Item: Please, someone announce something about a new freakin' printer. Please.
Item: The darkroom equipment IS SOLD. There is a lot of packing up to do now but I am very happy to get rid of it. [I take that back. I can't figure out how to disconnect the electronic cables from the thing so it can be carried down the stairs and then put back together. I think I'm just going to toss it.
Item: Adobe announces STANDARD RAW FORMAT ( digital negative specification .DNG )
Item: If you care about such things: Top photographers condemn digital age
Item: It took most of the afternoon to take the Zone VI apart. And not without some destruction. I got frustrated at one point and yanked on some cables I shouldn't have and some pieces went flying around. Then as I was separating the column from the board, the thing nearly toppled over (there is a lead weight inside the column - 20 pounds? 30 pounds? I don't know). I'm not saying all the kings men and Fred Picker (R.I.P.) couldn't put it back together again - but I don't think its worth the effort and I'm going to begin taking pieces down to be carted away tomorrow. After I sliced through a few more wires, I realized how the thing was put together and that I might have taken it apart without all the destruction - but in the meantime, I'm pretty sure I've strained my back. I'm sitting here with a cold-ice pack on my back. The cat was pretty smart about it all and hid out in his little printer box up in the loft, peeking out now and then but staying out of the way.
It was a pretty destructive day. I also had a wall shelving unit that I decided to toss. The only way to take it apart was with a hammer and chisel. Chips were flying all over. The creative and the destructive impulse - two sides of the same coin, in this case a heavy coin.
The photo stores in New York close for about two weeks for a Jewish holiday, starting Wednesday. I'm going to hold off buying the new printer until they open again. In the meantime, I'll finish getting the house ready - and begin printing cards.