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XP Again ?

A09A7600It’s not right.  The HP laptop, which I’ve been using for net connection, suddenly died. In the righteousness of the eastern heaven’s standard, such unfairness shouldn’t be happened to such nice man like me !  😀   Theoretically, I can still check Email or my blog using my phone though I wouldn’t do such awkward work.  HP seemed to be hopeless. Even worse, it’s on Sunday = no help. My friend in the WW workshop texted me “It will be saved” though, I can’t wait till Wednesday meeting.  With a kind of last moment struggle, I tried to revive long dead Toshiba with XP on it. —– Basically, this one is working except the connection to the net. (MS said, that they can’t configure) THEN, if MS said so, how about IntelPROSet Wireless ? = Oh !  It’s works.  Then configure its connection with the router password etc etc. (so-called tinkering = and update many program)   😀 

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It was a funny situation.  Window was saying that they no longer support, still they supply some update for XP.   In this way, I managed to access my Email and a lots of lots of trouble, reached to my blog (this one) —- still, in a certain extent it IS working !

A09A7606So, somewhat sneaked out the trouble, and while thinking whether HP could be repaired or not or buy new one —– I’m testing this one (= TOSHIBA saved from a scrapyard) to upload a new post. (while finding out loads of mismatch.  😀  )

Still it’s a fun !   Honest.

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6 years of Zero

I know this DJ, Bradley Zero nearly 10 years.  On the beginning, he was DJ-ing in a local caffè where I was very frequent. (I was using their Wifi) —– funny story was that when I was frequent, they became very busy but, when I stop to go, soon they lost Licence.    (It’s mean, the DJ lost a job too.)  (Mind you, it was a sheer coincidence = I didn’t give any hidden political maneuver nor Voodoo curse kind. —– still this kind has been often happening to the place where I go.)  Then a while later I bumped the guy carrying his DJ gear to a local club and told me that he is going to play there.  So, I went to that club and became a kind of regular.  And so on so on many years past, then he formed a company called “Rhythm Section” and he became international too and so on. (What makes this guy remarkable was, that he was very modest still having a firm confidence to stick to his way, literally single-minded and building up his collection of vinyl and the reputation) —–  This week, he sent me an Email saying that they are going to have 6 years Birthday session. 6Years-Zero-000Zero put me on the guest list.  I went there with my Disco-costume = Rotating LED Vest.  (They got many DJs and play a kind of Dub, some are nice and good to dance.)   Anyway, I enjoyed being there and danced reasonably well.  (Though, it’s rather annoying,  these days people videoing other’s dancing with their phone = still, it might be a sign, that my dancing was not slow down or dead yet.   😀

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Twilight in Greenwhich

Twilight(1)-DSC07350It was a rather murky twilight moment in Greenwich.  That’s all.

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Looks rather normal picture was taken by so-called Fun Lens.  Fuzzy images were taken by the Gaudy Lens, and if it was very fuzzy, they were done by the Mag Lens —– but I don’t think you ever bother to know.   😀

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Autumn Color

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Those photos were taken by a single glass homemade lens, called Gaudy Lens on Sony A7R Camera —– you may wonder why needed to use High spec’ camera = the matter was not the spec’ but its small size.   😀

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This last photo was by the Mag’ Lens, not by Gaudy Lens —– any way looks the same = doesn’t matter.  As those both lenses got a lots of halation, picture never looks sharp.    Yes that’s what I wanted. = I just wanted atmosphere, or Impression.   In that requirment, those lenses are doing good job.   😀

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Nov’ Moon

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It seems, in any society star-gazer was accepted, a bit funny but a kind of romantic still, no harm to the other people.  But, the moon watcher was categorized as a loony and not necessary welcomed by the people.  I don’t think I’m a moon watcher, neither be a loony, so far as it was self-declared.  

