Weight and Stuff Report – 24 February 2015

Weight: 217.2 pounds (15 stone 7.2 pounds, 98.5 kg)
Steps taken: 3,068

Yesterday’s scale misbehaviour seems to have been caused by me moving it slightly when I was rearranging some boxes. This caused it to be less level than usual, which results in odd readings, or so it seems. Back to a more believable figure today, yay.

In contrast to yesterday’s untouched image, this one has been given a good seeing to in an attempt to create the image I had in my head rather than what was in front of my eyes. It’s a view of the Cloisters in Durham Cathedral. Not being inside the main building, it’s an area where photography is allowed…

Cloisters

Cloisters

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 27.9mm
ISO: 1000
Location: 54° 46.3894′ 0″ N 1° 34.5432′ 0″ W
Taken: 21 February, 2015

Weightless Stuff Report – 23 February 2015

Steps taken: 4,163

No weight report today because the scale was definitely playing up. Its reading suggested that I’d gained a little over ten pounds since yesterday, which is a wee bit unlikely, all things considered. And investigation will follow…

Here’s another photo of Durham Cathedral – this is in Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome film simulation, and apart from a slight crop, it’s unedited.

Durham in Classic Chrome

Durham in Classic Chrome

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/400s
Focal length: 30.9mm
ISO: 200
Location: 54° 46.4326′ 0″ N 1° 34.6181′ 0″ W
Taken: 21 February, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 22 February 2015

Weight: 219.8 pounds (15 stone 9.8 pounds, 99.7 kg)
Steps taken: Not very many

In a quite unexpected development[1], I’m a wee bit heavier today. And it’s been a quiet day in, so we can probably expect more of that…

Like most cathedrals, Durham has a lot of stone carvings, and it’s easy to miss some of them. For instance, I don’t think this one has ever registered in my brain before.

Cow

Cow

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 135mm
ISO: 800
Location: 54° 46.4428′ 0″ N 1° 34.5926′ 0″ W
Taken: 21 February, 2015

[1] Hi Keith!  :wave:

A problem with a tilt and turn window, sort of fixed

On Friday evening, I opened the tilt and turn window in my spare room to get some photographs of the moon and Venus. These didn’t work out too well thanks to some clouds, so I decided to give up and closed the window. Ah. Well, I tried to close  the window, but it decided to play silly buggers. It’s a tilt and turn thingy – if you turn the handle 90 degrees, it tilts open, hinging from the bottom edge, enough for ventilation. If you close it again and turn the handle to 180 degrees from its original position, it opens from the side so you can swing it wide – ideal for taking photographs of the sky. Well, as I started to close it, it decided to tilt and turn at the same time, which is definitely not right. The handle got as far as the “tilt” position and stuck, and it totally failed to completely close.

I managed to push it into position as a temporary measure before doing some research. Looking into tilt and turn window problems turned up a lot of suggestions referring to a bit of plastic or metal (a mishandling device, apparently) that needed to be pushed to reset the mechanism, but I didn’t seem to have anything like that.

I decided to leave it for the next morning. Overnight, the window blew open, so I bodged a temporary fix by piling up some heavy boxes so the top one pressed agains the window. This should have kept it closed against all but the wildest wind…

Looking at it again in daylight (somewhat easier, you know…) confirmed that there was no sign of a mishandling device, and that it felt like the window had dropped slightly, so that the left side was slightly low. No amount of attempting to lift it as I closed it made any difference, so I did another search, which turned up this mind-bogglingly helpful video:

Sure enough, looking at the bottom left metal thingy confirmed that the problem was that the window had dropped slightly. Looks like it’s been tight previously, but has now dropped enough to not be able to get the pin (or whatever it’s called) into the slot. I removed the piece in question (easy screwdriver job, so I managed it without damaging anything) and I could then close the window and not have to prop it closed with a pile of heavy boxes any more.

This is the bit in question:

Hmmmm

Hmmmm

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/40s
Focal length: 60mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 22 February, 2015

You can see that it’s had a bit of wear. Or perhaps a closer view would help:

Evidence of droppage

Evidence of droppage

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/40s
Focal length: 60mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 22 February, 2015

I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to be like that. Anyway, the window is now properly closed if lacking a bit of metal. I’ll be getting someone to look at it and get the droppage attended to, but at least I can do that when it’s convenient rather than having to get an emergency repair..

 

Eleven!

This is the now-traditional automatic[1] post to remind me that this site is another year older. It’s now eleven years old, and will soon be a teenager. I’m not sure what that means for a website, but it’ll probably start being rebellious or something…

[1] That’s automatically posted. This nonsense didn’t write itself, you know…

Weight and Stuff Report – 21 February 2015

Weight: 219 pounds (15 stone 9 pounds, 99.3 kg)
Steps taken: 9,880

Hmmm, up a bit more this morning, which probably won’t be helped by the slightly different breakfast I had at Frankie & Benny’s this morning. Instead of the usual fairly standard Big Breakfast, I went for the triple stack pancakes, which looks like this:

Breakfast

Breakfast

Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/35s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 160
Taken: 21 February, 2015

After that and the shopping, I decided to make the most of the sunshine and head out to Durham. I was expecting to have the usual photographic wander, but found myself distracted by this:

Lion dance

Lion dance

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/4.7
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 46.6mm
ISO: 320
Location: 54° 46.5832′ 0″ N 1° 34.609′ 0″ W
Taken: 21 February, 2015

Yes, I managed to arrive at just the right time to enjoy a bit of the Chinese New Year celebrations. More photos of that will follow…

After following the parade, which involved some very enthusiastic drumming of the kind you feel more than hear, I decided to carry on with my original plan and head to the cathedral. I decided to take a different route via the alleyway you can see in the background of the above photo. This was not a good move as it led to some steps that were carefully designed to be very hard to walk up. I don’t think I’ll go that way again..

Anyway, I took some more photos, which will be appearing here over the next few days. But here’s a sample – this is a close view of the Sanctuary knocker on the cathedral door:

Sanctuary!

Sanctuary!

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5.3
Shutter speed: 1/180s
Focal length: 74.4mm
ISO: 6400
Location: 54° 46.427′ 0″ N 1° 34.6173′ 0″ W
Taken: 21 February, 2015

And after that I went home.

Fundamentally accurate

A nice one from the ubiquitous xkcd today. As always, click the picture to see the whole thing in its native environment.

Worth it for the punchline lurking in the alt text, tooltip, hover thingy, or whatever you’d like to call it. May not work on tablet devices. Which would be unfortunate.

Click me

Click me

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 February 2015

Weight: 216.2 pounds (15 stone 6.2 pounds, 98.1 kg)
Steps taken: 1,600

Back down again today, which turned out to be more inactive than usual, as I really couldn’t be bothered walking any further than the sarnie shop at lunchtime. I blame those nice people at Good Times for having nice food and friendly staff for making me not want to go any further than across the road…

Here’s another photo rescued from oblivion, or the 2013 folder as I usually call it. Err, I don’t need to tell you what it is, do I?

Sky

Sky

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/250s
Focal length: 104.9mm
ISO: 320
Taken: 14 July, 2013