I have had an interesting evening torn between two shots I took today. Same subject and almost the same pose but one with what may be considered too shallow a depth of field but which I prefer. It is testing my artistic integrity – pompous though it sounds. I have “it doesn’t have to be in…Read More How shallow can you go
This is a quick post to host some camera phone snaps for a discussion about the new X-Pro2 and whether it has frame lines for the XF14mm f2.8 – a nifty little lens I like a lot. It is in response to a nice Ian MacDonald Photography review of the X-Pro2 where he shows the…Read More XF14mm f2.8 on X-Pro1 & X-Pro2
I turn 50 years at the end of February (if I haven’t mentioned it enough times). As a gift to my self I’m buying some Fujifilm X gear I couldn’t justify under other circumstances. Fujifilm have a cash back scheme that ends on the 11th January so I have bought the gear now and it…Read More My Fujinon FX 56mm f1.2 R is Waiting!
I have long been excited about HTML5 having access to a geolocation data. It should make it possible to build a whole range of applications for phones and other devices that are cross platform but make use of the users location. Unfortunately reality bites when you try and actually build an application based on the…Read More HTML5 Geolocation Data Sucks
I have been messing around trying to make my blog more photo-friendly – but without much joy. I use Apple Aperture which is integrated with MobileMe and Flickr. I have a MobileMe gallery so I could include images from there but Apple don’t provide an API just a rather inadequate RSS feed. I could use…Read More Trying to get a photo blog right
In the last weekend of the Christmas break I was sat in Starbucks in Waterstones in Edinburgh considering which of a stack of potential books I was going to spend my Christmas book tokens on. I had just been playing with a Sony eBook reader and so was thinking maybe I should take the plunge…Read More DIY Book Scanner: Learn By Doing
Amazon are selling an ebook of Siddhartha by Herman Hess for the Kindle for $3.51 and it appears in different versions for even more. Siddhartha is out of copyright so it costs them nothing for the rights on this book. The $3.51 is all for them. Does this mean that $3.51 is the cost of distributing an…Read More When will eBooks stop being a rip off?
Last weekend we got away from the city for the first time this year to camp in Northumberland and visited The Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This is a tourist mecca of an island accessible via a causeway that is only open at low tide. Think of many retired people with ice creams and you will…Read More Old Boats from Shady Past
Here is a story on the BBC about a USB device that you plug into your PC to enable it to be put to sleep at the touch of a single button. It is incredible that some one is selling a product to do that. For starters my Macs do it by default. Just close…Read More Eco PC Nuts?
Well I wrote a basic application that would allow people to sit together virtually and I tried it out on my own. I logged in and logged out at the beginning and end of a couple of sessions and the whole thing seemed really unsatisfactory. This means I must break the first precept and kill…Read More iZendo – Let’s shelve it.
So I start writing iZendo from scratch and make quite good progress in simplifying it down. Just four pages and some AJAX to update the lists. All looks good till my crisis of faith! Could I do this with twitter? Could I ‘just’ have a Twitter feed that is the virtual zendo? It would certainly…Read More Twitter as a virtual zendo?
This is the first post from my iPhone using the iphone app – but then edited on my desktop – I am not that fast at typing on an iPhone yet! I found that the problem I was having with connecting the iPhone was not with the iPhone WordPress app (v1.0) but with my WordPress…Read More iPhone first post