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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Sun went down / lookin' like the eye of god / behind icy mist / and stark bare trees
— Bruce Cockburn, How I Spent My Fall Vacation
February 16, 2006
Why I Shoot Film (yes…again)

David Pogue writes the Circuits column for the New York Times and has long been one of my favourite technology journalist. He is, in a general sense, an excellent writer on a topic that can be difficult to write about.

After suffering a catastrophic hard drive crash, David used a prominent national data recovery company to recove his data. The interview was edited, and today he published more of it in his weekly email message.

Remember, it’s this guy’s business to mine and recover digital data…here’s how it goes.

David Pogue: Let me ask you a related question. Everything is going digital. Digital music, digital photos, digital movies. Is that a dangerous trend? My mother once bemoaned the fact that rough drafts of famous novelists don’t exist anymore, ‘cause it’s all word processed, and no one will ever know the composing process.

SG: Yeah. One of our recovery guys said something one time, that in 100 years, anything we put on electronic media will not exist. Yet anything published will still be around. And I think he’s right.

DP: So things on paper-

SG: So your books will be here.

The italics are mine, added for emphasis.

Still wonder why I shoot film? I’ve got a rich, beautiful print from a black and white negative hanging on my wall that reminds me quite a bit: that negative is about a hundred years old at this point.

I’m not saying I don’t like digital, but I definitely still like film.

Posted by skooter at 8:58 PM This entry is filed under Camera, Technology.

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