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NEW ABBA NEW ABBA NEW ABBA AAAAAAAH "One of the two new songs that resulted, called I Still Have Faith in You, will feature in a TV special to air in December. The statement concluded: “We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.” Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus revealed details of the band’s forthcoming project in Brussels earlier this week. The centrepiece is the two-hour TV show co-produced by NBC and the BBC, which will see the band perform as computer-generated avatars. Ulvaeus said the band had been digitally scanned and “de-aged” to look like they did in 1979, when they performed their third and final tour. The avatars are then set to tour the world from next year."

So, it looks like Netflix is moving into producing original anime now. ^_^

Here's a rather wonderful interactive novel, taking place on a late 1990's computer, with a core theme of self-discovery and acceptance: Secret Little Haven (macOS, Linux, Windows; pay what you want, $5+). It does relate to some quite deep-seated themes - beneath the cute surface lies familial gaslighting and rejection, so, be prepared.

I originally watched it (or rather, began to) as a rental, but wound up buying it - but then, food-related films of quality can earn a particular resonance with me. ^_^ See also: Tampopo, a true classic; "East Side Sushi" has some similarities in theme with that, and indeed, Jon Favreau's "Chef", but it's its own film regardless. Here, we have a single Latina mother in Oakland (yes, the East Side doesn't refer to NYC, for once =:), who winds up being tempted by the prospect of not cleaning toilets, and gaining medical benefits, on seeing a Help Wanted ad outside a local sushi restaurant. The joy of sushi is thoroughly on display, including her introduction to eating it for the first time, and discovering, for example, just how different raw tuna is to the usual tinned stuff. Bit by bit, she grows intrigued by the skill involved - already being very handy with a knife, through previous kitchen experience, she manages to gain the assistance of one of the chefs in teaching her some of the fundamentals, like preparing sushi rice. Of course, there's plenty more, but I'll leave it there. =:)

Looks rather fun: Hiveswap, a point & click adventure in 90s style, all hand-drawn, set in the Homestuck universe. And at a mere £4.19 from GOG, quite affordable too. ^_^ (Or £6.79 bundled with the soundtrack) Being from GOG, there's no DRM, and it's available for macOS, Linux, and Windows.

Did you know SFO has a Wag Brigade? They're "a fleet of specially trained therapy animals who volunteer to bring joy to airline travelers. SFO launched the Wag Brigade in partnership with the San Francisco SPCA back in December 2013 to help ease the stress of holiday travel. Clearly a hit among travelers, the Wag Brigade has been growing strong ever since. The crew now includes 20 kind-hearted animals who wear "Pet Me" vests and roam the halls of SFO with their handlers, distributing kisses, nuzzles and tail wags just to put smiles on travelers' faces."

This suite of ads for bubblegum form a miniature ten-minute soap opera, and it's hilarious. =:D Need I mention they're Japanese? (Do be sure to watch the final "episode" =:)

Well, that was commendably good customer service! I'd placed an order with Master of Malt, for a couple nice bottles, and wondered if there might be some latitude to waive the early (and Saturday) delivery surcharge. Some ten minutes later, in the middle of the night, they graciously confirmed they'd happily do so. ^_^ (In all, there was an old Scotch, an aged rum, an interesting sounding sake, and a calvados whose blending apparently has remained possibly continuous since the house's founding) To whit, Diplomático Ambassador dark rum, Akashi-Tai Genmai aged sake, Château du Breuil Calvados Royal, and 1964 Invergordon (bottled in 2017 by Nectar of the Daily Drams):



Here's a track which caught my ear recently: The Wombats "Cheetah Tongue". The video's just amusing; this is much more about the track, which has that bouncy nature of Studio Killers' "Ode to the Bouncer" or "Eros and Apollo".

