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Title: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 24, 2009, 07:51:18 AM
The thread for those things that make you go whaaaat???????????????

First one of course has to be those highly paid media experts who thought it was a good idea to unleash a half baked,faulty photo site onto a beta testing group of over 100,000 :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 24, 2009, 04:21:25 PM
And then got P.O'd when everyone didn't blow smoke up their collective butts.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on August 24, 2009, 04:42:11 PM
This was a while ago but still relevant to the thread. ;)
Bought some double strength sugar by mistake and found on the reciept that it was exactly double the price of the ordinary stuff. ::) I mean what's the point in making it in the first place. :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 28, 2009, 12:52:34 AM
People, who while trying to sell cameras or lenses online, post blurry photos of said camera or lenses.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: oRGie on August 28, 2009, 01:20:29 AM
This was a while ago but still relevant to the thread. ;)
Bought some double strength sugar by mistake and found on the reciept that it was exactly double the price of the ordinary stuff. ::) I mean what's the point in making it in the first place. :doh:

Saving the planet by reducing transport costs and fuel usage :)   I know, no one likes a smart arse  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on August 29, 2009, 06:42:48 PM
Picked up an old copy of the Sun at work, it accidently fell open on page 3 & I found myself thinking about how fake the eyes & face looked due to over processing instead of looking at the overall picture!!!!
Am I getting old, gay or too engrossed in my hobby?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Damon on August 29, 2009, 06:49:12 PM
Are you saying you only looked at the face & eyes? ;D :D :2funny: :tup: :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on August 29, 2009, 07:04:37 PM
Not likely! but I did have to give myself a mental kick up the backside, thinking what a sad so and so I have become.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Spiritflier on August 30, 2009, 05:01:26 PM
Walking along Aberystwyth Prom earlier today to find a load of Welsh line-dancers going at it hammer and tongs (cowboy hats and leather boots)... Country and Western songs don't quite sound the same sung in Welsh!  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on August 30, 2009, 07:55:09 PM
we have muntjack deer in the field opposite us, question is how did they get there  :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: irv_b on August 30, 2009, 08:10:07 PM
apparently there are some in the park up the road from me also and rumour spread that someone had a panther as an exotic pet and its escaped and living wild in the area  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on August 30, 2009, 08:23:47 PM
apparently there are some in the park up the road from me also and rumour spread that someone had a panther as an exotic pet and its escaped and living wild in the area  :o

Theres always a panther loose somewhere lol

I heard that the deer have spread all over the midlands, i just thought my neighbour was mad when she said she saw 2 of them in the fields
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 09, 2009, 10:15:58 PM
They're releasing the entire Beatles catalogue again - remastered - just how many times can you sell one piece of recorded music to the same people??
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 09, 2009, 10:27:35 PM
They're releasing the entire Beatles catalogue again - remastered - just how many times can you sell one piece of recorded music to the same people??

As often as possible to make loads of lolly!  :2funny: :2funny: :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 09, 2009, 11:52:36 PM
They're releasing the entire Beatles catalogue again - remastered - just how many times can you sell one piece of recorded music to the same people??

My local radio DJ, who happens to be a rather famous guitarist in his own right here, says that the remastered box set is worth buying. He claims that the technology used today far outstrips the old remastering and these recordings are phenominal. Not a beatle fan so could care less. ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 10, 2009, 06:52:26 AM
But I rather like listening to music that's of a particular period and sounds like it - a nostalgia thing I suppose. Does Paul McCartney get a cut? I suppose he need his fortune topping up after his divorce :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: minky_monkey on September 10, 2009, 11:57:22 PM
Women.....

  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 11, 2009, 02:11:39 AM
oooooh, brave man.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 11, 2009, 08:20:59 AM
 :P :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 15, 2009, 11:01:14 PM
Reading on PR that Flake was nearly arrested by the police, and nearly had her camera seized.  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Peter Jackson on September 15, 2009, 11:13:38 PM
Reading on PR that Flake was nearly arrested by the police, and nearly had her camera seized.  ::)

Why  ???.........presumably for attempting to impersonate a photographer  ;) :)

My apologies, it's been a long day.....It's OK, I'll get my own coat  :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 15, 2009, 11:25:22 PM
Reading on PR that Flake was nearly arrested by the police, and nearly had her camera seized.  ::)

Why  ???.........presumably for attempting to impersonate a photographer  ;) :)

My apologies, it's been a long day.....It's OK, I'll get my own coat  :-[
:2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 17, 2009, 07:51:24 AM
The Attorney General who helped draft the law against employing illegal immigrants, has been employing one for 6 months. Now, as ignorance of the employees status is apparantly not an excuse, will she face prosecution or, as expected, will excuses be made and accepted :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 18, 2009, 07:38:40 AM
Women.....

  ;D

...and girls. ::)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8260716.stm

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 18, 2009, 08:09:28 AM
Interesting.  I went to an all boys school (probably explains a lot) but the way we were "encouraged" to do PE was "go to PE".  I mean of course it was backed with threats of physical violence but unless you wanted to take the whole day off then I don't think people seriously considered not doing it.

I guess it was the same way we were "encouraged" to do maths and English.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 18, 2009, 08:10:52 AM
Mmmm - don't think we'd have got much in the way of hair straighteners if we refused to do PE in the far off days when I was at school ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 18, 2009, 08:47:01 AM
All boys school myself, as you say Jonathon may explain a lot!

Every boy in the school was entered in the annual boxing tournament, the only excuse was a note from a parent, and who could face the humiliation of that? I've seen more re-enactions of that Charlie Chaplin film where he's in the ring with a bruiser than I care to mention.
Don't know about hair straighteners, I could have done with a nose straightener a few times. :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on September 18, 2009, 12:35:47 PM
Our PE teacher, an ex- Gosforth Rugby Union player, spent PE / Games lessons in the staff room supping coffee whilst we went on cross country runs. A few of us found a way to avoid the run was to stop off in a shed (used primarily as a manure dump) and play cards until the rest came back from the run and join in for the last bit. When we got caught - was it the smell I wonder - our punishment was to each don a set of boxing gloves and take the teacher on. I was 4ft 10 then and it was a short bout before I was spitting out blood through a burst lip. As I strode off to go home and report him I did get something of an apology but it would not happen now. Mind you if I had got home and told my mum and dad would have backed him up!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 18, 2009, 02:44:30 PM
When I was in school there was girl in class who was allergic to everything under the sun, had to carry one of those epipens and that was back before anyone knew what they were and for. Even she didn't get out of PE. I blame Dr. Spock for all this crap. While I think that the use of corporal punishment in those days was a bit overdone, we've gone too far the other way.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 18, 2009, 06:48:49 PM
Just came back from a bit of shopping, while I was in the one store I heard this little old ladie explaining to the clerk how she was just out of hospital and needed to get this instant cereal mix. She explained how she instructed hubby to go get it while she was laid up and he, of course, had purchased the wrong item. Then I leave the store and just outside I see this little old man sitting in a car waiting and I can just tell by the look on his face that he's still recovering from a tongue lashing.  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 24, 2009, 12:47:01 PM
Have just read in the local paper two items - the first being the stretch of road I have to walk down to reach my riverside walk has officially been named amongst the most dangerous stretches of road in the county. Number 11 I think. The second being planning permission being sought for the allotments which are on the other side of the brook which runs behind my neighbours house - initially for 31 dwellings including a block of flats which will provide a 'focal point' and overlook our gardens - but they believe there's scope for 60. There looks about room for 10! There's no access at present which means knocking down a house on the road that leads directly to that most dangerous stretch and is already coping with far more traffic than it can with a lot more homes already in the pipeline. Now where I live is technically a flood plain although improvements have meant it's been about 25 years since there were problems, but these allotments provide a soakaway for rain and if there are any problems it won't be them that get them but those of us who are lower down. I'm beginning to despair. I thought at least when I bought my bungalow that everywhere around it that could be developed had been. Just above these allotments they're clearing an old factory site which will no doubt have a couple of hundred 'luxury apartments' - and of course they don't need to provide open space because they're next door to the park - it'll be standing room only in the summer months!!
Talk about don't fence me in >:(  It's not as though we're not doing our bit - there's around 3.500 new homes to be built when they finally get round to starting the western development area. Oh, and if course, there's more applications going in for 5,000 at the top end of town - heavily opposed - again the infrastructure just can't cope. Just hope the Tories are true to their word [well you can hope!] - they're advising councils to be careful about planning permissions in the next few months as they might be revoked.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 24, 2009, 02:56:26 PM
Blimey, where's everyone going to work? I lived in Rushden for about 10 years back in the 60-70's and it was never a hive of industry with the boot and shoe trade shrinking by the month. Mind you it seemed that there were giant warehouse complexes mushrooming all over the place, I suppose they need manpower all the time.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 24, 2009, 03:17:42 PM
They're promoting Wellingborough with posters on the London underground as a commuter town :o You should read some of the descriptions in the bumf they give out when they're trying to shift some of the flats no-one wants. There are already some houses nearby that were completed nearly 3 years ago and have never been lived in - the only occupied flats are those allocated to social housing. But, as you say, plenty of warehouses for the eastern Europeans to work in - not enough schools, overcrowded roads and one hospital 8 miles away struggling to cope with the massive expansion of three towns and surrounding villages. Our local MP was told we must just build the houses and the facilities and new roads will surely follow.Thanks Two Jags!! >:( South Northants is still nice in many areas - but that makes it pricey. At least the recession has slowed things down a bit - and the developers are trying to wriggle out of some of their obligations re infrastructure. Our wonderful new town centre plans have had to be downgraded too - bit of a dump now...has been for some time. Where I am is quite pleasant being tucked away in a cul de sac...until they build behind us that is :o :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on September 25, 2009, 08:42:38 AM
 ???  Have they removed the redirect over at at PR?  The old DC mag link no longer takes me to PR.  Seems a bit soon, or is it just me.  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 25, 2009, 09:15:05 AM
no - not just you!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 25, 2009, 06:21:23 PM
Hmmm - when DCMag was sending out it's exclusive invites to members to join photoradar I never received a single email...now, in spite of unchecking the box as I don't want to receive receive their monthly newsletter etc. ....I've had two! :doh: :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Eileen on September 26, 2009, 07:51:30 AM
Hmmm - when DCMag was sending out it's exclusive invites to members to join photoradar I never received a single email...now, in spite of unchecking the box as I don't want to receive receive their monthly newsletter etc. ....I've had two! :doh: :doh:

 :2funny: :2funny: You just have to laugh at it all sometimes.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on September 26, 2009, 12:12:14 PM
???  Have they removed the redirect over at at PR?  The old DC mag link no longer takes me to PR.  Seems a bit soon, or is it just me.  ;)

It still directs me to it PR, don't see why don't think i'll use it.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on September 26, 2009, 10:21:06 PM
The Labour Party conference is about to kick off and we were blessed with perfect timing.
Police are every where taping everything up to satisfy themselves it has been checked and doesn't contain any Semtex.
Just waiting to see all the compartments to my camera get taped up until next week when the party has left town again.

WE even have detectors on the prom this year - a new one even for me.
I'm gonna try for some shots of all the security stuff in place - it's just amazing...

Oh how the party goers are gonna suffer this week with the PM sleeping right next to their favourite night clubs!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 26, 2009, 11:05:42 PM
But surely they're so popular everywhere no-one would want to harm them :doh: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 26, 2009, 11:14:37 PM
Well the tories escaped Brighton and that led to Thatcher punishing every working class man woman and child in the country afterwards
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 26, 2009, 11:26:50 PM
Mmm...not sure the two things were related ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 27, 2009, 01:36:15 AM
Just seen this on AOL.  ;D
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6018173/Squirrel-is-surprise-star-of-holiday-photo.html
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on September 27, 2009, 11:47:01 AM
is that doing the rounds again?
I seem to recall a couple of the tabloids using this theme to modify some of the more famous pictures like the Moon Landing of '69 or England winning the World Cup in '66 etc.

Great story though.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 29, 2009, 07:04:05 PM
A certain photo mag, whose web site died recently, keeps sending me email reminding me of the pending closing date for their photographer of the year contest. So I decided as a lark to see what the categories were again. Click on a link and it goes nowhere.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 29, 2009, 09:41:57 PM
The weather people gave the long-range forecast for Winter today, and suggest it's going to be warmer than usual! So take this as a warning to get loads of logs for your fires, plenty of woollies, sheepskin coat and anything else you need to keep warm. It's going to be Arctic weather based on their summer forecast for barbecue weather!  :2funny: :2funny: :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 30, 2009, 08:46:45 AM
The old adage 'if you're not a socialist when you are under 40, you haven't got a heart, and if you're still one after that age you haven't got a head' has always been a bit of a puzzle to me. Is it because after 40 you suddenly become materialistic and self serving or are the scales suddenly lifted from your eyes and you understand the meaning of cynicism?

The reason for the above is that today I read that that well respected and pillar of the journalistic world the Sun has decided how we should all vote in the forthcoming and long overdue General Election. This will strike fear into the supporters of Labour and perhaps bang the final nail into the already prepared and awaiting coffin. The Tories will be hard at the canapes and Bollinger, and all those blue rinsed elderly ladies will be letting their gardeners have an extra cuppa and perhaps two Bourbons with it as well. Don't forget these are the people that wouldn't let a Sun reader within a million miles of their comfy domains.

Is that they expect those that take the miserable rag have no minds of their own? What a jaundiced view of the electorate, but unfortunately true.

How's that for a rant first thing. >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on September 30, 2009, 09:07:00 AM
The reason for the above is that today I read that that well respected and pillar of the journalistic world the Sun has decided how we should all vote in the forthcoming and long overdue General Election. This will strike fear into the supporters of Labour and perhaps bang the final nail into the already prepared and awaiting coffin.

The Scum (Sun, sorry am a Liverpool fan) flip flops around depending on what Mr Murdoch wants anyway. Don't forget the headline in 92 (I think) "if Labour win the election will the last person to leave the country turn the lights out" followed by "IT's the Sun wot won it!"

What worries me far more is the way the BNP are lurking around the sink estates of South Yorks tell the workshy, lazy, feckless and procreating masses that all their problems are the fault of non-white european, blacks, Asians and Gays... USE YOUR VOTE PEOPLE! As a wise person once said "all that evil needs is for the good to do nothing!"
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on September 30, 2009, 09:08:14 AM
The old adage 'if you're not a socialist when you are under 40, you haven't got a heart, and if you're still one after that age you haven't got a head' has always been a bit of a puzzle to me. Is it because after 40 you suddenly become materialistic and self serving or are the scales suddenly lifted from your eyes and you understand the meaning of cynicism?
It's usually because before you turn 40, you haven't accumulated much and don't appreciate how much effort and work (for the normal person that is, not the hereditary wealthy) goes into accumulating it. After 40(ish) you have spent more than half your life working to get where you are and don't want to just give it away...others should have to work just like you did, hence the lack of middle aged socialists - they're the ones that have to pay for the policies.

The under 40's that are "socialists" are usually so because they can see the obvious benefits for themselves, and lack of implications/costs for themselves. They genuinely believe that they are being altruistic by being socialists, but in reality, they are thinking of themselves - the basic human survival instinct. Ok, there might be one that really walks the walk and talks the talk, but most don't. Just look at students - mostly socialist because they live on hand outs and haven't yet encountered the joy of realising that from January to July everything they earn goes to the taxman, everything they earn after that they can keep, providing they shovel over an additional 17% when they buy things.

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Is that they expect those that take the miserable rag have no minds of their own? What a jaundiced view of the electorate, but unfortunately true.
Sadly, the average Sun reader (and most of the populace, btw) is incapable of rational or critical contemplation of the information they're fed. It's hard to think for oneself and much more interesting to fill one's head full of useless football statistics and what KPrice et al are up to than what might be of more use to them, such as why the politicians are doing what they are and why are they spinning it a specific way, and what is in it for them, and who will benefit the most. And so they prefer to be told what to do and when, which explains why religions are so popular - faith is easier to follow than thinking for yourself.

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How's that for a rant first thing. >:(
Not bad, I'd give it a 6 out of 10. Not really indignant enough in tone. Keep working on it! Try on a Monday morning, sets the scene better.  ;)

H.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 30, 2009, 09:10:17 AM
Ooh - not a good idea to discuss politics ::) I think the Socialist thing is more a case that by 40 you probably realise that, because people are'nt all motivated by a feeling of goodwill and fair shares for all [sadly], Socialism will never work. Power to the people usuallys ends up with power to a ruling elite or a single despot- nothing changes just those in power. I think that divide between Labour and Tory in the old terms of unionist/worker versus employer/toff is way in the past  - Nulab have been more right wing and controlling in some ways than Maggie would ever have dared. The one good thing about the coming election is that so many sitting MPs will be standing down due to iffy allowances etc. and you hever know we might get a few more honest ones - we can but hope.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 30, 2009, 09:12:53 AM
Now I'm off to blue rinse my hair in readiness... :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 30, 2009, 09:37:04 AM
It did cross my mind that the Sun's stance would harden the socialist vote in Liverpool.
Weren't they awful last night! :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on September 30, 2009, 10:12:53 AM
Whilst Socialism is nothing more than a pipedream the concept is a really good idea... I mean, imagine the cameras we would be using by now if we all worked together instead of against each other all the time.... Constantly reinventing stuff instead of refining...
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 30, 2009, 03:58:38 PM
On-line tech forums. ::) I'm having an issue with my HP 7150 printer. And yes I was having an issue with my Epson which is why I switched to the HP. Anyway, I tried to do a print job of 25 copies of a poster. The printer dutifully print 4 and then stopped. No matter the number of copies requested it prints 4 and stops. No error messages etc. So after unsuccessful tinkering I went on line and posted queries, regarding DOT4_001 port and HP 7150 printer problem. So I have discovered that numerous people have posted queries about these two subjects. No one seems to answer them. I even joined a Printer Tech forum only to discover that there are dozens of unanswered posts about these things. Why start a forum claiming to address all printer issues and not ever answer peoples questions. A simple we don't know would be better than none. And I'm still no closer to an answer, so if anyone here knows it, feel free to tell me.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 30, 2009, 04:09:00 PM
I find the comments on Socialism bemusing. Here in North America, that saying translates as 'if you're not a LIBERAL before you are 40 you have no heart etc....' Socialism is a very dirty word on this continent. Unfortunately, both here in Canada and in the U.S., the 'liberals' control the Universities and most of the media. You will never hear a public admission that socialism is a failed philosophy. Neither will they admit they're socialists at heart.  ;)I have watched the same socialist experiments getting repeated over and over with failed outcomes, over and over.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 30, 2009, 11:00:42 PM
On-line tech forums. ::) I'm having an issue with my HP 7150 printer. And yes I was having an issue with my Epson which is why I switched to the HP. Anyway, I tried to do a print job of 25 copies of a poster. The printer dutifully print 4 and then stopped. No matter the number of copies requested it prints 4 and stops. No error messages etc. So after unsuccessful tinkering I went on line and posted queries, regarding DOT4_001 port and HP 7150 printer problem. So I have discovered that numerous people have posted queries about these two subjects. No one seems to answer them. I even joined a Printer Tech forum only to discover that there are dozens of unanswered posts about these things. Why start a forum claiming to address all printer issues and not ever answer peoples questions. A simple we don't know would be better than none. And I'm still no closer to an answer, so if anyone here knows it, feel free to tell me.
Could it be a lack of memory in the printer that is causing the problem, as some printer drivers sent the print 25 times rather than once.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 01, 2009, 01:18:08 AM

Could it be a lack of memory in the printer that is causing the problem, as some printer drivers sent the print 25 times rather than once.  :o

That is my suspicion OB, but I'd like one of these self proclaimed experts to confirm it. Even HP's own forum has had the questions posted and no real clear answer provided.

I know the Internet is rife with misinformation as well, so I wonder what's worse.

I went through the opposite a few weeks back when I posted a query on a Linux forum. That time I got a lot of giberish back. Like they thought I was a complete novice,
which should have been clear that I wasn't when I framed my question. One diamond in the crowd gave me the right answer and I thanked him for it whilst letting the others
know I thought they were complete twits.  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 01, 2009, 10:11:50 AM
So I finally get a response from one of the moderators "Do you still have the disk for this printer?". I can see where this is going, of course it doesn't answer the question I posted.  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 01, 2009, 11:57:21 PM
Just seen this on AOL news.  ::)

Town Hall bosses are to unveil their latest initiative for tax payers - a sex guide for the over-50s.
Older people in Manchester, many of them grandparents, will get dating and bedroom tips thanks to the illustrated booklet, running to more than 40 pages, from bureaucrats at the city council.
Top tips for more mature lovers include watching a "sexy movie", reading erotic books, trying new sex positions and vacuum pumps and Viagra to combat impotency in men

Perhaps that's why Flake hasn't been on here - to busy!  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on October 02, 2009, 12:28:24 AM
Just seen this on AOL news.  ::)

Town Hall bosses are to unveil their latest initiative for tax payers - a sex guide for the over-50s.
Older people in Manchester, many of them grandparents, will get dating and bedroom tips thanks to the illustrated booklet, running to more than 40 pages, from bureaucrats at the city council.
Top tips for more mature lovers include watching a "sexy movie", reading erotic books, trying new sex positions and vacuum pumps and Viagra to combat impotency in men

Perhaps that's why Flake hasn't been on here - to busy!  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:  :legit:

Joke I heard about the subject today was......... " My wife said she would read it when her headache gets better ".......... :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 02, 2009, 06:40:59 AM
Good to see they're not wasting taxpayers money then! Funny how councils can find money for rubbish like that when cuts are about to cause job losses and loss of services ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 02, 2009, 08:12:57 AM
Has it been translated into 14 or so different laguages as well?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on October 02, 2009, 08:36:56 AM
Has it been translated into 14 or so different laguages as well?

I'm guessing it's mostly pictures.......
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 02, 2009, 12:13:26 PM
Not bemused, not angry just a lttle sorry that there are vindictive people in this world. I knew if they had a chance they would get their revenge for the p*ss taking.

Reply to an email asking if PRadar would put our forthcoming exhibition in their news section.


Hi Alan,
 
We've had a short discussion on this and we've got the feeling that a promotion of your exhibition would look somewhat odd as you don't currently have any images in your gallery for us to reference to.
 
Obviously, we'd be only too keen to publicise our members displaying their work in exhibitions and so on, and normally what we would do in this situation is to refer the reader back to the gallery so they can see what kind of images they can expect to see at an exhibition - as you don't have any, to a member who doesn't know you it would look a bit odd that we're talking about a member who doesn't seem to be actively using our site.
 
I hope you can understand our position on this, and if you have any questions please do let me know.
 
Thanks,
 
Amy


Amy,
 
Not at all surprised at the unfortunate and I feel somewhat vindictive stance you have taken. Not having posted any images on your galleries is a decision I have taken because of the T&C's.
If you wanted to reference to my work and Phil Drake's, another one of your site members by the way, you could point to our respective web sites.
 
As someone who has made a total of 85 posts on the Forums I suppose that is also not active enough for you. Never mind we'll have to make do with the other sites and magazines that have decided to run with it.
 
Should make some interesting reading for all the old DCM participants.
 
Regards...Abers.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 02, 2009, 12:26:44 PM
Er...does that mean they only promote exhibitions by those who use their galleries? No telling people about a Cartier Bresson exhibition then....and what about the recent entry promoting something by Martin Parr...is he a fervent poster in the PR galleries??? As you have a website address in your signature why would anyone need to be unaware of the type of photography? The forum over there is dying on its feet. A few people trying desperately to drum up interest but it's still full of glitches which go unrepaired and any query about making  this better/more user friendly are met  with 'we're looking into it'. Can't think why people want to upload loads of photos there...no-one looks at them apparantly!!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on October 02, 2009, 12:29:10 PM
Wow.

Shocks me but doesn't surprise me.

I don't think Daniel Beltrá has any pics in their rights-grabbery gallery either but they are certainly promoting his exhibition at Kew (http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/interactive-rainforest-exhibition).  Rightly so, because it looks amazing and would be of genuine interest to anybody in the area who likes great photography.  But, you know.....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on October 02, 2009, 01:05:25 PM
Amazing response and testament to how that site is struggling now.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: happypaddler on October 02, 2009, 02:28:51 PM
I think Amy is great - her responses always cheer me up as they are most often not answering a question, attempting to side step something and failing, or a reply with a bizarre very left field, and on occasion incorrect answer.

I can in this case understand her response and reasoning - but as its being held in a very public place, with (I'm guessing - having read about Abers previous exhibitions) other photographers - surly it does not matter if someone is a member of the site or not (be that active or otherwise). A small mention in the correct section, advertising a worthwhile exhibition is surly good for the promotion of photography to its members. If the manager of the location in which the exhibition is being held sent out a press release, would they mention it then?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 02, 2009, 04:04:20 PM
Just a question. Am I right in thinking that you have to be a member of CC to be able to read and contrtibute to the forum here, if so is Amy a member?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 02, 2009, 04:46:22 PM
you can read stuff when you're not logged in - you show on the front page as a guest. I assume you need to be a me,ber to post.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 02, 2009, 04:58:50 PM
So that's how she knew I'd posted her email on here!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 02, 2009, 06:12:30 PM
Have you been banned?? There could be a prize for the first to get an actual ban!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 02, 2009, 06:26:30 PM
Have you been banned?? There could be a prize for the first to get an actual ban!

Not that I'm aware. I've posted the announcement on the B+W thread that is on their Forum, whether it stays there is another matter. I don't think Amy could be so petty. Could you Amy? ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 02, 2009, 06:38:54 PM
I think the people who still actually use the site might not be impressed if it was removed ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on October 02, 2009, 07:34:34 PM
Just a question. Am I right in thinking that you have to be a member of CC to be able to read and contrtibute to the forum here, if so is Amy a member?

Alan, like Sue said, anyone can view and read the posts, but they can't post until registered and signed in.  This is the norm for most forums.  Amy is not a member as far as I'm aware.  Doubt they would peruse this site to be honest.  ???

We can however make certain threads viewable to people who are signed in only,  if that's ever needed.  ;) 
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 02, 2009, 08:07:59 PM
Don't be too sure about that Mick. She emailed me about five minutes after I posted her response to me pointing out that I shouldn't copy her email 'to another site as in Future's small print it forbids that'.

Keeping up with opposition I think, or just paranoia. ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 02, 2009, 09:02:08 PM
Don't be too sure about that Mick. She emailed me about five minutes after I posted her response to me pointing out that I shouldn't copy her email 'to another site as in Future's small print it forbids that'.

Keeping up with opposition I think, or just paranoia. ::)

If she sent you a email to your private email address, then that is outside the PR website therefore, T&C on PR wouldn't apply.  ;D

Most commerical emails state those terms at the bottom, but it's never been tested in court.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on October 03, 2009, 09:46:13 AM
Um, OK, 2 things.

1. Like a lot of things this is probably my fault.  I happened to mention on Twitter that I was bemused by PR's attitude to an established photographer's exhibition.  No names and certainly no links but a guilty conscience could have easily made somebody come here looking for the story.  Sorry.

2. Those disclaimers on e-mails are, I have it on good authority, total bollocks.  Claiming T&Cs is even more ridiculous.  If I send you a letter then I'm pretty sure you are at liberty to put it on a noticeboard outside your house for people to see.  That's exactly what this is.  But electronically.  The internet is pretty much about free speech.

I'm still totally bemused by their attitude and their increasing desperation to keep things hidden.  I guess it's their site and they can do what they want with it.

BTW, Hi Amy - how are things?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 03, 2009, 10:04:01 AM
No apologies needed Jonathan. I was just a little peeved at their attitude and wanted to stamp my foot a bit.
Thanks for the comments on the B+W announcement Sue and Oldboy you rascals ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on October 03, 2009, 10:11:10 AM

No apologies needed Jonathan.


Absolutely.  It's their loss IMO ;) 

By the way Alan, I've added the info to the news ticker, and the calendar for the 31st of October.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 03, 2009, 12:13:45 PM

No apologies needed Jonathan.


Absolutely.  It's their loss IMO ;) 

By the way Alan, I've added the info to the news ticker, and the calendar for the 31st of October.

Now that's what I call an administrator (take note Amy).

Thanks for that Mick, much appreciated. :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Eileen on October 03, 2009, 12:38:08 PM
Saddened by this mean-spirited approach, but like most others I am not much surprised. Their loss, I think.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 03, 2009, 02:14:17 PM
No apologies needed Jonathan. I was just a little peeved at their attitude and wanted to stamp my foot a bit.
Thanks for the comments on the B+W announcement Sue and Oldboy you rascals ;D

They need rubbing up the wrong way!  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 03, 2009, 06:03:54 PM
As I suspected, after several days I get the standard response after admitting I still have the disk. Delete the printer profile and use the disk to reinstall everything. Why do they assume because you're asking a question you are a complete moron. And still, no one has actually provided an answer to the question I asked. Why no " sorry we really don't know"?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 07, 2009, 10:19:57 PM
Why do some people, when building their own website, refer to themselves in the third person?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 07, 2009, 10:34:57 PM
Why do some people, when building their own website, refer to themselves in the third person?

Well perhaps it's her :o

By the way we've just added a new gallery on our website, we thought you might like to see a few IR's. To paraphrase that bloke on the Fast Show, 'This week I R mostly bin doing IR's.  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on October 08, 2009, 05:05:44 AM
Didn't get round to booking my train ticket to London till last night - and the 6am advanced ticket wasn't available - so I tried to book the 6:20 to be told there were no seats! So I've had to get the 5:40!

Which reminds me I must go!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 08, 2009, 05:59:20 PM
Women




End of.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on October 08, 2009, 07:23:41 PM
WBMT My co....We have no first aider, no first aid kit, no working fire alarm, no "HS at work" poster and to top it all a leaking roof....are they spending money on that......no but they are going to spend the thick end of £10 000 (yep 10grand) on a "voice recorder system" to record all our phone calls  :P.....priorities what are those :doh:.........
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on October 08, 2009, 07:51:37 PM
WBMT My co....We have no first aider, no first aid kit, no working fire alarm, no "HS at work" poster and to top it all a leaking roof....are they spending money on that......no but they are going to spend the thick end of £10 000 (yep 10grand) on a "voice recorder system" to record all our phone calls  :P.....priorities what are those :doh:.........

Surely there are rules on H&S, our place is the opposite health & safety rules the place along with following ISO standards, actual production is irrelevant as long as all the paperwork is in order. One of our guys was seen doing an "unsafe act" the other day & it was hinted that our supervision was not up to scratch - 2 of us supervising 20+ blokes on 3 different shift patterns 24-7????
As much much as it is for our benefit I still think it is more driven by fear of US style law suits.  
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on October 08, 2009, 07:56:25 PM
Oh yes Bones there are all sorts of rules and regs, I have e-mails I sent to my boss over a year ago on the subject and I'm still waiting for a response.....hence now looking for another job....got anything going? full ccl, 20+ years exp in customer service, can drive a reach fork lift, warehouse/stores exp....quick learner.....live in Surbiton in Surrey.... ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on October 08, 2009, 08:24:12 PM
There is always something but the commute to Suffolk may put you off, especially when you consider the wage!!!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 08, 2009, 11:22:42 PM
Google streetview has finally come to my neighbourhood. From the pics it looks like they were here in the early spring. Sorry I missed seeing them. :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 09, 2009, 07:36:04 PM



Still women




End of.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 09, 2009, 08:41:12 PM
As we all wait with bated breath for the launch of Windows 7, an R&D bod at Microsoft has leaked they are working on Windows 8 and 9.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on October 09, 2009, 09:10:45 PM
As we all wait with bated breath for the launch of Windows 7, an R&D bod at Microsoft has leaked they are working on Windows 8 and 9.  :o

They're slowly demonstrating their ability to count up to 10, methinks.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 11, 2009, 02:13:06 PM
Can someone driect me to where i can post pics? like we did on dcmag, the pic of the day, post your best? or do they not exist on this site?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on October 11, 2009, 02:19:10 PM
Can someone driect me to where i can post pics? like we did on dcmag, the pic of the day, post your best? or do they not exist on this site?

Sure Craig, we have one here in the General Photography section. Photo of the day or edit of the day (http://cameracraniums.com/forum/index.php?topic=339.0)

Hope that's what you were looking for.  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 11, 2009, 02:27:32 PM
Can someone driect me to where i can post pics? like we did on dcmag, the pic of the day, post your best? or do they not exist on this site?

Sure Craig, we have one here in the General Photography section. Photo of the day or edit of the day (http://cameracraniums.com/forum/index.php?topic=339.0)

Hope that's what you were looking for.  ;)

Yep, that will do nicely, cheers
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 12, 2009, 01:11:36 PM
Woke up to an iced over bird bath, won't be long now. ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 16, 2009, 04:29:27 PM
Mmmmmm... Makes you wonder. ::)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8310572.stm
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: oRGie on October 16, 2009, 06:04:24 PM
Woke up to an iced over bird bath, won't be long now. ::)

Its like mid summer here, 28c..  I was taking some sun at the beach this afternoon after a grueling 30 minutes taking pics of a house being built  :2funny:  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 16, 2009, 08:02:53 PM
Woke up to an iced over bird bath, won't be long now. ::)

Its like mid summer here, 28c..  I was taking some sun at the beach this afternoon after a grueling 30 minutes taking pics of a house being built  :2funny:  :legit:

One of my co-workers said he'd heard there was a possiblilty of snow on the weekend.  :'( I haven't seen it myself.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 16, 2009, 08:59:15 PM
Woke up to an iced over bird bath, won't be long now. ::)

Its like mid summer here, 28c..  I was taking some sun at the beach this afternoon after a grueling 30 minutes taking pics of a house being built  :2funny:  :legit:

One of my co-workers said he'd heard there was a possiblilty of snow on the weekend.  :'( I haven't seen it myself.  :o

We've got frost for the weekend.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on October 16, 2009, 09:25:06 PM
Mmmmmm... Makes you wonder. ::)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8310572.stm

Yup and who is paying for this c0ck up ? us mugs
Why the hell was this not picked up before the plane left the UK. Typical of this shower of shoite we call a government.
And whilst I'm on a rant, how come I get 2 threatening letters demanding 55 quid for over payment on tax credits ? yet these clowns are fleecing us all with their expenses and can choose not to be accountable or responsible to pay back thousands
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on October 21, 2009, 04:12:26 PM
Wbmt?

I updated my weblog, for the first time in at least two months... and nearly ran out of stuff to say. :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on October 21, 2009, 09:14:35 PM
Wbmt?

I updated my weblog, for the first time in at least two months... and nearly ran out of stuff to say. :(

Least it was only nearly!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 22, 2009, 10:19:14 AM
I entered a competition run by a local bank. Didn't win or place, but hey, it's always worth a try and you never know.

Now there were some very good entries, but  . . .

Have a look at this http://www.whyilovefrance.com/ - hit the 'click to see the winners' text. But make sure you are sitting down first. And you don't have a cup of coffee close to your mouth that you might choke on or spit onto the keyboard/screen with the shock.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on October 22, 2009, 02:31:07 PM
I entered a competition run by a local bank. Didn't win or place, but hey, it's always worth a try and you never know.

Now there were some very good entries, but  . . .

Have a look at this http://www.whyilovefrance.com/ - hit the 'click to see the winners' text. But make sure you are sitting down first. And you don't have a cup of coffee close to your mouth that you might choke on or spit onto the keyboard/screen with the shock.

The first one was quite appealing in a cutesy way but the other 2 are awful, dont see the relevance to france in the 3rd one.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 22, 2009, 02:49:36 PM
It was always going to be a lottery . .  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Simple on October 22, 2009, 02:58:33 PM
It clearly shows that any competition is as good as the judges. It certainly bemused me.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on October 25, 2009, 04:29:25 PM
OK, this may not strike an amusing chord with some but...

Today saw the Brighton and Hove Estate Agents Association run a 10k marathon to raise money.
After standing around what i thought was the finish line (or route according to the signs) i struggled to get any pictures.

Lack of Estate Agents or Lack of Charity towards Estate Agents?

Any one in the vicinity please feel free to put me right!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 28, 2009, 10:17:01 PM
A letter in the local paper from someone bemused. The council in Corby a few miles up the road from here have sorted out the insurance needed to allow pedalos to once more be available on the town's boating lake. They also need to make sure the extra activity and boating won't have a detrimental effect on and disturb the wildlife, the swans, cygnets and ducks etc. ...that done, to celebrate, they'll have a large firework display at the lake......which will presumably scatter all the wildlife........ :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on October 29, 2009, 09:10:17 AM
Lack of Estate Agents or Lack of Charity towards Estate Agents?

Any one in the vicinity please feel free to put me right!

Having just bought a house all I can suggest is that it was to keep them fit enough to runaway from vendors and and vendees! I'd have thought they got enough exercise pushing their luck!  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on October 29, 2009, 09:49:50 AM
@ Howard - was the competition one of these things where anyone with an e-mail address can vote ? I entered a couple of comps run by Pixum.de but soon realised that the winners either had a trillion freebee mail addis or lots of relatives. After a completely out of focus picture of a Jack Russel won, I think the theme was Autumn, I gave up  :legit:
Joined DCM/CC/flickr instead :) I don't win here either, but at least the competition is excellent  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 29, 2009, 10:24:31 AM
@ Howard - was the competition one of these things where anyone with an e-mail address can vote ? I entered a couple of comps run by Pixum.de but soon realised that the winners either had a trillion freebee mail addis or lots of relatives. After a completely out of focus picture of a Jack Russel won, I think the theme was Autumn, I gave up  :legit:
Joined DCM/CC/flickr instead :) I don't win here either, but at least the competition is excellent  ;)

It wasn't a public vote thing - The judges were three bank employees. Judging by the winners I say they were the part time cleaner, one of the computers and the office cat.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on October 29, 2009, 11:19:16 AM

It wasn't a public vote thing - The judges were three bank employees. Judging by the winners I say they were the part time cleaner, one of the computers and the office cat.

or all related to one another  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: nickt on October 29, 2009, 04:08:24 PM
@ Howard - was the competition one of these things where anyone with an e-mail address can vote ? I entered a couple of comps run by Pixum.de but soon realised that the winners either had a trillion freebee mail addis or lots of relatives. After a completely out of focus picture of a Jack Russel won, I think the theme was Autumn, I gave up  :legit:
Joined DCM/CC/flickr instead :) I don't win here either, but at least the competition is excellent  ;)

It wasn't a public vote thing - The judges were three bank employees. Judging by the winners I say they were the part time cleaner, one of the computers and the office cat.

Whoever it was, they were certainly taking the p!@s. Judging by the first photo/video, maybe it was a competition for who can do the worst photoshop work!

Nick
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on October 29, 2009, 09:18:15 PM
Great laugh H - your`s must have been really bad to get beaten by those  ;) :D

Amazing isn`t it why did they bother? 1,2 and 3 all appalling. I mean did 1 take all elements of theirs?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 29, 2009, 10:06:10 PM
Absolutely right jinky, I really need to pull my socks up and no mistale  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on November 01, 2009, 03:49:05 PM
My husband just got back from Japan - he was in Nagoya.
Yesterday evening he was in a restaurant which served all kinds of pork.

Including :

Diaphragm
Uterus
Rectum
Bloodvessel
Large intestine
Throat gristle

Bon appetit !
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 01, 2009, 04:05:48 PM
My husband just got back from Japan - he was in Nagoya.
Yesterday evening he was in a restaurant which served all kinds of pork.

Including :

Diaphragm
Uterus
Rectum
Bloodvessel
Large intestine
Throat gristle

Bon appetit !


  Or sausages as their known over here! :2funny:
                          Graham.  :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on November 01, 2009, 09:01:09 PM
One of my colleagues where I used to work had been on a business trip to China. He told us about one of the items on the menu "pig's bottom". Must be similar to "rectum".

The mind boggles.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on November 05, 2009, 08:17:03 PM
So.. when did original 'top 5' camera makers resort to advertising on the telly? :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: oRGie on November 08, 2009, 08:53:43 PM
How much  :D

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-sandisk-64gb-600x-udma-extreme-pro-compact-flash/p1033565
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 08, 2009, 09:02:42 PM
How much  :D

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-sandisk-64gb-600x-udma-extreme-pro-compact-flash/p1033565
I paid £200 for two 2gb IV Sandisk when they first came out, so that look good value.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on November 08, 2009, 09:18:56 PM
bloomin' 'eck - I begrudge paying more than a tenner for a memory card these days ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 08, 2009, 10:40:47 PM
half a new lens, or a second flash gun...

i'll make do with my 2 x 4gb ultra IV's and a couple of 2gb ultra III's for absolute reserves
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 09, 2009, 01:05:35 AM
The mind boggles.
And I bet all that money spent improves the photography ten fold eh ?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 09, 2009, 05:17:09 AM
Never give up hope!  ::)

A Volkswagen van stolen 35 years ago in Washington state has been found in a shipping container bound for The Netherlands.
Reports in the Spokesman-Review newspaper revealed customs officers found the 1965 van when they opened a shipping container at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.
They checked the vehicle identification number and discovered it was listed as stolen.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 09, 2009, 06:32:43 AM
And what's more, the VW Van is probably worth more today then when it was purchased (or stolen)  :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on November 09, 2009, 05:00:59 PM
A conversation between the manageress and some alleged regular customers, overheard in the shop today..:

"We like your shop, we hope you don't close down or nothing."
'That's nice. Are you coming to our late-night opening thing on Thursday? We'll be having some sort of deals on all day as well, you know?'
"Oh no, no, we don't like coming here too often."

... wtf? ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 09, 2009, 06:11:55 PM
Out early this morning and on the hill at 06:30am to catch the sunrise as it poked through the fog/mist. Alas, clouds came across and blocked the sun and the fog/mist remained until about 09:30. I couldn't see the clouds due to the fog, but could see the moon until the clouds covered it at 08:00am.  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on November 14, 2009, 06:33:05 PM

Very amusing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TM3GbxaNLI&feature=player_embedded# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TM3GbxaNLI&feature=player_embedded#)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 14, 2009, 09:39:21 PM
excellent - i've had the clip from when he first performed that at the montreaux rose festival, but that version is soooo much funnier.

Thanks for posting the link.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on November 18, 2009, 12:14:28 PM
A friend in England sent me a link to this article:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/wear/8352729.stm I take it that one shouldn't place too much belief in the European (especially the French) view that the British are very reserved?  :-* :-*
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on November 18, 2009, 01:31:48 PM
Looks like another example of how pathetic and whiny some Brits have become: the sound level was 47db. My db meter's lowest setting is 60db +/- 10db. Whispering at it from a meter away produces a reading of about 55db (A weighting).

I think what is really going on here is the fact that she got laid 'almost every night' and for hours on end. I think it's called jealousy. :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 19, 2009, 09:24:41 AM
If you want to photograph some old tree stumps then head to Trafalgar Square to see the Ghost Trees. See below.  :2funny:

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2009/11/cant-see-the-forest-for-the-trees.php
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on November 19, 2009, 09:02:48 PM
WBMT?

Having the sun roof on my landrover decide to explode into a thousand peices whilst I was on the motorway at about 60mph.

Was a hell of a bang - and scattered glass everywhere. Glad the kids weren't in the car at the time as I'm not sure what would have happened to them!  :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 19, 2009, 10:23:30 PM
If you want to photograph some old tree stumps then head to Trafalgar Square to see the Ghost Trees. See below.  :2funny:

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2009/11/cant-see-the-forest-for-the-trees.php

yep - used the 50mm on them on tuesday - impressive stuff...
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 20, 2009, 11:15:57 AM
WBMT?

Having the sun roof on my landrover decide to explode into a thousand peices whilst I was on the motorway at about 60mph.

Was a hell of a bang - and scattered glass everywhere. Glad the kids weren't in the car at the time as I'm not sure what would have happened to them!  :-\

Oh, I know that feeling, only in my case it was a case of frozen soda. I thought I'd been shot at. I think I lost control for a second, thankfully no one else was around me.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 21, 2009, 08:17:36 AM
      Why is it that as soon as I start to type I forget how to spell! >:(
      I don't mean big words like "peridisconobulation" but things like "Author" and  "people"!
      Do you think perhaps (I just had to look that up!) it's a "man thing"!
                     Graham.  :)

 And why do I use so many exclamation marks!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on November 21, 2009, 08:35:45 AM
I think an exclamation mark is the equivalent of waving your hands about!!!!! :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 21, 2009, 08:42:53 AM
I think an exclamation mark is the equivalent of waving your hands about!!!!! :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

      Oh, that'll be it then! I do a lot of that, not physicaly you understand, just in my head!
                           Graham. :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on November 23, 2009, 08:01:57 AM
The commended images in the DCM photograph taken in the past few years competition have been announced and I still feel a little underwhelmed. As usual the UK has just a sprinkling of representatives. I'm a little unclear as to who actually came up with the shortlist as it says editors choice. One of the few positive images in the This is Britain has at least been commended, the others being the usual cliched 'we're all drunken fast food young hoodies'! Perhaps we should start a book on the eventual winner - if it was'nt for the fact no-one from the UK ever wins I'd probably go for the drunken partgoers illustrating the This is Britain category given what the judges seem to be going for this year :-\ ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 23, 2009, 08:15:20 AM
It's to be assumed that the shortlist is the result of the 'team' on DCM deciding which images to present to the final judges with the Editor leading the way, and since the 'team' seems to comprise mostly a younger element then perhaps it's not surprising that the images in the Britain category reflect the world they see and perhaps inhabit. ???

The winner will come from somewhere where the Future organisation is trying to make inroads into that particular area, after all the competition is purely a marketing exercise.

The old cynic genes are working overtime this morning. :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on November 23, 2009, 08:22:41 AM
I worked out the idea of the contest a long time ago. You make it as open and worldwiide as possible, give the incentive of a large prize and encourage thousands of entries so you can call it one of the biggest competitions. You have an on line upload/gallery and allow votes which mean nothing but keep people coming back - this gives a huge number of site visits to please advertisers. You make this voting controversial too - this gives even more site traffic. You then come up with a short list which contains some slightly odd choices or images designed to annoy and of course the lack of UK snappers on the shortlist - this generates some forum traffic [sadly needed]. you then hope for a controversial winner - this will keep the site views up for a bit longer. Then it must die off until next year. Cynical?? Moi?? :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 23, 2009, 02:08:46 PM
I'm still betting it's someone from the far east!  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 23, 2009, 09:56:27 PM
Maybe I should have entered. It could be argued that dependent on which direction you took off in from Bath I'm as Far East as you can get.  :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 26, 2009, 11:50:06 AM
My work situation, actually it's been bemusing me for weeks. Just after we managed to increase our office staff by 3 extra people our workload appears to have died off by a huge percentage. Now instead of three of us sitting around divying up a meager workload there's six of us sitting around most afternoons twiddling our thumbs. Makes for a really long day.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 26, 2009, 05:07:20 PM
My work situation, actually it's been bemusing me for weeks. Just after we managed to increase our office staff by 3 extra people our workload appears to have died off by a huge percentage. Now instead of three of us sitting around divying up a meager workload there's six of us sitting around most afternoons twiddling our thumbs. Makes for a really long day.  :'(


    Hey Spinner, tell me about it!
                                               Perhaps you could try something like this.
                 
feature=related
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 26, 2009, 09:57:39 PM
Or I could just do this!!

http://www.jokeoftheday.com/content/videos/906/Bad_Day_at_the_Office
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on November 26, 2009, 10:29:16 PM
PRadar. Nuff said.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on November 27, 2009, 06:25:19 AM
Michael Mann.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8381317.stm

He's spent the best part of a decade trying to erase any trace of the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period from the climate records (AKA 'The Hockey Stick', see also anything you like under 'Climategate' - the best bit there is Trenberth, leading IPCC author admitting that he hasn't got a clue, actually, about how the climate works, but I digress), and now he claims to have suddenly found the reason he thinks they happened. Seems he finally read something Lindzen has published. And then copied it was inspired to recreate it.

You've got to admire the man's chutzpah.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on November 27, 2009, 09:49:00 PM
Dreamweaver, files can't be managed, pfft.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on December 02, 2009, 06:14:44 PM
Just read a BBC story about the Department for Energy and Climate Change; the ministries of Truth, Peace and Plenty surely cannot be far behind.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on December 02, 2009, 08:01:22 PM
Was'nt Mandelson going to be made Minister for Information - very 1984?  No-one was really sure if it was a case of Joseph Goebels or Comical Ali though ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on December 03, 2009, 09:20:42 AM
Just read a BBC story about the Department for Energy and Climate Change; the ministries of Truth, Peace and Plenty surely cannot be far behind.

We already have a Ministry for Justice... which makes me think of Judge Dread!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 04, 2009, 12:36:11 AM
Was sitting in front of my office computer at lunch somewhat bored and started to peruse my rather long list of bookmarks built up over many bored lunches, when I cam apon the old DCM one. Clicked it out of curiosity and of course it took me to PR. Still bored I went to the forums and what do I find? A certain, pompous, nasty, blowhard is still there, still pompous and nasty and still defending himself under the guise of offering honest criticism. I guess for him it never gets old.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 04, 2009, 06:31:32 AM
A certain, pompous, nasty, blowhard is still there, still pompous and nasty and still defending himself under the guise of offering honest criticism. I guess for him it never gets old.  ;D
And was he still awarding every ones picture just 1 star?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 04, 2009, 10:24:51 AM
The thread that caught my eye had him whining that he planned to 1 star a POTD but knew he'd be attacked so gave it 2. Magnanimous to a fault.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 04, 2009, 01:37:35 PM
Was sitting in front of my office computer at lunch somewhat bored and started to peruse my rather long list of bookmarks built up over many bored lunches, when I cam apon the old DCM one. Clicked it out of curiosity and of course it took me to PR. Still bored I went to the forums and what do I find? A certain, pompous, nasty, blowhard is still there, still pompous and nasty and still defending himself under the guise of offering honest criticism. I guess for him it never gets old.  ;D

He hasn't changed, as he had a go at me a couple of times.  >:(

In another thread, which asks for advice about which DSLR to buy, he claims you don't need a DSLR just a compact!  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on December 04, 2009, 07:16:47 PM
Haven't been on that site for a month or so...just can't be bothered right now.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 04, 2009, 07:40:51 PM
Haven't been on that site for a month or so...just can't be bothered right now.

Not enough stars?  :2funny: :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on December 04, 2009, 08:34:53 PM
Haven't been on that site for a month or so...just can't be bothered right now.

I keep looking in, but I really don't know why. Its rubbish! :spam:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: irv_b on December 04, 2009, 10:20:50 PM
I haven't looked for a long time and really have no desire to ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 04, 2009, 10:48:16 PM
The 850 billion pounds bailout for the banks is going to cost each of us in this country £14,000 so, you better start saving now!  >:( :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on December 05, 2009, 06:34:47 PM
The 850 billion pounds bailout for the banks is going to cost each of us in this country £14,000 so, you better start saving now!  >:( :'(

WE could have kick started the economy if they had given us £14,000 each... new lens, new bike etc
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: oRGie on December 05, 2009, 10:53:00 PM
The 850 billion pounds bailout for the banks is going to cost each of us in this country £14,000 so, you better start saving now!  >:( :'(

WE could have kick started the economy if they had given us £14,000 each... new lens, new bike etc

here here  :tup: :beer:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on December 09, 2009, 08:35:50 PM
Just watched a programme called Hop. Skip and Jump on the BBC Iplayer about British children at play from the early 1900s through to the early 1960s. How did we ever survive?? The bit about collecting German incendiary bombs the day after a night of air raids during WW2 was interesting! Worth a look for those who remember the days before kids were driven everywhere and health and safety took over - I think it's called survival of the fittest :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on December 09, 2009, 09:16:52 PM
I saw the program last night it brought back memories of by brother and I playing in the street in the 60s on our home made ( Trollys ) or carts made from old pram wheels & scrap wood.
Lots of fun and lots of bumps and scrapes but no one cared you were a sissy if you ran home to mum everytime you scraped your knee or elbow or worse in fact I would have been in more touble for scraping the toes of my shoes............ :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on December 10, 2009, 06:18:42 AM
Just received a 'special offer' from Adobe. I can buy Elements 8 and Premier Elements for £79.92, or if I would rather, I can buy an upgrade licence for £94.07.

Pretty standard Adobe logic there.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on December 10, 2009, 09:22:47 AM
I think it's called survival of the fittest :2funny:


May I direct you to the Darwin Awards which I think have been made into a TV show called "1000 ways to die!"
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on December 11, 2009, 04:09:48 PM
On the school run this afternoon I overtook a relatively slow moving old Renault 21 that was weaving about a bit. As I glanced over at the driver I saw the reason - he was reading (if that's the right word) a girlie mag, which he had opened across the steering wheel.

Good grief.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 11, 2009, 04:38:24 PM
Good grief.

I suspect the drivers words were more along the lines of 'Good Read'   ::)
I could descend into further innuendo but this is a responsible site...
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 11, 2009, 04:48:42 PM
A common local gaff i'm told - but it doesn't make it any better.
We visited the Devils Dyke today for a spot of lunch and because we enjoy the view (as per my posted picture today entitled 'The Downs').
It sits at the top of the South Downs and provides a spectacular view whilst eating.
As we sat waiting for the food, sipping a drink - my wife says "Where's that pub we sometimes go to at the bottom of the hill?"
Innocently i replied, pointing with my finger, "That's Fulking down there..." - to which the surrounding area of tourists all gasped at my outburst.  :-[ :-[ :-[
It took me several seconds to realise my gaff - 'Fulking' is the name of the village in which the pub my wife was referring to is located!

Oh to be back in Suffolk - no silly names there!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 11, 2009, 08:01:30 PM
A common local gaff i'm told - but it doesn't make it any better.
We visited the Devils Dyke today for a spot of lunch and because we enjoy the view (as per my posted picture today entitled 'The Downs').
It sits at the top of the South Downs and provides a spectacular view whilst eating.
As we sat waiting for the food, sipping a drink - my wife says "Where's that pub we sometimes go to at the bottom of the hill?"
Innocently i replied, pointing with my finger, "That's Fulking down there..." - to which the surrounding area of tourists all gasped at my outburst.  :-[ :-[ :-[
It took me several seconds to realise my gaff - 'Fulking' is the name of the village in which the pub my wife was referring to is located!

Oh to be back in Suffolk - no silly names there!

Bet you felt a right Fulking idiot. :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 12, 2009, 09:05:20 AM
without a doubt.
The tittering off the waiting staff didn't help - nor did the party of oriental tourists amazed at my  'apparent outburst'
Pictures of 'Fulking Village' will follow!

Nearly as bad as when i was in Brussels with a colleague driving around looking for our hotel.
"Where are we?" says my colleague, and he looked over for an answer and said (before i could answer) said "What's up?"
"Kunts Wet" i replied in my best Suffolk drawl.

A heated conversation ensued until i was able to explain that "Kunts Wet" was the part of Belgium where are hotel was located!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on December 12, 2009, 12:09:28 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1235194/BBCs-secret-league-talent-reveals-bosses-REALLY-think-highly-paid-stars.html

When you look at this list and think how much they get paid and how many [for me anyway!] have the 'quick must switch off factor' is'nt the state of factual TV depressing?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on December 13, 2009, 09:02:19 PM
A neighbour, who works as a jobbing gardener found a 35mm Pentax in a client's shed. The client didn't want it, so neighbour tries to sell it to me. It's damaged and has one of Pentax's worst ever lenses on it. He looked quite crestfallen when I told him it was worthless. Bless.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 13, 2009, 10:21:51 PM
The downside to being known to family and friends as a "photographer" ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on December 14, 2009, 12:18:32 AM
The downside to being known to family and friends as a "photographer" ::)

WHY ?    I have spent most of my life in the electrical trade and have for the last few years spinned myself into the photographic industry whether it be working as a football photographer, Weddings, Portraits or selling my own Landscapes in Galleries and Markets. My extended family still see me as a Electrician ( nothing wrong with that is a great trade to be in )  but they think photography is my hobby and I will allways do something on the cheap. Then again when they need a electrical job doing the same applies. Anyway the quote is " Knowledge is power "  which is why they have come to you, so you dictate, not them and price accordingly............. :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 14, 2009, 07:23:51 PM
The downside to being known to family and friends as a "photographer" ::)

WHY ?  


Well if they are family and friends it's sometimes hard to tell them stuff they bring you is rubbish. I'm not good at sugar coating. :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on December 20, 2009, 10:41:28 AM

Cooked breakfast, boiled egg slightly underdone...ah ha  :idea:! the microwave!


BOOM!!! :doh: ;D

It wasn't such a matter as egg all over my face, but nicely distributed throughout the microwave.  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on December 20, 2009, 11:48:34 AM

Cooked breakfast, boiled egg slightly underdone...ah ha  :idea:! the microwave!


BOOM!!! :doh: ;D

It wasn't such a matter as egg all over my face, but nicely distributed throughout the microwave.  :D

Men !  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on December 20, 2009, 12:35:02 PM

Cooked breakfast, boiled egg slightly underdone...ah ha  :idea:! the microwave!


BOOM!!! :doh: ;D

It wasn't such a matter as egg all over my face, but nicely distributed throughout the microwave.  :D

Chestnuts do a pretty good job too.  :s:D:  If you forget to stab them first.  :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 20, 2009, 02:41:52 PM

Cooked breakfast, boiled egg slightly underdone...ah ha  :idea:! the microwave!


BOOM!!! :doh: ;D

It wasn't such a matter as egg all over my face, but nicely distributed throughout the microwave.  :D

Men !  :legit:

And a scientist to boot!  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: irv_b on December 20, 2009, 06:26:06 PM

Cooked breakfast, boiled egg slightly underdone...ah ha  :idea:! the microwave!


BOOM!!! :doh: ;D

It wasn't such a matter as egg all over my face, but nicely distributed throughout the microwave.  :D
Funnily enough one of my kids did this a while back and didnt clean up. My wife went mad on him :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 20, 2009, 09:38:15 PM
Try scrambled eggs in the microwave - fantastic.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on December 20, 2009, 09:45:06 PM
Beat you all - my Dad had a microwave over 35 years ago and I did that trick then! :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on December 22, 2009, 09:14:09 AM
I put a musical mug in the microwave... lots of sparks and I suddenly remember that the music bit is made of metal. It was never musical again and the bottom of it had turned spherical!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on December 23, 2009, 08:20:08 PM
Coming down the M1 from Sheffield this afternoon/evening - and the dash lights flickered - and then I noticed the head lamps were doing the same!

Pull off to the hard shoulder and worked out that the side lights would work, but as soon as I switched to main, they went out. Luckily I'd got a meter in the car and some bits of wire, tools etc and took apart the steering column to take the switch out. Switch is knackered, so bodged it together to get the lights back on. Now I need a screw driver to turn the lights on/off!

