Momma Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away

I’m behind the curve here, but Kodak (not surprisingly) has decided to end Kodachrome production. The company announced the end of the product line June 22, 2009. Depending on how people hoard the film, the last rolls of the rich-color products will be sold sometime in the fall.

End of an era.

Come on – how many other products have a pop song* written about them?

They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, Oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

— Paul Simon, “Kodachrome” from the album There Goes Rhymin’ Simon

I took this picture in England in 1979 – 30 years ago! (Yes, this was the 42th slide roll I shot!) And the color is still strong, better than the Ektachromes I shot there. (Pic looks crappier than the original; I just held it in my fingers and hand-held a digital pic of same – balance off; the rose is vibrant and bright.)

I loved Kodachrome – slow (ISO 25 and 64 – I think Kodak tried a 100 which didn’t catch), but the colors were brilliant. Especially for people and anything with rich color (esp. warm tones), Kodachrome kicked ass. And the fade resistance (for slides) is second to none. Only Agfa slide films (again, warmer) are even close to the same. Kodak Ektachrome and Fujichrome (both better with greens/blues respectively) just don’t age as well. Agfa was much grainier, however (really only to the experienced eye, however).

I haven’t shot film (slides) for years, so it’s not that big a loss to me: I’m digital now.

But the memories linger…momma don’t take my Kodachrome away…

* Two others that come to mind are Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” (slang for some kind of tranquilizer, I believe), and Neil Diamond’s “Cracklin’ Rosie” (name/nickname for some cheap wine).

Stump the band!

A neighbor of ours, a couple of houses down (don’t know him/her) had some live band in their garage this (Saturday) night.

Not a problem.

They weren’t that good, but – to be fair – the garage is a few houses away and faces away from our house.

It was still fun to try to identify what they were playing. Judging from what they played (that we could identify), the group is older (50 or so years old). Here are the covers (artists) they played that we could identify:

  • Tom Petty
  • Pink Floyd
  • Van Morrison
  • Grateful Dead
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • Janis Joplin

This is the burbs; this is about as exciting as it gets!

Update: Better subject line? — Name that tune!

In the summertime

Gran Torino
Clint Eastwood

I really enjoyed this movie.

Slow? Yes.

But it had to sort of be the same, otherwise you wouldn’t buy the connections that are made.

I like Clint Eastwood a lot; I like his non-“Dirty Harry” more than the Dirty Harry movies, but he’s always good.

All movies

Crappy summer so far – lot’s lots of rain – but whatever.

This week is supposed to be little rain/mainly sunny.

So let’s hope the veggies we planted finally take!

The Rule of Two

I can’t even recall where I first read this, but someone wrote that you can get a pretty good read on a person by just asking a half-dozen or so A or B questions. The first example I ran across was sorta a way to get a big-picture handle on an individual. I honestly can’t remember the questions, but they were along the lines of the following:

  • Republican or Democrat?
  • Religious or not?
  • Get news from newpaper or TV?
  • Member of organizations, or not much of a joiner?

The idea was that the person answering had to pick A or B – whichever was closest (For Question #1 – If you’re an Independent, are you a conservative Independent [Republican] or liberal Independent [Democrat]). And that there’s no wrong answer; it’s just that the handful of responses starts to paint a picture of how you’ll fit in. Questions should not be factual (Madison was the 2nd president or Jefferson was the 2nd president.)

I’m not explaining it all that well, but I think you get the concept. And I’m sure personality tests have such concepts; it’s been some time since I’ve taken a personality test (and failed, as I don’t have one…).

I’ve read about this concept several times since, and it’s interesting. Not exactly an in-depth assessment of an individual, but kind of a quick way to gauge someone that goes beyond a first impression or judging a book by its cover.

I got to thinking about the same for programmers – my current profession. Handful of A or B questions can give you a pretty good idea about how well a developer will fit into the current development environment. For example:

  • Microsoft or open source?
  • Compiled or scripted?
  • (If open source): mySql or Postgres?
  • Test as you go along or at the end?
  • Rough out project then fill in the blanks or pretty much fill in detail as you go along?
  • Few/no comments or many/overload of comments?
  • Live editing in production or no live production edits?
  • Documentation or not?
  • CVS (or equivalent backup) or not?

What about for your profession? What are some of the questions?

Abortion Doctor Assassinated

While I’m pro-choice, I can definitely understand the invective/issues the pro-life crowd have with doctors who perform abortions (especially late-term abortions).

To the pro-lifers, abortion is murder.

But it’s OK to murder the doctors who perform abortions? (In this case, Kansas physician Dr. George Tiller)


(Please note, I’m not in any way implying that all/most pro-lifers will find this murder a good thing. But – in at least the gunman’s eyes – this doctor was murdered because he murdered. Where does the cycle stop??)

Oh, the rhetoric is already starting. Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, led protests against George Tiller’s late-term abortion clinic in Wichita in 1991.

George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.

Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.

Randall Terry, George Tiller was a Mass-Murderer, says Randall Terry — We Grieve That he Did Not Have Time to Properly Prepare his Soul to Face God.

There’s a lot to digest/comment on here, but let’s point to the less obvious: Tiller was killed in his church as he entered/was participating in/exiting the service (I don’t know which). How is murdering a man – even a so-called murderer – in his church “peacefully protest[ing] them at … even their churches.” (Emphasis added.)

Shooting someone = peaceful protest.

Houston, we have a problem…