Tuesday, 31 January 2012

DWFO

The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra is a collection of YouTube musicians that are collaborating on and producing some very cool covers of the music of Murray Gold. What follows is their third collaboration "Rose's Theme/Doomsday". Check out the others here.


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Monday, 30 January 2012

Kitchen DJ

A very clever and talented but clearly bored music producer wires up his kitchen to create a music synthesiser. Stephen J Anderson's website can be found here with more examples of his work.


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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Slow Tokyo

My top five destinations that I'd really like to visit would have to include Tokyo. It looks exciting and vibrant. This short film by Vimeo user alex lee shows his home city slowed down to a snail's pace but does nothing to change how exciting it looks. Enjoy!


TOKYO SLO-MODE from alex lee on Vimeo.
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Friday, 27 January 2012

God's Eye View

In the film industry a shot where the camera lens is perpendicular to the subject without any POV reference, i.e. straight down from above is known as a "God's Eye View". YouTube user Editcadet1 has made a nice montage from some famous films. Is it a coincidence that there seems to be a lot of blood in these shots?


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Thursday, 26 January 2012

2011

A young lady by the name of Madeline decided shoot some video footage of herself every day in 2011. She then edited all together so that there was just one second for each day. Looks like she leads a pretty full life. I wonder how interesting my version would be. :)


2011 from hey_rabbit on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Crosswinds

A great viral video that is doing the rounds at the moment would probably not be too popular with those of you with a fear of flying. However all credit to the pilots at Düsseldorf airport who made some very skillful landings during some heavy crosswinds.


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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Stringing You Along

Keith Medley wasn't interested in just learning to play the guitar to a beautifully high standard. Oh no, he had to go further and design and build his own unique version that features twenty-seven strings! See more from Keith at his website which includes some fascinating build photos. The tune below is called "Ancestors".


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Monday, 23 January 2012

NAO

Aldebaran Robotics have released a video of their new creation "NAO" showing the advanced features they have built in. Very impressive stuff and it makes I wonder just how far away we are from my childhood fantasies of a robot friend. :)


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Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Solo Adventures

This is the winner of the prize for Best Animated Fan Film at Star Wars Celebration V and was presented in 3D during the convention. "The Solo Adventures" tells the tale of how Han Solo "dropped his cargo at the first sign of an Imperial Cruiser". But of course there is a lot more to the story! This film was a class project by students at the DAVE School of digital Arts and Visual Effects in Orlando.


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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Fractured

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I feel I need to warn you about this post before I begin. This is a "warts and all" type post which is not the usual for e-clecticism although I have been here before. Some of you might not want to read this type of thing, in which case I urge you to come back tomorrow when normality will be restored. For those of you that stay you might question the wisdom of making this type of thing public and to be honest you may well be right. However for now, for me, it feels like the right thing to do.

The mind is an odd and fragile thing. When its working well it is a portal to and from all human interaction. All thoughts, ideas, speech, music, colours, absolutely everything, both incoming and outgoing is filtered through it. I don't view you with my eyes, I view you with my mind and you do the same of me. All well and good, when the mind is whole and healthy. But as I said it is a fragile thing, what happens when it gets damaged? Just as the view through a broken window becomes distorted, so it is with the mind's perception of the world around us. In my case fractured is a good term, for you see I suffer from clinical depression. In my case it is a hereditary condition that I have suffered from for some time but sadly it has only been diagnosed recently. Had it been found earlier perhaps things would be very different for me right now, who knows?

Describing depression to somebody who has not experienced it first hand is extremely difficult to do. Indeed I myself once dismissed it as trivial and perhaps even "not real". Try describing the colour purple to someone without being able to give examples and you begin to understand the problem. But explain you must, as I believe that the greatest help anyone with depression can receive is understanding. For much of the time the sufferer may not fully understand what is happening themselves and due to the fracture I talk about above, they will certainly not always see how it affects those that surround them. Certainly from inside of my head I have never felt an inconsistency in my behaviour but those that are close to me will tell you a completely different story.

I don't know whether or not you have to reach rock-bottom to get better. But in my case I did last August. My marriage of over twenty years had come to an end. I had managed to alienate myself from a large portion of my family. I was unable to work effectively. Everything I tried to achieve was a lost battle. Just getting out of bed was extremely hard. In my grandfather's time I would have (if I was lucky) been prescribed a course of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and spent time in Powick Mental Hospital, but more on that in a moment. Today's equivalent is antidepressants. There is no doubt that these are an effective treatment but the difficulty seems to be getting the right ones and more importantly the right dosage for the individual. Sadly I wasn't well informed and was under the misunderstanding that they were an instant fix. Of course when they weren't and an addition to my existing anger, despair and loneliness was made, it tipped me over the edge. Living inside a fractured mind for a long time has an effect that I can only really describe as numbness. The fracture tricks you into thinking that you're feeling nothing when in actual fact you're overcome with feelings. You develop an overwhelming desire for pain to break you out of the numbness. Which is why ECT can seem desirable and maybe why some people self-harm. It's also perhaps why I have so many tattoos (the acceptable face of self-harm?). There is a line in the wonderful song Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls that expresses it very well for me..."And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming. Or the moment of truth in your lies. When everything feels like the movies and you bleed just to know you're alive". I could see only one way to fix this.

Yeah that's right, I was under the terrible allusion that it was better to not be alive at all than to live the way I had been. It sounds insane now (pardon me) but it made perfect sense to me at the time and when I finally made my attempt, the feeling of relief I felt was immense and overwhelming. I had been prescribed sleeping tablets and after spending the day with my family I went home to my lonely flat and took the entire box in one go. Luckily I was chatting to one of my closest friends at the time. A far away voice of reason and sage advice on many occasions and certainly someone who knew me well enough to understand what was going on. But I was too far gone for her to help me this time. I didn't want to listen, she was part of the problem. I had taken an overdose, enough to close my eyes and to never feel pain again. I don't recall much after that and the bits I do are hazy and vague. She convinced me to call someone, anyone and tell them what I had done. My last barely conscious act was to telephone my wife and through an even greater fracture than before, I explained what I had done.

Bleak midwinter
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I believe this was the crucial point. That moment in time when, according to some theories a whole slew of possible outcomes could have originated. Luckily for me, my wife put herself to one side and saved me. As I said I have no recollection of the following hours and so cannot recount them in detail. I do know however that thanks to my friend, my wife, my son-in-law and some paramedics I made it to the hospital but wasn't out of danger. I actually died three times during the night but thankfully responded to resuscitation each time. After what must have been a horrendous night for my wife and daughter who stayed by my side I eventually stabilised around 6.00am and regained consciousness (such that it was) not long afterwards. I was referred to a psychiatric specialist to ascertain whether or not I was suitable for release. Apparently I was and my wife came back to the hospital to take me home. We did not go straight home but travelled back to her house first where I slept for several hours. I then went to see my doctor who agreed with the assessment of me and my wife eventually took me back to my flat. It was not until several days later that I fully regained any kind of ability to function. It became clear very quickly that I had no recollection of the conversations with the psychiatric specialist, my wife or the doctor. Worse still, the fracture had given me the ability to make it very believable that I was OK. I could convince myself and others with ease. What had I said? I didn't even remember the journey home from the hospital! Worried that I had somehow inadvertently given people the wrong idea, I immediately went back to a different doctor, who thankfully understood and referred me to the Emergency Mental Health Team. From this day on I finally started to receive the treatment I was craving. My dosage has been adjusted and is monitored and I have received different types of counselling.

I'm not fixed by any means. I have good days and I have bad days. The old cliche of living one day at a time is very apt and I live with a fear that it will all go wrong for me again, especially when I come off the medication. The triggers are not always clear. The pills are certainly helping, but most of all it is the understanding and support I'm getting. Not just from the friends and family that I have mentioned but afterwards a whole range of people (some that I would not have recognised would be that way inclined) have stepped up to the mark for me. They watch over me, look out for me, they listen to me and try to understand me and most importantly they forgive me, because I am not perfect. I'm broken, fractured, but with their help I'm on the mend.

