Nine Reasons To Avoid Sugar As If Your Life Depended On It

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-03/9-reasons-avoid-sugar-if-your-life-depended-it?single-page-view=true

English: Turbinado SugarI tell people I gave up sugar the day John Lennon was shot.
There’s no reason his death influenced it, it was just a coincidence.

I had learnt about how the slave trade was used to boost sugar production and consumption, how sugar had been rare before that, and was
so disgusted I gave it up.

Well you can’t, really, but you can give up adding refined (white) sugar to your drinks and cereal, and give up on cane sugar and corn syrup.
Perhaps that is a reason I stay slim.

That, along with giving up aspartamine (I’m allergic and its another excitotoxin like MSG) has probably done wonders for me.

Yes I do eat sugar; its cooked into breads and much more. You can’t absolutely avoid it without purging your diet. Then there are many
fruit sugars of differing glysimic index. I use chopped raisins as a sweetener in my cereal, for example.

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Five Reasons why I haven’t used my DSLR for months: Digital Photography

Fujifilm-FinePix-F600-EXR

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4296660253/5-reasons-why-i-havent-used-my-dslr-for-months

Interesting thoughts here.

There is no doubt that a (D)SLR is bulky and heavy, and the nature of the beast is to carry accessories.
But if you are doing ‘professional’ photography or specialized shooting, its a necessity.

Street Photography” is another matter

I decided to invest in a ‘shirt pocket camera’ and bought a Fuji F600EXR via Amazon.
More on that in other threads.

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My Fuji F600EXR Arrives!

I collected the Fujifilm Finepix F600EXR that I had ordered via Amazon from the post office this evening.

There’s a bit of a back-story:  I had won a Amazon gift certificate at a trade conference and decided to use it to buy a small camera.  I talk in terms of a ‘shirt pocket’ camera, but in fact the F600EXR is a bit bulkier, a bit thicker than some that could be termed that. The lens mount is not flush with the body, as you can see in the illustration.  I did however have a few key requirements when I was searching for a small camera.  Key among them was that the camera could handle RAW format.  I’ll discuss the why and wherefore of that in another posting.  It does. however, reduce the set of candidates quite considerably.

The F600EXR is not available in Canada, but then the gift certificate was for Amazon.COM not Amazon.CA so that didn’t matter.  The one drawback was the hefty shipping fee.  To address that, I sent the certificate to a friend in the USA who buys enough from Amazon so that he has a ‘free shipping’ discount 🙂

So, I was left with having to pay the duty when I picked it up earlier this evening.  The duty and taxes amounted to C$20.30 and there was an additional $$9.95 “handling fee”.  Bummer that!  All the same, its a fine camera for $30.

Amazon reviews are here.

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A photographic study in light, Rembrant style and others

http://tysonrobichaudphotography.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/a-photographic-study-in-light-rembrandt-harmensz-van-rijn-style/

The Night Watch by Rembrandt, c.1642 (or The M...
The Night Watch by Rembrandt

This is important, but it isn’t quite what I want to say.

Lets leave it at this is an excellent first order approximation.

Where I differ is the ‘studio‘.
If you’re in a studio everything changes vs being on the street.
Its the ONE situation where a fixed lens is so superior to a zoom lens that nothing else count. Its the one situation where having plenty of aperture doesn’t count since you’re supplying all the light and in the place you want.

But I picked up on the Rembrandt because of the light and the dark.

I’ve seen these pictures at the Tate in London and at the Met in NYC I’ve seen others, one in particular in a private collection that is almost all dark black and brown except for the pinpoint of light catching the cheek the eye and the nose. Its fabulous.  It was position in a ‘dark corner’ with a pin-spotlight on the face — all to enhance the dramatic effect of the light and dark.

Rembrandt: Self Portrait (Altman)
Rembrandt: Self Portrait

The point here is Light and Dark.
It has TEXTURE.

And that’s not something most studio shots have … any way, any how.
All to many look like the shots of the the author on the back flap of a hardback book or something from a fashion magazine. Oh, and that includes the you-can-never-get-it-to-look-like-that pictures of food in adverts and on packaging.

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Are you a potentially dangerous social misfit (aka not on Facebook)?

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/08/07/social-misfits-are-not-on-facebook

Facebook logo

Let me see if I understand this correctly:

Entitled “Facebook Abstainers Could Be Labeled Suspicious”, the
SlashDot piece states “not having a Facebook account could be the
first sign that you are a mass murderer.” Continue reading Are you a potentially dangerous social misfit (aka not on Facebook)?

“How to …” for the DMC-GF-1

Panasonic have published these excellent “How to ..” guides for the GF-1.
They are a lot clearer than the written manual since they explain a bit of the “what” and “why” behind the various settings, something absent from the manuals.

In my opinion it is still not enough.

How to Use Intellegent Exposure

How to Use Exposure Compensation

How to Understand and use Peripheral Defocus

How to Use Multi Film Mode

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Augmented Reality Contact Lenses

 

English: This is the logo of Wikitude World Br...
This is the logo of Wikitude World Browser, a mobile Augmented Reality software (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www.businessinsider.com/augmented-reality-contact-lenses-2012-7

Add this to the iPhone app that you can point to the night sky and it overlays the names of the planets and constelations …

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-top-20-disruptive-apps-2012-8#13-night-sky-8

or perhaps

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-top-20-disruptive-apps-2012-8#16-robin-for-android-5

 

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August Bank Holiday: The Island

We have various names for the holiday at the beginning of August here in Canada:

Or just plain, boring old “Civic Holiday”.

Back in the UK we were a little less boring and called it the August bank Holiday.  It was another excuse for the banks to shut.  In England the banks always seemed to be shut in the days of my youth.

But somewhere along the line it turned into a joke.   Some people say it was because of the TV comedy The Goodies, other blame Monty Python.   But the idea is that this day falls somewhere approximately half way between Easter and Christmas, so, since there is an Easter Island and a Christmas Island, there ought to be a August bank Holiday Island.

And like so much of fiction it has developed its own sort of reality on the net.

But no, what kind of  country is it?  Is it a “Fascist Authoritarian State”, a “Democratic Free Nation”, an “Inoffensive Centrist Democracy”, communist, facist?  What kind of economy does it have?  They can’t seem to make up their minds.

Enquiring minds want to know …

 

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Playing with colour settings on the GF-1

Today I tried out various colour settings.   This wasn’t as systematic as it should have been.

I got a small whiteboard, the one I keep on the fridge for noting shopping items, and some coloured pens, as well as a few brightly coloured objects from around the house, and set them up in the sunlight on the picnic table on the patio.

Perhaps this wasn’t the best of situations as the wind kept blowing the board down and some of the objects fell off, and, once again, I was foolish in not using a tripod.

But here are the shots.

#1: Create Date : 2012:07:24 17:12:41
Shutter Speed : 1/250
ISO : 100
Shooting Mode : My Color
Metering Mode : Center-weighted average
Scene Type : Directly photographed
Color Mode : Normal
Advanced Scene Mode : Expressive
#2:Create Date              : 2012:07:24 17:13:00
Shutter Speed : 1/320
ISO : 100
Shooting Mode : My Color
Metering Mode : Center-weighted average
Scene Type : Directly photographed
Color Mode : Normal
Advanced Scene Mode : Retro
#3: Create Date  : 2012:07:24 17:13:10
Shutter Speed : 1/320
ISO : 100
Shooting Mode : My Color
Metering Mode : Center-weighted average
Scene Type : Directly photographed
Color Mode : Normal
Advanced Scene Mode: Retro
#4: Create Date : 2012:07:24 17:13:20
Shutter Speed : 1/160
ISO : 100
Shooting Mode : My Color
Metering Mode : Center-weighted average
Scene Type : Directly photographed
Color Mode : Normal
Advanced Scene Mode : Pure
#5: Create Date : 2012:07:24 17:13:49
Shutter Speed : 1/320
ISO  : 100
Shooting Mode : My Color
Metering Mode : Center-weighted average
Scene Type : Directly photographed
Color Mode : Normal
Advanced Scene Mode : Elegant
#6: Create Date : 2012:07:24 17:14:00
Shutter Speed : 1/200
ISO : 100
Shooting Mode : My Color
Metering Mode : Center-weighted average
Scene Type : Directly photographed
Color Mode : Normal
Advanced Scene Mode : Monochrome
#7: Create Date : 2012:07:24 17:14:41
Shutter Speed : 1/400
ISO : 400
Shooting Mode : My Color
Metering Mode : Center-weighted average
Scene Type : Directly photographed
Color Mode : Normal
Advanced Scene Mode : Dynamic Art
#8: Create Date : 2012:07:24 17:14:51
Shutter Speed : 1/400
ISO : 100
Shooting Mode : My Color
Metering Mode : Center-weighted average
Scene Type : Directly photographed
Color Mode : Normal
Advanced Scene Mode : Silhouette