You mentioned Sergey Gorsky...the process you described I have always referred to as color separation. There is a reason why when you look at the color channels in PS they are in monochrome- same principle. Color/Commercial Gravure printing and offset printing work on the same principles.
Gorsky was not really the first to come up with a process for creating a color image- The Autochrome process was pioneered in the late 1880s-1890s...ish...by the Lumiere Bros in France. Yes the same Lumiere Bros of Cinema and Proto-Cinema fame :-p It used potato starch that was died orange, violet and green and eventually RGB. It also was an additive color process- where as the Kodachrome (1935) and other "chrome" films are subtractive color film technologies.
Other news: Blad announced a 200MP image from their 50MP sensor.
Just as others have said, the cost of entry into the photographic world is lowered to such an extent that so many people now are out their creating their own images and think that they are the next AA, Eggleston, Arbus or Cameron! That being restated: Your experience with the large format camera amongst all the shutter clicks of tourists will happen A LOT as you venture out in the world with something that isnt being sold at Best Buy or Jo-6pack Camera down the road. I think that its an interesting experience and special feeling when I get the question "Is that even a camera?" Or after explaining that it is a camera they are perplexed when I can't share the picture that I just took on the back of the camera....I just enjoy the confused looks that people have on their faces when I show them the ground glass or blank film cassette on the back of my camera.
Para cord- hmm....well...let me do ya one better: I used to use para cord on my camping hammocks, it worked great, but when it came down to sheer tensile strength, weight, bulk, size and durability NOTHING (That I have found) will hold a candle to AMSTEEL blue products. 7/64" Diameter cord is rated at 1600lbs average- This is great stuff and I would like to keep the stuff around in bulk if I could. Buy some and give it a try- just to put things into perspective, my 2650lb Jetta could easily be supported by a single 1/4" diameter section of this stuff.
Thats enough from me, All the best-