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December 29, 2015


Consulting the definitive works of the author Enid Blyton, it only counts as an "adventure" if you get wet.

Good to hear things are moving along, and remember all those fancy appliances are just computers wrapped in fancy hardware, so get the extended warranties.

And make sure you know where all the electrical breakers are, so that when your fridge says "I'm sorry, Dr. S, I can't do that" you can shut it down quickly.

If you rented a U-Haul trailer "without a hitch", then at the very least you will have an anecdote, if not an adventure.

In re: the photo, I doubt I need to tell you its main problem is lighting, but just in case, its main problem is lighting. There's basically no blue in the sky because of how much light is there. What kind of a camera were you using?


I'm using a Canon PowerShot Elph 330HS.

We visited my sister in Arizona over Thanksgiving. She has a Bosch dishwasher. It doesn't make any detectable noise when it's running. None. It has a red light that makes a little spot on the floor so you know not to open it while it's running - because it's so damned quiet. It confounded me, like magic tricks confound small children.

choose grout colours..

Falls in the category of first world problems ?


Though, seriously, I sympathise; kind of stuff that brings me out in hives.

Try shooting in program mode, and play around with exposure compensation.

moving is the worst.

we had a Pod dropped in our driveway this past Saturday, so we've been shoving boxes into it for days. we have to move out of here, into an apartment (but most of our stuff goes into storage), the third week of the month.

Nigel offers good advice. I've been spoiled with "proper" DSL cameras for so long that the advice that sprang to mind for me was more involved and technical than necessary.

I know there are people who can shop or arrange things for hours and be energized by the process, but I honestly can't imagine how their brains work.

I know people like that. (In fact, I'm married to one.) But I think trying to understand them is like an introvert trying to understand how an extrovert can be energized by spending hours in a huge crowd of people.

It's just so foreign to how our minds work that there is no ground for comprehension. The most we can do is recognize, intellectually, that it is so. And resolve, as much as possible, to leave activities that such people enjoy to them.

I keep reminding myself of that as we figure out how to redesign the back yard landscaping. My wife bubbles with ideas, and seems to love it. Me, I mostly just want it done with -- even though I'm the one in the family with the best handle on esthetics.


Try underexposing by a stop or so.

Generally a decent thing to do with scenes that rely on color.

My phone camera app has this HDR burst mode for cases where there is too much dynamic range to be able to capture it with one stop - I.e. it takes several pictures at different stops and then automatically overlays them using the lower exposure shots for the brightest parts and vice versa. Works surprisingly well even with handheld shots. Do consumer cameras have this built in these days?

On the off chance that anyone's anywhere near Stratford in the near future, I can heartily recommend the current production of Congreve's Love for Love.

Fantastic ensemble, without a single weak link, and extremely funny.


Many do, but lots of HDR images look sort of odd unless the overlay is well done, which is rare. (Sorry).

We broke our friends when we moved two book laden apartments into one house. Too many stairs (in the apartments) and just too heavy.

a polarizer can help a bit for getting better skies. its success depends on the angle of the sun to the subject, though.

Do consumer cameras have this built in these days?

i assume so. i know iPhones do and Android can do it with the right camera apps.

Congrats on the view, Doc. Looking forward to spring/fall shots.

...and remember all those fancy appliances are just computers wrapped in fancy hardware, so get the extended warranties.

This is something that frustrates me greatly. A Raspberry Pi Zero costs $5 (quantity one) and has all the processing power and most of the control leads needed for an appliance. The "fancy" hardware surrounding it -- switches, LEDs, electric motors -- can and should be almost indestructable. Yet we let the appliance companies get away with designs such that any failure in the electronics requires a $300 board to be replaced. And after five years, the manufacturer quits making the board so you have to buy a new appliance. A friend of mine went through that this year with a $1,000 stove -- eight years old, board fails, none available anywhere, entire stove has to be replaced.

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