Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
My brother phoned me Saturday night to warn me the roads were very dodgy in Morriston, I already knew, I'd been to Amanford where I don't think they know what a gritting lorry is. The roads were lethal there, even the main roads were covered in ice, in one side road I could hardy stand up never mind drive.
Why are we so ill prepared for ice and snow? We get it every year around this time, it really shouldn't surprise the local authorities, yet every year 2 inches of snow bring the country to a standstill. A mate of mine worked in Alaska, several feet of snow over night was not uncommon, yet next day the roads would be open as usual, and the place kept on running.
Even in the Chanel tunnel there were problems, why was it snowing in there too? No it was warm and the trains couldn't cope with the change from cold to warm for heavens sake.
What worries me me is all the fuss about climate change. Why are we worrying about global warming, we can't handle the climate we have now, we should get that sorted out first
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I remember watching the series for many years, seeing the coming and sadly going of many of the regular characters, Bill Owen (as Compo) Michael Bates (as Blamire) and Brian Wilde (as Foggy) Kathy Staff (as Nora Batty) Joe Gladwin (Wally Batty) John Corner (Sid from the cafe) and Michael Aldridge (as Seymour) Very sad looses, and many many hours of good family entertainment.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Now while it would be a shame to see them vanish I'm afraid they have been their own worst enemy. Limited to central and western China they haven't exactly spread out around the world. Couple that to the fact their diet consists almost 99% bamboo (although they can eat other things) makes them at best "fussy eaters" and a very limited diet means they have to spend huge amounts of time eating to get enough calories.
The final nail in the pandas coffin is it's total lack of interest in sex, they just can't be bothered to breed, and without breeding they are going to become endangered. Oh people have tried to help, zoo's have organised the panda equivalent of speed dating, I believe there's even a dating website, and they actually tried viagra, but the pandas just said something along the lines of "oh sorry darling I have a headache and I'm popping out for some bamboo" and that was that. Possible they just don't have the strength on bamboo, so come on pandas, have a nice jucy steak and chips, a bottle of wine and "get it on" before it's too late.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Pearl is a delightful young lady, married earlier this year she decided to trash the dress. Now if you haven't come across this before it involves taking the dress somewhere and getting it dirty or wrecked, the idea has come over from America.
Here are 2 shots taken before the dress got dirty, the rest you'll have to wait till tomorrow for.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Now for the inside, a torch and battery is handy, as is a warm blanket or sleeping bag, if you get stuck in the cold somewhere you'll be glad of it. A shovel for digging yourself out is another useful tool.
If your going off the beaten track a flask of coffee and some chocolate will keep your spirits up if your caught in the snow, and talking of spirits, don't be tempted to take something stronger "to keep out the cold" First of all your leaving yourself open to a drink driving charge, secondly alcohol doesn't actually warm you up, that's a myth, it opens up the blood vessels and lets the warm blood from your core (the important bit) out to your extremities. That drop in core temperature could make the difference between life and death in a severe cold.
Why am I mentioning this? because the weather forcasters have given a heavy snow warning.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I'd love to hack those signs, on a fine sunny day have it saying "sunny!" or over the Christmas holiday have it say "don't forget the turkey" stupid stuff like that, or maybe "stop reading the bloody signs and look where your going" that would be a good one!
On the subject of motoring the roundabout near me is like a Krypton factor test at peak times, it's totally barking mad, you have to swerve across 3 lanes pretty much wherever your going, how stupid is that!, who's it sponsored by, the panel beaters association?
Thursday, December 3, 2009
When I was a child we more or less lived on Oxwich beach, my dear Dad was a sun worshipper, we'd be up and out first thing in the morning, on the beach and we'd stay there untill it was time for him to work, as he played drums in a club this was about 7 pm before we would leave the beach. My entire summer holidays would be the beach (bad weather excepted)
Monday, November 30, 2009
The official story claims as he was leaving his house his car hit a hydrant and tree, his wife Elin Nordegren then broke a window with a golf club to release him. Why he would want to avoid talking to police about this raises more questions than it answers.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Personally I have always had my doubts first off there's not a huge support for DNG and I suspect if Adobe ever go bust what support there is will soon disappear. Secondly There's different versions of the DNG format it appears, some software saves to DNG with differing parameters, not storing all the information in it. Thirdly it's well known that some RAW formats carry data specific to their own software, Adobe leaves this out in some cases so you may loose things like lens correction that you'd get with the makers own software..
