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Wednesday, August 29 2007

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And here's a picture of the eclipse contributed by a reader. I publish it because it makes my own pictures look good...

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Wednesday, August 29 2007

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Eclipse

Last night there was a total lunar eclipse. Yuko and I went outside to take pictures. I used one of Yuko's SLR cameras (Pentax) while she used the Canon 30D.

Yuko shooting with the Canon 30D
Me shooting with the Canon 30D

The moon is a very small subject for a standard camera, even using a 200mm lens, and it soon became clear that the photos were suffering from camera shake. Even using my sturdy tripod (which incidentally I purchased specifically for another eclipse in 1991), the shaking caused by the camera shutter was enough to ruin the pictures.

Picture taken with a shaking camera

I therefore resorted to a 'manual' shutter using the following procedure...

Set the shutter to 6 seconds, hold a black card in front of the lens, press the button, wait 2 seconds for the vibrations to stop, move the card away, count to three, move the card back in front of the lens, wait for the shutter to close.

Using a black card as a manual shutter

This method improved the pictures enormously and I got some reasonable (but not spectacular) shots.

Yuko tried this technique too but found it too tiresome, so she gave up. Later, she pirated one of my pictures and published it on her blog, passing it off as her own. She'll be hearing from my lawyer about this!

Eclipse Slideshow

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Laughing Mole
18/09/2007
5238 Days Ago
This is a test comment. I posted a comment and it disappeared, but then I realised I'd included a link, and I'm wondering if that triggered an anti-spam trap.

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Laughing Mole
18/09/2007
5238 Days Ago
Aha! So, here is the comment I originally tried to post, but this time without a link...

What I do for astronomy photos is use the self-timer (or whatever it's called). That way I can press the shutter button and withdraw my stubby paw, and then the camera stops shaking in the 10 secs it takes for the exposure to start.

I have a shutter release cable for my stone-age Nikon SLR, but it hadn't occured to me (until now) to get one for my new-fangled paint-by-numbers camera. (This is where I posted a link to a 'remote switch' accessory for Canon digital SLRs on their Australian web site, but I'll desist this time.)

Your lunar eclipse photo is much nicer than mine, but as I was in the Shaky Isles at the time, I think this is the cause of my poor results. I've sent you a copy for comparison.

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Webslave
19/09/2007
5237 Days Ago
Yes, your first comment landed in my "BlogSpam" mail folder (which I never read).

The remote switch thingy looks interesting, but I would think that the shutter mechanism itself would still cause shaking as the shutter opens. Or maybe I'm over cautious.

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Monday, August 27 2007

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Martin Place

Something happened in Martin Place today... yet another event with military bands and men in suits (including that Morris dude) listening to speeches...

MDs (Military Dudes) in Martin Place
ILPs (Important looking persons)

The Postman Never Knocks Twice

And when he does knock, it's never loud enough and Yuko doesn't hear it. So as she was expecting a package today, she left this note on the door...

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Sunday, August 26 2007

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Sicko

Mother went to see the movie Sicko recently and recommended Yuko and I go to see it. But Yuko doesn't like documentaries hosted by fat American slobs. So Mother, wanting to see the movie a second time, suggested that she and I go without Yuko. So we did.

Mother at the Mandarin Centre

The movie followed a fat American slob as he tried to understand the health care systems in evil communist countries like Canada and The U.K.

When I got home there was a message stuck in the door...

But what was the question?

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Saturday, August 25 2007

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Drumming

Today there was drumming at Lane Cove...

Yuko shoots the drummers

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Friday, August 24 2007

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Ball and Alcohol

In the morning before work, I bought a soccer ball in Martin Place.

Ball

Then, at lunch time I witnessed an extreme case of alcohol abuse...

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Tuesday, August 21 2007

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Big Red Thing

This morning there was a big red thing in Martin Place...

Big Red Thing

Cafe Sydney

We decided to have dinner in the city and I entrusted Yuko with finding a new place to eat. She succeeded in fine style by suggesting Cafe Sydney which is located on the roof of Customs House at Circular Quay.

Customs House

The view from our table

We drank wine

Yuko flashes

The food was adequate and the place was relatively free of riff-raff. We might go there again.

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Sunday, August 12 2007

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The Deck

We went to The Deck at Collaroy for lunch.

The Deck

Yuko on Collaroy Beach

Then we went to local RSL Club for the first time. It's small but nice.

We drank beer as we gazed upon the blue ocean...