I recently fired up Google's "Introduction to Light Fields", now up as a freebie tech demo on Steam, and compatible with the three main VR headsets (Oculus, Vive, PSVR). If you have such a device, I'd highly recommend taking it for a spin. Whereas almost all of what you see in VR at present is CG, there, they've taken a radically different approach, using a rotating array of cameras to capture the lightfield of the scene as viewed from that spot. From that data, new views can be synthesised, so you can look all around, side to side, and everything moves just as you'd expect, including subtle behaviors like imperfections on real surfaces changing the reflectivity or opacity. The overall result is one of greatly heightened realism. It's only suitable for stills at present, as the process of capturing lightfields is highly computationally intensive, and the data files for the entire scene can be huge - but, people are working on that. =:)

Are you human? Getting older? Good news, everyone! "A newly released study is the first to show that healthy older people continue to produce new brain cells."

New headphones acquired! Now to see how well I actually get on with them. =:/ Beats Studio3, in porcelain gold. Checking the more audiophilic corners of the net suggests this revision's quite a matter of personal taste - the overall performance seems very good, but they still have something of the old bass-boost in them, though greatly toned down now. On the other paw, the noise cancellation seems very good, though some rank the competitive Sony and Bose higher, and the fluidity of pairing and switching between devices is supposedly especially good. We shall see. ^_^

And we have. =:) I'll be keeping them. They're comfortable to wear (though, like the Sennheiser HD25-1 II, they do fit quite snugly - as you'd imagine, this is quite a matter of taste), and even without the noise cancellation, the isolation's quite significant, being over the ears, but without becoming huge in the process. The sound quality's quite different to the HD25s, being somewhat heavier, but not awkwardly so. The instructions could stand improvement, not actually saying that tapping the button twice advances to the next track/station, and three times goes back.

The noise cancellation works well, reducing all manner of outside distractions to a comfortably minimal level. Battery status and power on LEDs are discreet - the latter point downwards, so nobody'll see them in normal use, and the status only shows if you press the power button to have a check, although I tend to just peek in on the battery level in the menu bar (macOS) or music control pane (iOS). Initial pairing's easy - just hold them close to your iPhone and keep the button pressed for a couple seconds, and up'll pop an iOS dialogue box offering to pair with "YourName's Beats Studio". Battery life looks good: I can use them most of the day without getting even close to the end of a charge - Apple claim 22 hours, with noise cancellation on, which feels about right. Charging's via a mini-USB cable, taking around 15 mins for 3 hours usage time, and you can connect a 3.5mm cable if you want. Signal reliability seems excellent - I can walk anywhere in the house and the music doesn't skip a beat. There's the option to invoke Siri, but I'm not one for voice assistants.

Importantly, they fit snugly enough that it's possible to lie in the bath, or on my back in bed, and they remain where they are - I don't have to give them any consideration. Overall, I'm very happy; I'm surprised how much I really like being free of that cable. It's one of those subtle points, as with the difference between finding a website on a laptop and wanting to show that off to a friend nearby, versus on an iPad.

There's 3DS emulator, Citra, under active development, with what looks like quite good compatibility already. ^_^ It's FOSS, as you might expect, and available for macOS, Linux, and Windows.

Here's a rather nifty bit of Icelandic design, in the form of a mountain shelter.

Miss Nightingale sounds like a rather spiffy time, what? ^_^ I may well go along to this.
‘A BLITZY ROMANCE OF GIN, GENTS, GARTER BELTS AND TERRIFIC SONGS!’ The Times

An intimate underground cabaret club opens in the heart of London. A saucy new star shines under the spotlight. Two men struggle to bring their illicit love out of the shadows. The war-torn capital has never been so revealing!

Welcome to the Glitz of the Blitz; where showgirls, secrets and scandal abound. A world where aristocrats jostle with black-market spivs, songwriters take to the streets and nothing is quite as it seems.


There are some outstanding photos of mountain hares in this feature from a wildlife photographer who specialises in such chilly work.

Marta looks like a very promising macOS file manager. It's still under development, having just reached 0.5, and is now in open beta. It's currently free, though the final product will be paid (one time, and affordable).

A cute series of cartoons: Programming Languages as People. ^_^

So, the bunnycam received something of an upgrade. ^_^ Still the D7100 body, but now with the option of a (used) Nikkor 200-400mm f/4 VR, offering more reach, the flexibility of pulling back as necessary, and the benefit of optical stabilisation, which proves helpful in acquiring an accurate focus lock on more stationary subjects (given the DOF at 400mm f/4 is fairly shallow - one shot following the beneath had them heading roughly 45 degrees away from the path, and their head was clearly in focus, and already quite out of focus by their tail. Or, it can be a pleasant option to drop the shutter speed right down, whether for coping with weak light, or simply improving the quality of a shot with reasonable lighting.



I should perhaps note that the section to the left of the gold ring is simply the lens hood - the lens itself isn't the entire length shown. =:) The ring just to the left of the nameplate (genuinely a separate metal plate, screwed onto the lens body!) is the zoom ring, and to the left of that, the focus ring. The lens is, as you might expect, a bit longer than the 300mm f/4D, at around 15" vs 9", which unfortunately means it doesn't fit into the bag in the manner intended - there's a padded inner compartment, with a couple padded dividers which can be moved around c/o velcro, so you can keep a body and a couple lenses inside without them bashing against each other. Previously, I kept two dividers in there, with the lens in the middle, the body to one side, and a space for sundry items like a couple reusable plastic bags for grocery shopping, suntan lotion, and secateurs. But the newcomer's too tall for that to work. But - it's the perfect length to lie down within the bag itself! So, for now, I'm resting that lengthways in the bag, then placing the divided compartment on top, now with two sections, one for the body and a short lens, and the other for all the other bits and pieces. It's a touch convoluted an arrangement, but it works well. ^_^

There are quite a few improvements and goodies coming to SL this year, its fifteenth anniversary, including - finally - the return of last names. =:D True, I set up my account long enough ago that I was still able to choose my surname, but that's a welcome change, given the somewhat funky selections available helped define the SL community. The advent of "themed learning islands" might help newcomers' first experiences be more fun, and Experience scripting will be available gridwide, unless a landowner's blocked it.

Fun food find of the week: Create A Crisp. Each multipack contains five 25g bags of ridge-cut crisps, and ten seasoning sachets, such as tangy prawn, steak, cheese, lime, and garlic. Tangy prawn and lime is rather nommy. =:9 Same price as any other multipack, too, normally £1.70, currently down to £1. It's unclear who makes them - they could indeed be an independent product, as the bags don't give anything away but the titular company name, but a quick search suggests they're an indie, c/o The London Crisp Co.

And here's an example from the above lens' inaugural outing. ^_^ An expectant (or indeed, new) mother, gathering grass as part of the nesting for the newborns:



If you read this and groan, you might be a nerd. =:)

Late sleepers are tired of being discriminated against. And science has their back. "In 2016, I reported on the science of chronobiology, which finds we all have an internal clock that keeps us on a consistent sleep and wake cycle. But the key finding is that everyone’s clock is not the same. Most people fall in the middle, preferring to sleep around 11 pm to 7 am. But many — perhaps 40 percent of the population — don’t naturally fit in this schedule. There are night owls among us — whose whole circadian schedules are shifted later — and morning larks, who are shifted earlier. (If you’re curious, you can assess your chronotype with this quiz here.) These traits are determined by genetics and are extremely hard to change. What’s more, the research is finding that if we fight our chronotypes, our health may suffer." I definitely empathise. As the article notes, "These people have a hard time falling asleep before 2 or 3 am, and prefer to sleep until around noon." - I'm not rigorously late, but that's certainly my natural inclination - 1am is on the early side for me, and I'm fine with seeing the sun rise before going to sleep. Well, to some degree - whilst that does come naturally, the rest of the world continues with "conventional" schedules, so if I'm on a late schedule, the idea of going out for a meal and having to come back at 10pm feels crazily early.

