trending resource endpoint

URL: /assets/trending.<format>

Supported Methods

GET Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad

Query String Arguments

start-token
The value of the moreResultsToken property of a previous response, to retrieve more items from the same query.
max-results
Maximum number of items to return in the list response.

Resource Type

This endpoint returns an object of type Stream<Asset>.

entries (array<Asset>)
The items within the selected range.
estimatedTotalResults (integer)
An estimate of the total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if a count cannot be determined at all, or if an exact count is returned in totalResults.
moreResultsToken (string)
An opaque token that can be used as the start-token parameter of a followup request to retrieve additional results. null if there are no more results to retrieve, but the presence of this token does not guarantee that the response to a followup request will actually contain results.
totalResults (integer)
The total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if an exact count cannot be determined.

Client Library Methods for PHP

Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad
$tp->assets->getTrending(array(


    # Optional Parameters
    "limit" => $limit,
    "startToken" => $startToken,

))

Example Request

GET /assets/trending.json HTTP/1.1
Host: api.typepad.com

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
Content-length: 711185

{
   "moreResultsToken": "a5b2cd1298df5385",
   "entries": [
      {
         "excerpt": "Welcome to the Creative Inking Blog Hop! This month our theme is NEW CATALOG ACCESSORIES! I love this theme, but I have to admit, it was hard to choose a FAVORITE to showcase, so I've got a few! :) Gather...",
         "embeddedAudioLinks": [],
         "content": "<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad354dd7a200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Creative Inking Blog Hop\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad354dd7a200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad354dd7a200c-500wi\" title=\"Creative Inking Blog Hop\" /></a></p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab295200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Creative Inking Fav Access 2\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab295200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab295200b-500wi\" title=\"Creative Inking Fav Access 2\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>Welcome to the Creative Inking Blog Hop!&#0160; This month our theme is NEW CATALOG ACCESSORIES!&#0160; I love this theme, but I have to admit, it was hard to choose a FAVORITE to showcase, so I&#39;ve got a few! :)</p>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"asset-video\"><iframe allow=\"autoplay; encrypted-media\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/Iu--Qztqwmg\" width=\"560\"></iframe></p>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>Gather Your Supplies:</p>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>1/2 Sheet Basic Black</li>\r\n<li>2 pieces of 4 x 5 1/4&quot; Whisper White</li>\r\n<li>1 1/4 x 5 1/4&quot; Whisper White</li>\r\n<li>Scraps of Black for die cutting</li>\r\n<li>Black StazOn</li>\r\n<li>Black Shimmer Ribbon</li>\r\n<li>Kindness and Compassion Stamp Set</li>\r\n<li>Lace Edgelits</li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab28d200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Creative Inking Fav Access 2\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab28d200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab28d200b-500wi\" title=\"Creative Inking Fav Access 2\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>This card is just so classy and elegant--and better yet--it is a piece of cake to create!<br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab289200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Creative Inking Fav Access 2\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab289200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab289200b-500wi\" title=\"Creative Inking Fav Access 2\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>I stamped the inside as well with a coordinating saying from the Kindness and Compassion Stamp set.&#0160; The Black and White is so striking, but any color combo would be pretty with this card!<br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab291200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Creative Inking Fav Access 2\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab291200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab291200b-500wi\" title=\"Creative Inking Fav Access 2\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>Next I took the basic concept of the first card and applied it to this bright, happy number!</p>\r\n<p>Gather You Supplies:</p>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>1/2 Sheet Melon Mambo</li>\r\n<li>3 7/8 x 5 1/8&quot; Mango Melody</li>\r\n<li>3 3/4 x 5&quot; Whisper White</li>\r\n<li>1/2&quot; strip of Whisper White</li>\r\n<li>Melon Mambo, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green</li>\r\n<li>Pop of Petals Stamp Set</li>\r\n<li>Another Wonderful Year Stamp Set</li>\r\n<li>Stampin Shammy</li>\r\n<li>Glitter Enamel Dots</li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab299200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Creative Inking Fav Access 2\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab299200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab299200b-500wi\" title=\"Creative Inking Fav Access 2\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>How fun is this card?&#0160; SOOOOO Easy and a bunch of color combos would look fantastic with this layout!<br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab29d200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Creative Inking Fav Access 2\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab29d200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad39ab29d200b-500wi\" title=\"Creative Inking Fav Access 2\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>I sure hope you love these projects!&#0160;&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>Need some supplies? &#0160;Oh, how I would appreciate your business! &#0160;I am so happy to help you with your creative juices--and when you support my online store it brings more amazing videos to you! Plus I love to reward my customers-- I have a fantastic VIP Rewards program for that includes all kinds of perks (you can check them out&#0160;<a href=\"http://drekow.typepad.com/my_weblog/customer-rewards.html\">here</a>!) and you can order from my online store by clicking on the product images below. &#0160;Make sure to use June&#39;s Hostess Code: WQHP4WMJ.&#0160; &#0160;If you order is over $150, skip the code but you&#39;ll still get all the perks PLUS Stampin Rewards from Stampin Up! &#0160; Questions? feel free to drop me a line at drekow@yahoo.com</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e20224e03eaa8f200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Order  through The Creativity Cave and enjoy gifts with orders that change each week!  Shop now at www.thecreativitycave.com Make sure to use Host Code WQHP4WMJ during the month of June!\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8353b4f1b69e20224e03eaa8f200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e20224e03eaa8f200d-320wi\" title=\"Order  through The Creativity Cave and enjoy gifts with orders that change each week!  Shop now at www.thecreativitycave.com Make sure to use Host Code WQHP4WMJ during the month of June!\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>Want some more inspiration? &#0160;Check out my online classes! &#0160;I have a fantastic selection of Online Classes available with different options to fit your needs! &#0160;Classes are typically sent within 24-48 hours of purchase unless they have not been released (there will be a date next to them if they are not yet released). &#0160;I have had amazing feedback on my classes with lots and lots of satisfied customers! &#0160;Try one out! You can see them&#0160;<a href=\"http://drekow.typepad.com/my_weblog/card-kits.html\">here</a>&#0160;(or click ONLINE CLASSES in the side bar-----&gt;).