Men and Their Mighty Rods

Fishing used to be the pastime of kings. Not the sport of kings, nor the breakfast of champions, mainly because fishing isn’t a breakfast or –perhaps less obviously- a sport. It used to be either hard work, if you had to cast your nets to make a living, or a pastime. The pastime of kings. Or the pastime of men …

Pump It <BR>Pump It Good

It looks like a sphygmomanometer, it talks like a sphygmomanometer (the cat says meow, the sphygmomanometer says pfff pff pfff), it smells like a sphygmomanometer (rubbery and dusty with a hint of hospital stink), so it must be a sphygmomanometer, right?* Well, yes and no. Things are rarely that simple and sphygmomanometers are no exception. Yes, it’s a sphygmomanometer, as …

Beware Orange Calendar Man!

There was a time when no one was safe from Orange Calendar Man. Always counting the days until… Sure, he looked harmless enough, with his round plastic body en short stubby legs, but once he got on a roll, there was no getting away from him. Fortunately, the world can now sleep soundly once more, thanks to Orange Calendar Man …

Quartz 5 Film Camera <BR>Part III

Good things come to those who keep at it till it’s done. Taking apart the Quartz 5 camera was a pleasant challenge, photographing all 340 parts and cleaning them up in Photoshop a bore, and sorting out the mess a devilish molehill of mountainous proportions, but the result is a great sense of achievement and my fourth largest Deconstruction to …

Bronze medalist: <BR>Agfa Synchro Box

As the Quartz 5 film camera is still Under Deconstruction -at a steady pace of two steps forward, one step back- I’d like to present one I did earlier, in order to keep myself mo- and my audience captivated. I proudly present: The Agfa Synchro Box. Though the rust would suggest otherwise, the Synchro Box isn’t all that old. This …

Quartz 5 Film Camera <BR>Part II

I’m still chewing away on the Quartz 5 film camera -as the internet meme goes: we will rebuild! There’s only about twenty parts still unaccounted for, as far as figuring out their original position in this ingenious piece of machinery goes. In total, there’s about 340 pieces, and though they don’t make much of a molehill, it’s quite the mountain* …

Quartz 5 Film Camera <BR>Part I

Every once in a while I bite off more than I can or care to chew. In which case I tend to spit it out into a garbled mess of parts that barely resembles a structured Deconstruction. This has already happened twice with film camera’s. They’re pretty ingenious little machines, with loads of tiny parts. The results (or failures, if …