It's not that the wallpaper image is analog and unretouched. Neither are the APUG gallery images. It's that the photograph was originally made with no computer generated anything. And that's quite refreshing to me.
Originally Posted by ic-racer
Many today are so lost in the virtual worlds that their moronic computerized gadgets create, then imprison them in, that they can't fathom the concept that for the last five million years (minus a couple of decades) humans made and did everything with no computer generated anything. And that cleverness didn't only begin in 1981. Nor did photography.
In fact, over those millenia they actually ate, slept, moved, spoke, read, wrote, debated, philosophized, fought, socialized, procreated, lived, and died without having to continuously consult a stupid gadget to tell them how. Or when. Or where. Or why.
So a photographic image that was created with no computer generated anything? Created only by someone actually using their own brain? Without a gadget to tell them what to do or how to do it? That was then used to daily greet computer users for over a decade? Users for whom that irony was totally lost? Because their gadgets didn't tell them it was ironic?
[Edit: Yesterday I was the only one at the office. Took some time out from the Heartbleed mess for lunch. Walked across the street to a Subway. Got in line. Idly counted 15 people in front of me. Each and every one was head-down nose-plastered to the tiny screen of a gadget.
The counter girl asked of one, "What would you like on your sandwich?" No response. "Sir?" No response. Another in front of me was asked, "What can I get for you today?" No eye contact, but this time a mumbled response. "Just a minute..."
By this time there were probably another 5 people waiting behind me. I was THIS CLOSE to just reaching out, jerking the damned thing out of his hands, then tossing it in the trash for him to have to go retrieve undamaged, just to make my point. But I didn't. But I sure as hell wanted to.
So sorry, you caught me at a bad stupid digital gadget moment...]
Last edited by Ken Nadvornick; 04-12-2014 at 04:25 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Reason: Rant explanation...
"Take her to sea, Mister Murdoch. Let's stretch her legs."
The First Officer then reaches out and confidently rings the engine room telegraph over to ALL AHEAD FULL...
— Captain Edward John Smith to First Officer William Murdoch, on the bridge of the RMS Titanic, 11 April 1912
I would have just spoken up and put in your order instead "since he's not interested in eating I'll have X"
Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick
Great story, for an excellent story teller! I loved it!
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He said Fuji film and then mentioned how colorful and high saturation so yea probably Velvia of some kind.
Originally Posted by nateo200
Funny ... everytime I looked at this picture I thought this may have been taken on Velvia. And I was right!
Pretty awesome story!
Haha, somewhat agreed. That wallpaper was the hallmark of public computers, or pinned you for someone who didn't know how to change the wallpaper image.
Originally Posted by snapguy
What I really want to know is the story behind that bluish green default background color in Windows 2000.
I used to live in Napa County and I always thought that looked like a short stretch along Hwy. 12 in Sonoma County. I traveled that road fairly frequently, and it sure looked familiar. I remember remarking to friends that it looked like those hills just west of the Clover Stornetta Dairy (which places it pretty well for anyone from the area). Interesting now to find that I was right! I never gave serious thought to whether it actually was that stretch, as it is nondescript enough to have been from many places, even other places in Sonoma County.
I always remembered that stretch because it was very pretty with the road curving through and dairy cows on the hillsides, but what really stuck in my mind was that unlike most everywhere else along that part of the road, those few hills had no trees on them, and one time when they had just been disc plowed before being planted, the strong contour lines of the furrows and the varying colors of the moist earth drying were such a delightful sight I had to stop just to take it in.
Funny how inexact memory can be sometimes- O'Rear describes and mimes cranking the RZ67. I'll bet later he was thinking about it and went "D'oh!"
A few Streetview shots of it (the angle is of course much higher from the Streetview car):
The left image is very close to the spot along the road from which it was taken.
The middle image is a short distance away, but I think it gives more of the feel of the XP picture.
The third image places it on the map-- the spot it was taken is in the center just about where the 12 in the white oval is, and looking northwest. The green sqiggly line just to the left of center is the swale at the foot of the hill, clearly visible in the XP picture.
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.