</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad37ad320200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Online Class Sale\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad37ad320200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.thecreativitycave.com/.a/6a00d8353b4f1b69e2022ad37ad320200d-500wi\" title=\"Online Class Sale\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>Make sure to take advantage of my Online Class Sale!&#0160; Buy 3 Online Classes with Precut Cardstock and get one Free! email me your class choices at drekow@yahoo.com or register for your classes and let me know which class you&#39;d like free! 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&#0160;I am so happy to help you with your creative juices--and when you support my online store it brings more amazing videos to you! 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         "content": "<p>Hi Makers,</p>\r\n<p>Happy Monday! Hope you all enjoyed a lovely, Father&#39;s Day weekend!</p>\r\n<p>I&#39;m sure a lot of you spent it outside and there&#39;s nothing better than being in the great outdoors! (Weather permitting, of course!) Whenever I&#39;m in a bit of a funk or need to gather some inspiration to reset my mind, I love to immerse myself in the natural world. Living here in South Florida, there&#39;s such fascinating, tropical wildlife and I always enjoy admiring it while I take my two beagles pups for a long walk, twice a day. I live near a canal so I often see Egyptian geese, Muscovy ducks, blue jay&#39;s, cardinals, white ibis, iguanas, turtles, Monarch butterflies, and my favorite, manatees! 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This unit would lean heavily on the traditional critique and group discussion method of teaching, and concentrate on personal expression and aesthetic experimentation, with the emphasis placed on visualizing, inventiveness, and creative failure.</p>\r\n<p>In October of the second year, we&#39;d switch to medium-format digital cameras, again with a choice of three or four types, using up to three lenses of the student&#39;s choice. For the first half of this unit, we&#39;d concentrate on learning post-processing skills, workflow, and asset management, with the overarching goal of intensively learning printing technique; the concentration until March would be on learning to make prints. During this time we would work intensively on viewing and deconstructing historical photographs, both important and demotic. (Washington D.C. would be a good locale for this program because of its museum and archive resources.) In the last few weeks of that time, working with faculty advisors, students would design a thesis project.</p>\r\n<p>Finally, in March-April-May, still using their medium-format digital cameras, the students would be freed to pursue their vision for their thesis, including, if warranted, traveling to locations of their choice several times for several weeks each time, returning intermittently to edit and print finished prints of their work. The goal would be to produce a portfolio project in the form of 15 to 40 sequenced fine prints in an archival box, along with a custom book of the same pictures in the same sequence.</p>\r\n<p>That&#39;s just off the top of my head. Give me a year and I&#39;d refine that brief sketch into a syllabus that would hit on all cylinders.</p>\r\n<p>Like all my other pie-in-the-sky ideas, this stands zero chance of ever happening. But oh boy, it would be effective...and a whole lot of fun. 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         "content": "<p>A few comments on all the comments from yesterday...</p>\r\n<p>First of all, I recommended the &quot;Leica as Teacher&quot; exercise for a specific kind of student, namely, the young beginner who is serious and ambitious, as well as willing and able to put a large amount of time and effort into learning photography for a period of at least a year. That&#39;s a tiny, tiny minority of all photographers. Secondly, I recommended it as a <em>learning experience</em>—part of that theoretical cohort&#39;s <em>education</em>, not a recommendation for ongoing practice. So no one need get in a bother about whether it&#39;s &quot;the right tool for the job&quot; or whether there are other ways to accomplish the same results, etc. Those things weren&#39;t, and aren&#39;t, the point.</p>\r\n<p>But here&#39;s the reason for the recommendation: first, because using a manual, mechanical camera with a few simple controls and immediate responsiveness (such as minimal shutter lag with no optical viewfinder blackout) will teach the basics of camera controls and essential shooting skills like no modern electronic camera possibly can. The student would learn things like placing plane of focus and aperture and shutter speed choice rigorously and well. He or she would also be &quot;taught&quot; by the camera to time the exact moment of exposure without viewfinder blackout. Again, it doesn&#39;t matter that modern technology can take thirty exposures before the press of the shutter. The point, first, is learning the skill.</p>\r\n<p>Thirdly, I specified B&amp;W film for a specific and considered didactic rationale, and I meant it and I still mean it. It&#39;s because intensive drilling in learning to see luminances only—tone, or values, only—with the distraction and decorativeness of color temporarily but absolutely removed, will help most people to see better. And, with the aforementioned manual, mechanical rangefinder, B&amp;W film is the only way to make such seeing the <em>only option</em>, which is essential for the learning process as I&#39;ve conceived and described it. The fact that you &quot;can&quot; convert a color file to B&amp;W in post is absolutely immaterial in this case: that just means you won&#39;t absolutely have to learn how to see in B&amp;W. Again, I&#39;m asserting that it&#39;s valuable for learning and I believe that. I believe it would pay permanent dividends for the rest of the photographer&#39;s working life.</p>\r\n<p>These are visualizing skills and drills in fundamentals, invaluable for education. Naturally they do not need to be permanent choices, and no one&#39;s claiming they should be.</p>\r\n<p><strong><em>Here&#39;s</em> my <em>answer</em></strong><br />But then, on to the question—should every photographer try film once?</p>\r\n<p>Considering the educational <em>experience</em> of trying older methods (i.e., film), in my opinion it comes down to two things that experience tells me most students would enjoy and be interested in. One is <em>looking</em> <em>through</em> a view camera. There is no better way to comprehend what a lens is doing, and to understand, viscerally and with immediacy, what photography is capturing. The world seen on a groundglass is captivating, and enchanting. The other is seeing a print come up in the developer, an experience that a wide range of photographers remember as, if not formative, then at least a meaningful landmark of their introductions to the mystery and wonder of the art*.</p>\r\n<p>Both of these experiences can be provided merely in an educational context. There&#39;s no need to make every student buy a view camera, and certainly no sense in recommending that every student learn darkroom printing. And of course, it should go without saying that it makes zero sense to suggest that anyone should build their own darkroom in this day and age. (Unless they&#39;re doing the &quot;Leica as Teacher&quot; year, but not necessarily even then—Ilford XP2 in an M camera, commercially processed and proofed and occasionally printed, would work fine for that.)</p>\r\n<p>When I was a photography teacher (in the &#39;80s), I provided both these experiences to my students. I brought my own view camera to school and let the students look at each other through it—it was unfailingly an excited, animated class that was memorable for most students, even casual ones who didn&#39;t have any real or abiding interest in becoming photographers. I also made a set of &quot;perfect&quot; negatives and, as a class, we went into the darkroom on the very first day of class and everyone made a test strip and a print—that was also a day that made students happy and &quot;nourished their enthusiasm&quot; in Ansel Adams&#39;s phrase.