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💻 In a fascinating take, Paul Graham shares his view of why so many people get wealthy today by starting tech companies — and why they didn’t in, say, 1960. He also shares why today is much like 1892 in terms of how and why people get wealthy. Read How People Get Rich Now

UAW Local No. 9
Kodak EasyShare Z730, 2008

💻 Workers in an Alabama Amazon facility voted not to unionize last week. Nick Gerlich uses this as a backdrop to talk about his personal union experience, how unions have their purpose — and in his opinion, how left unchecked they can do more harm than good. Read Look For The Union Label

💻 J. P. Cavanaugh considers the fire pit, a new American back-yard tradition. Read Ready, Aim, — Fire

📷 Mike Eckman reviews the Kodak Instamatic 500 — the Retina of Instamatics, built in Kodak’s German factory. It offers full manual control! Read Kodak Instamatic 500

📷 You probably know this camera by one of its other names — it was a Vivitar and a Braun. The Phenix DC303N is a K-mount film SLR made in China, and Peggy Marsh liked it a lot. Read Phenix DC303N

📷 When I was a kid in the 70s and 80s, most store-brand films available to me were white-labeled 3M “Scotch” film. Yes, 3M made film — because it owned Italy’s Ferrania at the time. The white-labeled film was largely garbage. But Scotch/Ferrania made nice films they didn’t white label. Michael Nguyen came upon some expired Scotch Chrome 1000 recently. He tells the story of Scotch films, and shares results from that roll. Read Film Review: Scotch Chrome 1000

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13 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    The Instamatic article by Mike is very interesting, now I want one of the top end cameras! I still think the Instamatic cartridge could have been fixed to be “flatter” and give sharper results, and also could have been easily modified for oblong ratio without changing much of the cartridge at all. Another “lost” format that would have been great with some minor tweaking.

  2. Andy Umbo says:

    Read Dr Gerlich’s blog entry, and altho I’m neither “pro or “anti” union, he makes some points which show more anti-union bias than factual understanding.

    He makes the point that unions were a good thing when “tyrant owners treated the workers like indentured servants.” And yet, if you know someone that works at an Amazon fulfillment center, that’s exactly how they’re being treated today! Horrible working environment! Don’t watch the movie, read the book: “Normadland.” Disturbing on so many levels as to what’s happening to the marginally educated adult working class. Read “Listen, Liberal” by Thomas Frank to understand why Trump got elected by working class people that feel there is no political party making sure they have survivable jobs they don’t have to have a 80K college education to keep.

    No doubt about the idea that unions got too much power in the 60’s. The uneducated working class shouldn’t be making more money than highly educated white collar workers, BUT, as I always used to tell my dad, after the Arab Oil Embargo, and Reagan breaking the unions, he didn’t make more money, blue collar workers came DOWN to his poor white collar salary and lack of benefits.!

    Exponential rise in health care costs, over salaries, minimum wage not keeping track with inflation, massive and untracked under-employment keeping competition for jobs high and compressing wages, no way to globally compete with people willing to work for 50 cents an hour? Way too much to go into here (and no place to comment on Dr. Gerlich’s web site, or I would rip him a new one), but it takes no great understanding to know why Dr. Gerlich is a professor of marketing and NOT economics!

  3. “When I was a kid in the 70s and 80s, most store-brand films available to me were white-labeled 3M “Scotch” film. Yes, 3M made film — because it owned Italy’s Ferrania at the time. The white-labeled film was largely garbage.”

    Man, that fact was burned into my head at a young age. When I was 8, my family went to Disney World. My dad ran out of film and needed to pick up a roll, probably at some gift shop. All they had was 3M, and he was so p’d about it, and showed it. (Pretty sure he stuck to Kodak.) Sure enough, the prints he got back from that roll (or rolls) was not good.

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