Not about everything

October 30, 2008

Long exposure bird photography

Filed under: bird,nature,nature photography,photography — takaita @ 20:46
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The “Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen” (Society of German Animal Photographers) has a prestigious yearly photography contest. Recently the 2008 results have been published: the “Europ√§ischer Naturfotograf des Jahres 2008” (European Nature Photographer of the Year 2008).

You will understand that I want to be mentioned there too one day. So I looked at the winning photos closely. One thing was interesting: many winning bird photos were long exposure photos, but taken in daylight. Moving birds, a blurred image. I am not sure if I can explain it well, it is the best you will just look at it. Check out this photo, and this and also this one, and you understand what I mean.

This is inspiring photography. This is something to try myself. I took my camera, set it on ‘shutter priority’ at 1/5 or 1/20 seconds and went to the nearest park in my city. There are no rare birds over there, just some gulls and pigeons, ducks and such. You can imagine. That does not matter, this is not about the species, this is about the revolution in bird photography. A revolution I did not start, but of which I certainly want to be part of.

And here are my results:

Long exposure bird photograhy

Long exposure bird photograhy

Long exposure bird photography

What do you think? Am I going to be the next winner of this contest?

(Additionally, I did some more of this and some results aren’t that bad: see here)

October 7, 2008

Goodbye to the machine

Filed under: history — takaita @ 18:32
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After I write my previous message, I got a bit into nostalgia. It is always hard for me to throw things away. Sometimes things can no longer pile up, something has to happen. So earlier this year I had to say goodbye to an old PC. I had assembled it myself in 1996. It had functioned for a couple of years before I got a newer one. Occasionally I used the old one for some things, but its use reduced in time. Last year I assembled a third one, faster, bigger, better – and the use for #1 was lost. It did not run anything newer then Windows 95, it was hopelessly slow. I did try Linux on it, but that did not turn it into a racing monster. In short: I had to get rid of it, because it was only taking up valuable space in my house.

As I said, it’s hard to say goodbye to things that have served me well. For memory’s sake, I took some last photos.

Award BIOS
Award BIOS

Soundblaster 16
Soundblaster 16

Motherboard with mainly ISA slots
Motherboard / ISA / PCI

November 11, 1993

Filed under: history — takaita @ 13:49
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While cleaning out some old boxes, I found this printed on a paper. I’ll throw the paper away, but leave the text here just for old times sake.

page 1
DEVICE=C:\DOS\HIMEM.SYS
DEVICE=C:\DOS\EMM386.EXE NOEMS
DEVICEHIGH=C:\STACKER\STACKER.COM E:\STACVOL.000 D:\STACVOL.001
DEVICE=C:\STACKER\SSWAP.COM D: G:
DOS=HIGH, UMB
DEVICEHIGH=C:\DOS\SMARTDRV.SYS 1024
FILES=30
BUFFERS=30
COUNTRY=031,850,C:\DOS\COUNTRY.SYS
DEVICE=C:\DOS\SETVER.EXE
STACKS=9,256

page 2
LH C:\MOUSE.COM
LH C:\F-PROT\VIRSTOP
@ECHO OFF
PROMPT $p$g
PATH = C:\NORTON;C:\WINDOWS;C:\DOS;C:\STACKER
MIRROR C: D: E:
LOADHIGH C:\DOS\DOSKEY

October 1, 2008

Look at all the lonely people (or their blog)

Filed under: internet — takaita @ 11:39
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Looking around on all kinds of blogs, it is amazing how many people continue blogging while they are getting no responses at all. Yes. I admit, it is the same here with me. There is an occasional response on my ramblings. I can see in the stats page that somebody occasionally opens this thing in a browser.  But my guess is that most people do that by accident, and that they quickly depart elsewhere.

On the other hand there is a limited number of blogs which are visited very often, and I hear people even make a living from the revenues from ads on their blog. Interestingly enough, those blogs are not more interesting than the non-visited blogs. In fact, many such “popular” blogs have a 100% stolen content. An entree is just displaying a clip from youtube or some photos from flickr, which have been submitted there by some else. It even happens that blogs steal complete blog entrees from another, lesser known blog. Don’t be original, but get rich. That’s the idea. At least I understand it.

But why do people keep on blogging when they have almost no readers and even less responses? Is that a sign of loneliness. A sign of trust that in the future, one day, people will massively see the talent and originality of the blogger – and that is just a matter of time. Or is it stubbornness (thinking about this, it is actually almost the same as the previous reason). Is it a need to write, a need to go public with whatever it is that is blogged about, because there is no one else around who would listen. Your partner prefers the TV to listen to, your kids have their own friends and those who are supposed to be your friends have their own life – so they say.

Blogging is telling stories to no one.

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