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Stuff Report – 26 November 2014

Steps taken: 7,277 (so far)

Had a busy day in the London office, moving people around, installing things, beating a misbehaving server into submission, and so on.

Back in the hotel now, and just thinking it’s time to go out and get something to eat.

At lunchtime, I had a bit of a walk, and saw the Dar Tower looming out of the mist.

The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower

Camera: iPhone 5s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 32
Location: 51° 30.9683′ 0″ N 0° 8.1627′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 November, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 November 2014

Weight: 218.5 pounds (15 stone 8.5 pounds, 99.1 kg)
Steps taken: 10,327

Down just a wee bit today.

The day started far too early, as I had to catch a train to London, which oddly enough is where I am now. This photo, however, is of a wet day in Newcastle. It’s actually a screen capture of an iPhone video, which I think shows off the Seriously Heavy Rain quite nicely.



Weight and Stuff Report – 22 November 2014

Weight: 217.7 pounds (15 stone 7.7 pounds, 98.7 kg)
Steps taken: 9,104

No change today for a change.

Let’s see now. Breakfast, shopping, all as usual.

It was rather dull and overcast, so I decided not to attempt anything photographic today. Instead, I went into Newcastle, starting at the Laing Art Gallery, where I paid actual money to get in to see a couple of exhibitions. One is of portraits by Jonathan Yeo, a self-taught artist who’s developed his own style, and created an impressive body of the great, the not so great, the good and the cross the road to avoid. Good work, well worth a visit. The other is a collection of photographs of the actress Vivien Leigh, covering her life and career, together with magazines, publicity materials and the odd film poster.

One of Vivien Leigh’s most famous movie roles was Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, which makes me wonder if there’s some Cunning Planning going on, or just one of those coincidences that pop up now and again. Because also on at the Laing is a piece called Gone With the Windan installation by Claire Williams which, actually I don’t need to describe it, because unlike most things in the Laing, photography is not only allowed, but encouraged. So of course, I didn’t have an actual camera with me, but the iPhone, plus a bit of tweaking, didn’t do too bad a job:

Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind

Camera: iPhone 5s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/15s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 320
Location: 54° 58.5897′ 0″ N 1° 36.4977′ 0″ W
Taken: 22 November, 2014

After that, I went to the Baltic, where I enjoyed Jesse Wine’s odd ceramic thingies and a curiously mixed display called They Used to Call it the Moon, which includes some odd things, but also some very nice things, such as some of Stanley Kubrick’s documents relating to 2001: A Space Odyssey. These include his original letter to Arthur C Clarke suggesting they meet to discuss making a film…

Oh, and you know how I said it was dull and overcast? Guess what it totally wasn’t when I left the Baltic? Yeah, clear sky and sunshine. Shame it was a bit late to go home, get the camera and go somewhere, really…

And after that, I paid a quick visit to the MetroCentre to see if something was on sale yet. It wasn’t.


Weight and Stuff Report – 21 November 2014

Weight: 217.7 pounds (15 stone 7.7 pounds, 98.7 kg)
Steps taken: 4,747

Up just a teeny bit today.

Had another fun[1] and challenging[2] day at work. The good news is that our backup processes work and we can recover data. Lots of data. The bad news is that there’s far too much of the damn stuff and we need to get people to archive the old stuff.[3]

But never mind, here’s a luxury train carriage:



Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/3s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 7 November, 2014

[1] Not
[2] Yeah, that’s the word. Right.
[3] I’m sure people still have files from the server before the server before the server before the current one. If I look, I’ll probably find some WordPerfect 5.1 files somewhere…

Fujifilm X-T1 – Firmware news

Fujifilm, as I’ve mentioned before, seem to have developed the odd notion that improving cameras that they’ve already sold and actually listening to what customers ask for is a good business plan. Well, it is, but it’s not one that most camera manufacturers seem to be keen on.

As previously announced, there will be a firmware update for the X-T1, with an expected release date of 18 December. As expected, this will include the new electronic shutter with a maximum speed of a quite nippy 1/32,000sec. Yes that’s one thirty-two thousandth of a second. This is going to be great for shooting with wide apertures in bright light. It also includes the new “classic chrome” film simulation, meaning that first generation X-T1s match the new graphite edition ones.

But there’s more – too much to list here, but there are some items that look like the wishlists I’ve seen on a forum or two.

It will now be possible to customise the Q menu screen so it shows what you want where you want it.

Want to change the functions assigned to the AE-L and AF-L buttons? Yup, that’s there as well.

There’s a load more, which you can read about in the Fujifilm announcement.


WordPress 4.0.1 – Security Update

For any readers with WordPress sites who aren’t following the various alerts, be aware that there’s a security release out now. If you have autoupdates enabled, and you’re running 4.0, you should be sorted out in due course. If you don’t have autoupdates enabled, or you want it done right now, check the dashboard of your site, or get the download from the official source.

In a not quite usual move, there are also patches for 3.7.4, 3.8.4 and 3.9.2, but you are still advised to upgrade to 4.0.1 as soon as possible.

WordPress 4.0.1 – official announcement

Weight and Stuff Report – 20 November 2014

Weight: 217.5 pounds (15 stone 7.5 pounds, 98.7 kg)
Steps taken: 4,147

Hmm, down a bit today.

No exciting Teesside trips today, but we did have some new thingies installed to replace some old thingies.[1]

This is All Saint’s church, Newcastle, seen from the Tyne Bridge

All Saints

All Saints

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/480s
Focal length: 55.6mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 15 November, 2014

[1] Technical details omitted for reasons of company confidentiality. Either that, or it wouldn’t be all that interesting.

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 November 2014

Weight: 218.7 pounds (15 stone 8.7 pounds, 99.2 kg)
Steps taken: 8,029

Up a wee bit today…

After Monday’s ever-so-slightly wasted Teesside trip, I had another one today, which was much more successful. Everything worked as it should, and tests were done.  :yes:

Of course, this took a while…

So I got to the station just in time to see a direct train to Newcastle leaving  :wah:

But I didn’t have to wait too long for a non-stop train to Darlington, which was due to get in in time to catch a non-stop train to Newcastle.  :bouncy:

So, of course the train was held up waiting for a free platform  :wah:

But the Newcastle train was a few minutes late and I was able to catch it  :bouncy:

And then I went home.

This beach looks popular…

Nice day on the beach

Nice day on the beach

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/90s
Focal length: 122.6mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 15 November, 2014