I’ll be gone most of the day, so I thought I’d leave a little more “natural” art.
First, another photograph of the purely natural art that’s been staring at me:
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And here’s some rodent art, which was carefully preserved inside a pet hobbyist book.
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Finally, some VHS tapes from the late 80s and early 90s.
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Most of them are unlabeled, and some have never been watched — which makes them like newly discovered time capsules. Some of them I’m really glad to have found — especially a bizarre 1991 interview of me during the construction of the nightclub I ran in those days, along with incredible footage of the artists at work painting the Neo-Impressionist paintings and building the gargoyles that adorned the interior. I’d share it, but it’s in analog format, and I don’t have the technology to convert it to DVD.
These tapes will not last forever, and they include lots of footage of people who are now dead which I recorded, so I’d like to save them. The problem is, there’s a ton of stuff for sale out there, and I don’t like reinventing the wheel. I was thinking of buying something which would convert VHS to DVD, and I’ve been looking at reasonably priced machines like this “Panasonic DMR-EZ47V Up-Converting 1080p DVD-Recorder/VCR Combo.” Unfortunately, I’m not up on the technology (I don’t know upconverting from downconverting, for example), and there are so many of these things with so many conflicting reviews that I don’t know what to buy.
Any readers who have advice based on experience, I’m all ears. Bear in mind that some of these tapes are in bad, bad shape, and I simply want something that will save them — in the best and hopefully simplest way possible.
If I wait too long, not only might the tapes bite the dust, but so will the VHS itself. (Once it goes the way of the Beta, it may be too late.)
For now, the best I can offer by way of “digital conversion” is the digital photograph of the analog tapes!