Dec 22, 2007

Dutchman built a modern day Noah’s Ark

Johan Huibers, a 47-year-old man from Schagen, 30 miles north of Amsterdam, is building a modern day Noah’s ark. This working model will be a fifth the size of the Biblical ark.

When the ark is finished in September, he plans to set sail through the interior waters of the Netherlands.

The ark is being built of American cedar and Norwegian pine rather than gopher wood.

Mr Huibers plans to charge people to tour the boat and said a drink (soft drink we presume) and religious pamphlet will be included in the admission pricthe project to break-even financially.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be just under 1m euros (£0.7m; US$1.2m) and was funded with bank loans.


Dec 21, 2007

Santa outsourced again this year

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Dec 20, 2007

Christmas card arrives 93 years late

Talk about slower than Christmas: a Christmas card sent from Alma, Nebraska in 1914 finally arrived in Oberlin, Kansas 93 years later.

It’s a mystery where it spent most of tha last century, Oberlin Postmaster Steve Schultz said. “It’s surprising that it never got thrown away. How someone found it, I don’t know.”


Last minute decorating for Christmas

Dec 18, 2007

Kodak Instamatic 100 camera from 1963

Remember the Kodak Instamatic cameras that came out in the early 1960’s?

They were easy to use and probably introduced countless thousands of people to snapshot photography who otherwise may never have owned a camera.

The hallmark of this camera was its easy loading system. Film was incased in a cartridge that could be popped in and out of the camera without fear of exposing the film to light.

For indoor snapshots you placed a flashcube into the socket on top of the camera.

It had a fairly slow shutter speed so action shots were difficult at best.

Instead of a standard 50mm lens, the Instamatic had a wide angle 38mm lens, which helped to produce somewhat presentable pictures by pushing the subject back.

The camera was hugely popular in the 1960’s. It is estimated that millions of Instamatic-type cameras were made.

Based on the number of cameras sold, it is safe to say the 1960’s Instamatic camera took more mediocre pictures than any other camera in history.

I was well into 35mm cameras when the Kodak Instamatic was introduced. To me, the Instamatic was little more than a toy. My photography friends and I enjoyed referring to the tacky little Instamatic as the ‘Insta-ma-tac’ - with emphasis on the last syllable.

In my view, its only saving grace was that someone on a trip without a camera could go into most any store, plunk down fifteen bucks for a camera and a couple of film cartridges. My reasoning was that in a pinch, so-so pictures were better than no pictures at all.