Lastly and of bigger concern it turns out that Adobes DNG doesn't carry all the RAW data, apparently data from the edges of the frames are left out with some cameras, this means your loosing important data, just what you don't need in archival software.
By all means convert to DNG, it'll be handy if your older version of photoshop doesn't support your brand new D3x or whatever, it means you can still use CS instead of forking out £500 for CS4 (CS5 next April-ish) and it means you do have another back-up just in case your old RAW isn't recognised by the latest version of whatever software you use, but DO keep your original RAW images, don't rely totally on DNG, you don't know what your chucking away!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The film has excellent special effects (as we expect these days) with the fight on the tower giving real "edge of the seat" action.
While Chris Pine (Kirk) isn't exactly a look-alike for good old Bill Shatner, Carl Urban is brilliant as Dr McCoy, he's got him off to a tee! And John Cho and Anton Yelchin (Sulu and Checkov) are pretty good, Simon Pegg sadly hasn't get the accent for Scotty, he's about as convincing as a Scotsman as I am as the next Pope.
The film is good entertainment and action packed, worth a watch.
What for example do you suppose data cyclic redundancy error actually means? well it actually usually means there's a problem reading a CD/DVD the data is broken into small sections and given a data number, if this comes up wrong when reading the PC gives you an error message, but why not just say can't read CD/DVD? That at least would make sense to normal people.
I watched another photographer spend a morning shooting tethered last week (tethered= camera connected directly to computer and pics show up on screen when taken), only to find after 2 hours none of his photos had actually been saved to the computer. Oh it did try to tell us with an error message, but it was so obscure it didn't actually tell us anything we could understand, and just to confuse things he'd had exactly the same error message before but on that occasion it had saved the pictures perfectly so no clue as to what it really meant.
Come on computer nerds give us error messages that make sense.... we know where you live!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
The acting is pretty good, as are the special effects (where the moneys gone I suspect) but the film leaves me cold. I never really engaged with any of the characters, to be honest by the end of the 2 hour 20 minute film I didn't really care if any lived or died.
The film is over long in my opinion, you could easily trim 40 minutes off it no problem, theres far too much talking and faffing about at the start, it's over 45 minutes in before we get any of the big dramatic effects, then it slowly builds to the big ending.
As usual with all these Hollywood action/adventure films theres a happy ending. Normally I wouldn't spoil it for you, but I doubt you'd be supprised by the ending, I certainly wasn't, you could see it coming right from the start.
Who's in the next series Nick Griffin and Osama Bin Laden? if nothing else at least we'd have a "real" celebrity then, not a bunch of has-been ex boxers and TV cleaners.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Invented in Columbus Georgia by John Pemberton in 1885 it's been popular ever since, trouble is it's getting bloody expensive.... at least if you buy it in a bar or pub it is. You can buy 3 litres of the stuff in a supermarket for about £1.50, in a pub a glass full will cost you a staggering £3.35, that's about £7 a litre, or around £21 for the same 3 litres you could buy in the supermarket!!!.
How in the world are drivers supposed to stay sober when a pint of beer is cheaper than a soft drink, it's crazy!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Take food for example, now some are rated by glycemic index (whatever that means) even fat isn't just fat, it's Saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and mono-unsaturated fats, even Omega 3 fats. Then there's cholesterol, anti oxidants, Free radicals and heavens knows what else.
Face cream isn't just face cream, it has to contain things like Alpha-hydroxy acids, copper peptides, Dithiolane-3-Pentanic Acid, idebenone, Ascorbyl Palmitate, and Deanol. And thats before we get to Botox (held to be the most toxic substance known to mankind).
So next time you pop down the shop for a bottle of milk and a tin of cat food remember to take an industrial chemist to explain what your actually buying!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I have posted a similar shot before but as I was in the Ystrad area I thought I'd grab another shot of it. This is processed to HDR using a new beta software I'm testing. To be fair it's pretty good so far.
Bad wetaher. The weathers been wild the last day or two here in South Wales, very high winds and heavy rain, it's not looking too good for later today either!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Last week he managed to get the name of a dead soldier wrong in the badly scribbled letter of condolence he sent to the family. Then to add insult to injury he didn't bother to bow his head after placing a wreath at the cenotaph in London.
The mistakes were blaimed on poor eyesight, which then raises the question how did that stop him bowing his head?
Is the man really fit to run our country is a bigger question.