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  1. [Baren 27584] Re: Famous Dave (Dave Bull)
  2. [Baren 27585] Re: wood intaglio experiment (FurryPressII #
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Message 1
From: Dave Bull
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 20:13:35 +0900
Subject: [Baren 27584] Re: Famous Dave
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Robin quoted:

> But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour-job."
> Get a large percentage of the 4,000,000 Japanese on your subscription
> list, then move to an isolated mountaintop and get a P.O. box so you
> can still work, you famous dude!

Um ... I think there might be a bit of a misconception here; I
certainly can't speak for how it works in other countries/places, but
'getting on TV' is actually nothing to do with 'fame' or 'success', at
least not in my experience here in Japan. This recent appearance is an
excellent example: eight minutes or so 'in the spotlight' on a very
popular nationally broadcast show three weeks ago ... so, what do you
you think has come from it?

Well, actually nothing at all. Letters? None. Emails? Two, both from
friends who happened to see the broadcast. Orders? One - from one of
the other guests on the show! Do I get recognized on the street?
Almost never ...

So please don't get the idea that because I get this kind of exposure,
it actually means anything. It's certainly good food for the ego -
doing these is a real hoot, as you can imagine - but I'm not 'famous'
and I'm certainly not rich! It's now been more than 16 years since my
first such appearance, and I have cardboard boxes upstairs full of VTR
cassettes of subsequent shows. But I learned very early on that simply
'nothing happens' after these appearances. And as for the idea that any
substantial number of those Xmillion (supposed) viewers would become
subscribers ... well, only in your dreams!

There was another crew here last Wednesday, filming for a mini-program
- a three minute spot to fill space between longer shows - but you
know, it's just more food for the couch potatoes ... :-)

Anyway, if you're a glutton for punishment, I compressed and put up
another one last night - not a studio appearance this time, but a
fifteen minute mini-documentary on my work, produced for NHK's
education channel, focussing on the difficult carving of the third
print in last year's 'Beauties of Four Seasons' series (15 min / 29.9

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Message 2
From: FurryPressII #
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 07:53:59 EST
Subject: [Baren 27585] Re: wood intaglio experiment
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I have printed wood engraving matrix's as intaglio prints.

problem mentioned ink not coming out of cut marks
1. Marks are cut too deep
2. Paper is not soaked enough.
3. Pressure is not enough
4. Ink is not pushed into the cuts
5. Wood absorbs water and can expand which can affect how it prints.

I prefer corian to wood for intaglio printing as it is not affected by water
and pressure.

john c.