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Very fun event where UK school kids get to quiz scientists in real time. Crazy two weeks of intense chats!
My old Olympus OM-2n is due for a service. The darkness at the right is apparently symptomatic of the shutter curtains moving across at different speeds, known to some as “shutter capping.”
We decided it was time to take a little more time with our cooking when we get the chance. This is a (very) rare venison steak from our local butcher, potato and sweet potato chips, and grilled tomatoes and goats cheese on beet leaves and garlic.
Tomatoes, potatoes, and beets grown on our allotment. Yum.
Going to Vancouver Island next week, hoping to do some camping so reading up…
“There is no guaranteed minimum safe distance from a bear – the further, the better”
“The cougar’s secretive habits and astounding predatory abilities – a cougar is capable of killing a 270 kg (600 lb) moose – have resulted in a wealth of misconceptions and irrational fears. If a cougar attacks, fight back! Many people have survived cougar attacks by fighting back with anything, including rocks, sticks, bare fists, and fishing poles.”
I’ve started playing with my 20mm f/2.8. I don’t think I’ve got the hang of how wide compared to my 50mm it is…
Recently I’ve caught onto QuickLook plugins for my Mac. I went and got the QLColorCode one, which syntax highlights the languages I use that aren’t highlighted by default (i.e. IDL) and also the EPSQLPlugin.
Since the EPS plugin only works for .eps files by default, you can open the EPSQLPlugin.qlgenerator ‘file’ you copied into /Library/QuickLook or ~/Library/QuickLook and then edit the Info.plist file. Add a line below
Then you’ll get previews of both .eps and .ps files. Yay!
[Unfortunately the preview doesn’t seem to work for .ps files generated by everything. I can preview ones made by PGPLOT but not IDL]
[THIS CALENDAR NO LONGER EXISTS, sorry]
So I was looking for an online iCal/ics calendar for CAMRA beer festivals and couldn’t find one. Here is one I’ve put together with events grabbed straight from the CAMRA website, import it to whatever you use and hopefully I’ll remember to update it!
I have now reached the pinnale of my photographic career, a photo in the National Geographic’s Daily Dozen…
Here’s a church on Little St Mary’s lane in Cambridge, and here’s a link to the same thing in google maps.
Oooh wordpress 2.8! Don’t forget to disable your plugins before you upgrade, or you’ll get a blank screen like I did (caused by K2 disable widgets plugin which I shouldn’t be using anyway). If you don’t and get the blank screen, go to your wp-content folder and rename the plugins directory to something else. Then the plugins will be disabled and you can go to the web interface (after restoring the plugins folder to its previous name) and re-enable them one by one until something breaks…
Also, I use svn to get my wordpress, and you might notice that the recommended address has moved. I first did the upgrade with the old address, and then changed it with the command
svn sw --relocate http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/2.8 http://core.svn.wordpress.org/tags/2.8
We happened to be near Buckingham Palace around 11:30 yesterday, so went to see the Changing of the Guards. It was chaos and needless to say hard to get a clear shot of anything. This fortunate person owns the Olympus E3, I think the first digital SLR with a tiltable LCD. Here they are using the live view to take piccies of the guards…
We saw the Wildlife Photography exhibition today, wonderful photos. My favourite is the silhouetted polar bear.
I think there were THREE that used film, all others were digital cameras, with a perhaps surprising number of non-expensive pro Canon and Nikons used. The winner used one of those Canon Rebels. It seemed the photos could have been printed at a higher resolution, they were on some kind of backlit transparency and close inspection showed average print quality. However, this quality did not at all detract from the pleasure of seeing the exhibit!
We also wandered through the Dinosaur exhibit, total carnage with people everywhere. They should have fed some to the T-Rex…
The beauty of the UK is that everything is so close you can go for a walk to a nearby village. You might even have a pub lunch when you get there…
Go to the Hopbine on a Wednesday night, if you see these guys you’ll hear some hot blues to make up for the crappy selection of beer and half arsed Americana style decor. Totally worth it in my view.
Further to my single photo the other day, I went out and stalked a flock of birds that tend to hang out around dusk near Jesus Green, Cambridge. They make all sorts of crazy shapes as they go around. They were still going when I left tonight, and that was long after my hands had gone numb from standing around.
So here’s a street just over from where I now live. I snapped it on the way to school this morning. The original is somewhat disappointing…
This is adjusted a bit to cut back the sky at the end of the street and make it a bit more colourful.
And this one has had its levels fiddled to make it look like old cross processed film!
Ah, the possibilities…
I’m the super-proud owner of a brand spanking Nikon D700. How stoked?
I spent yesterday sightseeing along the west side of Dunedin’s beautiful harbour. We started the day looking down from Mt Cargill.
Then I went out to Aramoana with my cousin for a walk along the breakwater. There were shags and seals.
We then went to Hayward’s Point, starting above Port Chalmers. To me the containers look painted in…
Out at the end of the harbour we had a nice view over the beach.
Today we paddled from Outram to Allenton along the Taieri River. I was the perfect day to be so close to so much cool water!
More canoeing photos here.
I went spearfishing for the first time this morning. As you can tell from his face my brother was stoked!
Here are two photos, the first without, and the second with a polarizing filter
There is quite a difference…
We went out to Tunnel Beach today. Very cool place so close to Dunedin.
A few more photos here.
A few days before Christmas we took a trip to see the Orokonui Sanctuary, a new sanctuary near Dunedin modeled on the Karori one in Wellington. Though in its infancy, the sanctuary has some friendly Kaka.
More photos here.
It’s been a crazy month. Car is sold, junk is sold or gone, house is clean, skateboard is gone, stuff is shipped, most people are said goodbye to…
Go out and look at the moon tonight. Venus and Jupiter are nearby making a smiley face. Maybe it will cheer the world up some…
“It is clear, however, that there are a lot of open questions but we believe that we have disclosed a thinkable strategy how to survive the Red Giant catastrophe of our Sun without violating known laws of Nature. To our best knowledge this is the first time that somebody speculated about such a kind of Planetary Engineering.”-Â Taube & Seifritz (2008)
Now that’s thinking ahead… though given the mess we’ve made in 150 years of industrialisation, perhaps ensuring our planet is habitable in 100 years would be more of a priority, rather than problems that will arise in 1,000,000,000 years.
The time has finally come to sell my trusty old Magna Wagon. Here are a few more pics…
Having printed my thesis, this view pretty sums up the last few days. Staring out the window and deciding whether to get a better camera, inspired by a check for USD$1800 and the exchange rate, and the much better viewfinders on full frame dslr’s.
Yes, life is tough…
This is a house.
This is part of one of the old burnt out telescopes at Mt Stromlo.