The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Too Big to Fail #3




Eastman Kodak Co., 1892-2012

9 comments :

Bellotoot said...

No more wild shots with the Baby Brownie.

Frank Coleman said...

And yet... and yet, we have the Diana camera making a comeback amongst the Urban Outfitter set. Almost enough to give one hope for civilization.

swac said...

Meanwhile, Kodak invested millions in that P.O.S. disc camera.

mister muleboy said...

Meanwhile, Kodak invested millions in that P.O.S. disc camera.

Well, other than the crappy, plastic-y lens, the tiny negative space, and the flawed negative-advancing system, it wasn't really too bad. . . .


Oh, let's also not forget Advantix. Kodak was on the cutting edge of shrinking the negative's area, knocking the image-grabbing space in the Advantix down to about 1/2 the size of a 135 negative's.

I thought the goal was to get more information stored in smaller and smaller formats. Kodak introduced bulk designed to record less information.

Notwithstanding all of that: I shed more than a tear knowing they'll likely emerge, at best, a known name attached to some crappy products manufactured by others.

swac said...

You mean like Philips?

Fred said...

They didn't get a bailout because they actually manufactured a product. If they had changed their corporate model to "securitizing" Wall Street paper and spreading the crap around the World, they'd have been in line for at least a billion or two from Uncle Sam to keep them afloat.

the informed one said...

I got carried away

you were merely misinformed

swac said...

Wait, aren't you related to Miss Informed?

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

when i think back on all the CRAP i learned in high school