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An old book, I think it was from the sixties.

An old book, I think it was from the sixties.

At a family reunion this weekend I took on the task of preserving some old media.

My grandmother has a box of 35mm slides taken from the late fifties to the eighties that I want to convert to a better preserved format. Initially I thought I would be tackling just the slides, but along with the slides came another bit of media.

Two thousand feet of 8mm film. The oldest reel is from the 1939 World’s Fair. Luckily all the film is still in the original Kodachrome boxes so I know the date of development, the content of the film and the type of film used.

So over the next few weeks I will be exploring the possibilities of converting to a high quality digital format for preservation and sharing. I hope to find a local (Sonoma country) camera or video shop that can do the conversion and possibly cleaning/restoration for us for a reasonable price. This is one instance where I would be more then willing to pay a bit more for either better quality conversion or a professional who will not break the brittle film.

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Watch the Watchmen

Edinburgh University School of Divinity.

Edinburgh University School of Divinity.

Until I heard the hype regarding the movie with articles discussing accuracy in regards to the book and even the science behind it I had not heard of Watchmen. Last night I went to see it in theaters without reading any of the reviews or even seeing a single trailer. All I knew about the film was from the introductory paragraphs from the Wikipedia article on the graphic novel as well as the plethora of article titles that are out there.

For those who have not heard of it is about an alternative history earth with comic book heroes. While following a murder plot amid threat of total global war between the USSR and USA an underlying theme is the exploration of the superhero.

I do not know how the original graphic novel version ended but I liked the ending and found it original in comparison to other recent superhero films. What I loved about the story was that the plot concluded; no open ended threads for a potentially endless slough of sequels.

My favorite part has to be the opening sequence that gives the backstory of the alternative USA from the 40’s to the 80’s.

The soundtrack to the movie is probably one of the strangest soundtracks given the content of the film, not to say it does not fit or even distract; it is just strange.

I would recommend going to watch Watchmen.

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