Photo Chemistry

I have finally found a store in Copenhagen where it’s still possible to buy old fashioned photo chemistry such as negative developer and fixer. But the prices are really unbelievable:

T-Max Developer: EUR 37 (EUR 19 online)
Tetenal Fixer: EUR 13 (EUR 10 online)

Moreover, a Paterson development tank cost me another EUR 37 (23 online) and an extra spiral was EUR 23 (10 online).

No wonder everyone has gone digital!

AROS: Per Bak Jensen “Genkomst”

Tina and I just came home from Saturday afternoon outing to our local art museum, AROS, where they have an exhibition with a photographer called Per Bak Jensen, who has maybe 14 very large (2 x 2.5 m) pictures on display. The photos are unstaged landscape scenes; naked fields with litter, cultivated soil with grass (99% dirt and 1% grass), a small river taken with slow shutter speed etc.

The reviews in the papers have ranged from moderate to very positive, but basically I think this kind of art is crap. It does not make me think anything but ‘what a wast of time and talent’ and ‘who on earth would want to pay for something like this’…

Which makes me think – what is the best measure of the quality of a piece of (framed) art? Maybe the ‘would I want it on my living-room wall’-test or my reservation price (i.e., the maximum price I would be willing to pay – which also indicates the subjective nature of art taste).

The curse of good data

At the moment I’m trying to figure out what’s up and what’s down in the dataset I’m going to use for the Ph.D.

Basically, (I think) the data consist of the labour market spells (employed, unemployed, and non-participant) for individuals who were displaced at some point between 1995 and 2001 due to downsizing of the employing firm. These data are then merged with data on the consumption of 4 mild to hard-core mind-drilling drugs.

Given this, it’s possible to construct a treatment group of persons who had mental health problems (i.e., people using medicine) and control group of persons with no mental health problems; then I’m going to compare the length of e.g. unemployment spells or the risk of becoming non-participant (i.e., leaving the labour force) for the treated and the controls.

The 230,000 individuals in the sample have 2.3 million labour market spells during the 1995-2001 period.

Does that make sense?

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