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I wandered down to the Spitalfields Market today. I was unable to locate the vintage spectacle frame retailer Cory Doctorow mentioned on bOING bOING a while ago, but did find a chap selling a line of Lomo cameras (including one that took stereograms, with a viewer provided). Mind you, I'm not likely to buy a Lomo, as digital pretty much trumps that for off-the-hip shooting anywhere. (Buying a super-k3wl hipster film camera when digitals do the job much better seems somewhat pretentious and fetishistic; discuss.) Having said that, were I to buy anything there, it'd probably be a Holga medium-format camera, just to play with medium format.

I also found a trendy homewares shop nearby which had, in its showroom, a Lizard Lounger, i.e., a tabletop arcade cabinet containing a modern PC running MAME (on Windows XP). Playing Gyruss and Wonder Boy with actual arcade controls is a completely different experience to playing them using a PC/PowerBook keyboard (or a PlayStation controller, for that matter). If I was obscenely wealthy (it costs £2,850) and had somewhere to put such a device, I'd buy one, as it would be a very cool thing to have around.
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On January 23rd, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC), dreamstooloud commented:
1. http://www.karmaloop.com/products.asp?ProductID=5647&VendorCode=LOM

2. I'm working on an evil plan to take over the world, and I need minions. my evil plan involves a bulletin board/blogging/chat thing written in Perl (sorry) which will use the MVC design pattern to support multiple UIs (current plan is DHTML and Flash, with both formats being skinnable).

serve me and I will make you king of Guam.
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On January 23rd, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Yes, the Lomo guy did have a bag of photo clips on his table.

As for your bulletin board, I'll have to say no, because (a) I've already got a full-time job and various personal projects, and (b) choosing Perl as the implementation language for a new project is, IMHO, a design error. (There are many more elegant languages one can use, like, say, Python or Ruby.)
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On January 23rd, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC), dreamstooloud replied:
it's the head pigeons, isn't it? you fear your stinking Earth belly will be infected with head pigeons.
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On January 23rd, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
No, more the fact that the choice of language for a new project constrains the project. Write a system in a clunky, awkward or convoluted language, and the extra effort required to do elegant things will get in the way.

Paul Graham (a Lisp advocate and Java hater, incidentally, but a very insightful commentator on programming issues) has an example here.
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On January 23rd, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
If "interesting" means discoloured, then the A$150 640x480 digital camera I had 4 or so years ago produced interesting results. Well, when it didn't decide crash and spontaneously wipe its memory. One could also argue that those 352x288 phone cameras produce interesting results, in the sense that they allow for spontaneity and have a sort of grungy, lo-fi quality associated with "realism".

Would you say that, in the age of phone cameras, the Lomo still has something worthwhile to offer to those not specifically sold on the Lomo experience?
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