BTW, as anyone using Flickr is doubtless aware by now, they've been bought by Smugmug, a long-established outfit specialised in providing websites and storage for photographers. Thus far, I don't think there've beena ny further details released, particularly whether this will simply be a transitioning of corporate ownership, or a full-on uprooting of some/all of the staff and new infrastructure. For the staff's sake, as well as everyone using Flickr, I'd obviously hope it's of the more seamless sort of acquisition. Ultimately, it's encouraging to see it in the hands of owners who have photography at their core, rather than being just one part of a diverse web portfolio. I'd certainly hope they'll avoid breaking links, and won't hike rates for Flickr Pro; if anything, I'd love to see them try the opposite, and make the paid option very cheap - say, around $5-10/year, and base the business on that, rather than the rapacious datamining practiced by the likes of Facebook, and eschewing the ocean of crap peddled by ad vendors large and small.

I think I'm going to have to try my paw at making these onsen tamago - essentially, very slowly poached eggs, traditionally prepared in Japan using the waters from hot springs, but more readily accomplished using some form of sous vide apparatus, be it a well regulated dedicated cooker, using an insulated cooler, or simply attending to the pot with a thermometer in hand. I'd like to get a sous vide cooker, but space is very limited. =:P

Here, have a pheasant as well. ^_^ Beautiful, but not exactly what one might deem as songbirds. =:)



Here's rather a fun comic: Backlash. It's a bit tricky to describe. ^_^; If you liked Sapphire & Steel, this might well appeal.

For the flight back, I watched my 99¢ rental of Leap!, which was actually very enjoyable. ^_^ Certainly flawed, with the writing sometimes being rather clumsy, and sometimes giving the feeling the writers had a larger budget in mind, as the way in which the film was almost entirely without any background characters felt a bit as if they were playing this out in a ghost town. But when they simply let the spirit of the writing take them, and lead the animation, they did very well.

Interesting.. Bloomberg's claiming that Apple's working on microLED displays at a secret R&D facility in Santa Clara, with an initial goal of producing their own displays for the Watch. That'd only be for the development, of course - for mass manufacture, they'd probably go with an outside company, given the timescale involved in constructing an entire plant themselves. It's quite a manufacturing challenge, as the process literally involves creating millions of tiny LEDs, and affixing them to the screen with the accuracy required, and all in a sensibly short space of time. Somehow, it does seem as if such panels will be on sale in 2020 or thereabouts. As for why: one big reason is power efficiency, which can be much higher than OLED, though that does diminish as the size of each LED is reduced - they seem to be expecting at most 50% of OLED consumption for a comparable display, though, so obviously, highly desirable in any small electronics setting.

Coo! I've just learned that RISC OS, at some point, finally went open source! (For a long time, it remained commercial, as the owners attempted to carve out a market in the embedded arena. That worked for a while, but as Linux matured, even that niche vanished) And they even now offer downloads for various popular boards, such as the RasPi and BeagleBoard.

Well, there we go.. I'm committed now. =;) I've just placed an order for a new memory card for the DSLR body I'm intending to purchase. Whilst SDXC can now go quite fast, XQD has the edge.

w00t! A Fantastic Woman has a home release date set: May 22 2018. ^_^ Whilst iTunes doesn't show anything yet for A Wrinkle in Time, other sites are claiming June 5 2018. (The iTunes Store only shows preorder dates for four weeks ahead) I haven't seen either yet, but I'm sufficiently intrigued by both to have them on order.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I really do enjoy these posts of yours, sooo much to ponder upon!

The drams you got looks delicious, remind me to invite myself over for a tipple or 3 with you soooon :P

Dat lens! o.O

Million other punnies and impressions, but that's all best done over a brew :)

Cheers!
Mako
Yay! I really need to get back into the LJ habit, needless to say, both reading and posting. ^_^; Maybe if I just resume a more daily reading schedule..

I'm going to have to decide whether to bring them with me, or leave them for the roomie. =:D They're fairly wondrous, needless to say - the calvados, especially, is quite unlike anything I've known.

It's a nifty lens. =:D Already, I'm appreciating being able to drop the shutter speed right down, for a lovely clean exposure, as on the maternal bun - and the vibration compensation helps with good focus, even moreso as you head out to 400mm f/4, with even narrower DoF than at 300mm f/4. (A subsequent shot has their head in perfect focus, but even by the time you're back to their tail, it's all getting fuzzy, so to speak)

Indeed! Meet you at the Gladstone Arms outside Borough station next weekend? ^_^
She's not a quiet nan

*groan*
*grin* You see why I had to include that. =:)
Even without the hood, that's one hell of a lens!

But it clearly does a pretty nice job. :)
Heh, indeed. ^_^; It's certainly heftier, but still "light" enough for me to wander around my usual circuit and wield it hand-held. The Sigmonster's a hell of a lens, but it's heavy enough and with much of that at the front that it's outright impossible to use without a gimbal mount on a tripod - not quite as useful for capturing spontaneous moments. =:)

If all goes well with the move, I might look into a good narrower aperture zoom, where f/5.6 or 6.3 at full reach would still keep at a comfortably low ISO - the 200-400mm f/4 would probably be a bit uncomfortable on a long hike through Tilden Nature Area or San Bruno Mountain Park.

(FWIW, it's the same model I used during my day at the Royal International Air Tattoo a couple years back, sometimes with the TC14E teleconverter as well. There, the zoom came in very useful - full out for the aircraft in flight, and all the way back for the occasional taxiing, as with the Spitfire)

I just hope the buns haven't left my usual spot! Often, I can simply go to one location, and find anywhere from a few up to 20+ there, but the two times I've been out with the newcomer, there've only been maybe one or two. I'm hoping that was just the warm, bright weather that week (normal service has been resumed =:), but at least they do seem to be around elsewhere along that route. ^_^
I knew about the Abba, looking forward to it! I saw the Mama Mia musical twice and own two copies of the DVD. I'm kind of concerned with the movie sequel.

I don't think that I want to know how much that liquor order set you back!

There's a food porn TV show that you should check out if you have Netflix: Samurai Gourmet. It is hillarious.

XQD? Haven't heard of that one. Perhaps I should look in to it, it's possible my new Lumix might be compatible, it's only a year old or so.
I'm quite tempted to take Mum along to Mamma Mia sometime - they were always one of our shared musical delights, along with Eurythmics, Queen, and Mike Oldfield. ^_^ Ah, to see Eurythmics or Annie Lennox in concert.. but, AFAIK, she hasn't been performing for a few years now. And of course, I can only wish I'd seen Queen, especially A Kind of Magic.. that said, of course, the rest of the group's still active, now with Adam Lambert heading up the vocals, and seemingly doing a pretty good job of it.

*grin* It was a bit, yes. ^_^; Only trouble, of course, is you hardly feel like tucking into it routinely, so FSM knows how long it'll all now last.. and if the move does take place in a couple months, will it even be practical to bring it with me? I might simply leave it for the roomie. =:)

Ooo, that could be fun! I still miss the prime days of Iron Chef - back around 1998, one of the Bay Area stations aired the original series with subtitles. Absolutely wonderful!

XQD's apparently a Sony thing, and only seems to be supported on a few cameras - it appears to be related to the newer CFExpress, to the point where a firmware update on said bodies could, theoretically, support them as well. The main benefit to me would be supporting a high continuous shooting speed, such that the actual internal buffer becomes irrelevant. Annoyingly, there've only been a couple manufacturers, basically just Lexar and Sony, and the old Lexar (owned by Micron) basically stopped all card manufacture, leading to a management buyout. So, Lexar XQD cards are now tradeable for hen's teeth - but it seems they're about to resume manufacturing in their own facilities, so that situation should ease up in the next couple months, hopefully bringing prices back down again. (I wound up managing to find a 64GB, now on its way - more than I'll really need, as the 32GB SDHC cards I have at the moment already provide quite a bit more space than I ever need on a rabbiteering expedition, but more space can't hurt, especially if I wind up using the video capability)
Did you know that THE Richard Branson's Virgin Label released Oldfield's Tubular Bell's? Mike was discovered by Richard! At least according to a How I Built This podcast interview. It was quite interesting.

