Monthly Archives: September 2015

September 2015 Round-up

Oh dear, that seems to be the end of another month, so it must be time for this. Sorry, that’s just the way we do things here…

Weight

More ups and downs this month, but mostly ups, it seems:

September 1: 208 pounds (14 stone 12 pounds, 94.3 kg)
September 30: 212.6 pounds (15 stone 2.6 pounds, 96.4 kg)

That’s a rather large rise of 4.6 pounds, (2.1kg). Oooops.

Eating

Nothing particularly out of the ordinary, so I’m not sure where all those pounds came from..

Exercise

Ummm, not a lot. Far too many lunchtimes where I haven’t even managed a short walk.

Posting

More posts this month, but still quiet.

Stuff

New phone  :tigger:  and some other stuff I need to write about when I find some tuits.

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 September 2015

Aaaand back up a bit today.

I was planning to have a walk at lunchtime, but as our internet connection died (whole company, not a good thing at all), I didn’t get any further than the sarnie shop. Again. Mutter. Mostly working now, but still some issues…

Here are the Red Arrows doing their thing:

Reds

Reds

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 140mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 25 July, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 September 2015

Down a wee bit today…

I had a day off work today  :tigger:

But I had to get up just as early as normal.  :uhoh:

I need to be up and about for a “morning” time slot to have my electricity meter replaced – it was so old it almost wasn’t electric. Well, it was one of those thingies with the impossibly to read dials that was clearly invented by a complete loony. I know have a fancy electronic thing that will spy on me and report my activities to my electricity supplier. Or at the very least save me from taking readings once a month. Though I still have to read the gas meter, which is still resolutely non-technolgical. Though it does have numbers that can be read without head-scratching and muttering.

After that, I decided to take myself out for lunch. After much dithering[1], I gave Gourmet Burger Kitchen a try. I had a delicious (if expensive) bacon and cheese topped burger (with applewood smoked cheddar, nice), a generous portion of skinny fries and a nice refreshing drink (Brew Dog Punk IPA, very nice).

After a bit of shop wandering, where I didn’t buy anything, I came home. And here I am.

I really need a day out with a camera, as I’m running low on recent photos. Here’s one from the Sunderland air show this year. This is an RAF Tutor training aircraft:

Tutor

Tutor

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 134.4mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 25 July, 2015

[1] Not a village in the south of England

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 September 2015

Down a bit today, probably. Of course, the scale might just be having it’s usual bit of fun.

It was another day when I didn’t have time to go further than the sarnie shop at lunchtime, resulting in a very low step count. Shock horror, etc.

Here’s another iPhone 6S photo:

Bridges

Bridges

Camera: iPhone 6s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/1100s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 25
Taken: 27 September, 2015
Location: 54° 58.0527′ 0″ N 1° 36.3433′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 September 2015

Back up again today, mutter. Or perhaps it is the scale having fun with me again…

I went out today to give the iPhone 6S camera a bit of a test. Results were, as expected, mixed. When taking sensibly lit shots like this, it does rather well:

The traditional wide view

The traditional wide view

Camera: iPhone 6s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/1700s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 25
Taken: 27 September, 2015
Location: 54° 58.187′ 0″ N 1° 35.9542′ 0″ W

No tweaking done to the image other than a slight crop.

But if you do sill things like shooting in the direction of the sun, it gets a bit confused. I’ve mentioned before that getting a good exposure in Central Arcade can be tricky, as on a bright day most cameras will attempt to compensate for the bright roof. The iPhone 6S is no exception, as this example shows:

Overwhelmed by light

Overwhelmed by light

Camera: iPhone 6s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/1900s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 25
Taken: 27 September, 2015
Location: 54° 58.187′ 0″ N 1° 35.9542′ 0″ W

To the eye, the interior was quite bright, but the phone has rendered it in deep gloom. That’s because (like most sensors) it’s assuming that most things are fairly neutral in brightness, so that glass roof can’t possibly be that bright, and so it’s reduced the overall brightness. Now with my X-T1 or X100T, I’d be able to fix this easily by editing the raw file, but all I had to play with this time was a JPG, but I’ve managed to pull some detail out of it:

Adjusted

Adjusted

Camera: iPhone 6s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/1900s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 25
Taken: 27 September, 2015
Location: 54° 58.187′ 0″ N 1° 35.9542′ 0″ W

More playing will no doubt follow…

Kindle app – oooooooh

As unicorns regular readers might recall, I’m quite fond of my Amazon Kindle – I’m currently using the Paperwhite I got a few years back, as I haven’t been tempted by the newer hardware (and any temptation I might have felt was driven into the wilderness by a recent automagic firmware update, which made my Kindle much the same as the newer ones). On occasion, I’ve used the Kindle app on my iPhone, but it always felt a bit cramped – with the text at a comfortable size, there just wasn’t very much of it on the screen, so page turns were rather more frequent than seemed sensible. So, it ended up being an emergency only thing.

