Hmmm, down by the smallest measurable amount today. I had a semi walk to work – got off the bus in Gateshead to pick up a prescription and drop off the form I collected yesterday, and walked from there. I had a short walk at lunchtime which involved buying a new oven lamp. It had failed some time ago, but the only time I remembered this was when I had the oven on and it was therefore too hot to attempt removing the old bulb. Readers with long memories may recall that I had a bit of bother last time I needed to change the bulb, but it was fine this time, probably because when I put the last one in I didn’t tighten it with a machine tool as I suspect the manufacturer did with the original.
This interesting chap can be seen in an attraction at York that I’ll mention when I find a tuit and some motivation:
Back down a bit today. And in a quite alarming development, I walked to the work for the first time in, err, some geologic measure of time. Well, it started by walking to the dentist’s. And from there I called in at the GP surgery to get a form. And from there, it made more sense to keep walking rather than walk back to the Metro station, wait for a Metro, then have to walk to the office from either Central or Monument. So I walked. Amazing.
These are some interesting characters to be found in York:
I’d heard bits of the first Public Service Broadcasting album when it came out in 2013, but somehow never got round to checking out the whole thing. It was an interesting concept – taking archive sound recordings (typically, but not exclusively, from public service announcements) and blending them into a musical wossname that turned out to be rather appealing. This is that first album:
Give it a listen – there’s much to enjoy.
What prompted me to return to the album was the recent release of their second album, The Race for Space:
This a somewhat different thing. It is, in fact, dare I say it… A Concept Album. And the concept is a fine one, as the title and cover art suggest. Taking in JFK’s “We choose to go to the Moon…” speech, Apollo 8’s first manned orbit of the Moon, and much more. Currently promoted track is the quite lovely Go!, which covers the Apollo 11 landing. Here it is: enjoy.
Back down after the weekend oddness. And talking of going down, that’s what my work trousers have been in danger of doing lately. So, it was time to dig into the wardrobe and recover the smaller ones I used to wear before my width got too much for them. And yay, a couple of pairs fit nicely (rather more nicely than ones I’ve been wearing), so I’ve put them in the wash, and once they’ve been through that and a quick session on the ironing board, I’ll be wearing smaller trousers again. Still a size or two larger than I’d like to be, but it’s progress. 😎
I’ve had my Fujifilm X-T1 for nearly a year now, and I’m still very happy with it. I was made even happier when last December’s firmware update added some tasty improvements.
Now at this point, most camera manufacturers would move on, bring out the next model with nearly enough enhancements to make you start thinking it might be time for an upgrade, but not quite enough to make it essential.
But once again, Fujifilm have taken a different road. They’ve just announced the v4 firmware for the X-T1, which will be available for the usual cost of nothing at all in June. This adds a shiny new and improved autofocus system, which claims to be much better at tracking moving objects, amongst other things. Not only that, but it will notice if you’re trying to focus on something close and activate macro mode without you having to press a button (which means you can use that button for something else, nice).
That’s the big one, but there are also some general improvements and changes which look suspiciously like things people have been asking for. Details from the official source: