December 8th, 2011

Frolicking bunny

The song says it all

relee spotted quite an intriguing writing project: Orion's Arm, a shared setting that's apparently been going on for about ten years (hence the rather dated look in places). It's a hard-SF universe, with something of a transhumanistic bent.

Breakout, in HTML5.

Behringer have come up with a nice little attention-grabber for next year's CES - the iNuke Boom. It's an iThing dock, which happens to sport ten kilowatts of output power.

Apple's 12 Days of Christmas promo will be running again this year, with various app, video, and music giveaways from Dec 26 to Jan 6, for peeps in the EU and Canada. ISTR some of the freebies last year were rather good, so it'd be one to keep an eye out for.

I've been searching around for a good spot to photograph buns lately, with almost no luck, save for one by the canalside the other week, until I spotted two on the way back from the kebab van on campus - well after sunset, but, there they were, feeling safe enough to venture out now that the big mass of bipeds had gone elsewhere. Of course, not exactly optimal lighting - just mild street lighting, so I simply took comfort in knowing they were indeed around, joking to myself that maybe I'd be out in the future at midnight, with the Bunnycam, flashing away.

So, of course, that's precisely what happened last night. ^_^ I was feeling in the mood for a bit of a stroll, and took a circuit into the west side of campus, down into the middle. Spotted one leaping merrily up the slopes of the western road as I approached, but gone much too quickly to get any shot. In the heart of the tiny parkland, though, two were munching away contentedly, even not minding my presence too much. It was about then I realised that that kind of weak light really wasn't going to let autofocus happen - not when it was difficult for me to attempt accurate focus! And with only the on-board flash (still, a good deal more potent than on a compact), and down to the minimum shutter duration with internal flash of 1/200th.. it was firmly in the realms of experiment for me.

And yet it worked. =:D There were quite a few near misses on focus, unsurprisingly, but the fairly narrow point at which the subject's in focus at 50' at f/4 actually helps, as it falls out of focus quickly either side. It's hardly a shot I'll be selling, not by a long chalk, but I'm just delighted to realise it's possible, not to mention the simple fact that they're there, in what's such a center of activity during the day. The natural world truly is something wondrous. ^_^

If you ever need to ward off a rhino, try camomile. Apparently, they - and other herbivores - find it quite unpleasant.

Video of the day must, unquestionably, be David Attenborough's "What a Wonderful World". Seriously: you must make time - two minutes - for this. It's just weepingly beautiful. ^_^ (Edit: the BBC has, unfortunately, geolocked the clip, so it may not be available where you live)

(If you'd like to save it for offline enjoyment, amongst other methods is the very easy KeepVid site; they also offer a JS bookmarklet which you can drop into your browser favorites. Either way, it'll quickly show you all the different resolutions available, which you can then save with but a click, whatever browser you're using.