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  1. Comment on What are some analog alternatives to digital services or products that you use? in ~talk

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    Sure! just about any room can work as a dark room. The only two necessities are darkness and electricity (if the room is small you will want some ventilation too). Many people use their bathrooms,...

    Sure! just about any room can work as a dark room. The only two necessities are darkness and electricity (if the room is small you will want some ventilation too). Many people use their bathrooms, I use my garage. Running water is nice, but you can always use jugs of water and a bucket for waste water (that's what I do).

    The first thing you need is an enlarger. The best place to find them is a garage sales or on facebook marketplace/craigslist. You can buy one from ebay but it won't be cheap that way. Many times you can find someone locally who is practically giving one away. Doing it this way takes patience but if you are on a budget it's worth it.

    As for the red safe lights I used strip LEDs like these. The rest of the stuff (trays, timer, easel, enlarger lens) can be found on ebay for relatively cheap. If you can get an enlarger for a reasonable price, you can get the rest of what you need for a few hundred dollars.

    Let me know if you have any other questions, I'd be happy to share!

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  2. Comment on What are some analog alternatives to digital services or products that you use? in ~talk

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    I love analog photography! Getting to develop the film yourself is fun, and nothing compares to the experience of actually making prints in a darkroom. Seeing your image come up on the photo paper...

    I love analog photography! Getting to develop the film yourself is fun, and nothing compares to the experience of actually making prints in a darkroom. Seeing your image come up on the photo paper is magical.

    There is also something special about having only a few shots as opposed to having thousands like on digital. It really forces you to slow down and think. You only get one chance to get it right and you won't see if you got it right until you develop it so the stakes are much higher than with digital.

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  3. Comment on Fifty very bad book covers for literary classics in ~books

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    That cover for Crime and Punishment was ridiculous. The look on his face was just comical.

    That cover for Crime and Punishment was ridiculous. The look on his face was just comical.

  4. Comment on The worst song you ever had to experience in ~music

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    When I saw this post this was my first thought! I think some people like it under the "so bad it's good" kind of thinking.

    When I saw this post this was my first thought! I think some people like it under the "so bad it's good" kind of thinking.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Medical chatbot using OpenAI’s GPT-3 told a fake patient to kill themselves in ~tech

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    GPT-3 is a novelty at best and shouldn't be used for anything even remotely important. Honestly the best use I've seen is for the A.I Dungeon

    GPT-3 is a novelty at best and shouldn't be used for anything even remotely important. Honestly the best use I've seen is for the A.I Dungeon

    13 votes
  6. Comment on Down By The River in ~creative

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    Thanks, I was using expired color film and developed it using black and white chemistry so that probably contributed to the look.

    Thanks, I was using expired color film and developed it using black and white chemistry so that probably contributed to the look.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Accused murderer wins right to check source code of DNA testing kit used by police in ~tech

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    I was surprised to read that this was written entirely in MATLAB. While I haven't personally used it myself, based on what I know of it and what I've heard about it it seems like a poor choice to...

    I was surprised to read that this was written entirely in MATLAB. While I haven't personally used it myself, based on what I know of it and what I've heard about it it seems like a poor choice to use to build this kind of software

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Google threatens to pull search engine in Australia in ~tech

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    Didn't they try this in Germany? I thought they went through the same thing and it failed pretty hard there.

    Didn't they try this in Germany? I thought they went through the same thing and it failed pretty hard there.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    That makes sense, I'm from the Midwest US where we don't have open moorlands. Around here everything is private property and is fenced along the road.

    That makes sense, I'm from the Midwest US where we don't have open moorlands. Around here everything is private property and is fenced along the road.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    Where I'm from cattle grids are always in driveways, not on the roads themselves. Can anyone shed light on why in the world you'd put one on the road proper?

    Where I'm from cattle grids are always in driveways, not on the roads themselves. Can anyone shed light on why in the world you'd put one on the road proper?

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of January 4 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I tested positive for covid this week. My only symptoms at first were fatigue, headache, and runny nose. Later though I lost my sense of smell and it still hasn't come back yet :(

    I tested positive for covid this week. My only symptoms at first were fatigue, headache, and runny nose. Later though I lost my sense of smell and it still hasn't come back yet :(

    10 votes
  12. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Definitely photography is my strongest hobby. I've only had the 3D printer for a couple of months now, but I'm really enjoying it. Honestly the printer has been worth it for this camera alone. The...

    Definitely photography is my strongest hobby. I've only had the 3D printer for a couple of months now, but I'm really enjoying it.

    Honestly the printer has been worth it for this camera alone. The printer was cheaper than buying the camera would have been (got it on sale for $130).

    As far as building things my only experience is disassembling and reassembling laptops and phones from my days as a bench tech.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I'm currently working on building a 3D printed camera. It will be a 4x5 camera that will be able to shoot both film and plates. You can see what it looks like here https://www.standardcameras.com/

    I'm currently working on building a 3D printed camera. It will be a 4x5 camera that will be able to shoot both film and plates. You can see what it looks like here

    https://www.standardcameras.com/

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (January 2021) in ~talk

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    I lost 3 family members this year. Between my two sons they had 4 psychiatric hospitalizations. I was also diagnosed with Bipolar 2. This has been one of the hardest years of my life. But there is...

    I lost 3 family members this year. Between my two sons they had 4 psychiatric hospitalizations. I was also diagnosed with Bipolar 2. This has been one of the hardest years of my life.

    But there is good too. We got to finalize our adoption of our two boys, which is amazing. I still have a good job, my wife was able to quit her job to spend more time the kids.

    I'm really counting on 2021 being a better year because even with the good I'm not sure I can handle another year like 2020.

    14 votes
  15. Comment on Do you carry a knife with with you? If so, what type/company? in ~hobbies

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    I have carried a pocket knife almost every day since I was about 12. Leaving the house without a knife feels like not having my wallet. I had a Crkt for a while that I liked but the last several...

    I have carried a pocket knife almost every day since I was about 12. Leaving the house without a knife feels like not having my wallet.

    I had a Crkt for a while that I liked but the last several years I've been carrying a spring assisted Kershaw.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on Self Portrait in ~creative

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    Oh your fine, I totally get the confusion :)

    Oh your fine, I totally get the confusion :)

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  17. Comment on Self Portrait in ~creative

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    I took a picture of the 8x10 print using my phone

    I took a picture of the 8x10 print using my phone

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  18. Comment on Self Portrait in ~creative

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    It is actually, taken on 120 film and printed on 8x10 paper in my darkroom :)

    It is actually, taken on 120 film and printed on 8x10 paper in my darkroom :)

    4 votes