Daily Archives: Tuesday, 3rd Apr 2012

Locus Photo and Ephemera Archive Project

This is another Kickstarter project I’m happy to support. Locus is a quite significant news magazine covering the field of science fiction, and has a rather large[1] archive of pictures, documents, and well, stuff. They’re seeking funding[2] to digitise all this stuff and make it more widely available, which is the kind of thing I approve of very much indeed – the thought of historical documents and pictures only existing in one physical location is something that strikes me as deeply wrong.

Since Neil Gaiman tweeted about it, the project has passed its target, so will be going ahead. I’ve pledged an amount that will be useful to the project and will get me some nice stuff, so everyone benefits.

If you’re an sf fan[3], it’s not too late to contribute and get some stuff.

Locus Photo and Ephemera Archive Project

[1] This may be an understatement
[2] Target now nicely passed, but because of the way Kickstarter works, you can still play
[3] And if you’re not, what’s wrong with you?!?

Weight and Stuff Report – 3 April 2012

Oh good, down again today. Must be all the exercise I didn’t do yesterday. Or something.

Well, it looks like the snow’s settling in for a long session, so my vague[1] plan for an afternoon walk somewhere may well not be enacted, so here’s a reminder of how the weather was just a couple of days ago:

Spring in the park

Spring in the park

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/320s
Focal length: 24mm
ISO: 100

Typical Spring Weather…

After last week’s brilliant sunshine and remarkable warmth for the time of year, it seems we’re back to business as usual, no doubt caused by me taking a week off work. This morning started off with light, but persistent rain, which then turned to heavier rain[1], which then turned to wind-driven sleet, which turned to this:

April (snow) showers

April (snow) showers

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 50mm
ISO: 100

and indeed this:

Lovely spring scene

Lovely spring scene

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/40s
Focal length: 47mm
ISO: 100

Yes, that’s actual snow. The wind seems to have dropped now, so it’s just falling gently. It looks like the wet roads and pavements aren’t cold enough for the nasty stuff to settle, but who knows…

Time for that old song, I think:

I’m dreaming of a white Easter…

I have a vague recollection[2] of hearing somewhere that snow was more common at Easter than Christmas in most of the UK[3], which seems quite believable to me.

No doubt next week, when I’m back at work, will revert to glorious sunshine.

[1] Not “serious stair-rods” stuff, but heavy enough to encourage me to not want to go out
[2] Many of my recollections are like that. It’s my age, you know :huh:
[3] This may not be the case for more northern bits of Scotland

1-bit Camera

In about as much of a contrast as you’re likely to find with my Canon 5D Mark III[1], here’s a rather more basic image:

One bit per pixel!

One bit per pixel!

Actually, that is my 5D, but rendered in a less vivid way than usual. This is thanks to the 1-Bit Camera iPhone app, which lovingly renders images in an old-school dithered manner, which older readers might recall from older computers and other devices. Worth a look, currently on sale at 69p.

[1] I do like typing that extra I[2]
[2] Hi Jamie :wave: