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eBay fraud

On the face, eBay system was well designed and tightly operated —– That’s what I thought till I stumbled on this trouble. And while dealing with this trouble and went into deeper, I realised that the eBay was also very well designed as the system of the fraud.

When I wanted to buy a Pentax lens which happen to be sold by a Japanese seller, there was a mistake of misspelling of my name. (which was a mistype of “l” instead of “I”most likely made by a staff of Royal Mail = because Japanese (seller) knows Japanese name, such unpronouncable spelling couldn’t be made by them. – – – Anyway, because of the name was wrong, I couldn’t pay the import duty, therefore the item couldn’t be delivered to me, and sent back to Japan. As all those tracking data were clearly recorded, eBay ruled out, that I should be granted the full refund of the money I’ve paid, on the 17th Jan’2020 while saying it may takes 48 hours to appear on my bank account. (In the other refund case of which the amount of the money was less than a pound, refunded to my bank account was made only following day)

But, as no refund was made into my account even after a month, I started to feel suspicious. = I try to see how this kind of trouble was dealt with ? Then I discovered that the most of trouble which was likely occur in the net shopping was categolised and formatted to such as “item was broken” “Who pays return Post” etc etc though, there is no place to click “No refund was paid”. And no channel to make any complaint. There is NO customer service who will take care of the trouble. Neither they pick the phone. And even no address to send a complaint / inquiry letter. (in their website)

In the formatted question, clicking “Contact Paypal” goes to a blank page (photo right)

(There is so-called eBay community site where people can make a question etc and other member (?) answer / advice. Though, when I made a question on my case, it was disappeared alltogether while saying “System error” ! ) = (They got AI to watch and supress the inconvenient question)

Going through the net, I found the eBay.co.UK’s legal address in the Luxembourg. And, thier might be address = eBay UK, Hotham House, 1 Heron Sq’ South Richmond, Richmond-on-Thames, TW9 1EJ And a telephon number 0906-665-8030 (though, this phone is dead)

So, the eBay would say that there is no such things like “Refund money was not paid” could ever happened, therefore there is no need to foresee any remedy. But it might be a part of their system to make money. = in other words, the system of the fraud. That’s why, all the channel or the possibilities to make a complaint was tightly shut and heavily guarded.

(If anybody has the trouble with eBay, please give a comment here (which may not be published and answered by me privately)

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Healthy eating – Paradox

I don’t have any ism other than a habit in my character which is a kind of cleanness = loath to touch anything filthy or dubious = originated from Japanese Shinto. I wash my hair just with a water = use a shampoo may be less than once in a month. I hate to expose my skin to dubious chemical more than a dust in my room.

But I eat something a vegetable in the Brassicaceae family is a matter of my taste = not a kind of healthy concern or any ism. And eating frozen sprouts instead of flesh broccoli or daikon etc, was, I’m just lazy. (You may disappointed to see me not so keen = = = Here is a wise rule, this is the problem of the mind = “If you are too serious, you tend to fail / if your mind was stuck, you loose the ability” —–> Make eating it to almost a unconscious habit which origin was forgotten = = = It IS the same, “If you are too serious / wary too much of your health = you became ill. — This paradox is common with Zen Buddhism !)

I was eating boiled sprouts with salad cream with the same laziness. Once I bought a “light” type salad cream then noticed that such product was something unnaturally plasticky and realised that to make a similar textured, tasted product without using original ingredients, there must be a lots of dubious chemicals and the ingredients were used for a factory production.

Basically, the western food life is dreadful. Eating looks healthy whole grain bread but with animal originated fat (butter) — even worse with trance fatty acid “Margarine” etc etc. —– So, I don’t buy processed food. (Don’t ask me Miso, Suger etc were not processed food ?)

Instead to use salad cream I’m making Miso based Paste = Miso, Chinese Chilli bean Sauce, pinch of Sugar and a bit of Vinegar —–> mix together. (I hope those products were produced in traditional way without using dubious chemicals) (Am I asking too much or ignorant ?)

