Yesterday, maybe the day before. That is when I had well organized and nuanced things to say here. There was a whole garment woven of the thoughts I was having but I seem to have caught the very last end of the very last loop of yarn of this thought on the protruding nail head that is work email and The Great Unraveling has come and gone leaving still the threads but now in a pile, which is as we all know the only known natural enemy of the hole.
One thing I do remember thinking a lot about recently are photographs.
In that it feels wrong to throw away photographs, at what point doesn’t that matter anymore? When my Mom’s folks died, we discovered a desk drawer full of old photographs. Almost none of them were labeled. Everyone who could have reasonably known people in the pictures were there at the discovery. Maybe one in ten of those pictures rang a bell for anyone. I don’t know what happened to that drawer of photos but I would bet money they didn’t get thrown away. What is it about old photographs that stay our hand? Is there a line that can be drawn guilt free?
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Who the hell is this kid, anyway?
Does this guilt change in the digital era? One could conceivably delete an entire lifetime of photos without even looking at them, or possibly even knowing they are being eradicated, in a single stroke. Is the problem of having to sort out the moments of a life gone by worse in the digital era because of what I like to affectionately call the “free film!” effect of shooting a lot of frames just to get a couple decent ones?
As a side note, I go through the elaborate steps of picking a couple hundred snaps for any calendar year and then printing them and filing them in photo albums. This alongside the labors of filing pictures by month and year in a digital format as well as a disc backup of each month.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.20.15
NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around ten shows deep. Beyond that, if the link isn’t active, the mix has been deleted to make way for new material.
Song – Artist – Album
Television Popper – Stisch – Bedrock Breaks: Late Night/Early Doors [Disc 2].
Popper (Shinichi Osawa Distortion Disco Edit) – Christopher Just & Raphaël Just – Renaissance 3D.
Gas Face (Japanese Popstar Remix) – Tong & Spoon – Toolroom Knights (Unmixed Extended Version).
Song for the Phoenix – System 7 – Phoenix.
Dr. Peter – Rejuvenation – Introduction.
When I Fall In Love – Darren Tate – Horizons, Vol. 02.
Give Me Love (Lützenkirchen Remix) – Coburn – Renaissance 3D.
Get Bizzy Time Voight Kampff – In To The Mix II The 2nd Coming.
Sacramento – Deep Dish – George Is On.
The Weight Of Darkening Skies – Ulrich Schnauss – A Long Way To Fall.
Lost – Orbital – Blue Album.