This acronym was popularized by the great SF author Robert Heinlein although it appears to have been in existence for sometime previously. For the few recently born under a cabbage leaf it stands for "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch." But more about this a bit later. I thought that the reason that people were still willing to do wet photography, and perhaps the reason for APUG's existence, was a desire to get the most from our photographs by asserting control over the development process. But it seems that every month or so there is a post by someone seeking some sort of "automatic" processing whether with the use of divided development, stand development, monobath, etc. The posters seem to want to put film in a tank, pour in a developer, walk away, and hope for the best. Isn't this concept contrary to the ideal of analog photography? This brings us back to the concept of no free lunch. If you want quality then you have to be willing to pay atention to details. For those that are either unwilling or incapable of making an extra effort there is an easy solution to your problem -- if is called DIGITAL photography. There I've said it and I feel better.