Different Formats for Different Countries -- Variable Density B&W Film

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Radium, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. Radium

    scenic_man Guest

    Nope. That's not the case. It is political. When told that they had to have
    It's certainly a big deal in the US (too?).

    Given my ancestry, I too would prefer French if we had to have a second
    However, noboody's asking me. If things are labeled in exactly two
    around here, it's English and Spanish (or English and Portuguese).
    But, in my rather narrow experience outside the US,
    labeling everything in *six* languages is the rule --
    English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and ???. (I forget now.)
    Yawell. My father came to the US straight from Paris in 1918.
    Was France using metric at that point? Bet they were --
    they even tried a decimal *week* at one point.
    Anyway, in all my life, I never *once* heard him bemoan the use of
    non-metric measures.
    Also, he had no use for bilingualism.
    He spoke French with his sisters, and over the phone with a friend in
    but that was it.
    scenic_man, Nov 6, 2006
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  2. Radium

    rafe b Guest

    In love. Sorry, bad joke. (Apologies to Rickie Lee Jones).

    rafe b
    rafe b, Nov 6, 2006
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  3. Do you really need the qualifie 'about the rest of the world' :)

    Bill Vermillion, Nov 14, 2006
  4. Radium

    furles Guest

    Not impossible, there are a very few places that stock it, at a price,
    mainly seems to be used by people submitting film scripts
    (apppropriately for this group). I have a couple of reams of Letter,
    and one of Legal for odd things that won't fit on A4; I brought it back
    with me from Staples near Pavonia Newport HBLR station in NJ. I need a
    few three-ring binders for documentation supplied in that format, but I
    can't find them anywhere over here. Our two-hole at 8 cm centres
    system is bad, and allows the pages to move about too much, tearing the
    holes; I always use four-hole ones.

    Our 'office' apers used to be Quarto, which was 10"x8", and Foolscap,
    which was 8"x13", though both names were also used for different sizes
    of other types of papers. There was also briefly a 'Metric Quarto',
    which was 10"x8.25". Just to confuse things even more there was
    'American Quarto', which to the best of my knowledge was never used in
    America, but was 10"x8.5"; English Quarto length and American Letter
    width. Thee different 'Quartos for the same types of papers; utter
    nonsense. These sizes went out of use in most offices over thirty
    years ago. Where my mother worked in 1970 they were in the process of
    changing over, and about 75% of work was on A4 or A5. The old sizes
    remained available for many years, but were little used.

    And therefore need moving parts that make them more expensive, work
    loose, get set to the wrong position so the paper goes in on the skew
    and jams etc. I'm always adjusting side guides on paper trays that
    have moved out too wide for A4.
    The US is probably a big enough market that they will continue to
    support them for as long as the US chooses to use them. I just wish
    the US would do themselves, as well as everybody else, a favour, and
    use what are to everybody else the standard sizes.

    I did see some soft drinks in America sold in metric size bottles, with
    a conversion to an odd number of quarts or whatever. Having drunk them
    you might find yourself in need of a urinal made by American Standard.
    They are a bit odd, they're marked '3.8 lpf/1gpf' or something very
    similar, with the metric first, but the gallon as the round number.
    Another reason to do away with gallons; which type are you talking
    about, American ones or Imperial ones? I haven't used them for some
    time, but to me a gallon was about 4.5 litres.
    furles, Dec 18, 2006
  5. The reason for 60 seconds per minute and 60 minutes per hour is that 60
    is evenly divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, and 30.

    The reason for 24 hours in a day is that 24 is evenly divisible by 1, 2,
    3, 4, 6, 8, and 12.
    Gabriel Velasco, Oct 30, 2007
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