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Friday, 20 January 2012

Murmuration

Apparently a flock of Starlings is called a Murmuration and the following video captures their impressive ability to coordinate flight when they number in their thousands. Even on video this look like a truly magical experience. I would imagine that in real life it is breath-taking.


Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.
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Thursday, 19 January 2012

With Or Without You

Regular readers of e-clecticism will know I'm sucker for a well played guitar and today I want to share a collaboration of two wonderfully talented artists. Sungha Jung (who I first mentioned to you back in 2009) teamed up with Trace Bundy at a show in Boulder to perform some covers. The following is their instrumental version of With Or Without You by U2.


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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Hello

There is nothing more productive than a nerd with time on their hands. :-) Vimeo user ant1mat3rie has created a version Hello by Lionel Richie made from movie clips. Fabulous!


Hello from ant1mat3rie on Vimeo.
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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Comments

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Hello everybody. I have heard numerous reports from e-clecticism regulars that they are having difficulty in leaving comments on the blog. This doesn't seem to be unique to e-clecticism but Blogger blogs in general. This is a great shame as comments are the life-force of any blog and I am lucky to have very loyal readers. It is obviously not a consistent problem as some of you can comment and some cannot. However, in the hope that I can improve the experience for you all, I have altered slightly the way in which comments are displayed and handled. I'd be grateful if you could let me know if it improves things for you.
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Riusuke Fukahori

The exquisite talent of Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori is undeniable. Watch as he paints three-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, until the full animal is revealed. The end result is so life-like it is both a painting and a sculpture.


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Monday, 16 January 2012

Gumball Wars

I really like the way this short animation conveys real personality in to inanimate objects. Enjoy as an annoying gumball machine gets his just deserts.


Gumball Wars from Scott Thierauf on Vimeo.
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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Who's Your Favourite?

I could watch this over and over again. YouTube user PowSound has a "Maddy v Daddy" contest of wits to find out who is Maddy's favourite, Mum or Dad. Clearly daddy loses out here. Enjoy!


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Friday, 13 January 2012

720 Double Kick Flip

What do you mean you don't know what one is? No I didn't either but after watching this superbly shot slow-motion film of Robbyn Magby performing one at the skate park in Farmington Hills, I have a new appreciation. YouTube user ashomsky filmed this at 1000fps and has other great videos on his channel.


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Thursday, 12 January 2012

The Mountain

Regular readers will know that I have posted a lot of time-lapse films here on e-clecticism. I make no apologies, I love them. But the following has to be one of the best I have ever seen. I have posted TSO Photography's work before so please take a search through my archives.

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Geeky Quotes

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I was chatting to some friends of mine recently about quotations and as we are all what you might consider somewhat geeky the subject soon turned to geeky quotes. Those essential lines that every geek should know. It doesn't matter whether they are from film, TV, books or even real life. If you think its nerdy to know it, then it makes the list. Here are some we came up with, but I'm sure we missed lots so please feel free to add your own in the comments.

“Three rings for the Elven kings under the sky, seven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stone, nine for the mortal men doomed to die, one for the Dark Lord on his dark throne, in the land of Mordor where the shadows lie. One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring the bring them all, and in the darkness bind them. In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.” -LOTR

“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” – HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey

“Spock. This child is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do….spank it?” — Dr. McCoy, Star Trek: The Motion Picture

“With great power there must also come — great responsibility.” – Spiderman

“If you can’t take a little bloody nose, maybe you oughtta go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid.” — Q, Star Trek: The Next Generation “Q Who?”

“Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” — Dennis the Peasant, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

“Five card stud, nothing wild. And the sky’s the limit” — Captain Jean Luc Picard, uttering the last line of the series, Star Trek: The Next Generation “All Good Things…”

“I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.” – Ty Webb, Caddyshack

WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE – God (Douglas Adams), So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

"What's so unpleasant about being drunk?", "Ask a glass of water!" - Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent (Douglas Adams), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

“Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb!” – Adam West, Batman & Robin

“Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.” – Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

“His name is Alfie. But he prefers to be called Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All” – The Doctor (Matt Smith), Dr Who

“I must not fear. / Fear is the mind-killer. / Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. / I will face my fear. / I will permit it to pass over me and through me. / And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. / Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. / Only I will remain.” – Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, Dune

“No matter where you go, there you are. ” – Buckaroo Banzai, Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

“Do you know of the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold in space.” -Khan, ST:TWOK

“Ray, if someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES!” – Winston, Ghostbusters

"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff." - The Doctor (David Tennant), Dr Who

“Greetings, programs!” -Flynn, TRON

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” -Darth Vader, Star Wars

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side, kid.” -Han Solo, Star Wars

“Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

“Well, let’s say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area. Based on this morning’s reading, it would be a Twinkie thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.” – Egon, Ghostbusters

“This episode was BADLY written!” -Gwen, Galaxy Quest

“Worst. Episode. Ever.” – Comic Book Guy, The Simpsons

“Nothing shocks me–I’m a scientist.” – Indiana Jones, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

“Bright light! Bright light!” – Gremlins

“The Road goes ever on and on/Down from the door where it began/Now far ahead the Road has gone/And I must follow, if I can/Pursuing it with eager feet/Until it joins some larger way/Where many paths and errands meet/And whither then? I cannot say.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

“Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!” – Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” – Albert Einstein

"Tracked you down with this. This is my timey-wimey detector. It goes ding when there's stuff. Also, it can boil an egg at 30 paces, whether you want it to or not, actually, so I've learned to stay away from hens. It's not pretty when they blow." - The Doctor (David Tennant), Dr Who

“Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?” – Marty McFly, Back to the Future

“Don’t call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight blob of grease!” – C3PO, Star Wars

“I’d just as soon kiss a wookiee!” – Princess Leia, The Empire Strikes Back

“I know kung fu.” – Neo, The Matrix

“There is no Earthly way of knowing… which direction we are going. There is no knowing where we’re rowing, or which way the river’s flowing. Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a’blowing? Not a speck of light is showing so the danger much be growing. Are the fires of hell a’glowing? Is the grisley reaper mowing? YES! The danger must be growing for the rowers keep on rowing AND THEY’RE CERTAINLY NOT SHOWING ANY SIGNS THAT THEY ARE SLOWING!!” – Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

“Time…to die.” – Roy Batty, Blade Runner

“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds” J. Robert Oppenheimer

“So say we all.” – Battlestar Galactica

“After very careful consideration, sir, I’ve come to the conclusion that your new defense system sucks.” – General Beringer, WarGames.

“No matter what you hear in there, no matter how cruelly I beg you, no matter how terribly I may scream, do not open this door or you will undo everything I have worked for.” – Young Frankenstein

“He’s dead, Jim.” McCoy, ST:TOS

“Redrum.” Danny, The Shining
“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.” – announcer, The Shadow radio drama

“We’re going to need a bigger boat.” – Chief Brody, Jaws

“Oooh, ahhh, that’s how it always starts. Then later there’s running and screaming.” – Ian Malcolm, The Lost World: Jurassic Park

“Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.” Criswell, Plan 9 from Outer Space

“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” – President Merkin Muffley, Dr. Strangelove

“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” – Obi-Wan, Star Wars

“Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” – Taylor, Planet of the Apes

“You maniacs! You blew it up! Oh, damn you! Damn you all to hell!” – Taylor, Planet of the Apes

“Klaatu barada nikto.” The Day the Earth Stood Still

“ET phone home.” – ET

“What… is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?” – Bridgekeeper, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

“Danger Will Robinson! Danger!” – Robbie the Robot, Lost in Space

“Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” – Harry Lime, The Third Man

“And I said, I don’t care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I’m, I’m quitting, I’m going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they’ve moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn’t bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it’s not okay because if they take my stapler then I’ll set the building on fire…” – Milton Waddams, Office Space

