It’s been some time since this blog was last updated. Well quite a lot of time actually – nearly two years. Well at lot as happened in those two years. When I say a lot I am referring to the 15mth old little one upstairs asleep (currently).
So I apologise for any inconvenience whilst I’ve not been blogging. So why what write this now? Well in the interim I’ve actually started using Twitter and been ‘micro-blogging’ for some time. I saw the title of this post on a vending machine. My thought process was – ‘oh I’ll tweet about that when I get back to my desk; but 140 characters can’t sum up my dislike for it’. So I’m here!
Scenario is: at work we have cashless-vending. i.e. we need to ‘charge-up’ a card with money. Stick in your card, cash, and you can now use vending machines/buy lunch at the canteen etc. There aren’t many of these charging machines, and when one was out of order, the nearest is the other side of the site. Ten minutes walk – ok not a big problem but it gets a “grrrr” when all you want is quick coffee before the next meeting.
So what’s my problem? It’s the any in the phrase. It has always implied to me that the author is saying. “This machine being out of order could possibly in some rare circumstance have caused you inconvenience. Should this unlikely circumstance have arisen then I’m sorry”.
It’s the fact that the any suggests for the most of time you won’t have a problem – but if you do hey, we’re sorry. My argument is that they when this phrase gets the probability is that you have (or will) be inconvenienced. Therefore this phrase just adds “insult to the injury”.
Rarely you do see “Sorry for the inconvenience caused” – which always gives me a better feeling. It’s also a case of writing a phrase that is so often used the author is not actually thinking about what they have said.
Anyway – that feels better now, rant off. So when will the next post be? 2011? I certainly hope not, but if it does I apologise for the inconvenience I will have caused you.
I went down to Little Woodham this afternoon – the “1642 Living History Village”. James is a long standing member and encouraged me to come down; some pictures where required as well.
The weather was wonderful, and the site is in amazing small piece of oak woodland. Absolutely English!! Together with the wittle and daube buildings it is a very impressive place. After a while you really start to forget that it’s 2007. The civil war siege of Portsmouth was occurring this week in 1642; one thing that struck home is that 1642 what we now think of as being close wasn’t then. Scale was very different.
Wonderful people with great stories to tell of life and living. Narrowly missed being signed up to be a Pikeman.. best job for a gentleman apparently. Attention to detail is amazing – sausages in the chimney to smoke and kill the maggots.
My knowledge of 1642 is a bit rusty – better brush up for next time as well. Sadly some of my photo knowledge left me as well and the VR lens didn’t perform as well as I had hoped it would do.
In the words of Bill Bryson “Go; go now”…. (though I’d like to keep my car if you don’t mind… plus it didn’t exist in 1642 anyway)
Wheelwright, originally uploaded by Calanais.
Well my request for presents for the next fews years are now taken.. Nikon have announced the D300 (I’ve a D100). See the initial summary at dppreview
I love the D100 – wonderful build quality and I’ve really got some good use from it. The D300 has some great advances over the D200. Noteably to me are 100% viewfinder, 12MP, auto focus that is way superior that the D100. UDMA CF cards, and HDMI video out could be useful.
Plus it has built in sensor cleaning… yes excellent.
Having just got some new lens and filters; no way will I be able to get a D300.. so perhaps Christmas 2009?
50 people experience the seasons, originally uploaded by flipzagging.
Well worth checking out!
Often in news reports you hear stastics quoted, such as 1 in 5 people eat fish once a week, or 20% of people got A grades in this exam. Fine, it tries to give an idea of scale. There are many ways of quoting for example
- 1 in 4
- A quarter
- 2 out of 8
Now they all quote the same proportion; my assertion is that whilst these are the same amount, that saying “a quarter of people” gives a different ‘feel’ from “1 in 4 people”.
Assuming this assertion holds, the problem that I have is when 2 statistics are mixed together. For example (and this is the real example I heard today).
A quarter of students achieved grade A in A-level exams, compared with 1 in 10 a few years ago.
By using the x in y approach for figure a few years ago and using “a quarter” now I think exaggerates the difference between the amounts. Say we recast the sentance,
25percent of students achieved grade A in A-level exams, compared with 10percent a few years ago.
Does that change the perceived difference? I think it does – please contradict me!!
