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These are links, posts and other things concerned with how-to do things. There's even a recipe for making curry.


How to Tint and Tone B&W Film

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 25, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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This is a historical how-to:

I recently acquired a copy of the rare Tinting and Toning of Eastman Positive Motion Picture Film, second edition from 1918. I have made a .pdf of the text and it's posted (3.4 Mb download) as a service for anyone interested in the details of how these colorizing processes worked. It contains the instructions and formulae for creating the hues used in the early decades of film production.

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Learn to type!

story © Michael Betancourt | published July 27, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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Here's a nice vintage vinyl album that promises to teach you how to type using the "sound teaching method."

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How to Make Curry

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 22, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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Curries are easy to make, and the best ones always have a depth of flavor that is more than just being hot.

I like curry, so here's what I do to make it:

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Convert Flash Video to Something Editable

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 24, 2009 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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Flash videos (.flv) are not editable with software, but there's a lot of material that's being encoded with Flash. So, you need a converter.

The Economics of the Long Tail

story © Michael Betancourt | published April 22, 2008 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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Robert Rich discusses the economics of being a small, independent artist/producer. His experiences agree with my own, much smaller ones arrived at over a shorter period. The conclusion he does not provide, but hints at, is that to survive within the long tail as an artist you need to already be established.... and even then it's uncertain.