“Michael, I did nothing. I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything that I thought it could be.” – Peter Gibbons, Office Space

“Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.” – John McClane (in writing), Die Hard

“Kneel before Zod.” – Zod, Superman II

“Shall we play a game?” – Joshua, WarGames

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.” “Hit it!” – Elwood, The Blues Brothers

“Make it so” / “Engage” – Captain Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation
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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Upside Down

French distributor Canal have released this first trailer for the film "Upside Down". Shot in Montreal and directed by Argentina-born filmmaker Juan Diego Solanas, “Upside Down” doesn’t have a U.S. distributor lined up yet, but here's hoping it will be out later this year.

Starring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst, the film offers a sci-fi take on "Romeo and Juliet," featuring lovers attempting to unite against two different worlds which hover above/below one another by way of reverse gravitational pulls.


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Monday, 9 January 2012

Nikon D4

Nerdgasms are one thing but this is photogasm for me. The brand new Nikon D4 is not your average SLR obviously and is aimed at professionals but my goodness I want one. It has a 16.2-megapixel FX-format sensor, EXPEED3 image processing engine, 11 fps burst shooting, ISO 50-204,800 and Full HD (1080p) movies. The new WT-5 Wireless Transmitter features HTTP and FTP connection modes and there is even an Ethernet socket for wired connections. The bad news is that it will cost around £4,799.99 / €5,658. It will be available from 16th February.

  • 16.2 effective megapixel, full-frame sensor (16.6MP total)
  • 10fps shooting with AF and AE, 11fps with focus and exposure locked, 24fps 2.5MP grabs
  • 91,000 pixel sensor for metering, white balance, flash exposure, face detection and active d-lighting
  • ISO Range 100-12,800 (extendable from 50 – 204,800)
  • MultiCAM 3500FX Autofocus sensor works in lower light and with smaller apertures
  • Two sub-selector joystick/buttons for shooting orientation
  • 1080p30 HD video at up to 24Mbps with uncompressed video output
  • New EN-EL18 battery (21.6Wh capacity, CIPA-rated at 2600 shots)
  • Twin card slots - one Compact Flash and one XQD


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Sunday, 8 January 2012

Complaint Letter

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This is another email I received recently which made me laugh. This is allegedly a complaint letter to Devon & Cornwall Police Force from an angry member of the public. I really hope it is real as it is superb for a grumpy old man like me.

*****

Dear Sir/Madam/Automated telephone answering service,
Having spent the past twenty minutes waiting for someone at Bodmin police station to pick up a telephone I have decided to abandon the idea and try e-mailing you instead. Perhaps you would be so kind as to pass this message on to your colleagues in Bodmin, by means of smoke signal, carrier pigeon or Ouija board.

As I'm writing this e-mail there are eleven failed medical experiments (I think you call them youths) in St Mary's Crescent, which is just off St Mary's Road in Bodmin. Six of them seem happy enough to play a game which involves kicking a football against an iron gate with the force of a meteorite. This causes an earth shattering CLANG! Which rings throughout the entire building. This game is now in its third week and as I am unsure how the scoring system works, I have no idea if it will end any time soon.

The remaining five failed-abortions are happily rummaging through several bags of rubbish and items of furniture that someone has so thoughtfully dumped beside the wheelie bins. One of them has found a saw and is setting about a discarded chair like a beaver on ecstasy pills. I fear that it's only a matter of time before they turn their limited attention to the caravan gas bottle that is lying on its side between the two bins. If they could be relied on to only blow their own arms and legs off then I would happily leave them to it. I would even go so far as to lend them the matches. Unfortunately they are far more likely to blow up half the street with them and I've just finished decorating the kitchen.

What I suggest is this - after replying to this e-mail with worthless assurances that the matter is being looked into and will be dealt with, why not leave it until the one night of the year (probably bath night) when there are no mutants around then drive up the street in a squad car before doing a three point turn and disappearing again. This will of course serve no other purpose than to remind us what policemen actually look like.

