Recommended reading

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💻 Before we all had access to the Internet, only scientists, universities, and tech companies did. There was a huge worldwide forum called USENET, and it was fantastic. I participated and loved it. Terence Eden thinks about why USENET failed. In my opinion, it was the opening of the Internet to the world that did it in. He has a different take. Read Why did Usenet fail?

Reflected Monon
Rollei A110, Fujicolor Superia 200 (exp. 1996), 2013

💻 Ted Shideler tells the story of the birth, life, and demise of Muncie, Indiana’s, first drive-in movie theater. Once again, he encapsulates the story of a genre within one instance. Read The Auto Park Theater: Muncie’s first drive-in

💻 You know I love bridges, especially old-style ones. Dave Jenkins shares a still-maintained covered bridge in Georgia that has a road leading up to it — and none leading away. Read The Bridge to Nowhere

📷 Andy shoots some 110 color film expired since the 80s in a Kodak 110 camera. It looked great! Read 110: and the miracle of colour film

📷 D-76, HC-110, and Rodinal are, to me, the three classic film developers. Alex Luyckx gives a quick rundown, comparing and contrasting each one. Read Three Basic Film Developers

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8 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Andy must be a genius, he’s gotten better results with 20 year old 110 film than I’ve ever seen when it was new!

    Alex has a good general review of three developers. I’m a D-76 fan because I believe it has better shadow detail and a long scale result that’s pretty easy to get than many others soups, but his results with HC-110 makes me want to maybe try it again, just for the apparent sharpness.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I experimented with Ilford’s D-76 clone last year and after one go-round with the stuff I saw why D-76 is the reigning classic. It’s just super easy to get stunning results, no matter the film.

  2. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

    I remember USENET from my last years at university. Lots of weird and useful things. I joined a poetry group and enjoyed it until one day I proudly told my poetry teacher that someone had printed my latest poem and put it in her Wish I Had Written It folder. “That’s lovely,” said my teacher. “Just hope she doesn’t put it in her I Wrote It folder.” I stopped posting after that.
    On a slightly off-colour note, I remember my friend in the computer studies department amazing us all by downloading a naughty picture in just two hours!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Downloadable photos on USENET could be stored as long messages of gibberish text that you ran through a processor on your machine to convert to .JPG!

  3. Ted Shideler Avatar

    Thanks again for featuring it. I think the 1940s era of the drive in was so much different from its later iterations and is worth telling.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      These stories are all worth telling!

  4. J P Avatar

    A tech nerd was one of the partners at my first law firm and had usenet set up at the office. I spent way too much time on and, and remember many really good discussions. That firm broke up about 1994, and that was the end of my usenet time.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


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