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Go-go-gadget remote control!

20110217 Remote control happy face 150x150 Go go gadget remote control!I need a new compact camera because¬†the one on¬†my¬†phone is pretty useless and produces grainy images.¬† I don’t blame it –¬†it’s a phone and “smart” though it may be, it’s not¬†designed to be a camera, unlike my D-SLR, which obviously is.¬† If I had two of them and tied a piece of string around both, they might work as a primitive phone, rather like baked bean cans.¬† But it would be rubbish.

Gadgets can come in handy: I have been caught out battery-less with a proper camera on site and have had to rely on my smart phone.¬† But sometimes they try to cram too many features into things.¬† I once read that on average, people only use 25% of a gadget’s features and 42.9% of statistics are made up. (Ah, that old chestnut…)¬† Seriously though, the trouble with having all gadgets combined into one is that you inevitably¬†suffer a loss in quality.¬† A 10-in-one super-gadget can never be as good as 10¬†devices individually.¬† What if you took 10 devices and stuck them together?¬† You’d have a very expensive, very heavy lump of metal and plastic… enough said.

Photography is one of my hobbies and I own a D-SLR, but SLRs can be a bit unwieldy and conspicuous – especially for snapshots to be published on the internet.¬† For example, I was on the train home earlier and a lady had a trolley suitcase, which she put up on the empty seat next to her.¬† Suddenly I saw a beautiful face.¬† And there was one on the bottom of the suitcase as well… [tumbleweed]¬† Situations like these lend themselves to a bit more subtlety, something a bit less obvious than an SLR, but still capable of capturing high quality images: a compact camera.¬† In retrospect, I¬†could have just asked her for permission to photograph it; it¬†might have¬†been a good ice breaker… ūüėČ

A few years ago my brother kindly gave me a ¬£50 voucher for a well-known highstreet camera retailer. (Jess.. [cough-cough]…ps – That’ll be ¬£100 off my next purchase, please…)¬† The problem with these highstreet¬†retailers is that the price tag is probably ¬£50 higher than on the internet so you’re no better off.¬† How these shops survive is a mystery to me.¬† The only good use I have found for them is to “try” before you buy (but not from them).¬† You get to feel the build quality, weight and ergonomics before you buy online.

On the subject of electronics, the object in the picture is a remote control.¬† It was taken at my friend’s house.¬† It has a nice smile.¬† Its siblings were¬†torn up by a wild dog… or abducted by aliens – I forget…

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Raining Hundreds & Thousands…of raindrops

cabot circus catwalk 150x150 Raining Hundreds & Thousands...of raindropsI have a widget (or “gadget” in Windows 7 parlance) on my desktop PC at work, which tells me the current weather in Bristol, England.¬† As I was getting ready to leave the office for the day the current weather read “Sprinkles”.¬† “Mmmm, spinkles,” I thought and imagined what kind of sprinkles I might be faced with outside.¬† Would it be chocolate sprinkles?¬† Could it be hundreds and thousands, perchance…¬† Alas, it was neither and¬†I was drenched in bog standard H2O: rain.¬† But at least it was fairly mild.

Last week was absolutely freezing again and I happened to have the week off work.¬† I had some reports to write and some web design to do, but on the 5th day I rested.¬† I went out for a stroll into town and happened upon a catwalk in Cabot Circus.¬† Apparently Gok Wan was in town.¬† Pardon?¬† No, nor me, but apparently he’s famous… ūüėȬ† As I gazed down upon the stage from one of the many bridges, I thought it looked like a massive¬†hand sticking up its middle finger as if to say, “Cold weather, be gone!”¬† A week later it was.¬† But now it’s raining.¬† Be careful what you wish for.

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