</p>\r\n<p>These days, I might have students look through a 4x5 or 5x7 view camera in several settings indoors and then out, and then make a contact print from a pre-made &quot;perfect&quot; 4x5 or 5x7 negative. Depending on the facilities, that could take as little as two class periods.</p>\r\n<p>Beyond that, though, for those not doing the &quot;Leica as Teacher&quot; year, I wouldn&#39;t see much need to do more than that with film. Unless of course you want to.</p>\r\n<p>But those things are just cool, and would be fun and informative for most any younger photographer to experience (and it&#39;s too bad most of them will never be able to). That&#39;s not &quot;just me&quot;—I&#39;ve heard variations on these themes from hundreds, maybe even thousands of photographers, across many years.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">*We might add to this the experience of seeing a well-made large negative on a light box before making a positive of it (seeing Paul Strand&#39;s negatives was where Ansel had his own epiphany). A further exercise might be making and using a pinhole camera, as several readers suggested.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2018 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><a href=\"http://www.bhphotovideo.com/?BI=2144&amp;KBID=2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">B&amp;H Photo</a> • <a href=\"http://www.amazon.com/?tag=theonlinephot-20\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon US</a> • <a href=\"http://www.amazon.co.uk/?tag=cdrebyc6-21\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon UK</a><br /><a href=\"http://www.amazon.de/?tag=cdrebyc603-21\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon Germany</a></strong> <strong>• <a href=\"http://amazon.ca/?tag=theonliphot-20\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon Canada</a> • <a href=\"https://www.adorama.com/?KBID=62935\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Adorama</a></strong></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">(<em>To see all the comments, click on the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</em>)</span><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #0000ff;\">Featured Comments</span></strong> from:</p>\r\n<p><strong>Piotr B.</strong>: &quot;Looks like I got pulled into shooting film, and I blame you.&#0160; :-)</p>\r\n<p>&quot;Your most recent post about rangefinder cameras (the one that featured the Mamiya 6 among others) sparked a new flame of interest in me. I always kinda wanted to try film and was always a bit intrigued by the mysterious beast that is a rangefinder. Why mysterious? I never used one. I even had no idea how the viewfinder works until very recently.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;And once I started reading more, I knew I&#39;m in trouble. That Mamiya triggered my GAS and happens to be a killer combo. Film? Check. Rangefinder? Check. Medium format? Check. Wept a bit when I found out how much it costs. Found some other cool cameras and wept some more. After more digging and research, found that Fujica can be had for reasonable lump of money. So I&#39;ll settle for that.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;For the time being, I just bought an old, low end TLR (never used one before, BTW) on the cheap and just took out my first roll of film. What a weird experience, looking through that &#39;viewfinder.&#39; And needing to wait to see my photos, even weirder.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;I liked what my failed attempt at OC/OL/OY challenge did to my skills, but I noticed I fell back to bad habits with the convenience of modern digital cameras (I did the challenge with Sigma DP2M, which, while digital, imposes limitations that are draconian for someone used to modern cameras). So I&#39;m hoping that going film will do me more good.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;And since I decided to torture myself with clunky mechanical contraptions, I also thought it would be a good idea to come up with some kind of a project to give this whole experiment some meaning. I&#39;m kinda sick of shooting just to try to take some pretty pictures.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;But in the end, I consider the whole affair to be a learning experience. I just hope I will actually learn something, as opposed to realizing this whole photography thing was just a meaningless pastime of a bored man who really just wanted to play with some toys.&#0160; :-)</p>\r\n<p>&quot;So in time, I will either thank you or curse you.&#0160; :-)&#0160; &quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Michael Ferron</strong>: &quot;Though I started with digital I kept bumping into these B&amp;W film forums. The talk of chemistry, technique, exposure and times fascinated me so in 2004 I bought a beautiful Nikon FM2 and gave film a try.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;Never looked back. I just recently purchased a Toyo Field 45 and am really enjoying the experience. Oh, the question? No, I would not recommend shooting film to anyone. It&#39;s very time consuming. But If the calling is heard the film will find them, says the &#39;on occasion&#39; wise man (me).&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Paul De Zan</strong>: &quot;Due to all of the rangefinder and film blather on this very fine free website recently, I&#39;ve just loaded my M4 with Tri-X for the first time in about nine years. On one level: what a drag! I could have taken 36 pictures with any digital camera in the time it took to put film in this relic. On a different level: what a treat to handle this magnificent hunk of metal, like traveling back to the pre-electronic era, to the way the world once was. Pleasant as it is, this has zip to do with actually taking pictures and only half-zip to do with conventional film photography. Without the chemical darkroom process, which is absolutely going to be a bridge too far for most people these days, there isn&#39;t any real connection to the traditional silver halide-based experience. I&#39;ll shoot a roll, get it processed and scan to Lightroom; anything good will end up on the Internet somewhere. Beyond the experience of working with a mechanical camera and its manual focus and exposure control (which you can do with a digital camera if you&#39;re so inclined), it&#39;s very nearly the same thing as digital workflow, just with added cost and some (possibly gratifying) delay before seeing your results. Lovely as the relics are, especially to those of a certain age, it doesn&#39;t take a lot of Aristotelian pondering to understand why film was swept away as quickly as it was.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>David Aiken</strong>: &quot;The &#39;every&#39; in the question mandates that the answer be &#39;no.&#39; If the answer were &#39;yes&#39; the statement being questioned would be a rule and as we all know, rules are made to be broken.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;The question is really how useful is it to shoot film as one element in your learning process. I started out shooting black-and-white film in the days before digital, and then I dropped photography for a long period. When I came back to it I bought a digital camera and discovered two things. First, I could no longer &#39;see&#39; in black and white. Seeing luminance is an acquired skill as you point out, but it&#39;s one you lose if you don&#39;t keep using it, and I wonder how long you would retain it if you just shot black-and-white film for a year as a learning experience. Second, that I had to unlearn a lot of things which had become ingrained and which I found myself doing automatically. For example it took time to get out of the habit of exposing for the shadows and to start exposing for the highlights instead, to learn to stop worrying about crushing the shadows and to worry instead about preserving highlights. If you&#39;re going to end up shooting digital, then learning to shoot by shooting film teaches some wrong lessons as well as teaching some good lessons.