I have two new depictions of myself! ^_^ First up, by /u/War_Dyn27, in vectors, and then, a pencils bust by /u/Lunatic_Pangolin. I'm delighted with them, perhaps needless to say. ^_^
Whilst the Kickstarter for the David Bowie statue is concluded, the latest update notes that if anyone's still interested in chipping in for any of the reward levels, that does remain an option. They're on course for a September 2017 unveiling, with the sculptor now working on the maquette; once that's complete and approved, then the full size version can begin. ^_^
Here's some geeky fun: a presentation at one of the CCC shindigs, on hacking the PS4. =:D
If you're looking to rent a DSLR lens and/or body, LensesForHire are again running a February special: this time, all rates are 25% off for any bookings made before the end of the month, and they'll supply a 25% coupon for any future use. Bookings can be as far ahead as they'll accept (at least six months, ISTR), and there's no problem rescheduling a booking, provided there's enough notice (a fortnight, I believe). I'm happy to recommend them - reasonable rates, and they're fine with courier delivery and collection, or in person (though they'll meet you at a nearby cafe, given the location itself holds quite a lot of value in total =:). In the past, I've borrowed a Sigmonster from them, to see how it'd work out as a wildlife lens (answer: it's a very good lens with superb reach, but the weight means a tripod & gimbal mount is mandatory, so you can't just go wandering and quickly take advantage of a spontaneous moment), and Nikkor 200-400mm f/4 for wildlife and an airshow, where it acquitted itself admirably in both contexts, though inevitably, at the cost of double the weight of my usual Nikkor 300mm f/4D AF-S; my shoulders were not very amused the day after the airshow. ^_^; As an indication of the costs, their normal rates for those two are £214 and £190 respectively for 5 days (minimum of 3 days), for lenses that currently sell new for around £5500 and £5000. I notice they're now offering the D500, amongst other bodies, for £147 for 5 days, before discount.. if I do take advantage of the offer, that's probably what I'd try this time around, as I'm interested to see just how good the new autofocus module really is (the same as in the new flagship, the D5), and the ability to get 10fps in continuous mode could be very useful in those wonderful action moments.
Saturday saw a window of a couple hours of bright winter sun, so of course, I had to scamper off for some rabbiteering - and the buns were happy to oblige. ^_^ Evidently, there's one bun expecting before too long, as she's out gathering straw for the nest for her babies. Unfortunately, that means nothing to some others, including one buck who decided she deserved to be pursued aggressively. Thankfully, despite getting perilously close, she departed untouched. ^_^ Through the rest of the afternoon, I'd see her take the same route, gathering straw consignments. Ah, soon, there'll be a few new tinybuns to observe. =:D
And a fraction of a second later..
It's been confirmed: Peter Capaldi will leave Doctor Who, with the 2017 Christmas special being his swan song. I'll miss his brash style, but, I'm grateful for what he brought to the show, and it does mean we get to play with the delicate sensibilities of fen who reject the concept that a time-travelling nigh immortal alien who can regenerate from almost any mortal peril, into an entirely new body, couldn't possibly alter their skin tone or gender along the way. =:D At least that canard's been put to rest with the advent of the quite superb Missy, mercifully. And, not too long to go now: we'll see the Doctor again on April 15 2017. ^_^
So, who would you invite to the role? Beyond Joanna Lumley, who goes without saying. ^_^ I'd be supremely tempted to ask Lori Petty. Patrick Stewart would be great fun as well, with the bonus spectacle of geek heads exploding everywhere. =:) Thinking a little more inside the box, Eva Green comes to mind - though she's probably too busy to commit to a multi-year production schedule.
I am absolutely loving these boxed wine reviews. =:D
What's your backup regimen? Do you have one? In my case, it's primarily macOS' own Time Machine, which simply performs incremental backups every hour, in the background, keeping those for a couple weeks, then culling older ones to leave daily, and so on, as far back as space permits. Then, for the photography, I'll also occasionally copy the Aperture library over to a soft RAID of two external drives, and complete libraries (I cycle them out when they reach more than around 50GB) onto another external. I'd like to have something off-site as well, given the above won't help if there's a thorough burglary or bad fire, though I'd at least have lower resolution JPEG versions of some of the better ones on Flickr and 500px. Ultimately, I'd like to set up a proper server, with space for several drives - maybe something prepared, eg Synology or QNAP, or home made, using Unraid. With the latter, I'd ideally want the system to be something compact, along the lines of a Mac mini, adding external drives as desired, rather than a hefty server case, but I'll have to research whether Unraid even supports external USB3 or Thunderbolt drives. (I wouldn't be looking for speed, so everything hanging off a USB hub would be fine - it'd be running over 802.11ac anyway, again assuming that's no problem for Unraid)
Heh, not bad - the last Transferwise transaction took a matter of hours to complete, from initiating payment via ACH, to availability. Why on Earth can't/don't the banks offer such a service themselves, rather than leaving it to third parties? Friction, I suppose - enough people will pay the standard international transfer fees, versus seeking such alternatives? (xe.com is another such; it used to be rather more complex to set up a transaction, but I believe that's changed recently, with the back end migrated to a different financial provider)
Glar. Whether it's Apple or Google at fault, I don't yet know, but this is quite annoying - now, it seems after I restart Hazel, or even just change IPs, Google requests re-entering all my Google Apps (in my case, just email) passwords. Which, of course, it refuses to just accept from the Keychain - I've got to perform that manually. Adding in Mail's obstinance with occasionally being "unable" to send email with a bogus authentication failure, and I'm wondering if it isn't time to just be rid of both Mail and GMail. Perhaps I'll set up a VM sometime, and test out any adequate clients, to see how well they can cope with a large archive, multiple accounts, and a good number of filter rules to keep all the mailboxes in order. (Ah, Eudora.. much as I loved NextStep taking over from classic Mac OS as the future OS' foundation, having to eventually leave Eudora behind was one step I regretted - always perfectly reliable, and fast)