Actually, only 2/3rds of Queen is touring. John Deacon retired after Freddie's death and is not part of the new gig with Adam fronting. Still, two of the originals would be awesome to see!

I loved the Japanese Iron Chef. The American version? Not so much.

I bought a new Lumix pocket camera in November. It has single shot and burst mode - nothing in between, which is slightly vexing. And since Panasonic != Sony, yeah, probably not going to be in my future. My last shooting series was at the Air Force Base where I worked, just before the job ended. I shot their static display war birds, which were mostly planes that I'd never seen before! It was quite awesome to me.

But the burst mode - I REALLY want to try it out in the hummingbird cage at Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson!
I'm reminded of the Morse message MO inserted into Amarok.. =:D Come to think of it, I haven't listened to anything new from him in quite a while.. any idea what his later work's been like?

(Musically, I do seem to keep shifting around, but with some commonalities nonetheless - the aforementioned mainstays I still like, even if I had something of a NIN/industrial phase in the early 90s, then segueing into general techno and electronica, starting with Orbital, then the likes of Infected Mushroom, and now, I seem to be sort of back to the 80s, absolutely loving the eponymous Studio Killers album - and they seem to be preparing for new work! - and the amazing Janelle Monáe's "Dirty Computer". It took me all of a day or two to break down and buy a copy =:)

Oh, I hadn't realised JD's retired from the band! Ah well. I sort of wonder how people like that live after it's done, with so much of their life having been composing, touring, publicity, and so on, and now, it's all purely up to them. So, if the Doctor offered you a ride, when/where would you go? ^_^ (I really ought to ask that in my next entry..) Much as I love the idea of peeking into the future - where, TBH, I expect fundamental changes will be coming to the nature of humanity within the next couple hundred years - I'm nonetheless tempted to look backwards too. I'm not a religious sort, but I'd like to see if there was indeed a Jesus, and what they were actually like. And then, going back a bit further, I'd like to see just when civilisation could be deemed to have begun - organised groups, activities that weren't per se essential, such as art, or even music, and so on.

Oooh, that could be a fun subject! And I'm guessing lighting won't be much of an issue in Tucson. =:)

Welp, there we go.. just ordered the new body (camera, not cybernetic, more's the pity) to go with the XQD card. =:) (English needs a word for "checking courier status every hour")
According to Wikipedia re: MO: "Oldfield's latest album, Return to Ommadawn was released on 20 January 2017 and reached #4 in the UK Album Chart.[39] On the 29 January 2017 Oldfield again hinted at a Tubular Bells 4 album via his official Facebook fan page; he uploaded photos of new equipment and a new Fender Telecaster guitar with the caption "New sounds for TB4!"[40] The Daily Mail also reported that Oldfield is working on a fourth Tubular Bells album.[41]"

Deacon, I'm not sure what's going on. Apparently he became a very private person. Seems he was rather shattered by Freddie's death. Again, according to Wikipedia: "In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone Magazine regarding the upcoming Queen + Adam Lambert North American tour with Adam Lambert, May and Taylor admitted that they no longer have much contact with Deacon except regarding finances, with Taylor stating that "[Deacon]'s completely retired from any kind of social contact", and describing him as "a little fragile." May added, however, "He still keeps an eye on the finances, though. John Deacon is still John Deacon. We don't undertake anything financial without talking to him."[36] Session bassist Neil Fairclough covered the tour.[37]" I thought I heard something about him opening an antiques store, but I think I'm probably conflating him with the guy who played Rockie in RHPS.