The paste I made here was also good for other cooking such as Oka-kurage, boiled Daikon etc. —– may be I should make a lot and keep it in a jar for a quick serve to each breakfast = may be safe to keep for a week or two.

Before we start to talk about Eco, Health issue etc, we better look around and think deep. = In order to make a 16 years old Swedish girl who said that she dosen’t want to pollute the air by jet flight, to appear the UN, while 4 times more jet journeys were needed for her staff and her father to travel !

While this girl accusing Japan etc for their coal burning power station, making an exception of China who is the scond largest poluter by their coal burning, saying that they ARE the developping country. (Are they = who said so ? ) We need to see the truth behind the hypocritical farce. And see who is behind her campaign.

That’s what we call deceptive performance, in another word, fraud. 😀

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Battery case

To use homemade device like LED ring light, we need a battery case. The battery case sold on the market is a kind, left on the photo above which is dreadfully cheaply made = unreliable and easy to break, yet cost a pound or so. — instead, I found a battery holder for Canon’s old Motor drive, in the odds and ends box in the camera shop, of which cost also a pound or so (still having Canon quality). 😀

Battery holder of the motor drive were made for 10 AA battery, so, we can cut it to 3 battery size or 4 battery size. Then I mount a flash shoe which came from a junk flash light which is cheaper than a flash shoe adaptor, and a DC adaptor socket, and a register to limit the current.

For white LED, the battery got to be more than 3, then the current got to be about 50 mA for each LED = If 20 LEDs were parallel-connected — 50 mA x 20 = 1000 mA — for 4 AA battery design need 4.8/1 = 4.8OHM — some what 4.7OHM were needed.

The work itself was a kind of cut and glue still, the end result wasn’t too bad —– though, these days, you can find a ring light set from China as cheap as £15 which got a ready made battery case, even a stand comes together = To do what, is your choice = Its your life. —– I’m enjoying those DIY games = puzzle to find the solution. And that is the beauty of Homemade = Do a thing on the own hand instead of a shopping on a cauch !

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Leitz 50 mm-vs-Zeiss 55 mm

Casually I called Leitz Elmarit lens I used on the Nikon Z in the previous post, a homemade though, glass itself was a serious Leitz product. Hence, having a proper optical quality as we expect. —– ? was it ? = was that quality, within a normal standard ?

—– So, I made a comparizon.

This is the test image taken by the Leitz Elmarit P 50 mm F2.8 at F2.8. With the focus peaking. (Photo right was a part enlargement of the centre = the top of the tree) —– the small twig still maintain its detail though, is this fuzziness normal ?

So, to have a close comparizon, Zeiss Sonner FE 55 mm F1.8 lens was mounted to the same Nikon Z7 body and had the test shot on the same tree, same condition. (since Zeiss / Sony lens has a funny habit = keep move the focus, so that, click the shutter when focus was peaked) In the photo right, some leaves on the tree were coloured red = may be an effect of the chromatic aberration. Was it ? Wait a moment = this is not a £1 junk projection lens but a genuine Zeiss / Sony lens costed hundreds of the pounds. (Even though it was made in Thailand)

Then, I gave yet another test = Zeiss Sonner lens was mounted on the Sony A7R body and had exposure of F1.8 and F8. (manual focus) —– F1.8 image (photo above middle) was the sharpest among all the photos in this post. (Though, strangely F8 image = photo right, was soft —– very difficult to make a precise manual focus on this A7R camera)

Since the same Zeiss lens showed no chromatic aberration on the A7R body here, there is a possibility of either (1) Sony has correction program built into their image processor to compensate lens’s own aberration. or (2) The lens’s obstruction = keep moves its focus when the lens was not mounted on the Sony body = moves only a small part of lens, only to destruct the clear image, hence making big chromatic aberration on the Nikon Z body.