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;I have to admit that much of my photographic &#39;taste&#39; was formed by my experience shooting black-and-white film. Even though I now shoot digital colour, I still find myself processing for the mid tones and shadow detail with good overall contrast, and less saturation than many people seem to go for. But that sometimes makes me wonder whether I&#39;m trying to recapture the look of film rather than trying to get the best that I could from digital. Film and digital have different strengths and weaknesses and I don&#39;t think that trying to get the best of one of them from the other is the way to get the best result that the other has to offer. Are the people who eventually get the best out of digital going to be those who have no experience of film? All of the photographers I regard as really getting the results I most admire from film had experience with film only (OK, Cartier-Bresson and maybe some others had experience with painting and drawing but no other photographic medium than film).</p>\r\n<p>&quot;Can experience shooting film be detrimental to getting the best results from digital? If it can, then how much experience with film is too much experience with film? Should it be avoided entirely or, for example, should those who do try shooting film shoot colour slide stock where they would have to learn to preserve the highlights rather than exposing for the shadows as you learn with black-and-white film? What is the best film experience for those who are going to shoot digital?</p>\r\n<p>&quot;I have no answers, just a lot of &#39;what if&#39; questions. 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I believe it would pay permanent dividends for the rest of the photographer&#39;s working life.</p>\r\n<p>These are visualizing skills and drills in fundamentals, invaluable for education. Naturally they do not need to be permanent choices, and no one&#39;s claiming they should be.</p>\r\n<p><strong><em>Here&#39;s</em> my <em>answer</em></strong><br />But then, on to the question—should every photographer try film once?</p>\r\n<p>Considering the educational <em>experience</em> of trying older methods (i.e., film), in my opinion it comes down to two things that experience tells me most students would enjoy and be interested in. One is <em>looking</em> <em>through</em> a view camera. There is no better way to comprehend what a lens is doing, and to understand, viscerally and with immediacy, what photography is capturing. The world seen on a groundglass is captivating, and enchanting. The other is seeing a print come up in the developer, an experience that a wide range of photographers remember as, if not formative, then at least a meaningful landmark of their introductions to the mystery and wonder of the art*.</p>\r\n<p>Both of these experiences can be provided merely in an educational context. There&#39;s no need to make every student buy a view camera, and certainly no sense in recommending that every student learn darkroom printing. And of course, it should go without saying that it makes zero sense to suggest that anyone should build their own darkroom in this day and age. (Unless they&#39;re doing the &quot;Leica as Teacher&quot; year, but not necessarily even then—Ilford XP2 in an M camera, commercially processed and proofed and occasionally printed, would work fine for that.)</p>\r\n<p>When I was a photography teacher (in the &#39;80s), I provided both these experiences to my students. I brought my own view camera to school and let the students look at each other through it—it was unfailingly an excited, animated class that was memorable for most students, even casual ones who didn&#39;t have any real or abiding interest in becoming photographers. I also made a set of &quot;perfect&quot; negatives and, as a class, we went into the darkroom on the very first day of class and everyone made a test strip and a print—that was also a day that made students happy and &quot;nourished their enthusiasm&quot; in Ansel Adams&#39;s phrase.</p>\r\n<p>These days, I might have students look through a 4x5 or 5x7 view camera in several settings indoors and then out, and then make a contact print from a pre-made &quot;perfect&quot; 4x5 or 5x7 negative. Depending on the facilities, that could take as little as two class periods.</p>\r\n<p>Beyond that, though, for those not doing the &quot;Leica as Teacher&quot; year, I wouldn&#39;t see much need to do more than that with film. Unless of course you want to.</p>\r\n<p>But those things are just cool, and would be fun and informative for most any younger photographer to experience (and it&#39;s too bad most of them will never be able to). That&#39;s not &quot;just me&quot;—I&#39;ve heard variations on these themes from hundreds, maybe even thousands of photographers, across many years.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">*We might add to this the experience of seeing a well-made large negative on a light box before making a positive of it (seeing Paul Strand&#39;s negatives was where Ansel had his own epiphany). A further exercise might be making and using a pinhole camera, as several readers suggested.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2018 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. 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I always kinda wanted to try film and was always a bit intrigued by the mysterious beast that is a rangefinder. Why mysterious? I never used one. I even had no idea how the viewfinder works until very recently.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;And once I started reading more, I knew I&#39;m in trouble. That Mamiya triggered my GAS and happens to be a killer combo. Film? Check. Rangefinder? Check. Medium format? Check. Wept a bit when I found out how much it costs. Found some other cool cameras and wept some more. After more digging and research, found that Fujica can be had for reasonable lump of money. So I&#39;ll settle for that.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;For the time being, I just bought an old, low end TLR (never used one before, BTW) on the cheap and just took out my first roll of film. 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Back to scarlet fever. &#0160;When penicillin was discovered, the cases and death numbers fell and kept falling. Scarlet fever develops from the organism, S pyogenes, which is classified as a Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal (GABHS) infection. </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&quot;</span></em><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Thus, as in the cases of</span></em> <em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">S. pneumoniae and S. aureus, </span></em><strong><em>S. pyogenes acts synergistically with influenza viruses </em></strong><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">and possibly other respiratory viruses in causing secondary bacterial infections. Enhanced adherence and internalization of S. pyogenes to host cells in the presence of influenza virus infection may explain the synergism. 94,95,96</span></em></p>\r\n<p><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Any form of S. pyogenes infection may potentially lead to systemic manifestations due to release of toxins or superantigens. </span></em><a href=\"https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3630912/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\"><strong><em>Scarlet fever typically follows an episode of upper respiratory tract infection</em></strong></a><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">,&quot;<br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.rescuepost.com/.a/6a00d8357f3f2969e2022ad39a64a9200b-pi\"><img alt=\"Vintage scarlet fever\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8357f3f2969e2022ad39a64a9200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.rescuepost.com/.a/6a00d8357f3f2969e2022ad39a64a9200b-500wi\" style=\"width: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Vintage scarlet fever\" /></a></span></em><a href=\"https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3630912/\"></a><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><br /></span></em></p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3501785/Scarlet-fever-returns-family-doctors-warned-watch-comeback-Victorian-disease.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Vintage illustration online here </span></a><a href=\"http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3501785/Scarlet-fever-returns-family-doctors-warned-watch-comeback-Victorian-disease.html\"></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> and our thanks.</span></p>\r\n<p><strong> Evidence</strong></p>\r\n<p><strong><em><a href=\"https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4678663/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">The administration of intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine induces changes in the nasal microbiota and nasal epithelium gene expression profiles</a>, </em></strong><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">December 2015&#0160; </span></em></p>",
