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Sony DSC RX10 II: More Issues To Consider — I.

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Other Related posts:
** Understated Zoom on Sony RX10 II.
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** Sony RX10 II vs Canon PowerShot G3X.
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I bought Sony stock, rather than RX10 II.
** Sony’s
2 new cameras: A7 RII & RX10 II.

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First and foremost: It is STILL NOT available.

This is from the Sony Store (U.S.A.) today — July 29, 2015.

Some online stores, including Amazon, are claiming they have some units.
I don’t believe them.

Beware: You might get shipped an RX10 rather than a RX10 II.

I think there are a lot of folks out there who are confused
as to the two models.

I am sure that some of the ‘reviews’ and comments I am
reading online that are supposed to be for the Mk. II
are based on the old RX10 Mk. 1.


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OK, so far we looked at the understated zoom capability, which with digital assist is 33x (as opposed to 8.3x with optical alone), and that the built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) is XGA OLED display standard with 2,359,296 dots (twice as much as other EVFs).

Some other points to consider and ponder:

1/ The Sony RX10 II (i.e., DSC-RX10M2) like the older RX10 comes with a BUILT-IN instruction guide that you can read on the 3″ LCD panel. That is pretty neat. That could come in handy. You don’t always have the instruction manual at hand and getting an Internet connection to try and read it online might be tricky. This amuses me.

2/ You can see it in the pictures above, especially if you enlarge them, the RX10 II (just like the RX10) does NOT come with DSLR type shoulder strap mounts. Instead it mas micro-loop attachments as with compact cameras. Some RX10s, from what I can see, came with v. neat strap attachment rings. I am going to need at least one of these because I have got so used to using a wrist strap. I will now be lost without one and you need a full strap attachment in order to use a proper wrist grip. I am hoping that they include two rings in the box. Just to be on the safe side I found some on Amazon for $3. Let me know if you need these too.

3/ With the RX10 people complain that the LCD randomly freezes for a few seconds at a time. Appears that this has to do with the automated ‘eye detection’ mode on the EVF. If anything, and it doesn’t have to be an eye per se, e.g., a finger, is in front of the EVF the camera thinks that it needs to go into EVF mode and disables the LCD — i.e., the freeze. If you run into this problem you can fix it, once and for all, by disabling the ‘eye detection’ function. Got that?

4/ A  common complaint with the RX10 is that the zoom is SUPER SLOW and that there is no manual zoom. I haven’t been able to get to the bottom of this. Give me time. I will track this down. Basically if the Mk II offers manual zoom we should be all set, BUT that could be difficult because that might damage the zooming gears.

5/ Autofocus on the Mk I is said to be sluggish. The new 1″ sensors in the Mk. 11 are said to be 5x times faster when it comes to data transfer. This should, in theory, speed up autofocus. Again I am digging into this.

More later. OK? Cheers.


400 Million Orgasms, Worldwide, On National Orgasm Day, July 31, 2015?

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by Anura Guruge


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National Cheesecake Day ahead of NOD.
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National Orgasm Day.
>> “National Orgasm Day”.
** “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book …

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That is well within the bounds of possibility.

Why?

360 million orgasms, worldwide, a day is the norm for any ol’ day of the year.

Yes, you can find that as item #10 in “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” which will be available FREE from Amazon all day on July 31, 2015, ‘National Orgasm Day‘.

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So a 10% increase on ‘National Orgasm Day’ should not be an outlandish assumption.

Orgasms: 101 Facts & TriviaeBook will be available, readable on ANY PLATFORM, including Web browsers and Apple, from Amazon ALL DAY July 31, 2015 — National Orgasm Day.


National Cheesecake Day Comes Directly Ahead Of National Orgasm Day, July 30 & 31, 2015 & It Is A ‘Blue Moon’

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Related posts:
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National Orgasm Day.
>> “National Orgasm Day”.
** “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book …

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Yes, there is indeed a National Cheesecake Day, July 30th.

Why not, TODAY, is ‘National Lasagna Day‘. I kid you not.

Well, right on the heels of  ‘National Cheesecake Day’ is the even more significant and far reaching ‘National Orgasm Day‘ — July 31, every year, since 2001. Yes, 2001. 14th year.

And ‘National Orgasm Day’ this year, is a ‘Blue Moon‘ to boot! How cool.

So you can trip, seamlessly, on a delicious sugar-high from ‘National Cheesecake Day’ to ‘National Orgasm Day’ — after you recovered from ‘National Lasagna Day’. Aren’t you glad to live in such interesting times.

Some companies knowing a good thing when they see it have extended ‘National Cheesecake Day’ to be BOTH July 30 & July 31. So now you can have cheesecake before and after you orgasm. It can’t get any better than that.

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Also remember “Orgasms: 101 Facts & TriviaeBook will be available, readable on ANY PLATFORM, including Web browsers and Apple, from Amazon ALL DAY July 31, 2015 — National Orgasm Day.


Sony DSC RX10 II: Taking Another Look At The Understated Zoom & EVF.

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Other Related posts:
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Why is Canon G3X so ugly?
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Canon G3X:
80% my next camera.
** ‘Camera Labs’
review of Canon G3X.
** Sony RX10 II vs Canon PowerShot G3X.
**
I bought Sony stock, rather than RX10 II.
** Sony’s
2 new cameras: A7 RII & RX10 II.

