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Metropole Took a Break

There was no new edition of Metropole last Monday because I decided to take a week off. As a 'week off' it didn't amount to much because I didn't leave town.

Because of freezing temperatures, I holed up like a bear and replied to a lot of emails. The seven other projects for the week, have remained 'projects.' Stabs were taken at several of them but this is all they got because my brain kept telling me to turn it off.

A Stab At High-Rez Photography

Last summer I upgraded Metropole's camera from an ancient Apple QuickTake to an Olympus 1400XL. If you have been looking at Metropole's photos closely, you will probably have noticed a general improvement in their quality.

Like many of you I don't have a lot of spare time for reading user manuals, so this new camera was set to its lowest quality level and left there.

For Metropole, this level has produced acceptable photos, and the storage overhead hasn'tphoto: ex-av d'orleans been too high - except that instead of taking 24 new photos for each issue, the numbers have gone up to between 50 and 100.

The Avenue Leclerc - ex-Avenue d'Orléans: the photo exists in two versions.

One of my little 'stabs' last week was to replace the 4MB memory card with one rated at 16MB. Then I switched the quality setting from 'SQ' to 'HQ.' This produces photos that measure 1280 by 1024 pixels. This is about 50 percent larger than my standard monitor size - and about 400 percent larger than any photo published in Metropole.

With the large memory card installed, I can shoot a whole week's worth of Metropole photos without downloading - or in one session. This doesn't matter because I go out several days a week anyhow.

But the big plus, is that I can mix the lower resolution 'SQ' photos with higher resolution 'HQ' photos. if I happen on a particularly apt subject, I can shoot it at both resolutions.

The difference in detail resolution is remarkable. The higher setting seems to improve the color resolution as well - and the larger-than-monitor size is pretty impressive.

Too bad these photos are far too big to go in the magazine.

Café Metropole Club's 15th Session Re-Nothing

The 15th weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' ran off as a sort of surprise solo party last Thursday and I managed to get home quickly after it, in order to find a plumber. No new members, no old members showed up, which set a dubious record of sorts, but was not all bad either. Read all about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page. This link should be operational now, after replacing '1999' with '2000.'

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.05 - 1. February 1999 - The Café Metropole column was titled by its 'Ed' - 'Paris Fête - Year 2000.' 'Au Bistro' had '45 Million Is Looking for Somebody.' This issue had two features, I think, entitled 'Cocktails With the Mayor' and 'Paris - The Movie.' This issue also had 'Paris' Scene' - '1999's Big Expos Begin.' photo: resistance plaque at denfert There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'No Absinthe, Vincent!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.05 - 2. February 1998 - The Café Metropole column had 'Readers Respond to 'Help.' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined 'A New Suspension for the Papon Trial.' This issue had two features, entitled ''Egyptomania!' Rages in Paris' and 'Bob Sends Me to the Pig Restaurant.' There were four'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'The Game's Tomorrow!' This meant there were no jokes in either of the two issues.

The Metropole Paris Countdown to 31. December 2000:

For unknown reasons, this silly countdown continues with the fifth issue of 2000, even though readers have not demanded any countdown to the real beginning of the next century and even more importantly, to the next millennium. This new countdown will last only 366 days, minus the days already gone. The reason for doing this is to give the Tour Eiffel a new chance to 'get it right' - because so many count-down fans missed shouting 'Zéro' on Friday, 31. December 1999.

There are about 336 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium.
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