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Comment: Affordable larger formats (Score 1) 240

As an amateur who has kept the analog way for long, now a happy digital shooter with little interest in the lab alchemy, I understand people still attracted to "old school" photography. In the club I attend, there are a few young adults who regularly sign up for the darkrooms. A student I talked with told me that, even with his limited budget, he was happy to afford second-hand medium format analog cameras -- and other once-pricey toys now discarded by pros. Also, because of the scarcity of film and chemicals, he felt compelled to carefully think out his setup or composition before shooting, which made him quickly progress. In this case, old school may be a good school.

Comment: The geek inside me is dying a little (Score 1) 480

by SweetDrake (#41124953) Attached to: Astronaut Neil Armstrong Has Died
Well, I'm absolutely not related to this great pilot, I wasn't even born when he took his giant step, yet... As a guy whose first (and of course unfulfilled) vocation at 6 yo was astronaut (sorry, firemen, you're still too close to the ground), who watched documentaries on space and astronautics over and over again, who attended an astronomy club at 14, who had a large poster of the man in situ above the bed (I know, it was Aldrin actually), and whose most notable deed in the domain was helping in ruining an innocent bystander's crocodile shoes after a hazardous SaturnV model rocket launch... call me stupid but today, I feel a bit like an orphan.

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.