Saturday, February 13, 2016

Neil Gaiman and FourPlay: Makin' Whoopee

Here's one of those things you never thought you'd see: Neil Gaiman, famed writer (Sandman, American Gods), on stage with a string quartet, singing, of all things: Makin' Whoopee. 

I found it while looking for a video of the string quartet, FourPlay, playing their wonderful rendition of one of my favorite Sinead O'connor songs, Just Like U said it Would B. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Pen-F review

 Here is a review of the brand new Olympus Pen-F, from the 'Camera Store'. it's a video, and I like the camera stores reviews they are entertaining and still sober.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Friday, February 05, 2016

Your body language shape yourself

Don't miss this one, it splendid. Two minutes of body language "faking" can considerably increase your success rate.

Here's another cool one; how to spot lying.
Did you know that two strangers on average lie three times to each other in the first ten minutes?
(Notice the short video in the last third of a mother lying about who killed her children. That's a scary person, holy frig.)

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

"Fragile"

I've always disliked when people misused important labels so much that the labels started to become meaningless and overlooked. One example is office workers labelling most of their memos "Urgent!" when they are really not so.
Another one is "fragile".

But this example is so extreme that I have to laugh. These are ball bearing balls which I bought for an art project. Now such balls are subject to immense pressure, so they have to be tough. In fact they are so strong and hard that they can handle tens of tons of pressure on one tiny point without cracking! There is nothing one can find in ordinary surroundings which can make a dent in these!
So to label a shipment of these "Fragile"...


Monday, January 11, 2016

Why hide beams?

One purpose of under-clothes nipple covers is to hide the fact that you have nipples, especially when they are on "full alert"...
One ad, in Oprah Magazine, says "avoid high beam situations", with no trace of irony.  :-)

That's one of those things I consider tragic. Nothing so sexy as "high beams", so why hide it? It *is* covered, so can hardly be called obscene.




David Bowie R.I.P. (Updated)

At 69, David Bowie succumbed to cancer, shortly after release of his latests, Dark Star.

I send blessings to him. For me, he was the Kilimanjaro of late-twentieth century seminal rock music (in the broadest sense). So original I can't even think of anybody who *really* tried to emulate him, while the number of musicians who state he was a major influence is legion.

OMG: Simpsons episode 11 was released on iTunes today, containing this line from Skinner: "She has a cat with two different colored eyes; his name is *Bowie*!"

Even my postman talked about Bowie today. That was one famous dude.







Sunday, January 10, 2016

Handheld video with 820mm telelens!

[Thanks to Bert]

Continuing with the super-stabilized new Olympus super-tele. Here is a video which is taken hand-held with it, *including* the 1.4x teleconverter. Astounding.

(Did you know seals have to crawl on land to sleep? Poor critters.)

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Good compacts

It has been wondered why I seem to go for a certain type of camera. Like:
  • Konica TC (C for compact)
  • Pentax ME Super (Smallest SLR ever) 
  • Olympus OM-2
  • Konica Big Mini
  • Micro Four Thirds cameras
  • Sony RX100
Well, the fact is simple: I like things which are compact, powerful, and aesthetic.
Like Mila Kunis.



Bubbles!

This is a short video, but a lot of fun, A Gazillion Bubbles.

I like that she allows herself to show that she is having fun. Very few stage artists do.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Honor Terry Pratchett


A petition to name a new element in Terry Pratchett's honor. He richly deserves it, nobody matches his skill, wit, and intelligence, in or out of fantasy.

New cutting-edge super-tele

Can you imagine a super-tele-lens you can use hand-held? It has been done, but it's hard (for traditional cameras these lenses weigh several kilos), and you need dang good light because you need shutter speeds like 1/1000th of a second. (A tele magnifies not just the subject, but also movement/vibrations.)

Now can you imagine a supertele/camera combination with such effective stabilization (Stabilization tech in the lens actually cooperates with stabilization tech in the camera.) that you can use it hand-held down to 1/10th of a second!? This reviewer says we have one now. If others generally can achieve the same with it, or anywhere close, this is pretty revolutionary. There is no lack of areas where you need a long tele, but a tripod is not practical.


Woa, ten years.

Like they say, even the longest trip is just one step after another.

This blog has gone for over ten years now.
(It started Sep 4, 2005.)

And I did not notice at all, and thus forgot the tenniversary. I might have celebrated it somehow, like with a silly contest like "find the old post with pictures of three characters from Phineas And Ferb, and win a real scale model of P&F's spaceship. [Shipping/handling: $3,500] [Contest void on Planet Earth.]" But alas, it's a bit late for that.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

OK, I give

OK, I have changed the colors to a simple black text on a light grey background. This should work for all.
[I refuse to use a white background on aesthetic reasons. Like blue-jeans, it's simple so omnipresent that it crosses both borders of Boring and enters, almost, "irritating". Maybe that's just me. I haven't worn blue jeans (I have no other problems with other colors of jeans) for 40 years and I've never designed a site with a white background. Also a light grey background is more readable, for me and I think studies show it too.]

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Btw, I agree that the wide margins are silly. But my HTML knowledge is limited, and I can't find the setting in the template which determines this...

Friday, January 01, 2016

Half makeup, half woman

I'm never trusting women's looks again.
At least women have the advantage that what they see is what they get. OK, when it gets to personality, that's a whole different matter!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The new layout

I had used the old layout for close to a full decade!
So I suddenly decided to get another one. You like it?

Friday, December 25, 2015

How do you organize things?

I've arrived at a point where I have acquired so many things, that it makes it hard to find a thing if it's been a while since I used it.

If I make a system with many boxes, that takes up too much space, and I probably can't remember what I filed a thing under anyway.

Too few though, I end up like my "gadget shelf", which is now so crowded that it's just luck if I find anything, and to drag it all out and be systematical would take an hour.

Any good tips?

Breakfast Club Dancing; Molly Ringwald

Breakfast Club is having a rennaissance.
For me personally, the dance scene is the heart of the movie.
Note especially Molly dancing on the stair. Seriously, how do women move like that?! It just seems they are constructed a different way.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Oberon Design

A few years ago, I bought an Oberon iPad cover in thick leather, embossed with a beautiful design based on an old drawing. It is stunning, though with the downside that it is hardly lightweight.
Since then they clearly expanded a lot, despite making leather and metal designs are quite resource-demanding. I find their designs, now both in leather and metal, to be gorgeous, and if I need another lifetime and it's female, I know at least one place to get my jewelry.
OberonDesign.com --- Page of sample designs



It seems van Gogh's Starry Night is becoming iconic. It was
Also used in the excellent CGI movie Home.