Oh well, its a Landrover!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: oRGie on December 23, 2009, 08:32:05 PM
They allways get you home :)  quarter lights on mine have sprung a leak  :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on December 26, 2009, 08:48:00 PM
Why my dad keeps asking 'why do you want a 8 GB card for?'  :-\, anything actually wrong in that...?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Malcolm1938 on December 26, 2009, 09:01:05 PM
why do you want a 8 GB card for?

I open the little door on my camera less often - making the camera last longer.

I can shoot more Raw+jpg files without needing to change the card.

It puts me one up on those who only have a 4gb card

The Girls think an 8gb card is sexy

Need I go on... there must be a thousand good reasons for having one

Oh and it's what I wanted....

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on December 26, 2009, 09:36:59 PM
" Knowledge is power "

Sponsored by Power Gen?


why do you want a 8 GB card for?

I open the little door on my camera less often - making the camera last longer.

I can shoot more Raw+jpg files without needing to change the card.

It puts me one up on those who only have a 4gb card

The Girls think an 8gb card is sexy

Need I go on... there must be a thousand good reasons for having one

Oh and it's what I wanted....



precisely  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 28, 2009, 07:55:30 PM
Seeing Carol's Foods of the homeland picture. I've visited all the area shops that specialize in imported British Fare looking for mushroom ketchup. Needed it for a recipe for a dish for Christmas. Couldn't find it anywhere so of course I improvised. I'm bemused by fact that I couldn't find it yet according to web pages with mushroom ketchup recipes it's very popular in Britain and has been some 400 yrs. Is it?  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 28, 2009, 08:04:07 PM
it was probably very popular 400 years ago.

Today Kethup comes in 2 varieties - Heinz and Tomato  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on December 28, 2009, 08:13:08 PM
There are so many varieties of ketchup now, there probably wasn't mush room left on the shelf. :2funny: :2funny: :legit:

Time I went to bed. :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 28, 2009, 08:50:26 PM
Never heard of mushroom Ketchup.
Thought it was a bit of a wind-up at first
Just done a quick google on it and as a result will give it a go. It looks  tasty
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Malcolm1938 on December 28, 2009, 08:50:50 PM
There are so many varieties of ketchup now, there probably wasn't mush room left on the shelf. :2funny: :2funny: :legit:

Time I went to bed. :D

Good Night !!!

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 28, 2009, 09:52:06 PM
Never heard of mushroom Ketchup.
Thought it was a bit of a wind-up at first
Just done a quick google on it and as a result will give it a go. It looks  tasty
RR
Alf

No Alf, no wind up, YOU can buy it in commercial form. "Geo Watkins mushroom Ketchup". Don't know if it's worth my while to import it though.

http://www.britsuperstore.com/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?REFPAGE=http%3a%2f%2fwww.britsuperstore.com%2findex.html&WD=mushroom%20ketchup&SHOP=%20&PREVQUERY=SS%3dmushroom%2bketchup%26PR%3d-1%26TB%3dA%26SHOP%3d%20&PN=Geo_Watkins.html%23a1914#a1914
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 28, 2009, 10:17:08 PM
But the simple fact is - it is not popular today in Britain.

I hadn't even heard of it until you mentioned it and i used to be a manager at a Supermarket!!!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 29, 2009, 02:23:06 AM
But the simple fact is - it is not popular today in Britain.

I hadn't even heard of it until you mentioned it and i used to be a manager at a Supermarket!!!

it's making a resurrgence, you heard it here first!! :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 29, 2009, 09:07:48 AM
"Mushroom Ketchup, its the future"
Brian Potter, pheonix nights 2005.

or was that Garlic Bread ?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on December 29, 2009, 10:55:59 AM
Hearing that St James`s Park had been hijacked by Somali pirates - I thought it was that useless bugger in charge of Sports Direct that was doing all the damage!! ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 01, 2010, 05:06:18 PM
Looking at nikon rumours and Thom Hogan's site - could Nikon really be thinking of replacing the D90 with a model that, like the other sub D300s Nikons lacks in body AF motor capability? D80s and D90s will certainly hold their value if that's the case.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on January 02, 2010, 12:44:10 PM
Looking at nikon rumours and Thom Hogan's site - could Nikon really be thinking of replacing the D90 with a model that, like the other sub D300s Nikons lacks in body AF motor capability? D80s and D90s will certainly hold their value if that's the case.

That's why I kept my D50, I still grab it half the time when I go out.  :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: oRGie on January 05, 2010, 06:21:26 PM
Watching uk news I see the goverment is offering a £400 rebait to the lucky few to replace boilers, apparently they cost £2000 to £2500 !!  whaaat.. boilers here cost between 300 euros and 1100 for a really fancy central heating boiler/contoller that controls solar heated tanks and hot water systems..  someones making a mint...

ed: and, you only find out if you qualify for the rebait after you have the new boiler installed.. 
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 05, 2010, 07:10:21 PM
it's not called 'rip off Britain' for nothing!  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 05, 2010, 08:35:05 PM
Watching uk news I see the goverment is offering a £400 rebait to the lucky few to replace boilers, apparently they cost £2000 to £2500 !!  whaaat.. boilers here cost between 300 euros and 1100 for a really fancy central heating boiler/contoller that controls solar heated tanks and hot water systems..  someones making a mint...

ed: and, you only find out if you qualify for the rebait after you have the new boiler installed.. 

We had our boiler replaced a few years ago, together with a new hot water cylinder and bath and shower fitted and that all came to less that £2500 (Though we did buy the bath separately)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 09, 2010, 07:52:43 PM
The three men in the news who walked on a frozen lake and the ice gave way! These weren't young lads but aged over forty and none of them could swim. Two died and one was rescued. Whilst at Swan pool yesterday saw a chap with his children and wife. He took a sledge onto the ice whilst his family watched. Also, seen footprints on the lake in Dartmouth Park and someone had written a message on the snow covering the ice! Will people never learn!  :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on January 10, 2010, 10:37:11 AM
WHO IS THE ODD MAN OUT - and more importantly - WHY??

1. Lord Stevenson: former chairman, HBOS

2. Sir Fred Goodwin: former chief executive, RBS

3. Andy Hornby: former chief executive, HBOS

4. Sir Tom McKillop: former chairman, RBS

5. John McFall MP: chairman of Treasury Select Committee

6. Alastair Darling: Chancellor of the Exchequer

7. Gordon Brown: Prime Minister and former Chancellor

8. Sir Terry Wogan: presenter of Radio 2's Breakfast Show

You're probably thinking Terry Wogan.............

And you're right.

However, the reason may surprise you...........


Terry Wogan is the only one out of this motley crew who actually
holds any formal banking qualification.

This is True! You could not make it up!!

Great!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 10, 2010, 11:24:54 AM
Doesn't that just sum up the state of this country!

We seem to be run by people who think they know, as opposed to people who actually know!

Not saying jobs for the boys comes to mind much at all!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 10, 2010, 12:27:20 PM
And when anyone queries the wages and bonusses they get, we're told you have to pay a lot to get the best people. And having paid for the 'best people' they screw up big time and walk away with their golden handshake.  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 10, 2010, 03:17:27 PM
Clearly the UK can't afford the best - so we might as well do what Vince Cables suggests - let the boys standing in the wings have a go.
they have every thing to prove and every thing to lose!  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on January 10, 2010, 04:01:29 PM
Seems to me that Western nations have replaced their feudal aristocracies with a new breed of aristocrats with their sense of entitlement based on something besides birthright. Even in places like Canada and the U.S. where we never had feudal aristocracies.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 10, 2010, 04:10:54 PM
That's because we're all busy demanding our rights with out being prepared to observe the duties that go with those rights.
I'd hate to think that jobsworths and lawyers were to blame of this.

I blame all the no win no fee legal practices. There's a woman British TV who keeps slipping over whilst entering the office on an almost daily basis. She must be worth a fortune in successful claims against the stupid employer who never seems to learn!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on January 11, 2010, 06:59:08 AM
A mixture of bemusement, amazement and respect really. It's been snowing in our region now for 72 consecutive hours and the depth of snow in places is unbelievable. And yet the children, clad in their brightly coloured rucksacks as is the way in Germany, somehow manage to fight their way to school. Their resilience and determination is outstanding (including their teachers obviously) and this has motivated me not to cancel my flight to Berlin in a couple of hours which I had considered doing. Right then - must fly (no pun intended)  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 11, 2010, 07:52:07 AM
Funny - my wife and i were arguing about the same thing.
Having spent 20 years of her life in Germany her mindset is still very much of the German way.

When the snow fell i was ordered out to clear the path. When i had just finished the path in our garden and gone in for a tea, i was berated for not doing the public path in front of our garden.
My response - in Germany it may be a requirement to clear said public path and even road - in the UK, if i clear the path badly and some one slips over on it - i can be sued.
As i said earlier - Criminals Charter! We used to do the public path and drive ways etc when i was a kid - but not any more.
Again - the no win no fee lawyers are to blame of this madness - that and the H&S jobsworths.

I do so dearly miss those more innocent days gone by. Even the troubles in N.I. look good compared with the troubles of today!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on January 11, 2010, 07:52:44 AM
I blame all the no win no fee legal practices. There's a woman British TV who keeps slipping over whilst entering the office on an almost daily basis. She must be worth a fortune in successful claims against the stupid employer who never seems to learn!

I love the way they justify their ambulance chasing on those ads now by saying "but now they`ve solved the problem of ....  box plastic wrappings etc   as if they have doen a good deed :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 11, 2010, 08:18:00 AM
Just wondering if they have the same selection process, by parents, of schools in other countries. Or do they normally just go to the nearest? Where they use the state system. When I was at junior school [ok, that's a very long time ago!] that seemed to be the case. Now everyone has choice and some children seem to travel miles rather than gojng to their local school. I suppose it carries on into adult life too - far fewer people seem to live within walking, or short bus ride, of their place of work. I live about 60 miles from London but we're now prime commuter belt!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on January 11, 2010, 10:48:35 AM
In some states in America you have 24hrs after it has stopped snowing to clear your bit of the sidewalk. Otherwise you are charrged for its clearance. This should be adopted here.

It is annoying how many people sit inside complaining about the council when they could do the work on their own!!!!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 11, 2010, 11:04:09 AM
Yes - I've cleared that path outside my place so I can at least walk safely for a small bit - unfortunately some prat has parked a car blocking said path so I'll have to walk onto the still icy road ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Nemesis on January 11, 2010, 11:37:08 AM
In some states in America you have 24hrs after it has stopped snowing to clear your bit of the sidewalk. Otherwise you are charrged for its clearance. This should be adopted here.

It is annoying how many people sit inside complaining about the council when they could do the work on their own!!!!
Notwithstanding the truly absurd advice - yes, on dreaded H&S grounds - from local authorities for individuals and companies not to clear snow and ice unless they have PLI...  I seem to spend most days wondering how much more absurd this country can get with its H&S culture and paranoia, but every day the lunatics take charge that little bit more!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 11, 2010, 02:42:58 PM
I've said it before and i'll say it again - the Carry On Team would do a better job of running this country.
I spotted carry on at your Convenience on the other week and had a watch - honestly if you'd just had Andrew Marr from the BBC offering an opinion you would have thought it was a documentary on our government!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 11, 2010, 04:01:03 PM
The "new" Ford Fusion Hybrid has just won best car in some US back slapping competition.

This is largely because of its awesome environmental claims - it does an astonishing 41 miles to the gallon!!!! (on paper).  To be strict that's an EPA estimated of 41 mpg in the city, 36 on the "highway".  On our combined figures that would be more like 38 or 39.  It uses cutting edge technology and a (massively polluting to manufacture) NiMH battery to achieve this astonishing feat.  At least 8 mpg better than any other car in its class in America.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

My Skoda is just over 3 years old but was cutting edge when I bought it.  So the tech is roughly 3 years older than the Ford Fusion.  It doesn't have a massive NiMH battery - it runs on diesel with a particulate filter.  It could also run on chip fat.  It averages about 45 mpg in the real world.  (Official figures 48.2 mpg on combined).

Now the US gallon is smaller than the UK one.  A quick bit of maths says that in the US, on paper my Skoda would do a shade under 41 mpg (40.13 since you ask).  There are more economical models and the Octavia is a lot bigger than the Fusion.

So what's going on?

I reckon hybrids should be at least 50% more efficient than pure fossil fuels to make it worth all the complicated tech and manufacture of the batteries.  But in fact they are less efficient.  For example the Passat "Blue Motion" is a similar size to the Fusion and about as new.  The Blue Motion is just a bit of spin - it's a turbo diesel tuned for efficiency.  The estate does 54.3 mpg (45 m per US gallon).  10% better than the super green Fusion.

Is it that Ford aren't really trying?  Or that they would rather put loads of whizzy tech in a car to make it look more efficient than actually, you know, make it more efficient?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 11, 2010, 04:08:02 PM
How cynical Jonathan!

American's not entering the spirit of saving the planet? Clearly not enough profit in it for the corporates yet!  ::)

On a slightly different note - how goes the snow in Canterbury? A few of us had planned to trip over there for some pictures this week but...
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 11, 2010, 04:28:58 PM
If I was cynical then I'd suggest the reason Ford want to sell you a 40mpg hybrid is so they can sell you a 60 mpg hybrid in 2 years.....

Still plenty of snow on the ground - pretty slushy.  None falling.  It will all be gone by about Thursday.

When you coming over?  I'm in London most of the week....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 11, 2010, 04:30:34 PM
Jonathan, my Octavia TDi estate is 9 years old and I cannot remember the last time it returned less than 55mpg. My idiotic Suzuki jeep does over 40mpg, and even my old Corvette C5 (Predator tuned, over 400bhp) will do over 30mpg on a steady 85mph run up the motorways to blighty on the odd occasions I make the trip.

Hybrid technology is definitely going to end up in the bin of history. Even the new Pious, sorry Prius, can't beat my old Skoda for economy and I have added advantage that I don't have to pay out several thousands every few years to replace the battery pack.

If the Chinese are not lying and they really have cracked the iron based battery nut then maybe electric vehicles will be a large part of the future. But, pray tell, where will the electricity come from?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Nemesis on January 11, 2010, 05:08:13 PM
Had this conversation with a friend in the US on many occasions.  Obviously an equivalency between vehicles between the UK/US is difficult (my Fusion certainly aint the same as the US model of the same name), but if you go to Nissan ranges, a small MPV in the US returns around 30mpg, wheras here for a similar model (admittedly with a smaller engine) you'd be looking at 45-50mpg.  The manufacturers clearly have the engine and engine/fuel management technology to roll out more economical cars, so the question is why isn't that technology made available in the US market  - could it be down to their low fuel costs not creating a demand and supply situation for such?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on January 11, 2010, 06:17:44 PM
£449.99 for a teleconverter  :o :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 11, 2010, 07:25:39 PM
I was saddened, although not surprised, to read of yet more of the Met Office's fiddling of climate records. The winter that we are all shivering through up here in the northern hemisphere is already definitely, according to them, one of the mildest winters ever* seen.

How do they reach this preposterous conclusion? Simple. In determining the average seasonal temperature they take only fifteen data points (out of the 90 plus any sensible person looking for an average or median from 90 plus days' data would use - and then you'd use the max and mins, making 180 data points). Not only do they only take 15 data points, but they only take the warmest outliers. Winter includes November, November was warm, so all the data points used to determine the warmth or otherwise of the whole winter are based on the November data points. For those of you who don't know, this is just about as precisely opposite to the approach you would normally take to establish a meaningful average or median - you ditch the outliers, and keep everything else - as you can get.

It's so absurd you probably couldn't make it up.

This would explain why summers of continuous flooding are described as drier than normal for example. They just take the fifteen days when it might not have rained and extrapolate from that the conclusion that it didn't rain at all. Utterly delusional and would be hilarious were it not for the fact that governments throughout the world are planning to sabotage their own economies and standard of living for their citizens based on pseudo scientific drivel like this.

*BTW 'since records began' in Met Office speak means 'since 1971' or the long version, 'since we decided that 1971 was a bit nippy and we can prove global warming if we take that as the base point'.

I honestly have trouble even imagining that there is an AGW proponent out there who could tell the truth even if their very lives depended on it.

Part of an ongoing series of occasional rants here and there . .
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 11, 2010, 07:32:38 PM
strange they need to do it that way - given the Met Office has one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, computer in the country.
Their data processing is second to none in this country.

However, i'm glad i don't listen to only the Met Office. I like to listen to a few other people and here a few other scientists give their view first.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 11, 2010, 07:45:39 PM
One problem is that the Yanks don't like Diesel. Even a lot of their trucks run on petrol!

As for the Ford using NiMh - not good - Li-ions are much more efficient apparently.

And according to a friend of mine who has built several electric cars, they are the future. Not hybrids, not hydrogen, but batteries.

My first Audi (An A4 from 2000) averaged 47mpg, my 1st A6, 44mpg and my second 37mpg. All diesel, the latter being automatic.

Petrol is powerful, but not efficient (At the moment - I'm sure it will get a bit better, but is seen as about 95% developed), diesel is seen as a dirty fuel (Especially over the pond), but is probably only 80 or 85% developed (I.e. more efficiency is still possible). But it gives off particulate, which is cancerous.

Oh, and if you want to know why not hydrogen, then there are a couple of reasons.

1. Its pretty explosive.
2. Conversion of water to hydrogen is about 50-60% efficient.
3. Conversion of hydrogen to energy is about 50-60% efficient.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 11, 2010, 08:05:40 PM
But it gives off particulate, which is cancerous.

So....for the car the holiday and the boat......why aren't particulate filters mandatory on all diesels?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 11, 2010, 08:20:25 PM
Good question. A lot of cars are fitted with them - but why its not legal I've no idea - everything else seems to be!

Its always seemed to me to be a very weak argument against diesels. That and Clarkson doesn't like diesels! ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on January 11, 2010, 09:33:20 PM
Good question. A lot of cars are fitted with them - but why its not legal I've no idea -

Do you really need to ask that question - the answers pretty obvious - it's money in the bank for the government of your choosing. Example: three years ago here in Germany they introduced a new environmental policy (Umweltgesetzgebung). On the outskirts of an increasing number of towns and cities you will be presented with a sign - Umwelt Zone - with three discs; red, green and yellow. Your car has to have displayed one of these coloured discs in order to enter the town/city boundary. Recently, Berlin and somewhere else (can't remember where exactly now) removed the red disc so that now only vehicles displaying green or yellow are allowed to enter the town or city. By 2012 so they say, only a green disc will be displayed on the signs so if your vehicle doesn't have a more modern exhaust system (Cat 4 or 5 over here) you won't be able to enter the town or city. The discs cost 8 Euros and are compulsory - yes, even for foreign vehicles.

So where does the bemused aspect fit into this? Well if you drive a 4-year old Golf IV TDI (to give but one example) it will already be fitted with a Cat 4 satisfying exhaust system by the manufacturer and will automatically be given a *green* disc - no inspection required. Wonderful you say - an environmentally friendly car. Well no. Only the later Golf IV's have a particle filter fitted and because of this, and because one is considered not Umwelt friendly the penalty is an extra thirty or so Euros on the annual road tax. It costs between 500 - 700 Euros for your *average* car to be retro fitted with a particle filter so doing the maths one can see that you would need to drive this Golf for approx 16 years to make the retro fit worthwhile - if even then. You can imagine for yourself how many diesel cars have had the particle filter retro fitted - not many and is an area of conflict between the ADAC (our RAC) and the Chancellor. Not as many Euros are entering the big collection box as had been budgeted for.

This is typical for Germany I'm sad to say. On the surface wanting to be seen as *green* but the reality of the entire exercise is simply to generate income for the Chancellor. I personally would have no objection at all if the Government were to say that *all diesel cars MUST have a particle filter fitted* but that would be going up against the motor industry and considering that 60% of all German jobs are related in some way to the production of motor vehicles you can see that that would be a non starter. After all, that's where most of the tax originates. See - it all comes down to money in the end.

Going to bed now - it's been an exhausting day. But first,  :beer: No, non of that black stuff - a real beer.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on January 11, 2010, 09:39:45 PM
One problem is that the Yanks don't like Diesel. Even a lot of their trucks run on petrol!

Oh, and if you want to know why not hydrogen, then there are a couple of reasons.

1. Its pretty explosive.
2. Conversion of water to hydrogen is about 50-60% efficient.
3. Conversion of hydrogen to energy is about 50-60% efficient.


Define, trucks. If you include vehicles such as mine, a Ford Pickup used mostly for personal use, then yes a lot run on gas. If you're talking commercial I doubt you'll find any that don't run on diesel.

It's not popular in north america because Gasoline is cheap by any standard. I thought about switching from a gasoline engined Ford pickup to a diesel powered pickup because I'd planned on installing a Camper back and touring North America when I retired. I sought opinions from truck owners on a Ford pickup Forum. Most people, the vast majority, pointed out to me that at current gas prices I would have to drive a lot of miles and keep the truck for a lot of years to see any substantial savings. Never having priced European models of vehicles I have no idea how things work but as an example, that self same pickup truck sees a whopping price increase of between $15000 and $20000 on the final price if you substituted a diesel over a gasoline engine. At an average of $2.75 per U.S. gallon that's about 7500 gallons of gas that could be purchased for that cost of the engine.

As for Hydrogen, there is no infastructure in place to dispense it and the cost of setting up and infrastructure is excessive.  It's similar to the Ethanol idiocy, they've taken away huge portions of food producing acreage to grow corn for Ethanol production, but that production is operating at a loss because from what I understand the energy produced from ethanol doesn't come close to gasoline but they can't actually sell it for what it cost to manufacture. No one would switch if they did.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 12, 2010, 06:37:23 AM
Forseti, we have a similar system here in France, except that we only have a 'green' sticker. And restrictions only apply if there is a pollution warning.

Two thing make this a bit silly from here in the countryside - 1, we never get a high pollution day, and 2, even my V8 has got one. Go figure.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 12, 2010, 07:33:44 AM
Define, trucks. If you include vehicles such as mine, a Ford Pickup used mostly for personal use, then yes a lot run on gas. If you're talking commercial I doubt you'll find any that don't run on diesel.

It's not popular in north america because Gasoline is cheap by any standard. I thought about switching from a gasoline engined Ford pickup to a diesel powered pickup because I'd planned on installing a Camper back and touring North America when I retired. I sought opinions from truck owners on a Ford pickup Forum. Most people, the vast majority, pointed out to me that at current gas prices I would have to drive a lot of miles and keep the truck for a lot of years to see any substantial savings. Never having priced European models of vehicles I have no idea how things work but as an example, that self same pickup truck sees a whopping price increase of between $15000 and $20000 on the final price if you substituted a diesel over a gasoline engine. At an average of $2.75 per U.S. gallon that's about 7500 gallons of gas that could be purchased for that cost of the engine.

As for Hydrogen, there is no infastructure in place to dispense it and the cost of setting up and infrastructure is excessive.  It's similar to the Ethanol idiocy, they've taken away huge portions of food producing acreage to grow corn for Ethanol production, but that production is operating at a loss because from what I understand the energy produced from ethanol doesn't come close to gasoline but they can't actually sell it for what it cost to manufacture. No one would switch if they did.

Ok, I stand corrected wrt trucks  :tup:

As for hydrogen, you are correct, though I think in California they have a trial running, with hydrogen dispensed from petrol forecourts.

Ethanol has about 34% less energy than petrol. Pure ethanol engines can run at higher compression ratios that balance out the loss of energy - but most is blended with petrol, so the advantage is lost.  As for cost, your petrol is about 1/3 to 1/4 the cost of ours!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 12, 2010, 09:09:55 AM
If I was cynical then I'd suggest the reason Ford want to sell you a 40mpg hybrid is so they can sell you a 60 mpg hybrid in 2 years.....

Still plenty of snow on the ground - pretty slushy.  None falling.  It will all be gone by about Thursday.

When you coming over?  I'm in London most of the week....

The plan was for Wednesday and we'd be coming from Eastbourne (me being the only one not from Eastbourne). But of course the train service from Eastbourne to Ashford is as fickle as a Eurostar entering the Channel Tunnel in cold weather! Gone by Thursday could make good for Wednesday, now for that train service! (As train drivers we don't have to pay for our travel  :tup: - hence the reliance on the trains)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 12, 2010, 02:11:13 PM
Took the car in for its first M.O.T today, and whilst sitting in the waiting room, I heard the following telephone conversation four times.

"Hello Mr/Mrs **** it's *** the service manager at ********. The winscreen wiper problem that you brought your car in for can't be fixed at the moment. The motor is a component part of the linkage, and we have to replace the whole unit. How much? £365 all up! That's not just all the bad news I'm afraid, unfortunately there are no replacement units available in the UK until supplies reach us after February 10th! What caused it? Trying to clear the windscreen whilst the wiper blades were frozen solid to the windscreen, thus burning out the motor".

Just a warning so to try and avoid receiving such a 'phone call.

PS. All the unfortunate motorists were offered a courtesy car F.O.C.until the matter was resolved.

PPS. The car passed its M.O.T. :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 12, 2010, 04:21:20 PM
Mmm - I've been having the same phone conversation with a lot of customers recently.  It was, almost entirely, due to people clearing the front screen and making sure the wipers were free but not being as careful with the rear. Only difference being they were all repaired by changing a couple of fuses. One of our customers was told he needed a new wiper motor when he went into a local garage whilst he was out of the area but fortunately he knew from previous experience that might not be the case.... ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 12, 2010, 04:27:51 PM
Glad to hear the car passed it's MOT Alan.
As for the other numpties? Are we really that dumbed down nowadays?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on January 12, 2010, 06:27:02 PM
Was looking for an online review of a Tamron lens. The only one I could find was in Spanish. I used Google's built in translator and started to read. I was interested to find 'His body is somewhat paunchy', '  The   pupil of 20.5 mm.  topped this evil, ' and my all time favorite 'The rings have a size of the kite and right striatum, a touch chewy without being sticky' . I do so love a chewy lens. :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on January 12, 2010, 09:56:51 PM
Took the car in for its first M.O.T today, and whilst sitting in the waiting room, I heard the following telephone conversation four times.

"Hello Mr/Mrs **** it's *** the service manager at ********. The winscreen wiper problem that you brought your car in for can't be fixed at the moment. The motor is a component part of the linkage, and we have to replace the whole unit. How much? £365 all up! That's not just all the bad news I'm afraid, unfortunately there are no replacement units available in the UK until supplies reach us after February 10th! What caused it? Trying to clear the windscreen whilst the wiper blades were frozen solid to the windscreen, thus burning out the motor".

Just a warning so to try and avoid receiving such a 'phone call.

PS. All the unfortunate motorists were offered a courtesy car F.O.C.until the matter was resolved.

PPS. The car passed its M.O.T. :tup:


What kind of cars are these and where were they made? Brazil? I come from the land of the ice and snow, where the midnight sun makes the hotsprings blow. It's also where ice storms are common and I can tell you that in the 40 yrs. I've been driving I've frozen my fair share of wipers to the window. I've never done it, seen it or heard of it. Worse case scenario for me was at least once every winter wifey would pop the reciprocating arms off the wiper motor and I had to pop them back on again. That was a Brazilian made VW. I think Sue has alluded to it being a scam, certainly sounds like one to me.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 13, 2010, 07:06:46 AM
Well, if you have a car where you burn out the wiper motor if you turn on on your wipers when they're stuck I'd certainly think it was a bit of a design fault - is'nt that what fuses are for? 8)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 13, 2010, 08:25:54 AM
I should have mentioned that the car make in question is Citroen. The dealer is a main dealer and I've always found them to be straight and up front, so no question of a scam. Whenever I've tried to use the screen wash and the water in is frozen the appropriate fuse blows.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on January 13, 2010, 11:06:41 AM
I should have mentioned that the car make in question is Citroen.


Ah a Citroen, say no more.  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 13, 2010, 11:11:34 AM
I've been struggling the past week or so with the organising of my images.

So, after much thinking this morning - it appears i have to sit down and work through a new structure on how to arrange my images.
Importing them is fine - they just go into a "To Process" folder and stay there until they have been deleted or processed.

It's the "Processed" folder that is getting muddled.
Images for family and friends, images for CC & Flickr, and now i'm working on my own web site with Clikpic which uses a different file size requirement from CC (or Flickr).
Then of course there is a need for pictures for print, just for family and holiday memories, and i have started uploading images to Stock Image libraries which in themselves all have different requirements, some like Alamy work on file size, others work on camera make and model. It just seems to be never ending!

I'm just so glad i'm not a full time pro - or would that make life easier?  ???

Glad i've got a bit of time to try and work this out, because boy is it confusing the hell out of me! Almost like the Met Office trying to predict a warm or cold winter!  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on January 13, 2010, 12:38:18 PM
Sounds like you need to put the brakes on for a while Andrew. Have you considered buying the DAM book with the link here giving you the table of contents: http://www.thedambook.com/pages/contents.html because if you don't get to grips with a respectable workflow now it can only get worse over time.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 13, 2010, 12:44:47 PM
Thanks for that - i think i'll have to get me a copy.

I thought i'd managed to get hold of this when i set about learning how to maximise Lightroom. Sadly, Lightroom is only half the answer!
Oh well - i'll keep as i am for the short time for the postman to fight his way through the snow to deliver said book.  :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 13, 2010, 12:46:54 PM
When this poxy government is trying to force disabled people to search for work, how come Anjem Choudary, who I believe is a qualified solicitor and appears to be fit, seems able to live on benefits? How about a bit of workfair for him and his ludicrous followers?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: oRGie on January 13, 2010, 12:47:16 PM
I think you (not you personelly pics) can over-complicate things easilly. I use a very simple file system, just using windows explorer and folders. I create a dated folder each time I download pics from my camera, I keep all the originals worth keeping in there and when I PP the shots I keep the original psd there too and any other versions of the pics for various uses. I keep a gallery folder, just 1 with all the pics I use for web, friends etc etc and by that file name I can go directly to the folder with the original if I need to output something with a particular size or for print etc.

For back up, when I donwload to my pc from memory cards, the dated folder goes into a folder called "next back up", when I back up the folder to my ehd's it then gets moved to the internal photo drive with all the others.

If I re-edit a shot I create another folder, same date as original folder in the back up folder and it gets folded into the original folder when backed up.

I used to manage a system called "the media warehouse" for virgin artists, photos and music masters, production parts, merchandising images, biogs etc and we learnt that keeping things as simple as possible is the key to dealing with vast amounts of data.

If I was to use one of the many cataloging systems, I would only do that for the gallery folder, from there its then very simple to find the original shot to edit or resize for whatever output.

KISS  :tup:  :beer:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 13, 2010, 12:51:40 PM
I'm not saying my system is faultless, but it seems you are overcomplicating the issue Andrew.
I use L/room 2 and CS3 and always shoot in RAW

I have a file on my C drive called Sony. Each time I load the day's take I create a sub file within it with that day's date as the title (date, month, year), so I have a chronological list of work. This is copied to an EHD as back up, as is the resultant list that can be found then in Bridge.

This is where I now use the L/R catalogue and keyword facility. Import the file into L/R and assign the images (drag and drop) to whatever catalogue is applicable and apply the relevant Key words.

If I've been say, to Speakers and Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden on the same trip and have images from all of them, the resultant images are placed into the appropriate catalogue.
You can make a catalogue for each of the sections that you mention, Flickr images, CC, Friends and family etc. etc.

You haven't at this stage done any post prod work on any of the images.

Once I have completed that post prod work within L/Room and am satisfied with it I export the image back to its original file, with whatever title I choose for it and back up to that file to the EHD. So at this stage I have a finished copy in L/R, a finished copy on my C drive and a copy on an EHD.

I always print nowadays from L/R, I find it easier and convenient to do so with the all facilities it has.
Any file I want to put on Clickpic, I work on in L/room, export it to its original folder/file, with ClPic in the title. When |I find it in the original file I re-size in CS3 ( 72 DPI, 600 pixels along the longest side) and save a copy within that file, or move it to a specifically named Clickpic folder.

I said originally that you seem to overcomplicated things, but perhaps my method is as complicated! ::)

Since I only take about 2000 images a year it doesn't get too cluttered, I can imagine the work involved if like some photographers they take that amount on one outing. :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 13, 2010, 01:27:26 PM
I think the responses given highlight the problem.
Maybe the problem is my photography is changing - what I'm photographing, how I'm photographing it, what I'm doing with the pictures once captured.

My work flow had been organised rather like a database - a simple MS Access database. But i think what i am doing has some how evolved beyond that.
This time last year i could not have imagined doing Speakers Corner or understand that whole aspect of street photography.
My kit cameras then (30D & 40D) did not produce files suitable for stock agencies unless you undertook a reasonable amount of processing (often an hour at a time per image).
The 5D MkII outputs images of up to 120mb in 8bit tiff/ 30mb jpg. No work required - even Alamy which is notoriously fickle in what it accepts rarely challenges what comes straight out of the camera.
I was involved with DCM and had just signed up for Flickr. Hadn't touched Clikpic.
I now do CC, join in various groups within Flickr including one of the 365 Challenges, have signed up to Clikpic (which in itself is a whole learning curve) and signed up for an OCA Course.
I didn't understand L/R let alone use it. My whole process revolved around catalouging in Bridge and processing in CS4. Now L/R is all i use - it seems to be all I need.

I think it is fair to say i have my work cut out. But i must find a system to work with and i think Forseti's book may well point me in the right direction.
My last group trip out to London resulted in some 400 images taken between 10:00 and 21:30. I could have taken more  but i ran out of memory card space and that was after going through and deleting images as i went along to allow me to keep going. A 21mp FF sensor can really eat up CF memory card space and i only have 10gb of it!

Oh yes - and it this point i haven't even considered submitting for LRPS! 
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on January 13, 2010, 01:40:29 PM

This is where I now use the L/R catalogue and keyword facility. Import the file into L/R and assign the images (drag and drop) to whatever catalogue  is applicable and apply the relevant Key words.

If I've been say, to Speakers and Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden on the same trip and have images from all of them, the resultant images are placed into the appropriate catalogue.
You can make a catalogue for each of the sections that you mention, Flickr images, CC, Friends and family etc. etc.

Don't you think that by using multiple catalogues this in a way sort of nullifies the reason for using a DAM application like Lightroom in the first place. Using multiple catalogues is akin to using multiple folders in which case Bridge would do the job equally as well especially considering it comes free with Photoshop and which you are already using.

Wouldn't it be far easier just to create separate 'Collections' within the Library for images posted to Flickr, CC, PR and the like, after all that's it's primary purpose.

Each to his/her workflow of course but imho having multiple catalogues for the things that you describe is only creating more work. It's ok for wedding photographers and the like because once the event is over, prints dealt with etc the need to access the separate catalogue is pretty infrequent I would have thought. However, for regularly accessed folders like those already mentioned it means going backwards and forwards to different catalogues on a regular basis. This is not to mention of course the need to backup up multiple catalogues, the creation of multiple cache and preview files. No, the advantages far out-way the advantages as I see it but...........each to his/her own in the end - whatever works I guess.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: oRGie on January 13, 2010, 01:44:06 PM
For me the main reason I just use windows folders is future compatability, all that work now, will it still be usable in 5 years!  will you want to migrate to a better cataloging system etc... KISS :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 13, 2010, 02:03:34 PM
Now now children - group hug :beer:

It is clear that like our tastes in photography, how we process and manage our pictures vary enormously.
So far as evolving technology is concerned - i often read that the next version of Windows will be the last and the standard file format will change.

If, in 2003 when i bought my first digital camera (Nikon Coolpix 5700), i knew what i know now, i'm sure i would have done things much differently.
Just over a year ago i was considering the Nikon D3 and D700 because there amazing low light abilities because at that time Canon still didn't seem  to realise the enormous whole they'd dug themselves into.
I was still using a Windows based PC for my computing and photography was something i done in my spare time when computing allowed room for it.
Now i'm using a Mac and have no desire to use Windows any more (even though i have Windows 7 on my only PC laptop) and finally think i've found the digital replacement for the Canon A1 in my 5DMkII.

Technology is advancing at such a rate that the science of Star Trek has its own documentaries detailing what from Captain Kirk's Star Trek is now fact.
When i punched my first card for the first ever program i wrote in 1977, if some one had told me i would own a mobile phone with more processing power than the Space Shuttle i would have laughed.

The trick is to remember that technology is their to serve US - and not for us to be slaves to IT!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 13, 2010, 02:15:41 PM

This is where I now use the L/R catalogue and keyword facility. Import the file into L/R and assign the images (drag and drop) to whatever catalogue  is applicable and apply the relevant Key words.

If I've been say, to Speakers and Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden on the same trip and have images from all of them, the resultant images are placed into the appropriate catalogue.
You can make a catalogue for each of the sections that you mention, Flickr images, CC, Friends and family etc. etc.

Don't you think that by using multiple catalogues this in a way sort of nullifies the reason for using a DAM application like Lightroom in the first place. Using multiple catalogues is akin to using multiple folders in which case Bridge would do the job equally as well especially considering it comes free with Photoshop and which you are already using.

Wouldn't it be far easier just to create separate 'Collections' within the Library for images posted to Flickr, CC, PR and the like, after all that's it's primary purpose.



Sorry I should have said 'collections' rather than catalogues. So L/room is a DAM application, that's something I never knew, and I don't know what a DAM application is either. If it works OK, I am not the slightest bit interested in how.

Why is time always of the essence, I can see it if you are a pro earning a living from photography. Andrew says he considers an hours processing reasonable I would consider an hour just about the time it takes me to decide what I want the finished image to look like and then another couple or so to arrive at what I think is somewhere near that. Leave it for a few days and go back to it and refine what you've done.

There are no deadlines on Flickr, CC or any other forum that I'm aware of, except if you enter their competitions where the image has to be taken between certain dates and posted by another certain date. That's why I gave up entering such competitions. I usually ended up with a finished article that on reflection could have been better.

Take your time be ultra critical of your work, you can always delete it from L/room. ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 13, 2010, 03:03:23 PM
Andrew says he considers an hours processing

That figure was the general figure needed to take an image from an 8mp to 10mp camera an up size it to meet the 48mb tiff rule that many stock agencies refer to. Allowing for upscaling, sharpening, viewing at 100-200% for any dust spots or similar then saving as a tiff of required size after which you re-save as a jpg again re-checking quality etc. before submitting only to get it refused for being 'to softly focused - not sharp enough' etc.

It in know way reflects how long i spend on an actual image. I have been known to spend a day all told playing with an image, others i can literally output directly from the camera. Often, i can spend an hour just playing with sliders in L/R for different effects using the reset photo menu option to start from scratch. It's so easy to experiment with LR i some times think i over do it. The one i posted of your taking the picture on the Speakers Corner meet involved the better part of 3 or 4 visits and half a day just to get to that point. Come and eat your dinner whilst it is still hot got mentioned once or twice  ::)

And i suppose we come back to that very point again. Maybe my photography is evolving. What i want from it may be evolving. Maybe what i consider acceptable or good is evolving.
Maybe that is part of the fun of photography - that we are not stuck in one little pigeon hole. We can elect to  stay in that one pigeon hole - but we are not stuck with it.
Then you have the benefit of sites like this where you can get so much help and encouragement - and even get to meet other photographers and spend some time in their company taking pictures.

It is a great and interesting past time, or profession, that allows you the freedom to 'be you'.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 13, 2010, 09:27:59 PM
Spotted two cars today been driven where the driver had cleared snow from a small area in front of the driver position, whilst leaving the passager side covered in three inches of snow. Both drivers had not removed snow from their side or back windows either!  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Simple on January 14, 2010, 11:04:46 AM
Spotted two cars today been driven where the driver had cleared snow from a small area in front of the driver position, whilst leaving the passager side covered in three inches of snow. Both drivers had not removed snow from their side or back windows either!  :o
Annoys me no end!!! Even when people clean windows only and leave 3 inches of snow on boot and roof. When they get going and snow/ice flies of the car into the car behind.  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Rick Wilks on January 14, 2010, 11:46:33 AM
When i went to Edinburgh last week a car covered in snow had to brake hard at some traffic lights and all the snow on his roof slid down onto his windscreen, he tried to use his wipers but there was far to much snow it to work, he had to get out the car and clear it all by hand :2funny:

It takes 5 mins with a sweeping brush and you have to wait for the inside of your screen to clear anyway.. Idiots the lot of them.!!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 14, 2010, 11:47:12 AM
i was too busy photographing a half naked man running in the biting freezing snow to worry about snow on the roof  8) :beer:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 15, 2010, 10:32:35 PM
Went to a trade show at Novotel Hammersmith today, organised under the auspices of SWWP, I think that's the right letter combination :-\.

I was amazed at the number of stands that seemed to be selling/promoting wedding albums, I should think about 50% of those that were there.

I have to say it was really busy with a large attendance, and the air was full of bullsh*t. Not much in the way of camera manufacturers, as far as I could see just Canon and Nikon and plenty of stands selling the usual array of gadgets.
If you are thinking of going this weekend I think you will be disappointed.

P.S. Why do people attend these types of events with cameras slung around their necks??
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 16, 2010, 07:54:54 AM
P.S. Why do people attend these types of events with cameras slung around their necks??

To photograph the naked men?  Or the girl in PVC?

Yeah it was a weird show.  Especially because of the incredibly low profile kept by the largest wedding album manufacturer.  Also spotted a large number of "learn how to be a professional photographer" stands.

At least the presentation of the competition winners was better than last year - even if the content was rather similar.......
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 19, 2010, 01:53:16 PM
I had a day out with a fellow driver from Eastbourne. As part of the day we popped into Park Cameras to get him his new Sigma 10-20 mm wide angle lens and a new tripod (Manfrotto 055B  Pro X with 3 way 808 head for the technically inquisitive).

As i waited for him to haggle his best price etc i wandered round to the Canon section and was some what amused to notice there was nothing there that i really had a need for. I was actually happy with the the kit i have got.
What's wrong with me? A shop full of toys and i did not have an impetuous urge to break out the credit card  :-\ ??? :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on January 19, 2010, 02:19:05 PM
........ i wandered round to the Canon section and was some what amused to notice there was nothing there that i really had a need for. What's wrong with me?

Nothing. Somebody in the family obviously knows you very well but more importantly, what you get up to on your *boys* days out. They forewarned Park Cameras to remove from display anything bright, shiny and new. It obviously had the desired effect.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 19, 2010, 04:21:20 PM
And there was me thinking i'd reached a level of happiness with my kit  :-\
 
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 19, 2010, 04:42:28 PM
And there was me thinking i'd reached a level of happiness with my kit  :-\
 

Don't worry, it' just a passing phase. You'll soon be back to normal. The next version of the 5D ought to lead to a speedy recovery.  :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on January 19, 2010, 04:47:44 PM
What's wrong with me? A shop full of toys and i did not have an impetuous urge to break out the credit card  :-\ ??? :(
       I occasionally have periods like that, I think it's all part of the process. The important thing is to try not to let it worry you too much!
        Try browsing the Warehouse Express site or somewhere similar. I find that gets me back on the straight and narrow.
                         Graham. :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on January 19, 2010, 04:49:58 PM
  Hells teeth Howard! That's twice today you've beaten me to the post!
                  Graham. :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on January 19, 2010, 05:05:37 PM
What bemused me today - eBay buyers. I've just sold my used 40D with the buyer paying me 9 Euros less than he could have purchased the same camera new via Amazon. No doubt to be got even cheaper somewhere else. There's another 40D that is only 200 Euros less than the new price but that still has 18 or so hours to go on the auction so maybe that seller will realise even more than the new price. Is eBay fever a curable disease I wonder as I think some people just get carried away with the whole thing?  Heaven only knows what they would be like at a live auction. Still, mustn't complain - now what was that new lens I wanted again?  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 19, 2010, 05:08:51 PM
Today's lesson:  a 40 inch light cube is bigger than you think.  I mean, it's 40 inches high for a start.....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 19, 2010, 05:10:01 PM
If you keep the dosh from the 40D and sell you 100mm f2.8 macro for twice what you paid for it - you could get the new 100mm macro L and have some change.
And that would have IS to overcome the shaking caused by you laughing at how much you'd sold your kit for  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 19, 2010, 05:14:47 PM
Sorry Graham.

I'm sort of in hyper drive mode at the moment after a run in with government control on my PC.

Good Mrs T is a primary school teacher. She teaches English, unsurprisingly. One of the things she teaches is basic shop etiquette - like how much is this apple? It's 50p, etc. In the course of these lessons she uses cut out monochrome photocopies of English money so the children get more involved. Well today she asked me to reprint the sheet she uses so she could do a new bunch of photocopies. I decided to redo the notes because they weren't very clear.

That's when the trouble started. First off my new Epson all-in-one cheapy for the office tells me that scanning banknotes is prohibited and throws a wobbler. No problem, I used an older scanner without the restrictions in the software, although by this time I am fuming. The the Epson decides that printing DTP documents with monochrome pictures of banknotes in them is also not the sort of thing a honest person should be up to, so it refuses to print. Not only has it done that but the Epson software (which I was already feeling pretty negative about because it's started appearing all over my system) appears to have nobbled the drivers for my Canon printers and subverted my DTP and DAM software to its way of thinking because nothing will print the d*mned sheet.

Still, being a resourceful chap I booted the PC up in Ubuntu and printed it using a Canon. After first explaining to Epson very politely that they could stick their printer where the sun doesn't shine.

Anyone want to buy a hardly used Epson all in one. Only been thrown out of one upstairs window just the once . .  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 19, 2010, 05:20:14 PM
But what i find interesting is how it identified the subject as money?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 19, 2010, 05:31:33 PM
But what i find interesting is how it identified the subject as money?

Photoshop can recognise bank notes from most major world currencies.

And I know you're gonna try that.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 19, 2010, 05:42:53 PM
No - i don't have a need nor the software.
But i will assume for the sake of it that LR2 will also recognise money from around the world.

I've still got a picture of the day to get. Need to get put now its dark to get my picture  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Nemesis on January 19, 2010, 06:01:17 PM
But what i find interesting is how it identified the subject as money?

Photoshop can recognise bank notes from most major world currencies.

And I know you're gonna try that.
There are a great many patents worldwide on counterfeit protection of banknotes, passports, certificates etc.  Mind you, I still recall the total embarrassment on the faces of reps from a major OEM a few years back when they tried to demonstrate that their MFP wouldn't copy banknotes - obviously the then £20 note wasn't in its database  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 19, 2010, 06:27:34 PM
That's interesting and revealing.

I had a stiff note from some government office when I set up a picture, and had it accepted and published for a competition with 'Power' as the subject. Power equates to money and vice versa so I included some bank notes within the image, very naughty I was told and could have been prosecuted if the official had been of that mind. I blamed the magazine for publishing it. :o

This was back in the eighties. Couldn't do it now. Well yes I suppose plastic could replace money, it has everywhere else. 8)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 19, 2010, 07:06:54 PM
All I can say is that I didn't have this problem before I installed the Epson . .
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Nemesis on January 19, 2010, 08:23:05 PM
I don't know if its still true, but at one time in the UK you were not allowed to clearly display/depict bank notes on TV or in papers etc (and why pictures of notes have 'specimen' watermarked across them) in case a criminal copied the banknote - obviously said criminal would not have the intelligence to copy a banknote that may have been in their wallet  :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: deetus on January 20, 2010, 09:42:53 AM
Had a look at a well known magazine today. In the Outdoor Technique section is a gem.
' by using his feet to move position, Ben reframed his shot '
I've been struggling with that one for ages  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 20, 2010, 09:55:20 AM
Had a look at a well known magazine today. In the Outdoor Technique section is a gem.
' by using his feet to move position, Ben reframed his shot '
I've been struggling with that one for ages  :legit:

So how have you re-positioned yourself in the past? Levitation - or is that only reserved for your comments  ;D :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: deetus on January 20, 2010, 10:17:12 AM
Had a look at a well known magazine today. In the Outdoor Technique section is a gem.
' by using his feet to move position, Ben reframed his shot '
I've been struggling with that one for ages  :legit:

So how have you re-positioned yourself in the past? Levitation - or is that only reserved for your comments  ;D :2funny:

Lol, the one I'm waiting for is " in order to take the photo you must squeeze the shutter button "  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on January 21, 2010, 12:21:36 PM
Having been challenged takign photos at our German Market by over zealous security staff for having " a pro type camera" with no permit and there "being lots of kids about"  :o I decided to go official and make formal complaints through my local councillors. I`ve had lots of red tape type bureuacratic talk from Legal Section of the Council that basically says grey areas re; Human Rights and privacy matters but states that on the Civic square phtographs may be taken as long as for personal use and not causing nuisance or annoyance. Open and shut for me then. I now have a meeting today with the Principal Events Officer to find out what they instruct their stewards and why they stop lawful activity. All well and good. Crazy thing is I used to work with (and against some of these people in my previous role. Soem of them should be taking the opportunity of giving me a good kicking given some of the scrapes they got in with me but are avoiding me at all costs and sending in their underlings who usually have not a clue. At the same time I have had 2 emails in from other parts of the Council - one for Bands in The Park thanking Flickr members for taking / donating shots of summer concert season and crediting photographers for their contributions in city publicity and theother from Muesums sevice saying they are about to stop requesting photo releases to be signed in most of their sites and change rules to allow images to go on Flickr and such. ::) All this in days of joined up "One Council" approaches aiming to get departments to all pull together. My meeting is at the Ice Cube - outdoor skatign rink with kids on. Tempted to test them by taking a few shots as i go in but given that Securit tried to stop me last year I`ll take them another day. ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 21, 2010, 02:54:02 PM
what - you mean they have red tape in Germany for use by the bureaucrats?  :2funny: ;D :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Nemesis on January 22, 2010, 09:36:13 AM
I see in this week's AP there is a pro-photographers rights demo in London tomorrow - is anyone going?  I guess it'll be OK as long as you don't try to take photos of the event  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 22, 2010, 09:54:02 AM
i made enquiries but as i'm not a pro - i thought i'd give it a miss in case i got done for inciting a riot - sorry protest.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on January 22, 2010, 04:33:37 PM
Why the hell are PhotoRadar following me on Twitter, pfft.

I did not sign up on the site, can't they take a hint? Prob got my email from when I signed on DCMAG
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Cabbyjohn on January 23, 2010, 02:00:04 PM
Probably old news, but I saw this on the MI5 site. If the link doesn't open have a look on the site. I have copied part of it below.

Important: Section 43 does not prohibit the taking of photographs, film or digital images in a public place and members of the public and the press should not be prevented from doing so in exercise of the powers conferred by section 43.
A police officer can only stop and search a person they reasonably suspect to be a terrorist under this power.
 

Photography and counter-terrorism
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: John Doyle2 on January 23, 2010, 10:39:14 PM
More on todays protest in Trafalgar Square!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8476318.stm
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 24, 2010, 08:06:47 AM
The real joke is that Google maps and street view somewhat make the taking of pictures for terrorist purposes somewhat reduntant. (Well, I would have thought, not being a terrorist I'm not sure what they would want to see in a picture!  :P)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 24, 2010, 11:32:13 AM
The real joke is that Google maps and street view somewhat make the taking of pictures for terrorist purposes somewhat reduntant. (Well, I would have thought, not being a terrorist I'm not sure what they would want to see in a picture!  :P)

That was one of my points and Google gives three hundred sixty degree view, so why risk drawing attention by taking pictures.  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Nemesis on January 24, 2010, 03:35:29 PM
Actually WBM yesterday evening - looking at some old family photos from the mid-late 60s and realizing how far cameras and photography have evolved (I as going to say developed), and wondering how/why people used to bother taking family snapshots at all back then. 
I can't recall the make of my father's (120) camera, but I know it only had a dial to set the film speed (which would have been incredibly slow by today's ISO standards), and an aperture selector for sunny or cloudy - the youngsters here will never believe it... 
These days we comment about merits of viewfinders, or complain about the lack of them on so many modern compacts, but looking back at these snaps the optical viewfinders back then must have been poor, and seemed to bear little relevance to the view thru the wide-ish angle lens; if the subject was centre of frame, it was so far away to be difficult to discern who or what was being photographed, and if any effort was made to get closer to the subject it was then invariably part or nearly all out of frame!  I can't remember if the camera had any means to alter focus or if it was fixed focus - either way 95+% of the photos were fuzzy or blurred!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: deetus on January 25, 2010, 01:13:57 PM
Visited a well known supermarket and noticed that they had Tropicana Orange Juice for sale at £1.66, or 3 for £5.00.
Well they do say that every little helps  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 25, 2010, 01:15:46 PM
Visited a well known supermarket and noticed that they had Tropicana Orange Juice for sale at £1.66, or 3 for £5.00.
Well they do say that every little helps  ::)

Well, no one said who it helps!  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 25, 2010, 01:48:58 PM
Interesting. The French (as always) have a unique approach to retailing. Mulit-packs are almost without exception more expensive than the same number of items purchased separately, and they have a wonderful sense of humour (at least that's what I think it is) when it comes to the winter sales:

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_-JtHKUucUqs/S12f3uq423I/AAAAAAAAF_c/FL1QzzHt7lo/Pipeline%20bargain%202.jpg)

and

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_-JtHKUucUqs/S12f6_uIwAI/AAAAAAAAF_g/PZ4CJQMf-Gw/s576/Mirror%20bargain.jpg)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 25, 2010, 09:23:52 PM
Visited a well known supermarket and noticed that they had Tropicana Orange Juice for sale at £1.66, or 3 for £5.00.
Well they do say that every little helps  ::)

Yesterday paper had exampes like Cumberland Sausages £1 or 2 for £3 and Corned beef ready meal at £1.50 or 3 for £5.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Darren1978 on January 26, 2010, 09:48:35 AM
What Bemused Me Today??

Well, it was yesterday actually, but thats a small issue!  My laptop has suddenly decided it wants to throw a bit of a tantrum for know apparent reason.  Switched it off Sunday night and it was working fine.  Switch it on again on Monday when I got home from work and it throws up an error message..

"Application has generated an exception that could not be handled.

Process ID = 0x844 (2116), Thread ID = 0x848 (2120)

Click OK to terminate the application
click CANCEL to debug application"

Whatever option I choose I then get the following error message

"Registered JIT de-bugger is not available. An attempt to launch a JIT de-bu gger with the following command resulted in an error code of 9x2 (2).

cordbg.exe !a 0x844

Click on Retry to have the process wait while attaching a de-bu gger manually
Click on Cancel to abort the JIT debug request."

It still does nothing.

The laptop works fine, except for the fact I cannot connect to the internet!  I've tried repairing the connection, reinstalling the Sky broadband software...I get nothing.  It won't even dipslay any wireless networks  :(  My iPhone and PS3 all connect fine.

Why?  Why, does IT/technology do this?  Nothing, and I mean nothing was done to the laptop from when I switched it off on Sunday to switching in on again on Monday!  Arrrrggggghhhhhh  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 26, 2010, 12:03:52 PM
Try doing a restore as this usually fixes the problem. You could also look in the event log to see what application is causing the problem.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Darren1978 on January 26, 2010, 12:17:38 PM
System restore sounds a bit serious and I'd probably make a mess of things  :D

And 'Event Log'?  Where would I find that??  I know nothing about computers or the terminology used ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: oRGie on January 26, 2010, 01:30:26 PM
Darren, did a google and found this info about .net framwork problems after this error

"registered JIT debugger is not available.
an attempt to launch a JIT debugger with the following command resulted
in an error code of 0x2(2).

have a read below or check the microsoft knowledge base to update the .net framwork, that may be simpler ;)

Based on my experience, this can be caused by a corrupted installation of
the .NET Framework 1.1. Manually removing the .NET Framework (steps in
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=320112 should suffice) then using
best-practice techniques to reinstall it (selective startup using
MSCONFIG.EXE including only the Windows Installer service) should allow the
installation of .NET framework to succeed without error.

Best-practice reinstallation steps are:

**If you're on a Novell Network proceed with caution... you will need the
local Administrator account to successfully log on to the machine. If you
proceed without knowing the local administrator's password, you will lock
yourself out of your machine**

1. Download and extract the contents of attached MSCONFIG.ZIP (msconfig.exe)
2. Run it to launch the System Configuration Utility
3. Under the General tab, choose Diagnostic Startup
4. Under the Services tab, find and add a check to Windows Installer
5. Click Apply then Close
6. Reboot when prompted

NOTE: the settings in the System Configuration Utility will persist from
boot up to boot up. To get back to a normal startup, you must choose
"Normal Startup" in the utility and reboot. Failing to do so will result
in an inability to ¡®see?network resources, which can include your internet
connection.

7. Once rebooted, go to Start | Run... type "%temp%" then click OK to get
into your Temp directory
8. Delete all contents of %temp%
9. Run the program dotnetfx.exe which can be found in the DotNetFramework
folder on the WCU CD or in the WCU\DotNetFramework folder if you're using
the DVD... this will manually kick off the Framework installation.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on January 26, 2010, 04:10:48 PM
A "debugger" sounds like sometyhing you should be sent to public school with...  :D :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 26, 2010, 06:22:38 PM
A "debugger" sounds like sometyhing you should be sent to public school with...  :D :legit:

No, that's a Old Bugger!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 26, 2010, 06:37:01 PM
System restore sounds a bit serious and I'd probably make a mess of things  :D

And 'Event Log'?  Where would I find that??  I know nothing about computers or the terminology used ;)
Click Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools and click on Event Viewer  in the right-hand pane. When the window opens, click on Applications and move down the list until you find the error. Click on the error and it will show details about what caused it.

As to restore, click Start, Control Panel and click on Backup & Restore. When the window opens click on Use System Restore, at the bottom of the screen and it will restore your system to the point before the error occurred. Usually this is all that's required and reboot after it's done should mean this error doesn't appear again.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 27, 2010, 07:20:56 AM
.....Jobcentre refuses advert which stipulates 'reliable' person wanted on the grounds it might hold them open to being sued for discrimination against unreliable people......... :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: deetus on January 27, 2010, 11:35:45 AM
.....Jobcentre refuses advert which stipulates 'reliable' person wanted on the grounds it might hold them open to being sued for discrimination against unreliable people......... :doh:
The world's gone mad - well at least Britain. What happens if you want someone with, say, experience with Microsoft Office, would that be turned down on the same grounds?   ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 27, 2010, 11:43:52 AM
.....Jobcentre refuses advert which stipulates 'reliable' person wanted on the grounds it might hold them open to being sued for discrimination against unreliable people......... :doh:

They might be reliably unreliable!  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 29, 2010, 08:14:33 AM
....the ipad.....what's it for? apart from making money from those 'must have the latest gadget brigade'....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 29, 2010, 08:51:12 AM
...and those strangely ridiculous clingy garments that cyclists wear trying to look like Le Tour participants. What's wrong with cycle clips, can you still buy those? ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 29, 2010, 08:57:19 AM
....the ipad.....what's it for? apart from making money from those 'must have the latest gadget brigade'....

Best summary I saw was "to do everything you can with a laptop.  Except anything to do with work."

And yes.  Of course I'm getting one.  I followed the Keynote blow by blow and was happy when I thought they were going to be $999/£999.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 29, 2010, 09:30:12 AM
 . . or more than one thing at a time, or view any website that uses flash or java, and loads of other things. Like remembering stuff - 16gb standard. It's a joke.

Yet another serious case of style over substance for the fanbois.

The Register reckons it'll be so popular they'll bring out a pocket sized version optimised for voice with a cheap camera and call it iPhone or something. ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 29, 2010, 10:38:10 AM
Yeah it's hard to understand how Apple could make just so many stupid decisions.  I bet they don't reckon to sell more than about a dozen.

As Matthew Lynn, a Bloomberg news columnist, said in a article shortly after the original iPhone’s introduction:

“Apple will sell a few to its fans, but the iPhone won’t make a long-term mark on the industry.”

How right he was.

/sarcasm

Like it or not the iPad just changed the game.

Goodbye Kindle.  Goodbye Sony reader (whose name I never found out).  Goodbye any netbook costing over £300.  Goodbye portable DVD players.  Goodbye printed portfolios for any people in the creative industry.  Goodbye (to a terrifying extent) lots of printed magazines and even books.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 29, 2010, 10:46:50 AM
OK - I don't even own a mobile phone let alone an iphone, but someone I work with has one and I can see what a neat bit of equipment it is for those who like that sort of thing.  But the ipad just does'nt look right somehow - too big for a pocket and it sort of looks hard to hold and an odd concept physically - why not just a small netbook - they even sell an optional keyboard. No USB?
Perhaps it'e a case of waiting for the mk 2 version.
Oh well - something else to keep your entire life on and wait for it to be nicked :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on January 29, 2010, 10:57:39 AM
Search The Onion's view on it plus their view on "the new stupid piece of dump that Sony make"
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 29, 2010, 10:59:12 AM
I'm clearly not in the demographic for this - I don't even have a mobile 'phone, I simply have no use for one.

Jonathan they will sell them by the bucketload, no doubt. They're very pretty and very easy to use (so I have read). It's not goodbye kindle any more than kindle was goodbye books, it's just something else to spend money on to do the same things you already quite happily do another way. It hasn't changed the game any more than the iPhone did (despite what you might think the other mobile manufacturers still outsell Apple by an order of magnitude).

Personally I think you'd have to be a pretty serious fashion victim to spend, well let's be honest, £800 plus for one that is more than a pretty toy, when you can buy a decently specified laptop for half the money.

That said, I guarantee that my best friend will have already bought one . . he does get so defensive about his arsenal of Apple devices.  :D

Forgot to mention it also about the 10th tablet device to have been announced this year, but Apple are nothing if not superb marketeers.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on January 29, 2010, 11:10:36 AM
I like tech stuff but with the way society is going you are unlikely to be mugged for your paperback... but sat there with a Kindle or iSlate etc???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on January 29, 2010, 11:13:56 AM
but Apple are nothing if not superb marketeers.


Yes you've got to hand it to Apple and in particular Steve Jobs, between them they could sell snow to the Eskimos.  :2funny: They've successfully managed to convince millions of people that life just wouldn't be the same without being seen with one of their devices and that they actually need them. Businesses by the tens of thousands would collapse overnight or at the minimum that business would be lost if they were not able to have internet access whilst on the move, a mobile phone to keep them in 24/7 contact and and and. It certainly makes one wonder how life was before all these gadgets hit our streets. Of course most of it is down to the 'fan boy' attitude and that one is somehow less of a person without owning, and most importantly, being seen with an Apple device. Well done Steve Jobs but don't count on me as being one of the gullible.  :legit:

This is worth a read: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8486701.stm
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 29, 2010, 11:24:46 AM
My Asus R2H ultra mobile is the same as the Ipad but with USB connectors, and I've had that for nearly two years.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 29, 2010, 11:37:52 AM
My Asus R2H ultra mobile is the same as the Ipad but with USB connectors, and I've had that for nearly two years.  :tup:

No it's not.  Because Apple didn't make it ;)

It's not goodbye kindle any more than kindle was goodbye books

OK.  So I can buy a Kindle for $489* and glory in its 16 shades of grey to read books.  Or spend an extra 10 bucks and get a device that lets me read books.  Watch movies.  Look at photos.  Work on speadsheets (say what?).  Play games.  Use Google maps.  Run thousands of 3rd party apps.  Back up my photos.  Edit my photos.  Impress the girls.  Surf the web.  Read the New York Times (yeah that looked like a pretty poor app...).  Play music and generally show off how cool I am.

I can't imagine the Kindle being on sale in its current form in 58 days.


----
* Due to a frankly bizarre piece of marketing Amazon only sell Kindles in the US.  They will allow you to import one though you must pay shipping, VAT and handling fees.  And several of the features don't work.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 29, 2010, 12:18:32 PM
I think Jonathan you may have misunderstood the meaning of 'cool'  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on January 29, 2010, 04:53:12 PM
      Reminds me of a recent Mitchell & Webb sketch about the new "i-Reckon" ....it uploads random thoughts and ideas direct to your brain and saves you having to think yourself!
                        Now I could find a use for one of those.
                                       Graham. ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 29, 2010, 05:12:38 PM
      Reminds me of a recent Mitchell & Webb sketch about the new "i-Reckon" ....it uploads random thoughts and ideas direct to your brain and saves you having to think yourself!
                        Now I could find a use for one of those.
                                       Graham. ;D

Yes, but you have to use the backdoor to plug it in!  :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Nemesis on January 29, 2010, 05:19:42 PM
Why do Applephiles think that 'cool' is a useful function or feature  :legit:
Still, I've just been online to register my interest for an i-dontwantone
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 29, 2010, 05:22:45 PM
Why do Applephiles think that 'cool' is a useful function or feature  :legit:


With an OP like Apple's got it needs to be flash to sell it!  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 29, 2010, 05:52:36 PM
Why do Applephiles think that 'cool' is a useful function or feature  :legit:

Why does practically no other manufacturer believe it is?

Story from computing several years ago....a company had rebranded and colour coded everything.  Accounts were green (carpet, chairs etc), sales blue etc.  They contacted their computer vendor and asked for computers with colour coded cases since anything else would look silly.  The vendor thought this was hilarious and sent them a box of poster paints.  That's how they lost a multi million pound client......

Think about this one for a minute.  At Mr Damen Lovegrove's shopping emporium I can buy a leather portfolio made by Plastic Sandwich (http://www.lovegroveconsulting.com/10x8_portfolios.aspx).  They are beyond gorgeous.  For a 10X8 portfolio + case and embossing I can expect to pay about £250 plus top quality printing and delivery.  Let's say £300.  Photographers are flocking to buy them because when clients handle them they go "wow".

Or they could buy an iPad for a "little" more (I suspect UK price will be £349 but a straight conversion puts it at £249).  Build 20 different folios for different clients, shuffle them around and have hundreds of pics to talk about if things go well (a folio generally holds about 20 and that's a good number to pitch with).

Sure I could do all of that today on an Asus netbook costing £249.  But I'm just as likely to do that as I am to hand them some inkjets in a plastic bag.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 29, 2010, 06:57:43 PM
Jonathan, you don't have to justify yourself. If you want one, buy it. Just buy it for honest reasons. Ooooh shiny sparkly new should do it. Don't pretend is is some great step change in technology, because it isn't. Believe me I've been through the whole early adopter thing. I'm just bored by it now.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 29, 2010, 07:09:04 PM
Nothing like a reasoned debate is there......
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on January 29, 2010, 10:06:24 PM
Why do Applephiles think that 'cool' is a useful function or feature  :legit:


Or they could buy an iPad for a "little" more (I suspect UK price will be £349 but a straight conversion puts it at £249).  Build 20 different folios for different clients, shuffle them around and have hundreds of pics to talk about if things go well (a folio generally holds about 20 and that's a good number to pitch with).



Well I must admit, for this one reason and this one only you may have sold me on this thing.  8)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: chris@seary.com on January 30, 2010, 12:23:18 AM
Well, the FCC is gonna hold you up from buying one:
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/01/wondering-why-you-cant-pre-order-the-ipad-it-isnt-legal-yet/

Here's a good write up:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/187962/apples_ipad_mistakes.html

No multi-tasking? Wot?

So, basically, the iPhone has been put on a rack and stretched out a bit.

Apple really are the homeopathy of computing...... Style, appearance, no substance and propagated like a cult.

I'm absolutely staggered. I've read loads of posts on the net from people saying they're buying one as soon as possible. All the non-techie press are raving about how great it is. All the sites that are technically savvie are slagging it off.

Will this sell loads? Well, Alan Sugar thought that the iPod would fail. Obviously, it plays MP3 files. But then so does my mobile phone. But the iPod doesn't make calls, play games, send texts, have a camera, alarms, an organiser.....   So the iPod must be cheap as chips, right? Just like the Apple Mac, which is an Intel based PC running a stripped down, butchered version of BSD Unix (which is free). That's as cheap as chips as well, yeah?

My eyes are rolling while I write this.   ::)

I'm thinking of some story about the emperor and his new clothes.....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 30, 2010, 01:01:38 AM
I think you will find its more of a blown up iTouch rather than an iPhone!

A lot are making a big deal about multi-tasking. I really wonder why. No really, think about it. Email will work in the background as will some of the basic Apple apps such as alarms and such, 3rd party apps (As far as I can tell and based on the iPhone) don't - but when do you actually do more than 1 thing at once? Truely, I mean, yes you may have a couple of things open, but actually using them?

Mind you, not that I can see me buying one anytime soon. The guessed UK price is 1/2 of a 100mm f/2.8 IS L Macro lens!  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on January 30, 2010, 02:32:25 AM
Well, the FCC is gonna hold you up from buying one:
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/01/wondering-why-you-cant-pre-order-the-ipad-it-isnt-legal-yet/



Being Canadian, I don't expect to see it here for at least a year in any event.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on January 30, 2010, 08:21:44 AM
Nothing like a reasoned debate is there......

And you can't apply logic to religeous topics, which is generally what any apple thread degenerates into.

I won't buy an ipad, because i can't see a situation that i am regularly in that would make it more useful than the effort of carrying it around. Now if it fit snuggly in a pocket...

What it does do is raise the "style" bar for the competitors in the field.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 30, 2010, 08:37:52 AM
So the only real reason for buying one is as a presentation tool to best show off a portfolio. For that reason I can understand it could be a good investment for business use - apart from that.....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Simple on January 30, 2010, 09:28:20 AM
C'mon folks. It is all about brand power. The kids nowadays are brought up with it, they don't know any better. They wear trainers to go shopping, but it has to be fashionable Nike, Adidas etc. So if you are a student or teenager, nothing will be more fashionable to show up your friends than getting one of those Apple i-something out of a bag. Rather than a netbook or laptop. And Apple knows and works hard for this. I bought an i-phone for my son last week, and tried about 5 shops on the highstreet. Every one told me that the i-phone is the one to have, and is outselling all other phones at the mo.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 30, 2010, 12:07:21 PM
You are right, kids can be complete label mabels with all the attendant mediocrity that follows.

As for 'phones, the stats tell a rather different story: http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=985912

Apple sold 4m units, Nokia sold just shy of 100m units. Apple aren't even separately listed in overall sales, and only sell about a quarter as many 'smart' phones as Nokia.

I wonder which 'phone has the biggest margin for the retailers in your high street?

And I can really see clients be impressed looking at images with finger prints all over them. But that's a criticism of all touch screen devices, not this one specifically. Can you imaging trying to drive your car by dabbing your fingerprints all over the windscreen - you wouldn't be able to see where you were going after a few minutes. That and the blindingly obvious fact that pressing a screen with your fingers is a waste of both your fingers and an excuse not to have a more practical interface. Like the optional extra keyboard, for example  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 30, 2010, 01:25:13 PM
...and if they found some way of attaching the optional; keyboard - say with a couple of hinges at the bottom.........then you could close it up to protect the screen.....er..hang on..... :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 31, 2010, 08:30:49 AM
Enough of all this chat about technological bling, what bemused me today was the video on Pradar showing the recent jamboree in Trafalgar Square protesting at the perceived harassment of photographers by the boys in blue.

At one stage I had intended to go thinking there may be some interesting pictures to be had, but after giving it some thought common sense prevailed . Why would I want to take pictures of photographers taking pictures of other photographers? I might get involved in lengthy discussions about pixels, bokehs, full frames and the latest ND multifaceted filters and have my day completely ruined. :o

Watching the video, yes there was the usual attention seeking idiot prancing around, the one in the mask features in most of the demonstrations that I have pictures of over the past 18 months.

More than that however it was the interviews that took me back to the demonstration in Hyde Park in 1988 when Muslims from all over the UK gathered to protest about Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses.  

Like the people in Trafalgar Square the Muslims back in the 80's were protesting against something that they had only experienced via the media, nobody I spoke to in Hyde Park had even read the Satanic Verses, and it was obvious those in Trafalgar Square had no experience of this police harassment. One woman talked of arrests, I stand to be corrected but I think not one photographer has been arrested for taking pictures in a public place.

Let the police get on with their job of keeping us safe from the extremists and if it inconveniences us now and again so be it.

When the next atrocity perpetrated by murderous extremists occurs there will be the same people protesting that the police weren't up to the job.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 31, 2010, 08:51:49 AM
"When the next atrocity perpetrated by murderous extremists occurs there will be the same people protesting that the police weren't up to the job."

That would be because they were too busy harassing innocent citizens to notice . . . and for a whole host of non policing related reasons too.

And there have been arrests. One police force, I forget which, has had to pay compensation for unlawful arrest. There have been many other cases. You might not look threatening to a jobsworth Alan, but even poor old jinky has been victimised.

"First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out."

Martin Neimoller. 1946

and then of course there is:

"The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed" - Adolf Hitler
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 31, 2010, 09:51:02 AM

That would be because they were too busy harassing innocent citizens to notice . . . and for a whole host of non policing related reasons too.


Maybe it's because they are vigilant that we haven't had one recently.

No arrests that are for taking a picture in public I'm glad to say, maybe for not moving on when asked to do so.

 
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on January 31, 2010, 07:05:37 PM
Now this should be right up Jonathans street.  :2funny: :2funny:

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Ms%20Piggy.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Ms%20Piggy.jpg)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 31, 2010, 07:14:33 PM
Pork with Apple - perfect combination.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on February 01, 2010, 11:28:00 AM
It appears that Herr Hitler isn't too impressed with the iPad either.  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on February 01, 2010, 12:03:30 PM
You can't help thinking that an awful lot of royalties are due the actors in that scene.
Is it is the most parodied sketch ever?

Although you know what the footage is like - as soon as you start to read the sub titles, you start laughing.
Thank god you can't get it on an iPad  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on February 02, 2010, 12:48:10 PM
OK, what amused me today?

My Skin Tag - source of soooo much pain and discomfort and the cause of a reduction in mobility and missing Sundays Butterfly trip has apparently had the audacity to just fall off!  >:(

Can you believe that, not so much as a by your leave or with your leave - just upped and fell off. No idea when, where, how or why!

Oh well, best make arrangements to go and see the Butterfly's tomorrow! About time they got shot with a decent Canon  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on February 03, 2010, 09:59:24 AM
Herman Van Rompuy - President of the European Council.
Jose Manuel Barroso - President of the European Commission
Jose Luis Rodriguez - President in Office during Spain's six-month presidency of the EU (also the Spanish prime minister).

Our local news reports that the US president Barack Obama has called off a visit to a joint summit meeting scheduled for May in Madrid because of uncertainty of who he should be shaking hands with. One Brussels diplomat is reported as saying: "The US simply don't know who they're meant to be dealing with.  They thought the Lisbon treaty was meant to solve all these problems." PJ Crowley, the US assistant secretary of state, voiced the uncertainty in Washington over who runs the EU.

Sounds as though I'm not the only one bemused/confused - no wonder Europe is in a mess. Answers on a postcard please, preferably to Barack Obama.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 03, 2010, 11:55:24 AM
Herman Van Rompuy - President of the European Council.
Jose Manuel Barroso - President of the European Commission
Jose Luis Rodriguez - President in Office during Spain's six-month presidency of the EU (also the Spanish prime minister).

Our local news reports that the US president Barack Obama has called off a visit to a joint summit meeting scheduled for May in Madrid because of uncertainty of who he should be shaking hands with. One Brussels diplomat is reported as saying: "The US simply don't know who they're meant to be dealing with.  They thought the Lisbon treaty was meant to solve all these problems." PJ Crowley, the US assistant secretary of state, voiced the uncertainty in Washington over who runs the EU.

Sounds as though I'm not the only one bemused/confused - no wonder Europe is in a mess. Answers on a postcard please, preferably to Barack Obama.


I doubt you would fit all the names on a postcard!  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on February 03, 2010, 12:27:14 PM
Not that you ought to feel just a little bit paranoid:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/03/police_anpr/

So, they have thousands of cameras taking pictures of you every day, but you can only take pictures of them if you can run fast enough . .
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on February 04, 2010, 07:53:14 AM
Now a precedent has been set, I must try this when I next get a parking ticket.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8497365.stm

Although saying Jesus Christ has never really worked in the past I'll try invoking the help of Mohhamed next time! ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: nickt on February 04, 2010, 08:15:39 AM
Now a precedent has been set, I must try this when I next get a parking ticket.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8497365.stm

Although saying Jesus Christ has never really worked in the past I'll try invoking the help of Mohhamed next time! ::)

I wouldn't expect anything less from a prat like her.

Nick
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on February 04, 2010, 08:54:26 AM
Given that the judge is a leading light in Opus Dei, expressing your devotion to the Virgin Mary might work even better.

Meanwhile, more legal insanity:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8497433.stm

Just goes to show how much judges know about music. Or anything, come to that. The flute part could have been just about anything (and only one small phrase, repeated a few times,  is actually similar to the refrain in the Kookaburra song) - it had nothing to do with why the song was worldwide hit. I'll take a wild stab that it might have had something to do with the lyrics.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on February 04, 2010, 10:55:57 AM
Now a precedent has been set, I must try this when I next get a parking ticket.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8497365.stm

Although saying Jesus Christ has never really worked in the past I'll try invoking the help of Mohhamed next time! ::)

What am I missing here, rather, what is she missing? Every Islamist suicide bomber is religious, fanatically so, that's how they can ignite the bomb, their belief in heaven.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Nemesis on February 04, 2010, 03:35:07 PM
A sign in a discount shoe outlet "Buy one get one free" - call me old fashioned, but that used to be known as a pair of shoes  ;)

Mind you, I am looking forward to Saturday, a local nurseries are having a "pot sale" - I'm sure its illegal, but...
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on February 04, 2010, 06:36:21 PM
Here's the Daily Mash view of the Cherie Blair judgement:

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/war/bin-laden-deserves-a-hefty-fine%2c-says-cherie-blair-201002042438/
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on February 04, 2010, 10:05:53 PM
Been shooting in a studio in London all week. (Out at 5:30 am - home at 8:00 pm kind of thing...)

Turned my 'puter on for the first time since Sunday.  I have 279 unread emails.  Those are the ones that made it through the elaborate spam filters I run.  So tomorrow I'll need to read them all.....

Plus I probably got a load of spam.  I get about 5K per month.

Triffic.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on February 05, 2010, 07:50:22 AM
I have 279 unread emails. Plus I probably got a load of spam.  I get about 5K per month.

the price of being popular  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on February 05, 2010, 08:00:36 AM
I have 279 unread emails. Plus I probably got a load of spam.  I get about 5K per month.

the price of being popular  :tup:

Yes the Viagra merchants have been very active of late! I wonder why they pick on me. ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Cabbyjohn on February 05, 2010, 08:19:41 AM
Yes the Viagra merchants have been very active of late! I wonder why they pick on me.

I have had a very nice email from a charming Nigerian chappie. He has offerered me a large sum of money if I will assist him with a small financial problem. it looks as though all of my money troubles will soon be over!  8)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on February 05, 2010, 08:21:15 AM
My viagra spam seems to have drooped a little of late.
They now feel the need to bombard me with messages about parcel tracking at UPS
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on February 05, 2010, 08:27:39 AM
The best bit is that I actually did some work for Pfizers just before Christmas.  I've had to edit my spam rules so that I can get emails from their accounts department.

Oh and as if email wasn't enough apparently I now have to get my head round Facebook to keep in touch with the models etc I've been working with....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on February 05, 2010, 09:02:24 AM
Oh and as if email wasn't enough apparently I now have to get my head round Facebook to keep in touch with the models etc I've been working with....

You have my complete sympathy on that one. I won't touch it with a barge pole. I've had several e-mails from friends and family inviting me to sign up and become a "face book friend".
MySpace, Twitter, Facebook - can't stand any of them. Refuse to engage in any of them and up until recently they were all blocked sites at fire wall level.
Sadly, step daught being a DJ uses My Space has a point of promotion so i've had to unlock that one...

Some times i think it's just easier to close port 80 altogether  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on February 05, 2010, 09:37:01 AM


Sadly, step daught being a DJ uses My Space has a point of promotion so i've had to unlock that one...



In that case, you forgot  MyDjSpace (http://www.mydjspace.net/)  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on February 05, 2010, 10:37:52 AM
Please - don't. we've had this site mentioned and i gave them a choice as to which one was gonna be accessible.

Needless to say - it's another battle i don't need to fight again!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on February 05, 2010, 07:21:05 PM
OK, popped down to Southampton today for a change of photographic scenery.
Whilst out i got a phone call off family asking how things were going.
Innocently i said "wrong kind of sunlight" referring to the extremities in lighting it was causing by way of shadows etc.

"Only a train driver would come up with that as the reason for taking rubbish pictures!" was the reply chortling down the phone...
 :-X :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: irv_b on February 05, 2010, 10:53:00 PM
Oh what a pity! I could have joined you in that"wrong kind of sunlight" today as I was working in s**********  (sorry cant say that word being a Pompey supporter) I went on into Portsmouth were the sun was better when I had finished and took some shots :2funny: ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on February 06, 2010, 01:16:07 PM
Oh and as if email wasn't enough apparently I now have to get my head round Facebook to keep in touch with the models etc I've been working with....

You have my complete sympathy on that one. I won't touch it with a barge pole. I've had several e-mails from friends and family inviting me to sign up and become a "face book friend".
MySpace, Twitter, Facebook - can't stand any of them. Refuse to engage in any of them and up until recently they were all blocked sites at fire wall level.
Sadly, step daught being a DJ uses My Space has a point of promotion so i've had to unlock that one...

Some times i think it's just easier to close port 80 altogether  :tup:

At uni we have kind of been forced to join twitter, thanks to our lecturer Jonathan Worth (he did an article in Photo Pro last issue or one before on social media and such). Being a teen I already have a facebook and myspace account lol  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on February 11, 2010, 06:49:41 PM
Highly pleased and somewhat annoyed, leading to bemusement.

When I was a lad it was the ambition of every boy to represent your school at whatever sport that took your fancy, and you were supported by your fellow schoolmates, parents and above all teachers and especially the headmaster.

I went to see my youngest grandson play soccer for his school 1st. eleven, the local comprehensive, in the schools area semi-final. It took place after school hours with a K.O at 15.45 so no excuse for a poor turnout of supporters. O.K. it was cold and there weren't many brass monkeys in the crowd. In fact the only one there was me. Not one single member of staff turned out to see the lads, in what for them was an extremely important match.

The P.E teacher turned up to referee the match, other than that no-one! We are told that teachers are extremly busy and so overworked that they have no time for such activities, especially if there are disconsolate losers who musn't be made to feel inadequate. :'(

What's going on in our schools? Are they too busy planning the next inset day, whatever that is? ::)

By the way we won and are in the final in March! :tup: :beer: :beer:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on February 11, 2010, 07:23:28 PM
Well done to your Grandson and his team... wish them well for the Final.... :tup:    As for teachers someone once said  " Those who can, do and those who can't teach "  wish I new who said it....No offence to any teachers out there by the way !... :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on February 11, 2010, 07:37:56 PM
As for teachers someone once said  " Those who can, do and those who can't teach "  wish I new who said it.

Take your pick (or so the teacher saysl):  :2funny:

"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach, teach education." -- Nicolas Martin
"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach, teach gym." -- Woody Allen
An early quote of similar meaning comes from George Bernard Shaw in "Maxims for Revolutionists" in Man and Superman (1903).

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on February 11, 2010, 07:53:17 PM
I like the Woody Allen quote....... :2funny:... :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Cabbyjohn on February 12, 2010, 07:06:54 AM
When my eldest grandson was 8 years old, he played in his first football match for his school. He told me, " I scored today grandad, my teacher said that I was the best player on our team". "That's great news" I replied, "Did you win"?
"No" he said, "We got beat 19-1.  :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on February 12, 2010, 07:13:05 PM
I like the Woody Allen quote....... :2funny:... :legit:

It is all so in the film 'School of Rock' - well thats where I heard it.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on February 13, 2010, 05:59:05 AM
It`s oh so different in secondary education now Abers - don`t know about primary. My teacher wife is rarely home before 6, has at least 3 days work to do "on holiday" next week - including one day in school and spends at least 5-7 hours working everu weekend and a minimum of 1.5 hours Monday to thursday evenings after school. She rarely gets a ,lunch break with a head of department that gets round limits on maximum of supposedly 2 evening meetings a week by calling extra at lunch!
 The sooner she leaves the better - makes me feel guilty when I tell her what bad light I have had all day for my photography ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on February 13, 2010, 07:22:00 AM
It`s oh so different in secondary education now Abers - don`t know about primary. My teacher wife is rarely home before 6, has at least 3 days work to do "on holiday" next week - including one day in school and spends at least 5-7 hours working everu weekend and a minimum of 1.5 hours Monday to thursday evenings after school. She rarely gets a ,lunch break with a head of department that gets round limits on maximum of supposedly 2 evening meetings a week by calling extra at lunch!
 The sooner she leaves the better - makes me feel guilty when I tell her what bad light I have had all day for my photography ;)
   Hey Jinky. Tell me about it!
                                          My wifes the same, I don't know how she does it.
                                                Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on February 14, 2010, 01:49:40 PM
     (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/web_DSC9735.jpg)


        Well. As you can see from the view from my bedroom window, Derby now has a fully functioning helipad at it's new hospital.
               Today we had a visitor to our door inviting us to sign a petition complaining about the noise of the helicopters landing in what, despite the new hospital, is still a residential area.
               One of the good ladys point's was that there had been up to six landings a day!
               Now let me say right now that both myself and my wife have full time jobs, and since the ambulance in the sky dos'nt land after dark it causes us little disturbance.
               I explained this to the lady, and futher that six landings meant six less jobs for the countries funeral parlours! I then sugested that perhaps she should try and look a little more positivley on the situation. I, for example, on hearing that there was now a major A&E department less than half a mile from my front door, went straight out and bourght that circular saw I had been promising myself!
               Sadly she was unable to see my point and seemed to be saying that the badly injured occupants of the helicopter should have the decency to die by the roadside rather than interupt her enjoyment of the Emerdale omnibus edition!
               I could see my points were not getting through and took the only option open to me... I felled her with a left hook!....That may not actually be true but it was certainly in my mind >:(
                                    Thank you . I feel better for that!...... Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on February 14, 2010, 03:46:04 PM
Ah the blissfullness that comes from self imposed ignorance, or in otherwords, people who are so stupid, they don't recognize they are. :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: nickt on February 14, 2010, 04:21:14 PM
England's crap performance against Italy.
Nick :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on February 14, 2010, 06:33:03 PM
Does anyone else see a smiley face on that helicopter... looks like a giant cartoon bug ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on February 14, 2010, 06:42:49 PM
Does anyone else see a smiley face on that helicopter... looks like a giant cartoon bug ::)

Yes indeed. The fact of it being a helicopter escaped me altogether at the beginning. Wonder what's on the door when it's closed - a big pair of lips perhaps.. :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on February 14, 2010, 06:51:35 PM
It's the snub nose that makes it for me! ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on February 14, 2010, 11:24:46 PM
    I did'nt see it when I took the picture, but it screams at you on the screen! ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 17, 2010, 11:47:54 PM
After all the talk about warmer winters it now appears that Spring is going to be later, by about a month, this year, but when it does come it's going to be a burst of colours. I noticed the Snowdrops were late but the Bluebells, which put out foliage for a month or so before the flowers, has started to appear.  ;D

Don't know if anyone else has noticed but in Sandwell Valley a lot of molehills have appeared. I assume it's because the ground is still very wet, and had been for the last three months. At a rough guess it must be in excess of two hundred.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on February 18, 2010, 01:43:15 AM

Don't know if anyone else has noticed but in Sandwell Valley a lot of molehills have appeared. I assume it's because the ground is still very wet, and had been for the last three months. At a rough guess it must be in excess of two hundred.  :o

Enough for a mountain? :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on February 19, 2010, 08:54:34 AM
Receiving an email telling me that someone had posted a comment on my rarely used and recently updated blog. I don't mind or care what reactions I get from what I say or feel, that I suppose is par for the course. But why Oh why does the person not have the guts to put their name to what they say or feel and post their comment anonymously?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on February 19, 2010, 09:27:42 AM
Hmm - the style looks vaguely familiar ???   Yes, there were differing and dogmatic opinions on the old DCMag site - but at least there were opinions and arguments and banter [for those with a sense of humour that is]. Strangely sterile now apart from the odd spat in the only thriving part, the competition thread.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on February 19, 2010, 11:52:32 AM
At least you warned them in the title. But you're right if they're going to trash you they should have the stones to identify themselves.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 19, 2010, 02:39:45 PM
The Weather forecasters who can't seem to get anything right. Yesterday at 13:30 they said it would snow until 20:00 hours, then at 18:55 until 22:00. Went to bed at 00:45 and it was still snowing like the clappers. They also said it would -2 by 08:00 and icy. Left the house at 06:15 to catch the sunrise, but we didn't have one as it was overcast and the snow was melting. The sun broke through at 08:50 and increased the melting rate.  :(

Due to the rain, sleet and wet snow yesterday and the damp conditions today had my 70-200mm F2.8 VR mist up inside. Changed to the 24-70mm F2.8 but then the camera misted up inside as well.  ::)

Misted-up lens:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4370599438_7bedb917dc.jpg?v=0) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4370599438_7bedb917dc_b.jpg)

Misted-up Camera
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4063/4370599442_42e3c1786b.jpg?v=0) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4063/4370599442_42e3c1786b_b.jpg)

Click for bigger size.
Need to dry them out now.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 20, 2010, 11:16:29 AM
Just heard about a new website where infomation on people using social networking sites like Twitter, FaceBook, Foursquare and Buzz is posted. It called PleaseRobMe.com. It appears that some insurance companies will add 10% to your policy if you use these sites and others may refuse to payout, if you are careless in posting details about when you may be away from home.  :o

Remember that details that you post on the web can be traced using your sign-on name, and by using this people could build up a picture of your assets, findout where you live and when you might be away.  :-X
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on February 22, 2010, 08:31:50 AM
OK this one's weird.

I've been working on a new website (aren't I always?).  Yesterday I put some content on it and bizarrely this morning I got an email from some random person who had found it.

I checked analytics and saw the key words they used which are very saturated keywords and thought "wow, I'm ranking for those already????".

Nope, I checked, I'm not in the first 200 sites for those keywords.

Some people have a lot of time to spend on Google......
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on February 22, 2010, 09:40:24 AM
Jonathan - that's quite encouraging,maybe someone might find my new site  :2funny:

I was bemused this morning when reading a new novel over my morning tea. A character in the book was labeled as an "elderly chap" after being described as "going on for 60, maybe more"

Now where did I put my stick ......  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on February 23, 2010, 11:33:46 AM
I in a constant struggle to keep my blood sugar under control. Mostly my bad habits. For reasons I don't quite understand it spikes overnight and so the Dr.'s got me on Insulin shots at bed time. I took my usual dose last night but woke in the morning with the shakes a sign of low sugar, very unusual for me. I tested and it registered as what the experts say is the absolute perfect range. Yet here I sit shaking like a leaf.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: SimonW on February 23, 2010, 04:57:52 PM
Sarasocke - I've just had a birthday. One card reads "Growing OLD is inevitable, growing UP is optional. It has a photograph of a white haired lady, cardigan and handbag, playing hopskotch wile two similar ladies, with walking sticks, sit on a park bench applauding her. It's a lovely photo!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 23, 2010, 10:55:25 PM
According to the lastest research, people are at their grumpiest around forty years of age and happiest at seventy-four.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: deetus on February 26, 2010, 09:19:33 AM
According to the lastest research, people are at their grumpiest around forty years of age and happiest at seventy-four.  ;D

I think I might be about 20 years out on this survey and the wife would certainly agree. Looking on the bright side, I should be happiest when I'm 94. Can't wait.  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 26, 2010, 11:21:02 AM
Just heard that Batman beat Superman in the comics sale!  :o Both sold for over a million dollars, and the person who sold the Batman comic brought it for 100 dollars in the 1960's.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on February 26, 2010, 01:24:04 PM
The company given 1.3 million to sell the north Northants area as a place for people from London and the overcrowded south east to move to, have decided to re-name it - so it seems I now live in North Londonshire....not sure whether to laugh or cry :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on February 26, 2010, 04:38:52 PM
Is that anywhere near where Middlesex used to be?
Only in England could you have a valid postal address for somewhere that doesn't exist and a viable cricket team that has no one to represent.

And this is without the political boundaries that put your living room in one county or parish and your front door in another parish or county just to try and bias the voting results.

Oh yes, and apparently i'm a racist - according to the recent reports from "old New Labour" that said people who grew up without meeting refugees or immigrants are racist.
Up until the 80's even the government didn't know where Ipswich was let alone visit it.
Refugees was what my daughter called a certain pop group and immigrants were a type of insect.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 01, 2010, 07:58:20 AM
Those damn Europeans poking their bloody noses in again! >:( I'm all for choice but I don't want it rammed down my throat!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8537763.stm
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 01, 2010, 08:30:09 AM
Interesting Alan,

So exactly how many of the other twelve browsers had you heard of, or tried?

This was about M$ exploiting its monopoly position. The case that led to the imposition of choice was indeed from a European company - Opera have been the instigators of this change and have been lobbying hard for a long time to get it done.

More power to them I say (as a committed long term Opera user)  ;)

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 01, 2010, 08:49:05 AM
I've heard of about four of the others, due to information/discussion on the site here and elsewhere.
Tried none of them because what I have works perfectly well as far as I'm concerned and as a non-techno person, if it works leave it.
I think it's a bit sad that manufacturers/service providers resort to the courts because their products are outsold by competitors. I can't ever remember seeing an advert or promotion by any of those providers extolling the benefits/advantages of their product.

I expect the M/S position is that like me, most users have not the slightest idea how things work and are not the slightest bit interested anyway, as long as they do.

It will be interesting to see how many people change. All I've got to do is figure out how to stay as I am when the choice is presented to me!

Isn't a monopoly 100% of the market?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 01, 2010, 09:13:35 AM
I take it you've never heard of Netscape Navigator then Alan?

Marvelous browser that done what it was supposed to. M$ couldn't beat it fairly because version 1,2 & 3 of IE were sooo bad that non one would touch them.
Then with V4 they also made it part of Windows and insisted people have to use it to comply with M$ web standards.
Navigator died shortly after.

And that is how M$ have been carrying out business for over a decade. Anything M$ can't match or improve upon results in M$ introducing their own standard for that software and forcing others to comply witohut giving them all of the info needed to compete on an even playing field. M$ Java, MS SQL are other areas M$ have acted in a similar manner to name but a few.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 01, 2010, 09:28:20 AM
Sounds like a go-ahead business that M$ :tup:

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 01, 2010, 10:15:12 AM
Yep - sure is hence for quite a while Mr Gates was the wealthiest man going. I wonder if can remember when he counted his wealth in terms of tens of billions?

Thank god they never got their mits into photography otherwise we'd have a package called M$ Develop which would occasionally lose pictures from your catalogue, refuse to accept the advice of a colour profiler resulting in the introduction of an M$ Color Profiler which would demand we accept black was white as a solution to it not working properly. Oh yes - mustn't forget the best part. We would only be able to edit pictures with tools that they had got to be almost reliable - the heal tool would put a picture of a plaster (band aid) over the affected area and the crop tool would be called guillotine and require us to place our picture under the virtual cutting tool and then operating it.
Images not printing out properly would be the norm and we would have a price scale based on how successfully we got the image to print out. And all of this would require Tb's of hard drive space because M$ have never created files that contain only the necessary information. Why have a tidy file when you can bloat its size to something extraordinary...
And they would probably have developed a close deal with one or two camera manufacturers and forced them to adopt an M$ standard until they could produce their own imaging device or they bought one of the 2 partners out and killed the other one.

And of course your gallery would be full of white and black toned images containing shades of red, green and blue  ;D  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 01, 2010, 11:11:53 AM
I take it that's pure supposition Andrew?
What am I missing that's wrong with Internet Explorer?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 01, 2010, 11:48:51 AM
Alan,

Internet Explorer is like most MS products. It is built on a flawed development process of either buying in a product by buying out the company and getting his programmers to "make it work with MS stuff"
or developing stuff using MS developing tools - which only meet MS standards which MS create because their developing tools fail to match the global standards.

It's a bit like checking your spelling. As far as Bill Gates is concerned the only true English is US English - so us "Brits" must adapt to the US English because the Americans can't cope with British English.
Why do you think hackers always target IE for security bugs?
Not because they're so big and deserve to be hit. No - it's because it's so easy.
Such sloppy coding and a culture of denial has allowed people to do all sorts of things. It becomes a bit of a game now.
Every thing is built around the Visual Basic, Visual J and Visual C platforms which inherently are all the same thing - non standard development languages that MS tried to force through with bully boy tactics to get accepted as the de-facto standards.

As i've said, Bill Gates has done some marvelous things in creating agreed standards but he has produced some fairly shoddy software to to accompany those standards as well.
His short cuts and tactics are slowly coming home to roost -but by the time MS sort out the problem it is likely that Linux and Apple will have taken the center ground because they stuck with tried, tested and approved standards!
 
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on March 01, 2010, 12:11:16 PM
I'm a PC and I........

I upgraded to Windows 7 on the machines my wife and daughter use, I'm not sorry about it good deal for the money. However I purposely built a machine to run Ubuntu Studio and it's great. No issues, but I'm a bit of a techie. I'd recommend it to computer savvy users but it's not for mom and pop yet. Very close though. But I digress, I've tried a few Linux Distros over the years and most of them tend to come bundled with Firefox, why no hoopla over that?

And, sorry Andrew, if MS was so bad why does it have over 90% of the market. I've a co-worker who has a computer business of the side and he tells me there are just as many Mac horror stories but no one wants to talk about it. He reckons people who pay big money for a Mac don't want to admit they might have been hosed.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 01, 2010, 12:22:45 PM
And, sorry Andrew, if MS was so bad why does it have over 90% of the market. I've a co-worker who has a computer business of the side and he tells me there are just as many Mac horror stories but no one wants to talk about it. He reckons people who pay big money for a Mac don't want to admit they might have been hosed.  :o

Don't start that one again  :D

Andrew, M$ do have a brilliantly compact way of storing lossless images - it's called HD Photo and writes files a fraction of the size of tifs - you can get a M$ plugin for the various photoshops that enable them to use the format (Serif Photoplus comes with it built in) - personally I can't understand how the tif format can survive against this better alternative, yet it does . .
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on March 01, 2010, 01:25:40 PM
A lot will have been put off by the fact that it is M$ - and more by the fact that it is not TIFF/PSD or Jpeg.

Whether now that it is accepted by the Joint Photographics Experts Group and called Jpeg XR - it will become more used, only time will tell. But I suspect that unless it is adopted by Adobe and thats not likely.

And, who's heard of Jpeg 2000, let alone used it?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Forseti on March 01, 2010, 04:41:58 PM
Those damn Europeans poking their bloody noses in again! >:( I'm all for choice but I don't want it rammed down my throat!


I am in full agreement with you on this one. The tech savvy amongst PC users will already be aware of the alternative browsers available, and for the non tech savvy PC users - well that's their own fault.  :2funny: In all seriousness though, I would have thought that an addition to the labelling of the packaging would have quite easily sufficed in this regard, and cheaper - you know, that long list on the outside of the box detailing the specs etc. A little note stating that the bundle includes Internet Explorer but alternative browsers are available free for download blah blah should have been more than enough to satisfy the bureaucrats but no, thanks to their inept meddling, I'm now going to have an additional bit of software installed on my machine with an icon on the task bar advising that other browsers are available and that I shall have repeatedly to click NO to. I'm reminded of little people sitting behind very big empty desks having a need to dream up some other bureaucratic nonsense in an attempt to justify their miserable existence. Without siding with M$ here, but why is it that Apple don't come in for this continual scrutiny?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 01, 2010, 07:18:53 PM
And, sorry Andrew, if MS was so bad why does it have over 90% of the market. I've a co-worker who has a computer business of the side and he tells me there are just as many Mac horror stories but no one wants to talk about it. He reckons people who pay big money for a Mac don't want to admit they might have been hosed.  :o

When i worked in I.T. Support i used to go and visit Microsoft on a fairly regular basis at the Reading (Berkshire UK) HQ and get to mix with all the other keen bods.
Oh i was a complete geek in those days, probably even a hacker in the original sense of the word, and the one thing that came across was the reason MS has so much of the market is because of the tactics it used to get MS Office and MS Windows on to all computers and into businesses. Oh yes - we all signed up to get our MSCE's and encourage companies to become MS Partners - yes it was good for our wages and good for our companies accounts.

Also, the creation of the famous bug entitled "an MS bug" came into being - a problem caused by the sloppy coding that went into their products or that they were just not skilled enough to understand.
This became evident when they couldn't get Windows 2K to work and ended up releasing a stripped down version with a nice new front end and the bits they could get to work.
XP was very much what 2K should have been but without the great features MS promised and with another new front end and some more of the features that they had been able to get to work.

Horror stories with Macs? Of course there will be. My favourite computer of all time was the Amiga and i heard of horror stories on that - but an Amiga 500+ could still multi task in a way that MS could only dram of in those days and comfortably out process a Pentium 1 PC. It required less processor, memory and hard drive and was far better at scientific research than the PC struggles to be today. Frightening.

I've played with MS since the DOS days on a 286 (DOS 3 or 4 i think). Underneath Windows 7 is nothing that far removed from those DOS days apart from a prettier interface and the ability to handle modern hardware with greater automation.

Oh, and if i had invented Windows 7 - Apple and Linux would have been history and even fond memories of my Amiga would have disappeared.
I stand by my view - MS does a good job badly.
Apple does a job according to "Jobs" way. And the horror stories are still happening with the new 27inch iMac - something to do with QC - so i'm not completely sold out to Apple.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on March 01, 2010, 07:41:59 PM
My university building got broken into over the weekend. (YAY day off, sort of) but it has less security cameras than my secondary school  :o. Building has loads of tech and just the offices got broken into
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 11, 2010, 07:25:37 AM
Struggling with your photography, or anything else for that matter? Become world famous for snapping celebs like any old photographer can do, take a million images (there must be one or two good ones in there somewhere) and all your worries can be over in an instance. :o

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8557088.stm
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on March 11, 2010, 11:13:44 AM
The cult of celebrity will forgive anything.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 11, 2010, 12:38:54 PM
I wonder if they'd do me a loan to allow me to go and photograph all the things i'd like to photograph?
I'm sure i could bring it in for under a million and i'd be prepared to travel the world to exhibit my works of pixel.
What's more they'd even get some money back at the end!

Yes i'd get the celebs travelling up and down to London from the Sussex coast on our trains - i'd even travel to get pics of such major celebs such as Sir Paul riding his bike along the sea front and paying the £30 fine for doing so or the Krankies appearing at Worthing Pier. It can take ages to get to Worthing from Brighton via Sompting if you time it wrong. I'd even go as far as Eastbourne to get pictures of  Paul Daniels entertaining the retired. Yep, the trains can get quite packed to Eastbourne.

Ah well - we can dream!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on March 11, 2010, 04:10:46 PM

I'm sure i could bring it in for under a million and i'd be prepared to travel the world to exhibit my works of pixel.
What's more they'd even get some money back at the end!



There's a saying, something like 'if you owe the bank a million they own you, if you owe the bank a billion, you own them!' . Think big!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on March 11, 2010, 04:30:09 PM
My university building got broken into over the weekend. (YAY day off, sort of) but it has less security cameras than my secondary school  . Building has loads of 5D mark II's, D700's, iMacs, big ass television studio style cameras, video cameras you can take out in calumet hard-cases and I think only the offices got trashed... Craig

If you can just give me the postcode for my sat nav and advise on access for transits I`ll be down soon ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 11, 2010, 06:40:24 PM
Take care jinky, you're turning into a hardened criminal. It must be all the run ins you've had with the law recently.

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on March 12, 2010, 04:32:04 PM
Not the law - just the jobsworths and security goons. Reckon I`m ready for real thing now  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on March 14, 2010, 12:59:20 PM
What's just bemused me?

Windows...! I can't use my Logitech webcam as it was meant to be used, as I loose my wireless network connection.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on March 14, 2010, 01:22:34 PM
What's just bemused me?

Windows...! I can't use my Logitech webcam as it was meant to be used, as I loose my wireless network connection.
... and it's also knocked my sound out.
*sigh*
Time for a(nother) reboot. :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on March 16, 2010, 10:33:08 AM
I won the British Lottery, again! Twice this time.  :tup:

I mean really, are there still people out there falling for this crap? Funny how the 'information highway' hasn't done much for reducing gullibility.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 16, 2010, 06:27:41 PM
I won the British Lottery, again! Twice this time.  :tup:


And without buying a ticket!  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 16, 2010, 06:53:06 PM
My wife had a letter from Hong Kong telling her she was in line for a windfall, as she was the last in a long line of Abercrombies that went to the colony from way back in the early 1900's.

Puzzling thing was she has only been an Abercrombie since 1959! :o

Is she not telling me something ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 16, 2010, 07:18:01 PM
Maybe that's the windfall - blown over by the amazing news  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 21, 2010, 06:49:15 PM
Our cat has been sneezing for the past couple of days. So I looked up cat 'flu on the web. It says one of the symptoms is that your cat may seem lethargic . . good grief it's a cat; how could you tell?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on March 21, 2010, 07:09:27 PM
Our cat has been sneezing for the past couple of days. So I looked up cat 'flu on the web. It says one of the symptoms is that your cat may seem lethargic . . good grief it's a cat; how could you tell?

Get a water pistol and give the moggy a few squirts. You will soon see how lethargic it is
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 21, 2010, 07:38:14 PM
Our cat has been sneezing for the past couple of days. So I looked up cat 'flu on the web. It says one of the symptoms is that your cat may seem lethargic . . good grief it's a cat; how could you tell?

Get a water pistol and give the moggy a few squirts. You will soon see how lethargic it is

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on March 21, 2010, 10:21:26 PM
Our cat has been sneezing for the past couple of days. So I looked up cat 'flu on the web. It says one of the symptoms is that your cat may seem lethargic . . good grief it's a cat; how could you tell?

Get a water pistol and give the moggy a few squirts. You will soon see how lethargic it is

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 22, 2010, 07:11:42 PM
Having read all the pro's and cons re browsers, this caught my eye just now.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8580716.stm
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on March 23, 2010, 02:41:02 AM
People on tech sites who decide that they must post a 'helpful' response to your query and it is clearly obvious from their post that they didn't read yours at all. I've quit more tech forums because the alleged 'experts' turn out to know little or no more than I do.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Cabbyjohn on March 25, 2010, 12:07:33 PM
Below is an extract from a statement made by the accused in a murder case yesterday. Has the world gone mad, or is it just me?


'It's just hit him square on the head. It hit his left cheek first and he's gone down. I saw his eyes were open, I thought he was looking at me so I got scared.
'I stamped on his head a couple of times. Then I realised what I was doing. It's not normally I do that.'  

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1260371/I-bullied-face-Angel-Delight-says-man-murdered-doctor-mugging-near-Buckingham-Palace.html#ixzz0jBmsqUsR
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on March 25, 2010, 02:16:18 PM
No, not you. The madmen have always been out there, we just get more news now from all over.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 25, 2010, 03:27:21 PM
A chap on a bike who said, "I've just seen a Skylark", and then waived his arm about indicating the direction he had come.

1] You've seen a Skylark but why tell me?

2] By waiving your arm about how is that susposed to tell me from what direction?

Needless to say I didn't see it.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on March 25, 2010, 05:30:42 PM
I understand your disappointment, I loved those old Buicks  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 27, 2010, 08:35:03 AM
Not so much bemused, more intrigued.
I hadn't realised the R.A. Summer Exhibition considered photographic work for display.
see
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts_and_culture/8590006.stm

Third picture in. Mind you there always has to be a slight twist in the tail,'Water from the quarry'! ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on March 27, 2010, 11:51:23 AM
Just looked at the forecast for next week - wednesday - light snow!  :o :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Eileen on March 27, 2010, 01:14:23 PM
Apologies in advance for a longer than usual post.

My downstairs neighbours just told me that some water was coming into their flat from mine, into an area below my bathroom. B****r, I thought, and went down to take a look. Water wasn't pouring in, but clearly had trickled down from time to time so that their was a black line on their ceiling and water stains (they're foreign and just seem to have put up with it for a while before speaking to me). Bad enough in terms of hassle, but then the lady told me that there were other damp patches in the flat and showed me round. I'm reeling a bit now from what I saw. Some rooms had big patches with black mould all over them. You could smell the damp in the air as soon as you went into the parent's bedroom (the children sleep in the only damp-free room). The damp seemed to be coming from below as well as from the ceiling.

Now I'm seriously worried. I'm shocked that this family are living in these conditions  >:(. I'm worried that the damp could come up to my flat over time and damage it, or destroy the fabric of the building. My few meetings with the owner of this flat haven't been very positive. You can get an idea of the sort of person she is by the fact that she rents a flat out in that state. I fear trouble ahead on a number of fronts.

I've got a plumber coming tomorrow morning to assess the problem. Waiting to hear from the owner of the bottom flat. Think I'll go out for a long walk to take my mind off things... :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Cabbyjohn on March 27, 2010, 02:25:55 PM
The condition of your house sounds awful, is the property very old? If you get no satisfaction from your landlord/landlady, I suggest that you contact your local Environmental health department. They should be able to assist you.

I hope that the problem is rectified speedily.

John.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 27, 2010, 03:54:33 PM
Sounds like something you could do without. I wish you all the best with getting the damp problems sorted.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on March 27, 2010, 04:05:57 PM
Oh dear Eileen - hope all gets sorted out Ok.Couple of times I have had plumbers in they have found it difficult to pin the problem down. Had all my huge MDF style flooring boards carved up last time looking for a leak and it ended up it was the tiling in the en suite shower cubicle - builders had not put big enough spaces and grouting in and it had built up underneath and leaked through ceiling below 10 feet away from the cause!!!!
Good luck!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 27, 2010, 06:31:08 PM
A past girl friend had a emersion installed with a big boiler for the hot water. The pipe which they connected incase of overflow, ended in the middle of the bathroom above the kitching. When it went faulty, water soaked the ceiling and we had just redecorated it.  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Eileen on March 28, 2010, 12:40:34 PM
Thanks all for your kind comments. The plumber traced the leak quite quickly - worm sealing in a corning of the bath, through which water was leaking when the shower was used. I'm going to get someone in to re-seal the whole area.

I'm also going to get a damp-proofing company to assess my flat. The plumber thought that I should not be adversely affected by the damp below but I want to be sure.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 28, 2010, 01:26:13 PM
Eileen,

sorry to hear of your woes, especially if you're dealing with a rogue land lord/ lady down stairs.
Sadly, all so typical of the modern age. The more regulations there seem to be to control land lords, the less they seem to do...

Hope it all gets sorted out without too much grief  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 29, 2010, 09:54:29 AM
Whilst out yesterday in Sandwell Valley, spotted what I thought was a small bird like a Wren, flying over the Ice House pool catching flies. Tried to get a picture but it was too fast and all over the place in directions. When I got home checked my shots which were rubbish, as I couldn't get focus on it, but at least one confirmed it was a Bat. The funny part was, whilst talking about it with some chaps there, I did say it's flight was like a Bats.  ;)

Don't know if anyone else has noticed, but there seems to be a explosion of flies in the last three days. On Saturday when I went by the river, on the way to the RSPB reserve, there were millions of them.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Al Birmingham on March 29, 2010, 01:00:47 PM
Took my car to a Ford dealer in Swindon today, it needed a new pulley tensioner. They promised to have the work done by lunchtime.
An hour later they rang me, "We've diagnosed the fault, it's a pulley tensioner"
"I told you that when I dropped it off".
"It will cost £450"
"It's under warranty"
"We'll call you back".
A while later they did call... "Warranty company will only pay for the broken part, so you still have to pay £330"
"What for?"
"The other part we want to change"
"What's wrong with it?"
"Nothing, we have a policy of always changing both tensioners just in case"
"So you want to change a part that has nothing wrong with it?"
"Yes"
"You may not do any work on my car, I'll come and collect it and take it somewhere less likely to steal from me"

Rang another Ford dealer, they were astonished and assured me they only change broken bits. Car is booked in with them.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on March 29, 2010, 04:53:55 PM
     Come on Al, you've got to admire their cheek!
           And I'm prepared to bet that they were going to replace it with another "Non-broken" part they swapped on another car.
                            Graham.
 
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on March 29, 2010, 06:09:55 PM
Hmm - well having worked in the motor trade for longer than I care to think about, I can see both sides. Often there are jobs which are labour intensive and if you're spending a load in labour costs to have a job done it's often worth replacing a worn but still working part while you're in there. For example, when replacing cam belt/tensioners we ask if the customer wants the water pump [exchange unit so quite cheap] changing at the same time - we've had a couple of cases in the past where the water pump went a few months after cam belt replacement and there was another 3 or 4 hours labour to pay for. We advise - the customer decides - then whatever happens in the future they can't say we did'nt give them the facts! Bottom line is, the customer is the one who pays and the customer is the one who makes the decision - we're  not all rip off merchants ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 29, 2010, 07:37:11 PM
"So you want to change a part that has nothing wrong with it?"
"Yes"
"You may not do any work on my car, I'll come and collect it and take it somewhere less likely to steal from me"
Rang another Ford dealer, they were astonished and assured me they only change broken bits. Car is booked in with them.

You should also drop a line to Ford and the local Trading Standards. That is a breach of the dealership mandate as well as a trading regulation. Can't remember which one but they definitely need pulling up or having their dealership taken away. It is that sort of thing that is giving the motor industry a bad name.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 29, 2010, 07:42:35 PM
After a days shopping in Eastbourne, my wife and i headed back to the car and past a Jessops.
She merrily leads me in and points to a 7D and says "is that what you'd like for a second body?"
Thinking my luck was in i politely said yes and waited for permission to purchase.
"Do you think they'll have them in stock for Christmas?" she said as she turned round and walked out leaving me trailing in the dust...  :-\
Why?  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Al Birmingham on March 30, 2010, 12:47:59 PM
Hmm - well having worked in the motor trade for longer than I care to think about, I can see both sides. Often there are jobs which are labour intensive and if you're spending a load in labour costs to have a job done it's often worth replacing a worn but still working part while you're in there. For example, when replacing cam belt/tensioners we ask if the customer wants the water pump [exchange unit so quite cheap] changing at the same time - we've had a couple of cases in the past where the water pump went a few months after cam belt replacement and there was another 3 or 4 hours labour to pay for. We advise - the customer decides - then whatever happens in the future they can't say we did'nt give them the facts! Bottom line is, the customer is the one who pays and the customer is the one who makes the decision - we're  not all rip off merchants ::)

If the car wasn't under warranty and only 3 years old such an offer would make perfect sense, as would replacing both tensioners. However, if the other tensioner fails a couple of months later (or, indeed, the water pump) then they too will be covered by the warranty so expecting me to pay for them to be replaced early is unacceptable.
I know that not all dealerships are rip off merchants, I usually head for the smaller outfits who will thrive or die by the reputations. This was a big dealership and I won't be making that mistake again.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on March 30, 2010, 04:08:27 PM
Well this morning I completed my last shift after 33.5 years of employment due to site closure
Left school on on the Friday and started work the following Monday.

So, what is bemusing me ??
I am on 3 months job search and 12 weeks notice with full pay, which takes me to October
therefore I am not unemployed as such, yet I have no job.

Strange feeling.

RR
Alf

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 30, 2010, 07:19:45 PM
doesthat mean you'll have all summertime to look for a nice photo job  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on April 02, 2010, 07:50:50 AM
Well it was yesterday actually.

Nikon sent me a lovely diary.  Obviously the first quarter is for notes about things I've already done.

Cue jokes about how Canon would have got it to me sooner but slightly blurred and Sony would have printed a diary with 600 days in it but which was incompatible with all pens apart from Sony ones.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on April 02, 2010, 08:52:49 AM
   Well at least Nikon send me my calenders on time! ;D
                 Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on April 06, 2010, 12:32:04 PM
Just got back from North Carolina suffering the worst allergy attack I can ever remember having. Got caught off guard because allergy season doesn't start here in Canada for at least another two months. Never seen it's like, after 4 days at my friends house in Charlotte our car was covered in a coating of yellow dust. It was so bad I stopped trying to take photographs my eyes were so blurry and watery I couldn't focus on the eye piece. I'd taken about 20 shots in a local park and every one turned out blurred. When we got home yesterday I went on a U.S. weather site I use whenever I go visit south and discovered Charlotte is the 3rd worst city in the States for allergies.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on April 06, 2010, 06:07:20 PM
Just got back from North Carolina suffering the worst allergy attack I can ever remember having. Got caught off guard because allergy season doesn't start here in Canada for at least another two months. Never seen it's like, after 4 days at my friends house in Charlotte our car was covered in a coating of yellow dust. It was so bad I stopped trying to take photographs my eyes were so blurry and watery I couldn't focus on the eye piece. I'd taken about 20 shots in a local park and every one turned out blurred. When we got home yesterday I went on a U.S. weather site I use whenever I go visit south and discovered Charlotte is the 3rd worst city in the States for allergies.  :'(

           And more, much more than this. You did it your way!
                    Ol' red eyes!

