Archive | October 2015

‘6 images for the day’ — October 31, 2015.

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Taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. JPEGs, as usual, with no post-processing, whatsoever. Straight out of the camera.


Original 5472 x 3648, ~7Mb,
JPEGs reduced to 1024 x 683, 398Kb, for display here.
So v. low resolution. Sorry.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs out of the camera

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

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Enjoy. Thank YOU.


Five “$10 Off $50” (20%) Discount Codes For BuyDig.com — For YOU.

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I got five of these these 20% off codes as part of the convoluted negotiations that involved me getting a Sony RX100 II (M2) from BuyDig.com last week.

I do NOT need these 5 codes. I actually have a 6th code somewhere and most likely get another next week! Yes, I do a LOT of transactions with BuyDig.com. Plus, if I want $10 off, I will just call and beg for it — and they will give it to me. They know I am a good customer.

So, I will give these 5 codes to you. They told me I could. Friends and family — and anybody who reads this blog, by definition, is a friend.

So IF you want a code just e-mail me. You know how. Hope this helps.


For A FULL Week TDS Telecom Has Been Delivering Alton Internet Customers With 1/2 The Bandwidth!

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I have been telling you since Monday. And YOU have NOT done anything.

Check your bandwidth. You will NOT be getting much more than 8.5Mbps. So if you are paying for the 15Mbps service, as I do, you are getting screwed.

I have raised 3 Trouble Tickets. When it is all fixed I will GET a full refund. Of that there will be no doubt or debate. I have got it before and I will get it again. I document all such outages and slowdowns, and just to make sure, RAISE trouble tickets. Then I call up and DEMAND a refund and they know that the law is on my side. SMILE.

So, I suggest you do the same. This is not right, unless you ENJOY being SCREWED by TDS.


‘Burlington Coat Factory’ Store Through The Lens Of A Sony RX100 M2 (II).

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Taken with my brand new Sony RX100 II. Second day with it. The Concord, N.H., ‘Burlington Coat Factory’ store. Amazing the visual delights, just in terms of merchandize, in a store like this. A treat if you happen to have a camera in your hand.


Original 5472 x 3648, ~4Mb,
JPEGs reduced to 1024 x 683, 220Kb, for display here.
So v. low resolution. Sorry.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs out of the camera

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








‘Free The Nipple’: U.K. “Daily Mail” Being Too Coy With Nude & Elephants Pictures.

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Click here for the U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘ original, with a lot of pictures.

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Why do this?

Pixelating the nipples just draws attention. IF they were NOT pixelated you would not even have noticed?

BUT WHY?

British tabloids, as I show right below, have been publishing full-frontal topless pictures, the iconic ‘Page 3’, for 44 years!

This is crazy. This is 2015. Why this pretense?


And then there is this from January 22, 2015. Click here for original.
The Sun” still prints its iconic Topless Page 3 girls
as they have done for 44 years.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access “Irish Times” original.


In that same edition, i.e., today’s, they also had these two stories. So it isn’t as if they don’t go looking for topless/nude stories. I have no problem with that. BUT don’t print the story and pictures and then pixelate the images. There is no need.
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Where Have All The Good Manners Gone?

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Why people think it is so cool to be so rude these days just amazes me.

And I know I am not the only one that feels this way, though I will grant that it is indeed folks of my vintage, i.e., old folks, that bemoan what has happened to what were basic, natural courtesies of old — in particular saying ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’.

Saying ‘Thank You‘ and ‘Please‘ costs very little — and I am saying that there is a small cost, in terms of one’s time, Internet bandwidth, stationery and postage etc., just so as to avoid the distraction of someone claiming that there is a cost.

Recently I sent somebody, whose name I will not mention (because I try to be polite 99% of the time), five 8GB USB sticks with about 4GB of photos on each. The USB sticks were for him and 4 others. So how many people do you think THANKED ME for these sticks. Just one (and it wasn’t the one that got all five to begin with) and even that ‘thanks’ was gruff and grudging. WTF? Is it that hard to send an e-mail to say ‘Thank You’.

After considerable thought I have concluded that it is not ignorance, cussedness or forgetfulness. It is a manifestation of deep seated sexaul angst and insecurity. Saying ‘Thank you’ or ‘Please’ makes these people feel vulnerable and exposed. PLEASE prove me wrong. I will Thank YOU for it.

I already talked about, in this female who works for “Landmark Worldwide” who never said ‘Thank You’ after we found her Kindle, in Philadelphia, tracked her down and mailed it to her. How rude?

And this idiot professor from the University of York who feels that he is too special to be polite. I would NOT want him teaching my kids. 

Yes, I come from the school that believes that all adult human behavior is influenced to some extent by a person’s sexual equilibrium.

