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Stephen Jones
Master Film Handler

Posts: 314
From: Geelong Victoria Australia
Registered: Jun 99

 - posted 12-06-2000 06:23 PM      Profile for Stephen Jones   Email Stephen Jones   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Well It's almost here with only 17 days to go,so I'll take this opportunity to wish all Film Tech'ers a joyfull Christmas and a prosperous new year.


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Paul Cunningham
Expert Film Handler

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From: Melbourne, Australia
Registered: Jun 2000

 - posted 12-07-2000 06:18 PM      Profile for Paul Cunningham   Email Paul Cunningham   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hello Stephen,
Merry Xmas to you, I hope the holiday season brings lots of business.
Come and visit in the New Year.
All other film-techers have a safe festive season.


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Gordon Leslie
Film Handler

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From: Perth ,Western Australia
Registered: Sep 1999

 - posted 12-19-2000 03:41 AM      Profile for Gordon Leslie   Email Gordon Leslie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Yes , I to must pass on my best wishes to everyone for a very joyous and prosperous Christmas and new year and to ……"remain focused" through 2001 ………

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Martin Frandsen
Master Film Handler

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From: Denmark, Europe
Registered: Jun 99

 - posted 12-19-2000 09:11 AM      Profile for Martin Frandsen   Email Martin Frandsen   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

- to everyone on Film-tech!

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Ian Price
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Denver, CO
Registered: Jun 99

 - posted 12-20-2000 05:06 PM      Profile for Ian Price   Email Ian Price   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
To everyone who has played a part in making our first year a success, we wish you a Cinematic Holiday Season.

May your holidays be filled with Breathtaking Cinemascope and may the sounds of the season surround you in Dolby Digital.

Have an Independent Christmas, a Jolly Hanukkah, a Classic Kwanzaa and an Academy Award Winning New Year.

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John Wilson
Film God

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From: Sydney, Australia.
Registered: Dec 1999

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Merry Christmas to all. Try to find a moment at some time Christmas Day to spare a thought for those around the world who may not be able to enjoy the 'traditional' Christmas and to remember why we celebrate Christmas.

2000 years...that's a lot of candles on the cake.

Happy Holidays...


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John Pytlak
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From: Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Registered: Jan 2000

 - posted 12-21-2000 08:22 AM      Profile for John Pytlak   Author's Homepage   Email John Pytlak   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
This was posted on the AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists) newsletter:


The facts...

There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the
world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu,
Jewish or Buddhist (except maybe in Japan) religions, this reduces the
workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million
(according to the population reference bureau). At an average
(census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that comes to 108 million
homes, presuming there is at least one good child in each.

Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the
different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming east to
west (which seems logical). This works out to 967.7 visits per second.

This is to say that for each Christian household with a good child,
Santa has around 1/1000th of a second to park the sleigh, hop out,
jump down the chimney, fill the stocking, distribute the remaining
presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him,
get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get onto the next

Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed
around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false, but will
accept for the purposes of our calculations), we are now talking about
0.78 miles per household; a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not
counting bathroom stops or breaks.

This means Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second--3,000
times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man
made vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per
second, and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 15 miles per hour.

The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming
that each child gets nothing more than a medium sized LEGO set (two
pounds), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousands tons, not counting
Santa himself. On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than
300 pounds. Even granting that the "flying" reindeer can pull 10 times
the normal amount, the job can't be done with eight or even nine of
them---Santa would need 360,000 of them. This increases the payload,
not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons, or roughly
seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the

600,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air
resistance--this would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a
spacecraft re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of
reindeer would adsorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second
each. In short, they would burst into flames almost instantaneously,
exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms
in their wake.

The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths
of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on

Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating
from a dead stop to 650 m.p.s. in .001 seconds, would be subjected to
acceleration forces of 17,000 g's. A 250 pound Santa (which seems
ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by
4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and
reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.

Therefore, if Santa did exist, he's dead now.

St Jackanapes.


Leave it to an engineer to debunk Santa.

(But I still believe!!!)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Worldwide Technical Services, Entertainment Imaging
Eastman Kodak Company
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7419
Rochester, New York, 14650-1922 USA
Tel: 716-477-5325 Cell: 716-781-4036 Fax: 716-722-7243

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Dave Bird
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: Perth, Ontario, Canada
Registered: Jun 2000

 - posted 12-22-2000 03:46 PM      Profile for Dave Bird   Author's Homepage   Email Dave Bird   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
All the best to everyone this festive season. May this be the year of the great return of single-screens (with balconies of course) and drive-in's run with care.

Well, alot of kids ask for ponies and don't get them either!

Thanks to all, Happy Holidays and a safe prosperous New Year!

Dave Bird

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Gordon McLeod
Film God

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From: Toronto Ontario Canada
Registered: Jun 99

 - posted 12-22-2000 06:25 PM      Profile for Gordon McLeod   Email Gordon McLeod   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
"are there no prisions, are there no workhouse, Christmas sir is a humbug"

Merry Christmas and a prosperous and healty new year to all filmtechers

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Randy Stankey
Film God

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From: Erie, Pennsylvania
Registered: Jun 99

 - posted 12-23-2000 09:16 AM      Profile for Randy Stankey   Email Randy Stankey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Quote: "The lead pair of reindeer would adsorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second..."


So THAT'S why Rudolph's nose is red! I've always wondered! Now I know. Thank's John!

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Steve Guttag
We forgot the crackers Gromit!!!

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From: Annapolis, MD
Registered: Dec 1999

 - posted 12-23-2000 03:43 PM      Profile for Steve Guttag   Email Steve Guttag   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

Since the "engineer" only speculated on the "flying raindeer" his whole theory on their speed, carrying capacity, acceleration...etc all hinges on that speculation and as such is invalid.

I put forth that Santa and his magical sleigh and raindeer do indeed exist until proven otherwise!

Oh and Randy,...the red nose? Why that is really caused by those infernal RED LEDs!


(Happy Holidays to all)

"Old projectionists never die, they just changeover!"

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Rachel Carter
Expert Film Handler

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From: Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
Registered: Dec 2000

 - posted 12-24-2000 12:35 AM      Profile for Rachel Carter   Email Rachel Carter   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Just a quick note about the reindeer thing:

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.

Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolf to Blitzen........had to be a female.

We should've known this because they were able to find their way....

Oh boy, I'm gonna get it for this one!

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Brad Miller

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From: Plano, TX (36.2 miles NW of Rockwall)
Registered: May 99

 - posted 12-24-2000 05:52 AM      Profile for Brad Miller   Author's Homepage   Email Brad Miller       Edit/Delete Post 
John P, that's about the funniest holiday bit I've ever read.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, etc, etc, etc (just read what Ian wrote above) to everyone here. Be on the lookout for something new the first week of next year.

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