Yet those photos here showed very different strory. The photos were taken same as those photos above.

= Zeiss lens on the Sony A7R body. Exposed on F1.8 and F8. —– But here, F1.8 image (photo middle) showed funny chromatic aberration (red leaves)

(This is the puzzle = how those red leaves were created ? The Sony camera and their image processor seemed to hide too many puzzles.)

—– the correction program of Sony Image Processor may be working erratic. (still, how to make only some leaves red on the Nikon Z and on the Sony A7R as well looks too strange = In fact, the culprit mast be the Lens, not the camera, though, how this Zeiss FE lens can put the red color to a selected part of the image ? === this phenomenon needs to be investigated further !

This is a problem of the “Soft controled digital imaging” = it would make a pretty picture though, it may work, may not work like a Beauty App. That why I hate those artificial images. (Still, film photography can create strange phenomena too —– but, as I didn’t have an experience to enlarge a 35 mm color photo to 1.5 m big and examin the details, may be I was not aware )

Here, they are the shot to finish-off this argument (of Red Leaves) made by Zeiss Sonner 55 mm ZE lens. = The lens was tested at F1.8 if it showes chromatic aberration of red and green fringe on the roof pattern. = The result was as you see. (When the lens was fore-focused, the image has green fringe — photo above right)

And I found a very interesting bokeh pattern on the tree behind. The question is, is this the quarity of the lens which says “Sony / Zeiss Sonner” ? ? ? ( 55 mm is not special, neither F1.8 is difficult to design)

So, how about the chromatic aberration of the Nikon 50 mm F1.2 (photo middle) and F2.8 (photo right) —– a lots of red leaves seems to be here too ! = We shouldn’t be surprised. —– Otherwise we need to pay thousands of £ for a lens which shows no aberration on fully opened iris. === Only the question IS, why we need such perfect image ? ? ? (May be the obsession.) = If you want to see the perfect image, come down to the tree and see it close)

The reason why we don’t see such Chromatic aberration everyday, —– (1) We don’t use maximum F-aperture often, except in the very dark situation. And if it was dark, we can’t see such color fringe in the dark details. (2) In those lenses (Zeiss 55 mm, Nikkor 50 mm) when we stop down two or three stops, the aberration would be disappeared = hence we don’t became aware its existence. (3) We don’t enlarge the image to such big size. = so that, in the small print, the color fringe (even if it’s there) would be buried in the details. (If you are seeing the enlarged tree top photos in this post on a PC screen, it is the equivalent of seeing a 36×24 mm size photo enlarged to the 120 cm x 80 cm (43″x32″) and giving a close look.

The aberration is an optical phenomena, when the light was not converged into the focal point and spread to the surroundings as well, make the image fuzzy. Among the cause of such problem, if it was coused by the way how the light was bend differently by its color (= wave length) it was called Chromatic Aberration. As you might remember to see the rainbow 7 colors made by a prisome, when the light go through the glass they bend according to the wave length (= color). To solve this problem, converging lens which bend the red light more to outward and the diverging lens which bend the blue light more to outward were combined together to conpensate each other to the light concentrate to the same focal point (so to make a sharp picture). —– While making the light bend inward and outward, still make them to converge to the same focal point, optical designer use the fancy technique and special glass etc etc = that’s why good lens is using 10 or more glasses inside of one lens. (= making such lens hugely expensive) —– Sigh 😀

—– Still, it is rather rare to see such prominent Chromatic Aberration like the red leaves here, —– in most of the case, the fringe color appeared only on the edge of the details and make the picture just a bit soft. (Hence the most of the people doesn’t became aware such things ever existed in his lens. )

And in this point, why the Leitz projection lens I’ve talked on the begining of this post showed such character become clear, = the projection lens showes the 35 mm slide image hugely enlarged therefore the chromatic aberration would become quite visible yet, a bit soft image wouldn’t be much of the trouble as the larger the projected image, people view it from the larger distance.