Despite the threat of more rain, I ventured out this morning. Having spent much of yesturday inside, I very much wanted to get out side. Checking the BBC’s weather page this morning hinted that today would be notably better. The satelite pictures suggested that better weather was coming in from south-east.
Buoyed by a promising conclusion from the amateur meteorology, I headed for Broughton Down. A location I’ve wanted to visit for sometime, due to the tag of “the best views in Hampshire” from the Hampshire Wildlife Trust.
Following the HWT’s directions I got there eventually, although the car is now muddy and it’s suspension has less life in it. Walking past the burnt out shell of Ford Fiesta, I was not confident in that tag line. Nor did passing the supposed location of one of these view points. I sure it was a nice cornfield, if cornfields are your thing. After landing flat on my back after slipping on some exposed chalk, I had firmly removed “best views” from my thoughts.
Things started to look up, when I found that the actual view points where on the other side of the small wood I had walked down. Looking over across the village of Broughton, the countryside opened up. A small but pleasent chalk down with numerous low growing flowers, but without the usual butterflies that accompany such land. The weather at this time was turning bad so macro shots would have had me soaked, so I head into the woods. Some wonderful old knarled tress.
However whilst in there, the cloud started to break up giving some better light and I headed out again to the chalk down. The expanse of the flowers, much like bluebells looks like a great shot but capturing it is always difficult. A few shots with the 200mm looked promising; will attempt similar at a later date.
Time was now approaching lunchtime; the (virtually) unmarked track and that burnt out car had been at the back of my mind at the time. This seemed like farily remote and safe part of the test valley but was it? Plus I was hungry
Would I go back? Possibly, but I think I’d like to park in in Broughton, or similar go through the down on a walk to somewhere else.
See the results!
Well finally a photo paper made from recycled components has been released. The GreenPix Photo Matte is the paper in question.
The only problem of course is that the paper is currently made in the US, so I would have to ship via a carrier across the atlantic. Now can I deliverably do this? Should I do this? What’s the carbon cost of air freight… (ps I don’t want to know)
This raises a great question – in that we really don’t know the full lifecycle of anything that we buy. The final product may have been assembled in the UK say, but where have the constinuent components come from. For example, one report suggests (also cited here) that buying roses from Kenya instead of from Holland will produce a fifth of the CO2. Essentially because of the fact that in Holland, the greenhouses will have to be heated.
There are other issues involved of course including work conditions in the various countries. Also it does raise the issue of should be get away from requirement to give roses early in the year. So can we move Valentine’s Day to later in the year so I can give truely English grown roses???
oh.. and I’m going to check where my Epson photo paper has been made!
I started using Flickr a while ago, and I’ve just upgraded to a pro account. I’ve not yet completely got it integrated into my photography workflow, but I’m getting there.
Some tools that certainly looked interesting.
Multiple Uploads from a watched directory. Perhaps I could now just set this to watch the portfolio directory that I have, and it would keep Flick updated
Picasa is a great local browser of images, but only set to go to Google’s own blog. Being able to blog from Picasa to Flickr looks attractive
Finally a very nicle way of showing Flickr hosted pictures on your own site!
I nearly didn’t get the R2400, for one very simple reason. It didn’t seem possible to do anything with the ink cartridges afterwards. You can collect from various places, bags to send used cartidges, from which some money for charity can be gained. What exactly the part that is worth something I don’t know. I would send mine to the Hawk Conservancy for example.
Most of these bags don’t accept Epson cartidges – so why not get an HP that could? Well when on Cartridges4Charity, they gave Epson’s address that I could send back the cartidges to the manufactuer. Epson on the phone confirmed this was the case.
So I will be sending them back – hopefuly they will be reused and not thrown away. Here’s the address
Service Materials Management (SMM)
EPSON Telford Ltd.
We’ve just run a photography competition at work. The winning picture was an infra-red shot. This really stood out and was absolutely wonderful. Sadly the picture isn’t available on a public site, so Ican’t point at it, but it got me thinking!
Could you do infra-red with digital? The answer appears to be ‘yes’ so I’m going to have a go! I’ve a D100, and the process looks very straightforward. Just need to get the IR filter for the camera. Probably going to go with the wideangle lens, as general views seem to produce the best images.
A good selection if IR images shows up some of what can be done.
Indeed it appears that not only IR but UV is possible!