Regarding traveling somewhere with The Doctor, off-hand, I think I'd want to take my 6D and iMac back to when Ansel Adams was about 50. I also wouldn't mind popping 100 years or so in to the future to see if they find a cure for my immune disorder. Or a cure for Republicans. :-)

I was last at the hummingbird cage almost exactly one year ago - 2 May 17, and still haven't posted the pix! Looks like using Auto ISO the ISO ranged from appro 320 up to 4000 or so, depending if the birds were deep in the trees in a nest or not. It was a fairly tall cage and didn't have direct sunlight, I was there at about 3pm, I'm not sure if that's AZ or NM time. It was still plenty warm, but the sun would have been plenty westerly. I'll have to get some of those photos posted, they came out quite well.

So what camera did you order? I have a line on a job at the National Solar Observatory, and if it comes through and endures, in November I might acquire a Lumix DSLR: shooting with changeable Zeiss optics and 5-axis image stabilization!
Massive lens! :D

Thx for the ABBA info too!

We've been watching some of that anime! (roomies has, and I've been drawn in....)

I still haven't found a noise-cancelling headset that doesn't make my eardrums feel like they're being sucked out...

yay pheasant and later sleeepers! *fuzzles yer furrrr*
It's a little hefty. ^_^; I really wish Nikon would come out with a Fresnel version of it, as with the 300mm f/4! There, they brought the length and weight down by half. Though, arguably, the earlier purely refractive version has superior bokeh and resistance to off-axis bright light.

I'm definitely interested in that ABBA tour next year. ^_^ (And I see Janelle Monáe is touring now, but the SF date may well be before I'm back. I've long enjoyed her work, but Dirty Computer's the first I've actually bought - fantastic!)

Which anime?

I'm finding the noice cancellation on these to be nicely comfortable, to the extent that I can even eat with them on, and it doesn't feel like I'm listening to a bad recording of my mouth. =:) With it turned off, I'm able to hear myself breathing rather clearly. =:/

I wonder if I might be able to get out for a spot of rabbiteering this evening.. WeatherPro HD's saying things'll brighten up toward the end of the day, but the BBC forecast's maintaining it'll be rather cloudy throughout. Odd, as the raw data for both is supplied by the same company, MeteoGroup. I think I'll keep an eye on the visible satellite imagery, and see if that's showing brightness on the way later in the afternoon.
hehe... I have a 250 mm also with no refraction, and it's a hefty one as well .. :D

Ah! There's an ice skating anime "Yuri on Ice" and a swimmer anime "Free!"... maybe a few others too, not sure the names...

oh! I forgot to mention also.. quite happy about the S.L. addition of giving ya Twice the basic land allowance as before.. a good idea on their part to recoup some Lindens from abandoned land too, not to mention the favorable P.R. from such a gift..

Good lux with the rabbiteering!
That's the trouble with larger sensors than phones and m4/3 - the lenses get quite large, and in the telephoto and supertelephoto leagues, rather heavy. =:P But, if you shrink the sensor size, and maintain the pixel count, you also shrink the photosite size, and diminish the advantages of low light sensitivity and dynamic range that APS-C and full frame afford, as well as the effects of a wide aperture lens.

What do your photographic subjects tend to be? Have you been out capturing moments of wild lives lately? (In the wildlife sense, I mean, but feel free to interpret differently =:)

I'd love to be able to watch the odd anime or such with company, but, the roomie's tastes and mine only overlap here and there - he didn't apparently take to SU at all, but is quite enjoying Gravity Falls, so he does have some taste. =:) I might see how he reacts to Danger & Eggs, too.. which I'd love to be able to buy, but in this new gilded age of television silos, Amazon's apparently wanting to keep that strictly for subscribers, just as with Netflix and Sense8. =:P Humbug, I say, humbug!