>> Search ‘camera’, ‘Panasonic’, ‘Canon’ & ‘Samsung’ for other related posts >>>>


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I am still, in between trying get my 24th book done, struggling mightily as to what I should about getting my next camera. Given that the goal is to get it for my birthday, as my treat to myself, I have about 3 weeks before I have to pull the trigger.

I thought I had managed to convince myself that I will get the Canon G3X. But, the more I think about it the more I come to the conclusion that I really despise the look of that camera and will really hate owning it. Seems beyond masochistic to spend $1,240 on a camera that I am really going to dislike. Plus masochism has never had that much appeal to me, my life full of pain without me having to resort to self-infliction.

By far the MAIN reason I was trying to convince myself to get the G3X was the 25x optical zoom. That would be nice.

But what about the new, as yet STILL NOT AVAILABLE, Sony RX10 II?

I have found out that the 200mm, 8.3 x optical zoom, is a bit of a misnomer. Sure. If you want to be technical and pedantic, that is all you get, 8.3x, in terms of genuine, bona fide optical zoom. BUT, the Sony offers a ‘Clear Image Zoom‘ and a ‘Digital Zoom‘. With the ‘Clear Image Zoom’ you get 16x, albeit with a reduced pixel count. And with ‘Digital Zoom’ you can get up to 33x. Yes, the G3x also has ‘Digital Zoom’ and that will get you 100x. I could live with 16x. That around a 400mm equivalent. That is more than I have ever had in anything other than a ‘point-and-shoot’.

But the G3X is ugly and you have that god-awful external Electronic Viewfinder (EVF).

That is something else with the Sony RX10 II. It has a 2,359,296 dot resolution EVF. By far one of the highest in the market. That is a HUGE consideration.

So …

Sony RX10 II vs. Canon G3X?

I have noticed one thing. Sony’s documentation is beyond scanty and shabby! Yikes.


Healthcare.gov (ACA), a.k.a. Obamacare Confesses To Yet Another Cock-up.

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I got this letter on Monday, July 27, 2015.

Healthcare.gov was IMPACTED by a frigging problem? So what is bloody new here.

Healthcare.gov, ACA, ObamaBLOODYCare, has been an abortion. I was so looking forward to getting insurance through ACA. Now I hate it. Hate it with a passion. Hate it probably even more than your common or garden Tea Partyer.

I got whacked a 88% IRS Tax Penalty in April 2015 — IRS saying I paid too little for ObamaBLOODYCare. That was the last bloody straw.

I am not going to do anything about this bleeding letter. Why bother trying to see IF they can reduce my premiums. I will get whacked at bloody tax time.

I can’t wait for Donald Trump to become president just to have ObamaCare repealed.


‘Blue Moon’ On Friday, July 31, 2015 Will Be The Last In A Blue Moon.

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>> Once in a Blue Moon.

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>> October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse.

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To be fair a ‘Blue Moon‘ can mean one of three things:

1. Second full moon within the same calendar month.

2. Third full moon during an astronomical season that has four full moons; an astronomical season in this context being the 3-month period between an equinox and a solstice, e.g., 3-months between the March Spring Equinox and the June Summer Solstice.

3. When the moon, due to atmospherical conditions, appears blue.

All three are RARE events. An astronomical season is but three months. So to get 4 full moons does not happen that often. DITTO for two full moons in the same month and ‘red’, ‘orange’, ‘silver’ and ‘gray’ moons are much more common that blue-tinted moons.

So the phrase, ‘Blue Moon’, as I talked about in this post, is also used to mean something that happens rarely.

The last two full moons in a month happened in September 2012. Nearly 3 years ago.

Friday’s July 31, 2015 Blue Moon is the last, for us in EASTERN U.S. till beyond 2020. Yes, that is it for over 5 years. Time zones to the WEST of us will have them in May 2016, May 2018 and October 2020. But not in Eastern U.S. All has to do with the timing of the 2nd full moon.

Third full moon in an astronomical season will happen May 2016, May 2019, August 2021 and August 2024.

Plus, July 31, 2015 is “National Orgasm Day“!

It has to the first time NOD has happened in a Blue Moon. Wow.


‘National Geographic’ In August 2015 Issue, Featuring Pope, Sneaks Two More Topless Tribal Pictures.

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>>  the ‘Topless Tour’.

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 Tastefully topless.
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>> Topless protests of the pope.

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August 2015 issue.


“The Last Rites of the Jade Sea” article — page 60.

I, as anybody familiar with this blog will know, have no compunctions about female toplessness.
If anything I have no problems with it, at all, at all.

I resorted to some censorship here because I am not sure
how old these ladies are.
I am not taking any chances!

I am surprised National Geographic was not a bit more careful.

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Yes, I am indeed keeping count because NatG, for the longest time, due to some false sense of propriety, stopped printing pictures of topless tribal women — its well known hallmark, for long, in its ‘early days’.

As far as I can see these are #3 & #4 since January 2014 — though I might have missed some, despite my efforts to read each and every issue cover-to-cover. The prior two are at the very top of this post with links.

Have a chuckle. It is good for you.


See ANOTHER in the December 2015 issue … click.

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