I'm finally getting around to Orange is the New Black - it's been just long enough since it debuted that the roomie's fine with rewatching it, this time, with company. I'm enjoying it a lot, needless to say - the creator's style is all over it, even if it's difficult to pin down quite how (beyond the incidental pot connection =:). And it sounds like I ought to see what I make of Orphan Black and Utopia, too..
Favorite track of the moment: Adachigahara's Theme, from ShockOne's EP. It featured on one of DragonBoy's mixes (was it rigelkitty who brought that to my attention? Someone evidently did =:), and whilst it's all a fiercely solid mix, that track really caught my attention. Ah, imagine a world without the likes of Shazam.. =:)
I was, of course, very pleased to see the White House commencing steps to finally restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. I dare say it'll still be a battle to get that pathetic embargo banished into history's bin, but nonetheless, a highly welcome new beginning.
"Knox, former frontman of the Vibrators, is opening up a Rock ‘n’ Roll Shop in the heart of Camden, 96 Parkway, right next to the Dublin Castle. Donate CDs, DVDs and Instruments or buy CDs, DVDs and Instruments. Proceeds go to local food banks and other charities."
Compo of the week (open worldwide, with some random exclusions) - a veritable pile of photographic wonder, including your choice of a Nikon D750 or Canon 7D Mk.II, camera-equipped quadcopter, microphones, tripod, bags, and more.
I can't be certain, but the reply to my enquiry with them hints that I'm not amongst the winners of the photography competition I've mentioned. *sigh* I would, of course, love to be proven wrong, but, if so, I'll just continue regardless. I don't document these wonderful buns' lives for fame or money (though I wouldn't refuse either, providing I don't need to go in front of a camera =:), but will do so simply both out of the innate joy therein, and in sharing these moments. Rabbits are so often overlooked, yet lead quite complex social lives, let alone their extraordinary agility and precision timing. One contest I have my eye on is conducted by the Mammal Society - though, with last year's winning subject being a hare, I'm not sure if that mightn't work against me. ^_^; But.. I stand by Momentary. I feel it's worth attention. ^_^
Interesting to see the D90 reach such a good price point - MPB have a few in stock at the moment, from £169. Even now, for a body released in August 2008, it remains in quite strong demand, with just cause - the sensor remains competitively sensitive (the D7100 does yield better results, with double the pixel count, but if you're not needing to crop much, 12MP is plenty for quite decent print sizes), and unlike the more recent low-end models, it includes some worthwhile additions, such as two control wheels rather than one, making for nimble independent adjustment of (say) aperture and shutter speed, an internal flash commander, and an internal focus motor, suitable for driving older AF lenses without their own focus motors. Definitely a camera you can grow into, and at that kind of price, well worth considering! Of course, then there's the tiny matter of lenses.. not necessarily eye-watering, unless you're hankering after wildlife photography, in which case they start at Ouch, and wind up at Faint. That said, even if I had carte blanche, I'm actually quite comfortable with the Nikkor 300mm f/4D + TC14E. It doesn't have the sheer reach of the insane Sigmonster or Nikon's superlative 800mm f/5.6 (which comes with its own dedicated 1.25 TC, if you so choose, for 1000mm f/8), but it is very sharp, even on the D7100's high resolution sensor, and importantly, is light enough to be comfortably handheld for a couple hours of bunspotting.
And this is what it's all about. Insane costs in equipment, let alone travel.. but it's worth every bit of it, at least to me. ^_^
(Isn't it fascinating how universal the need for a good yawn is? Is this just a mammal thing - do reptiles and birds yawn? Wow.. Wikipedia suggests they do! I wonder if any culture has a god responsible for yawning..)
Bah. I should've taken a photo of it.. but, tonight's pizza worked out rather well. =:9 I began with a bought ham, spinach, and ricotta pizza on a thin base, then added.. let's see. Some chopped up onion, some halved small cherry tomatoes, a little ras el hanout, some fresh basil, some rosemary, a little lemon myrtle, and some cheap ham. Then, midway through cooking, some defrosted cheap (small, but ideal for this kind of cooking) prawns, with the water mostly smooshed out of them. All worked out really nicely balanced, with enough herbiness to be satisfying, and just enough meat, similarly, without going into overload, and entirely lacking in greasiness.
Every time I manage to get down to the old bunspot, I'm reminded of just how much fun it is to photograph down there, with a population that's almost always out and about, and about four different good vantage points along the length of the field. Here's one of them wondering just what am I doing..