or two. I always leave them an out that once they are finished enjoying the large sheets, bring them back and I'll cut them into smaller prints later. I've been doing this from at least 15-17 years ever since I got my first large-format printer. Everyone loves these!

As I explain to my brides and couples, besides getting the files, they need images printed on paper. Even the first photographs from nearly two centuries are still preserved and can be seen, no technology needed. However, sitting at the toilet and the phone falls in, there goes years of photos and memories. It gives them something to enjoy for years to come.

Besides the loss of a smart phone with years of unbacked-up photos another factor is digital rot. Nobody knows the future of our digital files, let alone hardware and software. Kodak PhotoCDs, anyone? I think Photoshop CC 2 (9.x) was the last with an import module to open those, let alone finding a CD/DVD drive. Those 12-inch Laser Disks from the early 1980s? Good quality prints will probably outlast us all.

I see your Ed. Note so my comment is not adding anything I suppose. This is a Dutch expression too, papier is geduldig. The core meaning in Dutch is that idiots can write anything down on paper but it doesn’t mean it is right or true. It stems from the idea that if people read it in a newspaper, book or similar source one might think that it will be true because of that. To contest that someone could say: Papier is geduldig!

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