I trust that when I take a claw hammer to the skull of one of these throwbacks you'll do me the same courtesy of giving me a four month head start before coming to arrest me.

I remain your obedient servant
XXXXXX

*****

Mr XXXXXX,

I have read your e-mail and understand your frustration at the problems caused by youths playing in the area and the problems you have encountered in trying to contact the police.

As the Community Beat Officer for your street I would like to extend an offer of discussing the matter fully with you. Should you wish to discuss the matter, please provide contact details (address / telephone number) and when may be suitable.

Regards
PC ???????
Community Beat Officer

*****

Dear PC ???????
First of all I would like to thank you for the speedy response to my original e-mail.

16 hours and 38 minutes must be a personal record for Bodmin Police Station, and rest assured that I will forward these details to Norris McWhirter for inclusion in his next Guinness book.

Secondly I was delighted to hear that our street has its own Community Beat Officer. May I be the first to congratulate you on your covert skills? In the five or so years I have lived in St Mary's Crescent, I have never seen you. Do you hide up a tree or have you gone deep undercover and infiltrated the gang itself? Are you the one with the acne and the moustache on his forehead or the one with a chin like a wash hand basin? It's surely only a matter of time before you are head-hunted by MI5 to look for Osama.

Whilst I realise that there may be far more serious crimes taking place in Bodmin, such as smoking in a public place or being Christian without due care and attention, is it too much to ask for a policeman to explain (using words of no more than two syllables at a time) to these twats that they might want to play their strange football game elsewhere. The pitch on Fairpark Road, or the one at Priory Park are both within spitting distance as is the bottom of the Par Dock, the latter being the preferred option especially if the tide is in.

Should you wish to discuss these matters further you should feel free to contact me on xxxxxx If after 25 minutes I have still failed to answer, I'll buy you a large one in the Cat and Fiddle Pub.

Regards
XXXXXXX

P.S If you think that this is sarcasm, think yourself lucky that you don't work for the sewerage department with whom I am also in contact!
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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Coincidence

Could it just be coincidence? Actually yet it could. Enjoy this excellent lecture on why coincidence is not as unlikely as we often think.


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Friday, 6 January 2012

100 Years In 10 Minutes

The following video is both inspiring and very sad at the same time. If you had to condense 100 years worth of history in to just 10 minutes, what would you choose to include and what would you choose to leave out? YouTube user derDon1234 has compiled his choices using mostly original footage. It makes for sombre but compelling viewing.


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Thursday, 5 January 2012

3-Way Street

I've always wanted to visit New York City and maybe one day I will. Having seen the following video though makes me think twice about how best to get around. Shot for a visual art student’s thesis, “3-Way Street” shows cyclists riding against traffic and onto pavements; a lorry making a dangerous U-turn, and pedestrians endlessly trying to kill themselves by walking in front of fast-moving objects of all sorts.


3-Way Street from ronconcocacola on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Stick Bombs

Have you ever heard of stick bombs? I hadn't, but I think they look like fun activity to do with the kids, or just on your own if you're big kid yourself. A stick bomb is a mechanical spring-loaded device constructed out of flat sticks woven together under tension. Releasing one stick then causes a kinetic chain reaction. A video tutorial on how to construct one can be found here. Enjoy this great example.


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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Masterchef Synesthesia

With big thanks to my buddy Al over at Crivens, Jings and Help Ma Blog for telling me about this one. Remixing the TV show Masterchef is not an obvious musical choice, but crikey it is well done. Enjoy!

Monday, 2 January 2012

Inception Animals

Crazy animals, and a well timed Inception soundtrack will hopefully give you a good laugh today. Enjoy!


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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Kindness Boomerang

Here's a nice uplifting "feel good" video to start off your 2012. I hope this year brings you happiness. Watch as the camera tracks an act of kindness as it is passed from one individual to the next and manages to boomerang back to the person who set it into motion. Find out more at Lifevestinside.com


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