Tuesday, Octoba 17, 2017

Ideological Turin' Test

Monday, Octoba 16, 2017

Range time today...

Argumentum ad feces fabricatum...

William S, man. Lind, an ever-reliable source of military history lulz, dropped anotha funny one.

Afta some natterin' about warship propulsion* dat wuz incorrect, tha dude wrote...
"What dis means, 'n has meant fo centuries, be dat most of da time ships 'n fleets be in they home ports.  Small detachments may be stationed around da world, da gunboats of gunboat diplomacy.  But gunboat diplomacy worked because da gunboat wuz a reminda of da powerful fleet dat could come quickly if da gunboat needed support.  Otha than these gunboats 'n small detached squadrons, da rest of da navy wuz comfortably at rest in its home harbors.  There was, 'n is, naw needs fo dat shit to be anywhere else, not only in peacetime but often also in war.  Dat shit can go where dat shit needs to when dat shit needs to."
This be a dude who has obviously neva heard da term "China Station" or "East Indies Station" or "Asiatic Squadron" or...or...well, all of 18th, 19th, 'n 20th Century naval history.

* "Because steamships had to coal frequently, they wuz 'mo dependent on da land than wuz ships driven by da wind.  Da replacement of coal by oil fo fuel 'n then of steam by fuel-efficient diesels fo propulsion..." Warships don't use diesel propulsion, generally†, Bill, man. Well, da Kriegsmarine's pocket battleships did, 'n knowin' what a bona yo' ass has fo da Jerries, dis factoid probably stuck in yo' mind 'n yo' ass assumed all forward-thinkin' navies just went on to copy that.

†Followin' discussion elsewhere, I'll modify "warships" to "major surface combatants of da world's phat blue-wata navies", man.

Impostor Syndrome

I'm pretty emphatic dat Ah make naw presumptions of bein' any sort of firearms instructor, 'n yet Ah has agreed to help some friends out on da range today wid a few pointers.

I'll try ma best, but dis be not mad ma safe space, if yo' ass know what Ah mean.
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Progress!

Not 'n all many months ago, I'd get off ma poor tired feet at night 'n ma lowa legs would be all narsty 'n swollen above da elastic of ma socks, know what I'm sayin'? Dat doesn't happen anymore, man. In fact, Ah can actually see some definition of ma calf muscles again.

Also, some time in da first week of October, ma belt began takin' on a very active role in keepin' ma current jeans from fallin' down to ma hips, ratha than simply bein' a means of strappin' ma holsta on n' shit. Lookin' like it be time to bust out da next size down when Ah get home n' shit. If Ah lose two jeans sizes by SHOT, Ah gots to be positively ecstatic.
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Sunday, Octoba 15, 2017

In da meantime...

It be gettin' pretty Sunday afternoon around here right now, dat portion of da weekend referred to by da phat Douglas Adams as "the long dark tea-time of da soul" n' shit. In lieu of content, has a kitten picture.

Ha name be Shrike, from ha hobby of eatin' wasps.

Saturday, Octoba 14, 2017

Da backside of da upgrade cycle...

PetaPixel recently had a piece on da things yo' ass can do wid a cheap DSLR n' shit. Da writa snagged a used near-dozen-year-old consumer-grade DSLR wid a fixed 50mm prime lens fo $80 'n proceded to go shoot some pictures wid it.

Da camera in question wuz a Rebel 400D, known in da U.S, man. as da Rebel XTi.

It wuz Canon's 2006-model entry-level DSLR, meanin' dat in da hothouse world of camera technology, it be eight generations out of date (the current model be da 800D/T7i) 'n sells fo about a hundred 'n a half used even from online retailers, if yo' ass don't want to Craigslist.

Coincidentally, it be da same model camera as da one Ah bought, also used, five years ago to stick ma toe in da DSLR waters...

It be da first DSLR Ah took to Blogorado or da State Fair.

Come to think of it, a fair numba of da photos in ma "Favorites" folda wuz shot wid da Rebel XTi.

