Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monty Python live (review)

The Monty Python team reunite for a last series of live stage versions of the classic tv show.
The show features most of the classic sketch's, things like the 'dead parrot', 'the Spanish inquisition',  the 'spam' sketch, and more, set with some musical numbers and some big screen graphics it makes an entertaining show.
In the press the show received mixed reviews, possibly the bad reviews from people who don't remember python.
If your a fan you'll want to see this show, the guys are getting older but the laughs are still there.

Waynes rating  8/10 if you like python don't miss it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Canon users beware high ISO noise reduction.

For those with the faster cameras this advice probably won't make much difference, but for those with the older entry level models it might make a huge difference to your continuous shooting speed.

If your using an older canon entry level model like the 300d, 350d, 400d, ect ect,  and you find your continuous shooting stops after 2 or 3 pic, try going to the custom functions menu and turn off high iso noise reduction. Ok if your shooting raw + jpeg you'll probably still only get 4 shots, that because of the sheer size of the beggers, but if your shooting jpeg you'll now get something like 50 shots before it starts to slows up.

Exactly why high iso noise reduction affects the write speed I don't know, I'd guess it's the processing to each shot before writing to the card.  Why Canon don't make it more obvious that it can cause this is another question.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Waterfall picnic photos

We went for a wander today and ended up at a small waterfall, heres  a few pics.

Sunsets and other pics.

Heres a few of my sunsets and a picture by a friend of mine Caroline Pitt, I must admit Ilike Carolines night shot.

MH 17

It's good to see most of the world condemning the shooting down of Malaysian airliner MH17, even better to see Obama doing it..... after making a brief somber 60 speech then followed it with 16 mins of joking some might not take it so seriously.  
Personally I think it's the pot calling the kettle if you know what I mean.  Lets not forget the US shot down an Iran air flight (655) on the 3rd of July 1988 with the lose of 290 lives, 66 of the children.  That plane was shot down by a sophisticated naval ship with the latest technology (in Iranian territorial waters) the US Vincennes, while the planes transponder clearly identified it as a civilian aircraft. The Vincennes crew mistook the airbus A300 for an F14 fighter.
At the moment it's unclear who is responsible for the shooting down of MH17, both sides are claiming it's the other, but it's worth remembering that it was shot down over what is effectively a war zone, where many other airlines had already stopped their aircraft from flying, although Malaysian were not the only company using that route. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Doctor Who new series starts August (warning spoiler alert)

The new series of Doctor Who kicks off in August in about a months time. 
The first episode Deep Breath see the new Doctor Peter Capaldi dazed and confused recovering from regeneration. The episode also reunites some old friends, Clara the companion played By Jenna Louise Coleman, Vastra played by Neve Mcintosh, Strax played by Dan Starky, and Jenny played by Catrin Stewart. 
The episode also features some old enemies, the clockwork androids from a previous (David Tennant series) the girl in the fireplace, and a somewhat out of place T-Rex (well not an enemy really) set in Victorian London the series kicks off to an exciting start.
Whether Capaldi will work as the doctor remains to be seen, for me he's spoiled by having been in the series before as a different character, Caecillus in the fires of Pompeii, but I'll give it some time before making up my mind finally.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Hundred (the 100) review

I watched the first episode of this so heres a brief review.
'The 100 (pronounced "The Hundred" as opposed to "The One Hundred") is an American post-apocalyptic drama television series that is airing on The CW during the 2013-14 American television season' wikipedia)
A hundred impossibly good looking young people, all criminals are sent back to a post-apocalyptic earth from an aging space station.  To add to the situation theres a power play on the space station (which doesn't have much air left) and various complications with the group who have landed, one being a suspected murderer... so another criminal then?  Anyway the locations so far have been forrest and lake.
In the first episode 2 die in the landing and another later (all the not so good looking ones...) and it seems they are not alone on earth.
It's an ok watch but my big worry is will there be a proper story with a beginning, middle and end. Sadly many US shows now just have the beginning, then they make it up as they go till the ratings drop from their endless boring programs, and then it just stops mid run (because they never had a proper ending in the first place)

Waynes rating 5/10 if theres a planned ending