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Holiday Greetings to YOU! 18 Dec 2000 18:00 #1014

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I wish you all a great holiday season! May you and yours enjoy some holiday spirit! Let the Grinch be the one up on the screen!

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Re: Holiday Greetings to YOU! 18 Dec 2000 21:40 #1015

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And a tip of the glass to you as well Mike for a very Happy Holiday.

No Grinch here in subrun land...only the rats, the Rugrats that is. And Meet the Parents as well. They should make for a decent holiday week.
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Re: Holiday Greetings to YOU! 19 Dec 2000 17:58 #1016

Greetings everyone, Have a safe and bountiful holiday. Maybe we can all meet and have a mini SHOW-INDI.
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Re: Holiday Greetings to YOU! 20 Dec 2000 12:51 #1017

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Happy Holidays to all, Ready Theatre Systems is offering free lake effect snow to anyone traveling to the southwestern MI area for the holidays. Anyone interested can e-mail me at the link below.

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Re: Holiday Greetings to YOU! 20 Dec 2000 13:17 #1018

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Greg:
Rochester NY is known for its cold and snow too.
When the winds are from the west, "lake effect" from Lake Erie can dump on us, especially the western suburbs. A northwest or north wind brings tons of white stuff from Lake Ontario. Lots of cold and snow predicted between now and Chrismas, so it should be a "White Christmas".


John P. Pytlak
Senior Technical Specialist
EI Worldwide Technical Services
Research Labs, Building 69
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
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Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
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Re: Holiday Greetings to YOU! 20 Dec 2000 15:48 #1019

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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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Re: Holiday Greetings to YOU! 21 Dec 2000 10:36 #1020

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The following was posted on the AMIA (Association of Motion Picture 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
house.

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
monarch).

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
his
trip.

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.

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As an engineer, I can appreciate that the odds are against Santa. But I still believe!


May all of you have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy (and hopefully prosperous) New Year!


John P. Pytlak
Senior Technical Specialist
EI Worldwide Technical Services
Research Labs, Building 69
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: 716-477-5325
Fax: 716-722-7243
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John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion
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Re: Holiday Greetings to YOU! 24 Dec 2000 19:34 #1021

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As we sit here and browse, it is time to reflect. This holiday season spent with family and friends helps us to forget all the grumpy patrons, and unruly kids. Hope you all have a great holiday, and a safe one at that.
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