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Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is an author with a message, and after reading this book you will understand why terraforming is impossible and why humanity will never succeed with interstellar colonization. Aurora is the counterargument to his earlier Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars), which, if you were to read them, would make you understand why terraforming is a practical method for taking humanity to the stars.

2019-08-07More

Full Frame Weight

Full-frame (35mm) cameras are heavier than their crop-sensor siblings. Their lenses are heavier too. But how much heavier? After hauling my Nikon D3200 (DX 1.5x crop sensor) as well as my Nikon D600 (FX full-frame sensor) up and down and around, I thought I'd just run the numbers and see if the FX system was as much heavier as it felt.

2019-08-02More

Bigsh0t Optimized and Stabilized

I had my GhettoPro 360, but the footage that came out of it when I was biking was, simply put, unusable. It was simply too unsteady. I suppose it's because the lenses on the Theta SC sits on the end of a cantilevered arm, so any vibration of the helmet causes the camera to swing wildly.

2019-07-23More

Caucasian Stonecrop

A little forest of stonecrop by the water. The shots taken with the Raynox DCR-250 were done with a Nikon D3200 and a Nikon 70-300mm/4.5-5.6 lens. The Raynox just about fits on it.

2019-07-14More

USS Mount Whitney Visiting

People expecting a cruise ferry to Finland who get on the wrong boat will be surprised by the lack of tango and pickled herring buffet.

2019-07-14More

Liebe Verfliegt Nicht by Tanja Brandt

Or, further adventures of Ingo the dog, Poldi the owl, and their friends. This is a sequel of sorts to Wo die Liebe hinfliegt.

2019-07-13More

Wo die Liebe Hinfliegt by Tanja Brandt

I rarely - make that practically never - buy photo books. Sure, they have some nice pictures in them - but nice pictures are a dime a dozen and the material quite simply lacks staying power.

When I saw Tanja Brandt's photos on Facebook, though, I placed an order for two of her books. The photos of the friendship between a little owl and a dog were just magic.

2019-07-13More

Pusshållplats

Someone knitted a "kiss stop" as opposed to a "bus stop" (busshållplats).

2019-07-10More

Sedum Album

A colony of sedum album (white stonecrop) near Berggården.

2019-07-06More

GhettoPro 360 Helmet Mount for Less

Can't afford a GoPro helmet mount for your 360 camera? There's a cheaper solution for that. The downside is that you risk getting an M8 screw clean through your skull if you crash, but if you use GhettoPro 360 you weren't using your brain anyway.

2019-06-28More

Nine Flowers

Kitchen orchid outdoes itself again.

2019-06-26More

Haymaking at Järvafältet

Some partial crop circles, but mostly crop lines.

2019-06-26More

A Rainy Evening in Akalla

Walking around after a BBQ.

2019-06-26More

Evenings at the Bergius Botanic Garden

Sunny evenings and bees. I also found an explanation for the algae in the Japanese pond: salamanders use the algae to lay eggs, that's why they're not removed.

2019-06-26More

Enblend 4.2 Color Space Blending Bug

If you have color artifacts in the shadows when blending large panoramas with Enblend, try doing the blending in RGB color space with --blend-colorspace=unit.

2019-06-18More

Blood Red Sunset

The sunsets (especially the hazy summer ones) are amazing from here.

2019-06-07More