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         "content": "<p style=\"color: #c00000; font-size: 18px;\">Day Twenty-Three<em><span style=\"font-style: italic;\"></span> </em>and no admission fee!</p><p style=\"color: #c00000; font-size: 18px;\"><span style=\"font-size: 1.2em; color: #990000;\"><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552c4594e8834-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=426,height=328,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Finished\" class=\"at-xid-6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552c4594e8834 \" src=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552c4594e8834-350wi\" style=\"width: 350px;\" /></a></span></p><p><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/pink_paper_peppermints/31_flowers/index.html\"><img alt=\"31_flowers_shadow\" border=\"0\" src=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/05/19/31_flowers_shadow.jpg\" title=\"31_flowers_shadow\" /></a>\r\n\r\n</p><p><br /> </p>\r\n\r\n<br /><p>Today we have another fabric flower tutorial for the <a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/pink_paper_peppermints/31_flowers/index.html\"><em>31 Crafty Flowers in 31 Days</em></a> !&#0160; </p><p>This one is very similar to <em><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/pink_paper_peppermints/2008/05/31-crafty-flo-3.html\" target=\"_blank\">the fabric flower we made before</a> </em>but instead of pointed petals you get round petals.</p><p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552b79ac38834-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=426,height=328,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><br /></a></span></p><p>&#0160;<span style=\"font-size: 1.2em; color: #990000;\">Here&#39;s what you need to get started:<br /></span><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552ab16818833-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=426,height=328,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><br /></a></span>Attach the next petal to the first and then stitch around the edges and gather.&#0160; Repeat this for all five petals.</p><p></p><p><span style=\"font-size: 1.2em; color: #990000;\">\r\nStep Six</span></p><p><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e5529ab1078833-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=426,height=328,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><br /></a>&#0160;<a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e5529f2cf58833-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=426,height=328,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"></a><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552c452a28834-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=426,height=328,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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         "renderedContent": "<p style=\"color: #c00000; font-size: 18px;\">Day Twenty-Three<em><span style=\"font-style: italic;\"></span> </em>and no admission fee!</p><p style=\"color: #c00000; font-size: 18px;\"><span style=\"font-size: 1.2em; color: #990000;\"><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552c4594e8834-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=426,height=328,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Finished\" class=\"at-xid-6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552c4594e8834 \" src=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552c4594e8834-350wi\" style=\"width: 350px;\" /></a></span></p><p><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/pink_paper_peppermints/31_flowers/index.html\"><img alt=\"31_flowers_shadow\" border=\"0\" src=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/05/19/31_flowers_shadow.jpg\" title=\"31_flowers_shadow\" /></a>\r\n\r\n</p><p><br /> </p>\r\n\r\n<br /><p>Today we have another fabric flower tutorial for the <a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/pink_paper_peppermints/31_flowers/index.html\"><em>31 Crafty Flowers in 31 Days</em></a> !&#0160; </p><p>This one is very similar to <em><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/pink_paper_peppermints/2008/05/31-crafty-flo-3.html\" target=\"_blank\">the fabric flower we made before</a> </em>but instead of pointed petals you get round petals.</p><p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552b79ac38834-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=426,height=328,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><br /></a></span></p><p>&#0160;<span style=\"font-size: 1.2em; color: #990000;\">Here&#39;s what you need to get started:<br /></span><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552ab16818833-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=426,height=328,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Gather supplies\" class=\"at-xid-6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552ab16818833 \" src=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552ab16818833-350wi\" style=\"width: 350px;\" /></a>\r\n<br />\r\n</p><p>-Fabric<br />-Needle and Thread<br />-Scissors <br />-Buttons</p><p></p><p><span style=\"font-size: 1.2em; color: #990000;\">Step One</span></p><p><br /><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"></span></p><p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552c404248834-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=426,height=328,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Step one-cut squares\" class=\"at-xid-6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552c404248834 \" src=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552c404248834-350wi\" style=\"width: 350px;\" /></a>\r\n</span>\r\n<br /><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\">\r\n</span> </p><p>Cut six 3x3 squares of fabric.</p><p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"></span></p><p><span style=\"font-size: 1.2em; color: #990000;\"></span><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"></span><br /> </p>\r\n\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 1.2em; color: #990000;\">Step Two</span></p><p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"></span><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"></span>&#0160;<span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552ab36318833-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=426,height=328,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Step two-press squares\" class=\"at-xid-6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552ab36318833 \" src=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552ab36318833-350wi\" style=\"width: 350px;\" /></a>\r\n\r\n</span>\r\n<br />Fold in a triangle shape, wrongs sides together and press.</p><br /><p><span style=\"font-size: 1.2em; color: #990000;\">\r\nStep Three</span></p><p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"></span></p><p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><a href=\"http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72ee53ef00e552c410ab8834-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=426,height=288,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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Read about this endearing <em>personnage</em>&#0160;(seen in the last photo) in today&#39;s story.&#0160;<br /><br /><strong>le voisin</strong><br /><br />&#0160; &#0160; : neighbor</p>\r\n<p>Example sentence &amp; Sound File</p>\r\n<p class=\"asset  asset-audio at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e20224e0385fe5200d img-responsive\"><a class=\"inline-player\" href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/files/voisin.mp3\">Click here to listen to Jean-Marc read the soundfile</a></p>\r\n<p><br /><em>Quand la maison du</em>&#0160;<em>voisin</em>&#0160;<em>brûle</em>, <em>c&#39;est ton</em>&#0160;<em>affaire</em>&#0160;<em>aussi</em>&#0160;<br />When your neighbor&#39;s house burns down, it is your business too.