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Three Weeks!

Posted 2016.01.26 10.31 in Hobbies

It’s been just three weeks since I planted these!

Now I have to learn how to prune things because they’re going to start pushing each other around. Especially the cilantro and the big guy in the back row.

Three Weeks Old

Both of them are like “All this light, belongs to ME!”

Wicca Plus version 3.0

Posted 2014.07.24 17.14 in iPhone

Wicca Plus Update

 

Wicca Plus has just been updated! Version 3.0 is now available in the App Store.

This was a huge update – huge in features, not in filesize! Here’s just some of the latest improvements:

  • Add / Remove sections from the main Sections screen
  • Sort / Organize sections & entries
  • Icon picker for your sections and your entries
  • Photo picker / Camera option to add images to your entries
  • Astronomically accurate solstice & equinox data
  • Import / Export individual entries, or your entire book

For a complete list of enhancements and improvements, check out the announcement in the Wicca Plus forum.

For general information about the app, visit the Wicca Plus website!

Wicca Plus is available in the App Store.

 

 

 

 

The Elusive Humming-Both

Posted 2013.08.03 19.41 in Pointless Blather

It has the head of a butterfly! The wings of a moth! The torso of a humming-bird. The tail of a lobster! It flies like a humming-bird or bee – forward, back, left, right, up, down. It’s an inch and a half long!

It’s the Humming-Both!

Humming-Both

Or it’s something else, but it’s big and wierd and I’ve never seen one of these before.

Mysterious maurading chitinous chimera flies over flowers, pilfering pollen and nabbing nectar!

Half a Cup of Snail Babies

Posted 2010.01.18 9.40 in Aquaria

I just moved another half-cup of babie snails out of the nursery and into the big tank. Actually it was more like a quarter-cup but they don’t all stay still at the bottom. “The contents of this package may have shifted during transportation.”

The pic shows them and their cup floating around in the big tank, doing the whole “adjust to the new temperature and water” thing. I counted out thirty of them. With the sixty I moved over earlier, that’s 90 babies now in the big tank…. and over a hundred still in the nursery tank.

Once they’d had enough time to adjust, someone came along and tipped over the cup…

WTF is with Big Cameras?

Posted 2009.08.26 5.20 in Photography, Pointless Blather

Although I’ve been having a lot of fun with my new DSLR over the past several weeks, I can’t get over the fact that it’s, well, big. I mean, it’s a big chunky body, then my prime lens is a big chunky lens. The lens is almost a pound and the body is probably 3/4 pound. Put them together and hang them from a strap and you’ve got yourself a significant weapon.

It wasn’t till I set my new camera next to my old, that the size difference really hit home. I’d like to show you the difference but that’d require yet another camera to get the picture, so that will have to wait for now. Suffice to say, my old manual 35mm SLR is significantly smaller and lighter – yet it also feels more solid as it’s mostly metal while the new DSLR is mostly plastic.

What makes this even less understandable is that the new camera captures a smaller image – it’s a “crop sensor”, APS-C size sensor. The camera body feels about twice as heavy, and is about twice the size, and all this to capture an image less than 2/3 the size of a 35mm frame. Ok maybe you say, but the new camera has all the technology in it and the old manual camera doesn’t? Well sort of. The old camera has a light meter, electronic shutter and all that, just no auto-focus. But then, we all know how big and bulky technology has gotten over the last 20 years, right?

DLSR on the left, old manual SLR on the right.

DLSR on the left, old manual SLR on the right.

Then the thing that really boggles my mind is these guys on the photography forums, who comment that the consumer DSLRs like mine are too small, that they like the big pro bodies that are larger and easier to handle. WTF?

Even the lenses are gargantuan – below are the two normal prime lenses, without the cameras. The 30mm f/1.4 that I use on the DSLR is a 1-pound monster, compared to the 50mm f/1.7 that I used for years on the old Minolta.

30mm DLSR on the left, old 50mm on the right.

30mm DLSR on the left, old 50mm on the right.

And before anyone starts ragging on me about how I should stop fussing about the equipment and learn to take better photos, I’ll point out that I can’t take crisp clear photos of both of my good cameras side-by-side, without using a third camera! These two pics were taken with my cellphone, in a dark room using only my computer screen for illumination. So thpppppt!

Biggest. Lens. Ever.

Posted 2009.08.18 14.09 in Photography

I didn’t even know such a beast existed, until I saw the review over at the Wild Nature Photography blog.

Appearantly Canon makes a 1200mm f5.6L telephoto lens. Rumour has it that it’s entirely hand-made, takes a year to build, and costs about $90,000.00 — but hey, if you want to photograph sports without having to go into the stadium, or need to do portraits from the next county over… this is the lens for you! 🙂

Biggest Lens Ever

Ooh – and you can stick a 2x teleconverter on it for a focal length of 2.4 meters, then put it on a crop-sensor body for an overall appearant length of 3840mm… yikes. And at only 38 pounds it’s light enough to be portable…lol.

Seriously though, it’s an impressive lens and the internet review is about as close as I expect to ever get to one of these monsters. I mean, I figured 250mm was a long lens, and on my old Minolta, I thought I was all that with my 200mm lens and a 3x teleconverter: 600mm was the bomb, I reckoned.

Anyhow, go and see the review. It’s pretty neat, and it’s an awesome lens to behold.