But while I was on a bus today, it struck me that with the bigger screen on the iPhone 6S, it might be worth a try. And it most definitely was. Lovely clear text, at a size easy to read with the phone held comfortably, and enough on a page to be worth reading. It’ll never replace my actual Kindle for longer reading sessions (like long train journeys), but for going to and from work it’ll do just fine, meaning I’ll have less to carry around with me. Yay.

This is what a page looks like:

Kindle

Kindle

Unless you’ve got a Retina or other very high resolution screen, the image above will be larger than that on the phone, but you should get the idea.

And if you’re intrigued by the text, a book review may be forthcoming once I get to the end.

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 September 2015

Back down again today after the odd rises of the last few days.

Having spent last night playing with setting up my new phone, I had to do the shopping this morning, which was preceded by the not quite as traditional as it was Frankie and Benny’s breakfast[1].

I then went for a look around Newcastle and the Metrocenter, where I was looking for something, but didn’t find anything suitable. Just as well, as I remembered I already had one which I’d stopped using because it was annoying.[2]

While I was out, I took a few photos with the iPhone 6S, including one of my standard camera tests, the generally tricky Central Arcade. It wasn’t too tricky today as it was a bit dull and grey, but I think this unedited (apart from the watermark) image shows it’s done a reasonable job:

Central Arcade

Central Arcade

Camera: iPhone 6s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/115s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 25
Taken: 26 September, 2015
Location: 54° 58.4077′ 0″ N 1° 36.7673′ 0″ W

[1] Big Breakfast with toast, accompanied by Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
[2] I think I’ll leave that one nicely vague

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 September 2015

Another upward thingy today, mutter.

But hey, today was NPD! That’s New Phone Day, of course. I’d arranged for my new iPhone 6S[1] to be delivered to work, and it arrived while I was in the sarnie shop[2]. I got the SIM swapped over and logged in with my Apple IDs[3]. First impressions are good – the bigger screen is sharper than a very sharp thing, and the camera shows promise. The 3D touch stuff (pressing with varying levels of pressure does different things) is cool, and it’ll be interesting to see what developers make of it as apps are updated and created to take advantage of it.

Once I got it home and on WiFi, it quickly installed the apps I wanted[4] and started talking to my music library and photos.

Next up was unpairing the Apple Watch that I haven’t mentioned from the 5S and pairing it with the 6S – and that’s why the step count is approximate, as the data goes away when you do that. That’s something that needs to improve in future versions of Watch OS and iOS…

And then I wiped the 5S and started preparing it for sale….

Another unrelated photo. This is Mallard’s nameplate. Obviously

Mallard

Mallard

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/110s
Focal length: 36.6mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 8 August, 2015
Location: 53° 57.6437′ 0″ N 1° 5.7734′ 0″ W

[1] Silver, 128GB, if you’d like the details
[2] Bacon, brie and cranberry panini, if you’d like the details
[3] I’ve got different ones for the Store and iCloud for ancient history reasons, if you’d like the details
[4] This is why I don’t take the easy option of restoring from a backup – it lets me leave out apps I’ve installed, used once and forgotten about, if you’d like the details

Weight and Stuff Report – 24 September 2015

Another small upward twitch today…

I had a walk down to Bessie Surtees House at lunchtime, mainly to see the current exhibition of “then and now” images and stories that’s on display. Not huge, but interesting (and there were some older images I hadn’t seen elsewhere). I also had a wander around the public rooms. The rest of the building has some interesting features, but we’re not allowed to see them, what with them being people’s offices…

Today’s photo is completely unrelated to that – it’s the winding gear of the Tees Transporter Bridge in action:

Action!

Action!

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/22
Shutter speed: 1/40s
Focal length: 70.2mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 22 August, 2015
Location: 54° 35.02′ 0″ N 1° 13.7418′ 0″ W

On the left you can see the modern electric motors that run the bridge now,m and on the right are the preserved original engines – their gears no longer make contact, so they can be left in their original location to keep the history intact. The newer ones use much safer voltages!