I don’t necessary want to see the moon but time to time it comes to the window regardless.  In fact, the photo left took a while for me to realize, that it was a moon (2 days before the New moon. = on 17 Oct’ 2017) and the right photo was taken 1st Nov’. —– the reason why it’s having shadow was, the moon was behind the tree. —– In such condition, did I still need to take picture ?    Ain’t I obsessed ? —– I didn’t feel I got ANY obligation to do so though, I just did it again.  😀     It was very simple, the moon was there. (Strange things was, the camera, Sony A7R with 500 mm mirror lens was on a monopod. —– ISO 3200, 1/1000 sec F8)

(To tell you the truth, there was a serious danger of this post having yet more photo of the full moon which was briefly appeared next night —– though it disappeared behind the cloud soon.)  Sigh !   😀

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Your nightmare has come.   It’s a full moon taken on the 4th Nov’, but left photo was taken by Canon EF 70~200 mm at 200 mm, F2.8 on Sony A7R (F2.8, 1/1000 sec)  and the right photo was by Canon 5D MkIII (F8, 1/500 sec) Both hand held. —– They showed the situation quite well, using the same lens even fully open F2.8, mirrorless A7R can make sharper image. 

—– The story behind was, when I heard bang bang noise, I realized that it was the Firework night.  As I saw a big one on the window, I took the camera out with 200 mm Zoom on though, that big one seemed to be the last one. = How shame !  Then, I found the Full moon !  Without bothering to get 500 mm out, I took the moon with 200 mm lens — and I’ve tested the same lens on A7R too.  Very very funny.

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Moth

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(It seemed, those photos were the color comparison sample of the lenses.  Left was taken by a current Canon EF macro but the right was taken by a lens from a Kodak Instamatic mounted on an aluminium can in reverse direction. — See next photos)

The old lens for a film may be adjusted to the color compensation on the print making then.

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Monstrous home-made lens is still working as a macro lens though, not very easy to use (Very dark with x6 magnification = you don’t know where you are watching)  —– Yet still, think the cost = don’t ask too much.   😀 

The small moth parched on a washing-up sponge must be a survivor (or, could she be the one waiting next spring ? — I’m not sure)

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Oct’ Moon by SONY

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(Last night, I shot on AWB — to be fair to the camera, I did retake with manual WB.  😀 ) —– Naturally the Moon is one-night size smaller. (Same camera and the lens though, the second one looks sharper = thanks to Focus-peaking = better focused, but showed more noise)

Well, million years, it’s the same moon and it should look the same to the other one “August Moon” because all the conditions were the same except the camera was not Canon 5D Mk-III but SONY A7R.   The picture was taken through the double glazed window therefore it was not as sharp as “Red Moon”.   Something peculiar was that the supposedly the same Tamron 500 mm lens’ image looks sharper when it was taken on the SONY camera.  —– Unlike 5D as the SONY is mirror-less, it must be no mirror shock and the image processing engine in the SONY might be working harder to tinker the image ! = May be it’s the good things to a camera user. (I mean a lazy user who even not bothered to open the glass window.   😀  )

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Tsukudani 佃煮 or Tsukemono 漬物? (Japanese Taste)

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(Photo left, the sliced gherkins mixed with seasning has been heated for 5 min’ in a Microwave —– when it’s cooled down, keep in a jar in a fridge = ready to eat.)

Instead to have a Cooky or Chocolate kind, I often make and keep some boiled vegetable for a small snack.   But when its run-out, —– Isn’t there something a bit more convenient to pick ?   For western people, it might be a Marmite on cracker or piece of bread = and, you may say  “Japanese can do it with Miso (Soybean paste) on Cracker” —- M m m ?   Sound dreadful = I don’t think so. = So, what Japanese would pick ?  — Rice Cracker (O-senbei) ?    

Then gave a thought “What is THE easiest pick to eat with boiled rice ? ” —– may be for a Japanese, it would be a Tsukudani or Tsukemono kind which we can regularly keep in a fridge.  (There are hundred kind of Tsukudani in Japan = cooked small sea food, sea weed, vegetable, even a long boiled larvae of Hornet wasp or Grasshopper etc etc)  (I found some of those in a Japanese food shop but sold in an extortionate price in small plastic package or in a jar.)   So, I got an idea, why not make it myself ? —– Make it but as usual, with a cheated quickest way. 

