Like many jobs, mine didn’t exist twenty years ago. In most institutions, it didn’t exist ten years ago, and in some institutions, it still doesn’t. The other day I got a call from a research firm working for the Federal Government on updating O*Net, this pretty cool little database of jobs and their duties. They’re researching my job, and they’ll call in a few weeks to ask me about it. They also sent me a packet of information and a desk clock, which doesn’t work.
I deal with digital images. Large files (though I’ll look back on this in a few years, maybe one year, and think they were really small). And projectors (digital). Today I had a little bit of a scare, though, when one of the students who works for me came in and said one of the analog projectors:
wasn’t working. I had a definite “Oh Shit” moment, because Kodak stopped making them a couple years ago, and if one breaks I’ll have a headache and a half trying to figure out how to a.) repair it, or b.) procure another one, or c.) convince the faculty still using slides they only need one (if you’ve ever taken an art history class, you know the likelihood of that).
Turns out the projector was fine, whirring away in between the click-thunk of a slide dropping in front of the bulb. I kind of miss that sound, sometimes.
I came across a little slide library relic on a blog today after this happened, and it made me laugh a little to see what our once-useful products are becoming… Here’s a sampling:
(Lantern Slide Votive from Smith College Museum of Art)
I’ve seen a few others that I can’t find at the moment — lampshades, etc. Fun, huh? If anyone’s inspired, I might have a source for some slides… And if anyone has a projector in their garage/attic, I’m interested…