</p>\r\n<p><br /><strong>A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE</strong><br /><br />&#0160; &#0160; by <a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1467929794?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;creativeASIN=1467929794\"><strong>Kristi Espinasse</strong></a><br /><br />She wears miniskirts that could get her arrested, but that is not why her <em>nom d&#39;affection</em>&#0160;is &quot;Bifteck.&quot; I call her this for the way she fries up steaks at home after selling <em>fish</em> all day (the smoke sets off the &quot;damn combo alarm,&quot; the one that warns of fires or thieves). But especially, I call her this, for the way our loveable&#0160;<em>personnage</em>&#0160;has helped &quot;beef up&quot; neighbor relations around here. Her fish stand, turns out, is the local hub or old-fashioned &quot;water-cooler,&quot; as we would say back home.<br /><br />I went to her <em>poissonnerie</em> the day after my <a href=\"http://www.french-word-a-day.com/2018/05/effraction-break-in-alone-face-to-face-with-a-burglar-seule-et-nez-%C3%A0-nez-avec-un-cambrioleur.html\"><strong>run-in with the intruder</strong></a>. &quot;<em>Comment ça </em>va?&quot; Bifteck inquired, her long blond braid embellished with an island flower. <br /><br />&quot;<em>Ça ne va pas du tout!</em>&quot; I said. &quot;Il &quot;était là. LA! Dans ma fenêtre!!&quot;<br /><br />&quot;<em>Peuchère!</em>&quot; Bifteck hurried around her fish stand to sympathize. Next, she proceeded to tell anyone within earshot what had just happened to their very own neighbor--<em>moi</em>! Like this, I met a lady my age who lives down the street...&#0160;(the neighbor with that&#0160;<em>oeil-de-boeuf</em> window. I&#39;d always wondered who lived there!). She told me two men in a <em>camion blanc</em> have been circling the neighborhood. The pair knocked on her door and were insistent about giving her an estimate for some roof work she did not need.&#0160;<br /><br />Next, I met the biker in flip-flops and a tank top, who lives a few doors down and who never lets solicitors beyond the front gate. Holding a sack of just-bought <em>supions</em>, he warned, &quot;It&#39;s often a ruse to case your home!&quot;&#0160;<br /><br />Finally I met another <em>voisin</em>, who looked to be around&#0160;70. &quot;Do you know who you are talking to?&quot; Bifteck took me aside. &quot;He&#39;s a <a href=\"https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serge_Baudo\">world-famous <em>chef d&#39;orchéstre</em></a>. He&#39;s so kind, but a true <em>tête en&#0160;</em>l&#39;air !&quot; I ran home to google my neighbor who, turns out was 90! I wondered, <em>did he know Harry</em>--beloved&#0160;<a href=\"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Rabinowitz\">South African conductor</a> who also lived in Provence. <em>Harry...</em>&#0160;Maybe it&#39;s not too late to write about that dinner at <a href=\"http://www.french-word-a-day.com/2014/05/shutterbug.html\">my friend Cyn&#39;s</a> in which we spent a melodious evening, huddled around her piano, Harry&#39;s fingers dancing on the keyboard. <br /><br />That night is now blurring in my memory, as are the specifics of <strong><a href=\"http://www.french-word-a-day.com/2018/05/effraction-break-in-alone-face-to-face-with-a-burglar-seule-et-nez-%C3%A0-nez-avec-un-cambrioleur.html\">Thursday&#39;s break-in</a></strong> which is more and more like a bad dream. If only the police had taken fingerprints. If only some item, some piece of evidence--a glove, lighter, or God forbid a knife (Bifteck found one after her own home invasion.&#0160; The police were able to get fingerprints, catch the guy and put him in the <em>la taule</em>&#0160;for 5 years!).<br /><br />But back to Bifteck, our local fishmonger, who is&#0160;<em>the strength&#0160;</em>of our <em>voisinage</em>. I&#39;ve been to her stand 3 times since that chilling encounter at the bedroom window, and each time she cries out the news (like all <em>crieurs</em> or fishmongers worth their salt). And each time, a huddle of neighbors forms around the paella, or near the tuna, or by the <em>coquilles saint-jacques</em>, to listen to what happened to one of their own. The solidarity that ensues is enormously reassuring. As the saying goes:<br /><br /><em>Quand la maison du</em>&#0160;<em>voisin</em>&#0160;<em>brûle</em>, <em>c&#39;est ton</em>&#0160;<em>affaire</em>&#0160;<em>aussi</em>. 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If only some item, some piece of evidence--a glove, lighter, or God forbid a knife (Bifteck found one after her own home invasion.&#0160; The police were able to get fingerprints, catch the guy and put him in the <em>la taule</em>&#0160;for 5 years!).<br /><br />But back to Bifteck, our local fishmonger, who is&#0160;<em>the strength&#0160;</em>of our <em>voisinage</em>. I&#39;ve been to her stand 3 times since that chilling encounter at the bedroom window, and each time she cries out the news (like all <em>crieurs</em> or fishmongers worth their salt). And each time, a huddle of neighbors forms around the paella, or near the tuna, or by the <em>coquilles saint-jacques</em>, to listen to what happened to one of their own. The solidarity that ensues is enormously reassuring. As the saying goes:<br /><br /><em>Quand la maison du</em>&#0160;<em>voisin</em>&#0160;<em>brûle</em>, <em>c&#39;est ton</em>&#0160;<em>affaire</em>&#0160;<em>aussi</em>. 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Construction will start in June, the developer said.\r\n\r\n\r\n<b>Cultivation: Desert Land Ventures</b>\r\n\r\nThis is the third Really Big Cultivation proposal in DHS that I'm aware of. Really Big as in 123.4 acres, 13 parcels, 1.9 million s.f. of development, some streets, all infrastructure (estimated $30 million - just infrastructure), and it's all going into that blank space along I-10, west of Palm, east of Indian. The proposal is for more than marijuana. The developer plans a 150-room hotel, along with the usual sorts of commercial projects you see around a hotel along the interstate. 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That leaves 7 parties who have not started any development and may not yet have gotten a CUP. The Desert Land Ventures developer (he's owned the site since 2006) did not want to have to get in bed with some dispensary owner that he doesn't know. No one suggested the alternative. He could buy out the CUP rights from one of those parties.\r\n\r\nThe specific plan is flexible so that the developer can determine which parts will be industrial and which commercial. City staff and the commissioners expressed the desire that there be no cultivation on the parcels that are adjacent to I-10. The developer who, BTW, is also developing the new San Diego airport that will be over by Otay Mesa (!!) says he understands and he wants his development to be top notch, so he wouldn't have put cultivation. Those parcels need to have businesses that attract people from the highway. Some of it could be ancillary marijuana businesses, like a bakery, a testing lab, whatever else I can't think of right now.\r\n\r\nThe Commissioners, recognizing the value of the site, said it would be a window onto Desert Hot Springs, so it needs to look really good. The developer agreed, saying it's in his interests to do just that.\r\n\r\nThe developer said this development will extend over years and nobody knows what's going to happen to cannabis in the future, and that's one reason for the flexibility in the specific plan. \r\n\r\nThe part of the site that is north of Varner Road extends into the MSHCP area, but it was said that development of 10% of the area within the MSHCP is permitted! I had never heard that before, and I'm sure there are more strings to it than simply wanting to build in the MSHCP. The developer said they might put solar or wind power there.