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๐Ÿ’ป When I walk military cemeteries, I’m always saddened by the gravestones marked simply, “Unknown.” It’s always deeply satisfying when someone unknown can be identified and properly honored. brandib tells the story of one Ohio soldier finally honored after 77 years. Read Veteran Laid To Rest 77 Years After Death

Military cemetery at Crown Hill
Sears KSX-P, 50mm f/1.7 Auto Sears MC (Chinon), Fujifilm Fujicolor Superia Reala 100 x-3/02, 2021

๐Ÿ“ฐ It’s hard to overestimate the impact the Eastman Kodak Company had on the world. Writing for The Atlantic, Kaitlyn Tiffany explores the arc of Kodak, and its relationship with and impact on the city of Rochester, New York. Read The Rise and Fall of an American Tech Giant

๐Ÿ’ป I don’t personally know any Christians who believe in QAnon conspiracy theories, but I hear that a surprising number of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians are adherents. Richard Beck draws an interesting correlation between how some evangelicals and fundamentalists approach the Bible and how conspiracy theorists build their crazy world views. Read On Conspiracy Theories and Christianity: Part 4, Cracking the Bible Code

๐Ÿ“ท Alex Luyckx reviews Adox’s Silvermax film, developing various rolls in different Adox developers to show you how it performs. Read Film Review Blog No. 72 โ€“ Adox Silvermax

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8 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Interesting article by Alex on Silvermax film. He says that those who liked Agfa APX100 will love this film, and that would be me. When it became “value priced” (we could buy 120 for $1.80 a roll from Calumet back in the 90’s), it became our medium speed film of choice at the photo studio I managed and we shot literally thousands of rolls of it for black & white newspaper fashion! Not sure it’s even available any more…

    Alas, the Kodak story in nothing new, altho more of a sociological look than much of the in-depth actual business reporting I’ve read on Kodak’s demise. Any one who lived through it as I did, will not be surprised by any of it. When our Kodak Tech Rep (a retired person who had been in the business) got replaced by a college grad from Rochester’s business school who didn’t understand anything about professional photography (and this was back in the mid-70’s), you had to wonder what the heck Kodak thought they were doing. Kodak’s replacement of innovation with “business think” contributed greatly to their demise, and in actuality, I’ve seen the same thinking wrecking other companies I’ve worked for, many, many times.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Someone gave me a few rolls of the old APX100 and so I know firsthand how lovely it is. Super silvery!

    2. tbm3fan Avatar

      Business think is what many of our current CEOs are afflicted with leaving very few worth the money they are being paid today. An excellent example of business think which unfortunately cost the lives of hundreds of people is the 737 MAX. Remember years ago Boeing was finally bale to buy their fading rival McDonnell Douglas. Yet a funny thing happened. The new CEO of Boeing was a McDonnell Douglas Exec with no knowledge in plane design but he understood costs and how to trim them.

      Not long after the Boeing HQ, always in Seattle, moved to Chicago. Then Boeing engineers who were always about safety, safety, and safety were finding themselves sidelined a bit. Cost structure became more important than safety first. Enter the 737 MAX which has far more problems than most know of outside the industry still. This was the new Boeing direction that cost all those passengers their lives. Yet Boeing tries to blame it on the pilots. If you knew how the new system was supposed to work, and then the tweaks Boeing made later, and no pilot sim training in order to save airlines money it was somewhat of a miracle that one pilot was able to keep his plane in the air as long as he did before it crashed. He fought but was handicapped by zero sim training and the mods Boeing made.

      So in a way Kodak got what they deserved as is common when you have less than stellar people running the company. At least no one died. By the way another big old time company has their HQ in Rochester. Anyone know as I am very involved with them… Bausch & Lomb.

  2. brandib1977 Avatar

    I was so glad to be part of that day and still marvel at what science can accomplish for these soldiers after all these years. Thank you for sharing his story.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s my pleasure to share the story!

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        I love keeping stories like his alive.

  3. Nancy Stewart Avatar
    Nancy Stewart

    There were two brothers from LaPorte county that were both on the Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor and were killed. Their remains were not identifiable then, so they were buried at the ‘Punch Bowl” along with the other “unknowns”. Their remains have just recently been identified and reburied still at the “Punch Bowl” but each with a marker with their information. Sad that so many of their loved ones are gone without ever knowing this … but glad that they finally have been buried with the respect they were due. It”s a a long and tedious job to identify all the remains from the different wars, and my veteran husband and I are thankful to those who carry on this endeavor. The project on identifying those who were killed on the Oklahoma is coming to an end, but there are many others in other places to still identify.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It feels good to know that people are still working to identify the unknown dead. So much seems crazy and wrong in the US today; this is so right.

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