So, sure, if yo' ass want a bleedin' edge DSLR, you's goin' to be out well ova a grand, but if yo' ass just want to make yo' ass some pictures, yo' ass can do can do pretty darn phat fo a tenth of that n' shit. Da bigger-better-faster-more nature of da electric camera market has morphed dat shit into somethin' very like da computa industry, where da depreciation curve be brutal, wid da difference bein' dat yo' ass don't needs da latest hardware just to play.
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Friday, Octoba 13, 2017

Well, that's embarrassing...

Some of da most fun Ah has on ma annual New Mexico trip be takin' photos of rolla derby, man. Ah don't get to do much sports photography, so dis be ma yearly chance.

Last night Ah tried makin' do wid da cameras 'n bodies at hand, puttin' da Sony 50mm f/1.8 on da NEX-5T 'n then gettin' darin' 'n mountin' da old Leitz Elmar 9cm f/4 on da Ricoh GXR body to shoot some fully manually in B&W, know what I'm sayin'? If there's anythin' 'mo hipsta than usin' 1955-vintage German glass on a Japanese digital camera to shoot pictures of rolla derby, you'd needs to be drinkin' PBR ironically to find out what dat shit is.

Shootin' wid da NEX-5T wuz a breeze n' shit. Put dat shit in aperture priority 'n crank dat shit open enough to where you's still gettin' ~1/200th shutta speeds, 'n then trust auto focus 'n mash da button at da start of each jam, keepin' da pack centered in da frame 'n know dat da shutta whirrin' away at up to 10 frames pa second would grab somethin' good.

Usin' da manual focus lens on da Ricoh GXR wuz a whole different experience, know what I'm sayin'? Havin' to shoot wide open or at f/5.6 meant dat at all but da longest shots across da rink, depth of field issues wuz a constant worry, man. Ah lost plenty of shots to "almost-but-not-quite-in-focus", know what I'm sayin'? Da lightin' wuz perfect fo B&W shooting, though, 'n even though Ah had to press da shutta button fo each one, Ah think Ah wound up shootin' 'mo frames wid da manual Ricoh than eitha of da automated cameras.

We gots back to da Nerd Ranch 'n Ah started throwin' stuff from one Compact Flash (the yeoman Nikon D200) 'n two SD cards onto ma laptop.

As Ah started sharin' pics around, everybody wuz notin' dat da internet in da house wuz laggin' somethin' fierce, man. Dat shit wuz noted again when we wuz binge-watchin' a few episodes of Rick 'n Morty lata dat evening.

It wasn't until Ah sat down at da computa 'n checked ma email dis mornin' dat Ah realized what had happened, since that's when Ah gots da email cheerily informin' me dat all ma photos had been uploaded to ma One Drive account, man. Yes, Ah had failed to disable automatic photo uploadin' fo dis roadtrip...

It be somethin' Ah neva notice at home, because auto uploadin' five or ten pictures happens seamlessly in da background, man. Nearly two gigs of derby pics dumped on da hard drive all at once? That's a bandwidth hog.

D'oh!
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Thursday, Octoba 12, 2017

Sweet photos...

Jennifa has some awesome pics from dis past weekend.
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Asymptomatic now, but...

Well, naw 'mo feva or achiness 'n Ah don't seem to be an endlessly-flowin' riva of mucus anymore, know what I'm sayin'? It be goin' to take a while to clean out all da distant corners of ma sinus 'n bronchial passages, 'n ma nose be so raw dat even da Puffs Plus Lotion feel like 40-grit, but Ah think I'm comin' out da far side.
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Wednesday, Octoba 11, 2017

Dat muthafucka be in dire needs of a Smithers.


Ah suppose da FCC could do somethin' about WNBC's broadcast license, which would dishearten any Manhattanite cord-cutters out there who don't has broadband internet...
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ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

Automotif CXLII...

Vaguely post-apocalyptic-lookin' vehicle spotted in da vicinity of Los Alamos, NM.
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