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Saturday, August 11 2007

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Epitome Shines

The renovations at Epitome are complete. However, the only major difference that we noticed was that the floor is now very shiny...

The floor at Epitome

MyKp

There is now a wireless network operating in Lane Cove Plaza offering free Internet access. It's called MyKp. So we signed up for a free account, and it worked!

MyKp

Hose Attack

Mother has been the victim of another garden hose attack. This, despite the fact that last time this happened we left a coil of unused hose lying on Mother's front garden bed specifically for the thieves!

Mother's garden hose - cut short

So I had to fix it again...

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Monday, August 6 2007

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A Banker's Life

From today's paper

Yes! It's a bank holiday, and as I'm now a 'banker' (pronounced 'banker'), I took the day off and we went to Balmoral and had breakfast at the Bathers' Pavilion.

Balmoral Beach
The Bathers' Pavilion

Yuko at the Bathers' Pavilion

Then we went out onto the island (which isn't really an island)...

Yuko on the island (which isn't really an island)

The Noswonkys at Balmoral

Sushi

The Japanese newspaper printed an article about the Sushi night last month. It includes a picture of Keiko's husband with another woman (ie. not Keiko)!

Edwin and another woman (bottom left)

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Sunday, August 5 2007

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Epitome

The renovation work at Epitome is still going on...

Renovations at Epitome

Movie

In the afternoon we went to see The Simpsons Movie with Mother.

It's the story a band of violent fugitives with yellow skin, who defy death, incite riots and commit a variety of criminal acts including destroying the Earth and going naked in public.

Yuko only fell asleep a couple of times during the movie, so that means it must have been ok.

After the movie, we went to Peppercorn@Cremorne.

Mother at Peppercorn@Cremorne

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Saturday, August 4 2007

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The Demise of Yellow

Our second favourite cafe in Lane Cove - Yellow - has met its demise!

In its place is a new Italian restaurant called La Zucca. Other than the new sign out the front, it looks exactly the same, including the pumpkin lights on the ceiling. They have a sign out the front saying that they will be open for breakfast next week, so we might give it a try then.

La Zucca (formerly Yellow)

Birds

In the afternoon I went walking and saw two birds...

Live bird

Dead bird

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Friday, August 3 2007

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Intermezzo Bar

In the building where I work...

The building where I work...

... there is a restaurant called the Intermezzo Bar...

Intermezzo Bar

... where they make fire...

Making fire

So we went there, and ate food, and they gave us some of it for free...

Free food

... but the rest of it was expensive.

Canon Found

I found out where Canon went...

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Thursday, August 2 2007

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Yuko Gets Published Again

The local Japanese newspaper Nichigo Press has published an article about the recent dance festival in Hokkaido in which a Sydney based dance group took part, and for which Yuko took photographs.

They used three of Yuko's pictures for the article. She was very proud...

Yuko being proud
And it mentions her name

The article

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26/08/2007
5261 Days Ago
Noswonky, You seem too busy to actually update your blog these days!! Do you have a job or something?? :-p :-)))

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Webslave
26/08/2007
5261 Days Ago
Don't worry. Only ten weeks left.

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Martinez
28/08/2007
5260 Days Ago
It is irresponsible to have a job for 10 more weeks! Plainly, it sucks brass balls. True blue blogger is unemployed, full of potential and opportunities awaiting him, alert (but not alarmed) and updating in real time.

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29/08/2007
5259 Days Ago
Good point.

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1/09/2007
5256 Days Ago
I would have thought a man with your esteemed talents would be getting an extension (contract that is) :-)))

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1/09/2007
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And why does your recently posted comments have the wrong highlighted dates: :-p :-))) Recently posted comments: August 2 2007 - Carlos wrote: "I would have thought a man with your est ..." August 2 2007 - Webslave wrote: "Good point. ..." August 2 2007 - Martinez wrote: "It is irresponsible to have a job for 10 ..." August 2 2007 - Webslave wrote

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The greater the talent, the more abundant the options.

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The date is the date of the posting where the comment is posted - not the date the comment is posted.

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18/09/2007
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I was about to post a comment, then I thought, oh, fcuk it.

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Wednesday, August 1 2007

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Monday
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Horses' Birthday

Happy birthday to all horses! Fittingly, there was a horse celebrating in Martin Place this morning...

Big Event at Maroo

We went to Maroo again. They are still advertising the 'Big Event' but we still don't know what it is...

Big Event

Yuko at Maroo
Mother at Maroo

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