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Friday, 20 February 2004

Pix Of The Day: San Francisco Waxing Wanes
CREDIT: © San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com
WHERE: San Francisco, USA. WHAT: newspaper archive earthquake pictures.
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1906 San Fransisco Earthquake 1 © SFGate.com1906 San Fransisco Earthquake 2 © SFGate.com1906 San Fransisco Earthquake 3 © SFGate.com1906 San Fransisco Earthquake 4 © SFGate.com
The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper has recently installed an $8 million pagination system, and is one of the last US daily papers so to do. The newspaper's own online columns carry the story, written by staff writer Dan Frost. CreativePro.com columnist Gene Gable has an article explaining in lay language the technology behind our "Waxing Wanes" headline. Gene's opening sentence seems to sum up a common work place experience, "In every profession people date themselves by the work practices or technology in place at the time they entered their chosen field."

The paragraph's closing sentences, "In the rest of our lives we tend to want to minimize our age and experience, but in things work related, longevity is a badge of honor. That is until you become a cranky old whiner." made us flush uncomfortably. We hope we have transcended cranky whining, even if only by switching from a smokestack industry to a digital career, though we have been known to articulate condemnations of white-socked juveniles in any position of responsibility.

A trio of film makers is shooting a documentary about the passing of an era, entitled 'Pressed for Time: Documenting the Last Days of the Newspaper Printing Trade', which you may learn about on the dedicated web site PrinterHistory.com.

Like the 'Sydney Morning Herald', which we featured recently, the 'San Francisco Chronicle' is not afraid to 'share the wealth' by opening its photo archives for online browsing. We selected the archive for the earthquakes of 1906 and 1989, and from the extensive selection of photos we chose the four pictures in today's thumbnail strip. Images of the stoic survival of the people, and the regeneration of the city, appear alongside pictures of wholesale death and destruction.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)