Yes, of course I am not polite all the time. There are times when I am viciously rude. But that is when I set out to be rude because I feel somebody deserves to be treated as such. Doesn’t happen often BUT if I am displeased with somebody I can be extremely rude. But 99% I do my best to be polite. I use ‘Thank you’ and ‘Please’, incessantly, even if I don’t have to. It costs little to do so and I LIKE saying ‘Thank You’ and ‘Please’!

I get quite a few requests on e-mail with people asking me for documents, Excel spreadsheets, photographs, information or contacts. IF there is no ‘Please’ in the e-mail I just ignore it. That is my first cut. You don’t say ‘Please’ … then I am not going to bother even reading the e-mail.

Thank YOU for your time.


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Does User Guide For A Modern Digital Point-and-Shoot Have To Be 4x The Size Of The Camera?

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My RX100 II out of the box.

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My new Sony RX100 M2 (II) with the printed User Guide for it.


In the early 1980s when I was doing seminars about computer technology I used to talk about how the printed paper documentation related to building and maintaining a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet weighed more than an actual 747 — and how it would be impossible to create and maintain such a volume of documentation without computer networks.

Now this example was impressive given that the 747 wasn’t exactly small.

Yes, of course, such a comparison isn’t that dramatic — or fair — when one is dealing with smaller, lighter products.

But it struck me the other night that it is awfully incongruous that the printed ‘User Guide’ for my new camera, the Sony RX100 M2 (II), is conspicuously bigger and heavier than the camera. And I am not even including the smaller, pretty basic, multilingual ‘Instruction Manual’ that is included in the box. And this is the case with all new cameras.

Modern digital cameras are getting increasingly complex. But this is getting beyond the pale. And to be honest even this hefty, 260 page Guide doesn’t cover it all IF you want to be real pedantic. You will have to get a $25 – $35 BOOK (and I have done that too).

Just something to think about.


(Poor) Imran Khan In His 2nd High-Profile Divorce — This One After Just 10 Months.

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From (of course) the U.K. “Daily Mail“.
Here is the link to the original article.

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Yes, I know that there is no reason, whatsoever, for me to feel sorry for Imran Khan, but I do. Yes, Imran had the world at his feet, and all the women he ever desired at his beck and call, all his adult life. He enjoyed a level of success in every sphere, and particularly with women, that strugglers like I can only gape at in amazement.

I have always liked Imran, 11 months my senior — despite the few controversies, in and out of cricket, that he got embroiled in. He was one heck of a cricketer. Always exciting whether batting, bowling or fielding. He was a giant. I have seen him in person a few times when we were both in England at the same time. Once, famously, I saw him in the car park of the Hampshire Cricket Club, Southampton Grounds, canoodling with a young lady. I did say “Hi, Imran” as I walked past. It would have been rude not to acknowledge him.

Other than all the pleasure he has given me as an outstanding cricketer, there are two things in my life that relate directly to him in one way or another.

1/ The title of my first, and financially my most successful book, “SNA: Theory and Practice“, in 1984, was conjured by a rather brilliant young lady who was an ex-SNAbook1FSgirlfriend of Imran’s during his time in Oxford. She was in charge of marketing for the publisher. I did not have a title for the book. But I explained to her what it was about and how I structured the book to first explain the architecture and then how the architecture was implemented. I was thinking along the lines of “SNA: Architecture and Implementation”. She came up with the much better title. Given that she knew that I was a cricket fanatic she would remind me, every time we met, that she knew Imran in the Biblical sense. Wish I could remember her name. So that is the first connection.

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2/ Imran explained to me why I so often get accused of being arrogant. Since Imran cleared it up for me it no longer bothers me, not that it bothered me overly, at any time, arrogance a great body armour against slights such as that. I couldn’t help it and still can’t. Despite my best efforts I can come across as arrogant and I am. Imran, in his 1988 book, “All Round View“, explained to me why he and I are both arrogant — though he, obviously, has better reasons to be so, than I. In 1988 I was living in the U.S. but had bought the book in one of my many trips back home. I was reading it one night, in bed, when I came across this paragraph about how his parents had brought him up to be arrogant. It was an Eureka moment. I sat up in bed. I realized. My (adoptive) parents too had brought ME up to be arrogant. It was a part of how we were brought up. Cultural. We, the first generation of post-independence kids to aspiring upper middle class families, were expected to be arrogant. It all became clear. Since then I don’t give a jot when my wife accuses me of insufferable arrogance. What can I do? My (adoptive) parents brought me up to be so. If you don’t believe me, ask Imran.

Anyhow. I feel bad for Imran. This was unnecessary. But I doubt whether he has any shortage of women clamoring to provide him with sucor.

All the best Imran. You deserve the best. Cheers.


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