And back up again today. Mutter.
Today’s picture is of one of the Sunderland airshow regulars – an F-16 from the Royal Netherlands Airforce. The usual orange display aircraft was unavailable, but to make up for the lack of brightness in the colour scheme, the pilot fired his flares:
Flares are back again
Last year, that wasn’t allowed due to some safety regulation or other. Fortunately, sanity returned this time.
Hmmm. Down again today. I wonder how long that will last?
Today’s picture from the airshow is of a couple of classic American fighters – the P-51 Mustang and the P-40 Kittyhawk. It was their first visit to Sunderland, and they put on a good show. Here they are arriving:
Mustang and Kittyhawk
OK, this is nice. It’s a mug modelled on my favourite general purpose lens – the Canon 24-105mm f/4 L.
I think I should probably have one….
The Camera Lens Mug.
Ooooh, nice. John Watson has a long post on his first adventure with Sherlock Holmes.
The blog of Dr. John. H. Watson.
Well, it’s been over a month since WordPress 3.0 was released, so it’s not surprising to see a maintenance release being made available. This one fixes a pile of
major minor issues, but as far as I know, there are no immediate screaming security holes that demand an urgent update.
Full details with links to downloads and all the gory developer details are available on the development blog.
The automatic update from 3.0 worked for me without any need to kick anything. Good stuff.
Bother. Back up a bit today.
Back to the airshow for some actual flying this time. This is a shot of the Twister Duo, a new aerobatic team flying the nifty Silence Twister planes, which have more than a little of the Spitfire about them, especially in the shape of the wings:
I mentioned back in June that I was giving Safari 5 a whirl as my default browser on my Macs. Well, here we are, nearly two months later, and I’m still using it, which is the longest I’ve stuck with a different browser since I adopted Firefox, which was probably around 2004 or thereabouts.
There was only one thing that irritated me – the lack of a Firefox-style extensions framework, and in particular the lack of AdBlock, which removes unwanted adverts from pages. Now if you have a site that depends on advertising to run, you probably don’t like people talking about AdBlock, but if like me, you’re sick of badly-designed sites that pause part-way through loading because some remotely-hosted Flash advert is taking way too long to load, you’ll probably love it.
Safari 5.0.1 has now been released together with the currently quite small but likely to grow Safari Extensions Gallery. As Safari, like Google Chrome, uses the Webkit engine, it’s possible for extensions written for Chrome to be ported to Safari, which should help with that. And one of the first to be available is AdBlock for Safari, woo, hoo. Install this and you’ll get a new icon on your toolbar which leads to an option page that will let you choose lists to subscribe to, and to manage your whitelists and blacklists. Usefully, you can allow ads on a site by pressing Ctrl+Shift+L or block by pressing Ctrl+Shift+K.
I’ve tried a few sites with it enabled, and it does speed things up quite nicely – it actually stops the unwanted material from downloading rather than just hiding it.
This is a good start, and a bit of competition won’t hurt Firefox.
No change today.
Your picture of the day is this B-52, which made a single pass along the seafront:
Down an insignificant amount today, nothing to get excited about.
For the rest of the week, I’ll be featuring pictures from the Sunderland International Airshow. Today’s is a good look at HMS Westminster, which took part in the show:
At the 2010 Sunderalnd Air Show
This was taken at the extreme end of the 150-500mm lens. I found myself using the camera as a telescope a lot of the time, which let me see a lot of detail I’d never have noticed otherwise.