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It seems, the battle between the camera, lens keep going on. 😀

Hibiscus

When you hear the name Hibiscus, you may imagine a red flower in a travel brochure of tropical island. Yet still, a kind of flowers belong to Hibiscus group = in the Malvaceae family is amazingly common and flowering everywhere.

This is a Hollyhocks. (seems to be Althaea rosea)

—– incidentally, this plant is a sister of Marshmallow (Yes, that soft white sweets) = the sweets used to be made using a sap from the roots of the Marshmallow.

And this one seems Hibiscus synacus.

But this one seems to be a very different garden valiety though, still pretty like a Hibiscus.

And you may remember this small flower in a grass patch, like a weed desperately clinging to the ground. Still, this one belongs to the Hibiscus family.

It’s somewhat interesting to think about that what sort of the fate or history pushed this plant to cling and survived on a rather poor dry ground ? —– Was that only a niche she found ? (We all knows, life is hard — she must be a rather lucky one, as she has achieved to make a flower at least !) —– by the way, did you know that the Hibiscus plant is Cannivorous = in the night, their stigma catch and strangulates a small insct and suck their body fluid out. = That’s what I heard, but not know the truth.

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Sony lens myth (3)

Some time ago, I wrote about the strange behaviour of the Sony 30 mm F3.5 Macro lens when it was mounted on the other camera. (Sony lens moves their focus while the lens was not mounted on their Sony camera, = even without having connected to the power.

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In fact, I’ve written about the Chinese made NEX-NZ lens mount adaptor, in a postscript in the Homemade NEX-NZ adaptor post.

While testing this Chinese adaptor with Sony / Zeiss 55 mm 1.8 lens on Nikon Z7 camera, I noticed that this lens behaves same as to 30 mm F3.5 lens.

Those 6 photos above are the continuous shot showing how this 55 mm lens moves its focus when the camera was aimed to the outside. The lens moves its focus from Close to infinity then to very close again, obstructing anybody’s attempt to use the lens anywhere else of the Sony camera.

—– It is quite natural that the camera Co, hate other made lens used on their camera, but why they need to block their lens used / tested on the another camera ? — Is that because the lens needed to be used with their own correction program such as Chromatic, Distortion correction built into their image procesor ?

As I wrote it before, the most interesting question is, what kind of device or mechanism made such function works. —– the focus motor might be a silent stepper motor kind (but it makes some noise) though, what sort of the power back-up system maks its function keep working, —– how it retains the power without having the trouble of re-charge ? ? ? ? — small battery or super capacitor kind ? (Sony didn’t give any answer for those inquiry. — and I haven’t disassembled and checked inside of the lens yet.)

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My Dictionary

This is my English dictionary which I’ve been using for the past 60 years. My brother gave it to me when I passed the hi-school enrollment. —– Since then this one served for me to know the meaning of the word, and check spelling etc.

(I’m changing the cover after 18 years of use.)

(It seemed people surprised to find that me not having Oxford = What’s wrong ?) —– They surprised me not to take drug, no alchol, no TV, no smartphone, no smoke, no woman, even not gay, yet still eat meat = and disassemble expensive camera = what’s wrong. (it’s not your business ) =

If I follow the way of the other people, I didn’t need to come to the Zen !

Inside, a small note was left that I got it 1960 when I was 15 years old. (15 years old boy started to use it 60 years ago and after 60 years still using it exactry the same way. = this was the reason why people don’t argue with Zennist.) 😀

I don’t think I’m proud to use one dictionary for all through life. In fact, there was a time that I was using SONY electronic dictionary which was very useful and convenient though, as it was based on the mini-disc memory system, mechanical instability hindered its use. = when it works it was brilliant but the trouble was, it didn’t work when I needed the most. —– and on the end of its life, it left the last epitaph “Please insert the disc correctly”. = Maybe I should have tried to get another Electronic Dictionary but it didn’t happen (no Akihabara in London, and I was not using Amazon then. = So, that was what it should have been and has bee as it was. —– In compalison, people struggling to get new one unnecessarily)

(I guess, maybe other people are using app dictionary kind on smartphone but that was what I hate most = I hate Google spy on my mail, eBay trace my type, taste etc etc Why they don’t leave me alone ? —– For them, I’m only a subject to squeeze out a profit and for me, they are only a necessary evil)

And awhile ago, I got a Thesaurus from Lidl for a whopping £1.5, my writing got a great sophistication and the eloquence. ( Ha ha ha 😀 )

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German Realism

There was an almost ending exhibition tytled “Magic Realism” at the Tate Modern.

But I’m not guiding you or work as a catalog —– you better find them.

It seemed, there was only one Paul Klee = counter part of Joan Milo ?

(Only this photo was taken by 110 Pentax 24 mm lens)

(And like all other photos, this one was taken by a home made so-called ZM-2 lens)

Human history has two drastic experiments, one was the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which destroyed all the culture and killed a population of 40 million for the sake of Chiarman Mao’s greed for power. And the other was the Weimar German Republic till the birth of Nazis when all the “Idea” was developed and tested in Art as well.

All the human issue, wemen’s issue was also discussed and argued.

I don’t know why when those hidden desire was unleashed, why they become to grotesque Hentai Images. Was that the face of hidden reality ?

But the most cynical irony was, even the most well designed democratic system couldn’t save the burden and the poverty from the war reparations, and push the country to even more disastrous rise of the Nazis. After all, all those distorted faces showed their pain. They were not a happy people. This true reflection was what the Realism mean.

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Poisonous Lychees

My interest in the plant started for the poisonous plant, not a beautiful flower kind. It was somewhat different but more practical type of magic to Harry Potter’s fantegy, which related to Ninja = and Ninja connected to Robot, then to Electronics. They fascinated me when I was a kids.

Among those poisonous plant, some of them are affecting the brain. A rather common plant of Mahonia is quite potent poison to the brain. And eat the nuts of the ancient Cicaid plant would destroy the brain long after = may start to show the effects after 15, 20 years with the dementia-like symptom. —– Then I learned that common Lychee fruits also poisonous to the brain. >>> ​https://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng_afp?k=20190613038733a​

Encephalitis from lychees kills 31 children in India– official

At least 31 children have died in northern India in the last 10 days from a deadly brain disease believed linked to a toxic substance found in lychee fruit, health officials said Wednesday.
The deaths were reported from two hospitals in Bihar state’s Muzaffarpur district, famed for it lush lychee orchards, officials said.
The children all showed symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), senior health official Ashok Kumar Singh told AFP, adding most had suffered a sudden loss of glucose in their blood.
The health department has already issued an advisory for people to take care of their children during the hot summer when day temperature is above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), Singh said.
At least 40 other children complaining of similar symptoms were being treated at intensive care units.
We are trying our best to save them, said S.P. Singh, the chief medical officer of Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital.
The outbreaks of the disease have happened annually during summer months in Muzaffarpur and neighbouring districts since 1995, typically coinciding with the litchi season.
Known locally as Chamki Bukhar, the disease had claimed a record 150 lives in 2014.
In 2015, US researchers had said the brain disease could be linked to a toxic substance found in the exotic fruit.
They also said more study was needed to uncover the cause of the illness, which leads to seizures, altered mental state and death in more than a third of cases.
Outbreaks of neurological illness have also been observed in lychee-growing regions of Bangladesh and Vietnam.

(2019/06/13 11:19)

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Funki’s dream or nightmare ?

Whether I’ve seen this, heard this sometime, somewhere or was that in a dream, illusion, nightmare —– ? ? ? I’m not sure at all ——

It’s from the collection of my friend Funki Porchini —– I didn’t know he created this 2011 such long time ago.

And I don’t know how he created this image ? ? ? Whether he used any optics or was it done by purely digital ? ? ?

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