Weight and Stuff Report – 15 May 2015

Weight: 208.9 pounds (14 stone 12.9 pounds, 94.8 kg)
Steps taken: 5,755

What’s this? Down again today? And to another new low for the year? Can this possibly go on?

After work, I once again managed to persuade myself that getting the shopping and washing done was a good plan, so that’s what I did.

Here’s another bus:

Nice colours

Nice colours

Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 32.6mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 4 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 14 May 2015

Weight: 210.4 pounds (15 stone 0.4 pounds, 95.4 kg)
Steps taken: 4,488

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:

Plague Doctor

Plague Doctor

Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/25s
Focal length: 19.5mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 2 May, 2015

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 13 May 2015

Weight: 210.5 pounds (15 stone 0.5 pounds, 95.5 kg)
Steps taken: 5,208

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:

Are they friendly?

Are they friendly?

Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 36.6mm
ISO: 1250
Taken: 2 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 12 May 2015

Weight: 211.2 pounds (15 stone 1.2 pounds, 95.8 kg)
Steps taken: 2,998

Hmmm, up a bit today, more of that random wossnameness, or something.

This is Minerva, who can be found in York, near the Minster.

Minerva

Minerva

Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 93.2mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 2 May, 2015

Public Service Broadcasting – Go!

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[1] – 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.

 

[1] I’ve had it on Spotify for a while

Weight and Stuff Report – 11 May 2015

Weight: 210 pounds (15 stone, 95.3 kg)
Steps taken: 3,456

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. 😎

Here’s another bus:

Nice guy

Nice guy

Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/350s
Focal length: 20.8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 4 May, 2015

Say what, Fujifilm?

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:

Fujifilm X-T1 v4 Firmware announcement

Seriously, there’s enough there for most companies to release a new model and point and laugh at existing customers. Nice work, Fujifilm 😄

Weight and Stuff Report – 10 May 2015

Weight: 212.9 pounds (15 stone 2.9 pounds, 96.6 kg)
Steps taken: Hardly any

Down a bit today, but still a bit higher than I need to be…

Not a lot to say, quiet day in.

Here’s another classic bus:

Northern

Northern

Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/400s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 4 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 9 May 2015

Weight: 213.1 pounds (15 stone 3.1 pounds, 96.7 kg)
Steps taken: 3,686

That’s rather a big rise today, which I suspect is a temporary wossname for reasons you really don’t want to think about.

Had a quiet Saturday – I went out for a couple of hours, but didn’t get up to much.

Here’s another photo from the bus rally, a close view of the kind of name plate manufacturers used to use:

Nice kitty

Nice kitty

Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 83.3mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 4 May, 2015

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 8 May 2015

Weight: 210.9 pounds (15 stone 0.9 pounds, 95.7 kg)
Steps taken: 5,510

Up again today, as the oscillations continue…

Here’s another bus, in the livery of Western Welsh, a company i recall from back home in South Wales mumble years ago:

Western Welsh

Western Welsh

Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 20.8mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 4 May, 2015