Definitely, it's really quite heartening to see the Lab does appear to be listening to residents' concerns. I'm sort of half-tempted to go for a homestead sometime (hey makovette!), but I'd want to have a reasonable idea of just what I'd do with it before going that route. (TBH, I'm a simple bunny - just give me somewhere secluded, with lots of snow, and some cool rollercoasters =:)

Come to think of it, have we actually met in-world yet? ^_^;

Thanks! So far, just going by those two rabbiteering trips, I'm happy with it. It's definitely noticeably heavier than the 300mm f/4D, but not awkwardly so - I can, as before, just wander around with it in my left hand, and if I spot a moment that could be worth capturing, just halt and raise it up. (The weather wasn't much good today after all, but the outlook seems reasonable for Tuesday - but even a day out, forecasts hereabouts can be significantly off, given the unusual meteorological complexity. Contrariwise, I keep feeling it must get a bit boring being a meteorologist in the Bay Area, or anywhere south in California =:)

And the Bunnycam of Theseus will be seeing another upgrade shortly, all being well.. the new body has been ordered. ^_^ That might be with me by the end of the week, though the acknowledgement suggested it won't be leaving until Wednesday, owing to a holiday. Weirdly, I never really like spending money on a new DSLR body (or indeed, lens), given it is, de facto, just a hobby - but, on the other paw, loads of people spend way more on cars; my expenditure's comparatively tiny against many people's, simply on photographic rather than vehicular technology.
DSLRs... and Cars!!.. Funny yoo should mention 'em.. *fuzzlefurr!* .. I got sucked into both... but I didn't have to spend as much on the camera stuff as most of the really good stuff came thru me dad ^v^ ... Subjects? Well.. the usual weddings and travel-pics, and also some journalism (all professionally for a couple decades), but I haven't done much professionally since the advent of digital... so instead the money went into the cars ... I'm now in a recoup and recovery period :D
In-world.. ah! I think perhaps not, unless we met at one of the great Makovette hang-out times (which I think, alas, have waned ... except maybe by appointment? eh Mako?) :D
Weave talked about it, but maybe sometime we should indeed stroll the Linden landscape escape for a bit and chat it up, and have a right-techno-tea-time, pip pip! ^v^

Edited at 2018-05-01 10:03 am (UTC)
I will briefly add that I, too, appreciate cars and cameras and chicken icons.

And I'm a little surprised given so many responses from furries that nobody has mentioned any hints about compensating for something with that lens, so I guess I'll be the first. :P

Personally I was a Canon guy on 35mm, and still have a 70-200/2.8L from that era. I gotta say though that my favorite lenses were Mamiya's medium-format lenses. I took a simple off-the-cuff family snapshot once, and it came out like some kind of late '90s/early '00s fashion magazine shot. Pretty funny.

I keep meaning to get some photoshop classes but I don't have time for traditional school and don't know any good online resources though I'm sure they must exist. Maybe you know of something. But anyway, enough sidetracking off the thread. :)
hehheh! Cool... I remember Canon being the first auto-wind I ever saw... nice stuff!

Here's a fond memory of the gear I had...
.. ^v^
Aww :)
The Hulu app for VR has some short VR movies which are not CG (they've been filmed). I imagine they are conventional 3D filming post-processed to work in VR and rely on the viewer not trying to move around too much in the scene. There's a nice clip where you get to hang out in a bit of forest and watch a jaguar.
Oo! I'll have to sniff around for that. Certainly, having used the Rift for a little bit, I'm sold on the concept. The tech we have right now is horribly clunky, and the displays are quite low resolution, but the sensation of really being there, in Senza Peso, or Google's "Welcome to Light Fields", is genuinely impressive. The coming few years promise to be quite interesting, with standalone kit like Oculus GO debuting, not to mention Apple's rumored foray into the field, though the recent scuttlebutt had that not occurring until 2020.

Maybe I should try hacking up something simple by way of a VR app myself - maybe a lush meadow with bunnies who don't mind you stroking them gently. ^_^

BTW, have you used drones for photography at all? I'm pondering maybe getting something capable of hoisting the DSLR kit, but I'm not sure how noisy such things can be - obviously, with the likes of buns, I wouldn't want it to be disruptively loud, although they're as much perturbed by simple visual presence and movement too. =:/