\r\n\r\nVarner Road, which goes through the project, is supposed to be paved to a width of six (6!) lanes. Both the developer and the commission agreed this was excessive to start with, since it just deadends and it will be years before six lanes are needed, so they're going to start with something less (to be negotiated with staff, unless the city council says different). Comparisons were drawn with the \"Bridge To Nowhere\" (the Alaska one, not the Los Angeles one). Some day (after your prince comes) 20th Avenue will also be paved coming east from Indian. It would make sense, IMO, to connect that with Varner.\r\n\r\nApproved 5-0.\r\n\r\n\r\n<b>Cultivation: Collective Solutions</b>\r\n\r\nThis is a CUP for a cultivation site of 22,176 s.f. total, in three buildings on 1.26 acres. It will be on currently unpaved 15th Avenue, between Little Morongo and Cabot Road. This will include two 10,000 s.f. greenhouses. 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This ordinance attempts to address some of those issues.\r\n\r\nIt would define <i>light manufacturing</i> as any kind of production of cannabis products using only \"chemical synthesis,\" by which they mean baking or infusing, but absolutely not any extraction.\r\n\r\nA Special Dispensary Conditional Use Permit would be created for light manufacturing, hotels that want to dispense cannabis, and cultivators who want to have a tasting room in their facility.\r\n\r\nA cultivator's tasting room would be limited to offering samples of products produced on that site only. There can be no on-site sales and consumption; i.e., the tasting is free. Any sales must be \"off-site,\" that is you carry it away with you...like a liquor store, where you can buy alcohol but can't consume it on premises. 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Some of it could be ancillary marijuana businesses, like a bakery, a testing lab, whatever else I can't think of right now.</p>\n\n<p>The Commissioners, recognizing the value of the site, said it would be a window onto Desert Hot Springs, so it needs to look really good. The developer agreed, saying it's in his interests to do just that.</p>\n\n<p>The developer said this development will extend over years and nobody knows what's going to happen to cannabis in the future, and that's one reason for the flexibility in the specific plan. </p>\n\n<p>The part of the site that is north of Varner Road extends into the MSHCP area, but it was said that development of 10% of the area within the MSHCP is permitted! I had never heard that before, and I'm sure there are more strings to it than simply wanting to build in the MSHCP. The developer said they might put solar or wind power there.</p>\n\n<p>Varner Road, which goes through the project, is supposed to be paved to a width of six (6!) lanes. Both the developer and the commission agreed this was excessive to start with, since it just deadends and it will be years before six lanes are needed, so they're going to start with something less (to be negotiated with staff, unless the city council says different). Comparisons were drawn with the \"Bridge To Nowhere\" (the Alaska one, not the Los Angeles one). Some day (after your prince comes) 20th Avenue will also be paved coming east from Indian. It would make sense, IMO, to connect that with Varner.</p>\n\n<p>Approved 5-0.</p>\n\n<p><br />\n<b>Cultivation: Collective Solutions</b></p>\n\n<p>This is a CUP for a cultivation site of 22,176 s.f. total, in three buildings on 1.26 acres. It will be on currently unpaved 15th Avenue, between Little Morongo and Cabot Road. This will include two 10,000 s.f. greenhouses. 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This ordinance attempts to address some of those issues.</p>\n\n<p>It would define <i>light manufacturing</i> as any kind of production of cannabis products using only \"chemical synthesis,\" by which they mean baking or infusing, but absolutely not any extraction.</p>\n\n<p>A Special Dispensary Conditional Use Permit would be created for light manufacturing, hotels that want to dispense cannabis, and cultivators who want to have a tasting room in their facility.</p>\n\n<p>A cultivator's tasting room would be limited to offering samples of products produced on that site only. There can be no on-site sales and consumption; i.e., the tasting is free. Any sales must be \"off-site,\" that is you carry it away with you...like a liquor store, where you can buy alcohol but can't consume it on premises. 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I had a Volvo C70 on my hands that had burnt to a crisp, and it sure looked like might have been our fault.</p>\r\n<p>Rom and The Amazon had engineered a little scam to keep our liability for the incident a secret, namely that we were going to repair an obviously totaled car at enormous cost and fraudulently mete out the bill to our warranty company. As you’ll also recall, the poor customer had purchased the car in memory of her late husband and no longer wanted the Volvo that tried to kill her. I had promised to do everything in my power to keep the car from being repaired, but I was rapidly running out of both options and time.</p>\r\n<p>For the week following my meeting with the customer, I did everything in my power to keep the burnt-up C70 from getting touched. I endured being shouted down at meeting after meeting with Rom and The Amazon, trying fruitlessly to convince them to abandon this extremely lame scam. I got nowhere. I delayed as long as I could, but by the following Monday morning, we had reached the inevitable impasse.</p>\r\n<p>The Amazon gave me an ultimatum: either work begins on the C70 immediately or I find myself a new place of employment. The thing is, it wasn’t so much the threat of being fired that fueled me. I’ve been fired before, plenty of times. One time I snagged an enclosed trailer on a tree branch and ripped the whole thing open like a tin can. One time I backed a forklift into the boss’s Camaro. One time (ironically enough) I caught a customer’s Bronco on fire. Getting sh!tcanned sucks, but I ain’t gonna cry about it.</p>\r\n<p>But, I was naïve, impassioned, and idealistic in my younger days, before all my edges and corners were abraded away by time to leave behind only a rounded grey pebble of apathy, irritation, and disappointment. I still was young and stupid enough to think I might make some kind of difference in the world, and I had made the C70 my crusade.</p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a09888340223c84a47ec200c-pi\" style=\"float: right;\"><img alt=\"Carolanne 009\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f10a09888340223c84a47ec200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a09888340223c84a47ec200c-320wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;\" title=\"Carolanne 009\" /></a>Tuesday, 8:30 AM. I’m furiously IMing everyone in the service department and the office staff to call a meeting before anyone allied to Rom and The Amazon came in for the day. It was time for organized resistance. Crammed in the conference room were the four technicians, Colossal Redneck, The Diplomat, and myself. Miami Vice and The Raver would have been there too, but Miami Vice was apparently sick and The Raver just didn’t show up for work. I marched to the front of the room and leaned over the table to try and be as imposing as possible.</p>\r\n<p>Me: “The C70, lady and gentlemen. This cannot stand.”</p>\r\n<p>I made sure everyone was on the same page regarding the condition of the car: that it was burnt to a crisp, not fixable, and could not be made safe for any price. I made sure to cover the issues with the warranty company as well, that in fixing the car and billing them without giving them the option to total the car, we were in clear violation of our contract with them, and that in breaking the repair up into bite-size pieces so they wouldn’t notice we were committing fraud. I relayed the customer’s own story as dramatically as possible, playing up the sadness as best as my monotone was able. It was a rousing speech. 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In a half hour, the sales staff would start rolling in for the day and we needed to be back in our respective offices lest we be caught scheming. The Diplomat finally spoke up.</p>\r\n<p>TD: “So… do we have a plan?”</p>\r\n<p>Me: “Not anymore, no.”</p>\r\n<p>Silence filled the room. Finally, she chimed in with a thought.</p>\r\n<p>TD: “What… what would happen if the customer turned the car over to insurance?”