The Miscellanist, Roger Pring, benefits from a disorder little understood by the medical profession. Parts of his brain, those areas which normal people use to process ideas and formulate concepts, have over time been replaced by a curious sponge-like substance, somewhat pink but shading to gray around the edges. Trapped in this finely fissured network are minute fragments of photographic miscellanea. An oyster would enfold such irritating specks and eventually produce a pearl—a useful trick the Miscellanist may one day emulate. Previously, Roger was a graphic designer, photographer, and author of several books on web design and image manipulation. He lives in England, boldly asserting that the first permanent photograph was made by Fox Talbot, and more quietly in France, very near the birthplace of Nicéphore Niépce, who actually beat Fox Talbot to it by 13 years.