Daily Archives: Wednesday, 13th Jun 2012

I love The Oatmeal

Like a lot of people who spend far too much time on the internet, I’m a fan of The Oatmeal. There’s something about his geeky, pedantic and generally funny stuff that appeals to me. I was quite happy to pay actual money for his book, and even happier to buy a signed print of one of my favourite Oatmeal items, and I’ll more than likely buy more of his stuff in the future.

Now most sensible people who wanted to share that nice Mr Oatmeal’s work would post links to his site, but apparently that’s not what some users of a site called FunnyJunk[1] do. They post that nice Mr Oatmeal’s cartoons with the references to Mr Oatmeal’s site removed and with no attribution, which is rude, to say the very least. Mr Oatmeal decided that rather than go to the expense and trouble of setting lawyers on the site, he’d just sigh quietly and mock them a bit.

Well, that would have been fine, but a year after being mocked[2], Funny Junk responded. Not with an apology, or an offer of payment[3], but with a threat of a lawsuit. Apparently they didn’t like the entirely accurate statements that nice Mr Oatmeal made, and their weasel lawyer demanded a payment of $20,000 to prevent legal action.

Mr Oatmeal’s response was to ask his readers for $20,000. Not to pay the lawyers, but for charity. So far, he’s raised over $150,000. I’m happy to have made a small contribution towards that. There’s still time to contribute:

Bear Love Good. Cancer Bad.

[1] I’m not linking to it
[2] Rapid response…
[3] They make money from adverts slapped on other people’s content

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens

It’s been a few years since I bought the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, and I’ve changed cameras twice since then. The f/1.8 is a nice enough lens, but I’ve been thinking for a while that an upgrade to a better 50mm prime lens might be in order.

I dismissed Canon’s rather lovely f/1.2 50mm model on the grounds that my credit card would get upset. I did consider the very well reviewed Sigma f/1.4, but decided it was a bit more expensive than seemed sensible, even though it’s apparently a very nice bit of glass indeed.

So the lens I was thinking of was Canon’s f/1.4 USM 50mm model. Quite apart from having a seriously large maximum aperture of f/1.4, it’s more solidly built than my old f/1.8 with a proper metal mount, and has a proper USM autofoucus motor, which means you can do a wee bit of manual focus adjustment without having to flick the AF/MF switch on the lens.

I took the time to read some reviews, which led me to conclude that this would be a good choice as my next lens. The only problem was the price – most suppliers were charging well over £300. Hmmm. But then those nice Warehouse Express people, or Wex Photograhic as they now prefer to be known sent me a nice email offering 10% off selected Canon lenses. As is often the case, their price for this lens was nicely below average, and with a 10% discount, it came to about £260, which I decided was too good an offer to miss, so I bought it.

This was the lens I took with me on today’s lunchtime walk, and I’m happy with the results so far. More examples will appear soonish.

Weight and Stuff Report – 13 June 2012

Up a wee bit more today, mutter, mutter.

I had another lunchtime walk today, and it was a somewhat longer one than yesterday’s:

Lunchtime Walk

Lunchtime Walk

I had a good look at the Bank of England demolition job, and noticed for the first time that Bank House is getting distinctly smaller – they’re doing the same kind of job there that made the dreadful Westgate House go away, with all the action happening behind covers. Pictures of that will follow, subject to tuits and the like. I also confirmed that the O*l*m*i* rings on the Tyne Bridge are complete, and I was shocked to see an actual (and quite fancy if you’re into that sort of thing) boat parked at the new marina.[1]

More of that will follow, but for now, here’s a lovely notice on the door of a bar on Dean Street:

Sign of the week

Sign of the week

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/1.4
Shutter speed: 1/400s
Focal length: 50mm
ISO: 100
Location: 54° 58.1764′ 0″ N 1° 36.5735′ 0″ W

Observant readers will notice the reflected photographer, and the arm of the barman who was quite excitedly waving.

[1] Or “Ital” as it should be called[2]
[2] This is a very old car joke. If you don’t get it, you’re not old enough