Stuff to soothe the curious soul


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The ultimate pocket camera, much better than a similar Leica

The Panasonic Lumix LX100
"what's not to like?"
  • 16MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor (Up to 12.7MP used)
  • 24-75mm equiv. F1.7-2.8 lens
  • Multi-aspect feature maintains diagonal angle-of-view at 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9
  • Venus Engine from DMC-GH4 and DMC-FZ1000
  • XGA-resolution electronic viewfinder (1024 x768 pixels)
  • Aperture and control dials around lens, shutter speed dial on top plate
  • 3" 921k dot LCD
  • 11 fps continuous shooting (6.5 with C-AF)
  • 4K video recording at 30p, Full HD at 60p
  • In-camera Raw conversion
  • Wi-Fi with NFC

What's not to like?

It's everything that the Sony mirrorless have PLUS 4K direct to the camera card using H.265 codec. What's not to like?

Friday, September 12, 2014

This could be Minnie Pearl...

Cambridge, August 27th

Wabi-sabi: Colours

Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically impermanence, suffering, and emptiness or absence of self-nature.

Characteristics of wabi-sabi include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

thoughts on the Rob and Doug Show

On Rob Ford running for City Council and Doug Ford running for Mayor:
Really smart move… its called realpolitik. Rob was going to lose for mayor anyways so he opted to go for a "sure" thing (speaks badly of the voters for Ward2). Doug won't win the mayor's seat but no biggie…. he wants to go back to the private sector anyways. This is a face-saving move to ease Rob back into what he was good at: being a councillor and making noise at City Hall. Will he win as a councillor? Hope not but hey, this is Ward 2, where the "low-information" voters will vote for him.


Sept 12th.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

to imagine, perchance to dream

(Not my Video)
This is year four of our (annual) 3 day walk along the Camino de Santiago - following the route of the French Way.
Our 75 Km walk took us through both Navarra and the Rioja regions of Northern Spain.
Day 1 - Puente la Reina to Estella
Day 2 - Estella to Torres del Rio
Day 3 - Nájera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Filmed w/ Sony HDR CX900
Edited in Final Cut Pro X

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

iphone 6… and COLTAN

Stumbled across this gathering protesting against the continuing atrocities in The Democratic Republic of Congo, fueled by the rush to mine the mineral Coltan, a key component in electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops, aircraft engines, and military equipment.
It's one thing to read about this in print; it's a totally different experience when you hear their pleas for help personally. I cannot imagine what it would feel like to look into the eyes of the victims of these crimes against humanity.
These crimes include child labour, recruiting children to be child soldiers, mass rapes, environmental destruction of wildlife habitant, and the contamination of the soil and water supply to last for hundreds of years.

A participant in a demonstration against the atrocities committed in The Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of the mining of Coltan.