</p>\r\n<p>Me: “We’ve been over that, she can’t. Liability only, they won’t even touch it.”</p>\r\n<p>TD: “But do Rom and The Amazon know that?”</p>\r\n<p>Me: “What are you getting at?”</p>\r\n<p>TD: “Let’s say she had full coverage or whatever. 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This was before cell phone laws and ubiquitous hands-free devices, so, you know, calm down, Beyoncé.</p>\r\n<p>Me: “Hey, this is 36055512 at Dishonest Used Car Dealership. I think we might have a solution. It’s going to require a bit of your participation, though.”</p>\r\n<p>Her: “Are you calling me from a car?”</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a09888340223c84a4814200c-pi\" style=\"float: right;\"><img alt=\"RHSEPT 253\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f10a09888340223c84a4814200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a09888340223c84a4814200c-320wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;\" title=\"RHSEPT 253\" /></a>Me: “Our tech guy claims that our phone lines are all bugged. I doubt very much that he could figure out how to do that, but I can’t take the risk. Anyway, do you have access to your vehicle’s title?”</p>\r\n<p>Her: “Sure, I have it around here somewhere. 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Even if they do, you still could bring the car back for repairs and we’d be obligated to fix it. Were that to happen, though, we’ve got a nuclear option that would still get you paid out. It’d be messier, it’d take longer, but we’ve got that backup plan if we have to. But, let’s not worry about that right now. What we need you to do is come in as soon as possible and tell Rom and The Amazon exactly what I told you to say. When can you get back to our side of the mountains?”</p>\r\n<p>Her: “Any time. My sister’s been coming and picking me up when I need to come over. When should I come?”</p>\r\n<p>Me: “As soon as possible. Tomorrow if you can.”</p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p>Wednesday, 10:00 AM. I’ve been hiding in my office all morning. 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We’re gonna repair it.”</p>\r\n<p>This seemed to tame the beast at least slightly, and she marched right back out the door toward Colossal Redneck’s office, where she berated him for a moment on the same subject and then departed once again.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a09888340223c84a481d200c-pi\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"RHU Characters 233\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f10a09888340223c84a481d200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a09888340223c84a481d200c-320wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"RHU Characters 233\" /></a>Having heard the commotion in my office, The Diplomat text messaged me from down the hall.</p>\r\n<p>TD: “What’s going on in there?”</p>\r\n<p>Me: “10 to 1 I’m fired by the end of the day.”</p>\r\n<p>TD: “I doubt it.”</p>\r\n<p>Me: “Why’s that?”</p>\r\n<p>TD: “They think you’re behind this, right?”</p>\r\n<p>Me: “Sure. They’re not dumb.”</p>\r\n<p>TD: “Yeah, they won’t get rid of you. If they think you’re behind the meeting, then they know if they fire you, you might narc to the media or the warranty company or whomever. You’ve got ‘em too scared to fire you.”</p>\r\n<p>Me: “Hmm. I hope you’re right.”</p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p>1:00 PM. A cab pulls up to the front door and the customer climbs out. She strolls through to the shop toward my office. I smile at her through the window, but wave her away lest we be spotted conspiring. She gives me a look like she’s really not sure this is going to work. She departs through the bay toward the sales office on the back side of the lot.</p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p>2:30 PM. Rom and The Amazon alike appear from the sales office and storm through the service department on their way out the door. Rom is actively slamming doors - opening doors just so he can slam them again, over and over. 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They had a meltdown, but we argued and argued until they caved, just like you said they would.”</p>\r\n<p>Me: “You better cash that before they think better of it.”</p>\r\n<p>She nodded.</p>\r\n<p>Her: “Here, these are for you.”</p>\r\n<p>From her purse, she produced a zip-lock bag full of home-made cookies.</p>\r\n<p>Me: “Chocolate chip? Those are my favorite! How’d you know?”</p>\r\n<p>She smiled her sorrowful little smile.</p>\r\n<p>Her: “I guessed. Nobody doesn’t like chocolate chip. Look, I just want to thank you for what you did. This whole thing… it’s just all been so awful, and you were the only one who stood up for me. I can’t thank you enough.”</p>\r\n<p>Me: “Thank you. But, I didn’t do it alone. There’s someone you should meet.”</p>\r\n<p>I IMed The Diplomat and a moment later she hopped in my office door.</p>\r\n<p>Me: “She was the brains behind the operation and came up with the whole scheme. She’s the real hero here.”</p>\r\n<p>I reached in and grabbed a handful of cookies and passed the bag with the other half to The Diplomat.</p>\r\n<p>TD: “Fuck yeah, cookies.”</p>\r\n<p>She quickly remembered she was in the presence of a customer and corrected herself.</p>\r\n<p>TD: “Oh, right. Sorry. Cookies, yay.”</p>\r\n<p>We all laughed and the two ladies exchanged thanks and chatted about The Diplomat’s role masterminding the whole operation.</p>\r\n<p>Her: “So you were the one who came up with this whole scheme?”</p>\r\n<p>TD: “I guess? I mean…”</p>\r\n<p>Her: “You don’t have to be shy about it, darling, it was brilliant. Thank you.”</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a09888340223c84a4837200c-pi\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"Carolanne 003\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f10a09888340223c84a4837200c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a09888340223c84a4837200c-320wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Carolanne 003\" /></a>We all talked for a while about what had gone down, the customer regaling the two of us with the Galaxy-class freak-out that had happened in Rom and The Amazon’s office.</p>\r\n<p>Me: “So what’s next for you?”</p>\r\n<p>Her: “I’ve got a cab coming in a bit to pick me up, and then back to my side of the mountains, I suppose.”</p>\r\n<p>I walked her out toward the bay to wait for her cab and The Diplomat went back to her office. 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And then the trees were gone and the sawmill closed and he had to work every day of his life to provide for his family, sometimes working two jobs or three part-time just to make ends meet, terrible jobs, stressful jobs, working for horrible people in horrible conditions for horrible pay. And how he started to get sick, and he couldn’t work anymore, and what she made just didn’t pay the bills. How he was in the hospital, and the stress and the bills piled up and up and she had a big blow-up fight with her daughter over all of it and over nothing at all. How he had finally passed away, and the wounds with her daughter were still all there, raw and tender. And she tried to apologize and make things right, but now her daughter doesn’t talk to her much anymore and how she calls and calls and her daughter just doesn’t answer. 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I support what you’re doing, I really do, but I’ve got to put food on the table.”</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a09888340224df31f74b200b-pi\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"RHSEPT 541\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f10a09888340224df31f74b200b img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a09888340224df31f74b200b-320wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"RHSEPT 541\" /></a>I was disappointed, but I couldn’t blame them. Times were tough, jobs were hard to come by. Dishonest Used Car Dealership wasn’t much, but the paychecks usually came in on time, and that’s more than can be said for most shops.</p>\r\n<p>We remained just The Diplomat and myself, not near enough of a force to stage any kind of actual resistance, especially with no support from the technicians. 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