Get well soon. :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Al Birmingham on April 12, 2010, 02:56:33 PM
Hmm - well having worked in the motor trade for longer than I care to think about, I can see both sides. Often there are jobs which are labour intensive and if you're spending a load in labour costs to have a job done it's often worth replacing a worn but still working part while you're in there. For example, when replacing cam belt/tensioners we ask if the customer wants the water pump [exchange unit so quite cheap] changing at the same time - we've had a couple of cases in the past where the water pump went a few months after cam belt replacement and there was another 3 or 4 hours labour to pay for. We advise - the customer decides - then whatever happens in the future they can't say we did'nt give them the facts! Bottom line is, the customer is the one who pays and the customer is the one who makes the decision - we're  not all rip off merchants ::)

If the car wasn't under warranty and only 3 years old such an offer would make perfect sense, as would replacing both tensioners. However, if the other tensioner fails a couple of months later (or, indeed, the water pump) then they too will be covered by the warranty so expecting me to pay for them to be replaced early is unacceptable.
I know that not all dealerships are rip off merchants, I usually head for the smaller outfits who will thrive or die by the reputations. This was a big dealership and I won't be making that mistake again.

Funny old thing, I dropped the car into a local Ford dealer this week, a small outfit. Both tensioners are being replaced under the warranty now! As I said before, small dealerships are the way forward.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on April 13, 2010, 12:04:17 PM
Spent about 2 1/2  hrs. at a friends house last night trying to get her internet up and running on a brand new PC she'd purchased. I'd previously instructed her just to plug all the wires she had, into the new PC like they'd been on the old one. The old one was still there and plugged in so I thought it's simple just swap from one to other. When I tried to log on the web it wouldn't connect and it was suspected the passwords had been changed and not remembered. She called her provider and got a help centre in some spanish country, I think Mexico. The tech guy spent a good hour trying to take us back through the procedures I'd already done a few times before we called. I told them all we need was a password reset but he kept insisting on going through the install a dozen times.
After an hour the tech in Mexico decided her modem was broken since he could see it from his end but we couldn't connect. After he arranged to have a new one shipped to my friend and hung up I looked at the modem for the umpteenth time and when checked to see if the cables were seated properly I came to the realization that some how my friend had plugged a phone cable into the ethernet jack and when I replaced it with the ethernet cable, of course, it worked. I come home and explain to my wife why, what I thought was a ten minute job, took 2 hrs. She responds with, Isn't checking the cables Tech 101? :-[ :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 13, 2010, 12:35:34 PM
Amusing story - especially as i've done similar several times. Though my son-in-law gets the award for the last time when i was allowed to look smug.
Daughter rang up to say he had played with the computer and now it wouldn't work.
2 hours drive and battling the M25 in rush hour, i walks in with rucksack full of Discs, hard drive and tools - takes one look inside the case and plugs the hard drive power cable back in. Voila  :dance:
I made a quick exit stage left to the other daughters to avoid being caught up in the domestic that followed   :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on April 15, 2010, 02:12:30 AM
More on the saga of my friend and her computer. She asks me to take the old one home and try and recover their photos and I agree. I pull the harddrive and  plug it into a linux box I play around with. I recover the photos and burn to a disc. I then nuke the hard drive to wipe her personal data.
Now back in March I'd spent  the better part of a week of evenings trying to rid this machine of viruses etc. I thought I'd succeded but a month later the daughter tells her the machine is done. She dutifully goes out and buys the new machine to the tune of several hundred dollars. My curiosity gets the better of me and after I nuke the hard drive I test it. Passes with flying colours. I then put a repair disk into the DVD and boot up the old machine. I run a series of mobo tests and that passes. Long story short, I've installed Ubuntu on her machine. As I write I'm transfering 54gigs of music from my main PC to an external hard drive hooked up to her machine, while streaming music and surfing the web and everything's is running just fine. I think daughter downloaded a bunch of virus again and conned mommy into a new machine.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 15, 2010, 12:02:47 PM
All UK airports are closed due to the ash clouds from Iceland. We are all Doomed! Doomed!  :'(

New research suggests we get colder winters due to the sun been quite at present!!!!  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on April 15, 2010, 02:27:55 PM
On the plus side they are also predicting some spectacular sunsets in the next few days
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on April 15, 2010, 03:03:53 PM

Sweden is closing its airspace tonight, and Schiphol (NL) will be shutting down as of 19:00.

Glad I'm not flying anywhere in the next few days (except for a trip to Guildford on Sunday night).

H.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Simple on April 15, 2010, 03:48:38 PM
I am off to Paris for a long weekend tomorrow with Eurostar. I bet my tickets are worth a few pennies more to some people.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 15, 2010, 08:56:03 PM
On the plus side they are also predicting some spectacular sunsets in the next few days

Yes, and I stayed out until gone six tonight, but the grey clouds didn't clear, like they promised at 13:30 today!  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 16, 2010, 09:15:09 AM
I am off to Paris for a long weekend tomorrow with Eurostar. I bet my tickets are worth a few pennies more to some people.

No because it'll be the wrong kind of Volcanic Ash  :tup:

But i hope you get there all the same
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on April 17, 2010, 02:24:47 PM
Local weather forecast. It's been forecast to be colder today than it's been during the work week. Wifey asks me to check the forecast for today. I pull up the weather site and it tells me it's cold and rainy outside. From where I'm sitting I can see out to my back garden and I see sun beaming down and blues skies, but apparently it's actually raining.  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 20, 2010, 04:42:02 PM
Ok - irony time.

Enjoying a walk up at Devils Dyke again today when i noticed that the hang gliders were out.
And guess who was piloting them?
The Brazilian Hang Gliding Club - yes really.You couldn't make it up.

Not a plane any where in the sky to get them home - but gliders a plenty if only the thermals would hold up.
One fellow walker by noted some of them even had sleeping bags slung under the glider - clearly expecting along trip  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 21, 2010, 07:32:29 PM
More Irony.

I've spent the day at Kew Gardens as i do occasionally, enjoying the sunshine, the roar of landing planes ( :tup:), a chance to photograph a variety of flora and fauna, try my luck in the sky walk - usual stuff.

And guess what i got the most photographs of?

Marine Life in the fish tanks  ;D :2funny:

Yep, due to the cold and long winter as predicted by the Groundhog, the flowers etc are all still merrily enjoying the protection of the ground!
Looks like i'll have to go again in a few weeks...
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Sandy on April 21, 2010, 08:57:30 PM
I think even the blubells are late this year.

Sandy
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 21, 2010, 09:15:09 PM
I thought I'd seen a UFO today!  :o

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4052/4541020199_5a2e33ae6c.jpg?v=0) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4052/4541020199_5a2e33ae6c_b.jpg)

Click for bigger size.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 21, 2010, 09:23:55 PM
Yeah, i saw the same UFO at Kew  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: SimonW on April 21, 2010, 09:45:20 PM
To quote an expert on the subject: I've got no idea what it is, but it's not a UFO !
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: happypaddler on April 21, 2010, 10:27:28 PM
I was at home on Monday to find 2 lads attempting to break in and burgle my house. The fled after breaking the window, which set off an alarm, as well as seeing me shouting at them from my office window on the next floor up. Anyway, what bemused (if that is actually the right word) me today is the poor investigating police officer from the burglary squad. As a DC she seemed not to be aware of various alarm sensors, such as the motion sensors we have on our doors - which went off as soon as the window was smashed (the police force in my area is renowned for being disjointed in its workflows). It was all the more annoying for her (not knowing advisory officers are handing these sort of things out (as well as smart water)) was the fact that her own house was burgled and her husbands car stolen in the process. Hopefully things will get sorted quickly for them.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on April 22, 2010, 02:20:52 AM
I know I've mentioned in the past that I run Ubuntu linux on a system, trying to wean off of MS. I installed the lastest version on an old system a friend was tossing out. Having issues with it, so been visiting the Ubuntu Forums regularly. What's bemused me is the activity on that forum. Messages are being posted in the General help section at a rate of one every few minutes. The question I posted 4 hrs. ago is now 4 pages back. I'm surprised any of them get answered.  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on April 24, 2010, 08:22:44 AM
The Photo Call!

Having watched some of the election coverage on TV I'm wondering why at these so called press conferences so many photographers turn up to take pictures of the event, when to me they all follow the same procedure and the line up of protagonists are all the same as the last one. How many pictures of the three wise monkeys do you need.

I suppose there is always the possibility of some major gaffe occurring or hopefully one of them losing it completely but what a bore for the photographers involved. The down side of the perceived 'glamorous' side of being a 'pro I suppose.

I wonder what percentage of the pictures taken actually get used in any shape or form?

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on April 24, 2010, 11:23:10 AM
The Photo Call!


I suppose there is always the possibility of some major gaffe occurring or hopefully one of them losing it completely but what a bore for the photographers involved.



Alan, I think you've hi the nail squarely on the head, I think they go there and take a million rapid fire shots in the hope that one of them will catch a flicker of an expression that makes the candidate look, demonic, loonie or like a drooling idiot so they can throw it up later when or if the candidate makes a comment that matches. I've often seen these poses and wondered, now how was the photog able to catch that fine expression, when I read your comment the light came on!! ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 25, 2010, 09:45:56 AM
Watch your camera gear as you never know when a thief will strike!  :'(

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: nickt on April 25, 2010, 11:20:05 PM
My son's team played the Middlesex cup final today and unfortunately lost.....by 1 point. This is their 4th cup final in as many years and we thought this was going to be the one. I left him and his mates at the club house drinking copious amounts of alcohol.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on April 26, 2010, 07:40:38 AM
Put my Defender on Ebay last night - and within minutes had about 3 questions, including offers of cash for a sale - with the best will in the world, when its only just got on, who is going to take up that offer - unless its silly money - and it wasn't - well not in a good way anyway!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on April 26, 2010, 09:50:01 AM
I don't often do this but this was such a clear example that I have a short rant on wedding photographers for you...

It's widely accepted that the last thing any bride wants to see on her wedding day is another bride.  They may be wearing the same dress!  Even if they aren't then there's a natural temptation to compare and  the bride absolutely has to look the best on her wedding day.  On the rare occasions I've worked at a venue where there was more than one wedding I've been careful to make sure that our paths don't cross.  It's a little rude and pretty heartless to even think of letting them see each other.

It ain't hard - quick chat with the venue about locations and times and you're fine.

So on Friday, I was shooting bridal fashion on location at a hotel.  We knew there was a wedding going on and were given clear instructions on where to be and when.  No worries.  We even took the short straw by choosing to shoot in full sun in the early afternoon (hey a 'blad an lighting crew can cope with that)  ;)

I was somewhat surprised then to see the photographer from the wedding lead b&g down the avenue towards us with some kind of Canon with on camera flash and no clear plan for dealing with the horrific sun.

I'm not going to comment on "his" bride.  But we had
1. amazing model from a top London agency
2. styling team including fashion editor of a top end magazine, award winning make up artists and 2 hairdressers who style for celebs
3. An unreleased dress from a designer's 2011 collection that's going to blow people away when they see it
4. BTS video crew
5. Lighting team and bald guy with sunburn with a h-u-g-e camera

Seriously, why would you bring your clients into that scene?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on April 26, 2010, 11:15:53 PM

Seriously, why would you bring your clients into that scene?

Perhaps he wasn't a 'pro, I suppose even the most modest of wedding photographers have to start somewhere. Let's hope the poor bloke wasn't overawed by it all. ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 27, 2010, 07:27:39 AM
Maybe the photographer was all they could afford after spending out on the rest of the wedding?
Could've been 'a friend' doing a favour or getting experience.

Either way, the 'wedding tog' certainly let down their B&G by not knowing there was some sunburned bald guy with a huge camera lurking around the hotel - with a few accessories of course.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: deetus on April 28, 2010, 09:08:12 AM
Receiving this text message yesterday :-

"Our records indicate you may be entitled to 3750 pounds for the accident you had. To claim for free reply with YES to this msg"

What accident's this then ?  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on April 28, 2010, 09:28:33 AM
It might the one your about to have
if
it was sent using the  "predictive" text function.  :2funny:

I'll get me coat.  :legit:

Alf
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: deetus on April 28, 2010, 09:43:58 AM
Thanks Alf, I think i'll stay in bed for a few weeks then, how many accidents can you have in bed. Please don't answer that.  :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on April 28, 2010, 10:25:46 AM
Thanks Alf, I think i'll stay in bed for a few weeks then, how many accidents can you have in bed. Please don't answer that.  :)

A friend of mine dislocated his knee in bed. Worst of all, he was alone at the time, and asleep.

(His leg fell between the bed and the wall, then he rolled over and woke up very quickly).

H.

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 28, 2010, 07:14:08 PM
The following set of pictures detail the events of my afternoon at work - and explains to suffering Sussex Commuters why their trains were all delayed or canceled!

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Picsfor_20100428_CP-1002.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Picsfor_20100428_CP-1002.jpg)

Yes - that really is a man performing a 'hand stand on a signal gantry'

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Picsfor_20100428_CP-1005.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Picsfor_20100428_CP-1005.jpg)

As he tried to re-position himself for greater effect, a policeman spotted a chance and managed to grab him. This shows just how difficult it was to subdue a determined man in such a confined space. I will be honest, and admit that those of us watching wondered how many people the gantry was designed to support  :o

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Picsfor_20100428_CP-1023.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Picsfor_20100428_CP-1023.jpg)

Having been subdued, then came the question of getting him down. Thankfully, Horsham Fire Brigade had just finished polishing up their nice platform and demonstrated how versatile it was. Not sure they've ever trained for quite this scenario - but it provided an entertaining end to what was an interesting incident.

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 28, 2010, 07:20:27 PM
Well done on the action shots picsfor.  :tup:

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Sandy on April 29, 2010, 08:55:08 PM
Story telling photos, at my club we have a competition called people at work and I have never got a decent photo to enter.

Sandy
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 29, 2010, 09:05:43 PM
Story telling photos, at my club we have a competition called people at work and I have never got a decent photo to enter.

Sandy

It's hard to get a decent photo when nobody is working!  :2funny: :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on April 29, 2010, 11:55:42 PM
Sitting at the TV noticing there's two political shows on, one Canadian and one American and watching the American one even though the politics have no impact on me, because the Canadian one is so banal and boring.  :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on April 30, 2010, 07:48:04 AM
Well, I half watched the BBC's version of the debate last night - and then listened to the comments afterwards and wondered if the I'd watched the same program as everyone else!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 30, 2010, 08:11:41 AM
All i've seen for this election was Gordon Browns bigot gaff on the news and a bit of last nights Question Time.

I want to vote for "None of the Above"  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 30, 2010, 08:20:36 AM
Well done on the action shots picsfor.  :tup:



Thanks Oldboy.
I was rather lucky the company's media office have given me the ok to use the camera at work because the Police were busy chasing down any one with a camera or phone in the vicinity - concerned that if the man thought he was being filmed he might be spurred on to greater things. As it was i had to shoot from inside a waiting room to appease them.

My only regret was - was did i take the camera out with a 17-40 bolted onto the front instead of the 24-105 that i normally use?

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on April 30, 2010, 08:25:27 AM
Noticing that the government with infinite wisdom and a small degree of largess has increased my state pension this month by £7.20 whilst at the same time increased the income tax on my occupational pension by £7.60 ???

Anyone got the email address of Mr Abramovich's accountant? ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on April 30, 2010, 08:35:39 AM
Well, I half watched the BBC's version of the debate last night - and then listened to the comments afterwards and wondered if the I'd watched the same program as everyone else!

Got to agree with you Mark. I thought Cameron came across as a complete clueless tw@t, failing to answer any questions at all. Yet the polls all have him as winning the whole thing.
Maybe its me who is clueless
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 30, 2010, 09:39:46 AM
What is that phrase?
"Style over Substance?"  ???

I suspect Gordon will never recover from the Bigot gate affair - but i still do not expect to see a clear majority...
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on April 30, 2010, 10:14:00 AM
I suspect Gordon will never recover from the Bigot gate affair

C'mon, seriously, are we all pretending it's a shock that politicians say one thing in public and another in private?  I mean seriously?

I'd love to see a breakdown of the "debate" where they scored points for ANSWERING THE QUESTION and lost points for repeating something they had already said more than say twice.  All would be on massively minus points.

My review:  Clegg presented the best though it turns out his repeated figures were nonsense (shame Cameron had no clue).  Brown and Cameron tried to beat each other up with varying amounts of success and seemed to forget (maybe on purpose) that there was a 3rd person there.  After 90 mins of rhetoric I have no clear idea what any of the people or parties think on any of the major issues.  Which may well have been their plan.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on April 30, 2010, 01:52:35 PM
Noticing that the government with infinite wisdom and a small degree of largess has increased my state pension this month by £7.20 whilst at the same time increased the income tax on my occupational pension by £7.60 ???

Anyone got the email address of Mr Abramovich's accountant? ::)

Gov't = Legitimized thievery.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on May 05, 2010, 08:20:18 PM
I picked up a book on designing Decks, looking for a little inspiration. Some gorgeous stuff that I can't afford. I'm leafing through these glossy photos when I come across this one wide angle shot of a truly spaceous deck, there in the middle of the shot is a cat. A cat you say, so what? People who own decks own cats. Only thing, the cat's a complete blur, obviously streaking through the shot as it's taken. This is big name publisher of such books, I'm bemused some proofreader missed it.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on May 06, 2010, 07:19:13 AM
I suspect Gordon will never recover from the Bigot gate affair
C'mon, seriously, are we all pretending it's a shock that politicians say one thing in public and another in private?  I mean seriously?

It's not the doing it - it's the getting caught. You'll notice the other leaders didn't take up the baton over this incident too much - something along the lines of throwing stones in green houses...

We all suspected the MP's were screwing the taxpayer and mostly in it for their own benefits - but having rubbed in our faces and to what extent we were being abused just smacked in the face.

I'm voting with Brewster (as portrayed by Richard Prior) - "vote none of the above"  :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on May 27, 2010, 11:14:16 AM
Not today, but over the weekend, which was a Holiday here. Spent the weekend at In-laws cottage, in north central Ontario. On the monday, grabbed camera and hopped into the Jeep and went sightseeing. Drove around for about 3 hrs. in an area known as the Haliburton Highlands. I was looking for wildlife, as I'd seen moose and black bear in that area a couple of years previous. Saw nothing. Get back to the cottage and there's deer standing around the end of the drive. All the wildlife I did see over the weekend was withing a mile of the cottage. And all the roads that I thought would be quite backwater places were busy enough that I couldn't really slow down to enjoy the views (there's very few places to stop).  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on June 04, 2010, 10:29:34 AM
Dunno whether this makes me feel good or bad so I guess I'm bemused....

A week or so ago I went to shoot a catwalk show for a magazine.  There's really nothing to catwalk - either use a monopod or ignore the screaming pain in your shoulder (I didn't use a pod....) while holding the same position for 20 - 30 minutes, try not to hit anybody with your lens, track the models and shoot.  Simples.

Anyway, my pics will be on the editor's desk this morning.  At the same time that they will receive an email from the PR agency supplying full res pictures for print use from the "official" photoghaer who was stood 2 feet from me with the same camera.

The magazine were apparently unaware that they would receive free pics when they hired me.

Mind you, everyone who has seen both tells me mine are way better.  But they probably tell the other guy that too.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 04, 2010, 11:19:54 AM
Anyway, my pics will be on the editor's desk this morning.  At the same time that they will receive an email from the PR agency supplying full res pictures for print use from the "official" photoghaer who was stood 2 feet from me with the same camera.

The magazine were apparently unaware that they would receive free pics when they hired me.
I tend to think in terms of glass half full so my take is like this Jonathan...

which means:
1. They didn't do their home work which is not your fault
2. They get to see your pictures compared to the 'official togs' pictures and if yours follow your usual quality and style you will be getting some work in the near future...  :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on June 04, 2010, 12:48:14 PM
But with most mags it will go "hmm, free or good......" :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 09, 2010, 09:42:05 AM
(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Digital_Photo001.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Digital_Photo001.jpg)

This came with the post. Thought i'd achieved a bit of success until i opened it  :doh:

Nice prezzie - makes me smile and looks great in the mess room in front of the other aspiring photographers  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 09, 2010, 02:50:57 PM
Shame it's got his photo inside otherwise you could have fooled them.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 10, 2010, 07:43:20 AM
Just noticed this on 'that other site'!

http://www.photoradar.com/get-our-free-photo-of-the-day-widget-for-your-website

I'm a little hazy, about most things I must admit, but offering contributors images for inclusion on your website seems like a bit of a cheek. If you post on PRadar is this part of the T&C's?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on June 10, 2010, 07:54:58 AM
If you post on PRadar is this part of the T&C's?

Yep.

Quote
With respect to Content you upload, post or otherwise transmit to the Website that consists of images and photographs, you grant Future and its group companies a non-exclusive, royalty free, perpetual, world-wide licence to use, modify, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such Content: (i) on and through the Website and Website Service, including associated newsletters; and (ii) to promote the Website.

A lawyer would choke on their cornflakes at that use of "and".  Most people would read that as "on the website to promote the website".  It actually says "on the website and anywhere else we feel like if we think it will make us look good".  Haven't looked at their widget but I'm guessing it's an RSS feed with hyperlink back to their site.  So yes, they are displaying your image to promote their website and that's absolutely allowed in the T&Cs.  Whether it should be or not is a different matter....

But it comes back to the argument "oh, we'd never do that" - then why have you assigned yourself the right to do that?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on June 10, 2010, 04:45:00 PM
If you post on PRadar is this part of the T&C's?

Yep.

Quote
With respect to Content you upload, post or otherwise transmit to the Website that consists of images and photographs, you grant Future and its group companies a non-exclusive, royalty free, perpetual, world-wide licence to use, modify, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such Content: (i) on and through the Website and Website Service, including associated newsletters; and (ii) to promote the Website.

A lawyer would choke on their cornflakes at that use of "and".  Most people would read that as "on the website to promote the website".  It actually says "on the website and anywhere else we feel like if we think it will make us look good".  Haven't looked at their widget but I'm guessing it's an RSS feed with hyperlink back to their site.  So yes, they are displaying your image to promote their website and that's absolutely allowed in the T&Cs.  Whether it should be or not is a different matter....

But it comes back to the argument "oh, we'd never do that" - then why have you assigned yourself the right to do that?


       Listen guys. You know me, I'm a simple bloke with simple needs.....Why would a photographer want to display someone elses pictures on their site?
                                                 Graham.  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on June 11, 2010, 07:50:08 AM
There are a few shots on my website that weren't taken by me - but they were OF me when I was doing some off-roading.

But I wouldn't put anyone elses up (Family excepted)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on June 14, 2010, 06:30:42 PM
Just found this http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/find/newsLetter/Mother-of-All-L-Lenses.jsp and reminded the kids its nearly fathers day!!!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 14, 2010, 06:54:53 PM
Just found this http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/find/newsLetter/Mother-of-All-L-Lenses.jsp and reminded the kids its nearly fathers day!!!

See this for longest lens  :o http://blog.warehouseexpress.com/top-10-outrageous-lenses/

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on June 14, 2010, 07:07:39 PM
Put me down for the sigma 200-500 f2.8 when i win the lottery.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 18, 2010, 02:03:53 PM
Going to the supermarket and walking with a limp and my right foot and leg feeling somewhat heavy. Got a bit worried until I got back to the car and found I'd got odd shoes on. :o

A lightweight shoe on the left and a heavyweight thicksoled walking shoe on the right. Just like a pair in the cupboard at home :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: irv_b on June 18, 2010, 07:39:12 PM
Going to the supermarket and walking with a limp and my right foot and leg feeling somewhat heavy. Got a bit worried until I got back to the car and found I'd got odd shoes on. :o

A lightweight shoe on the left and a heavyweight thicksoled walking shoe on the right. Just like a pair in the cupboard at home :-[

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on June 18, 2010, 07:44:26 PM

A lightweight shoe on the left and a heavyweight thicksoled walking shoe on the right. Just like a pair in the cupboard at home :-[

I often have socks like that, but not yet gone to that extreme.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 19, 2010, 08:35:04 AM
And just as i was telling some one that you was a man  ???who was well clued up on things...
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 24, 2010, 07:50:45 AM
Now the dust has settled and the ramifications of the budget have sunk in somewhat, I'm reminded of a section of Mel Brook's film 'A History of The World Part 1'. In it the senators in ancient Rome are discussing the poor and ways of alleviating their plight. The discussion goes on for several days with all sorts of possible solutions being put forward, but in the end their considered opinion is announced by the senior senator,

"F***k the poor"!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 24, 2010, 09:03:01 AM
After three years of rotten spring/summers we are getting some nice warm weather. And we know it must be good because North West Utilities has just applied for a hosepipe ban, and is seeking permission to use waters from the lake district.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on June 24, 2010, 11:57:38 AM
That'll be because of the exceptionally dry winter you've just had, which is, of course, a result of global warming, and nothing to do with the lousy, badly managed infrastructure at all.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 24, 2010, 06:10:08 PM
That'll be because of the exceptionally dry winter you've just had, which is, of course, a result of global warming, and nothing to do with the lousy, badly managed infrastructure at all.

Up until the end of February the ground was very muddy and resulted in hundreds of Molehills appearing, as they cleaned out their flooded tunnels.  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 24, 2010, 06:31:26 PM
After three years of rotten spring/summers we are getting some nice warm weather. And we know it must be good because North West Utilities has just applied for a hosepipe ban, and is seeking permission to use waters from the lake district.  :o

Always makes me smile this one - a water shortage in the north west, like where the Lake District is  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on June 24, 2010, 06:44:07 PM
Always makes me smile this one - a water shortage in the north west, like where the Lake District is  :2funny:

If I remember Geography O-level correctly most of the drinking water in the Lake District gets piped to Manchester....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on June 24, 2010, 07:41:14 PM
Correct, Thirlmere was built for that purpose.
When I was there early this week all the streams and rivers were very low so no point in any waterfall shots.... :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on June 26, 2010, 04:54:44 PM
Trying to get the back garden ready for a birthday party tomorrow (granma's 80th). The forecast was cloudy until around 5 pm with a chance of isolated 'showers'. It's coming on noon here and been pouring rain since 10 am.   :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on June 27, 2010, 12:01:30 AM
And it continued to pour rain until about 4 pm. $^&^((*%$$$ forcasters.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 27, 2010, 08:12:23 AM
I know us oldies get a little muddled now and again ???

Taken from a report by Saga on the retirement age being compulsory.

Most commonly, people said they wanted to work past retirement age to earn money - 61% - followed by 59% who wanted to keep their mind active, while 50% said it was for enjoyment.

Isn't that 150% ;) I KNOW I know, it's 50% of those asked. That last 50% must already be in their dotage  ::). Retirement is to be highly recommended. I've suffered it for 11 years and I'm still not fed up with it. :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on June 27, 2010, 11:02:53 AM

Isn't that 150% ;)

Try again . . .  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on July 07, 2010, 11:50:40 PM
Local weather forecast says it's 86 F outside, but I've just come in off my back deck where my wall mounted thermometer has the temp. closer to 100 F. I knew it was a heat trap but wow. :P :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 08, 2010, 01:17:41 AM
Local weather forecast says it's 86 F outside, but I've just come in off my back deck where my wall mounted thermometer has the temp. closer to 100 F. I knew it was a heat trap but wow. :P :P

Nothing new. Our local forecast has told us it's cloudy this morning, but if she turned round and looked out of the window, which is in the background, it was a clear blue sky like that by us.  :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on July 08, 2010, 09:25:01 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/science_and_environment/10531419.stm

Blimey I'm off to Norfolk for a few days on Monday. The last sentence worries me ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on July 08, 2010, 11:30:38 AM
No need to worry Alan. All the waves are diverted into the Fens in Cambridgeshire so you'll be OK in Norfolk.

That said, as a person from Suffolk, i would be concerned about how much the folk from Norfolk have evolved since the last wave that came in  :tup: :2funny: :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on July 08, 2010, 04:55:10 PM


That said, as a person from Suffolk, i would be concerned about how much the folk from Norfolk have evolved since the last wave that came in  :tup: :2funny: :legit:


As a Norwich boy living in Suffolk I still get a lot of questions about weather or not I have webbed feet, think its jealousy as the only good thing to come out of Ipswich is the A140 (road to Norwich).  ;D

Simon
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on July 09, 2010, 04:10:20 PM
I dunno if bemused is the right word, it's been record heat here for last 4 or 5 days. I been out in my garden to water my plants, twice a day. I've sadly, watched the petals dropping off my flowers in increasing numbers. It's raining right now, but the rain feels like warm shower not sure it'll help.  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on July 15, 2010, 04:30:59 PM
Not sure if this is bemusement or annoyance

Got to be the thickest female in the country if not the world
have a listen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufhPjY3X6rs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufhPjY3X6rs)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on July 15, 2010, 04:57:34 PM
    I'm afraid I could get quite "Right Wing" listening to folks like that.
    Don't let stupid people breed, put something in the water, anything, just stop the cycle!
    I may have to come back and delete this post in a while but that's how I feel. If I offend anyone I oppologise.
                    Graham. >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on July 15, 2010, 05:02:13 PM
    I'm afraid I could get quite "Right Wing" listening to folks like that.
    Don't let stupid people breed, put something in the water, anything, just stop the cycle!
    I may have to come back and delete this post in a while but that's how I feel. If I offend anyone I oppologise.
                    Graham. >:(
Agree 100% with you mate.
She and her fellow ghouls should be sterilised asap
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on July 15, 2010, 06:08:07 PM
I was struck by the fact that he kept calling her stupid and she blithely continued on with her statements (which I have to admit I couldn't understand most of due to her accent).

I remember when I was a young man, there was an opinion piece writer for the local right wing paper who was always going on about sterilization of criminals and welfare recipients. I thought at the time the man's opinions were horrific. A lifetime later I've changed my view.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 15, 2010, 08:23:11 PM
I'm amazed by the facebook page and the thousands who agreed with her!  :doh:

It's been removed now.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on July 15, 2010, 08:42:45 PM
Never been keen on facebook but I know it has a plus side for lots of people... Maybe they should introduce a intelligence test before joining..... :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on July 15, 2010, 09:59:11 PM
And stop all the idiots from exposing themselves? Safer to know they're out there.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on July 16, 2010, 08:52:02 AM
Am I the only person horrified that the British Government attempted to censor this page?

No, I don't think Moat is a hero.  His random targeting of people is as close to evil as I hope to come across.
No, I don't think Waynetta Slob (or whatever her real name is) has 2 braincells to rub together.
No, I don't approve of the 30,000 people who "liked" the page.

But Ms Slob lives in Britain.  She has the right to say more or less what she likes.  Facebook is a US website where they are pretty keen on their first amendment rights (and that's possibly why FB refused the ridiculous request from the UK).

I'm just as disgusted that our government tried to remove the page as I would be if they tried to pull the YouTube page that reveals her to be a ridiculous halfwit.  The fact that I disagree with what she says doesn't make censorship of it right.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on July 16, 2010, 10:27:39 AM
Can't get the volume at work however guessing this is to do Moat.

I agree with Johnathan
Moat was not a hero at all the only hero in my mind is the poor coppper he blinded when he shot him, the resilience and determination not to let this ruin his life is incredible.
Mrs Slob lives in Britain and has the right to say what she likes...."I may not agree with what you say but I will defend your right to say it" this is the price of free speech..
I have no sympathy for Moat the man at all, I do however have some sympathy for the situation he found himself in and particuarly if the alleged pleas for help from psychiatrists were true and not acted on. This is not to say he deserves sympathy he was a cold blooded killer..
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on July 16, 2010, 01:02:27 PM
        Well. I agree with both Jonathan and Keith , of course the page should'nt be censored and she has the perfect right to express herself in any way she sees fit. And if the Moat chap needed and asked for help then he should have recieved it.
        My reaction to the video is probably based on the fact that she seems strangley familiar to me. Perhaps it's because my wife has to work with (In the course of trying to educate their children.) folks of a remarkedly similar outlook, attittude and appearance.
                                                            Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 21, 2010, 05:40:00 PM
What's puzzled me, just now..?

My wireless network adapter, after a couple of years good service, has decided it's had enough of my USB hub. The hub works fine, everything else works off it... just my wireless adapter's not playing with it anymore.

Plug the adapter in to a USB2 expansion card, the adapter works fine.  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 21, 2010, 06:05:30 PM
What's puzzled me, just now..?

My wireless network adapter, after a couple of years good service, has decided it's had enough of my USB hub. The hub works fine, everything else works off it... just my wireless adapter's not playing with it anymore.

Plug the adapter in to a USB2 expansion card, the adapter works fine.  ???
Er... anyone heard of having to reboot a USB hub??

That's a first for me! ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on July 21, 2010, 06:24:15 PM
Ah...no. But maybe I shoulda and tossed out a perfectly good one instead. Hmmm :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 21, 2010, 07:11:07 PM
Never been keen on facebook but I know it has a plus side for lots of people... Maybe they should introduce a intelligence test before joining..... :legit:

It's just past the 500 million members that's one tenth of the world's population.  ???

And no! I'm not one of them.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on July 22, 2010, 05:16:58 PM
Was driving through, what I believe you guys call an 'industrial estate'(?), when I chance upon this young girl riding her bike. Odd, thinks I, but no matter. Continuing on I come across Granny riding her bike, a half mile or so further along, a boy about 10 riding his. Now to put this in perspective, the city I live in is new as cities go about 35 yrs. old. With the exception of the small town cores that amalgamated into the city, the rest was designed in the 60's with lots of thought given to parks. In fact, most of our park system is interlinked with paved pathways so you can walk/run/ride from one park to another without crossing a city road. You go over them or under them. So no risk from errant traffic, I got to wonder why Granny and the kids aren't using them.  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 24, 2010, 03:17:06 PM
What's bemused me?

Bluddy DSLR's.

After sadly ruling out getting an Epson R-1D (uncommon, and not very cheap secondhand either), I settled for a second hand Canon 5D. I'm now having second thoughts on this, after DMT mentioning stuff about shutter lifespans and actuations.

Time for another rethink. Canon 40D, p'raps... at least it'll give me an extra few £'s to play with.

Curse my affinity for *mechanical* (read "fix it yourself") cameras.  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on July 25, 2010, 08:51:24 AM
The 5D has a better shutter lifespan than your 350D.

There was an issue with bits dropping off - but that was mainly in high temperature/humidity regions.

Mines got about 30K clicks on it. Been out in all weathers and apart from a few scratches is good as new.

But they do attract the dust bunnies. More than the 350D.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on July 25, 2010, 09:15:09 AM
As Mark says - the 5D was known for collecting dust - but at least it is still of the mechanical sensor stuff where it is easy to clean.
Shutter actuations i was given to understand was about designed to be about 100k - the 5D MkII is rated at 140k.
In either case you've really got to be going something to use up that amount of pictures taken.

Laws of diminishing returns would indicate that if you were able to squeeze that many "tried for" pictures into a few years you would produce enough pictures to generate sufficient revenue to cover the cost of replacement.

40D i've had and loved - up until i got a 5D MkII. Smashing camera - sad to see it go but it was never gonna get used again once i'd played with the 5D MkII - but then we are talkng about a completely different price range and specs etc.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on July 25, 2010, 04:38:37 PM
Canons are getting a bit of rep for not lasting long. Probably largely undeserved, although yesterday evening at a party having pinched my host's 40D to take a few pictures I got as far as taking the first one before 'Error 05' popped up on the screen. Luckily after I turned it off and on again the error cleared, but I was panicking there for a minute . .
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 25, 2010, 05:28:50 PM
Canons are getting a bit of rep for not lasting long. Probably largely undeserved, although yesterday evening at a party having pinched my host's 40D to take a few pictures I got as far as taking the first one before 'Error 05' popped up on the screen. Luckily after I turned it off and on again the error cleared, but I was panicking there for a minute . .
My 350D has given me a couple of errors, but that's only with the horrible Canon 75-300 lens that had some dirt on the contacts once.

All in all, I've almost settled for a 50D.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on July 25, 2010, 06:43:40 PM
And miss out on full frame goodleness? :lol:

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on July 25, 2010, 07:18:08 PM

All in all, I've almost settled for a 50D.
   
   Dave mate.
                     You do know that with the M9, Leica appear to have built a digital camera worthy of the name!
                                     Just a thought. :-\
                                                   Graham. :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on July 25, 2010, 09:25:02 PM
Canons are getting a bit of rep for not lasting long. Probably largely undeserved, although yesterday evening at a party having pinched my host's 40D to take a few pictures I got as far as taking the first one before 'Error 05' popped up on the screen. Luckily after I turned it off and on again the error cleared, but I was panicking there for a minute . .
My 350D has given me a couple of errors, but that's only with the horrible Canon 75-300 lens that had some dirt on the contacts once.

All in all, I've almost settled for a 50D.

Shame you couldn't stretch to a 7D - amazing piece of kit for its money. You only have to speak to those who have one - almost no bad words to be said (except from Nikon owners  :D)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 25, 2010, 11:21:02 PM
And miss out on full frame goodleness? :lol:
I've got a couple (*cough*) of film cameras for that, to be honest. :)
Dave mate.
You do know that with the M9, Leica appear to have built a digital camera worthy of the name!
Just a thought. :-\
Graham. :D
Hmm.... the older M8.2's costing £4,000+ second hand... nah. It's only a name now, nothing else. :)
Shame you couldn't stretch to a 7D - amazing piece of kit for its money. You only have to speak to those who have one - almost no bad words to be said (except from Nikon owners  :D)
I've just had a look at the specs of a 7D, and there's nearly nothing that makes me want one. 100% viewfinder coverage... that's it.

But, as the 40D and 50D do 95%, I can cope. :)

See, I can afford the 5D, but I'd loose the "all in one" zoom (simply because of the lens mounts). And if I did get the 5D, there'd be the nagging thought of shutter lifespans.  The way I see it is it's a win-win situation, regardless of what options I go for. It's swings and roundabouts though... both options have drawbacks and benefits, and each one plays off against the other.

There again, I could go for just the lens, and blow the body money on a rather nice Leica M2 with a 5cm Summicron. ;)

Dilemas... decisions... and... stuff.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on July 27, 2010, 02:14:47 PM
Spent the better part of Sunday evening taking a bunch of flower shots, about 30 of them, and running them through Genuine Fractals to crop them and add Gallery Wrap borders. The light bulb went on this morning, I'd cropped them 12" x 12" and set the wrap for 2" making them 14"x14" print size, which doesn't conform to any canvas size and regardless won't work on my Printer that can only print a max of 13"x 19",  duh.  :-[ :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Cabbyjohn on July 28, 2010, 08:53:56 AM
WHO NEEDS CAR BOOT SALES?
News > Entertainment > Fine Arts
Ka-Ching! Ansel Adams Photos Found At Garage Sale Worth $200 Million

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd | Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:17 PM ET

A $45 purchase uncovers sought-after photos from the artist's early career.

Attention all aspiring yard salesmen: be really careful what you put up for sale.

Why?

That dusty old box from the attic just might contain treasures worth millions. Just ask LA-based Rick Norsigian, who bought two boxes at a yard sale for a mere $45 10 years ago, only to eventually discover they contained prized glass negatives from Ansel Adams. Approximate value? $200 million.

Aside from the staggering monetary value of the find, the pics are practically priceless to art historians who study the famed nature photographer. According to David W. Streets, the appraiser and art dealer who will unveil the photographs at his Beverly Hills gallery on Tuesday, the photos were taken between 1919 and the early 1930s — well before Adams became a household name — and demonstrate how the artist honed his craft. The photos include shots of the Yosemite landscape and San Francisco landmarks.

"It truly is a missing link of Ansel Adams and history and his career," Streets told CNN.

So how exactly did Norsigian come upon such a windfall? As with many great finds, quite randomly. The yard sale buff happened upon a sale in southern California in 2000 and became intrigued by two boxes he was told came from a warehouse salvage in Los Angeles in the 1940s.

Upon closer examination, Norsigian became intrigued by the plates that were individually wrapped in newspaper inside crumbling manila envelopes. He spent the resulting years trying to prove the worth of his find, and several experts back him up.

"I have sent people to prison for the rest of their lives for far less evidence than I have seen in this case," said evidence and burden of proof expert Manny Medrano, who was hired by Norsigian to help authenticate the pics. "In my view, those photographs were done by Ansel Adams."

Experts believe Adams might have lost track of the photos while teaching a photography course in Pasadena in the 1940s. The envelopes protecting the photo slides appear to contain notations from Virginia Adams, Ansel's wife, say handwriting experts. And several of the photo slides are almost identical to more well-known Adams prints, which millions have admired for decades.

This whole unbelievable tale just goes to show that the old adage is true, with a twist: one man's trash can turn out to be everyone's treasure.




 ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on July 28, 2010, 09:46:17 PM
The AF on the 7D is streets ahead of the 50D.

But if you don't need it for action etc, then probably not worth the etc.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: rksmith51 on July 28, 2010, 10:29:17 PM
If one ND4 reduces by 3 stops, why does adding another not make it 6 stops  :-\  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Eileen on July 29, 2010, 07:44:42 AM
If one ND4 reduces by 3 stops, why does adding another not make it 6 stops  :-\  :legit:

Because each stop is twice/half as much light as the one on either side? So if you add one more filter you double its effect, adding one stop. Two more would add another, and so on.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on July 30, 2010, 01:43:56 PM
Just booked a wedding.  For, err, Sunday.  43 hours from now.  (That's a new record for me BTW)

It's a Sikh wedding with only about 300 people there.  There will be 2 teams of photographers plus probably 3 videographers all covering proceedings.  Plus, err, me.  I've been hired to give a "creative spin" on the day.  Haven't met anybody from either family and haven't spoken to either bride or groom.  I don't even know their names....

This could be interesting.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: rksmith51 on July 30, 2010, 04:36:58 PM
If one ND4 reduces by 3 stops, why does adding another not make it 6 stops  :-\  :legit:

Because each stop is twice/half as much light as the one on either side? So if you add one more filter you double its effect, adding one stop. Two more would add another, and so on.

Now your just messing with my head  :D , I'm a simple chap so must go and find some simpler way  to visualise that, but thanks for trying tohelp.

Bob.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on July 30, 2010, 05:06:47 PM
Just booked a wedding.  For, err, Sunday.  43 hours from now.  (That's a new record for me BTW)

It's a Sikh wedding with only about 300 people there.  There will be 2 teams of photographers plus probably 3 videographers all covering proceedings.  Plus, err, me.  I've been hired to give a "creative spin" on the day.  Haven't met anybody from either family and haven't spoken to either bride or groom.  I don't even know their names....

This could be interesting.

        Sounds like the ideal gig to me. Seems like you've been employed to go and have fun! :tup:
                                         Graham. :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on July 30, 2010, 10:11:18 PM
Some of you may remember a couple of months ago or so I posted about getting a call purporting to be from Microsoft telling me my computer was infected with a virus.....a telephone version of a 419 scam.....Well today at work it got more ridiculous.....We got a fax version of a 419 allegedly from the son of the ousted ruler of an African nation, apparently he has 60 million USD that is currently locked away in a bank account somewhere and he wanted our company bank account details to be able to transfer the money into and of course we as a company would get a hefty slice of the 60million USD......incredible really....I mean do people really fall for this crap.....if they do then more fool them.....

If you get a phone call e-mail or fax requesting assistance from someone to help unlock an unimaginable sum of money then ignore it 'cos it's a scam and it's  :spam:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 30, 2010, 11:30:20 PM
I mean do people really fall for this crap.

Sadly they do, as greed clouds common sense.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on July 30, 2010, 11:37:47 PM
According to my in box this month I am self employed and doing a roaring trade selling little blue pills  >:(   :spam:

I'm getting emails from myself telling me so, and even offering to sell some of the blue pills to myself  :doh: :doh:

Hope the wife and tax man dont find out  :2funny:

RR
Alf
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: rksmith51 on July 31, 2010, 12:09:37 PM
The old saying, "If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is" is so much more relevant these days, I'm amazed at some of the stories\methods the schemers invent and so sad for the few that fall prey to their bogus deals.

Thanks for reminding us Krennon.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 09, 2010, 04:32:47 PM
Read an article in yesterday's Observer, apparently photographic Self Portraits are making a come back, with photographers trying to portray their inner selves and conceptualise how they view things as far as they are concerned. Well at least that's what I think it said, it contained so much Bullsh*t about self expression etc.

Haven't we on all the forums we contribute to jumped the gun here. Don't we call them Avatars? 8)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on August 09, 2010, 05:01:08 PM
  your absolutly right Alan.
                                      When I took my "SP" I was trying to conceptualise my inner feelings towards photography and life in general.
                                                                               Graham. :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on August 09, 2010, 05:46:20 PM
Mines just a picture of me!

On another forum I frequent, its a picture of my car :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 09, 2010, 06:17:28 PM
Mines just a picture of me!

On another forum I frequent, its a picture of my car :)

Ah yes, a bad case of schiz-car-phrenia! :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on August 09, 2010, 07:17:26 PM
What's bemused me?

Adobe and their bloody format lock. CS3 won't recognise Canon 50D RAW files... so I'll have to update to CS...whatever. Yet, CS3 is the best version that will install on my PC... I can't install any newer.

Sure, Lightroom 3 will load the files, but that runs like treacle on my aging 2GHz processor. I click a function, then sit back and watch the ensuing slideshow. Lightroom 3 is confusing enough, without having to sit and wait for it to respond.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on August 09, 2010, 07:34:14 PM
Adobe and their bloody format lock. CS3 won't recognise Canon 50D RAW files...

Um, you know that's actually Canon's fault, right?  There's absolutely no reason for them to change the format for the 50D and yet they (and Nikon) always do.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on August 09, 2010, 07:40:54 PM
Either get the standalone Adobe converter to DNG, and then import that into CS3 - or use Breezesystems Downloader Pro, and use the option that converts to DNG as it imports the raw files. http://www.breezesys.com/products.htm

The latter will cost $30 - and you will still need the latest DNG converter - but it does save a step.

And is Windows only.

I've used Downloaded pro for years and find it works for me!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on August 09, 2010, 07:42:34 PM
Oh, Jonathan, I'm sure that Canon/Nikon/Whom ever, will tell you that there is a difference with the latest model.

And it had to be changed because they added feature X,Y or Z. :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on August 09, 2010, 08:16:13 PM
Oh, Jonathan, I'm sure that Canon/Nikon/Whom ever, will tell you that there is a difference with the latest model.

And it had to be changed because they added feature X,Y or Z. :)

Not if they used an extensible format.  Create a proper file format and "old" software could read the file adequately and new software could get the best out of it.  That's pretty much how XML works.  And DNG ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on August 09, 2010, 08:17:39 PM
What's bemused me?

Adobe and their bloody format lock. CS3 won't recognise Canon 50D RAW files... so I'll have to update to CS...whatever. Yet, CS3 is the best version that will install on my PC... I can't install any newer.


It says Camera Raw 4.6 supports the 50D and CS3.  Doesn't it work Dave?   :'(

Camera Raw 4.6 update
This version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original Camera Raw plug-in that was installed with Adobe Creative Suite 3, Adobe Photoshop CS3, and Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 software

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4040

Anyway, what's wrong with Eos Utility and  DPP that came with your camera?  It's improved a lot over the years, and all I use now. ;)

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 09, 2010, 10:15:36 PM

And it had to be changed because they added feature X,Y or Z. :)

All Raw formats are only a version of Tiff files which, can be read by any image program. I know the Nikon D3 can output images as a Tiff file and X,Y or Z don't make any difference to that. I think it's just a way to screw more money out of the consumer, nothing more or less.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on August 09, 2010, 10:31:42 PM
Oldboy, I don't disagree - but in the case of Canon, you can get the latest version of their raw converter for free, so it is not Canon that is trying to screw any more cash out of the consumer!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on August 09, 2010, 10:38:36 PM
It says Camera Raw 4.6 supports the 50D and CS3.  Doesn't it work Dave?   :'(
I guess I was using an older version of Camera Raw... I can open the new files in CS3 now. Thanks for pointing that out. :)

Shame that Windows XP won't show any preview thumbnails for the new CR2's though.
Anyway, what's wrong with Eos Utility and  DPP that came with your camera?  It's improved a lot over the years, and all I use now. ;)
Nothing, I guess... I just have a dislike for using software that comes with equipment, unless there's nothing else available.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on August 10, 2010, 09:01:29 AM
Oldboy, I don't disagree - but in the case of Canon, you can get the latest version of their raw converter for free, so it is not Canon that is trying to screw any more cash out of the consumer!

Yes, have to agree with you there. And oddly enough - the stuff Canon give away for free is more than enough to get most people by if they have an aversion to spending money or don't have a need to do anything with their pictures but tidy them up (crop, red eye, dust spot removal etc...)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: rksmith51 on August 10, 2010, 09:58:39 AM
How do I miss out words in some of my replies  :-[, half my sentences hardly make any sense.

Bob.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on August 10, 2010, 10:27:26 AM
How do I miss out words in some of my replies  :-[, half my sentences hardly make any sense.

Bob.

      I don't have to miss out words not to make sense!  :2funny:
                                     Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: rksmith51 on August 10, 2010, 10:54:51 AM


      I don't have to miss out words not to make sense!  :2funny:
                                     Graham.
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Oh I type those kind of replies too Graham, but mainly the ones with missing w....  :legit:

Bob.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on August 10, 2010, 07:55:50 PM


      I don't have to miss out words not to make sense!  :2funny:
                                     Graham.

Oh I type those kind of replies too Graham, but mainly the ones with missing w....  :legit:

Bob.
[/quote]

  I do tend to get my mucking foords wuddled though!
                     Graham. :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: rksmith51 on August 10, 2010, 08:08:30 PM


      I don't have to miss out words not to make sense!  :2funny:
                                     Graham.

Oh I type those kind of replies too Graham, but mainly the ones with missing w....  :legit:

Bob.

  I do tend to get my mucking foords wuddled though!
                     Graham. :2funny:
[/quote]

 :2funny: Ok you win, lets stop now before we get banned.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on August 11, 2010, 08:29:06 AM


      I don't have to miss out words not to make sense!  :2funny:
                                     Graham.

Oh I type those kind of replies too Graham, but mainly the ones with missing w....  :legit:

Bob.

Deal! :tup:
  I do tend to get my mucking foords wuddled though!
                     Graham. :2funny:

 :2funny: Ok you win, lets stop now before we get banned.  ;D
[/quote]
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 11, 2010, 01:46:10 PM
I was Googling for online woodwork plans to make my own stepped frames for my canvas prints. My query was quite specific in asking for 'stepped frames for canvas prints'. Not only did I not get any hits back but some of the things that were listed were just terrible advice. Just confirms what they say about being careful what you take off the internet.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on August 11, 2010, 03:54:37 PM
What's bemused and baffled me for the past two days?

My new PC.

Building it, that was fun. Solving the odd graphical glitches that's plagued the thing, that's been a headache.

It looks like I'm going to be returning either the graphics card or the motherboard. :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 12, 2010, 09:15:50 AM
Poor little dears!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-10936888

I can remember being torn away from my home for two years going to strange places where people spoke with a strange accent (Hednesford, Chippenham and Germany), and I hadn't done anything wrong! :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 12, 2010, 11:57:56 AM
Poor little dears!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-10936888

I can remember being torn away from my home for two years going to strange places where people spoke with a strange accent (Hednesford, Chippenham and Germany), and I hadn't done anything wrong! :o

Isn't that the same as been sent to a boarding school, and aren't those people running the country now.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 12, 2010, 12:17:00 PM
Watching the breakfast news the other day and a woman was been interviewed when a caption appeared saying she was an actor! What is wrong with actress! Does this mean a female becomes male and woman becomes man? She becomes he and her becomes him! If we are trying to become gender nonspecific then shouldn't we do away with two sets of toilets and put human on the door?  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on August 12, 2010, 12:47:26 PM
Damn straight.  Why don't we have doctress?  And tax inspectress?  And soldieress?  And firewoman?  Not to mention woman police constable (which actually had slightly more point).  And photographeress?

I mean apart from the fact it's pointless, illogical and demeaning......

Just one of the arguments is that it allows employers to pay different amounts since actor and actress are different jobs.

BTW you know some offices do just have one set of toilets, right?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on August 12, 2010, 01:23:33 PM
BTW you know some offices do just have one set of toilets, right?

Yeah, but they're urinals...

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 12, 2010, 03:02:25 PM
I'll have what he's on! 8)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-10949569

It must be the I-O-W air. ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 12, 2010, 03:39:16 PM
Sounds like age discrimination to me. Bet if it was a couple of 20 somethings nobody bat an eye. Speaking of which, isn't Britain home to that rather infamous activity called 'dogging'? :-[ Does this not fit?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 12, 2010, 06:24:07 PM
WBTD? Been trolling the internet looking for plans/how to's on making floating frames for my canvas prints. Since I discovered no one makes frames to accommodate a 12"x18" print, should have done some research before printing and mounting the canvas. Anyway I come across this YouTube video, that, from it's title is just what I'm looking for. Turns out it's a woman, all dolled up for the camera, cutting frames in the back of a Pro Framing store so she's got these real fancy, job specific machines to cut the mitres and router connecting pin locations. I did a fair bit of woodworking in my youth and have an appreciation for the cost of tools. I figure the machines she's referencing so casually cost a few grand each. Like that would go over at home, "honey I'm going to fork out a few grand for a pair of machines that take up space and will only be used occasionally."  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on August 12, 2010, 10:49:13 PM
What's bemused me?

Viewing some previously edited photos with this new 21.5" TFT monitor (1920x1080). I thought the photos were perfectly acceptable, using my old 19" CRT. Now I see digital noise. :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 13, 2010, 08:01:36 AM
Just been reading a sales pitch for prints. "the pictures are digitally hand printed", what does that mean? The paper is fed into the printer by hand, or they are not the product of some printing house where perhaps the paper is fed in mechanically.

Still it has a certain ring to it, perhaps a little better than I print them myself. :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 13, 2010, 09:13:46 PM
Bought a 1 TB external drive to swap all my MP3's that I have saved on CD's and DVD's to. Didn't realize how tedious it would be, or how many duplicates I made of songs.  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 16, 2010, 08:52:24 AM
According to the news today, Hay bales are been stolen from farms. This is due to a shortage of hay, because of the hard winter and very dry spring and summer. Hay is grass, so the next time you mow your lawn it could be worth money!  :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: irv_b on August 16, 2010, 07:52:49 PM
According to the news today, Hay bales are been stolen from farms. This is due to a shortage of hay, because of the hard winter and very dry spring and summer. Hay is grass, so the next time you mow your lawn it could be worth money!  :P

OB if you are volunteering to come and mow our lawn you can keep the grass ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 17, 2010, 08:38:50 AM
Having cursed many a MAMIL on a Sunday morning on my way to the kid's football and chuckled at the astute marketing men's ability to make someone look utterly ridiculous on two wheels whilst relieving them of large amounts of wonga, I nearly spilt my morning cuppa when I read this

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10965608

Classic!

It then leads you to think about the same thing as far as photography is concerned. C.an there be out there MAMACES, Middle Aged Men With Camera Envy, MAMAPEPS, Midle Aged Men And Photographic Equipment Posing Syndrome, MAMALL's Middle Aged Men And Large Lenses.

I'm afraid I don't fit into any of these categorisations, I'm well past middle age :(

I'm more of a SOSNUT, Silly Old Sod Not Understanding Technology. :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on August 17, 2010, 09:49:47 AM
yes, i did read the article as i was putting on my lycra - then quietly put them away in the draw and tried to act my age.

Thing is Alan - you're gonna start a GAGGLE (gormless and goofy gags lampooning everything) of "tags" covering all sorts of scenarios.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 17, 2010, 08:24:55 PM
Having cursed many a MAMIL on a Sunday morning on my way to the kid's football and chuckled at the astute marketing men's ability to make someone look utterly ridiculous on two wheels whilst relieving them of large amounts of wonga, I nearly spilt my morning cuppa when I read this

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10965608

Classic!


I've seen plenty in Sandwell Valley.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: deetus on August 18, 2010, 09:20:24 AM
The state of this country.
I've been searching for work for a number of months now in the engineering field and am registered with an online engineering website.
Today they send me an email with details on how to become a financial advisor.  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 18, 2010, 03:00:57 PM
The state of this country.
I've been searching for work for a number of months now in the engineering field and am registered with an online engineering website.
Today they send me an email with details on how to become a financial advisor.  ???

The might explain the world economic crisis then... ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 18, 2010, 03:05:03 PM
Perhaps they thought you might be able to engineer the sales of a few policies and endowments. :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on August 18, 2010, 05:43:27 PM
   Went for a longish walk today and as usual took my GPS device.
   Just checked it and it says I coverd a distance of 62 miles with a top speed of 57.8 MPH!
   It's just possible that I may have left it switched on for the train journey home. :D
                    Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 18, 2010, 06:45:40 PM
I hope you have all done your duty and visited
http://spendingchallenge.hm-treasury.gov.uk/
and submitted your ideas and then you won't be able to say "Well they didn't ask me", which of course it is designed to preclude.

 :idea:Please no requests appertaining to somewhere the sun don't shine.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 20, 2010, 03:21:11 AM
Had to see the doctor today. While waiting in the lobby I picked up a well thumbed  copy of Wired magazine. First thing that struck me as odd was an article about President Clinton in the present tense. Looking at the magazine's date I saw it was the Nov '96 edition. Was struck by the number of adds from companies that no longer exist. Ads for PC's - a 200 mhz pentium, with 32 megs of ram and a whopping (their word) 230 meg hardrive, for $5,600.00. An ad for Kodak FILM! Articles about the future of computing that were way off.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 20, 2010, 10:43:02 AM
Could your PC/Mac handle the files from this camera?

When completed in 2015, the 8.4-metre telescope will regularly sweep the entire visible sky in three nights with a 3.2-gigapixel camera, capturing short-lived phenomena ranging from fast-moving near-Earth asteroids to the flashes of supernovae in distant galaxies.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: deetus on August 20, 2010, 04:04:29 PM
Perhaps they thought you might be able to engineer the sales of a few policies and endowments. :legit:

Nice one Alan  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 20, 2010, 06:48:05 PM
Getting in to see a dentist today, the only one registered with the NHS in our town, after three days of trying to get some attention to a tooth where the filling has fallen out and what remained had crumbled somewhat. Not painful all the time only when I bite on something and the stump in question comes into play. Then it's a couple of minutes before I can get down off the ceiling :doh:

Anyway he says it's got to come out, can't do it today because I only had an emergency appointment to explore the trouble.

I have a choice, pay him £200 and he'll take it out tomorrow or wait for his next free NHS appointment and then he'll do it. That appointment is on Sept.1st.

So I point out he must have a free space tomorrow otherwise he wouldn't be able to offer to take it out for £200.
"Ah well", he says, " I don't do NHS work on a Saturday".

So being of a somewhat awkward disposition and seeing that he thinks that he has got me over a barrel I've decided to live on paracetamol for the next ten days. Bo**ocks if I'm going to put £200 in his pocket. Mind you it's going to cost £45 as it is on the NHS. :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 20, 2010, 09:35:26 PM
Getting in to see a dentist today, the only one registered with the NHS in our town, after three days of trying to get some attention to a tooth where the filling has fallen out and what remained had crumbled somewhat. Not painful all the time only when I bite on something and the stump in question comes into play. Then it's a couple of minutes before I can get down off the ceiling :doh:

Anyway he says it's got to come out, can't do it today because I only had an emergency appointment to explore the trouble.

I have a choice, pay him £200 and he'll take it out tomorrow or wait for his next free NHS appointment and then he'll do it. That appointment is on Sept.1st.

So I point out he must have a free space tomorrow otherwise he wouldn't be able to offer to take it out for £200.
"Ah well", he says, " I don't do NHS work on a Saturday".

So being of a somewhat awkward disposition and seeing that he thinks that he has got me over a barrel I've decided to live on paracetamol for the next ten days. Bo**ocks if I'm going to put £200 in his pocket. Mind you it's going to cost £45 as it is on the NHS. :o

That's the trouble with dentists, they've got you by the molars!  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 23, 2010, 10:40:56 PM
Got a nice flashy email from Adobe, (wouldn't expect anything less) telling me if I buy CS5 Premium today they'll ship it for FREE!. Do they honestly think, saving me $20 will entice me into buying $1800 worth of software?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 24, 2010, 08:25:53 AM
So that's the reason :o :o

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11067028

Perhaps if we stopped calling politicians, politicians then they might give up lying!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 24, 2010, 09:48:46 AM
So that's the reason :o :o

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11067028

Perhaps if we stopped calling politicians, politicians then they might give up lying!

I though we called politicians scumbags on a good day!  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on August 24, 2010, 06:08:16 PM
So that's the reason :o :o

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11067028

Perhaps if we stopped calling politicians, politicians then they might give up lying!

No, they work to the system they created that allows them to be creative with what they mean.
Take the expenses scandal - read the linked story and try not to smile. You couldn't make it up...

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/838763-mp-told-to-claim-six-times-as-much
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 24, 2010, 07:21:30 PM
So that's the reason :o :o

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11067028

Perhaps if we stopped calling politicians, politicians then they might give up lying!

No, they work to the system they created that allows them to be creative with what they mean.
Take the expenses scandal - read the linked story and try not to smile. You couldn't make it up...

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/838763-mp-told-to-claim-six-times-as-much

Add to the fact that every Prime Minister get £100,000 a year as expenses when they have left office.  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 25, 2010, 02:23:08 AM


http://www.metro.co.uk/news/838763-mp-told-to-claim-six-times-as-much

We had a similar situation here, with a City Councilor being criticized by fellow councilors for buying things for his office with his own money and not using any of his allotted expense account.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 25, 2010, 10:55:22 PM
It had to happen sometime!  :o

It sounds like a contradiction in terms, but scientists have created "dry water".
The substance resembles powdered sugar and is expected to make a big commercial splash.
Each particle of dry water contains a water droplet surrounded by a sandy silica coating. In fact, 95% of dry water is "wet" water.  :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on August 26, 2010, 05:47:43 AM
It had to happen sometime!  :o

It sounds like a contradiction in terms, but scientists have created "dry water".
The substance resembles powdered sugar and is expected to make a big commercial splash.
Each particle of dry water contains a water droplet surrounded by a sandy silica coating. In fact, 95% of dry water is "wet" water.  :doh:

           Brilliant idea! Just stock up untill there's a drought and then just dilute it with...Oh hang on...forget that.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 26, 2010, 08:54:29 AM
           Brilliant idea! Just stock up untill there's a drought and then just dilute it with...Oh hang on...forget that.

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on August 26, 2010, 10:14:37 AM
In fact, 95% of dry water is "wet" water.  :doh:

Sweat then?  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 26, 2010, 03:29:48 PM
I've been having ongoing issues with a company in Alpine Utah. Guy took my camera and money and promised an IR conversion. That was 6 months ago. Was very chatty email wise up until he got my money. Since then he won't respond to my inquiries. Filed a complaint with the UTAH Better Business bureau. Today they sent an email saying they're closing the file because he won't respond to them either. So I went and Googled Alpine Utah. Their local police don't have a web site, so I went to the Town's web site where I found a message from their Mayor dated fall 2007. I guess I won't get satisfaction from this Mickey Mouse operation.   ???>:( :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 27, 2010, 08:05:03 AM
Read this yesterday...

'The papers they read were filled with vague and alarming accounts of the quantities of foreign merchandise imported into this country, the enormous number of aliens constantly arriving and their destitute conditions, how they lived, the crimes they committed, and the injury they did to British trade. These were the seeds which, cunningly sown in their minds, caused to grow up within them a bitter undiscriminating hatred of foreigners.'

.... in a book that I've been promising myself to read for ages, 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists'  by Robert Tressell. It describes the attitudes of a group of workers, painters and decorators, and their conversations during their lunch break.

Written in 1906!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Cabbyjohn on August 27, 2010, 08:47:26 AM
in a book that I've been promising myself to read for ages, 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists'  by Robert Tressell. It describes the attitudes of a group of workers, painters and decorators, and their conversations during their lunch break.

Written in 1906!

.......................................

I first read the R T Ps over 50 years ago, and I have read it a number of times since, One of my favourite quotes was when the "Hero" Barrington  stated, " If this government  could remove all of the oxygen from the atmosphere,  store it in giant gasometers and issue us all with back packs and charge us to breathe. They would".  I think that we are heading that way. (Grin)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on August 27, 2010, 01:27:21 PM
I watched a repeat of Yes Prime Minister Yesterday. It is just so relevant today, you have to laugh, else you'd cry.  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 27, 2010, 07:45:34 PM
After the furore of the woman dumping the cat in the bin, here the cat gets his revenge.  :2funny: :2funny:

feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on August 28, 2010, 10:39:22 AM
I watched a repeat of Yes Prime Minister Yesterday. It is just so relevant today, you have to laugh, else you'd cry.  :D

That show never stops being relevant. It's repeated in Whitehall every business day (there are about 12 per year at the current count) regardless of the state of government.

H.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on September 01, 2010, 10:48:40 AM
Last night really.
Balloon Flights for pressies! My wonderful daughters bought me one for my birthday in July. I booked the first available flight in the North near me last night - 7 weeks after getting the pressie. I read of people making 10-11 attempts to fly so was smug when I got the go ahead when dealing a lengthy premium rate phone number to confirm in the afternoon. Turned up on site - blue skies and barely a breath of wind. Thought it odd he set up towards the woods at the bottom of the field rather than top end but he`s the expert. With 7 others I helped unfurl the shoot, tether the basket and start to inflate with the fan getting the heavy job of being the two man anchor to hold balloon steady when the burner was set off. Waited and nothing happened. After an hour of preparation the pilot decided to advise and incredulous group that it was too dangerous to fly as such wind as there was (not enough to blow a grass blade on dropping one!) would take us into a nearby tree before the burner took us high enough. So on one of the stillest days in Yorkshire I have seen for months no go and next available booking is 18th October before their season ends in early November. We then had to spend an hour packing up said balloon and lifting it and the basket into the truck. As a watching mate said the basic idea would not have got through Dragon`s Den.
"So your business is to charge everyone £100, get them to unpack / lift and inflate the balloon, maybe - maybe not get a flight after following travel advice and getting to the site and then another hour`s hard labour packing up go away. You`ll also charge premium rate calls for information on flight plans which are not to be relied on and have interminable speech and options. In his words " I`m out - it will never take off"  :)

Ah well - might get some pics in October. The good thing is that I have leaned not to take my D700 with me next time.  was amazed that in this age of scientificwonders  would be hanging in a glorified wicker picnic basket with a piece of thin black rubber for padding and two rope handholds to grab with instruction to lay my camera on the floor as we prepared to land.It`s the compact or the back up D80 next time.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: rksmith51 on September 01, 2010, 11:53:51 AM
Paul, I had a similar experience trying to get a flight in a tiger moth, traveling from Edinburgh to yourkshire twice only to be let down, I got a refund in the end.
I feel your frustration mate  ::)

Bob
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on September 01, 2010, 04:20:23 PM
I don't think I like the 5D Mrk II LCD
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: SimonW on September 01, 2010, 06:44:08 PM
I was given a balloon flight for my 60th birthday and flew locally (Scotland) at the third booking. I agree cancellations are frustrating (and on my first attempt conditions also appeared perfect). But it is well worth it, the experience is magic. Don't spend all the air time on photography (though you'll be tempted to take hundreds of shots) but enjoy the peace and quiet of the flight for its own sake.

I had a second trip, this time while on holiday in Egypt. There must have been at least 30 balloons flying every morning from that one site, doing two trips each before conditions got too rough. Magic again all the same.

For landing I recommend you put your camera in a well padded case with the strap round your neck and one arm so it can't swing far. Not loose on the floor.  You can't take photos of the actual bump, your head should be below the top of the basket at the time.

Enjoy the trip when it comes.  Simon
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 01, 2010, 10:31:39 PM
Last night really.
Balloon Flights for pressies! My wonderful daughters bought me one for my birthday in July. I booked the first available flight in the North near me last night - 7 weeks after getting the pressie. I read of people making 10-11 attempts to fly so was smug when I got the go ahead when dealing a lengthy premium rate phone number to confirm in the afternoon. Turned up on site - blue skies and barely a breath of wind. Thought it odd he set up towards the woods at the bottom of the field rather than top end but he`s the expert. With 7 others I helped unfurl the shoot, tether the basket and start to inflate with the fan getting the heavy job of being the two man anchor to hold balloon steady when the burner was set off. Waited and nothing happened. After an hour of preparation the pilot decided to advise and incredulous group that it was too dangerous to fly as such wind as there was (not enough to blow a grass blade on dropping one!) would take us into a nearby tree before the burner took us high enough. So on one of the stillest days in Yorkshire I have seen for months no go and next available booking is 18th October before their season ends in early November. We then had to spend an hour packing up said balloon and lifting it and the basket into the truck. As a watching mate said the basic idea would not have got through Dragon`s Den.
"So your business is to charge everyone £100, get them to unpack / lift and inflate the balloon, maybe - maybe not get a flight after following travel advice and getting to the site and then another hour`s hard labour packing up go away. You`ll also charge premium rate calls for information on flight plans which are not to be relied on and have interminable speech and options. In his words " I`m out - it will never take off"  :)

Ah well - might get some pics in October. The good thing is that I have leaned not to take my D700 with me next time.  was amazed that in this age of scientificwonders  would be hanging in a glorified wicker picnic basket with a piece of thin black rubber for padding and two rope handholds to grab with instruction to lay my camera on the floor as we prepared to land.It`s the compact or the back up D80 next time.

Sounds like breach of contract to me. I think you should sue him for out of pocket expenses plus the cost of the flight.  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on September 02, 2010, 07:11:50 AM
I`ll just have to be patient. They have a cover all  - "pilot makes ultimate decision" and will no doubt come up with technical reasons why they could not fly. Just annoying to see another balloon and 2 parachutes up there as we drove home. I`d only driven 30 minues up the road but some had come over from Liverpool and Manchester with whole family in tow. I have to have 8 flights cancelled on me that I have tried to book within a year before I get 75% of the money back according to terms. I want to do it so will be patient but just cannot see us getting a more wind free  night there and am reluctant to travel further afield given this experience.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 02, 2010, 07:39:57 AM
What a shambles - I hope next flight gets off the ground for you.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 02, 2010, 07:40:52 AM
Wow.  With those kinds of getouts I'm surprised they even bother buying a balloon.

"Nah you've tried 8 times to book a flight but we still don't have a balloon so we only get 25% of your money...."

FWIW I must have seen a dozen balloons in the sky yesterday on a trip to Sussex.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 02, 2010, 09:36:42 AM
I`ll just have to be patient. They have a cover all  - "pilot makes ultimate decision" and will no doubt come up with technical reasons why they could not fly. Just annoying to see another balloon and 2 parachutes up there as we drove home. I`d only driven 30 minues up the road but some had come over from Liverpool and Manchester with whole family in tow. I have to have 8 flights cancelled on me that I have tried to book within a year before I get 75% of the money back according to terms. I want to do it so will be patient but just cannot see us getting a more wind free  night there and am reluctant to travel further afield given this experience.

I think those terms and conditions are unfair, and a court would consider it so as well. Speak to your local trading standards or CAB.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on September 03, 2010, 04:20:09 PM
Sarah Kennedy is leaving Radio 2. I was reading the article when i came upon this section...

"In 2007, meanwhile, Radio 2 apologised after she said had almost run over a black pedestrian because she could not see him in the dark."

Honestly - i've not made it up! If you find it hard to believe, check it out... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11178849
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 03, 2010, 06:58:51 PM
That's nothing. When my best mate was working as a traffic cop there was a lorry driver, at night,  who ran over a woman in an orange top and white skirt, and he didn't stop because he thought he'd hit a traffic cone.

They only closed the road for 18 hours . . . .
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on September 03, 2010, 09:06:26 PM
I'm not surprised Sarah is going - she has not been happy since the WonderKind Chris Evans took the slot from 7am.

And she is ill a lot.

I like her I must admit, but then the standin whilst she is off at the moment is good too.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 05, 2010, 02:14:21 PM
How to become famous for more than 15 minutes!

Repitition!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11191964
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 14, 2010, 10:19:17 AM
THIS (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/09/first-sale-doctrine/)

Hardly worth laying out the cash for anything any more - especially if music and films follow down this invidious path.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 14, 2010, 11:10:50 AM
THIS (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/09/first-sale-doctrine/)

Hardly worth laying out the cash for anything any more - especially if music and films follow down this invidious path.

If you read the terms of software licenses, it states that you only have the right to use it, but you don't own it.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 14, 2010, 12:06:21 PM
THIS (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/09/first-sale-doctrine/)

Hardly worth laying out the cash for anything any more - especially if music and films follow down this invidious path.

If you read the terms of software licenses, it states that you only have the right to use it, but you don't own it.  ;D

And, excluding the Chinese & Russians, they wonder why there's so much software piracy.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 15, 2010, 11:20:21 PM
As I've posted before, I've retired. My wife and some others are of the belief that I'd be having second thoughts and generally feeling anxious about it. I'm not, couldn't give rat's a** about the old job. However, I've just learned that my Jeep is shot, the frame is rotten, and I have to scrap her. I'm broken hearted, I loved that little truck.  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on September 16, 2010, 02:18:59 AM
urgh should probably sleep at this time...
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 17, 2010, 06:23:44 PM
Why, when the Pope is speaking on TV and I close my eyes, can I see Herr Flick from 'Allo 'Allo? :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 23, 2010, 06:41:35 PM
Looking at a photostream on Flickr and discovered the photographer had listed over 12,000+ other people as contacts ???

Can you imagine looking through your  contacts' recent uploads ::).

Looking at his profile to see what sort of person would want that many contacts it was an amazing mixture of bull and self promotion that I think I've ever read, well nearly! ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 24, 2010, 11:53:08 AM
Having a conversation with a relative comparing where our elder relatives are now and where we're going to be in the future. He's trying to convince his wife that they/we don't have that many 'good' years left. That its time to travel and otherwise enjoy life before it passes us by. All this on the day my eldest turned 31. I really feel old.  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: SimonW on September 24, 2010, 12:38:24 PM
Yes, spend the kids' inheritance while you still can.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 24, 2010, 03:22:43 PM
Yes, spend the kids' inheritance while you still can.

Or before they spend it on what you would have done. Wine, women and song!  :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 24, 2010, 04:20:17 PM
I put a casting call out for a shoot I'm doing.  It's a client that's paying me to shoot all their new frocks so of course it's paid work for one or two models.  I've cut it down to a "short" list and am doing a casting/test shoot next week for about a dozen models.  This gives us a chance to work together and gives the client a chance to review their pictures (not a retouched portfolio)

Since it's paid work (and times are hard) and it's a chance to wear pretty frocks I had about 80 applicants.  So what bemused me?

1. Of those 80, only 2 complied with all the "rules" for application (contact via email with rate and experience - you wouldn't believe how many ways there are to get that wrong)

2. I invited the shortlisted models to the casting.  One said she was very happy to come to the studio and meet me but I wasn't allowed to take any pictures.  Like, you know, a test shoot.  All of a sudden she fell off the list.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on September 24, 2010, 04:26:34 PM
Her loss then
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 24, 2010, 05:50:48 PM
I invited the shortlisted models to the casting.  One said she was very happy to come to the studio and meet me but I wasn't allowed to take any pictures.  Like, you know, a test shoot.  All of a sudden she fell off the list.

She obviously has a crystal ball and knows she's going to be the next Lady Gaga or whatever and doesn't want you profiting from her image at that future date! What else can it be?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on September 24, 2010, 05:57:29 PM
      I seem to remember when asked the difference between a model and a supermodel, someone said (Crudely but acurately.)

      It's a bit like the difference between Tampax and SuperTampax......one costs more money and is a lot thicker!
                                                   Graham. :-[ :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 24, 2010, 06:54:51 PM
I invited the shortlisted models to the casting.  One said she was very happy to come to the studio and meet me but I wasn't allowed to take any pictures.  Like, you know, a test shoot.  All of a sudden she fell off the list.

She obviously has a crystal ball and knows she's going to be the next Lady Gaga or whatever and doesn't want you profiting from her image at that future date! What else can it be?

To be fair.....it's not impossible that a "photographer" would come up with a story about a paid shoot and then go "ah but you'll have to do a free test shoot first".  And that's about the least dodgy spin I can put on it.

I guess I'm more bemused that there are 78 ways to get 3 things wrong in an application :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 29, 2010, 03:13:42 PM
Went to a meeting for an artist group I belong to. Was informed that our new web site was up and running. I am bemused by the fact that I and another photog are not on it, because neither of us submitted our work or bio. All most simultaneously we replied.."What web site?" "No we didn't get the email."  Coincidence?  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 29, 2010, 07:26:17 PM

I guess I'm more bemused that there are 78 ways to get 3 things wrong in an application :)

We are talking about models not rocket scientists!  :2funny: :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 29, 2010, 10:12:10 PM
Do you think he should be carpeted for this?  :doh:

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Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 29, 2010, 10:40:05 PM
No way will he ever get airborne. ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 29, 2010, 10:52:57 PM
New guards for the commonwealth games!  :doh:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3156472/Monkeys-to-guard-athletes.html
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 30, 2010, 09:33:33 AM

I guess I'm more bemused that there are 78 ways to get 3 things wrong in an application :)

We are talking about models not rocket scientists!  :2funny: :legit:

Um, most of them have degrees...... :)

Anyway quick snap - http://peoplebyryan.com/photoblog/kayla-karen-white
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 30, 2010, 06:44:58 PM

Um, most of them have degrees...... :)


Media studies perhaps?  :dance:

Great shot.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on October 04, 2010, 09:15:33 PM
.... in a book that I've been promising myself to read for ages, 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists'  by Robert Tressell. It describes the attitudes of a group of workers, painters and decorators, and their conversations during their lunch break.

Thanks for the tip, I've been reading it in spare moments over the last month. Very intriguing book.

Ta.
Hugh
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 05, 2010, 09:30:03 PM
Watch this!  :tup:

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Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on October 07, 2010, 09:33:39 PM
My car is still in the garage having an oil leak on the gearbox sorted. This will be day 3 - if you don't include the 3 days it was in last time for 3 replacement wheel bearings and supposedly the gearbox.

It's all under warranty, so I'm not overly fussed at the moment - I want it all sorted before it runs out next year, but it just takes so much time.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 08, 2010, 10:57:13 AM
My car is still in the garage having an oil leak on the gearbox sorted. This will be day 3 - if you don't include the 3 days it was in last time for 3 replacement wheel bearings and supposedly the gearbox.

It's all under warranty, so I'm not overly fussed at the moment - I want it all sorted before it runs out next year, but it just takes so much time.

You are either a nation of extremely patient people, or this is normal? The only time I ever had to leave a vehicle for more than a day was when I had to have my Jeep's ECU replaced. The part was in a warehouse in Vancouver some 2000 miles away. Even parts for my German vehicles are warehoused somewhere within an hours drive.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on October 08, 2010, 04:56:03 PM
Watch this!  :tup:

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        Thanks for that Oldboy! I've passed it around a bit.
                          Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on October 08, 2010, 06:20:03 PM
You need to look at the WAMT thread now  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 08, 2010, 11:28:10 PM
Watch this!  :tup:

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        Thanks for that Oldboy! I've passed it around a bit.
                          Graham. :tup:

Thanks Graham, just surprised no one else has commented ot it.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 12, 2010, 05:09:57 PM
I bid on a Yashica J camera on EBAY for parts and won. It just arrived today from Australia. It apparently doesn't work, shutter won't fire and the cold shoe on top was reattached with a hot glue gun it looks like, other than that though, it looks miles better than my Yashica that I'd planned to fix up. It might be easier to fix this one, than mine if I could find a manual online.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 13, 2010, 12:26:19 PM
In the continuing saga of fixing my Rangefinder, I joined this YashicaForum where I posted a query on how I might free up the seized focus ring. I go back a few hours later to see if anyone's responded to discover my post isn't up. Thinking I flubbed something the first time I do the post again to discover all posting needs to be reviewed by Admin first. It's a camera specific forum and I'm posting in the Maintenance and Repair thread. What are they worried about? Surely they have spam filters if that's it.  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on October 13, 2010, 09:58:06 PM
Just been informed by comment on another forum that the horizon on the picture below is 0.3 degree out.... :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on October 13, 2010, 10:23:02 PM
And that 0.3 makes all the difference.





Not.

What a pathetic thing to say!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: nickt on October 13, 2010, 11:33:49 PM
Just been informed by comment on another forum that the horizon on the picture below is 0.3 degree out.... :knuppel2:
Oh yes, I can see it. ::) :-\
How sad.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 14, 2010, 02:22:47 AM
I'm gobsmacked! It certainly is. where's your sense of........

What kind of idiot would be that picky?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 14, 2010, 02:29:33 AM
In my haste to be smugly cutting edge I upgraded my Ubuntu system to 10.10 and promptly killed my wireless connections. Now I'm reinstalling 9.04 and trying to upgrade back to 10.04. Of course a Google inquiry has found dozens and dozens of similar complaints. Seems 10.10 isn't up to scratch in the wireless dept. it's apparently hit and miss.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 14, 2010, 06:24:32 AM
Just been informed by comment on another forum that the horizon on the picture below is 0.3 degree out.... :knuppel2:

And so it is. But the main thing wrong with it is that you have failed to correct for the curvature of the earth. What are you like, eh?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on October 14, 2010, 08:23:44 AM
Just been informed by comment on another forum that the horizon on the picture below is 0.3 degree out.... :knuppel2:

And so it is. But the main thing wrong with it is that you have failed to correct for the curvature of the earth. What are you like, eh?

Which forum ?
I have around a 100 seascapes I would like them to look at and measure the horizons.  :uglystupid2: :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on October 14, 2010, 11:25:35 AM
No it`s 0.28 degrees out I`d say Dave - great shot.

Of course what I have learned elsewhere is that you should have gone more off and stated it was a Dutch Angle - which evidently is the technical term for the tilted shots we all see. I find more and more of my shots are ditch angle when I look at them but some very subtly so  :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on October 14, 2010, 07:26:22 PM
The forum is "worldphotographyforum" which to be honest is not very good.. :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 16, 2010, 06:42:50 PM
This http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/offbeat/condom-in-burger-case-settled-14977969.html gives a whole new meaning to the term Big Whopper!  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Just Dave on October 16, 2010, 10:41:25 PM
Just been informed by comment on another forum that the horizon on the picture below is 0.3 degree out.... :knuppel2:

Shame on you Dave, dont know how you missed that, :2funny: Flippin fools
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on November 06, 2010, 08:26:07 PM
What, honestly, is the point of airport security?

Nice try. (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/05/international_flight_imposter/)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 08, 2010, 02:17:05 PM
What, honestly, is the point of airport security?

Nice try. (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/05/international_flight_imposter/)

Tell me about it, it appears one of my wife's medications contains nitroglycerin. When we went to fly out last week to Miami the TSA found 'explosive' residue on her hands. Nobody asked her if she takes medication for her heart, they just treated her like a potential terrorist, made her strip off her coat and sweater and frisked her all in public view, then they went through her carry on luggage. She hates flying, has to take tranq's to get by and this just put her in a tizzy before we even got on the plane.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on November 08, 2010, 04:32:09 PM
You can only work in airport security if you are too pathologically misanthropic to get a job as a traffic warden or tax inspector  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 10, 2010, 02:08:45 PM
The results of the Taylor Wessing portrait competition announced on the BBc news website and in BJP.

http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/1895182/david-chancellor-wins-taylor-wessing-photographic-portrait-prize

It's a strange world we live in sometimes. I'm not too sure if the editor of the BJP is damning the results with faint praise here.

'Though derided by many for its perceived preference for po-faced artiness and its obsession with images of sullen teenagers, the prize provides a unique barometer of contemporary portraiture and our changing attitudes towards representation," writes Simon Bainbridge, BJP's editor, in the magazine's November issue

It's nice of the BBC, on their piece on the results, to spare us the ridiculous and somewhat obscene by cropping the lady sitting outside her house devoid of her knickers. The BJP has no qualms in showing it in all it's glory, the picture I mean.  ;).
 
Didn't there used to be joke about keeping flies out of the house? :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on November 10, 2010, 03:13:48 PM
Well I like the first prize picture, Lamprou's picture, on the other hand, quite a long way the wrong side of tacky and pointless IMHO. The trouble is, I think I know which one is going to be remembered.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 10, 2010, 04:25:48 PM
Well I like the first prize picture, Lamprou's picture, on the other hand, quite a long way the wrong side of tacky and pointless IMHO. The trouble is, I think I know which one is going to be remembered.

Yes, in nightmares no doubt. That is as unphotogenic a subject as I can ever imagine.  :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 10, 2010, 04:50:12 PM
  Well, I find both front page pics a bit obscene in their own sweet way.
                                 Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 10, 2010, 06:31:06 PM
Didn't there used to be joke about keeping flies out of the house? :legit:

My father, when he was in the army and before been sent abroad, was given a lecture on VD by the medical officer who finished with these wise words, 'Remember flies spread diseases, so keep yours shut!  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 17, 2010, 04:56:06 PM
      The picture editor of the Derby Evening Telegraph requested that I send in some of my Motorhead pics before midnight on the evening of the show, so I did just that.
      I got this comment back via email.
                   
               "thanks Graham
nice pics
I will ask our entertainment people if they can squeeze one in - with your name on it of course - BUT I am not sure at this stage whether they will run anything as it happened already last night...
will email you to let you know ;O)
Very Best
Victoria :O)

       So. If you want to get a pic in the paper make sure you get it on the editors desk before the event actually happens!
                                       Graham.  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on November 17, 2010, 06:08:28 PM
Taylor Wessing Portraits shots - my god they are both rubbish to me. I obviously know nothing. The first seems too tightly cropped, totally uncomvincing as a hunter set up and subject to a little distortion. The 2nd would sit better as a Reader`s Wives snapshot and to be honest looking at the small pic I thought she had a todger!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 17, 2010, 06:29:40 PM
Those are the headline shocker shots.

I went to the exhibition yesterday and it was just wonderful - some very very good portraits indeed.  Personally I wouldn't have picked any of the top 3 - IMO there were much stronger images.

But the readers wives one did exactly what the organisers intended.  I saw 2 very posh ladies look at it and say to each other "that's disgusting!" and then they spent a fair while studying it so they could be properly disgusted.

Oh and out of interest I did a quick count - more naked men than women in the exhibition.  But you'd never guess that from the publicity.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on November 19, 2010, 03:40:27 PM
I dont know if I am bemused or shocked, caliper seal kit for my motorcycle. Basically 8 x 1 inch diameter rubber bands £46  :o :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 20, 2010, 03:23:21 PM
I dont know if I am bemused or shocked, caliper seal kit for my motorcycle. Basically 8 x 1 inch diameter rubber bands £46  :o :o

You're bemused, because you're shocked? :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 20, 2010, 03:36:27 PM
I dont know if I am bemused or shocked, caliper seal kit for my motorcycle. Basically 8 x 1 inch diameter rubber bands £46  :o :o
 

  Is'nt there a hydraulic supplies company anywere near you? I'll bet you can get a box of 200 for a quarter of the price. ;)
                          Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on November 20, 2010, 03:40:18 PM
I dont know if I am bemused or shocked, caliper seal kit for my motorcycle. Basically 8 x 1 inch diameter rubber bands £46  :o :o

Spose they've got you by the short and curlies, not being able to get the seals elsewhere.  I'm assuming they were genuine, and not pattern ones for that price?   Sometimes cheaper to get hold of a second hand calliper.  No guarantee how long that one will last though.

By the way, what bike have you got?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on November 20, 2010, 05:17:54 PM
I prefer to buy genuine, pretty much guaranteed fit. Could have got them for 1/3 the price off Ebay but ive been caught out before when I bought some drop links for the car & all 4 rubbers perished within 12 months. Hopefully I have fixed the front brakes, they where binding on & with the icy weather coming it had to be done. @Mick - its a tired looking 600 Bandit.

Heres a pic of the expensive spares with an 8mm spanner for scale.



Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 20, 2010, 06:29:45 PM
I prefer to buy genuine, pretty much guaranteed fit. Could have got them for 1/3 the price off Ebay but ive been caught out before when I bought some drop links for the car & all 4 rubbers perished within 12 months. Hopefully I have fixed the front brakes, they where binding on & with the icy weather coming it had to be done. @Mick - its a tired looking 600 Bandit.

Heres a pic of the expensive spares with an 8mm spanner for scale.





Since the picture isn't 3D I won't say with 100%, but those look like o-rings to me. I have to agree with Graham, a Hydraulic supply would probably been a better and cheaper source.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on November 20, 2010, 06:51:49 PM
The pic does not show it very well but they are actually square section & the smaller one (dust seal) is has ribs on its inner face where it touches the piston. On the up side the front brakes have had a good service, copper grease almost every where, new fluid & even had the master cylinder off to check flow both ways before reading on the net that these seals get hard with age and cause binding.

Simon
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 23, 2010, 12:29:35 PM
I was playing around with the Faces part of iPhoto. The things it "recognized" as a face. Heineken beer sign outside a pub, two sets of car wheels, a coat of arms. Two really blurry photos of who knows what. It pulled in the face of a garden gnome and more interestingly the face out of a framed photograph on my mantle. I'm seeing all sorts of faces from people I have no clue to, who must be in the background of shots.  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 23, 2010, 01:37:41 PM
maybe it was "iNebriated"  :D

But on another note - i was amused to be told that my mobile phone network is cancelling all of my contracts because they can no longer supply me with a service at my new abode.
This apparently is the result of them switching off the 2G signal and our phones not being able to find the 3G signal.

Amazing - this is the technology that had far greater redundancy than 2G with signal coverage and degradation - and yet is far worse where we will.
Suspect a bit of scrimping is going on with the infrastructure...
 
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 23, 2010, 01:44:41 PM
maybe it was "iNebriated"  :D

Apparently spare tires on Jeeps look like faces and apparently I done a lot of photography where there was a jeep somewhere in the background.


Amazing - this is the technology that had far greater redundancy than 2G with signal coverage and degradation - and yet is far worse where we will.
Suspect a bit of scrimping is going on with the infrastructure...
 

Now that I think of it, there were no bean counters in the Star Trek universe. Explains why there technology was so amazing!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 24, 2010, 12:44:07 PM
I remember reading a report a couple of weeks back that said Spam was down, but Malware was on the rise. Guess the spammers took that as some kind of challenge because I've gone from 3 or 4 a day to 10 to 12 in the last week.  :o>:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Skhilled on November 24, 2010, 03:36:10 PM
During the holidays, malware/trojans, etc. always rises...especially for websites. I've spent a few Christmas morns over the years helping others to get rid of it on their sites or help guard against it. :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 24, 2010, 05:06:51 PM
I remember reading a report a couple of weeks back that said Spam was down, but Malware was on the rise. Guess the spammers took that as some kind of challenge because I've gone from 3 or 4 a day to 10 to 12 in the last week.  :o>:(

3 or 4 a day?  I get about 200 a day.....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 24, 2010, 07:11:08 PM
I remember reading a report a couple of weeks back that said Spam was down, but Malware was on the rise. Guess the spammers took that as some kind of challenge because I've gone from 3 or 4 a day to 10 to 12 in the last week.  :o>:(

3 or 4 a day?  I get about 200 a day.....

Oops, didn't know a good thing when I had it.  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on November 24, 2010, 07:16:25 PM
My spam has gone down - between 10 and 30 a day are trapped at my host, and another 5 or 6 a day. Used to be 100 a day being trapped and another 20 or so by Outlook.

Worse I had was over 1000 a day  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 24, 2010, 07:36:37 PM
My spam has gone down - between 10 and 30 a day are trapped at my host, and another 5 or 6 a day. Used to be 100 a day being trapped and another 20 or so by Outlook.

Worse I had was over 1000 a day  >:(

I'm unlucky if I get one a month.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 26, 2010, 09:26:00 PM
Bernard Matthews died today. I wonder if he'll be stuffed before roasting.  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 26, 2010, 10:22:59 PM
He will be cremated at gas mark 6 for 4 hrs
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 26, 2010, 11:35:00 PM
   I find these comments realy tastless!.....A bit like his products I supose! :2funny:
                          Graham. :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 26, 2010, 11:51:11 PM
   I find these comments realy tastless!.....A bit like his products I supose! :2funny:
                          Graham. :knuppel2:

It was a bit of a turkey twizzler then?  :2funny: ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: irv_b on December 03, 2010, 06:58:28 PM
Just heard a report on the ITV news about a woman who phoned 999 because her snowman was stolen - more on the 10'clock news apparently  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 03, 2010, 07:55:53 PM
Just heard a report on the ITV news about a woman who phoned 999 because her snowman was stolen - more on the 10'clock news apparently  :(

This one: http://news.aol.co.uk/uk-news/story/women-calls-999-over-snowman-theft/1438060  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: irv_b on December 03, 2010, 08:02:23 PM
Just heard a report on the ITV news about a woman who phoned 999 because her snowman was stolen - more on the 10'clock news apparently  :(

This one: http://news.aol.co.uk/uk-news/story/women-calls-999-over-snowman-theft/1438060  :uglystupid2:
I only hope it is and there isn't two people that stupid in this country  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on December 04, 2010, 06:22:57 AM
Just heard a report on the ITV news about a woman who phoned 999 because her snowman was stolen - more on the 10'clock news apparently  :(

This one: http://news.aol.co.uk/uk-news/story/women-calls-999-over-snowman-theft/1438060  :uglystupid2:
I only hope it is and there isn't two people that stupid in this country  :o
            I'm going to have one of those "I'm not judgmental, but." moments.
            Read the quotes from the lady and see if you get the same image as me!
                             Graham. :uglystupid2: :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 04, 2010, 08:44:13 AM
Oxygen theif springs to mind
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 06, 2010, 12:41:31 PM
I don't know if this has been a popular DIY reno in Britain, but here in N.A. hard wood flooring has been. I don't think I'm exaggerating that there's been millions of renos done. I've done my whole house now. What's bemused me? Googled for projects/jobs I could do with the left over wood. I got 3 hits, 3! One of the suggestions was to burn it. I'm thinking there's millions of people like me, staring at a pile of leftover hardwood flooring going "there must be something I can use it for".
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on December 06, 2010, 05:40:51 PM
"there must be something I can use it for".

Yep there is, cut it to make frames for your photos, what better way to cut down on the cost of framing some prints....get them into local galleries as framed prints, nice xmas prezzies for friends and family.....if any of the planks are big enough make some nice little (or big) boxes again for gifts....I am of course assuming that you are talking about proper hardwood flooring i.e. left over planks etc and not what us brits call hard flooring which is MDF/Fibreboard/Chipboard which is then "laminated) (not sure what you call it in Canada) we have real hardwood flooring as well but over here it costs a bomb....

WBMT driving along the M4 Westbound just came over the Chiswick Flyover heading towards Heston and up ahead was the old flashing blue lights....some numpty on a MOPED with L Plates driving on the motorway the boys in blue had pulled him over and I am guessing after lots of talking to and fines/points etc they would then have had to escort him off the motorway......what an I D I O T  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 06, 2010, 06:05:14 PM
WBMT?

driving along the M25 on the section littered with variable speed limits.

Speed limits set at 40mph, with other signs interspersed saying "Fog - Slow Down"

If they think 40mph is too fast, why not just drop the speed d limit instead of confusing us - we are after all only ordinary road users!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 07, 2010, 11:14:41 AM
"there must be something I can use it for".

Yep there is, cut it to make frames for your photos, what better way to cut down on the cost of framing some prints....get them into local galleries as framed prints, nice xmas prezzies for friends and family.....if any of the planks are big enough make some nice little (or big) boxes again for gifts....I am of course assuming that you are talking about proper hardwood flooring i.e. left over planks etc and not what us brits call hard flooring which is MDF/Fibreboard/Chipboard which is then "laminated) (not sure what you call it in Canada) we have real hardwood flooring as well but over here it costs a bomb....

Yes, it is indeed real hardwood 3/4 in. and no, doesn't cost a bomb. I live in the land of endless forests afterall (well not where I live specifically). Picture frames, there's an idea.  ;D  I'll have to find a routing pattern for the daddo steps. And we have the other it's called a laminated 'floating' floor here. Popular for flooring in basements.

WBMT driving along the M4 Westbound just came over the Chiswick Flyover heading towards Heston and up ahead was the old flashing blue lights....some numpty on a MOPED with L Plates driving on the motorway the boys in blue had pulled him over and I am guessing after lots of talking to and fines/points etc they would then have had to escort him off the motorway......what an I D I O T  :o

And  had somebody come along in say, tractor trailer and run over his sorry a** it'd be the poor truck driver being blamed.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 07, 2010, 11:19:53 AM


Speed limits set at 40mph, with other signs interspersed saying "Fog - Slow Down"



They are posted for the lowest common denominator amoung us, like the aforementioned Moped operator.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 07, 2010, 06:27:45 PM
WBMT?  You guys are getting pounded with snow. North, East and West of me is getting pounded with snow. I'm looking at what the Weather people like to call a 'trace'. A dusting really. It's just so odd to watch the TV reports.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 07, 2010, 06:56:05 PM
WBMT?  You guys are getting pounded with snow. North, East and West of me is getting pounded with snow. I'm looking at what the Weather people like to call a 'trace'. A dusting really. It's just so odd to watch the TV reports.

Ah! Now we know where it came from!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 07, 2010, 07:34:34 PM
Here's a video to make you smile.  :2funny:

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Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 07, 2010, 09:41:55 PM
Here's a video to make you smile.  :2funny:

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That's just down the street from where I grew up.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: SimonW on December 07, 2010, 10:28:52 PM
Poor things. I'm glad the clip showed it ending well. (It did make me smile.)

Simon
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on December 08, 2010, 05:15:13 AM
  Bless 'em! :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on December 10, 2010, 06:20:02 PM
I've started getting Oriental (Chinese?) spam. I mean, even with nicknames used my name is in Western Alphabet and I think, recognizeably Anglo. What a waste of bits and Bytes. :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 10, 2010, 09:06:59 PM
I've started getting Oriental (Chinese?) spam. I mean, even with nicknames used my name is in Western Alphabet and I think, recognizeably Anglo. What a waste of bits and Bytes. :(

Is that classed as a takeaway?  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on December 17, 2010, 04:49:13 PM
WBMT...
Walked into Kingston at lunchtime.....haven't done it for a while, we have one of the recently refurbished Jessops in Kingston, the refurb seemed to consist of cutting the shop in half from a double unit to a single unit and having the staff standing around like members of the public so you're not sure if they are staff or customers.....and hey presto what has opened in the other unit next door that used to be part of Jessops.....
A JACOBS bang slam next door to the point that Jessops have put a sign in the window saying if you can find the same product cheaper within a 10 mile radius they will price match......Had a look in the Jacobs window and although I am a Sony user I was drooling somewhat at the Canon 500mm lens Jacobs had although at over £5000 that's an expensive piece of glass (looked like a mini rocket launcher as they had it on a tripod and angled up at about 45dg) Never used Jacobs so don't know what they're like but will have a look at some point just to check them out....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 17, 2010, 06:07:40 PM
I brought lots of camera stuff from Jacobs including D200 and D3 plus various lenses.

The local weather forecast on the BBC. On Thursday evening she warned for heavy snow on Saturday, this morning it's we aren't expecting heavy snow on Saturday but we're not sure, so the weather warning remains in place!  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on December 18, 2010, 07:37:40 AM
     The Jacobs in Derby is like one of those old fashiond sweets shops...full of tempting stuff. Also the staff there know their stuff.
     Only problem for me is that they no longer do part exchange and so in the last 12 months or so they've lost out on about £5,500 worth of my business.
     I went to the local LCE who do part exchange  and so.....Well, you get the picture.
                                       Graham. ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 20, 2010, 10:36:51 PM
You know things are bad when this happens!  :slol:

http://news.aol.co.uk/weird-news/story/heavy-snow-stops-santas-sleigh/1473912
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on December 21, 2010, 10:34:24 AM
Why is Huhne going to build 10,000 more useless wind turbines?

Just looked at the UK grid data and see that wind is currently producing 17mw (out of 54476mw demand), or because it is so little, effectively 0.0% of demand. Nuclear and coal are running flat out. This is because stationary anticyclones are not at all uncommon in the coldest of weather when demand reaches its peak. So not only will you chaps have to pay for another 10,000 white elephants, but you'll also have to pay for some real power stations, which you will have to keep running all of the time for when the wind stops blowing.

If you want a laugh (or a cry) look HERE (http://"http://www.bmreports.com/bsp/bsp_home.htm")

We have some turbines here in France, but thankfully there are not very many and they are little more than a sop for the watermelons. 85% of our electricity comes from nuclear (and indeed some 1.5% of yours is coming from French nukes as I write).



Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 21, 2010, 07:52:06 PM
85% of our electricity comes from nuclear (and indeed some 1.5% of yours is coming from French nukes as I write).


We were world leaders in Nuclear and developed the fast breeder reactors, but due to the lack of foresite by different governments who failed to invest in it, we now rely on the rest of the world to supply our power. Even worse, these same governments sold off all out utilities companies for short term gains.  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on December 22, 2010, 08:42:48 AM
85% of our electricity comes from nuclear (and indeed some 1.5% of yours is coming from French nukes as I write).


We were world leaders in Nuclear and developed the fast breeder reactors, but due to the lack of foresite by different governments who failed to invest in it, we now rely on the rest of the world to supply our power. Even worse, these same governments sold off all out utilities companies for short term gains.  >:(

It was the inevitable link between nuclear power and nuclear weaponry that put the political kibosh on the power production. Too many uneducated radicalised students that couldn't think beyond their own utopian teletubbie land. That and people are generally more afraid of nuclear power than any other form. I think it has to do with its invisibility - you can't sense radiation is there at all without additional equipment, while noxious fumes and the steady hum of windmills are readily discerned by the average person. Oddly, more radioactive substance has been added to the atmosphere by carbon based production (coal principally) than all the nuclear power plants combined (including Chernobyl and 3 mile island).

The strength of nuclear is providing a steady and large source of power. The amount of power cannot be quickly adapted to counter spikes, such as the East Enders brew up, whereas gas turbines and hydroelectric can be ramped up to counter short term demand increases.

The final mix of power sources has to take in a variety of production methods - providing both reliable massive steady capacity production and short term peak production. But I tend to agree with the views on wind power: generally ineffectual unless you are in a remote location and your needs are not critical. The energy density of wind is not terribly high.

H.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 23, 2010, 07:26:19 PM
This woman attempts to clear the ice from underneath her front wheels – not realising it’s the rear wheels which drive the 1 Series.

Getting more and more frustrated, the lady decides to stick her automatic BMW in ‘drive’ and get out and push it herself, hoping to jump back into the moving vehicle and head off on her delayed journey.

But she fails to straighten up the car’s wheels and as the BMW picks up momentum it veers off – crashing into a neighbour’s house.  :uglystupid2:

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Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on December 23, 2010, 08:20:15 PM
On similar lines.
Spot the error

(http://www.disco3.co.uk/gallery/albums/userpics/13062/wrong.jpg)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 23, 2010, 08:29:09 PM
Snow chains on the front wheels instead of the back.  :uglystupid2:

Do I win a prize?  :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on December 23, 2010, 11:27:16 PM
   Appropriate number plate! :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on December 28, 2010, 08:52:14 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-12082853

They obviously don't include wheely bin collecting in their calculations, or pothole counts or road gritting, or the pratts that live at No.13!
 Still apart from that it's not a bad place. ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on January 07, 2011, 02:30:47 AM
WBMT? Coming to the sudden realization that my mouse and internet browser have take the place of the TV and remote.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on January 07, 2011, 07:41:12 AM
WBMT? Coming to the sudden realization that my mouse and internet browser have take the place of the TV and remote.
       Know what you mean Spin!

                       http://3630245502958321368-a-1802744773732722657-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/sjlewisprojects/Home/the-ascent-of-man/image001.jpg?attachauth=ANoY7crXwQIcBhY_MoaBJO7Wr3X0AptVLnmTreUAI1NWjhXOcHgxr7gsFERYhNwa0sT2Q9zmeuVWHAWDzJl_pHnk4kF4y7otwKquiBo0sSti5QhSA7OV3tHmLMV1u6BWMOkXP5ihfB5Pt5hWqQQbxFURv1hs2Wx2BgIEXWPJvUGUazgH4JOKnZNl4UM5ormur1acWzaLUGnqCAkVamvs_pg9nPoFVUOz-PcgsSMuGoBg7Lk1jGbxRlA%3D&attredirects=0

    Sorry! Long link to a cartoon.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 10, 2011, 06:17:49 PM
Eggs.

Battery hen eggs, to be precise.

Saw on the news that the 'because of an EU directive' British supermarkets will not be allowed to sell eggs produced by battery hens from 2012.

I'll cut a complicated lecture on EU Directives short: The UK is the ONLY country in the EU to impose such a ban. But somehow this decision by the UK government is the EU's fault.

Now it is a given that the EU bureaucracy annoys everyone in Europe who isn't on the payroll, but blaming the EU for the dictatorial tendencies of UK government is a bit rich. But only to be expected, alas.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 10, 2011, 06:41:25 PM
Sorry Howard, don't know where you got this info.

A piece on Countryfile yesterday will explain it. Have a look at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00xjzqt/Countryfile_09_01_2011/

It's about halfway into the programme. It's all about a EU directive on new cage dimensions apparently which is already being implemented in the UK so that we can continue to enjoy our breakfast chukkies and soldiers.

Where the misunderstanding may have occurred is an egg farmer saying we should not allow eggs to be imported into the UK unless they have been produced under the new regulations. Knowing the peasant farmers of Europe and their propensity to ignore such regulations, I'm not sure he's right!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on January 10, 2011, 07:14:24 PM
  I have absolutley no evidence to support this, but I think you'll find that the UK is the ONLY country in the EU to take a blind bit of notice of what the EU says!
                                        Graham. :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 11, 2011, 08:01:12 AM
I think the French dream up the laws, the EU ratifies them, the UK implements them and everyone else ignores them if its going to cost them money and moan if the UK doesn't comply.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 11, 2011, 08:15:44 AM
I think the French dream up the laws, the EU ratifies them, the UK implements them and everyone else ignores them if its going to cost them money and moan if the UK doesn't comply.

It was ever thus. Those weasly foreign johnnies have a lot to be answer for. ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on January 11, 2011, 09:08:09 AM
Personally I would like to see a ban on eggs from caged hens regardless of which country they are layed in...the sooner the govnt's around the world ban caged and barn eggs the better....We only ever buy free range or organic eggs and wherever possible buy products that only have free range egg in, M&S are leading the way on this, I see Tesco are now beginning to promote pasta made with F.R. Egg. Any major push though needs to come from one of the big 4 saying they will only use F R Egg in all their products......my twopenneth worth.....

WBMT the idiot at the traffic lights texting on his mobile phone not realising that the cop car behind him was watching every move YAY 3 points and a £60.00 fine coming his way... :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 16, 2011, 11:30:41 AM
In this country if you avoid road tax/tolls you get a small fine, but other countries take a different view.  :'(

The brother of a farmer sentenced to life in prison in central China for evading road tolls has turned himself in to police, an official said, in a case that triggered a massive public outcry over the heavy punishment.

A court in Henan province sentenced farmer Shi Jianfeng to life imprisonment last month for fraud for avoiding road tolls that added up to more than 3.68 million yuan (£352,000).

But the court announced a retrial on Friday after news of the verdict triggered an uproar among Chinese.

Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter RSS On Saturday night, Shi's younger brother Shi Junfeng went to the public security bureau of Wuliang township in Henan to say his elder brother had taken the blame for him, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

A duty officer at the security bureau confirmed Shi Junfeng had turned himself in but said he did not know the details of the case.

Shi Junfeng said he had offered bribes to officials following his brother's detention and was promised that he would be released soon, Xinhua reported, citing police head Wang Xucan.

Shi, the farmer, was convicted of mounting fake military license plates on his two trucks to avoid paying tolls more than 2,300 times between May 2008 and January 2009 while he ran a business transporting gravel.

Military vehicles do not have to pay road tolls. In addition to the life prison sentence, he was fined two million yuan (£191,000).

Chinese internet users argued in online postings and commentaries that shorter sentences were given out for the more serious crimes of rape and murder.

The public outrage was so loud that the Pingdingshan Municipal Intermediate People's Court held a news conference to announce the retrial, with a court official saying the verdict may change because the defendant indicated he had accomplices, Xinhua said.

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on January 20, 2011, 03:08:54 PM
Strange goings on in the natural world. There has been a flock of American robins zipping back and forth behind my house for the past few days, they will rest in one or two of the maple trees for a few minutes and then zip back and forth again. Why is this strange? American Robins don't winter here. They are usually gone by Dec. and don't come back until Apr. They eat bugs, worms and berries and there are none about. When they are here in summer they're pretty solitary birds, unless mating.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 20, 2011, 07:29:47 PM
Strange goings on in the natural world. There has been a flock of American robins zipping back and forth behind my house for the past few days, they will rest in one or two of the maple trees for a few minutes and then zip back and forth again. Why is this strange? American Robins don't winter here. They are usually gone by Dec. and don't come back until Apr. They eat bugs, worms and berries and there are none about. When they are here in summer they're pretty solitary birds, unless mating.

The day after our big freeze ended, I saw a Caterpillar descend from a holly bush, so although you might not see them, there are insects around. If the Robins stay around, then there must be a food source they are using. In winter months with trees bear of leaves, they will flock together for protection.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on January 21, 2011, 01:58:07 PM
There ya go! An explanation that makes sense.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on January 21, 2011, 06:22:43 PM
I spent 3 hrs. driving around the Niagara Escarpment yesterday looking for one of these. With no luck. And look out my window this morning and there's one in my back garden.


(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10013/normal_hawk_0618.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=8739)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 21, 2011, 08:18:02 PM
Isn't it always the same. I missed a Kestrel today and he was only eight foot away.  :uglystupid2:

Cracking shot Spinner and well caught.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 10, 2011, 02:50:55 PM
Now I think I've head it all until I spotted this on AOL today.  :uglystupid2:

After "the wrong kind of snow" and "leaves on the line", train travellers have been given a new reason for delays - dew on the tracks.

Given the mildness of the weather and the fact that autumn is months away, London-bound commuters on services run by the Southern train company were surprised to hear that their journeys were being delayed by "poor railhead conditions" on Wednesday.

A Southern spokeswoman later explained: "This is a railhead phenomenon that happens at this time of the year". "Dew gets on the tracks and makes conditions difficult."

The problem led to delays for some early-morning commuters from the Uckfield area of Sussex, while services from Godstone and Tonbridge in Kent were also affected.

Can you believe it?  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on February 10, 2011, 07:14:13 PM
You can't fight these extreme weather conditions . .
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on February 11, 2011, 05:27:15 AM
You can't fight these extreme weather conditions . .
                Know what you mean Howard.
                I cycle to work and yesterday the breeze ruffled my hair and made me look foolish. I tell you, I nearly turned round and went home!
                                        Graham. :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 11, 2011, 10:04:03 AM
You can't fight these extreme weather conditions . .
                Know what you mean Howard.
                I cycle to work and yesterday the breeze ruffled my hair and made me look foolish. I tell you, I nearly turned round and went home!
                                        Graham. :D

Use a hairnet!  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Skhilled on February 13, 2011, 08:16:12 PM
LOL!

I spent 3 hrs. driving around the Niagara Escarpment yesterday looking for one of these. With no luck. And look out my window this morning and there's one in my back garden.


(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10013/normal_hawk_0618.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=8739)

Nice! I just keep missing the one in my back alley. Now that there's snow everywhere. I can see the blood splatters and feathers lying about from its morning meals. But still keep missing it. LOL At least, I've got the time narrowed down. Unfortunately, I tend to not be looking at that time for one reason or another.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on February 16, 2011, 08:01:49 AM
The prices of Olympic tickets! :o
Since the Olympic site is near the city, are the prices aligned to bankers' earnings? ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 16, 2011, 09:51:10 AM
The prices of Olympic tickets! :o
Since the Olympic site is near the city, are the prices aligned to bankers' earnings? ;)

Not a problem for them, as they will get free tickets via corporate hospitality!  :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on February 16, 2011, 10:18:05 AM
Wondering if I'm going to have to pay to get into Richmond Park, or down the river in Kingston/Richmond/Walton/Weybridge way for the cycling....these are all public areas and are around where I live....therefore I shouldn't be charged for wanting to go there, I've already paid for the use of these areas in my council tax and been charged for the Olympics in my council tax at the rate of a mars bar a week as well and I have ZERO interest in the olympics, especially as a football club is going to be taking over the stadium which in my opinion should not be happening the stadium should be for athletics and maybe concerts etc as per the original legacy we have enough football stadiums in this country as it is....if it wouldn't be a danger to the wildlife I'd be tempted to put a load of carpet tacks all along the cycle route....bah humbug to the Olympics.....AND BREATHE, RANT OVER
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on February 18, 2011, 08:45:25 PM
For just over three weeks our Merc has been misfiring, running like petrol was getting into the engine in blobs and developing so little power it would barely get up the hill on the way to town.

Today it went in for a diagnostic check. You guessed - it started first time and ran like new all the way to the dealership. I get the results back tomorrow, but I bet they didn't find anything. And that on Monday when I start it it'll barely move under it's own steam.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on February 19, 2011, 01:22:08 PM
Well, they only charged €121.68 for plugging it into their diagnostic machine. B*st*rds. And then they came up with 'an intermittent ECU/MAF fault' which I could have told them. Diagnosis, replace the lot, only €1,400. See previous one word sentence for my thoughts on that.

Luckily the ECU/MAF is repairable (not by Mercedes I hasten to add, who will only sell you a new one)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on February 19, 2011, 01:48:53 PM
Luckily the ECU/MAF is repairable (not by Mercedes I hasten to add, who will only sell you a new one)

Be very wary of cheap airflow meters, replaced mine recently and was given 2 options £50 or £100. The guy in the shop told me to buy the cheap one only if i was selling in the next fortnight! I read up on the net and he was being honest. The car (diesel) was extremely slow & sluggish, pulled the plug off the MAF and it came back to life proving this was the problem, It was sluggish all the time though not intermittent.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on February 19, 2011, 02:13:07 PM
Ah the joy of Mercedes - you can't just change the MAF on mine, you have to change the ECU with it, as it is built in and inaccessible without it being fully dismantled. I'm not buying a MAF, but having the original unit rebuilt.

The same warning you have given applies to oxygen sensors too ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 02, 2011, 12:22:06 AM
The Met office confirmed that February was the second dullest on record.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 02, 2011, 09:05:45 AM
...and the forecast for the next 5 days in this neck of the woods shows no glimmer of sun either! What's going on? Yet we have bluebells flowering in the garden!
I think it's the coalition that's to blame! ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on March 02, 2011, 09:15:35 AM
And we've got daffs round where we are...sure the forecast this morning though said there would be a chance of sun showing through later....at least for the South of London/Surrey/Hants...shall wait and see though, will only take a slight wind change and we won't get anything at all.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 02, 2011, 10:25:43 AM
Watch this film.  :tup:

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 02, 2011, 11:32:01 AM
Thanks for Oldboy, wonderful.
In those days it would seem to be that the business to be in was Hats, nobody in the whole sequence was without a hat that I could spot!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on March 02, 2011, 12:44:22 PM
It was superb, love the way everything just mingled together and although there were a couple of close calls nobody got hit..amazingly....
Is that what it was really like back then OB & Abers?... ;D :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on March 02, 2011, 12:46:21 PM
It's cloudy, with sunny breaks and very windy here. It's on the freeze mark and forecast to get colder throughout the day with a drop to -8 by afternoon. I can't expect to seen flowers for another 2 months.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 02, 2011, 02:54:16 PM
It was superb, love the way everything just mingled together and although there were a couple of close calls nobody got hit..amazingly....
Is that what it was really like back then OB & Abers?... ;D :legit:

Pretty much so, although if I remember correctly there were a good few penny-fathings on the street! I always got the little wheel at the back caught in the tram tracks. No bikes of any description in this film. :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on March 02, 2011, 05:07:44 PM
No bikes of any description in this film. :tup:

          Apart from the one 17 seconds in, overtaking the tram, no lights, no helmet!
          I think it's safe to say Alan, with observation like that, you would'nt last 5 seconds on a bike on todays roads! :knuppel2:
          Lovely bit of film, organised chaos and no road rage.
                       Graham. :tup:
 
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 02, 2011, 06:17:39 PM
No bikes of any description in this film. :tup:

          Apart from the one 17 seconds in, overtaking the tram, no lights, no helmet!
          I think it's safe to say Alan, with observation like that, you would'nt last 5 seconds on a bike on todays roads! :knuppel2:
          Lovely bit of film, organised chaos and no road rage.
                       Graham. :tup:
 

Quite right Graham, I hung up my clips ages ago, and I couldn't wear a bunch of bananas on my head for love nor money! ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on March 02, 2011, 06:29:24 PM
No bikes of any description in this film. :tup:

          Apart from the one 17 seconds in, overtaking the tram, no lights, no helmet!
          I think it's safe to say Alan, with observation like that, you would'nt last 5 seconds on a bike on todays roads! :knuppel2:
          Lovely bit of film, organised chaos and no road rage.
                       Graham. :tup:
 

Quite right Graham, I hung up my clips ages ago, and I couldn't wear a bunch of bananas on my head for love nor money! ::)

          I know what you mean about the helmet thing.
          Iv'e been cycling to work for 15 years now and never had an accident (Seen hundreds ;D). A couple of weeks ago I got the feeling that my luck could'nt hold out much longer and I now wear a helmet.
          It's a bit like when we were told we had to wear seat belts by law. I would'nt think of riding without a helmet now, just as I would'nt drive without a seat belt.
                                   Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 18, 2011, 09:06:07 AM
Epic fail.  :2funny:

http://www.guandongenterprisesltd.com/
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on March 18, 2011, 03:59:15 PM
Epic fail.  :2funny:

http://www.guandongenterprisesltd.com/
          Get yours now! They'er going to be worth a fortune. :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 18, 2011, 04:22:33 PM
   :2funny: This is priceless, but what were you doing looking for royal wedding memorabilia?  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on March 18, 2011, 07:21:50 PM
Hope no-one tells them before they go in to production - I want one ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 18, 2011, 08:15:46 PM
   :2funny: This is priceless, but what were you doing looking for royal wedding memorabilia?  :D

I wasn't. It was posted on AOL.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 22, 2011, 08:42:59 AM
As some of you may have noticed, I'm rather partial to a bit of Black and White, photographically speaking, although the whiskey is quite acceptable.

