Daily Archives: Saturday, 29th Jul 2006

Taking it easy

I decided to have another relaxed day today. Sat around, went to Tesco’s, sat around some more. I posted some stuff here, and I’ve been updating some old posts – I’m gradually moving all the images in the site into Gallery2, which involves editing some old posts so they get their thumbnails in a different way. I’ve still got lots more to tweak, but it will make the site a bit more consistent once it’s done, so I think it’s worth the effort.

It looks like the weather really is changing now – it rained earlier this evening, and it was cloudy for most of the day.

I’m still planning to go to the airshow tomorrow. I do hope it won’t be a case of usual airshow weather[1].

[1] I’ll explain that when I do a report on the show :laugh:

Eerie Indiana – The Complete Series

Now here’s a little gem I haven’t seen for a while. Eerie Indiana was a short-lived TV series that was first shown in 1991-2. I seem to recall that those nice Channel 4 people showed it in their “youth” slot at 6:30. I don’t recall seeing it since then, but it stuck somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind.

Thirteen-year-old Marshall Teller has moved with his family from New Jersey to the small town of Eerie, Indiana. At first it seems normal enough, but Marshall soon comes to realise that Eerie is the centre of weirdness for the entire planet. The only problem is that nobody, apart from his friend Simon, seems to realise it.

Item: Elvis lives on my paper route
Item: Bigfoot eats out of my trash

In the nineteen episodes, Marshall and Simon come up against the Mummy, the Eerie Wolf, an intelligent ATM, a tornado with a mind of its own and much, much more. In Eerie, a heart transplant can have unexpected consequences, putting your watch back an hour can get you into serious trouble, and you really don’t want to try playing any records backwards. In later episodes, things are stirred up a bit by the appearance of a mysterious (even by Eerie standards) boy (“with prematurely grey hair” ) who claims not to know his own name, but eventually calls himself Dash-X after the plus and minus signs on his hands.

In Reality Takes a Holiday, Marshall finds himself living a nightmare when his home is transformed into a TV studio, and he’s about to be terminally written out of a show called (yeah, you guessed it) Eerie Indiana. It seems his character is to be replaced by Dash-X. Even Simon can’t help Marshall this time, but he finds a way out just in time. This episode included one of those lines I’ve never forgotten:

You’re not my family – you’re Pod People!

which is the kind of thing that only people who’ve watched the right movies will understand.[1]

Lovely stuff, very silly, lots of fun. I watched the whole thing over two evenings.

Oh yes, and to any readers who might happen to be resident in Indiana[2], I always knew there was something weird about you. :tongue:

[1] And no, I’m not telling you, so there! :tongue:
[2] Hi Twisty!!! Hi Tom!!! :wave:

Getting in close

One of my excuses reasons for getting the Canon 30D was that I wanted to be able to take pictures of my coin collection. I vaguely mentioned a while ago that I was starting to collect coins again after a break of a few years, but I didn’t get round to going into any detail. The main reason for that was that if I just talked about coins, it would be a bit dull without pictures. I did try taking a few with the Sony camera, but it couldn’t really handle the close-up focusing required. When I was planning to get a DSLR, I thought I might need to invest in a specialist Macro lens for this kind of thing, but as both my lenses have at least some close focussing ability, I thought I’d give it a try. This was taken on my desk, using the halogen desk lamp as the only light source[1]. Had to tweak it a bit in Photoshop to get it looking more or less natural, but it’s not bad for a first attempt. I’ll probably have a go with a tripod next.

Welsh Pound

Welsh Pound

The coin is a silver Piedfort[2] proof version of the 2000 £1 coin. I got it for a moderately reasonable price, and as it has the Welsh Dragon :cymru: , it was an essential addition to the collection.

More coin experiments will follow, depending on my tuit supply. :laugh:

[1] The on-camera flash just reflects off the coin back into the lens. Not useful for small shiny objects.
[2] That’s a special, limited edition coin which is twice the thickness of normal circulating coins.