I ordered Christmas Cards from Costco today. Their 6×7.5 cards were reasonably priced at 50/$14.99. I used their templates, although I did note that Costco also had the ability to create your own card and upload it. For this project, it was easier to create the project online, and they had a wide variety of templates available. The only disadvantage is that I have to settle for a relatively low-resolution screen capture to illustrate this blog. The order even came with four free calendars.
I really don’t know how to photograph an exploding meteor, but if you take lots of photos you may just get lucky, at least that is what happened to Scott Rinckenberger. For more details on this photo see How an Exploding Meteor Turned a Great Shot Into a Once-in-a-Lifetime Photograph.
More and more products now come in clear bottles. Marketing companies have apparently decided that the quickest way to appeal to people is to let them see their product. While I generally favor transparency, clear packaging is not a good thing. I do not know exactly what happens with each product, but I do know by definition any colored product must absorb light and that light will eventually cause it to degrade.
In any case, if you have a choice between clear packaging and something else, something else is generally a better choice. See foodsafetysite.com for more information on this problem.
What’s The Most Durable Way To Store Information?
1. Engrave it on a piece of platinum.
2. Bury the platinum in the desert
Popular Science, December 2013
Apparently, the most durable way to preserve information is to engrave it on platinum and then to bury it in the desert. I haven’t tried this approach, and until I decide to do so, I am planning to continue to rely on the M-Disc. For more details on storing files on the M-Disc see Step-By-Step Guide to a Permanent Digital StoryBook Backup.
Panstoria uses 25 gauge stainless steel wire stitching for hardcover binding, and PUR adhesive for softcover books. I contacted Werner Rebsamen with the Hardcover Binders International, and he specifically cautioned against the use of stainless steel wire for this purpose, indicating that similar bindings had failed prematurely when tested with the Universal Book Tester. In addition, ISO standards for hardcover books do not recommend metal stitching. Panstoria Photo Book Review, September 24, 2013
Because, I was uncertain about the construction of the Panstoria photo book binding, I sent a sample to a friend in the book binding industry. He used the Universal Book Tester or UBT to examine the strength of the binding. The UBT uses a tumbling motion to test the strength of book bindings.
In this test, Panstoria’s photo book (left) did not perform as well as the Creative Memories photo book (right). It showed greater separation at the spine and some enlargement of the stitching holes that was not apparent with the Creative Memories photo book. Both books, however, performed well, and I can safely say I am comfortable with the process that Panstoria uses to assemble their books. I do not believe that Panstoria’s photo books will fall apart over time.
As I have indicated in the previous parts of this review, overall, I prefer Creative Memories’ photo books to Panstoria’s. In side-by-side comparisons, they are better. However, Creative Memories photo books are no longer available, and I am comfortable with Panstoria’s photo books as a reasonable option at this time. For Part 4 of this review see Panstoria Photo Book Review Part 4.
Note: Only the standard hardcover photo book was tested in the UBT. The test that was completed test does not apply to softcover binding or lay-flat pages.
In a move reminiscent of Kodak’s recent attempt to establish the superiority of film, compared to digital, Kodak alaris has announced that they will “continue to offer the full range of photographic films and papers.” In addition, they have developed a Kodak Film iPhone app that helps you locate a store that still carries film. Now, I am near Minneapolis, and Minneapolis is not a small city. Guess what this app tells me, “Unfortunately no KODAK Retailers or KODAK Film Labs are located around this location.” Does anyone see a problem here?
Have you ever wanted to throw your camera at someone? Well now you can with the Panano Panoramic Ball Camera. This camera combines 36 fixed focus cameras to capture a 72 Megapixel 360° image, using an accelerometer to determine when to take the photo, and it can all be yours on indiegogo for the low early bird price of $499. Feel free to throw one my way.
For more details on the Panano Ball Camera see The Throwable, Panoramic Ball Cam Is Finally Here—and It’s Incredible.