So when I got this month's B+W magazine with the deatails of their 2011 POTY competition, the old noddle started to think about what I might stand a chance with. That's until I got to the bit about Entry Fees. Now over at Pradar there has been the rumblings of discontent that would make the Libya affair look like a walk in the park, since they decided to charge a tenner to enter.

Whilst it's early days yet I think perhaps the B+W mag affair will far surpass that and I'm sure it will be raised at the U.N. along the same lines with all sorts of resolutions calling for the editor to be hunted down and blown to bits by a cruise missile at least.

Why. Because if you decide to enter the B+W POTY section, comprising 3 related prints and each of the other 8 categories you will need to shell out a mind boggling £48. :doh:

Have magazines decided that selling subscriptions as a source of revenue is to be abandoned and charging for competition entries a better way of making a profit :-\

Have a look
ttp://www.bpoty.com
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 22, 2011, 12:57:20 PM
Ah, but for you Alan it's not so much a gamble as an investment . .
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on March 25, 2011, 01:58:28 AM
I know I'm looking the proverbial gift horse in the mouth, but, I downloaded the new "free" version of Serif's Photo Plus. I'm bemused by the fact that it won't save my RAW files in any format other than their Spp format. What good is that? No printing service will be able to print from it.  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on March 25, 2011, 07:44:06 AM
Simon,

I think you need to go File / Export, instead of File / Save as.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on March 26, 2011, 09:50:16 AM
So it does, I see it actually gives the option of viewing it in 4 different formats so you can choose, but I don't really see the point. I don't know how it works in the U.K. but here JPG is the only format I can submit to a printer.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on March 26, 2011, 10:09:37 AM
Serif does have a habit of changing stuff from the normal way of doing things.  Why, I haven't a clue.

To be honest using the "save as" command would have been my first route, but they love the word export, and tend to use it on most of their software.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on March 26, 2011, 10:16:50 AM
I guess they need to do something substantially different from P.S. to prevent some copyright infringement I guess. Otherwise it looks a lot like CS5. But it's free and I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 26, 2011, 10:18:20 AM
Serif does have a habit of changing stuff from the normal way of doing things.  Why, I haven't a clue.

To be honest using the "save as" command would have been my first route, but they love the word export, and tend to use it on most of their software.

Might be something to do with the commerical pinting world, as QuarkXpress also use export.  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on March 26, 2011, 01:51:31 PM
    What bemused me yesterday.
                   I was reading the lable on my jar of Marmite (It was one of those sort of days.) and I noticed that it was "100% vegetarian."
                   As apposed to what exactly?  97.2% vegetarian...Did they used to have a big vat of the stuff bubbleing away and chuck a dead cows head in just to help things along a bit.
                                         Graham. :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 26, 2011, 08:20:25 PM
With Serif you chose file>export optimiser and then chose the file format from the drop down box. I have the full version of X4 and it has loads of options. Make sure you don't use the lossless jpg option though, hardly anything else understands it. Very useful for editing something and going back to it later.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on March 27, 2011, 02:42:33 AM
Did a day trip down to Buffalo NY. Got a terrific deal on SD cards. 4 Gig for $10 so I bought 3. Got hone and discovered my D50 can't handle anything over 2 Gig. :o :'( My daughter is now the proud owner of 12 Gigs of storage as her Fujifilm does handle them.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on March 28, 2011, 11:10:40 AM
Bathroom tap sprung a leak, flexible tap connector, why? its been there for years. My biggest problem was getting parts of my self into and under the stupid little cabinet SWMBO took a fancy to when we last did the bathroom. So the dilemma is do i go on a diet or buy a bigger cabinet next time.

Simon
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 28, 2011, 08:01:55 PM
Bathroom tap sprung a leak, flexible tap connector, why? its been there for years. My biggest problem was getting parts of my self into and under the stupid little cabinet SWMBO took a fancy to when we last did the bathroom. So the dilemma is do i go on a diet or buy a bigger cabinet next time.

Simon

Neither! Get her to fix it.  ::)  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on March 30, 2011, 07:42:17 PM
I just got asked to be guest speaker at a camera club.  Apparently they have 4 speakers per year - last one was Mark Cleghorn.  I'm pretty sure we disagree about a couple of things.... :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on March 31, 2011, 01:01:26 PM
I won`t fall for the signature trick twice Jonathan - or will I :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on March 31, 2011, 09:14:59 PM

Well your signature is rather a cool way to welcome a newbie Jonathan - Maybe I will be doing some building work to clear the studio floor tomorrow  8) :2funny:

  :idea: Does it mean I do not have to introduce myself  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 31, 2011, 11:39:28 PM
Welcome to the site beauxreflets.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on April 01, 2011, 12:28:33 AM

Well your signature is rather a cool way to welcome a newbie Jonathan - Maybe I will be doing some building work to clear the studio floor tomorrow  8) :2funny:

  :idea: Does it mean I do not have to introduce myself  ;)

Hi beauxreflets, and welcome to CC.   :tup:  Any questions about finding your way around the site, just shout.  ;)

And please don't get freaked out by Johnathan's signature, it says the same to all of us who read it. ;)  It's just a little bit of bbcode
Code: [Select]
[you] used in our signatures, which echo's the name of the person reading it.  See here,  http://cameracraniums.com/forum/index.php?topic=1868.0
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on April 01, 2011, 05:36:44 AM
Hi beauxreflets and welcome. You`ll find this site a bit more informative and mature than some we know  ;)
I know I`ll be spending more time here now. Some great photographers and loads of knowledge and expertise around here and the weekly comp if you want to give it a go.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on April 01, 2011, 08:36:03 AM
Welcome Andy.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on April 01, 2011, 09:44:07 AM
With Serif you chose file>export optimiser and then chose the file format from the drop down box. I have the full version of X4 and it has loads of options. Make sure you don't use the lossless jpg option though, hardly anything else understands it. Very useful for editing something and going back to it later.

Howard, I've just ordered x4, got their customer loyalty email offering it to me for £29 so I took them up on it.  Actually the offer expired on Sunday, and I rang them on the following Wednesday to see if I could still get the offer.  Ended up being offered PhotoPlus X4 and PagePlus X5 both with free carriage, free PanoramaPlus, a free pack of photo paper, and printed manuals, for £59.  As I use both programs that's a absolute bargain IMO.  Can't ever see Adobe doing this kind of thing.  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 01, 2011, 11:43:18 AM
Can't ever see Adobe selling anything at all for that price.

I've sent you a PM Mick.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on April 01, 2011, 03:04:34 PM
iMac issues. Have had a couple which I posted on MacForums. I thought them bizarre and so it would appear they were as no one has ever replied to them. Lots of views but no answers. I'm so used to posting an MS query and getting dozens of responses it's a bit maddening.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on April 06, 2011, 01:37:20 PM
So petrol is dear. Someone has just informed me that printer ink works out at £5,200 a gallon. :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on April 06, 2011, 02:49:39 PM
and probably doesn't get you very many prints either not that petrol gets you good quality prints either  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 06, 2011, 08:49:54 PM
and probably doesn't get you very many prints either not that petrol gets you good quality prints either  ???

Yes, but it helps with the bad shots, as they burn faster.  :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on April 07, 2011, 07:30:55 AM
Beer isn't exactly cheap per gallon either - not that I know what the price is, as I haven't bought one in the pub for ages.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on April 10, 2011, 02:39:32 PM
It's been a week now, since I posted my iMac question and still no answer. I decided to run my own username and discovered since getting the Mac, I have posted about 8 queries on issues I'd had. 4 of the 8 have never been replied to. I'm wondering if I bought a Jinxed machine.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on April 10, 2011, 02:44:06 PM
2nd thing that has bemused me today, seeing all the posted flower and insect photos. It's still all gray and brown here. Right now ( almost 10 am.) it's a thick overcast to the point I have to have lights on instead of enjoying sunshine.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on April 20, 2011, 08:04:02 AM
It's payback time with a vengeance. Just read that PR man and sometime PM man Cameron has ennobled some 117 people in the past year. He shouldn't have made all those silly off the cuff promises on his climb up the greasy pole, because apparently this has made the House of Lords a somewhat overcrowded and a difficult place to work in. The queue to register expenses is becoming quite rowdy and unmanageable and spaces to doze off on the benches are at a premium.

They're not all 'yes men' as is usually the case, he's been looking out for NO men in the run up to the AV referendum!

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beryl on April 21, 2011, 03:59:43 PM
This did
Hope it works

(http://cameracraniums.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=587.0;attach=988;image)



It doesn't So will have to work on it. Sorry
Wll it does work it's an animation but it won't work in the post :'(

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 21, 2011, 05:00:03 PM
Isn',t this just poetic Justice


PERTH - An SAS trooper collecting toys for children was stabbed when he helped
stop a suspected shoplifter in east Perth .

The 'Toys-R-Us' Store Manager told 'The West Australian' that a man was seen on
surveillance cameras last Friday putting a laptop under his jacket at the store.

When confronted, the man became irate, knocked down an employee, pulled a knife
and ran toward the door.
Outside were four SAS Troopers collecting toys for the "Toys For Tots" program.

Smith said the Troopers stopped the man, but he stabbed one of them, in the back.
The cut did not appear to be severe.

The suspect was transported by ambulance to the Royal Perth Hospital with two
broken arms, a broken leg, possible broken ribs, multiple contusions and assorted
lacerations including a broken nose and jaw...

Injuries he apparently sustained when he tripped whilst trying to run after the stabbing.

One of the Troopers said, "He was a clumsy B A S T A R D."

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on April 22, 2011, 12:04:11 PM
PhotoRadar sent me a "VIP" email.

It leads with a lovely image advertising their tutorials for aspiring wedding pros.

For the life of me I can't figure out what the reflector is doing.  I must need one of their courses.

(http://homepage.mac.com/jonathan_ryan/filechute/reflector.jpg)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on April 22, 2011, 02:14:13 PM
He is trying to hide his shirt with it... ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on April 22, 2011, 03:05:17 PM
Perhaps it's a spot the unusual shadows compelation  :tup:  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: nickt on April 22, 2011, 04:49:04 PM
To me, it looks like he's throwing light back into the shadows/faces. Should he therefore be further to the right and have a bigger reflector?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 22, 2011, 05:09:06 PM
Perhaps he reflecting black light!  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on April 22, 2011, 05:40:39 PM
To me, it looks like he's throwing light back into the shadows/faces. Should he therefore be further to the right and have a bigger reflector?

But there is no extra light in the faces......

Reflectors work like stationary tennis rackets.  Light comes in, hits them and bounces off at the opposite angle it came in at.  They also throw back (far) less than 100% of the light that hits them.

The reflector is pretty much perpendicular to the light (you can see the sun pretty clearly from the shadows) which means it will skip off and vanish to picture right.  And there really won't be much of it.  Considerably less light will be hitting it than the back of the "groom's" head and only a portion will get reflected in the wrong direction.  If it were working, you'd see a shimmery light on their faces.

There's a theory on Twitter that this is part of an article about bouncing a flash into a reflector which is something I've done many times but.....

1. There's no flash or trigger on either of the cameras
2. You can roughly see where it would throw the light from the reflector shadow (caused by the BTS guy's on camera flash).  That's mainly into the pillar (this could vary a bit depending on striking angle.  But not enough ;) )

It's a nicely set up shot that some muppet has put a guy in an ugly shirt with a reflector in.  It annoys me that this will be used to teach people about "using a reflector to add catchlights" when that's total nonsense.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on April 22, 2011, 06:34:41 PM
 That shirt would create one hell of a colour cast!
                   Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 22, 2011, 06:46:35 PM
Aside from Dave's astute observation about shirt concealment the reflector could also be:
1. To give the assistant a sense of self worth by getting him to do something he thinks is helpful or
2. Give the bride a reflection so that she can fine tune her pout or
3. He is actually nothing to do with the photographer and the face of the disk he is holding is covered in velcro so that he can catch the tennis ball being throw at him by the other player just out of shot.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on April 22, 2011, 08:46:38 PM
Or perhaps it's a  :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beryl on April 22, 2011, 09:16:15 PM
I think he's singing ' Hey Mr Tambourine man. I have lost my wedding bells '
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: nickt on April 22, 2011, 11:53:22 PM
To me, it looks like he's throwing light back into the shadows/faces. Should he therefore be further to the right and have a bigger reflector?

But there is no extra light in the faces......

Reflectors work like stationary tennis rackets.  Light comes in, hits them and bounces off at the opposite angle it came in at.  They also throw back (far) less than 100% of the light that hits them.

The reflector is pretty much perpendicular to the light (you can see the sun pretty clearly from the shadows) which means it will skip off and vanish to picture right.  And there really won't be much of it.  Considerably less light will be hitting it than the back of the "groom's" head and only a portion will get reflected in the wrong direction.  If it were working, you'd see a shimmery light on their faces.

There's a theory on Twitter that this is part of an article about bouncing a flash into a reflector which is something I've done many times but.....

1. There's no flash or trigger on either of the cameras
2. You can roughly see where it would throw the light from the reflector shadow (caused by the BTS guy's on camera flash).  That's mainly into the pillar (this could vary a bit depending on striking angle.  But not enough ;) )

It's a nicely set up shot that some muppet has put a guy in an ugly shirt with a reflector in.  It annoys me that this will be used to teach people about "using a reflector to add catchlights" when that's total nonsense.
So if he was further to the right, would there not be some fill light reflected back to the bride and groom? Looking at the shadow of the B&G, the sun is to the left and would bounce back to them if he was further to the right.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on April 26, 2011, 08:16:42 AM
It leads with a lovely image advertising their tutorials for aspiring wedding pros.

For the life of me I can't figure out what the reflector is doing.  I must need one of their courses.

I'm wondering just how much of the B&G can be seen from the camera. Looks like they might need a smidge of gravitational lensing from the stone pillar to be seen by the camera.

H.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 26, 2011, 02:47:50 PM
Recession! What recession!  :o

In Birmingham today and noticed the Jessops's shop has been refitted inside and out.  :dance:

Frontage.
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Inside.
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Click image for bigger size.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on April 26, 2011, 03:25:13 PM
It does not look very busy OB  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 26, 2011, 06:56:08 PM
No, it appears there where more staff than customers, but it was taken at 11:00am today, after the bank holidays.  :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on April 26, 2011, 07:22:27 PM
Hope they've had the staffs' brains refitted!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Simple on April 27, 2011, 08:44:34 AM
The staff at Jessops has brains???????? :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on April 27, 2011, 09:20:47 AM
They probably do  :dance: Lots of companies and organisations cannot be Rsed to train their staff properly  :beer:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on May 14, 2011, 07:19:02 AM
Reading the news on the BBC website I was more amused that bemused.
The juxtaposition of two headlines.

UK Woman Beheaded in Tenerife.        Hacking Payout For Sienna Miller.  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on May 17, 2011, 10:35:31 AM
Why do salespeople  " Just happen to be in the area "
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on May 17, 2011, 01:45:29 PM
Because they are stalking vunerable holders of the purse strings  :2funny:  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on May 17, 2011, 06:14:57 PM
Sort of a local news event - the fact that Nicolas Sarkozy still hasn't made any comment about the arrest of Dominic Strauss-Kahn in New York. Probably still hasn't stopped running around the Elysêe Palace doing cartwheels and laughing his head off, pausing only to shout 'get in!' at various intervals.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on May 18, 2011, 05:14:32 PM
Advertising various room attendant positions across the country at the moment from Birmingham to Plymouth and across Surrey and Sussex as well...had LOADS of CV's come in and at least the last 8 I have looked at, people have listed photography as either one of their interests or one of their "qualifications" and a couple claim they do photography in their spare time to earn some extra money.....where did I go wrong???  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on May 19, 2011, 11:22:17 PM
It's common sense that if a dog chases a Swan into the pond, and you are holding the lead - then let go else, you end up in the water.  :uglystupid2:

Oops!!!
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Click each picture for bigger size.


Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on May 20, 2011, 08:19:25 AM
lol oldboy - great capture. Bet she felt silly! ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on May 20, 2011, 08:49:54 AM
WBMT.
Entered four prints for consideration for The 2011 London Salon. Three I considered stood a reasonable chance of success and the fourth was really a bit of a 'make-weight'.

Guess which one was accepted :o. Funny old game photography. ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: michaelb104 on May 20, 2011, 08:53:49 AM
It's common sense that if a dog chases a Swan into the pond, and you are holding the lead - then let go else, you end up in the water.  :uglystupid2:

Oops!!!


Brilliant Oldboy.
I bet you wish you’d had the video switched on, you could be £250 better off now.  I wonder what Harry Hill would have come up with to say about it  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on May 20, 2011, 10:30:33 AM
Advertising various room attendant positions across the country at the moment from Birmingham to Plymouth and across Surrey and Sussex as well...had LOADS of CV's come in and at least the last 8 I have looked at, people have listed photography as either one of their interests or one of their "qualifications" and a couple claim they do photography in their spare time to earn some extra money.....where did I go wrong???  ::)
Forgive my ignorance, but what is a "room attendant" ?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on May 20, 2011, 04:54:25 PM
Advertising various room attendant positions across the country at the moment from Birmingham to Plymouth and across Surrey and Sussex as well...had LOADS of CV's come in and at least the last 8 I have looked at, people have listed photography as either one of their interests or one of their "qualifications" and a couple claim they do photography in their spare time to earn some extra money.....where did I go wrong???  ::)
Forgive my ignorance, but what is a "room attendant" ?

   I wonderd that!   Would the room in question be a lavatory perchance?
                                 Graham. ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on June 03, 2011, 09:47:31 AM
So I've been buying a bunch of ultra light kit for my trek in Peru (who knew that a pair of jeans could weight more than a lens....?).

Big bundle came yesterday from an online store that was having a sale :D.  Bunch of T shirts, some dry bags and a first aid kit came to a shade under a kilo.  However the parcel weighed over 2 kilos.  The tags on the shirts telling me how light they were and the plastic bags they were in weighed more than the kit itself....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on June 03, 2011, 11:05:44 AM
Having been so called removed from the registration system (as requested) on a certain site many are familiar with - I still get notification of threads coming through my inbox.  :uglystupid2:. They certainly need to get something sorted out there, as that simply confirms I made the right move.  :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on June 03, 2011, 11:38:40 AM

Forgive my ignorance, but what is a "room attendant" ?
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Ah sorry I somehow missed this post.....so sorry for late reply, a room attendant in Ye Olde Englishe is a chambermaid but as that is considered not very pc now we have to use new fangled terminology.
A room attendant basically cleans a hotel room (yes including the bathroom and toilet) for mimimum wage not much thanks and damn hard work....

Jonathan funny how that works out I ordered a couple of A3 prints from DSC Colour Labs a few weeks ago and the postage was more than the 2 prints (of course if I'd ordered more prints then it would have been less on the postage which is weird when you think about it)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 04, 2011, 08:49:49 AM
My gob has never been so smacked when I read the attached.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-13641709

What is going on? I know there are many fat cats getting fatter via the Olympics, but now the 'counselling fraternity' is getting a share of the cake. ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: nickt on June 04, 2011, 09:02:33 AM
I can understand if you've been out in Afganistan for a few months or you've been a prisoner of war, you might require this type of counselling, but walking around Britian with a torch? This beggars belief!! I wonder if our soldiers actually get any counselling.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on June 05, 2011, 07:31:58 AM
My Pentax 55-300 which previously went WHRRRRRRRRRRRR CLUNK when you focussed now goes WHRARER...WHARER..WHRARER...CLUNK [YES IT IS THAT LOUD ::) ].......should I be worried??  :knuppel2: :P
.....probably stick to the 70-200 today...don't wan't to frighten the dogs...... :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on June 05, 2011, 08:18:11 AM
More trip shopping bemusement.

1. I bought a really cheap nylon belt off eBay.  It was about 7 quid and it has a zip running along it you can stuff money in.  Cheap product, unknown seller.  Second time I tried it I pulled the zip tab off (so I now actually have money stuck in there - I'll have to cut it out).  I emailed the seller.  Instant apology and next day I received a replacement.  Unknown seller with very cheap product on the dodgiest site in the world = great service.

2. I bought a really expensive pair of trousers from Craghoppers.  They are designed by (don't laugh) Bear Grylls.  Mainly they are tough and protect against leishmaniasis.  They cost an eye watering £75 (Google up leishmaniasis if you think that's not worth it).  First pair: laughably small and the button holes hadn't been cut at all so even if they fitted they are faulty.  Second pair (ordered a size larger - their sizing is definitely wrong): button broke after 2 days (due to reinforcement it's not possible to replace this button....).  Third pair: button holes too small for buttons and had to be cut to even make them work, I've already heard some stitching go.  Each time the CS at Craghoppers is the same "well if you want to send them back we can take a look and maybe get another pair to you within 10 days or so....".  So I've actually paid nearly £200 to them for 3 pairs of trousers and am waiting for a refund on 2 and holding my breath on the third.  Big company with expensive products = terrible QC and lousy service.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: SimonW on June 05, 2011, 09:25:38 AM
Leishmaniasis sounds very nasty indeed. I'm very glad I don't need protection from that in this part of the world.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on June 05, 2011, 10:21:09 AM
     Jonathan. You know the bit where you said "They are designed by (don't laugh) Bear Grylls. "?
     I'm afraid I laughed a bit, sorry.
     You lucky they were'nt fashioned out of banana leaves and tied around the waist with a dead snake!
                                     Graham.  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on June 05, 2011, 11:15:30 AM
     Jonathan. You know the bit where you said "They are designed by (don't laugh) Bear Grylls. "?
     I'm afraid I laughed a bit, sorry.
 

Right, that's you off my Christmas card list..... :D

In better news, just done my first test pack of my trekking pack (srsly, my luggage is complicated....).

Pack + sleeping bag + clothes + waterproofs + warm jacket + spare shoes + 2 cameras and tripod come to 10.5 kilos.  There's half a kilo of junk plus 2 kilos of water to add but I may sneak in under 13 kilos total.  Which is TBH a relief.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 05, 2011, 11:41:48 AM

Pack + sleeping bag + clothes + waterproofs + warm jacket + spare shoes + 2 cameras and tripod come to 10.5 kilos.  There's half a kilo of junk plus 2 kilos of water to add but I may sneak in under 13 kilos total.  Which is TBH a relief.

What, no lenses!  :o

You could take my 400mm F2.8 plus tripod which weighs 12 kilos.  :-*
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on June 05, 2011, 12:19:58 PM

What, no lenses!  :o

50 and a 20.  Plus the P7000 in case I need a tele.  I'd hoped to squeeze the 105 in as well (I'll have it in Peru) but sadly it's too heavy. 
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on June 06, 2011, 04:54:10 PM
  I bought a new cycle the other week. :dance:   ( Sorry cyclist haters. :knuppel2:)
  Anyway. How did Amazon get to hear about it? They keep suggesting that I may like to buy the latest Lance Armstrong biog. etc. (Goes straight to spam.)
  Have they seen my Visa bill, or been snooping around my garage?
                     Graham. :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on June 06, 2011, 05:34:59 PM
Did you look for a new bike on Amazon before buying elsewhere?

I accidentally bought a new bike a couple of months ago, spent my 'get a new lens' savings on it. Well, it just looked so nice and my old bike is the best part of 20 years old  :)

But I bought it from a shop and Amazon don't know about it. At least they didn't until I posted this . .  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on June 06, 2011, 05:41:21 PM
  Bought from local bike shop, and Amazon only know of my whereabouts because of wifey!
                    Graham. :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on June 06, 2011, 07:38:48 PM
So that great democrat Vince Cable wants to impose some sort of minimum level of voting within unions to achieve his goal of stopping strikes then!
 If we had a minimum level of poll of say 50% for national elections we would all have to manage without politicians - might not be such a bad idea after all  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 07, 2011, 12:01:41 AM
So that great democrat Vince Cable wants to impose some sort of minimum level of voting within unions to achieve his goal of stopping strikes then!
 If we had a minimum level of poll of say 50% for national elections we would all have to manage without politicians - might not be such a bad idea after all  :tup:

That's no good, as the old lot would remain in power saying no one voted them out!  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on June 09, 2011, 09:24:20 AM
The camera never lies? I wanted to check the shutter count on my Pentax K-X  so looked up the exif data using Irfanview. Scrolling down it showed the picture was taken with a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 HSM - strange thing is....I sold my 70-200mm a couple of months before I bought the K-X  :o :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 09, 2011, 04:08:03 PM
I was part of an event shoot last weekend, and my battery info tells me i took 2759 pics over the 2 days.

Most running around the outsides of the football pitch trying to catch the little bu**ars up to get the good shots  :-[

And for the geeks, that was with 62% of the 2 batteries installed in the grip...
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on June 09, 2011, 10:09:12 PM
My MkIII has taken over 4000 shots on a single charge - I have heard of togs getting 6000! :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 10, 2011, 02:34:07 PM
Mark, the MkIII has a much better battery than a 5DII - the 1D series (and Nikon D3 series) are known for the incredible battery lives.
The 5DII is also known for good battery life, but with 2 of them... Still running on that charge...

On a different tack - i've been digitising a work colleagues Wedding Pics from the old 6x6 negs (sighs as he remembers the good old days).
How on earth did togs make money from such rubbish?  :doh:

The digital age has really raised the game for weddings and other similar types of shoots.

Wedding comprised a grand total of 60 shots and out of those, probably only 3 would be keepers by current standards, and before any one jumps in and says rubbish tog - these are typical of what you could expect in the film era. Remember, no screen on the back of the camera with which to review the pics taken - you had to wait until you got back home and got them developed. Oh, ad no Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture to recover them with...

I just wonder how many of todays wedding togs would still do Weddings and Portraits under such conditions?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on June 10, 2011, 10:59:09 PM
It annoyed me at the time, but I was out of town and not on the 'net. Now it's just bemused me. Last Sat. evening, my son, daughter and self went on a walking tour of an historical Jail in Ottawa. Took my Sony with me with flash attached. Had made a point of putting new batteries in it before leaving home. Of course, damn thing wouldn't work not the built in or the attached.  Got some really grainy shots at 3200 iso. Was miffed. Next day went to the Nature museum, same camera, flash still attached (wasn't going to fiddle with it until I got home again). As a lark I decided to give the flash another try and wonder of wonders it worked. My wife has come up with the only plausible explanation, the ghost in the old Jail didn't want their pictures taken.  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 11, 2011, 11:12:42 PM
Just got back from a few days in Dorset. I always thought that London parking was a ripoff but they ain't got anything to learn from those old Dorset boys. Get a field with access to a beach and you're made for life. ::)

All those old folks' homes that are threatened with closure seem to have emptied their clientele in Bournemouth. We're no spring chickens, but I reckon we brought the average age down by at least 15 years whilst we were there.

Did have one moment of concern. Got up early and drove into Bournemouth town centre to try and capture a bit of faded grandeur around the pier. Walked under the pier and bumped into the Bournemouth Breakfast Club starting their day with large bottles of cheap cider and cans of beer. I thought they might be a group of Albanian asylum seekers dropped off a passing Albanian freighter during the night, but the smell that emanated from them convinced me they hadn't been anywhere water for some time.
They looked at me, I looked at them and noticed the string tethering a large dog tightened and looked somewhat skimpy, so I bade them the rest of a good day and beat a hasty retreat. :legit:
So if you visit Bournemouth pier make sure it's when there are plenty of folk around.
Had a nice relaxing time though. :tup: :beer:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on June 12, 2011, 07:56:56 AM
All those old folks' homes that are threatened with closure seem to have emptied their clientele in Bournemouth. We're no spring chickens, but I reckon we brought the average age down by at least 15 years whilst we were there.


      I know what you mean.
      I had cause to go to Eastbourne last year.....Bloody ramps everywear! And all the shop windows were bifocal. (Though I may have imagined that bit.).
                      Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 12, 2011, 09:43:54 AM
It's just a few days to the longest day and they had snow in Wales yesterday!  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on June 12, 2011, 09:52:17 AM
On May 30th we held a dog show for our charity at the local country park - it rained all day...after 2 weeks with only the odd shower it's now raining persistently again.....another charity is holding a fun dog show and rally at the same country park today  ::)
On the plus side I saw the forecast and had an hour and a half out along the river first thing this morning in beautiful sunshine  :dance: :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on June 12, 2011, 06:17:26 PM
It's just a few days to the longest day and they had snow in Wales yesterday!  :o

Shhhussh, don't tell any Americans, they'll turn up in July looking for Igloos, like they do here.  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 12, 2011, 07:03:39 PM
Alan,

Bournemouth is not the best place, drive a bit further to Weymouth, and the Wrinklies have their own high street and set of shops, leaving the other high street for the less retired  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: SimonW on June 12, 2011, 11:28:10 PM
It's just a few days to the longest day and they had snow in Wales yesterday!  :o

In mid-March I discarded my winter woolies in the heatwave. By the start of April I had put them back on - and I'm STILL wearing them. It has been cold, wet and downright miserable ever since - and the forcast is more of the same. No snow though.......
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 13, 2011, 08:09:40 AM
It's just a few days to the longest day and they had snow in Wales yesterday!  :o

Shhhussh, don't tell any Americans, they'll turn up in July looking for Igloos, like they do here.  :legit:

 I bet you give them the cold shoulder! :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on June 13, 2011, 08:15:33 AM
After being out in the rain for much of yesterday I was walking round the park with my dog thinking how nice it would be to get home, have a hot bath and sit down by the fire with a nice hot dinner....then I remembered it was 'flaming June' not November!  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 13, 2011, 08:25:01 AM
Had the heating on for a couple of hours yesterday. It really goes against the grain doing so in June >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Markulous on June 13, 2011, 09:37:35 AM
2. I bought a really expensive pair of trousers from Craghoppers.  They are designed by (don't laugh) Bear Grylls. 

Sympathise with the Craghoppers QC (I've found they're not as good as they were).................. until I saw Bear Grylls!  ;)

You want to get some Yaks for your trip - makes carrying stuff way easier (and what we had for our Everest Basecamp trek)   ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on June 13, 2011, 09:17:11 PM
Had the heating on for a couple of hours yesterday. It really goes against the grain doing so in June >:(

According to my wife, that's what sweaters are for. Forgetting of course that they're all packed away for summer.  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: SimonW on June 14, 2011, 07:55:26 AM
Had the heating on for a couple of hours yesterday. It really goes against the grain doing so in June >:(

Ours hasn't been off at all yet this year. Except maybe the thermostat cut out a couple of times in mid-March.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on June 15, 2011, 07:52:23 AM
Turned ours off ages ago - so Simon, what temperature is your house!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on June 17, 2011, 12:37:08 PM
WBMT?. I posted here before about it, over a year ago, sent my KM 5D to a company in UTAH U.S.A. for an IR conversion. Paid up front. Didn't hear back for weeks. Started sending emails that were never responded to (he'd been quite chatty in the run up to sending the camera off). So this morning, out of the blue, I get notice from the U.S. Postal Service that the camera is on it's way back. I'm only bemused because I have no idea of the work's been done properly or even if it works. If you Google the company, Spencer's Camera & Photo, you can find several horror stories about it's customer service. By a very strange coincidence, it's my birthday so I'd love for this to be an unexpected gift (one I paid for mind). But until I have the camera in my hand, functioning, this story is bemusing only.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on June 17, 2011, 01:07:46 PM
Damn, I just remembered, the Canadian Postal service is on strike. The package will sit at the border for who knows how long.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 17, 2011, 04:26:08 PM
Little bit of a money spinner! :o

http://www.masterphotographyawards.co.uk/payment.php
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on June 18, 2011, 12:49:06 AM
Ha, just watched some U.S. news. Their postal service isn't even going to process packages mailed to Canada until our postal strike is resolved.  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 19, 2011, 09:34:30 PM
I thought I saw Long John Silver today but on closer inspection, it was a girl with a Parrot on her shoulder.  :2funny: :2funny:

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Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on June 19, 2011, 09:40:39 PM
Looks like it had been on the other girls shoulder as well!!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 19, 2011, 09:43:44 PM
Looks like it had been on the other girls shoulder as well!!

I'm almost sure these are the two girls who, I photographed with cages on their backs containing Parrots.  :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on June 20, 2011, 06:34:23 AM
Yesterday actually.

2nd 'invincible' Mac I'd seen packed up within the space of a week. The first was at the doctor's office where the screen on his Macbook had failed, the second at a neighbour's where airport on her iMac had decided to stop working - at least the latter was easy to fix once I found out using my lappie that the wifi was still OK. I only had to hit it with a hammer ;)

And I got a nice bottle of wine for my ten minutes.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 20, 2011, 08:42:15 AM
Watched Countryfile last night featuring the Surrey Hills and regions adjacent. The 'Wildlife Photography' piece for the Countryfile Calender was quite amusing. Living just a mile from Bushey Park where it was based, and often using the park as a cut through, the only 'wildlife' I've noticed are motorists shouting and waving at one another queuing to get out of the park at either entrance/exit, or almost coming to blows in the parking areas when somebody nips into a vacant space that someone else had an eye on.
All the deer and ducks and assorted water fowl seem to be terribly well behaved and are quite amenable to having their pictures taken.

The only dangerous fauna are the Royal Parks Police who craftily secret themselves behind trees with speed guns, at the ready for the errant motorist exceeding the 20mph speed limit. Quite an annoying species but a nice little earner for her Maj I believe. >:(  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on June 20, 2011, 09:09:04 AM
Whilst I am desperate for a Job....I had to draw the line at this one especially as there has been 40 applicants for it...

"Bounty Casual Photographer - Part-time - Kingston
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Bounty (UK) Ltd is an Equal Opportunities employer.

Due to the volume of responses we receive, we will only be contacting suitable applicants. If you have not heard from us within 21 days, please assume you have not been successful"

And note that NOWHERE does it mention any capability with a camera not even "Must be interested in photography" or on the All we ask" section...
and commission only I don't think so....it costs about £16 million punds a day to park at the hospital....think I'll give this one a miss....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on June 20, 2011, 06:47:58 PM
"this role would ideally suit a person who can relate to the experience of giving birth."
"Bounty (UK) Ltd is an Equal Opportunities employer."


             Mmm!  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on June 20, 2011, 07:46:58 PM
Didn't spot that Graham - excellent.

Apply for the job, and when you don't get it, sue the beggars - that's as clear a case of implied sexual discrimination as you can get.

At least the award from the tribunal will pay for a holiday.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on June 21, 2011, 06:53:33 PM
This is what bemused me today, although I am registered with totaljobs and I have applied for a couple of positions through them I haven't applied for this one so why they are saying "Thank you for the interest to our offer" I don't know and is that really badly worded or is that just me?
To me there is something REALLY DODGY about this, what do you guys and gals think? I can't seem to find anything online about fair trade inc....and obviously they are nothing to do with Fairtrade (ethical pay for growers in "developing worlds" such as coffee, sugar, cocoa etc) read the wage offer it seems to good to be true which in the words of That's Life and Watchdog "if it seems to good to be true then it probably is".....so don't think I'll be replying to this one somehow....

Good day!

Thank you for the interest to our offer!

Our company currently seeking Customer Service Representative to join our team.

Employee Type: Part-Time Employee

The major duty of the incumbent is to promptly receive and process stockbrokers payments to further transfer them applying specified method. Please inquire for detailed work scheme.

Requirements:
 - Expert skill in managing payments and transfers between our company and clients.
 - Knowledge of basic payment systems.
 - Ability to schedule working hours effectively.
 - Availability of spare time (3-4 hours per day).
 - Advanced user ability to operate computer and to use Internet and e-mail.
 - Legal age.

 Payment basis: During the trial period you will be paid 1500 GBP per month. You will also be keeping 5% commission as bonus from every payment received from a client.
 With the current volume of clients on average your overall income will add up to 3000 GBP per month. After the trial period your base salary will go up to 2000 GBP per month, plus 8% commission (11% for financial agents with corporate bank account).

Benefits:
 - Flexible work schedule.
 - Possibility to combine the job with primary employment.
 - Free training course.

If you would like to apply to this vacancy and inquire more detailed information, please reply email to our Customer Service Representatives Manager.

Thank you!

Lyn Fair Trade Inc.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on June 21, 2011, 07:38:32 PM
Whilst I am desperate for a Job....I had to draw the line at this one especially as there has been 40 applicants for it...

"Bounty Casual Photographer - Part-time - Kingston

I worked for Bounty for a while.  They actually headhunted me and a girl from Tunbridge Wells to cover all of Kent (and bits of Sussex and Essex) for nursery photography.  We had to go to their "training" course.  It was an utter joke.  Most of the other people there (who had actually applied) were totally clueless.  In fact most had just rolled off photography courses and hardly knew which way up to hold a camera.

The 2 of us skived off, drank free coffee and asked tricky questions about VAT while everyone else asked "err how do I make those big lights go flash?".  Then we carved up Kent between us.  Crap pay but I got (1) a CRB check (2) a list of disgruntled nurseries (3) paid to learn how to photograph babies (4) a massive portfolio

If you want to get into perinatal/baby photography that would actually be a good start.  As long as it doesn't stop you doing anything useful.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on June 21, 2011, 10:13:54 PM
Jonathan thanks for the info, I suppose it is something to consider to build up a portfolio in a way I hadn't thought of and I can actually get a bus pretty much door to door which a/ cuts out petrol money b/ cuts out parking fees..will definately consider it if nothing comes my way soon just curious about how come the ad doesn't mention any actual photographic capability at all....

Think I may have found Fair Trade Inc....looks highly dodgy to me see below....(one day I'll get round to trying that HERE thing that y'all do)

http://www.fairtradeincorp.com/careers.html
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on June 22, 2011, 07:07:08 AM
Jonathan thanks for the info, I suppose it is something to consider to build up a portfolio in a way I hadn't thought of and I can actually get a bus pretty much door to door which a/ cuts out petrol money b/ cuts out parking fees..will definately consider it if nothing comes my way soon just curious about how come the ad doesn't mention any actual photographic capability at all....

Think I may have found Fair Trade Inc....looks highly dodgy to me see below....(one day I'll get round to trying that HERE thing that y'all do)

http://www.fairtradeincorp.com/careers.html

    Just had a look at that link keith.
    It it "dodgy"?...no idea.
    Looks very cheap, full of nonsence management buzz words (some of them I actually laughed at!).
    I copy and pasted some of their client list into Google. Everyone I tried came up with "Did you mean", and offerd an alternative spelling (Of a company that probably exists?).
    In most cases the first listing was Fair Trade themselves.
             All the best with the search, but I would be trying more traditional routes.
                          Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on June 22, 2011, 07:09:16 AM
Didn't spot that Graham - excellent.

Apply for the job, and when you don't get it, sue the beggars - that's as clear a case of implied sexual discrimination as you can get.

At least the award from the tribunal will pay for a holiday.

No implied sexism there for me H  ???
I can relate to the experience of giving birth having been at both of our productions. One of the most painful experiences ever the first one - first my wife threw an orange at me , hitting me very hard, for listening to the football on the radio I had taken in to entertain her in the long wait. Then even more painful as she struggled with a few tummy pains she inadvertently grabbed my chest for support catching my left  nipple in an excruciating pinching hold that brought the tears to my eyes. She was oblivious to my agony because of her own mild discomfort and it seemed to go on forever.If I stated the above in interviews I am sure they could not discount the experience  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on June 22, 2011, 07:27:06 AM
Graham I have no intention of applying to Fair Trade for a position it seems a bit to dodgy and wasn't even a job I applied for I've checked my outbox for my jobsearch to produce to the jobcentre tomorrow when I go to sign on and this company definately isn't on my applied for list, think they just plucked my details from Totaljobs as I've got my CV as Open to all on there.....

Jinky.......that somehow reminds me of the scene in FRIENDS when "Rachel" is giving birth and she headbutts "Ross" and "Ross" then says "You have no idea how much this hurts".....

But really "Then even more painful as she struggled with a few tummy pains" a few "tummy pains" boy I hope she never reads that, otherwise I can see your other nipple going the same way as the first....that or she might aim a little further south.... and the chances of her suffering any more "tummy pains" will be seriously diminished......;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on June 22, 2011, 08:08:44 AM
Interesting whois result for fairtradeincorp.com, it points to privacyprotect.org, which is in Australia.

Quote
PRIVACYPROTECT.ORG is providing privacy protection services to this domain name                                                          to
protect the owner from spam and phishing attacks. PrivacyProtect.org is not
responsible for any of the activities associated with this domain name. If you w                                                         ish
to report any abuse concerning the usage of this domain name, you may do so at
http://privacyprotect.org/contact. We have a stringent abuse policy and any
complaint will be actioned within a short period of time.

a whois of the IP number resolved by www.fairtradeincorp.com returns gigenet.com, (probably their provider) which is in Illinois, USA.

Of course none of this makes it dodgy, but makes me suspicious.

That and the contact page provides an address in Mumbai.

Best of luck with the job search.

Oh, and my wife had a caesarian for both kids. She got the morphine epidural and the post partum depression, I got the pain. Swings and roundabouts.

H.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on June 22, 2011, 08:27:00 AM
Graham I have no intention of applying to Fair Trade for a position it seems a bit to dodgy and wasn't even a job I applied for I've checked my outbox for my jobsearch to produce to the jobcentre tomorrow when I go to sign on and this company definately isn't on my applied for list, think they just plucked my details from Totaljobs as I've got my CV as Open to all on there.....

Jinky.......that somehow reminds me of the scene in FRIENDS when "Rachel" is giving birth and she headbutts "Ross" and "Ross" then says "You have no idea how much this hurts".....

But really "Then even more painful as she struggled with a few tummy pains" a few "tummy pains" boy I hope she never reads that, otherwise I can see your other nipple going the same way as the first....that or she might aim a little further south.... and the chances of her suffering any more "tummy pains" will be seriously diminished......;)

 :) It was all a little tongue in cheek - this story always comes out when the pains of childbirth are discussed and I always refer to her "few tummy pains" in comparison to my agony  ;). She knows I am kidding and know the reality. Any more tummy pains would come as a great shock at this time and I would want to put Jackson Brodie( cracking Case Histories TV series)  on the case as my share of the pain after our second was the cruellest cut of all!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 23, 2011, 11:19:29 AM
A recent new tele advert for a handwash pump that dispenses handwash without you touching it. The USP is that handwash pumps are crawling with bacteria and germs due to the fact that people with dirty hands depress the pump mechanism, so if you depress the pump your hands will be invaded by all these nasties, with this gizmo you don't have to touch it.

But aren't you going to wash your hands anyway, that's why you're there in the first place. ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on June 23, 2011, 12:28:57 PM
 :doh: :doh: :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: rksmith51 on June 23, 2011, 03:34:45 PM
Yep, you press the top, and you have left more bugs on top for the next person to collect. I know what you are getting at but if you have a germ phobia these things are great  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on June 23, 2011, 03:57:42 PM
But aren't you going to wash your hands anyway, that's why you're there in the first place. ???

I'd rather have an automatic door opener so I don't have to touch the handle that all those before me have touched after neglecting to wash their hands. :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 23, 2011, 04:10:06 PM
I'm quite amenable to any filthy money that comes my way.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 23, 2011, 04:56:00 PM
yeah, more acceptable than that laundered stuff  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 23, 2011, 07:53:27 PM
yeah, more acceptable than that laundered stuff  :2funny:

 :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 23, 2011, 07:54:32 PM
But aren't you going to wash your hands anyway, that's why you're there in the first place. ???

I'd rather have an automatic door opener so I don't have to touch the handle that all those before me have touched after neglecting to wash their hands. :doh:

I often think of that when leaving.  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 23, 2011, 07:58:55 PM
Well yesterday really. I was down on the canal towpath reaching over a fence to take a picture, when a gust of wind blew my hat off and into the canal. I bent down and got it back, but it was mostly soaked with dirty canal water, so had to throw it into a skip and buy a new one.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 24, 2011, 06:48:26 AM
Well yesterday really. I was down on the canal towpath reaching over a fence to take a picture, when a gust of wind blew my hat off and into the canal. I bent down and got it back, but it was mostly soaked with dirty canal water, so had to throw it into a skip and buy a new one.  :'(

wouldn't this story come under the guise of 'oldhat"  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 24, 2011, 08:28:19 AM
Well yesterday really. I was down on the canal towpath reaching over a fence to take a picture, when a gust of wind blew my hat off and into the canal. I bent down and got it back, but it was mostly soaked with dirty canal water, so had to throw it into a skip and buy a new one.  :'(

wouldn't this story come under the guise of 'oldhat"  :2funny: :2funny:

More like Mad Hatter without the teaparty!  :2funny: ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on June 24, 2011, 01:45:31 PM
Well yesterday really. I was down on the canal towpath reaching over a fence to take a picture, when a gust of wind blew my hat off and into the canal. I bent down and got it back, but it was mostly soaked with dirty canal water, so had to throw it into a skip and buy a new one.  :'(

wouldn't this story come under the guise of 'oldhat"  :2funny: :2funny:

More like Mad Hatter without the teaparty!  :2funny: ;D

Clearly it wasnt a legendary Tilley that could be washed up, even after eaten and pooped out by an elephant, what's a little canal water!  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on June 24, 2011, 02:08:40 PM
I have a Tilley hat - worth everyone of the excessive number of pennies it cost me in the dim and distant past. Many imitations, but none as good.

Mine's a bit stained now - motor oil won't come out. Whatever.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 24, 2011, 02:48:45 PM
Well yesterday really. I was down on the canal towpath reaching over a fence to take a picture, when a gust of wind blew my hat off and into the canal. I bent down and got it back, but it was mostly soaked with dirty canal water, so had to throw it into a skip and buy a new one.  :'(

wouldn't this story come under the guise of 'oldhat"  :2funny: :2funny:

More like Mad Hatter without the teaparty!  :2funny: ;D

Clearly it wasnt a legendary Tilley that could be washed up, even after eaten and pooped out by an elephant, what's a little canal water!  :legit:

I had nowhere to put it so into the skip it went.  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 24, 2011, 02:49:40 PM
I have a Tilley hat - worth everyone of the excessive number of pennies it cost me in the dim and distant past. Many imitations, but none as good.

Mine's a bit stained now - motor oil won't come out. Whatever.

Why would you put motor oil on your hat!  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on June 24, 2011, 04:45:19 PM
Why not?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 24, 2011, 09:26:23 PM
Why not?

Well, they invented Brylcreem for that!  ??? :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Skhilled on June 25, 2011, 06:03:05 AM
OMG! I haven't even heard of Brylcreem in ages!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 25, 2011, 09:48:09 AM
OMG! I haven't even heard of Brylcreem in ages!  :2funny:

It still around in the shops.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 25, 2011, 12:29:05 PM
It's been raining this morning. Just heard on the local news weather forecast that it was unexpected!  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on June 28, 2011, 07:46:17 AM
Apparently DCMag did a comparison between Canon and Nikon and found they were.......roughly equal......amazing  :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on June 28, 2011, 08:46:55 AM
It's been raining this morning. Just heard on the local news weather forecast that it was unexpected!  :uglystupid2:

I don't think the heatwave helped  :2funny:  Bit like an India summer here yesterday  :beer: and refreshingly cooler this morning.  :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on June 28, 2011, 08:49:55 AM
It's been raining this morning. Just heard on the local news weather forecast that it was unexpected!  :uglystupid2:

I don't think the heatwave helped  :2funny:  Bit like an India summer here yesterday  :beer: and refreshingly cooler this morning.  :dance:

Waiting for some rain now - it's a bit overcast, but I still have a  portable ac unit running in the study, as well as ever window in the house open.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on June 28, 2011, 08:58:37 AM
It's been raining this morning. Just heard on the local news weather forecast that it was unexpected!  :uglystupid2:

I don't think the heatwave helped  :2funny:  Bit like an India summer here yesterday  :beer: and refreshingly cooler this morning.  :dance:

Waiting for some rain now - it's a bit overcast, but I still have a  portable ac unit running in the study, as well as ever window in the house open.

I quite like the warm weather with my Parkinson's as it ups the vitamin D, but then I tend to do less work when its hot, and alas butterflies do not like the rain  :-\ at least you have a pool - ours popped a year or two ago  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 28, 2011, 11:01:14 AM
They seek him here, they seek him there..... :-\
Popped in to PRADAR to see what was going on and it would appear that the elusive Marcus Hawkins has not put in an appearance since early May.

My last post on the PR forum was to ask him a question back on 8th May which I notice is still unanswered.

Forum the same old same old with people editing other people's work without a bye your leave. ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on June 28, 2011, 12:03:11 PM
I'm bemused it remains populated  :2funny: and popping back in after such a long time I still wonder why  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 29, 2011, 07:08:35 PM
As an ardent England soccer fan, and like all such, I've had to put up with disappointments and frustration for many a year. The current form gives no reason to be optimistic and reading this

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13957893.stm

I'm wondering what is going on! :doh:

Mind you it is FIFA, so perhaps a few well placed wads of £50's may have done the trick! :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 29, 2011, 08:40:15 PM
As an ardent England soccer fan, and like all such, I've had to put up with disappointments and frustration for many a year. The current form gives no reason to be optimistic and reading this

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13957893.stm

I'm wondering what is going on! :doh:

Mind you it is FIFA, so perhaps a few well placed wads of £50's may have done the trick! :tup:

It's compensation for not winning the bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.... :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on July 03, 2011, 05:06:31 PM
The Tour de France. What's that all about? I know it's a race that lasts a couple of weeks around La Belle France, but you don't necessarily have to be front to win, or so it seems. Can Howard or Beaureflex enlighten us? ???
It is mildly more exciting than tennis since some of them fall off from time to time. :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: irv_b on July 03, 2011, 05:12:44 PM

It is mildly more exciting than tennis since some of them fall off from time to time. :legit:

Actually just watched the men final and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it, not being a liker of tennis  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on July 03, 2011, 06:00:43 PM
The Tour de France. What's that all about? I know it's a race that lasts a couple of weeks around La Belle France, but you don't necessarily have to be front to win, or so it seems. Can Howard or Beaureflex enlighten us? ???
It is mildly more exciting than tennis since some of them fall off from time to time. :legit:

Note really sure Alan; I think it has something to do with who can take the most drugs and not die before the finish.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on July 03, 2011, 08:00:34 PM
The Tour de France. What's that all about? I know it's a race that lasts a couple of weeks around La Belle France, but you don't necessarily have to be front to win, or so it seems. Can Howard or Beaureflex enlighten us? ???
It is mildly more exciting than tennis since some of them fall off from time to time. :legit:

Note really sure Alan; I think it has something to do with who can take the most drugs and not die before the finish.

Nor I. something like the milk race I think, endurance race with daily login times totted up perhaps  :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on July 05, 2011, 04:34:26 PM
Watching CUSTOMS UK On SKY 1 earlier, they "blanked" one of the customs officers faces so she couldn't be identified unfortunately what they negelcted to do was blank her reflection from the car window that she was putting a suspected drug smuggler into she was easily identifiable from the reflection as it was as clear as a mirror...... :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on July 09, 2011, 08:44:26 AM
I didn't know until today that the singer Kenny Rogers was a 'phenomenal' photographer. Well that's what it says on his photographic web site!
http://kennyrogers.biz/photography.html
When you look through his portfolio his landscapes are quite reasonable, about the same as an average club photographer.

How would you let your PR man describe your photography? Or are you apt to blush easily? :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 09, 2011, 09:01:20 AM

How would you let your PR man describe your photography? Or are you apt to blush easily? :-[

The best photographer in the world, if I was paying him!  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on July 10, 2011, 08:32:46 AM
Doing my usual stint at our re-homing centre yesterday [walked/played with 10 dogs in five hours - somewhat tiring!] - I'm always amazed by the some of the people who come looking for a dog. If you had a tiny child/children would you seriously want to take on a dog from a rescue centre when its previous history was unknown? Would you really want to take on a dog that could have all sorts of problems when you have a baby that will be crawling shortly? Like the other responsible rescue centres locally we explain that its not a good idea,we don't have any suitable dogs and try to persuade them to wait until the child is a little older and then possibly the best idea would be a puppy, but we know they can go to the other side of the county to where most of the strays are taken and take their pick - no questions asked.  Gets you down a bit at times when you have to pick up the pieces when it all goes wrong and they phone you up desperate to offload the dog they got on a whim elsewhere after it nips the child  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 10, 2011, 10:39:46 PM
Following on from my other post about letting go of the lead when your dog decides to chase the Swan into the water. Today we had the reverse, if your dog wants to go for a swim make sure, before letting him off the lead, that he will come back to you when you call. This chap's dog was pulling on the lead to get into the water, so he let him enter the water with the lead on but after a few minutes decided to let him off the lead. The dog, a collie, decided to chase the Ducks all around the pool. The chap called him but he wouldn't come back, so he ran to the other side of the island still calling and trying to attract him with a stick, but the dog ignored him. He had no choice but to strip down and swim out to retrive the dog, the photo shows him returning with the dog intow.  :uglystupid2:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6009/5923177399_59e132c7ec.jpg?v=0) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6009/5923177399_59e132c7ec_b.jpg)

Click for full size.

After some sunshine this morning it became dull again today, hence why it looks so dark in the picture.  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: irv_b on July 11, 2011, 07:51:51 PM
^^^^ he looks royally pee'd off  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on July 12, 2011, 06:26:06 PM
I think Jonathan's now been replaced by technology:
hd=1

 :D

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on July 12, 2011, 09:01:01 PM
More despairing than bemused. I'm on my hols, but borrowed some bandwith to upload this:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6123/5930840025_df59844021.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hinfrance/5930840025/)

Is there really no hope?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on July 12, 2011, 09:51:05 PM
More despairing than bemused. I'm on my hols, but borrowed some bandwith to upload this:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6123/5930840025_df59844021.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hinfrance/5930840025/)

Is there really no hope?

Are you in foreign parts H  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Skhilled on July 23, 2011, 10:30:26 AM
I didn't know until today that the singer Kenny Rogers was a 'phenomenal' photographer. Well that's what it says on his photographic web site!
http://kennyrogers.biz/photography.html
When you look through his portfolio his landscapes are quite reasonable, about the same as an average club photographer.

So was Sammy Davis, Jr. ;)

I think Jonathan's now been replaced by technology:
hd=1

 :D



Now that's impressive! Looks like something my son would do...but not as elaborate.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Reinardina on July 23, 2011, 03:43:59 PM
The Tour de France. What's that all about? I know it's a race that lasts a couple of weeks around La Belle France, but you don't necessarily have to be front to win, or so it seems. Can Howard or Beaureflex enlighten us? ???
It is mildly more exciting than tennis since some of them fall off from time to time. :legit:

Note really sure Alan; I think it has something to do with who can take the most drugs and not die before the finish.

I'm relieved it has not taken hold in Britain yet. In my native Holland, you can't get away from it during 'the season.' Sooooo tedious.
Nor I. something like the milk race I think, endurance race with daily login times totted up perhaps  :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 24, 2011, 08:38:42 PM
Loads of Swifts around today.  :tup:

Shame they where in the middle of Swan pool or flying very high.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on July 25, 2011, 04:29:27 PM
Just logged into PRADAR to vote for a picture in their weekly comp. 'Red Shoes' is the title, well worth a punt :tup: Ladbrookes have it at a very favourable shade of odds 8)

Whilst there I noticed someone has been banned, apparently for the second time, for asking what seems to me a perfectly reasonable question. In fact I've been asking the same thing for a few months now!

As someone who knows nothing about these things, how can they trace the person concerned? Do they employ ex workers from News International? :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on July 25, 2011, 04:36:46 PM
They just ban the IP or a range of IP. The IP is visible to them and the mods but not to us plebs.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on July 25, 2011, 04:44:16 PM
I'm sure there must be more, but I can only think of 3 banned members - it does'nt sound sarcastic or bombastic enough to be 'Gil' ...could be 'Flake', but again it does'nt sound quite.. well sort of quite..if you see what I mean. Does'nt sound like Stan - and anyway, unless they found him recently, he's still posting occasionally having picked a name that put most people off the scent! As to the comments...well they certainly don't like it it them  :2funny: :dance: :dance:
Pretty sad forum for one with so many members - still a few helpful folk but ,weekly competition apart, not much to make you log on  :(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on July 25, 2011, 05:39:21 PM
TeeHee.

For the record....it's not me (I've never technically been banned and if I had I probs wouldn't find it hard to get back in).

It would be courageous (and stupid) to ban an IP address.  For example the one I'm using right now locates somewhere in Maidstone (20 odd miles from here) and "belongs" to O2.  Tomorrow I'll have a different address and somebody else will have this one.  In theory a forum could find out who I was via IP address but they would need help from O2 (or rather evidence that I'd committed a real world offence).  In fact they probably trace via cookies etc on the machine.  I had some issues with somebody stalking my blog the other day - my web s/w could track them across the 4 IP addresses they used :)  I also had somebody attempt to download my entire site the other day - I'll be keeping a note of their address just in case ;)

WBMT?

Checked the forecast for my holiday.  On Friday I'll land in Lima.  It will be a comfortable 19 - 21 degrees.  T shirt weather for most Brits.  Maybe a pullover for evenings.  On Sunday I'll pop down to the jungle.  It will be around 35 degrees and pretty humid.  I've been in colder saunas.  Daytime dress code is "total cover up".  Really - there are lots of things that you don't want to see enough bare flesh to bite.  Then I'll be going to Cuzco where it will be maybe 17-18 degrees in the daytime though will feel cooler due to altitude - defo fleece weather.  Then climb another mile vertically to spend a couple of nights camping at a possible -2 - -5.  Try packing for that.....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on July 25, 2011, 08:49:52 PM
I like the suggestion that said banned member could be Abers.....and there was me thinking his internet know how was on the same level as mine ...click on and hope for the best  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on July 25, 2011, 10:36:24 PM
I like the suggestion that said banned member could be Abers.....and there was me thinking his internet know how was on the same level as mine ...click on and hope for the best  :D

Blimey, fame at last. :dance: Nobody told me. :o

Sue, I'm embarrassed to admit I had to Google 'ISP' since I had no idea what it was, but I'm pleased to know I've got one, and I shall sleep all the better for it.
As Frank Spencer used to say, "Every day in every way........." :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Markulous on July 25, 2011, 11:24:31 PM
It would be courageous (and stupid) to ban an IP address.  For example the one I'm using right now locates somewhere in Maidstone (20 odd miles from here) and "belongs" to O2.  Tomorrow I'll have a different address and somebody else will have this one.  In theory a forum could find out who I was via IP address but they would need help from O2 (or rather evidence that I'd committed a real world offence). 

