Consumer and Film Division (CFD) revenues for the fourth quarter were
\$45 million, down from \$63 million in Q4 of 2015. Operational EBITDA
declined from \$14 million to negative \$2 million.
For the year, revenues for CFD were \$216 million, down 18 percent
from \$265 million, driven primarily by a \$32 million expected
decline in consumer inkjet revenues. Operational EBITDA for the
division was down \$36 million for the year, driven by the reduction
in consumer inkjet as well as investments supporting the KODAK Super 8
Camera and future camera platforms.
I’m rooting for Kodak, so this doesn’t look like the best possible news.
I’m hanging my hopes on the word “investments”.
There is something special about 8mm movie film. First, it’s wonderfully
retro. Beyond that, it’s fun to occasionally load into a projector and
show on a big screen. And of course I love the permanence of it. Also,
I bought a cheap Super8 camera a year ago and I like watching at the first reel I shot with it, shown here…
I thought I’d try shooting more movie film, so I bought the above Canon
Auto Zoom 814 Electronic. It was cheap, solid and more than sufficient
for my needs. I’m maybe half way through my first cartridge. I can’t
wait to finish and have it processed. The nice part about this camera is
that even if it stops working, it looks cool just sitting on a shelf. I
hope that doesn’t happen, of course.
As someone who struggles to maintain focus, I found Cal Newport’s “Deep Work” to be
instructive and useful.
The book was part theory, part practical guide to keeping distractions
and unnecessary work at bay. Much of it was self-evident: don’t tweet so
much, but it was good hearing ideas surrounding why. The book is well
researched, but much of the evidence backing Newport’s ideas are
collections of anecdotes. I love anecdotes, but collecting anecdotes is
not the same as science.
I spent the past work week applying some of what I learned, and the
early results are promising. Well-worth the read.
OK, look: Breaking away from old conventions is hard. I get it. But it
doesn’t make sense to force the norms of 50 years ago onto people
whose parents weren’t even born then.
Adapting a newspaper for the modern web isn’t good enough for people
who never read newspapers in the first place. We deserve something new
“Deserve”, really? I think what you meant is “want”.
I understand the overall sentiment, but…
This kind of layout is what we’d expect from a newspaper. But
something created for a young and sophisticated audience needs better
design, better visual hierarchy and more color. We grew up in the age
of iPod ads, and for us, design matters.
Of course only the young are sophisticated enough to know and understand
that design matters.
Here’s a tip. If you want to get the most out of the news, read real,
Really, it solves many of the problems described in the article.
Mailhub is “a ‘smart’ plug-in for Apple Mail that revolutionises email
management”. Sounds great, but I haven’t used Apple Mail in years. I use
MailMate, which is a fantastic email client.
Or at least I used to use MailMate.
After reading Dr. Drang’s Back to Apple
Mail post, I
realized that switching to the stock Apple email app would fit right in
with the reel-things-in phase I’m going through. Dr. Drang mentioned
Mailhub so I jumped right in.
Mailhub is terrific. It files mail like I’ve always wanted something to
file mail. It feels and works like a tool I would have made, if I was
able to do such a thing.
After a few days of this I’m quite happy to be using Mailhub and
My first Leica was an M6 TTL. I sold it in the mid-2000s and have since
gone through a number of Leica bodies, from an M3 to an M8. For the past
several years I’ve used an M3 and M4. I love them, but I sometimes
missed having a meter in the camera rather than on the camera.
So I bought an M6
It’s the perfect M6 for me. It is one of the last 10 “Classic” M6 bodies
ever produced (1998). It has had the finder optics upgraded to the
flare-free “MP” version. The only framelines displayed are 28, 35, and
50mm. This makes for a bright, beautiful, clutter-free viewfinder.
I chose the M6 “Classic” version because they are generally less
expensive than the newer TTL models, with no real disadvantage. I prefer
the direction of the shutter dial to be the same as my older bodies.
I’ve put one roll through it, and it’s just as smooth and solid as the
M3 and M4. Don’t let the forum trolls convince you otherwise.
As handy as having a built-in meter is, I found that I spent more time
obsessing over the meter’s lights than I did looking at the subject. I
didn’t expect that. I also ended up with a few badly-exposed shots due
to a backlit subject. I would normally have just guessed the exposure.
Instead I listened to the meter. I’ll have to re-learn when to stop
Here are a few shots from the first roll. It’s Tri-X, shot at 1250 ISO
and developed in Diafine, then scanned on the Pakon.