Monthly Archives: April 2013

New Camera

So I bought the Canon SX50 HS. I’ve got a lot of pictures on Flickr, so I’ll just embed this one:

Spruce Tree

It’s a spruce tree in my driveway, and I was standing about 50 feet from the bough you see here.

I put up a lot of examples of the amazing zoom on this beast. I also like the low-light capabilities.

I’m thinking of getting a FA-DC67A Ring Adapter. Obviously I don’t need a telephoto lens, but I might get a polarizing filter. It’s been a long time since I had a camera that could accommodate anything like that.

Camera Shopping

I’m shopping for a new camera. My trusty Canon Powershot A620 still works, but it is literally falling apart and can’t be trusted as my primary camera any more.

So I’m shopping. I’ve given some serious consideration to the Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR and Nikon’s COOLPIX P510 and S9500, but what I keep coming back to is Canon’s PowerShot SX50 HS.

I’ve read a lot of reviews: DP Review, of course, and Wirecutter, but several other reviews as well.

One of the best things about shopping for cameras is that you can see what real people are doing with it. Take a look at Flickr’s Canon SX50 HS group.

Tab Sweep

I’ve always found CSS all but impossible to debug, so I use as little of it as possible. Here’s a tool that can help: csscss.

I’m so out of touch with media formats, I was still using ffmpeg instead of avconv. If you’re a clueless n00b like me, there are tools that just do it for you. One of them is FF Multi Converter.

This is just insanely cool. Watch the video and make a HyperLapse.

For the past several years, I’ve been developing and using (and developing some more) my own digital photography workflow and it kind of stinks. I’m intrigued by the idea of replacing it with something like Darktable. (Kudus: iLoveUbuntu.)

Years ago, I wrote part of what became Smaart. The part I liked best was the audio spectrogram feature. Today, I see there’s Spek, but it appears not to have the feature I was so pleased with myself for putting in Smaart. It makes me wonder if I could actually, for the first time in 2 decades, make a useful contribution to an FOSS project.

And finally, as a treat, watch this interview with Margaret Thatcher that Ann Althouse posted:

Margaret Thatcher, RIP

I’m sorry to learn of Margaret Thatcher’s death. But these quotes of hers made me smile again. Here are two:

‘I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.’

‘To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.’

I always used to enjoy watching Question Time when she was Prime Minister. (It was always fun watching her clobber Neil Kinnock, too.)

iTunes Confusion

Apple has never impressed me with their ability to have two different devices synchronize with each other. But they’ve got plenty of hubris, so they keep trying. Take the app store. (Please!) Here’s what happens when I sync my iPad: it tells me I need to authorize my computer to sync to it, I authorize it, and then it tells me never mind, because the computer is already authorized.

iPad Sync

OK. That explains it, then.