Been there, had that done to me - start point was the desperately insecure chief Mod who couldn't take criticism (however positive - but she was too thick to see it for what it was). And no, it wasn't in the public forum but the private Mod forum! Went downhill from there!  ::)

WBMT?

Checked the forecast for my holiday.  On Friday I'll land in Lima.  It will be a comfortable 19 - 21 degrees.  T shirt weather for most Brits.  Maybe a pullover for evenings.  On Sunday I'll pop down to the jungle.  It will be around 35 degrees and pretty humid.  I've been in colder saunas.  Daytime dress code is "total cover up".  Really - there are lots of things that you don't want to see enough bare flesh to bite.  Then I'll be going to Cuzco where it will be maybe 17-18 degrees in the daytime though will feel cooler due to altitude - defo fleece weather.  Then climb another mile vertically to spend a couple of nights camping at a possible -2 - -5.  Try packing for that.....

I'm jealous! Did Everest Basecamp a few years ago (thankfully out of season so it was quiet on the trails) - went down with AMS and brought back a cute parasite (Giardia) but had a fantastic time (no, really, it was so worth it!). Apparently, according to some documentary we flew in/out of "the most dangerous airfield in the world". Don't know about that but we did all have to clear the runway of snow on the return - not a shovel to be found so all the trekkers used upsidedown baggage carts to scrape the runway of the foot of snow. Only took a few hours (it's not a big runway!).

Have a good time!  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on July 26, 2011, 12:01:03 AM
I'm guessing at some point the admins will ban themselves, if they continue to ban via ip alone. 

What gets me is the amount of members with no email address, and as much as we ask the team how, or why, they never respond.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on July 26, 2011, 05:29:40 AM
I'm guessing at some point the admins will ban themselves, if they continue to ban via ip alone. 

What gets me is the amount of members with no email address, and as much as we ask the team how, or why, they never respond.
  It's no good.
    I'm going to have to go over and see what the hells going on!  >:(
                     Graham. ;)




I'm back. Seems to be a case of "Move along now, nothing to see here."
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on July 26, 2011, 07:49:10 AM
Don't know about that but we did all have to clear the runway of snow on the return - not a shovel to be found so all the trekkers used upsidedown baggage carts to scrape the runway of the foot of snow. Only took a few hours (it's not a big runway!).

Wow.  Hope that doesn't happen to me.  Although Puerto Maldonado is pretty much in the middle of nowhere apparently we're landing an A320 there.  Wouldn't want to have to lear the runway for that....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Reinardina on July 26, 2011, 08:35:00 AM
It's Reinardina's round

Haven't quite got used to your sense of humour. I'm a quick learner though, I'll catch up soon enough.

So, it's my round ...   and I haven't got much to say at the moment. Was going out to try and catch a 'Summertime' picture. It was summer here yesterday, but of course I was 'house bound' with household chores. Now it's grey an colourless again.  Which will mean bland skies, and I haven't yet mastered the technique to replace them. Must find a 'down to earth subject' to avoid sky!

I see the PR site is still a sore point with a lot of you. I've had my bad experiences there, and I cringe at times when I read the exchanges between my two ... don't know what to call them, whether they're favourites because they can be amusing, if you have the right sort of humour, or totally annoying, when the humour has run dry for the day.

One is asking for advice on redecorating her loo (Off topic discussion) and I 'hurt her feelings' by suggesting she only put on the thread to amuse us. Hmmm apparently she was serious! (The topic 'header' was: 'Not for the boys!!!!' or something similar. In bold typeface!)

But, that aside, I still have some good friends there, and I'm determined to win the competition before I'm ninety! (PLug Plug!)
And now that I have 'found' you, I have a place where I can hide, if it becomes too awful.

Guess what? It has just started to rain! It might have to be a typical English, wet, summertime picture!

And last but not least, can the spellchecker be adjusted? It keeps suggesting I am/should be Bernardina, but I'm sure I'm not! (I was promised I did not have to change my name on this site!)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on July 26, 2011, 08:58:49 AM
It's Reinardina's round

Haven't quite got used to your sense of humour. I'm a quick learner though, I'll catch up soon enough.


This thread might help you.  http://cameracraniums.com/forum/index.php?topic=1868.0

Jonathan has made use of a bit of code that's all. 
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[size=10pt]It's [you]'s round[/size]  The you tag just echos out the name of who ever reads the post, so when I look at it, it says, "It's Admin's round"   
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on July 26, 2011, 09:16:41 AM
Jonathan

Have a fantastic trip (I really am envious) re  "Daytime dress code is "total cover up".  Really - there are lots of things that you don't want to see enough bare flesh to bite"  When my brother went to Peru lat year he took a tub of marmite with him, he reckoned it helped to keep some of the nasties off him as there is something in marmite they don't like, and he just had about 4 cream crackers (nice and light to carry) with marmite spread on them every morning....might be worth a shot if you eat marmite....

As for PRADAR I can't remember the last time I went on there, I couldn't even remember my log in, username or password now got sick of all the snide comments an downright bitchiness....so I am on two forums now this one and dyxum which is for all things SONY/KONICA MINOLTA etc and I am on AP's forum as well but never really go there...
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on July 26, 2011, 10:05:30 AM
"The growth of the UK economy slowed in the second quarter, with GDP growing by 0.2%, partly as a result of the royal wedding. "

So the upbeat atmosphere and an extra day holiday bonus makes people spend less and creates a downer in the economy?! - Perhaps the economy would have been even slower, given the reliance on oil prices and the effects following the earthquake knocking Japanese trading and of course previous recessionary aspect.

So sad to see the 'blame throwing attitude' still haunts, when the economic down turn is more likely the continuing knock on effect of organisations trading debts for profit (-x+will always=-)  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: michaelb104 on July 26, 2011, 10:06:36 AM
Well not actually today but on Sunday.

Woke up Sunday morning and the other half said she’d go down and make a coffee (well tea for me cannot stand coffee), she went to the bedroom door, pushed down the handle, pulled the door, door will not open!!  me- yeah right, stop messing around and open the door, her – no seriously I cannot open the door.  So up I get try the door and NO it will not open............................... :o

So stuck in the bedroom, no tools, no phone, no keys – eeeekkkk anyway after a lot of messing about I manage to retract the (what is that bit called that goes into the strike plate to keep the door closed) thingy enough to get the door open with a pair of nail scissors.
 
Later after taking the door mechanism to bits I found the bit that operates the thingy (see above) had broken.  We now no longer have the bedroom door closed at night!!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on July 26, 2011, 10:09:33 AM
Well not actually today but on Sunday.

Woke up Sunday morning and the other half said she’d go down and make a coffee (well tea for me cannot stand coffee), she went to the bedroom door, pushed down the handle, pulled the door, door will not open!!  me- yeah right, stop messing around and open the door, her – no seriously I cannot open the door.  So up I get try the door and NO it will not open............................... :o

So stuck in the bedroom, no tools, no phone, no keys – eeeekkkk anyway after a lot of messing about I manage to retract the (what is that bit called that goes into the strike plate to keep the door closed) thingy enough to get the door open with a pair of nail scissors.
 
Later after taking the door mechanism to bits I found the bit that operates the thingy (see above) had broken.  We now no longer have the bedroom door closed at night!!

I would change the mechanism, just in case the cat moves the slipper  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: michaelb104 on July 26, 2011, 11:45:57 AM
Well not actually today but on Sunday.

Woke up Sunday morning and the other half said she’d go down and make a coffee (well tea for me cannot stand coffee), she went to the bedroom door, pushed down the handle, pulled the door, door will not open!!  me- yeah right, stop messing around and open the door, her – no seriously I cannot open the door.  So up I get try the door and NO it will not open............................... :o

So stuck in the bedroom, no tools, no phone, no keys – eeeekkkk anyway after a lot of messing about I manage to retract the (what is that bit called that goes into the strike plate to keep the door closed) thingy enough to get the door open with a pair of nail scissors.
 
Later after taking the door mechanism to bits I found the bit that operates the thingy (see above) had broken.  We now no longer have the bedroom door closed at night!!

I would change the mechanism, just in case the cat moves the slipper  :2funny:

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on July 26, 2011, 11:47:06 AM
"The growth of the UK economy slowed in the second quarter, with GDP growing by 0.2%, partly as a result of the royal wedding. "

So the upbeat atmosphere and an extra day holiday bonus makes people spend less and creates a downer in the economy?! - Perhaps the economy would have been even slower, given the reliance on oil prices and the effects following the earthquake knocking Japanese trading and of course previous recessionary aspect.

So sad to see the 'blame throwing attitude' still haunts, when the economic down turn is more likely the continuing knock on effect of organisations trading debts for profit (-x+will always=-)  :legit:

It's schoolboy economics 1.02 Andy. The UK has negative interest rates (inflation 4.5%, base rate 0.5%, real interest rate -4%), and that means one thing and one thing only - stagflation. Osborne is a moron. I have no idea what the MPC are thinking; I can only assume that sufficient political pressure has been placed on them that they have abandoned all that they know. Interest rates must always be positive for an economy to prosper, ideally roughly 2x inflation. But matching inflation would be a good place to start.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on July 26, 2011, 12:15:36 PM
Have a fantastic trip (I really am envious) re  "Daytime dress code is "total cover up".  Really - there are lots of things that you don't want to see enough bare flesh to bite"  When my brother went to Peru lat year he took a tub of marmite with him, he reckoned it helped to keep some of the nasties off him as there is something in marmite they don't like, and he just had about 4 cream crackers (nice and light to carry) with marmite spread on them every morning....might be worth a shot if you eat marmite....

Thanks.  I'm pretty sure I've heard that about Marmite.  Sadly the Telegraph says it isn't true :(  But since I love it I'm prepared to risk it.  Along with DEET and clothes impregnated with Permerthrin, natch.

"The growth of the UK economy slowed in the second quarter, with GDP growing by 0.2%, partly as a result of the royal wedding. "

I don't know much about economics, but I know about the law of unintended consequences.  Yep, the Royal Wedding was supposed to buoy the public mood and make us all spend our way out of recession (this is actually the traditional reason for Royal Weddings).  Unfortunately, with a day's holiday coinciding with a bunch of others lots of people took a week off work and spent their way out of recession in other countries....  We also lost a lot of productivity that week - I bet it destroyed a few small businesses.

For another law of unintended consequences (aka how can the treasury possibly be that stupid).....tuition fees at universities were supposed to relieve the public purse from paying for degrees.  Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that.  Uni charges student, student borrows money, government underwrites loan.  Since some students will default and the majority will never pay off the full amount you have to make an allowance for this cost plus the UK treasury effectively funds a lot of the interest.  So....unis were allowed to charge up to £9K a year and lots and lots decided that this would be quite a nice idea.  I forget the figures but I believe it's somewhere in the billions that the UK has to borrow to pay for this wheeze.  It might have been cheaper to carry on paying for the places directly.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on July 26, 2011, 01:34:01 PM
I like the suggestion that said banned member could be Abers.....and there was me thinking his internet know how was on the same level as mine ...click on and hope for the best  :D

Blimey, fame at last. :dance: Nobody told me. :o

Sue, I'm embarrassed to admit I had to Google 'ISP' since I had no idea what it was, but I'm pleased to know I've got one, and I shall sleep all the better for it.
As Frank Spencer used to say, "Every day in every way........." :tup:

I'm really impressed - you're obviously going for the outright ban now  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on July 26, 2011, 01:49:39 PM
Have a fantastic trip (I really am envious) re  "Daytime dress code is "total cover up".  Really - there are lots of things that you don't want to see enough bare flesh to bite"  When my brother went to Peru lat year he took a tub of marmite with him, he reckoned it helped to keep some of the nasties off him as there is something in marmite they don't like, and he just had about 4 cream crackers (nice and light to carry) with marmite spread on them every morning....might be worth a shot if you eat marmite....

Thanks.  I'm pretty sure I've heard that about Marmite.  Sadly the Telegraph says it isn't true :(  But since I love it I'm prepared to risk it.  Along with DEET and clothes impregnated with Permerthrin, natch.

"The growth of the UK economy slowed in the second quarter, with GDP growing by 0.2%, partly as a result of the royal wedding. "

I don't know much about economics, but I know about the law of unintended consequences.  Yep, the Royal Wedding was supposed to buoy the public mood and make us all spend our way out of recession (this is actually the traditional reason for Royal Weddings).  Unfortunately, with a day's holiday coinciding with a bunch of others lots of people took a week off work and spent their way out of recession in other countries....  We also lost a lot of productivity that week - I bet it destroyed a few small businesses.

For another law of unintended consequences (aka how can the treasury possibly be that stupid).....tuition fees at universities were supposed to relieve the public purse from paying for degrees.  Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that.  Uni charges student, student borrows money, government underwrites loan.  Since some students will default and the majority will never pay off the full amount you have to make an allowance for this cost plus the UK treasury effectively funds a lot of the interest.  So....unis were allowed to charge up to £9K a year and lots and lots decided that this would be quite a nice idea.  I forget the figures but I believe it's somewhere in the billions that the UK has to borrow to pay for this wheeze.  It might have been cheaper to carry on paying for the places directly.

I can understand glitches in productivity on such events having run staffed small businesses, and those that close on that back are likely to have eventually closed unless time had offered a turn in fortune. The event was publicised in advance which will have helped many businesses plan ahead; Wimbledon week can often effect productivity too, and I guess it is hard to foretell how any match, game will end.

I'm no economist either, but I understand repayment, profit and loss; as too, like a pension crisis the ability to pass headaches on to the next generations.

Hope you have a good trip. A drop of Whisky in your water may well work as well as Marmite  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Reinardina on July 26, 2011, 04:34:31 PM
It's Reinardina's round

Haven't quite got used to your sense of humour. I'm a quick learner though, I'll catch up soon enough.


This thread might help you.  http://cameracraniums.com/forum/index.php?topic=1868.0

Jonathan has made use of a bit of code that's all. 
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[size=10pt]It's [you]'s round[/size]  The you tag just echos out the name of who ever reads the post, so when I look at it, it says, "It's Admin's round"

Thanks Admin for the explanation. Glad I know now. Thought it was a bit early in the morning to start buying rounds.

Can you do anything about the spell checker? Add Reinardina to the 'recognised words/names'? It seems to think I should be called Bernardina.

And erm ... I haven't worked out your name yet. Care to share?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on July 26, 2011, 05:30:03 PM
  Hi Bernie...( :2funny:)....His names Mick and he's a very nice man.
                 Graham. :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 26, 2011, 07:12:50 PM
  Hi Bernie...( :2funny:)....His names Mick and he's a very nice man.
                 Graham. :dance:

Not when he's working on lawnmowers!  :o  :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on July 26, 2011, 10:04:32 PM

Can you do anything about the spell checker? Add Reinardina to the 'recognised words/names'? It seems to think I should be called Bernardina.


Done.  :tup:  ( I hope).
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Reinardina on July 26, 2011, 10:48:15 PM
Thanks Graham, Oldboy and Admin Mick.

Actually, Bernie does not sound too bad, does it? But I can't change now of course, after having Reinardina entered in the 'approved list.'

Can someone explain how to get a multiple quote in a message? That's another thing I haven't worked out yet.

I went out 'shooting' this morning, to catch some 'Summertime' photos for the competition. The rain had stopped in time, but I've tried to avoid including the sky. Just in case. Came home with loads of pictures (trying out burst mode) and there should be at least two or three suitable ones. Tourist season is definitely underway!

Just did a spell check and my name was not flash up! Thanks Mick, it works!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on July 26, 2011, 11:09:12 PM

Can someone explain how to get a multiple quote in a message? That's another thing I haven't worked out yet.


OK, to multi quote, all you need to do is, either hit the quote button for the first post you want to quote, then if you scroll down below the message box, you'll see the other posts below it.  Next to each one is a "Insert quote" button.  Put your cursor where you want the next quote to appear, and use one of those "Insert quote" buttons.  Repeat as required.  ;)

You can always test this in a new reply, and click the preview button to see if it works.  If you want to keep the post hit post, if you were just testing, then hit the back button on your browser, or another link on the site to back out of it.

Hope this helps
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 26, 2011, 11:14:55 PM

OK, to multi quote, all you need to do is, either hit the quote button for the first post you want to quote, then if you scroll down below the message box, you'll see the other posts below it.  Next to each one is a "Insert quote" button.  Put your cursor where you want the next quote to appear, and use one of those "Insert quote" buttons.  Repeat as required.  ;)

You can always test this in a new reply, and click the preview button to see if it works.  If you want to keep the post hit post, if you were just testing, then hit the back button on your browser, or another link on the site to back out of it.

Hope this helps

Now, I didn't know that!  :uglystupid2:

I always used wordpad or notepad for more than one quote!  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beryl on July 27, 2011, 12:58:09 AM
I can't cope with one quote let alone multi

I can't read period ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on July 27, 2011, 07:36:39 AM
Do you find what is said here is typical?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/london_2012/14297897.stm

My grandchildren are all sports mad, all playing for teams at various levels in football, and hardly ever off the local public golf courses in the summer. However I can't recall any of them, or their mates, discussing the Olympics to any great extent. The eldest however did apply for tickets and has been lucky enough to get two for the day of the 200m men's final, the mens 800m final and the triple jump final. He's beginning to realise that perhaps it was a wise investment :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on July 27, 2011, 08:08:38 AM
I'm sure that sport, and the interest levels in it in this country, revolves around things like football, rugby, golf, cricket etc. for the majority of people  - and that includes youngsters. If a child is good at running or swimming then they might well become an enthusiastic participant but I can't see too many simply deciding that watching the triple jump is as exciting as seeing how their favourite football team performs. Still, must'nt knock it, it has given Seb Coe a chance to earn a lot of money and provided jobs for lots of eastern european workers  :dance: :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on July 27, 2011, 08:34:52 AM
My Father in Law is already very excited about the Olympics and has basically told us he wants to come up and stay with us for the duration of the games......He is insisting I could get some "great shots" of the cyclists in Richmond Park or coming through Kingston, etc and what he would really like to do is go up to Box Hill to watch the cycling.....
I'm trying to explain without causing an argument that I have ZERO interest in the Olympics, I resent the fact that Richmond Park will be closed in all probability to "Joe Public", the road race is going to cause complete and utter traffic chaos around Kingston/Richmond/Esher/Molesey none of which have particularly good "Alternative Routes" around or through them as the town planners way back when closed off/Dead Ended/One Wayed so many roads it was unreal....And my point is that I keep trying to explain to him is yes I could get some great shots of the cyclists in Richmond Park, but the only thing I really like shooting in Richmond Park is the Deer...I have no interest particularly in shooting the cycling....if I win a bit of money on the lottery before it starts next year, I'm leaving the country for 2 months......my in laws can have the house to themselves  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on July 27, 2011, 08:52:04 AM
And i believe Boxhill is already on a waiting list for access because the route is going through protected countryside.

Don't envy you that one Keith...
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: michaelb104 on July 27, 2011, 09:46:09 AM
Got to ask, is it just young people that are not interested?  Not living in London myself it will have no effect on me other than it’s going to be on TV for at least the next 13 months  :(

And another thing why is the BBC so London centric, this morning on the BBC news they were on about a nationwide coverage of charging stations for electric cars stretching to Scotland.  They then very kindly showed a map of where they would be, lots inside and around the M25 and then a line that looked like it went up the M40 and then up the M6 to Scotland, so no coverage in the Midlands, East Midlands or North East, so of course nationwide coverage  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on July 27, 2011, 10:58:14 AM
Don't forget Keith that they're having a practise race on Aug 14th this year. Our road will be closed that morning, so will all those that you mention in your post.
Just to remind you, Box Hill is a ticketed area.

Although the race is free to watch elsewhere along the route I can't get too excited about a large group of Lycra clad cyclists in funny shaped hats that will be gone by in about a minute! We get enough of them around here every weekend anyway. >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on July 27, 2011, 11:05:20 AM
Only about 250 electric cars have been sold to private individuals in the UK since the £5000 subsidy was introduced. It's a reasonable bet that most of those would have been sold to luvvies and the like, and almost all of them in London.

There is to my way of thinking only one electric car on the market that is of any practical use, the Chevrolet Volt (Vauxhall Ampera (http://www.vauxhall-ampera.co.uk/index.php/eng/home) in the UK). But although this will run for most people most of the time on battery, because it has a petrol engine driving a generator for longer journeys I don't think it qualifies for the full subsidy, and anyway it'll be killed off soon because GM can't shift their stock - they're vastly more expensive than an equivalent internal combustion engined vehicle so Americans aren't buying them in significant numbers.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on July 27, 2011, 12:17:21 PM
I never applied for Olympics tickets (for one thing I don't have a Visa card) but I'm sick of the whining already.

It's here.  It's happening.  Why can't we get behind it?  Plenty of time to moan about it if it fails.  You don't win anything by assuming you're going to lose.

I for one want to see the first ever games with the Blade Runner giving the athletes with legs a run for their money.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/14212248.stm
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on July 27, 2011, 12:25:07 PM
I hope it's a major success with huge numbers of people glued to their TV sets - it takes place during the summer so the more people stuck indoors watching TV the fewer out and about cluttering up the places I go to for a nice peaceful walk  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on July 27, 2011, 01:36:07 PM
I never applied for Olympics tickets (for one thing I don't have a Visa card) but I'm sick of the whining already.

It's here.  It's happening.  Why can't we get behind it?  Plenty of time to moan about it if it fails.  You don't win anything by assuming you're going to lose.

I for one want to see the first ever games with the Blade Runner giving the athletes with legs a run for their money.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/14212248.stm

I hope the games are a success too, and who knows they might even give the UK economy the boost it needs  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on July 29, 2011, 09:00:28 AM
I think I'll jump on the bandwagon! All you sports photographers here's an offer you can't refuse, (well perhaps you can  ::)).

Your own secure personal parking place 200 yards from the Olympic cycling action, on both the road race and the time trial days, with refreshments thrown in as an optional extra! Three places available @ £100, £150 with refreshments, (a cuppa tea and a slice of cake).
Camera battery charging points available F.O.C. when the refreshment option is taken. A free picture of Seb Coe with every booking!

First come first serve.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on July 29, 2011, 10:12:42 AM
I think I'll jump on the bandwagon! All you sports photographers here's an offer you can't refuse, (well perhaps you can  ::)).

Your own secure personal parking place 200 yards from the Olympic cycling action, on both the road race and the time trial days, with refreshments thrown in as an optional extra! Three places available @ £100, £150 with refreshments, (a cuppa tea and a slice of cake).
Camera battery charging points available F.O.C. when the refreshment option is taken. A free picture of Seb Coe with every booking!

First come first serve.


I would not be supprised if someone took up your offer considering the daft money people pay to camp on some ones lawn at Wimbledon or the use of their parking space. But are you near a bend in the road which will give better action images or even potential accidents.  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on July 29, 2011, 11:47:01 AM
Got it all sussed out. There's a large roundabout to be negotiated just near our junction.

P.S. Only one place left! ;)

PPS Does anyone have access to one of those 'Stinger' gizmos the cops use. Should make for a good shot. :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: krennon on July 29, 2011, 01:27:23 PM
And I'll put up the same offer as Abers but I'm a little further away about 2 miles, however excellent transport links to Kingston (direct bus route) refreshment options (well I can make you up a flask of tea or coffee), possible room to let as well p.o.a. and subject to my in-laws not being here, and if necessary use of p.c. to back up your files on to disk, use of elements 7 available as well.....tempting I actually wonder if we could let the whole house for the 6 weeks????.....mmm food for thought.....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Reinardina on July 29, 2011, 04:15:19 PM
.if I win a bit of money on the lottery before it starts next year, I'm leaving the country for 2 months......my in laws can have the house to themselves  :tup:

Can't you swap houses with your in laws for the duration? Or is this impractical? (or is it unpractical?)

Neither my husband, nor I are interested in the Olympics. We're also hoping to win enough to get away, but where do you go? It'll probably get worldwide coverage. Anyone any idea?

We once hired a motorcruiser in the Highlands, and had extremely bad TV reception on Loch Ness. If it is still the same in that area, it might be the solution.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 03, 2011, 08:44:17 AM
Sound like 'Eee when I were a lad' ;)

Looking for some information on the web I stumbled across the house I was born in and spent the first 10 years of my life some ?+?!! years ago.
Then it was a small mid-terraced two up two down farm worker's cottage with no running water, with a well serving the four cottages in the terrace, hence a row of old fashioned bucket toilets across the yard served our natural functions. Electric lighting was wired into the two downstairs rooms and only one bedroom, no gas, all cooking was done on a beautiful coal fired cast iron range in the front room, and a Primus stove was in the scullery for a quickly boiled kettle. The strange anomaly was that it had a huge back garden, so plenty of fresh veggies throughout the year!

Rent for this back in the thirties was 5 shillings a week, and I remember once my Dad told me we were nearly chucked out when he got behind with the rent! :-[

The information I stumbled across today was that the house next door has been valued at £254k with a rental potential of £945 pcm.

To be fair all services are connected and it has a bathroom!

No wonder I feel a certain empathy when I look at James Ravillious' book, An English Eye.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 03, 2011, 09:26:36 AM
Rent for this back in the thirties was 5 shillings a week, and I remember once my Dad told me we were nearly chucked out when he got behind with the rent! :-[

The information I stumbled across today was that the house next door has been valued at £254k with a rental potential of £945 pcm.


It increased in price after you left!  :2funny: :2funny: :-*
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 05, 2011, 03:53:03 PM
According to a poll by IPSO MORI 71% of UK residents think there are too many immigrants in the country.

Apparently the other 29% are immigrants!  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Reinardina on August 05, 2011, 04:36:18 PM
According to a poll by IPSO MORI 71% of UK residents think there are too many immigrants in the country.

Apparently the other 29% are immigrants!  ;)

I'm an immigrant! When I married my (English) husband in 1984, he needed  to  get something called a 'no impediment to marrying an alien.' And worse, I still hold my Dutch nationality!

It's funny though, when you talk to second and third generation immigrants (who probably hold British passports), they're all sounding off against the new wave of immigrants.

I personally have no problems with immigrants who 'fit in, ' either here, or in my native Holland. Problems occur when 'they' try to change the habits, laws and customs of their host country, to turn it into a second ... whatever country they came from.

Immigrant children should be 'thrown in, at the deep end,' and attend English (and only English) speaking schools. Children adapt extremely fast, and should not normally have problems. Once the language is in place, it is easier to be accepted and to be found acceptable.

(Personal opinion only!)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 06, 2011, 08:27:57 AM
With the might dollar downgraded from triple AAA's and the markets in freefall, we are all doomed.  :'(

On the brighter side, today is the happiest day of the year. It's August, a Saturday and between 18:00 to 19:00 should be the blissful hour.  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on August 07, 2011, 07:55:22 PM
I'm an immigrant! When I married my (English) husband in 1984, he needed  to  get something called a 'no impediment to marrying an alien.' And worse, I still hold my Dutch nationality!
As did I to marry in NL. Had to go to the Vreemelingendienst, despite having the verblijfsvergunning for years. The Wife (to be at the time) had to swear we weren't getting married for visa purposes. All very bureaucratic and tedious.

Quote
I personally have no problems with immigrants who 'fit in, ' either here, or in my native Holland. Problems occur when 'they' try to change the habits, laws and customs of their host country, to turn it into a second ... whatever country they came from.

My problems come from the incessant lecturing here about fitting in. The kids go to the local school, speak better cloggie than English :'(, celebrate the 5th Dec as well as Christmas (although we've been told off numerous times about celebrating Christmas as the presents for the kids apparently cause problems for the other households where the Christmas gift giving tradition isn't followed).

I don't see why I should become Dutch, as I'm proud to be English. I don't expect the natives to change their own traditions, but I do expect them to respect mine. It all comes down to tolerance and mutual respect...something that is very much in short supply since the rise of Geert Wijlders.

Oh, and I'd dearly love them to import some mountains or hills to make this landscape interesting.  ;)

H.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 11, 2011, 09:56:12 AM
Looter hauled before the magistrates for theft... sentenced to one days imprisonment...already served the one day in custody...walks out of court....that'll teach them to run riot  :dance: :dance: :dance: :knuppel2: :knuppel2: :knuppel2:

.....must make the police disheartened!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on August 11, 2011, 06:27:52 PM
Looter hauled before the magistrates for theft... sentenced to one days imprisonment...already served the one day in custody...walks out of court....that'll teach them to run riot  :dance: :dance: :dance: :knuppel2: :knuppel2: :knuppel2:

.....must make the police disheartened!

Ridiculous isn't it..  Wonder how much that process cost from start to finish.   I believe there's now over a thousand people been arrested now, so a lot of them will face the same sort of non punishment.   

(full wrath of the law, my ar$e).   :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 11, 2011, 06:56:45 PM
Looter hauled before the magistrates for theft... sentenced to one days imprisonment...already served the one day in custody...walks out of court....that'll teach them to run riot  :dance: :dance: :dance: :knuppel2: :knuppel2: :knuppel2:

.....must make the police disheartened!

Wow, sounds like Canada.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on August 11, 2011, 11:17:20 PM
It's my last day at work tomorrow and start a weeks garden leave - but looks like I'll have to work at least monday to complete some jobs.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 16, 2011, 12:32:07 PM
Apparently the Olympic Cycle Road Race Trial went OK on Sunday, leaving total chaos in its wake traffic wise.
Had to make an 8 mile detour to watch a local football match, whereas on a normal Sunday the trip would have been just 2 miles! >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on August 16, 2011, 01:25:51 PM
You're not the only one to be inconvenienced Alan. Some friends of our had to make huge traffic clogged detours for the whole weekend just to get in and out of their little town.

The way things are going I think we might have to open an overspill camp site to accommodate all of our English friends desperate to escape the hell of the Olympics  :o.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on August 16, 2011, 03:48:51 PM
You're not the only one to be inconvenienced Alan. Some friends of our had to make huge traffic clogged detours for the whole weekend just to get in and out of their little town.

The way things are going I think we might have to open an overspill camp site to accommodate all of our English friends desperate to escape the hell of the Olympics  :o.


Another plus point for living up north   :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 16, 2011, 04:22:33 PM
Now I know we're doomed! >:(
Watched a police conference on the lunchtime news and on the backing boards behind the spokesman amongst other symbols was the exhortation to 'Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook'.
And there was Teresa May spouting out this morning about 'better use of police time'. What a farce! :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Reinardina on August 16, 2011, 04:44:18 PM
I'm an immigrant! When I married my (English) husband in 1984, he needed  to  get something called a 'no impediment to marrying an alien.' And worse, I still hold my Dutch nationality!
As did I to marry in NL. Had to go to the Vreemelingendienst, despite having the verblijfsvergunning for years. The Wife (to be at the time) had to swear we weren't getting married for visa purposes. All very bureaucratic and tedious.

Quote
I personally have no problems with immigrants who 'fit in, ' either here, or in my native Holland. Problems occur when 'they' try to change the habits, laws and customs of their host country, to turn it into a second ... whatever country they came from.

My problems come from the incessant lecturing here about fitting in. The kids go to the local school, speak better cloggie than English :'(, celebrate the 5th Dec as well as Christmas (although we've been told off numerous times about celebrating Christmas as the presents for the kids apparently cause problems for the other households where the Christmas gift giving tradition isn't followed).

I don't see why I should become Dutch, as I'm proud to be English. I don't expect the natives to change their own traditions, but I do expect them to respect mine. It all comes down to tolerance and mutual respect...something that is very much in short supply since the rise of Geert Wijlders.

Oh, and I'd dearly love them to import some mountains or hills to make this landscape interesting.  ;)

H.

Only 'caught' this today!

I thought the Dutch were more and more giving presents at Christmas? Or is that only the adults? I've been out of the country for more than 25 years and am a bit out of touch. Your kids are lucky to have both 'Sinterklaas' and Christmas presents.

Didn't realise we ( the Dutch) were becoming intolerant towards English people. A friend of mine was married to an Englishman and I don't think he ever had any problems. Must admit though, that I don't know much about Geert Wilders and his influence. When I'm visiting Holland, politics is hardly ever on the agenda.

Of course you don't have to become Dutch if you don't want to. I'm not becoming English for the same reason: proud to be Dutch, in my case. Added advantage for a woman is, that as a Dutch citizen, I remain myself, ie keep my own (maiden) name for official purposes, like passport etc. In England I am officially Mrs Husbands Name, my old self has totally disappeared.

I thought we had arranged the landscape quite nicely, and very practical. Mostly flat, to make it easy to get around on your bicycle and the hills, arranged round the edges. Zuid Limburg and towards the German border.
Mountains we don't really offer, apart from the ones that used to be molehills!  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 17, 2011, 01:38:53 AM

Of course you don't have to become Dutch if you don't want to. I'm not becoming English for the same reason: proud to be Dutch, in my case. Added advantage for a woman is, that as a Dutch citizen, I remain myself, ie keep my own (maiden) name for official purposes, like passport etc. In England I am officially Mrs Husbands Name, my old self has totally disappeared.


Please don't take this as a personal attack, I'm Scottish by birth, I'm very proud of my Scot's heritage (as you could see by my recent uploads). But I'm a proud Canadian now. I took my Cdn citizenship the very first moment I could, as a legal adult. I don't understand why people immigrate to other countries and then retain their citizenship.

And I can't abide people in Canada who identify themselves as, Italian, or Croatian etc. who were born here (Canada) and likely never set foot outside of the country.

I enjoy annoying my children by pointing out to them that I'm Canadian by choice, unlike them. At the same time I am extremely proud of the fact my kids can trace their Canadian ancestry back to United Empire Loyalists (people who fled the U.S. after the revolution). My kids can trace their ancestry in the colonies back to the 1700's.

Sorry for the rant, nothing personal.  :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on August 17, 2011, 08:00:55 AM
I'd become a French citizen if it weren't for the paperwork  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 17, 2011, 08:05:44 AM
Strange how different people view things in different ways. I'm fiercely English and I can trace my English roots back to 1765, but I have a Scottish surname, and where my 1765 ancestors came from is a mystery, they just suddenly appear in the local parish records at that date. Am I a seventh generation Scot? Is it something in my genes that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up when I hear a pipe and drum band in full flow?

I'm a bit confused however because the same thing happens when I listen to the theme tune from Zorba the Greek! ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Reinardina on August 17, 2011, 08:18:52 AM

Of course you don't have to become Dutch if you don't want to. I'm not becoming English for the same reason: proud to be Dutch, in my case. Added advantage for a woman is, that as a Dutch citizen, I remain myself, ie keep my own (maiden) name for official purposes, like passport etc. In England I am officially Mrs Husbands Name, my old self has totally disappeared.


Please don't take this as a personal attack, I'm Scottish by birth, I'm very proud of my Scot's heritage (as you could see by my recent uploads). But I'm a proud Canadian now. I took my Cdn citizenship the very first moment I could, as a legal adult. I don't understand why people immigrate to other countries and then retain their citizenship.

And I can't abide people in Canada who identify themselves as, Italian, or Croatian etc. who were born here (Canada) and likely never set foot outside of the country.

I enjoy annoying my children by pointing out to them that I'm Canadian by choice, unlike them. At the same time I am extremely proud of the fact my kids can trace their Canadian ancestry back to United Empire Loyalists (people who fled the U.S. after the revolution). My kids can trace their ancestry in the colonies back to the 1700's.

Sorry for the rant, nothing personal.  :)

No offence taken!

With Holland and England near neighbours, and my very regular visits to the Netherlands, I have felt at home in both countries.
I did not consciously 'emigrate' from the Netherlands, for the reasons people normally apply for emi/immigration: I simply followed my brand new husband to his place of birth/work etc.
Hope I haven't opened a large can of worms now!

Alan, I have no connections to Scotland whatsoever, but I love pipe and drumbands. Always have done, while everyone I ever knew hates the sound!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on August 17, 2011, 08:19:07 AM
Is it something in my genes that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up when I hear a pipe and drum band in full flow?

I'm a bit confused however because the same thing happens when I listen to the theme tune from Zorba the Greek! ???

 :2funny:

With my ancestors, I concider myself a European on account of the English, Irish, French mix in genes -   :D :beer: oops well it looks like a guiness and  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 17, 2011, 08:23:08 AM
odd is'nt it. As far as I can trace back I'm English and English folk music always seems like my real music [yes it does exist!] - but I really get that same feeling when I hear the pipes.  :dance:  Perhaps it's imagining how the enemy must have felt on a still quiet morning before a battle when the Scots army began to play  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: michaelb104 on August 17, 2011, 09:03:38 AM
I’m very English but have Scottish roots and I believe I’m even allowed to wear one of the tartans (not sure which one, must ask my dad) but the pipes just don’t do it for me.....

My dad has traced our ancestors back to 1736(ish) and our families slow movement from the north down the country to now the youngest generation living in Portsmouth, if the family keeps moving south with each generation it will be France here we come!!  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on August 17, 2011, 09:48:07 AM
I’m very English but have Scottish roots and I believe I’m even allowed to wear one of the tartans (not sure which one, must ask my dad) but the pipes just don’t do it for me.....

My dad has traced our ancestors back to 1736(ish) and our families slow movement from the north down the country to now the youngest generation living in Portsmouth, if the family keeps moving south with each generation it will be France here we come!!  :legit:


Then North Africa . .  eventually you'll circumnavigate the Greenwich Meridian and end up back where you started.  :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 21, 2011, 08:22:25 AM
Noticed in the supermarket on Friday that they were selling Ostrich eggs! Beautifully packaged and priced at somewhere about £25 each! Has anyone tried one of these.

I estimate you would need at least 2 loaves to provide enough soldiers for a decent 1 hour egg. ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on August 21, 2011, 10:43:22 AM
Noticed in the supermarket on Friday that they were selling Ostrich eggs! Beautifully packaged and priced at somewhere about £25 each! Has anyone tried one of these.

I estimate you would need at least 2 loaves to provide enough soldiers for a decent 1 hour egg. ::)
      Apparently they take from 50 mins to an hour to soft boil, I would imagine that by the time the centre is soft boiled, the outside would be like rubber!
      I would whisk it for omlettes given the opportunity. I do have an empty shell from a local (ish) ostrich farm for decoration and looking at it, if you had to crack
 it, you'd be advised to go to the garage rather than the kitchen!
      Waitrose presumably?
                      Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 21, 2011, 11:02:27 AM
           Waitrose presumably?
                      Graham. :tup:
Where else is there! 8)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on August 21, 2011, 11:20:12 AM
Noticed in the supermarket on Friday that they were selling Ostrich eggs! Beautifully packaged and priced at somewhere about £25 each! Has anyone tried one of these.

I estimate you would need at least 2 loaves to provide enough soldiers for a decent 1 hour egg. ::)

Expensive dish; A fine masonary drill, plenty of puff and the meal will probably satisfy the expended energy in preparation.  :-[  :tup:  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on August 28, 2011, 02:18:43 PM
I was playing around with my iPad camera yesterday, took some self portraits of me enjoy a nice glass of Glenfiddich. Anyway, I emailed them to some friends and family and got a report back they were upside down. Have done a Google (DuckDuckGo actually) and discovered the question, "why?" posted several times. I hit the 6th web site before someone actually answered the question, one post has been unanswered for over 4 mths. 6 web sites before someone actually answered the question in detail. One response was, oh try a 3rd party app. Not sure what would annoy me most, not getting an answer or getting an answer that had very little to do with my question.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 28, 2011, 07:07:42 PM
I was playing around with my iPad camera yesterday, took some self portraits of me enjoy a nice glass of Glenfiddich.

My favorite tipple of choice.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 30, 2011, 10:45:41 PM
Those nice marketing people from Sony!
Got home to find an invite to the launch of their new A77 and NEX7 at their offices at Weybridge. Not being too far from my home I thought it would be a good way to spend half a day, so I clicked to order a ticket, only to find that they were £150 each. :o

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on August 31, 2011, 06:53:31 PM
Sounds like a bargain Alan, you probably get canapés and everything.

My bemusement today was the discovery that our kitchen scales have been under reading by anything up to 20% - they're not consistent, but that seems to be the average.

This goes a long towards explaining many recent baking disasters including heavy bread, flat cakes and soggy gypsy tart, to name but three.

Further bemusement ensued when I suggest to SWMBO that perhaps we ought to buy some new scales; alas, it appears that if the aforementioned SWMBO has spent the morning shopping for new shoes then a request for €10 for a tool that we use nearly every day is apparently beyond the pale.

But I'm working on it . . .
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on September 01, 2011, 09:01:42 AM
My bemusement today was the discovery that our kitchen scales have been under reading by anything up to 20% - they're not consistent, but that seems to be the average.

This goes a long towards explaining many recent baking disasters including heavy bread, flat cakes and soggy gypsy tart, to name but three.

Further bemusement ensued when I suggest to SWMBO that perhaps we ought to buy some new scales; alas, it appears that if the aforementioned SWMBO has spent the morning shopping for new shoes then a request for €10 for a tool that we use nearly every day is apparently beyond the pale.

But I'm working on it . . .

Sounds like you need to weigh your various options.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on September 01, 2011, 09:07:03 AM
My bemusement today was the discovery that our kitchen scales have been under reading by anything up to 20% - they're not consistent, but that seems to be the average.

This goes a long towards explaining many recent baking disasters including heavy bread, flat cakes and soggy gypsy tart, to name but three.

Further bemusement ensued when I suggest to SWMBO that perhaps we ought to buy some new scales; alas, it appears that if the aforementioned SWMBO has spent the morning shopping for new shoes then a request for €10 for a tool that we use nearly every day is apparently beyond the pale.

But I'm working on it . . .

Sounds like you need to weigh your various options.

   Would Mr Evans kindly leave the stage!  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 01, 2011, 10:52:13 AM
What a silver tongued devil I am  :P

Just ordered a new set of scales  :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on September 01, 2011, 10:59:25 AM
What a silver tongued devil I am  :P

Just ordered a new set of scales  :dance:
   
  I don't know Howard, somtimes you just don't care do you!
                              Graham. :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 01, 2011, 11:21:14 AM
It gets better ;) ordered a new rucksack at the same time  :tup: :dance: :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on September 01, 2011, 11:45:07 AM
It gets better ;) ordered a new rucksack at the same time  :tup: :dance: :dance:
    That'll be handy for when she throws you out....You won't be  :dance: then will you!
                             Graham. :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 01, 2011, 01:18:08 PM
I'll get my coat . . .
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 01, 2011, 03:13:12 PM
Those nice marketing people from Sony!
Got home to find an invite to the launch of their new A77 and NEX7 at their offices at Weybridge. Not being too far from my home I thought it would be a good way to spend half a day, so I clicked to order a ticket, only to find that they were £150 each. :o

Perhaps they've realized the DSLR market is saturated and this is the new money making scheme. Instead of buying the new cameras you just pay big money to look at them.  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on September 01, 2011, 05:43:58 PM
Having seen some of my work when my daughter linked them to my website her firm asked me for a quote for some corporate headshots. Gave a price for 4 hours work where I felt I`d allowed at least 25% more time than I needed but said that if we overran due to staff being delayed in meetings etc I`d stay on for a set hourly rate. They got back to me and asked for a day rate which I was happy to give and threw in a sweetener of a little introductory discount and reduced charge for mileage as I would be visiting my daughter at same time. Hear nothing then this major international insurance company contact me through the 21 year old student summer placement guy saying I had been undercut by a local photographer specialising in corporate headshots but they liked my work and might ask me to do some in Bristol etc. My daughter had already warned me that after asking for and getting a move with better prospects the guy in charge was unhappy and likely to take it out on me ("Sorry Dad"). So she moves on to another section and today sends me a copy of her headshot done by said prfessional specialist and what do I see? Badly composed shot, f2.8 used but either re-composed or was off as it is out of focus on her eyes, badly lit with huge shadows under her nose /lip caused by what looks like a bare flash front left and yet two other lights used too. seems they were done. She asked my opinion so I agve her a list and sent my contact details for next time. Never ceases to amaze me how this insurance giant gives large budgets to inexperienced staff who often don`t know what they are looking for or what they should get. Shows it`s often luck more than ability that gets the job though - maybe there is still hope for me  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 01, 2011, 10:02:43 PM
Hear nothing then this major international insurance company contact me through the 21 year old student summer placement guy saying I had been undercut by a local photographer specialising in corporate headshots but they liked my work and might ask me to do some in Bristol etc.

Hope you replied that your rates guarantee a proper job!  ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 01, 2011, 10:56:54 PM
Hear nothing then this major international insurance company contact me through the 21 year old student summer placement guy saying I had been undercut by a local photographer specialising in corporate headshots but they liked my work and might ask me to do some in Bristol etc.

Hope you replied that your rates guarantee a proper job!  ;D

How bad do you need the money? My reply would be, my prices have gone up to cover you jerking me around the last time.  >:( But that's just me.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on September 02, 2011, 04:52:09 AM
Might well be the response Spinner as I`ll be charging expenses if they come back. Stupid thing is they`d have got the job done cheap with my first quote and they asked fore the higher quote then rejected  ???. Having asked my views on the shot my daughter has emailed back saying she thought that I`d comment on the shadows / out of focus elements and has sent my coments on to the project leader - oops!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 02, 2011, 05:23:40 PM
WBMT? Daughter lives with us. She was getting ready to head out for a job interview and decided to print off her resume. Her printers not working so we tried to email from her computer upstairs to mine downstairs. She uses Gmail and I use Hotmail. She emailed it at 11:13 am, it didn't arrive until 12:19 pm. just over an hour. I wonder where it's been routed through China maybe?  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 02, 2011, 06:54:46 PM
Intriguing delay, but begs the question, why didn't you network the printer? Our printers are in the study, but my daughter's PC and the lappie can both use them.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 02, 2011, 08:23:06 PM
Intriguing delay, but begs the question, why didn't you network the printer? Our printers are in the study, but my daughter's PC and the lappie can both use them.

We mistakenly thought email would be quicker
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 04, 2011, 04:09:36 PM
Intriguing delay, but begs the question, why didn't you network the printer? Our printers are in the study, but my daughter's PC and the lappie can both use them.

We mistakenly thought email would be quicker

Oh and I've had problems trying to network this particular printer with my Mac so I'm not sure where the issue lies, she needed it printed right away and I didn't want to muck about.
Of course, when I have time to muck about, I forget. :( Just like right now, I logged on to the web to check something out, the idea had come to me standing in my kitchen, but the time I got here to my Den, fired up the machine and logged in I've forgotten why I came. :'( :'(
Now I'm surfing through familiar sites hoping my memory will kick in.  :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 13, 2011, 11:22:38 PM
You must be joking :o
Just read that to renovate and move Roald Dahl's hut, which is apparently still in the bottom of his garden in Bucks,
will cost £500,000 and it will cost a further £500,000 to install it in some museum. ???

Why don't they just buy him a new one. :legit:

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 14, 2011, 12:27:38 AM
You must be joking :o
Just read that to renovate and move Roald Dahl's hut, which is apparently still in the bottom of his garden in Bucks,
will cost £500,000 and it will cost a further £500,000 to install it in some museum. ???

Why don't they just buy him a new one. :legit:

Not much use to him as he died in 1990.  :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 14, 2011, 06:58:57 AM
Yes I know that Oldboy, but it would make a nice mausoleum. :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 14, 2011, 07:54:12 AM
The numbers look deeply suspicious.

I suggested on Twitter that a man with a van would probably do it for 60 quid cash.  I was told that due to the fragile nature of some of the objects it must be treated like an archaeological site.  Unless wages have gone up significantly, £500,000 would pay a team of 20 archaeologists for a year.  Plus student volunteers.  Despite what you see on that irritating program with Baldrick most archaeologists seem to get by with a small trowel and a wheelbarrow so materials costs won't be high.

Oh look, I'm starting to agree with the Telegraph.  Which is worrying.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/8760530/Do-it-yourself-outcry-over-Roald-Dahls-shed.html

Mind you, I never knew Sophie Dahl was married to Jamie Cullum.  I can quite see why the family needs handouts.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 14, 2011, 10:13:33 AM
Yes I know that Oldboy, but it would make a nice mausoleum. :doh:

 :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 14, 2011, 10:14:41 AM

Oh look, I'm starting to agree with the Telegraph.  Which is worrying.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/8760530/Do-it-yourself-outcry-over-Roald-Dahls-shed.html


It's an age thing.  :o ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on September 14, 2011, 10:31:18 AM
You must be joking :o
Just read that to renovate and move Roald Dahl's hut, which is apparently still in the bottom of his garden in Bucks,
will cost £500,000 and it will cost a further £500,000 to install it in some museum. ???


I won't be shedding any tears over this.

H.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on September 14, 2011, 06:47:54 PM

Mind you, I never knew Sophie Dahl was married to Jamie Cullum. 

    Now look Jonathan, we've been on this site a good few years now, and I like like to think  that we've all got to know each other a little.
    And then you come here, trying to make out that you don't subscribe to "OK" magazine!?
                     Words fail me. >:(

      Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 14, 2011, 07:13:42 PM
Mind you, I never knew Sophie Dahl was married to Jamie Cullum

Is that the bloke who tries to be a cross between Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, and fails miserably >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 14, 2011, 07:52:52 PM
You must be joking :o
Just read that to renovate and move Roald Dahl's hut, which is apparently still in the bottom of his garden in Bucks,
will cost £500,000 and it will cost a further £500,000 to install it in some museum. ???


I won't be shedding any tears over this.

H.

Too subtle H.  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 15, 2011, 08:19:31 AM
The camera 'fanboy' thingy  :-\  Last autumn I bought a Pentax K-5 and it has been the best camera body I've used. But the body is only half the story and the lack of a fast focusing quiet 300mm zoom - in fact the lack of any long fast focusing zoom that did'nt weigh a ton finally made me regretfully decide to move back to Nikon before the K-5 became valueless. So I bought a D7000 with Tamron 70-300 vc usd and a used 28-75 f2.8 for low light. To cut a long story short - after three weeks of general frustration, I found the 70-300 needed to be set at -15 on the af fine tune to get in focus results and the 28-75 was still a bit iffy at -20. An old 28-105 f2.8 proved to need similar attention. Now, to me, that's a camera issue. It also had times when it refused to lock focus at all - on easy subjects, good light, single point, single shot af. So it's gone back. This sort of thing makes you search the internet for those with the same issues - wow - what a can of worms  ::) On dpreview there is so much vitriol aimed at those who dare to say there are some faulty D7000s out there it's come down to people quoting the bible and actual threats! There are lots who claim there are no af issues with some cameras but it's simply user error and being too thick to realise this camera has a superior advanced af system. Now, to me, any camera that has af should af - in the simplest modes it should be point, focus, shoot. There are those who say it's perfectly acceptable to have to fine tune all your lenses to such a great degree - live with it. Hmm - having spent £850 on a camera I sort of expect it to work properly from the start - fine tuning should be just that - fine tuning.  Why do some people have this strange affliction whereby they seem to have this undying loyalty to a camera brand and can stand no criticism of it?!
Oh well - waiting for them to refund the money for my D7000 - unless they too swear there's nothing wrong with it  :knuppel2:  Took delivery of a D90 - and guess what....it focuses like you'd expect...as did all my previous Nikons.  ::) :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 15, 2011, 09:31:26 AM
Yeah but to be fair, most people on DPR are quite quite mad.

I remember the guy who bought 8 cameras none of which would focus properly....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 15, 2011, 10:17:03 AM
Yeah but to be fair, most people on DPR are quite quite mad.

I remember the guy who bought 8 cameras none of which would focus properly....

Yes - I'd never actually post anything on there [although I did join in the Fuji SLR forum which was pretty civilised] - it can make interesting reading though.  8)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 15, 2011, 12:54:04 PM
Sorry to hear you ditched the K5. I'm blissfully happy with mine, but then I don't ever find the need for a long lens. I haven't noticed any slow to focus issues either; if something is moving too fast for the K5 to focus on it's usually moving too fast for me to keep it in the frame anyway.

Also sorry to hear that you've had issues with the new Nikon.

That said, my neighbour the wildlife photographer is always complaining about how rubbish the autofocus is on his Canons with long lenses (400mm+) - he focuses manually most of the time.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 15, 2011, 01:40:11 PM
I think the K-5 was the best camera I've used - that and the D300s. The af was certainly better than the K20D and with something like the Tamron 70-300 would no doubt have remained my camera of choice. I've had the opportunity to shoot the local flyball teams as well as agility, and those collies really fly! Trying to capture them with the Pentax 55-300 was a bit difficult and trying to get candid shots with that noisy af was even more difficult! It was'nt too bad with the 70-200 Tamron which is quite nippy in Pentax compared with Nikon fit - but 200mm was a bit limiting and the lens a bit heavy as a walkaround. It's the combination of a lightweight fast focusing 300mm zoom on a camera with good continuous af that I find most useful. Other than that the K-5 itself is brilliant and I'd recommend it to anyone - unless they mainly photograph action possibly! Leaving aside the af problems, the D7000 did'nt knock me out as a major improvement to the excellent D90, which is a camera that just seems to work [might need a touch of -3/-7 on the exp.compensation button].
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Simple on September 15, 2011, 03:40:50 PM
Sue, Several people I know have returned the D7000 with the same complaint. Definitely an issue there. The D90 is still the camera to go for if the D300s is above budget.
Hinfrance, I know quite a few Nature Photographers that have the same complaint and would opt for Nikon if they would do the same thing again. I have been told that using the dedicated AF button at the back of the
 Canon camera, rather than the halfway pressing of the shutter button, will give quicker and more reliable results, but it is a matter of getting used to that way of shooting.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 15, 2011, 03:50:53 PM
Glad it was'nt just me!  :D I'd have liked a D300s again but not a new one at the price they still are - if I see a nice. low use one going cheap though..... The man at W/E said the D700 has disappeared and is now impossible to get so it looks like the new model people are waiting for will probably be a D700 replacement rather than D300s one. I suppose to some degree if the D7000 was as good as it's supposed to be a D300s replacement would'nt be necessary. I'm just happy to have a camera that I can rely on again  ::) Nice results from the D7000 but I think the K-5 shots were a bit better colourwise - some rather odd skin tones on some of the D7000 pictures :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 16, 2011, 10:43:14 PM
The Gadget show on channel five tonight featured gadgets experiences, and one of them was been photographed like Paparazzi do to celebrities. The cost is around £160 a go. I see a business opportunity for members here!  8) ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 20, 2011, 03:41:14 PM
After the rubbish summer here's what the Autumn and Winter have to offer!  :doh:

Weather experts are warning Brits - and the transport networks - to prepare for another year of Arctic temperatures and snow, which could start as early as October.

The gloomy winter forecast has been predicted by Exacta Weather, with forecaster James Madden telling the Daily Express: 'As we head towards winter, I expect to see the first signs of some moderate to heavy snowfalls as early as October or November in certain parts of the UK.

'I expect December, January, and February to experience below-average temperatures, with the heaviest snowfalls occurring within the time frame of November to ­January across many parts of the UK.'

Mr Madden also predicted 'prolonged periods of extreme cold and snow from the Arctic', and said that Scotland and the North should prepare for the worst of it.

Forecasters at Netweather predict 'widespread snowfall' by November, while the Met Office said the beginning of October would see lower-than-average night temps, creating overnight frosts.

Weather Services International also said October, November and December would see temperatures around two degrees lower than average.

All the signs point towards a 'big freeze' similar to last year, when the run-up to Christmas saw heavy snowfall of up to 30 inches causing chaos on the transport networks, with airports being brought to a standstill - a problem that cost the economy around £13 billion, according to the Express.

The news follows Britain being hit by Hurricane Katia just last month - the worst storm the UK has seen for 15 years with winds of up to 80mph leaving damage of around £100 million.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 20, 2011, 03:57:46 PM
1. There's no mileage in "weather will be pretty much standard for the time of year" so the extreme stories always get "reported".

2. Is this the same panel of experts that said we were going to have the hottest summer for years and that last winter would be milder than normal?

3. Scotland and the North to be colder than the rest of the country?  In Winter?  For real?  Yeah, I remember that from geography O level.

4. Up to 30 inches of snow?  So that would include 29.8 inches?  And also zero inches?

5. "The news follows Britain being hit by Hurricane Katia just last month".  Follows as in "happens after".  Yep, things wok like that.  Autumn weather happens and then people start discussing what winter will be like.

6. No, Britain was not hit by Hurricane Katia.  We were hit by post tropical cyclone Katia.  It had lost a LOT of its energy by the time it got here - as hurricanes tend to.  Hurricanes feed off warm water and the Atlantic is pretty famous for not being warm in autumn.  There were a couple of hurricane force gusts but that's very very different from a hurricane.

In other news....it's lazy journalist season again.....
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 20, 2011, 04:01:47 PM
If this is as accurate as the forecasts I've been checking all summer to see what the weather will be like when we're at an event...prepare for a mild winter ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 20, 2011, 04:05:23 PM
In other news....it's lazy journalist season again.....

You have been warned.  :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 20, 2011, 04:17:35 PM
How many kids can you get in your van?  :doh:

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Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on September 24, 2011, 01:39:08 PM
WBMT - New mower has no throttle? In the unlikely event i feel energetic I cant make it go any faster.
Its also got an annoying dead mans handle, so if i stop to empty the box/pick up stones the engine cuts out. Health and safety i suppose, Ive tied it in position with a pretty bow so i can carry on without interuption.

Simon
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on September 24, 2011, 01:52:02 PM
Frankly, I don't care what the weather will be - chances are that despite having a 4x4, other muppets will try and get out in inappropriate vehicles and equipment and block the roads anyway.

I just want the weather to be ok on the night/morning of 21/22 October so that I can get to the Tunnel and off to the Pyrenees for the week.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on September 25, 2011, 01:45:04 AM
WBMT - New mower has no throttle? In the unlikely event i feel energetic I cant make it go any faster.
Its also got an annoying dead mans handle, so if i stop to empty the box/pick up stones the engine cuts out. Health and safety i suppose, Ive tied it in position with a pretty bow so i can carry on without interuption.

