Another reason, as if you needed one, not to live in an Arabic country in the Middle East - see one of 22 royal brothers of the UAE president and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince torturing a man by whacking him with a board with nails, burn his genitals, run him over.... Ah me. Delightful people.I've not watched it myself but it is up on the Times Online website. I guess there is a chance that the man will be dealt with appropriately by the authorities there. (And Gordon Brown is a competent politician).
The EU is no longer calling swine flu swine flu but has instead come up with the moniker "novel flu", apparently in an attempt to prevent damage to the pork industry. Now, when you have stopped rolling your eyes, perhaps you would like to address yourselves to the potential damage caused to the publishing industry by the EU's careless renaming. If the EU wanted to prevent damage to the swine industry (sic), perhaps they should look at the industrial-size pig farms, here in Europe and the states, that will no doubt be roundly criticised in due course. More here, from 2007. It ain't natural that's fo' sure.
I took this to compare with a Mandarin duck jobby I took about a bazillion years ago when I first got my D50 (bung "duck" into the search box - only one other entry comes up, at least as of today's date). It'll be on Mrs Lemon's somewhere. Whaddya know? The first one, when viewed onscreen, looks as good if not better. Must get me to printing up some poster size numbers....
So, after many requests, (well, one), here's the skinny on the D700, used mainly so far with a 28 - 105 f/3.5 - 4.5 D.
1. Noise: All but gone at "lower" ISOs (i.e. 1600 and below); some issues thereafter but NOTHING like the noise on my D50 at 1600 or even 800 ISO. Hallelujah! I have a choice of apertures once more! Shooting indoors is possible, and I've only used the flash once so far, and that was for a heavily backlit scene at lunchtime today. However, despite all this good news (there's always a but....):
2. The lens isn't much cop, as far as I can see, wide open, and seems to get very soft below f/8. Now, there may be a way to fix some of this via in-camera, lens-specific focus adjustment - I haven't delved too deeply into the menus yet, but focus adjust appears is present, and I think it can be lens-specific, so I may give this a go at some point.
2. Weight: In truth, I'm not as bothered by the increase in weight as much as I thought I would be.…
I can feel a D700 coming on. Bought the first bit today - a second hand 28 to 105mm f/3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor: not the world's greatest lens but I was told by the man in the shop that it was one of the better Nikon zooms. So, of course, it must be, the man in the shop not having anything whatsoever to gain by making a sale... Doh. Anyway, tomorrow, or, more likely, Friday, should see the new shiny toy showing up in the form of some new pics on here. Watch this space both of you!
The distance from the boiler to the sink in our kitchen is about 2 feet. Allow a bit extra for the bendiness of the pipes as they make their way from boiler to tap and you have, if you are generous, four feet of pipe. What is surprising is that the pipes manage to convey an amount of water roughly equivalent to half the volume of Lake Superior before anything approaching even mildly heated water arrives at the business end. How this miracle is achieved without pipes several miles in diameter is a mystery but if any physicists wish to verify this all they have to do is call...
I don't like swearing on my blog too often (you never know who is reading - nephews? nieces? LOLs*?) but this story in the Irish Times really does suggest that Ireland is most comprehensively fucked. 2.6% deflation? They are borked. I'm a bit tempted to say "well wasn't it obvious with the cost of housing over there being comparable to buying a house where the sun sometimes shines and there are jobs?" but that would, of course, be undeserved, mean and unnecessary. 2.6% deflation? Lordy.
I think, buried somewhere in here, are new rules that allow bust banks to report losses as, well, not-losses, or at least not-yet-losses, thereby "helping" them with their financial results and thereby allegedly helping to slow the crashing world economic situation. I'm not sure how lying about your assets will be of assistance in the long run but hey, why not give it a go? Everything else has been tried.