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17Oct/04Off

The Prokudin Gorskii Collection

Color Pictures From the PastThe autochrome images of World War I subjects reminded me of the excellent Prokudin-Gorskii collection that you can see at the Library of Congress website. They also have a rather large archive of the three-color separation images that you can search and use, most of which are fairly mundane landscapses, but some of which include excellent pictures like the one on the right. The picture of the Tajik man on the right was taken in 1911.

This glimpse into the past is just too cool.

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17Oct/04Off

Red Sox 6, Yankees 4, 12 innings

This teaches me not to turn off games in the 7th inning. Looks like I missed some real theatrics.

But sorry Sox, your defeat is inevitable.

Note to the Cardinals: don't pussy foot around with the Astros.

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17Oct/04Off

Podcast #21

Where your disgruntled host lauds Jon Stewart's appearance on Crossfire, including a short clip and further rants about the commercialization of the "podcast platform".

17Oct/04Off

Autochrome Images of World War I

Color Pictures from WWIWorld's Armed Forces Forum points to some magnificent color autochrome images from WWI. These images were among the first color images produced, and show remarkable detail and color fidelity. Great stuff. Autochrome images were created by a rather interesting process which you can read more about from either this page or from the U.S. patent.

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17Oct/04Off

Lego, the Type Designer’s Friend

Mark Simonson has a really nifty website on typography. I originally found it because he built a mechanism for holding filmstrips of fonts out of Lego so he could scan them, but if you dig around you will find that there are plenty of other nifty things having to do with type design and typography, including his first attempt to design a font on a computer using a Sinclair ZX80 back in 1980. Good stuff.