Simon

When did you last buy a lawnmower? I don't remember owning one without that deadman's lever. I switched to gas powered in the mid 80's
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 25, 2011, 07:59:04 AM
Bypassing the safety features is surely the first thing to do to any piece of machinery . .
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on September 25, 2011, 08:19:35 AM
WBMT - New mower has no throttle? In the unlikely event i feel energetic I cant make it go any faster.
Its also got an annoying dead mans handle, so if i stop to empty the box/pick up stones the engine cuts out. Health and safety i suppose, Ive tied it in position with a pretty bow so i can carry on without interuption.

Simon

When did you last buy a lawnmower? I don't remember owning one without that deadman's lever. I switched to gas powered in the mid 80's

Probably mid eighties, they built them to last in the good old days!! I had an old petrol cylinder mower that didnt have one & more recently a rechargable electric rotary that had the handle but it didnt need restarting, more of an on/off switch.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on September 25, 2011, 12:02:57 PM
Bypassing the safety features is surely the first thing to do to any piece of machinery . .

  Well obviously! ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 26, 2011, 03:03:48 PM
Why can't things be left alone? >:(

My email system provider has told me with great delight that they've upgraded the system. All I can see that is different is that everything that was there is still there but somewhere else, so I'll have to spend the next few months getting used to it.

And why would I want to 'Follow us on Faece Book' when I can contact anyone I want to on Email and vice-versa? I get enough inane chatter nowadays on the TV without actively seeking out the sad Eleanor Rigbby's on what I believe are called social networks?

One bit of good news is that GCSE students are to be marked on spelling, grammar and punctuation. That'll make a few teachers quake in their boots!

Just run this through the spellcheck before I post it. :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 26, 2011, 06:14:45 PM
1. There's no mileage in "weather will be pretty much standard for the time of year" so the extreme stories always get "reported".

2. Is this the same panel of experts that said we were going to have the hottest summer for years and that last winter would be milder than normal?

3. Scotland and the North to be colder than the rest of the country?  In Winter?  For real?  Yeah, I remember that from geography O level.

4. Up to 30 inches of snow?  So that would include 29.8 inches?  And also zero inches?

5. "The news follows Britain being hit by Hurricane Katia just last month".  Follows as in "happens after".  Yep, things wok like that.  Autumn weather happens and then people start discussing what winter will be like.

6. No, Britain was not hit by Hurricane Katia.  We were hit by post tropical cyclone Katia.  It had lost a LOT of its energy by the time it got here - as hurricanes tend to.  Hurricanes feed off warm water and the Atlantic is pretty famous for not being warm in autumn.  There were a couple of hurricane force gusts but that's very very different from a hurricane.

In other news....it's lazy journalist season again.....

If this is as accurate as the forecasts I've been checking all summer to see what the weather will be like when we're at an event...prepare for a mild winter ;D

From Net Weather:
Following a lot of stories in the media this week, we felt it would be useful to clarify the situation with regard to snow this October and November.
 
At this point in time the Netweather long range forecast (which was updated earlier this week) is pointing toward temperatures in October being close to or perhaps slightly below average, with November currently forecast to be cooler than average.
 
Typically October will bring some snow to the hills and mountains of northern Britain but rarely does it bring any low level or widespread snowfall, with the forecast being for temperatures to be close to average, at this stage there is no reason to suggest that anything out of the ordinary is likely, and any forecasts of widespread snow during October have not been made by Netweather.
 
Into November, snowfall is less rare and recent years have shown that even lower levels can see snow - particularly later in the month. With the current forecast showing the potential for temperatures to be below normal, this could indicate the increased risk of more widespread snow - but at this range there is no way to accurately predict whether this may be the case and should it occur, when it may happen.
 
Netweather's long range forecasts are updated once a month and look purely at climatic features - such as whether or not a month is likely to be warmer or colder than average or whether it is likely to be wetter or drier than average. From this it's possible to derive some conclusions as to whether a particular weather type (such as snow) is more or less likely but it's only at much shorter range that specific day to day conditions can be forecast with confidence.  :2funny:
 
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 27, 2011, 08:27:33 AM
Why can't things be left alone? >:(

My email system provider has told me with great delight that they've upgraded the system. All I can see that is different is that everything that was there is still there but somewhere else, so I'll have to spend the next few months getting used to it.

And why would I want to 'Follow us on Faece Book' when I can contact anyone I want to on Email and vice-versa? I get enough inane chatter nowadays on the TV without actively seeking out the sad Eleanor Rigbby's on what I believe are called social networks?

One bit of good news is that GCSE students are to be marked on spelling, grammar and punctuation. That'll make a few teachers quake in their boots!

Just run this through the spellcheck before I post it. :legit:


I assume you're not with talktalk then - no $%£"* email access again on tiscali accounts and they've taken off the online contact it seems - they suggest you email if you have a problem....if I could *&^&£$% email I would'nt have a problem!! :knuppel2:
  :knuppel2:  Fortunately I can contact the people I need to email via facebook messaging - so it does have its uses  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 28, 2011, 11:01:48 PM
Surrey CC Highways Dept.

We've got more potholes than the surface of the moon and we're told there isn't any money in the kitty to fill them in, except for the Olympic Cycle road race route for next year's shindig.

Eight libraries are to close unless volunteers come forward to man them.

What happens today? Workmen invade our road and pull up all the perfectly serviceable lamposts and replace them with new ones :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on September 28, 2011, 11:43:09 PM
Surrey CC Highways Dept.

We've got more potholes than the surface of the moon and we're told there isn't any money in the kitty to fill them in, except for the Olympic Cycle road race route for next year's shindig.

Eight libraries are to close unless volunteers come forward to man them.

What happens today? Workmen invade our road and pull up all the perfectly serviceable lamposts and replace them with new ones :o


Same thing happens up here. A gang of County Council workers turned up and resurfaced the pavements that were also perfectly serviceable and ignored the potholes in the road inches away... :knuppel2:  Potholes throughout the country which were a result of last years severe weather have yet to be repaired and now we are heading for winter again so by this time next year our roads will be equal to those of a third world nation.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 29, 2011, 06:17:39 AM
I'm sure this is some kind of universal truth.

The main road through town is like a tank testing ground - lumps and bumps everywhere. Seriously needs redoing.

Last weekend we went to visit a friend who live just outside a small village pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Yet from where the 'c' road branches off of the 'b' road it has been resurfaced for about 6 kms. And it was fine anyway.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on September 29, 2011, 08:43:07 AM
That is what happens when Departments are not working together. :D  - Chits and signed Contracts with 'costs for failure to honour' and the public is left like mushrooms growing in the dark. Happens almost everywhere in 'developed' countries  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Markulous on September 29, 2011, 04:55:23 PM
Can't remember whether I've told this before (but it bears retelling). Strange rattle in car so when I went to garage to meet OH who was having an MOT done on hers, asked garage to take a look (what can I say? She was late so had the time! Wimmin!). Just as well they checked as a big chunk of main spring had fractured off (hence the rattle) with the remainder, now with no restraint, threatening to boing up through the wing! So we can't go in my car - but they lend me one of theirs and with my cheery "Her car won't fail, so we'll be back later". Fateful words as my mobile rang - she had exactly the same problem in the same spot - fractured main spring!

As an afterword to this story - her car started making suspension squeak type noises a couple weeks later. Seems the Citroen 3rd party springs are a POS - so we sprung (sorry!) for the manufacturers' version at twice the price. Glad to say mine was an original VW part in the first place!

As the garage said: roads are so poor that suspension faults are common. Glad to say my current alloys aren't too bad - had a Cooper S which leaked air from one tyre - slight distortion of the wheel (from pothole) had distorted the usually circular wheel allowing air to continually leak out - tyre had to be glued on (as it was still brand new!). Glad to say I got rid soon after (the long list of faults was growing tiresome - closest I'll ever come to having a BMW and it was too close!)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on September 30, 2011, 09:43:52 AM
WBMT - motorcycle oil pressure + me being an idiot. Gave the bike a service,  oiled the mating surfaces for new oil filter, wound it on, started engine, revved engine, gave it some more and covered the garage in oil. Some how the rubber from the old filter had stuck to the bike so the new filter had wound against it and not sealed properly. My fault i should have looked properly rather than just felt the smooth surface, pretty impressive pressure/ spray though, and I will always have the stain on the wall to remind me to check next time.

Simon
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 30, 2011, 08:18:12 PM
WBMT - motorcycle oil pressure + me being an idiot. Gave the bike a service,  oiled the mating surfaces for new oil filter, wound it on, started engine, revved engine, gave it some more and covered the garage in oil. Some how the rubber from the old filter had stuck to the bike so the new filter had wound against it and not sealed properly. My fault i should have looked properly rather than just felt the smooth surface, pretty impressive pressure/ spray though, and I will always have the stain on the wall to remind me to check next time.

Simon

Just thrown some paint on the wall and you will have an oil painting... :uglystupid2:  :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 30, 2011, 08:20:12 PM
I hardly get any Spam and in the last twelve months only received about three. Today I got 14!!!!  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on October 02, 2011, 12:11:46 PM
  The good Mrs G dragged me off to one of those car boot things this morning.

             How do people manage to accumulate such a mass of useless junk in the first place? It was like a festival of bad taste!
                          Graham. :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 02, 2011, 02:21:42 PM
Whilst reading about the 'Cuts' protest march in Manchester that the Asst. Chief Constable Tweeted a statement on the police force Twitter site.

How can he or his force be taken seriously?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on October 02, 2011, 02:50:37 PM
Whilst reading about the 'Cuts' protest march in Manchester that the Asst. Chief Constable Tweeted a statement on the police force Twitter site.

How can he or his force be taken seriously?

I guess its just another 'street' in the Internet neighbourhood  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 02, 2011, 03:59:05 PM
Whilst reading about the 'Cuts' protest march in Manchester that the Asst. Chief Constable Tweeted a statement on the police force Twitter site.

How can he or his force be taken seriously?

No doubt some young hip, P.R. guru talked them into it. I'm sure if celebs are doing it, it must be ok.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 02, 2011, 04:50:27 PM
  The good Mrs G dragged me off to one of those car boot things this morning.

             How do people manage to accumulate such a mass of useless junk in the first place? It was like a festival of bad taste!
                          Graham. :uglystupid2:

Did you buy lots of stuff then?  :uglystupid2: :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 03, 2011, 03:13:20 PM
Also, you can now join us on Twitter.  http://twitter.com/#!/CameraCraniums

OH NO.  :'(  It's all downhill from here. :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on October 03, 2011, 03:22:41 PM
Also, you can now join us on Twitter.  http://twitter.com/#!/CameraCraniums

OH NO.  :'(  It's all downhill from here. :legit:

Don't Panic, it's purely for promotion purposes.  And I'm not going to farcebook.  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on October 03, 2011, 03:45:52 PM
Someone suggested I should join twitter " purely for promotional purposes" and now I noticed I have Camera Craniums following me.
To be honest I hardly ever go there, I think I have 5 followers / watchers or whatever they are. They include Mick who does my large format printing, two photographers in the USA, Steve Bedder & Mick here at Craniums.

I must be missing something on the promotional side of it all but I am not bothered. I tweeted today to see if anything happens. Maybe I should start my own social network called "Barking" then we can all bark at each other.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 03, 2011, 04:24:16 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on October 03, 2011, 05:16:27 PM
I must be missing something on the promotional side of it all but I am not bothered. I tweeted today to see if anything happens. Maybe I should start my own social network called "Barking" then we can all bark at each other.

Dunno.  Just had a meeting with a lovely couple getting married in Spring.  They found me on Twitter and booked me for their photography.  It's brought me more work per £ invested than most advertising ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 03, 2011, 06:45:45 PM
A Belgian.

On a slight incline.

Reverse parking his people carrier into a small space.

By pushing it with the door pillar and then jumping into it to grab the hand brake before it hit the car behind. Probably before it hit the car behind. It might well have hit the car behind a bit.

Good grief.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on October 03, 2011, 07:20:47 PM
I must be missing something on the promotional side of it all but I am not bothered. I tweeted today to see if anything happens. Maybe I should start my own social network called "Barking" then we can all bark at each other.

Dunno.  Just had a meeting with a lovely couple getting married in Spring.  They found me on Twitter and booked me for their photography.  It's brought me more work per £ invested than most advertising ;)

Do you get the feeling you're being followed all the time.   :)  CameraCraniums is now following you, too.  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 03, 2011, 08:26:48 PM
I must be missing something on the promotional side of it all but I am not bothered. I tweeted today to see if anything happens. Maybe I should start my own social network called "Barking" then we can all bark at each other.

Dunno.  Just had a meeting with a lovely couple getting married in Spring.  They found me on Twitter and booked me for their photography.  It's brought me more work per £ invested than most advertising ;)

Do you get the feeling you're being followed all the time.   :)  CameraCraniums is now following you, too.  :D

 Isn't that called stalking?  :o :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on October 05, 2011, 09:16:29 AM
I must be missing something on the promotional side of it all but I am not bothered. I tweeted today to see if anything happens. Maybe I should start my own social network called "Barking" then we can all bark at each other.

Dunno.  Just had a meeting with a lovely couple getting married in Spring.  They found me on Twitter and booked me for their photography.  It's brought me more work per £ invested than most advertising ;)

Must admit Jonathan, that this twitter stuff confuses the heck out of me.  Must be a age thing. lol..  :-[
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Simple on October 05, 2011, 09:21:39 AM
Facebook gets me about 10% of my business without any effort. Never thought about Twitter, I thought that was for intellectuals only.LOL
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on October 05, 2011, 09:25:02 AM

Never thought about Twitter, I thought that was for intellectuals only.LOL


That might be where I'm going wrong then. lol..  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Simple on October 05, 2011, 10:00:08 AM

Never thought about Twitter, I thought that was for intellectuals only.LOL


That might be where I'm going wrong then. lol..  :uglystupid2:

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 05, 2011, 10:01:17 AM
Twitter  looks like gobbledegook to me - all that hashtag stuff  :doh:  Facebook has been great [mostly] for our charity as a way of getting news around quickly and putting details of events etc on line and photos of dogs needing homes. We did have a bit of a problem earlier in the year when we had an incident with a dog and faced a barrage of uninformed comments - I'm quite good at reasoned replies and debate however!  :dance: :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 05, 2011, 10:20:13 AM
I'm quite good at reasoned replies and debate however!  :dance: :dance:

Is that with or without the F word?  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 05, 2011, 11:06:40 AM
I find rising above the level of the 'textspeak' generation gives me a slight feeling of superiority  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on October 05, 2011, 04:31:21 PM
Notice in the gym changing rooms "Due to unforseen circumstances there is impartial lighting in the shower area". That was good for me - it meant it shone on the wicked as well as the rightous. Though only 7.30 am the receptionist wearily reported I was the 4th person to point out their error.  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 05, 2011, 11:00:10 PM
Driving around in the 'country' looking for photo opportunities and coming to the realization that electric and cable wires are everywhere! >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 06, 2011, 08:24:56 AM
I always thought that was the 'charm' of North American landscapes.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on October 06, 2011, 09:24:37 AM
WBMT?

The collective iWailing and iMouring of the iFans.

Jobs's death is a personal tragedy for him, and his family. For the ifanboys, it is not; get on with your lives people. The world hasn't changed and Jobs did not do nearly as much to change your life as many other unsung heroes (Bernards-Lee, Torvaldes, Andresseen, Babbage, Kilby, Turing, Logie-Baird, Edison, Watt, etc.).

All Jobs did was to provide the world with pretty little devices. GUI interfaces existed long before the Mac, tablets existed long before the iPad, PDA/Phone combinations existed long before the iphone. All he did was package them into a pretty product and force the world to use iTunes.

And for info on his personal side, read: http://www.wired.com/gadgets/mac/commentary/cultofmac/2006/01/70072

What is it about society where people feel the need for a collective mourning for someone they've never met. It's like they're looking for a reason to mourn, or are they driven by exactly what Jobs railed against: being a sheep and following the crowd.

It can't be denied that Jobs was creative, driven and built a very large empire. But I doubt this was for altruistic reasons, it was probably for the selfish reason that he found it fun. He was also standing on the shoulders of much bigger and greater giants.

H.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on October 06, 2011, 09:54:08 AM
He was 56.

And all the money and cool toys in the world couldn't stop cancer killing him.

We're all scared.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 06, 2011, 09:57:01 AM
WBMT?

The collective iWailing and iMouring of the iFans.
H.

Be fair H, thay have lost their God!  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on October 06, 2011, 10:14:50 AM
He was 56.

Yea, 56 is young, but he outlived Mozart (35), Diana (25), Hendrix (27), Winehouse (27).  and many many children. In those 56 years, he had a very good innings. Much more so than the vast majority of us on the planet.

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And all the money and cool toys in the world couldn't stop cancer killing him.

We're all scared.

So, the collective mourning is a manifestation of the realisation that our existence is ephemeral? Or: we've all got to die sometime, but don't want to be reminded of it?

H.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on October 06, 2011, 10:45:55 AM
I`m with you there Hevans - good god I`m fed up of hearing about his massive contribution to culture and Britain - and flowers being left outside the store!!!!!
Sad for his family and friends - no more than a footnote to the rest of us other than the cult followers of Apple.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on October 06, 2011, 10:47:37 AM
So, the collective mourning is a manifestation of the realisation that our existence is ephemeral? Or: we've all got to die sometime, but don't want to be reminded of it?

Partly.

One of the definitions of charisma is that you can make people feel a connection with you even if you've never met them.  He certainly had that.

Interesting you mention Diana.  By comparison today's outpourings of grief from the uninvolved are very restrained indeed.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on October 06, 2011, 11:16:57 AM
So, the collective mourning is a manifestation of the realisation that our existence is ephemeral? Or: we've all got to die sometime, but don't want to be reminded of it?

Partly.

One of the definitions of charisma is that you can make people feel a connection with you even if you've never met them.  He certainly had that.

I think it has to do with people needing to feel connected, and those connections define our own importance, as we are social animals (well, most of you are). It's like autograph hunters - why on Earth would a scrap of paper with someone's scrawl be valuable? It's because it provides a personal connection to someone famous and it's hoped that some of the fame will rub off on the owner...sort of riding the coat tails. "Hey, look, I've got Mark Knopfler's signature1!, don't you wish you were me!".

With public mourning, it's largely a herd thing: getting connected to the famous guy, with the self perceived importance of the connection amplified by the significance of the personal loss. AKA: it's all about me!

Obviously, there's a difference between this and someone showing respect for the achievements of the deceased.

Actually, it's manifest in pretty much every occasion. How many wedding parties have a participant that isn't the bride or groom that needs to express their importance via connection to the happy couple? Mother of the bride, best friend?

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Interesting you mention Diana.  By comparison today's outpourings of grief from the uninvolved are very restrained indeed.
True...but she was a larger icon than SJ.

1 actually, I haven't. the only signature I have is Douglas Adams's, on a copy of the HHGTTG radio script. And I'm happy to leave it at that.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on October 06, 2011, 12:08:39 PM
With public mourning, it's largely a herd thing: getting connected to the famous guy, with the self perceived importance of the connection amplified by the significance of the personal loss. AKA: it's all about me!

Yeah - it's 'slebs they get to "comment" on deaths that always bugs me.  Who knew that Baron Sugar and Steve Jobs were so fundamentally similar at heart?

I see Stephen Fry is declining to comment.  Which almost makes up for the disappointment of his new program on words.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 06, 2011, 12:15:30 PM
Sadly, although I'm sure I must have heard his name mentioned, I would'nt have had the slightest idea who he was until I heard all the outpourings this morning.  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 06, 2011, 12:26:06 PM
Well, I understand the points of view here.

I think Mr Job's early demise is very sad for his family and friends, and very probably for many of his employees and associates. I don't get the wailing mob; I see that the world has lost one it's greatest ever salesmen - even Wozniak said that he was a marketeer.

Hugh - you didn't mention Norman Borlaug. Terrible oversight ;) And wasn't Logie-Baird a bit of a failure? - the guy who made TV was Philo Farnsworth.

I think one of Job's heroes must be H L Mencken - 'Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the (American) public.'
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: John Doyle2 on October 06, 2011, 01:00:22 PM
Thought provoking! Or bemusing!
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/tlg/2613342389.html
http://groozi.com/2010/03/12/score-this-photog-1-cheapskate-0/
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 06, 2011, 01:14:43 PM
Thought provoking! Or bemusing!
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/tlg/2613342389.html
http://groozi.com/2010/03/12/score-this-photog-1-cheapskate-0/

Marvellous isn't it. A similar message was posted on our club website.

"An email has been received from someone who has just started up a small catering company, working from home, in Isleworth. This person is unable to afford the fees charged by a professional photographer and is looking for an amateur, trainee or student to take 8 - 10 photographs that he can put on his website.

Should anyone be interested in taking this on, please contact Richard Perry whose details are as follows:"


I wonder if he would undertake to feed a few pensioners because they couldn't afford a decent meal!

PS Whilst I'm on, what's a sleb?  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 06, 2011, 01:22:06 PM
Alan, you ought to do it for 8-10 slap up meals you can put in our tummy :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on October 06, 2011, 03:00:28 PM
Thought provoking! Or bemusing!
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/tlg/2613342389.html
http://groozi.com/2010/03/12/score-this-photog-1-cheapskate-0/


Excellent! Although isn't this effect the same Doctors and Lawyers have complained about for years at parties: the free consultation?

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 06, 2011, 03:01:01 PM
He was 56.

And all the money and cool toys in the world couldn't stop cancer killing him.

We're all scared.

That's the part that struck me, 56. I always thought he was older than me. But, that's where the shock ends. He was a huckster of the highest order and he had vision, not one I buy into particularly.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on October 06, 2011, 04:49:50 PM
PS Whilst I'm on, what's a sleb?  ???

   It's short for "Celeb". Which in turn is short for "Celebrity".  Particularly the "Rent a Celebrity" type.
                            Yours, in dictionary corner, Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 09, 2011, 10:18:48 AM
Another warning of harsh winter weather issued.  :o

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/forecaster-predicts-brutal-uk-winter-weather-for-2011-2012/
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 09, 2011, 11:59:38 AM
Another warning of harsh winter weather issued.  :o

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/forecaster-predicts-brutal-uk-winter-weather-for-2011-2012/

The extinction protocol, that sounds uplifting. :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: irv_b on October 09, 2011, 04:28:01 PM
Thought provoking! Or bemusing!
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/tlg/2613342389.html
http://groozi.com/2010/03/12/score-this-photog-1-cheapskate-0/


Excellent! Although isn't this effect the same Doctors and Lawyers have complained about for years at parties: the free consultation?

Try telling people you are a plumber!!! especially if you have a mutual friend they think you will do it for next to nothing -I don't do homers now!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on October 12, 2011, 05:24:11 PM
WBTD? My daft self. Had to run out to another town. Thinking I might take the scenic route home I grabbed my camera and a memory card. Only I didn't put the card in the camera. On the way home I find a couple of interesting spots and start to take photos, only to realize no card in the camera. Oh how stupid I think to myself and drive off. A couple miles down the road, I remember my neck strap has little card holder pockets, which have cards in them don't they! :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 12, 2011, 06:36:46 PM
WBTD? My daft self. Had to run out to another town. Thinking I might take the scenic route home I grabbed my camera and a memory card. Only I didn't put the card in the camera. On the way home I find a couple of interesting spots and start to take photos, only to realize no card in the camera. Oh how stupid I think to myself and drive off. A couple miles down the road, I remember my neck strap has little card holder pockets, which have cards in them don't they! :'(

It's an age thing!  :doh:

On my camera I have it set to lock if no card is inserted and I can't take a picture.  :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Markulous on October 12, 2011, 06:39:07 PM
We once travelled an hour to Potteric Carr for the Dragonflies to discover that OH had failed to put my camera in the car (OK, I should've checked - had my camera bag with all my lenses!). She had hers and did offer to share! 2 hours later we joined the group we were meeting - got some OK shots too!  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on October 14, 2011, 12:59:46 PM
WBMT - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-15302813 - The headline! Surely it costs the taxpayer at the end of the day. In my mind incorrectly 'misadvertantly promoting an apparent destinction?' only fuels the mind of those who think such disruption in behaviour is to their benefit or profit and street cred.

Thoughtful journalism ?, bright editing?  :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on October 18, 2011, 01:19:32 PM
WBMT ?
I can not find the front lens cap for my 1 yr old Siggy 50-500.
Why bemused? I cant remember ever having it. :uglystupid2: :uglystupid2:
The Instruction manual diagrams do not show a lens cap yet the diagram on the box does  ???
Hmmm :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on October 18, 2011, 05:37:33 PM
WBMT ?
I can not find the front lens cap for my 1 yr old Siggy 50-500.
Why bemused? I cant remember ever having it. :uglystupid2: :uglystupid2:
The Instruction manual diagrams do not show a lens cap yet the diagram on the box does  ???
Hmmm :doh:

Should have come with one Alf.  Mine came as below,

50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Lens Hood
Fitted Padded Case
Front and Rear Caps
Instruction Manual
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 18, 2011, 07:13:26 PM
WBMT ?
I can not find the front lens cap for my 1 yr old Siggy 50-500.
Why bemused? I cant remember ever having it. :uglystupid2: :uglystupid2:
The Instruction manual diagrams do not show a lens cap yet the diagram on the box does  ???
Hmmm :doh:

Should have come with one Alf.  Mine came as below,

50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Lens Hood
Fitted Padded Case
Front and Rear Caps
Instruction Manual

And mine.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Simple on October 18, 2011, 07:15:34 PM
WBMT ?
I can not find the front lens cap for my 1 yr old Siggy 50-500.
Why bemused? I cant remember ever having it. :uglystupid2: :uglystupid2:
The Instruction manual diagrams do not show a lens cap yet the diagram on the box does  ???
Hmmm :doh:

Should have come with one Alf.  Mine came as below,

50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Lens Hood
Fitted Padded Case
Front and Rear Caps
Instruction Manual

And mine.  :tup:

And mine. :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on October 18, 2011, 07:33:52 PM
I must have either lost it or it did not come in the box. I have the APS-C hood adapter and also the step down ring for adding a 85mm filter if rqd, plus the padded case, tripod mount ring andshoulder strap, but thats it.
Looks like hand in pocket time again
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 18, 2011, 09:32:31 PM
I must have either lost it or it did not come in the box. I have the APS-C hood adapter and also the step down ring for adding a 85mm filter if rqd, plus the padded case, tripod mount ring andshoulder strap, but thats it.
Looks like hand in pocket time again

Have a look in the bottom of the box, as it can come lose and fall out if not fitted correctly.  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Markulous on October 18, 2011, 10:29:18 PM
Get a bunch of lens caps fron China via eBay - personally I prefer the centre pinch caps anyway and they're as cheap as chips  ;)

I tend to go out on a commission and swap lenses around, taking lens caps off and putting them in odd pockets - at the end of the day I might not find all the ones I started with, so use the spares in my camera bag. When I get home and sort stuff out I repatriate all the re-found lens caps to the camera bag!  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 19, 2011, 08:35:19 AM
Have to admit that I rarely use lens caps, or dust caps as they are properly known, on account of the fact that when you put one on a lens and then take it off, even immediately, the front element (or in my case UV filter) is always covered in dust.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on October 19, 2011, 08:59:22 AM
Have to admit that I rarely use lens caps, or dust caps as they are properly known, on account of the fact that when you put one on a lens and then take it off, even immediately, the front element (or in my case UV filter) is always covered in dust.
I only use them when the lens is in the bag, just in case there is anything rattling about in there whilst on the move like spare batteries etc.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 20, 2011, 03:40:49 PM
Watching BBC news this a.m. there was a piece on the centennial of Scott's disastrous attempt to reach the South Pole. Included in the piece was a bloke with a double-barrelled name whose job description was given as 'Adventurer'.

Being somewhat taken by the possibilities that this sort of job might offer, I've just got back from the Job Centre where I went to see what was available in this line of employment. Strangely enough in these times of rising unemployment they couldn't help, apart from suggesting the position of  Electricity and Gas Meter Reader, which they assured me was becoming more adventurous by the day. :o

Which whilst on the subject of unemployment, the Rab C Nesbitt show last week had within it a classic.

Rab and his mate Jamie Cotter had been called to the Job Centre to explain their reasons for being amongst the long term employed.

They were interviewed by a black, blind Muslim lady in a wheelchair who pointed out that despite all her disadvantages she'd landed a job in the public sector. Rab quite rightly pointed out that it was easy for her to do so, since she 'ticked all the  boxes'.  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 26, 2011, 08:18:55 AM
Looking at recent posts I notice each one has the words 'Share This' at the bottom. When you click on this a row of symbols pop up, which I assume will transfer the post to some site or other for other people, i.e. non CC members, to read.

If this is the case, is there any way I can delete it from my posts, since any post I make is for CC members only, not for the world at large. I certainly don't want to get mixed up with Faecebook or Twitter or any other such site.  >:(

P.S. Here it is again!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on October 26, 2011, 08:35:08 AM
Alan, sorry, didn't want to upset you, that wasn't my intension to do so.  So for now I've turned the social buttons off until I can find a better solution.  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 26, 2011, 09:18:15 AM
Mick, please, no need to apoligise. If other members want it, please continue with it.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on October 26, 2011, 09:33:45 AM
Alan, it's a bit of a balancing act tbh, I'm not going to risk losing faithful members like yourself, but on the other hand I need to try and drive traffic to the site, or it will die a long and painful death, lol..
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on October 26, 2011, 10:12:16 AM
Alan, it's a bit of a balancing act tbh, I'm not going to risk losing faithful members like yourself, but on the other hand I need to try and drive traffic to the site, or it will die a long and painful death, lol..

Is there a CC group on Flickr that can be utilised to encourage more traffic ?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 26, 2011, 11:06:02 AM
For what it's worth I've just added a CC link on my website.

I suppose it's possible to add CC as part of your signature on any other web related activity you take part in?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on October 26, 2011, 11:30:51 AM
I have popped in CC links on both my blog (which is occasionly updated as and when I am of the mind to post something) and a few shots on Flickr
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: SimonW on October 26, 2011, 12:18:40 PM
Don't worry about it - it's just old age!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Mick on October 26, 2011, 07:35:45 PM
For what it's worth I've just added a CC link on my website.

I suppose it's possible to add CC as part of your signature on any other web related activity you take part in?

Thanks Alan, that's much appreciated.  Every little helps as they say.  ;)  :tup:

I have popped in CC links on both my blog (which is occasionly updated as and when I am of the mind to post something) and a few shots on Flickr

Thanks Andy.  :tup:   I'll a have look into the Flickr groups thing too.   Not really used it before to be honest, but it does seem quite popular.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: deetus on October 27, 2011, 10:17:05 PM
WBMT - 2 different people on consecutive days in my taxi.

Day 1 - young woman pays for her £4.50 fare with a £20 note, i give her change of £15.50, she asks why i've given her all that money because she'd only given me a £5 note. She was highly delighted when i showed her the £20 note.

Day 2 - old guy pays for his £3.50 fare with a £5 note - you know whats coming next - i give him change of £1.50, he asks me where the rest of his change is because he gave me a £20 note. The £5 note was still on my knee but he insisted it was a £20 note that he'd given me and said he'd report me to the police. I offered to drive him to the police station but he declined.  Apparently he's tried it with the other drivers at our firm.  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 31, 2011, 10:41:21 AM
It appears the goverment know something we don't?

Health secretary Andrew Lansley will unveil the country's first Cold Weather Plan on Tuesday and he is expected to announce that the Army will be put on standby to help keep roads, rail and airports open if we have another harsh winter.

As weather experts predict another harsh winter, there are fears that we could experience travel chaos on a scale similar to last year. There are also warnings that thousands more pensioners could die as fuel bills rise.

Department of Health officials said that is is "entirely possible" that the Army would be called in if we experience another winter as cold as last year.

If we experience massive snowfall again, the Army could help to keep transport links open, clear roads and ensure that hospitals are able to stay open.


 :o  :P :P

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Markulous on October 31, 2011, 11:08:57 AM
I'm glad to say that they're also talking about paying the farmers to clear the roads. They actually do that anyway around here (clear snow) but it'll be good that they get back to paying them to do it!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 01, 2011, 08:46:30 AM
All the furore over the protesters outside St. Paul's. Went up there on Saturday to have a gander and see what photographic possibilities there were. All very low key. An encampment of small tents which could easily be fitted on half a football pitch, mostly tethered to the ground by bags of gravel.

All populated by the usual suspects. The professional protesters wearing the required uniform, jelly-bag woolly hats covering white man's dreadlocks, multicoloured woolly jumpers, Rohan trousers and heavy soled walking boots, the younger ones sporting wispy beards making them look like Shaggy. A liberal sprinkling of young middle class males dressed as city gents wearing the now ubiquitous Guy Fawkes masks which appeared a couple of years or so ago at demos, and all of them just standing around not actually doing very much. There was some strange smelling smoke emanating from one tent I peered into. The occupant seemed very laid back and waved at me quite happily!

I fail to understand why vicars and the suchlike keep resigning over the matter.

So photographically it's a bit of a damp squib. Mind you if they call in the bulldozers and the heavy mob to evict them there might one or two snaps worth taking. ;)

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on November 01, 2011, 09:04:34 AM
This whole thing bemuses me slightly - the premise seems to be that capitalism, greedy bankers etc. is bad. Fair enough, no-one surely, other than those that have their snouts in the various troughs, would disagree that over the past few years those at the top end have seen their incomes rise in an often obscene manner. Not only huge payoffs and bonuses for success but also for failures. As always 'it's the rich what gets the pleasure and the poor what gets the blame'. They do seem a bit short on answers though. There was a discussion on 5Live last weekend between a protester and someone equally bemused as to what their aims were. The lady protester said they were forming a new type of consensus politics where everything was discussed and agreed on rather than argued over. She could'nt really come up with any answers though. When pressed she said they were having great success with agreeing things but did'nt want to say what they had actually agreed on. When pressed still further she explained that their first big decision was what to do with the donations they had been given for the cause. After a week of talking it over they had decided to open an account with the Co-op Bank. ::)  :dance: :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 01, 2011, 05:31:41 PM
This whole thing bemuses me slightly - the premise seems to be that capitalism, greedy bankers etc. is bad. Fair enough, no-one surely, other than those that have their snouts in the various troughs, would disagree that over the past few years those at the top end have seen their incomes rise in an often obscene manner. Not only huge payoffs and bonuses for success but also for failures. As always 'it's the rich what gets the pleasure and the poor what gets the blame'. They do seem a bit short on answers though. There was a discussion on 5Live last weekend between a protester and someone equally bemused as to what their aims were. The lady protester said they were forming a new type of consensus politics where everything was discussed and agreed on rather than argued over. She could'nt really come up with any answers though. When pressed she said they were having great success with agreeing things but did'nt want to say what they had actually agreed on. When pressed still further she explained that their first big decision was what to do with the donations they had been given for the cause. After a week of talking it over they had decided to open an account with the Co-op Bank. ::)  :dance: :dance:

Come on Sue, the Co-op is very ethnic.  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on November 01, 2011, 06:57:00 PM
Well I suppose she could have given us all a big surprise and said they'd decided to subscribe to The Guardian  :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 02, 2011, 08:14:17 AM
Apologies to Monty Python and the Popular Front For The Liberation of Palestine.

"Just tell me Brothers, what did the capitalists ever do for us?"

Answers on a postcard please.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cj9IR7jimv0/Tq6VurT7GoI/AAAAAAAAAR0/779mTcz7E1E/s640/AGENDA+for+REFORM.jpg)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 03, 2011, 04:50:06 PM
Warning to those of you who use ATM's.  :o

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on November 03, 2011, 05:19:17 PM
Warning to those of you who use ATM's.  :o


Ooh - be careful in the storing of megabytes   ;D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 03, 2011, 07:05:21 PM
Warning to those of you who use ATM's.  :o


Ooh - be careful in the storing of megabytes   ;D
;D

OldBoy. Your spending to much time on YouTube!
                       Graham. :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 03, 2011, 10:57:32 PM
Warning to those of you who use ATM's.  :o


Ooh - be careful in the storing of megabytes   ;D
;D

OldBoy. Your spending to much time on YouTube!
                       Graham. :)

No, it was posted on AOL.  ::)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 07, 2011, 08:36:29 AM
A full page advert in the weekend press, (T..Mobile) which I found a little confusing.

Free iPhone 3GS for just £15.32 a month.  :o

Will British Gas will soon be saying Free Gas Meter for £85 a month.

Sack the copywriter!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 07, 2011, 04:53:28 PM
A full page advert in the weekend press, (T..Mobile) which I found a little confusing.

Free iPhone 3GS for just £15.32 a month.  :o

Will British Gas will soon be saying Free Gas Meter for £85 a month.

Sack the copywriter!

  I put £15.00 on my 'phone when I bought it oh about three years ago, I just checked and Iv'e still got £10.36 left. I recharge it more than I talk through it!
                                     Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 07, 2011, 06:39:57 PM
You'd think they'd have the decency to pay you interest on the balance. ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 07, 2011, 07:35:28 PM
You'd think they'd have the decency to pay you interest on the balance. ;)

  Well I'm not sure, but I think it's made of Bakelite.
                  Graham. :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 08, 2011, 08:21:49 AM
Reading this

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15551818

Photographically what can I buy that's 'British'.  :-\

Can't even get HP sauce from Brum anymore! >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 08, 2011, 08:32:27 AM
Reading this

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15551818

Photographically what can I buy that's 'British'.  :-\

Can't even get HP sauce from Brum anymore! >:(

You can buy HP sauce in Brum but it's not made here any more.  :'(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 08, 2011, 08:57:45 AM
That's what I meant Oldboy.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 08, 2011, 09:34:19 AM
The site of the old HP factory has been developed for East End Foods, which supplies Asian stores.  :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on November 08, 2011, 05:54:20 PM
Just heard a business expert from Leeds Uni on the radio saying that Italy do not need to make cuts as they can afford their current spending - they just cannot afford the rates charged on monies they need to service their massive debt. ??? Isn`t that like me saying I don`t need to cutback because I can afford my food, rent etc - just cannot afford my direct debits, credit cards etc ( Actually I am more smug than Italy as I have no debts at all just now - not even a mortgage - maybe I should be running Italy as the perks seem good for the President).
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 08, 2011, 08:35:24 PM
It's not the debt but the interest which is the killer. 300 billion is due to be repaid early next year, and if they can't raise the money they will be in default thereby, increasing the interest rate charged on all the debt.  ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 09, 2011, 12:22:16 AM
If you can't pay your debts, then the nasty bailiff man takes all your stuff.... Now Greece can't pay its debts, do we get a few of its Islands..?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on November 09, 2011, 07:41:41 AM
You might need them for security - the UK's debts are almost 3 times GDP, right up there with Portugal, Ireland, Italy, and yep you guessed it, Greece.

And France and Germany are not far behind. The difference is Greece has virtually no income other than from tourism, whereas all the others do have manufacturing and service industries.

The main problem is the European countries cannot afford their pension liabilities, especially the Civil Service ones. Standby for lots more strikes as reality bites and governments try to balance the books.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 09, 2011, 05:26:02 PM
  Iv'e just got in from work to find a stack of emails from the BBC and the agent of one of the bands I photographed recently.
  Aunty Beeb wants to use several pics on iplayer to promote a concert they have comeing up.
  The agent managed to get them to credit me on iplayer but they wanted Hi Res copies (For the web?) and rights to use them across all platforms in perpetuity ie For ever and ever amen.
   Much as I would love to see my pics on the BBC I reluctantly declined their kind offer of no payment whatsoever.
   What annoys me is that I feel as though Iv'e let the agent down who granted me permission to photograph in the first place.
                   Graham. >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: skellum on November 09, 2011, 05:43:16 PM
  Iv'e just got in from work to find a stack of emails from the BBC and the agent of one of the bands I photographed recently.
  Aunty Beeb wants to use several pics on iplayer to promote a concert they have comeing up.
  The agent managed to get them to credit me on iplayer but they wanted Hi Res copies (For the web?) and rights to use them across all platforms in perpetuity ie For ever and ever amen.
   Much as I would love to see my pics on the BBC I reluctantly declined their kind offer of no payment whatsoever.
   What annoys me is that I feel as though Iv'e let the agent down who granted me permission to photograph in the first place.
                   Graham. >:(

Would the agent work for the BBC for nothing ?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 09, 2011, 05:51:06 PM
  Iv'e just got in from work to find a stack of emails from the BBC and the agent of one of the bands I photographed recently.
  Aunty Beeb wants to use several pics on iplayer to promote a concert they have comeing up.
  The agent managed to get them to credit me on iplayer but they wanted Hi Res copies (For the web?) and rights to use them across all platforms in perpetuity ie For ever and ever amen.
   Much as I would love to see my pics on the BBC I reluctantly declined their kind offer of no payment whatsoever.
   What annoys me is that I feel as though Iv'e let the agent down who granted me permission to photograph in the first place.
                   Graham. >:(

It's a bit arkward to say the least. Why do certain companies expect free photos when the photographer has laid out thousands of pounds on cameras and lenses.  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 09, 2011, 06:22:30 PM
  The agent as just mailed me back and is most understanding about my decision (Which I'm sure will rock the BBC to It's very core!).
  I would'nt mind if it was for once only publication, but oh no, we want high ressolution copies and the right to do pretty much as we wish for no credit and for free.
  That's the last time I watch "Strictly" and no mistake!
                      Graham. >:( :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on November 09, 2011, 08:03:41 PM
It seems so unreal regarding photographs   ::) - When they paid all expenses for use of 'on set' furniture I made and ferried to and from their studios (and my sister in-law who is on the production team of Strictly will be upset if their viewing figures drop).

Stick to your decision , business is business :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on November 09, 2011, 09:22:32 PM
  That's the last time I watch "Strictly" and no mistake!
                      Graham. >:( :knuppel2:

Well some good has come out of it then :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 10, 2011, 07:28:24 AM
.....and the winner is

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15636808

 :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: jinky on November 10, 2011, 07:34:38 AM
.....and the winner is

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15636808

 :doh:

Nice snap! ???
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 10, 2011, 07:50:01 AM
.....and the winner is

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15636808

 :doh:

Nice snap! ???

Maybe so.  I never comment on the TW until I've seen the pictures for real.  The web isn't a great medium for viewing the subtleties of medium format film.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 10, 2011, 08:12:19 AM
.....and the winner is

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15636808

 :doh:

Nice snap! ???

Maybe so.  I never comment on the TW until I've seen the pictures for real.  The web isn't a great medium for viewing the subtleties of medium format film.


So it's possible to take a snapshot with a medium format?  Be interesting to know your opinion when the subtleties are revealed.  ;)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: michaelb104 on November 10, 2011, 08:13:28 AM
.....and the winner is

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15636808

 :doh:

Was that not the same girl that was in the winning photo last year but then she was sat on a horse with a sheep or deer laid across it??    ;)   :legit:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 10, 2011, 08:45:07 AM
.....and the winner is

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15636808

 :doh:

Nice snap! ???

Maybe so.  I never comment on the TW until I've seen the pictures for real.  The web isn't a great medium for viewing the subtleties of medium format film.


So it's possible to take a snapshot with a medium format?  Be interesting to know your opinion when the subtleties are revealed.  ;)

Well I just shot my wife's portrait with medium format.  I have it on a 20 inch portrait monitor and it looks pretty nice.  I suspect it would look even better printed nicely at a larger size.  She uses it as her LinkedIn avatar and yes, at 50px it's a nice snapshot.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on November 10, 2011, 09:00:03 AM

Don't be so harsh. Technically, the lighting and tones on the winning shot are very very good. If it was achieved with natural light with no exceptional efforts as used for studio lighting, then it's very well done. Her hair and the fur are quite complementary. If it was done on film as well with little or no photoshopping, then it's even more technically accomplished. The convergence of the background lines to the head show an attention to background detail, with the background lights providing a halo effect. Then there's the moment - just getting the eye contact and the expression with only three slides.

Of those seen via the BBC link (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-14929248), either it or the artist top the list. The parents in the bedroom smacks too much of Martin Parr, with whom I'm not overly enamoured. And the other two aren't anything particularly special.

H.

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on November 10, 2011, 09:02:04 AM

Well I just shot my wife's portrait with medium format.  I have it on a 20 inch portrait monitor and it looks pretty nice.  I suspect it would look even better printed nicely at a larger size.  She uses it as her LinkedIn avatar and yes, at 50px it's a nice snapshot.

I didn't know you were married, never really thought about it, though.

 Who did the photos at your wedding? :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: DaveB on November 10, 2011, 09:43:54 AM
All sounds too much like people are trying too hard to find something to like about an average shot. A "Well the judges must be seeing something that we're not quite seeing here" attitude. No, I personally have seen a lot better but those obviously didn't bother with this comp. So with 'You've got to be in it to win it' in mind I say well done on the win. But I'm not impressed.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 10, 2011, 10:22:47 AM
I think what DaveB is saying, don't blame Ms Woodward for winning, applaud the fact that she had the nous and nerve to enter the comp with such a mundane shot.

What rankles most people is the fact that if they had taken this picture, they would out of courtesy offered a copy to the subject and then have forgotten completely about it, let alone consider entering it in a competition!

Still it gives us something to talk about and the organisers some press and PR.  ;)

Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on November 10, 2011, 11:15:17 AM
I think what DaveB is saying, don't blame Ms Woodward for winning, applaud the fact that she had the nous and nerve to enter the comp with such a mundane shot.

A life lesson for us all: who dares, wins!

With all seriousness, I'd very much enjoy a selection of examples and explanations that are considered better. Of the five I've seen in the competition, I would consider the Cavia to be a reasonable selection above the others. Whether there were others entered that I might consider better I can't say. Have I seen other examples outside of the competition that I consider better? Yes, but not many.

And, is there any portraiture that isn't mundane? I've yet to see many examples, with the possible exception of Erwin Olaf, and Sally Mann. But in their cases, the person in the photo is not the subject of the photo, rather more of a prop that sets the scene and so perhaps not strictly portraiture.

I think this is a different situation from the Turner prize, where the constant question arises, "Yes...but is it art?". Portraiture is a pretty well hammered out and specified theme, and achieving anything that is new, unusual or really stands head and shoulders above the rest is probably not going to be seen more than once every 20-30 years. So, yes, the photo might be mundane, but that's because the genre is.

H.

BTW: specifications like "mundane", "better"  are subjective adjectives and will vary wildly from person to person. There are no absolutes.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 10, 2011, 01:50:11 PM
Who did the photos at your wedding? :)

Dunno.  Some bloke with a Nikon and a roll of Kodak Gold.

Even at web res, that image has the kind of tones I associate with MF.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 11, 2011, 04:32:07 PM
Curiouser and curiouser.  ???

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15689652
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 11, 2011, 04:44:50 PM
Curiouser and curiouser.  ???

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15689652

  Right click......Save picture as......open in PS.......Send to printer.
  Jobs a goodun, mines a pint!
                     Graham. :beer:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: hevans on November 11, 2011, 06:47:50 PM
Curiouser and curiouser.  ???

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15689652

On this, we see eye to eye. I can only guess that it's worth the price because the horizon is level??

H.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 11, 2011, 06:57:37 PM
Curiouser and curiouser.  ???

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15689652

I like the quote: Christie's said the viewer was "not invited to consider a specific place along the river, but rather an almost 'platonic' ideal of the body of water as it navigates the landscape".

I think platitude might have been more apt!  :uglystupid2:

Curiouser and curiouser.  ???

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15689652

  Right click......Save picture as......open in PS.......Send to printer.
  Jobs a goodun, mines a pint!
                     Graham. :beer:

I wonder if the BBC will retain the rights to this picture for ever and ever?  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Reinardina on November 12, 2011, 08:12:27 AM
Clocks, time etc ...

Just placed my first shout ever, at 06.45 or thereabouts, according to the site, while my pc tells me it's 08.08 AM.

Am I losing it? Did it really take me that long to go from the shout to this bit of the forum?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 12, 2011, 08:22:02 AM
Now come on, don't be too harsh. When you realise the print is about 9 feet wide, you really are getting a lot of picture for your money. 

I have a sneaking suspicion that I've seen this on the PR forum sometime in the past with the author saying that on a recent trip along the Rhine he took several pictures and went on to ask for some constructive critique, he obviously got some.

Or, it might have been chosen as POTD!  :-\
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 14, 2011, 09:16:25 PM
feature=youtu.be

Go on, have a laugh with this French Advert - translation not required.   :dance:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 16, 2011, 06:00:09 PM
I was at my local big box hardware store getting some hinges, looking around while in the check out line I noticed this fellow with a miserable look on his face and an arm full of Christmas lights.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 16, 2011, 07:34:59 PM
I was at my local big box hardware store getting some hinges, looking around while in the check out line I noticed this fellow with a miserable look on his face and an arm full of Christmas lights.

Perhaps he need plugging in!  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 16, 2011, 10:28:19 PM
Perhaps fame has come at last. Will you feature in the exhibition.   :o

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15756616
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 17, 2011, 06:01:00 AM
Perhaps fame has come at last. Will you feature in the exhibition.   :o

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15756616

  Looks a bit like my old darkroom. :)
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on November 17, 2011, 08:27:46 AM
I finally finished putting together a 48 page magazine for our local shelter yesterday afternoon.
It was to go to an online printer, the local ones are just too expensive. I wanted to pay (some 2,600€ - we're getting 3,500 copies) and found there was a 2% surcharge on using my VISA. Fortunately I hadn't yet loaded the data (just short of 1000 MB) otherwise I would have been really annoyed.
Went to another online printer who doesn't charge for payment credit card, in fact they gave us 5% discount for including their logo somewhere in the magazine. As we have other advertisements (which pays for the printing), that was absolutely no problem at all  :tup:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 17, 2011, 09:06:37 AM
I finally finished putting together a 48 page magazine for our local shelter yesterday afternoon.
It was to go to an online printer, the local ones are just too expensive. I wanted to pay (some 2,600€ - we're getting 3,500 copies) and found there was a 2% surcharge on using my VISA. Fortunately I hadn't yet loaded the data (just short of 1000 MB) otherwise I would have been really annoyed.
Went to another online printer who doesn't charge for payment credit card, in fact they gave us 5% discount for including their logo somewhere in the magazine. As we have other advertisements (which pays for the printing), that was absolutely no problem at all  :tup:

Well done Carol.  :tup:

Some firms over here even charge over 5% for debit cards never mind credit cards.  >:(
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on November 17, 2011, 09:11:00 AM
An I've just heard from the printers that apart from some photos everything is OK! We have some stories sent in by dog owners complete with photos. Some of the photos are sooooo bad it gives me goose pimples. But still it's a magazine from a dog shelter, so who cares ...  :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on November 17, 2011, 09:40:08 AM
An I've just heard from the printers that apart from some photos everything is OK! We have some stories sent in by dog owners complete with photos. Some of the photos are sooooo bad it gives me goose pimples. But still it's a magazine from a dog shelter, so who cares ...  :D

I stopped doing things using other people's photos because I spent so much time trying to get them at least slightly less blurry! I managed to get enough stuff to print 8 pages for our autumn/winter newsletter so I'm envious you had enough for 48 pages!! :D
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on November 17, 2011, 10:55:11 AM
Need my eyes tested. Obviously. I'm the only driver on the road who can't see through fog . .
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on November 17, 2011, 11:18:42 AM
An I've just heard from the printers that apart from some photos everything is OK! We have some stories sent in by dog owners complete with photos. Some of the photos are sooooo bad it gives me goose pimples. But still it's a magazine from a dog shelter, so who cares ...  :D

I stopped doing things using other people's photos because I spent so much time trying to get them at least slightly less blurry! I managed to get enough stuff to print 8 pages for our autumn/winter newsletter so I'm envious you had enough for 48 pages!! :D

I don't mind so much for the magazine, Sue. What I don't do is collages or whatever with other peoples photos. However ... one lot was so bad that I went along and took a batch myself. The owner then ordered photos and cards from me worth about 200€!
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 17, 2011, 04:56:23 PM
I finally finished putting together a 48 page magazine for our local shelter yesterday afternoon.
It was to go to an online printer, the local ones are just too expensive. I wanted to pay (some 2,600€ - we're getting 3,500 copies) and found there was a 2% surcharge on using my VISA. Fortunately I hadn't yet loaded the data (just short of 1000 MB) otherwise I would have been really annoyed.
Went to another online printer who doesn't charge for payment credit card, in fact they gave us 5% discount for including their logo somewhere in the magazine. As we have other advertisements (which pays for the printing), that was absolutely no problem at all  :tup:

Well done Carol.  :tup:

Some firms over here even charge over 5% for debit cards never mind credit cards.  >:(

A Streamline merchant writes......Streamline charge me for every card I accept in addition to monthly fees.  For Amex the fees get ridiculous (I've paid over £50 in fees for one transaction).  Would you like me to pass those charges on to all my clients - or just the ones that use credit cards?

Somebody has to pay it and it can never be me (because any costs I absorb will effectively get passed on to everyone).
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 17, 2011, 06:52:52 PM
Need my eyes tested. Obviously. I'm the only driver on the road who can't see through fog . .

You're not Superman then, as he has X-ray vision!  :P
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: anglefire on November 17, 2011, 09:46:24 PM
Bulb blew in the fridge the other day (Monday) - took it out, all black, fridge still cold. Note to self, buy new bulb.

Come home get up Wednesday morning, open the fridge, funny smell, take out milk - doesn't feel right - bit warm. Check the plug (In cupboard next to the fridge, and SWMBO when packing the shopping on the Monday, must have knocked the switch - turned switch on, put the bulb back in and worked fine.  :doh:
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: spinner on November 23, 2011, 03:35:39 PM
Bulb blew in the fridge the other day (Monday) - took it out, all black, fridge still cold. Note to self, buy new bulb.

Come home get up Wednesday morning, open the fridge, funny smell, take out milk - doesn't feel right - bit warm. Check the plug (In cupboard next to the fridge, and SWMBO when packing the shopping on the Monday, must have knocked the switch - turned switch on, put the bulb back in and worked fine.  :doh:

Had a similar experience last week, pulled out a beer and it wasn't warm, but it wasn't cold either. Unfortunately it wasn't a switch, fridge is done. Freezer bit worked great. Upside was, our local electric has a deal on, they'll take an old 'working' fridge away for free. Thank goodness for the freezer part.  :)

So, that's my fridge died, my plumbing leaked behind the wall....bad things come in threes?
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Graham on November 23, 2011, 04:54:50 PM
Bulb blew in the fridge the other day (Monday) - took it out, all black, fridge still cold. Note to self, buy new bulb.

Come home get up Wednesday morning, open the fridge, funny smell, take out milk - doesn't feel right - bit warm. Check the plug (In cupboard next to the fridge, and SWMBO when packing the shopping on the Monday, must have knocked the switch - turned switch on, put the bulb back in and worked fine.  :doh:

Had a similar experience last week, pulled out a beer and it wasn't warm, but it wasn't cold either. Unfortunately it wasn't a switch, fridge is done. Freezer bit worked great. Upside was, our local electric has a deal on, they'll take an old 'working' fridge away for free. Thank goodness for the freezer part.  :)

So, that's my fridge died, my plumbing leaked behind the wall....bad things come in threes?

  Would it be insensitive of us to run a book on what your third thing will be? :legit:
                 Graham.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: greypoint on November 25, 2011, 08:11:38 AM
I was looking up the exif data on some pictures I took last winter with my K-5 to do some low light comparisons. According to the info the pictures were taken with a Sigma 10-20mm....a lens I have never owned  :o
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: bones615 on November 25, 2011, 07:02:59 PM
WBMT
Kitchen shopping, last week we had the man round from B&Q  - £4500 units only (flat pack, kitchen only 11x9) including his 50% off deal which i thought was pricey until we went to wickes who started at £14k reduced to £6200 for a flat pack kitchen, he very generously offered us a half price electrolux washing machine at £450, £900 starting price????. They must think I was born yesterday.
For a little less than B&Q I can get made up units delivered from a company we found on the net, cant find any bad reviews so they are looking favourite at the moment.

Forgive my not very manly interest in kitchens but I get a new camera out of it - if theres any money left.


Simon
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Reinardina on November 25, 2011, 07:24:50 PM
WBMT
Kitchen shopping, last week we had the man round from B&Q  - £4500 units only (flat pack, kitchen only 11x9) including his 50% off deal which i thought was pricey until we went to wickes who started at £14k reduced to £6200 for a flat pack kitchen, he very generously offered us a half price electrolux washing machine at £450, £900 starting price????. They must think I was born yesterday.
For a little less than B&Q I can get made up units delivered from a company we found on the net, cant find any bad reviews so they are looking favourite at the moment.

Forgive my not very manly interest in kitchens but I get a new camera out of it - if theres any money left.


Simon

Interesting. We are in desperate need of a new kitchen; we are 'just' waiting for my mother's house in Holland to be sold. Ha ha!
By the time we have reduced the price far enough to sell it, the kitchens, even flatpack, will be so expensive we won't be able to afford them!

Has anyone tried local tradesmen? Carpenters. joiners etc? To 'knock something up,' or whatever the expression is.

That's one of the areas I want to look into, but not before the house is sold.
Thank goodness, we only have a tiny kitchen.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on November 26, 2011, 12:34:21 PM
I finally succumbed to the purchase of a smartphone. My faithful 12 year old Nokia finally started to behave erratically so I had to get a replacement.

Not being made of money, and frankly finding the Jesus Phone and its imitators rather too garish, large and expensive for my tastes, I found an Acer Liquid Mini in the supermarket for £110. So I got it.

Initial thoughts are that it works OK as a 'phone, the camera is rubbish, not that I care, and that it in no way is as usable as a mobile device as my old PDA running Windows Mobile.  The reasons for this opinion are principally that the touch screen cannot be operated with a stylus, there are no word processing, spreadsheet or database functions* built in (other than 'contacts'), but mostly the fact that Google have aped Apple's idiotic *rse over elbow method for scrolling pages from top to bottom. I'll explain.

When you read a book, and perhaps you chose to mark the position of the line you are on with your finger, should you then move to the line below you move your finger down the page; relative to you the content on the page moves upwards. On the smartphone you have to move your finger upwards to scroll down the page. Idiotic, and, of course, not only completely opposite to the way you move your hand relative to a solid object like a book or newspaper, but also opposite to the way that the scroll bars on your 'real' computer work.

*yeah, I know I can get them from Android market, but I'm lazy. And it doesn't solve the stylus issue.
Title: Re: What bemused you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 26, 2011, 09:00:47 PM
WBMT
Kitchen shopping, last week we had the man round from B&Q  - £4500 units only (flat pack, kitchen only 11x9) including his 50% off deal which i thought was pricey until we went to wickes who started at £14k reduced to £6200 for a flat pack kitchen, he very generously offered us a half price electrolux washing machine at £450, £900 starting price????. They must think I was born yesterday.
For a little less than B&Q I can get made up units delivered from a company we found on the net, cant find any bad reviews so they are looking favourite at