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Thursday, October 21, 2004

If you are thinking of a large print for the holidays, here's what's left as of today of the larger darkroom prints.  It's basically first come first served.  I doubt very much whether they will ever be done again in these sizes in the darkroom.  Some of them may be done as digital prints at some point, but given my current printer, not at 16  x 20.  I still have a lot of darkroom prints in the 8 x 12 size, but haven't had a chance to inventory them yet.

Large Darkroom Prints

 

4:05:43 PM    

After a lot of testing with different card stocks, and some reactions from my test group (anyone that comes by the house) I decided to go with the Red River 60 lb Linen stock.  I'm having five boxes shipped overnight to arrive tomorrow so I'm holding up three orders until they arrive.  The Polar Matte is okay, but the Linen has a wonderful old-fashioned feel to it, and seems to have a nicer feel.  It is more expensive than the Polar Matte but what the heck, you only live once and the difference is worth it.  R., M., L., J., hold on, your prints and cards should go out tomorrow.  I promise!

12:20:21 PM    

The reality t.v. craze continues on it's merry way with child-swapping, wife-swapping, house-swapping, and billionaire swapping.  All had their start with Queen for A Day.  But I would like to suggest one more show: Lie Detector Debate.

The idea is to find a single set of political candidates who will agree to be hooked up to lie detectors while they debate.  And if you can't find any candidates (which I doubt you could), then you would get some of their talking heads to do the dirty deed.

In the background, you get all the animated graphics as they yell at each other and whenever a contestant is shown in an outright lie, they are punished in some way.  Let me count the ways: electric shock?  Small at first but graduated so that by the end of the show they're really lit up and twitching.  Pie in the face?  Strip debate?  Lose a piece of clothing with each lie?  How revolting would that be?

But why would they do it in the first place?  For votes, my friends.  Votes.  Thousands of viewers, perhaps millions, have pledged to offer their votes to the winner - no matter what party they are in.  And a debate like that - in a really close election - could swing an entire state.  See?  No close elections anymore. 

This type of show would have one potential downside: you need to find people who really did believe what they were saying.  The best of these truth-tellers might not be right about their beliefs.  They would just really really believe it.  And so you might wind up with the most idiotic talking heads.  Oh, we have that already.

5:21:15 AM