One of the easiest approach is, to use the readily available pickled gherkin. (There is or was a packed pickles / Tsukudani called Kyuri no Kyu-chan = cooked cucumber and one of the easiest accompaniment for the boiled rice.)

Tsukudani(1)-A09A7527In order to make Kyu-chan like cooking, pickled gherkin was thinly sliced and excess juice were squeezed out.  Then, Dashi-no-moto (mostly powdered fish), soy-source, a squeeze of wasabi paste, a bit of Mirin (Japanese cooking spirits — in stead, sherry or rum can be used) and a bit of sugar then all of them should well be mixed —– in this stage, if you like crunchy bite, this is the all, — but if you like well infused taste, with a bit soft cucumber, you can micro-wave them (Mid~High 5 min’) then put them into a jar (kept in a fridge, I found no problem for 2 weeks) = ready to eat any time — also good on a bread.   いただきます。 Bon appetite !   🙂

PS :  What I found in this extremely minimalist cooking was that because there wasn’t any complication of taste, we can taste the taste of the rice itself. —– strangely, we can’t just taste the rice, because the mouth just fed-up.   😀

Ultra sonic / Silent wave Motor

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(On the photo, round comb like structure is the motor (OD = 12 mm) = its teeth of a comb or the legs of a milliped moves like milliped legs and make the silver-colored disc to move / rotate = that’s how this motor works ! —– though, in real life, you can’t see its teeth or legs move = the each movement is too small to see = so, quietly just the disc moves —– looks spooky !)

 Ultra sonic or Silent wave, what so ever called, the ceramic motor using vibration of its material is rather new kind of the device though, the vibration of the ceramic material itself has been known long time. = the most common use around our life is THAT sounding disc in the security device or even a small round disc in a Singing Christmas card. 

Still, to use its vibration to a motor was happened as an accidental discovery = a ceramic unit on a desk moved while under a test.  So, the engineer got an idea, why not to make a motor and if the sound is too noisy, why not make it to an inaudible high frequency (to an ultrasonic) = So, Ultrasonic motor was developed.  With the manufacturer’s sales tactics, you might be made to believe that the Ultrasonic Motor is an exclusive expensive device. —– you are wrong. 

The top photo is showing a sample, a Silent wave Motor from Nikon’s 18~200 mm Zoom lens.   You may find the similar motor from China in the net, less than few pound. ( Though, if you got a skill to use it include the design and make of the whole gear train, I’ll admire you ! = Utilise whole mechanism as a drive unit, would be far easier, and an electronic controller is on the net as well  )   Yet still to the Nikon, to design the AF drive mechanism, using a traditional DC-motor or use a Silent wave Motor (USM) was not a hard choice = in the cost term, it would be more or less the same. ( DC-motor needs more gears and may have noise problem — mechanically USM needs less gear (= cheaper and easier to assemble) but electronically more complicated work in the program.  (Basically, USM needs the pulse train to drive = two different pulses, one is a bit ahead of the others and which one goes ahead determine the direction of the rotation = in photo term, move focus to far or closer.) ( On the top photo, you may see a flex circuit come out from the USM which got four gold contacts = two each of pulse input ) 

Since the camera’s video function becoming more important, the quietness of the camera (especially its AF motor) became heavy issue, —– So, Canon introduced STM ( = quieter Stepper motor) —– in the traditional sense, stepper motor was driven by the electric pulse, which sharp on-off square wave pulse couldn’t be smooth and quieter, yet Canon seemed to be adapted the use of PMW drive (the voltage of the each pulse gradually rise) instead of the simple square wave ! —– Though, my Canon 40 mm F2.8 Pancake lens got such STM motor — It’s far from quiet. —– in comparison, the SONY lenses (which I have no information of what kind of motor) = are amazingly quiet. ( = what kind of motor inside ? )   So far, there was no broken SONY lens in a junk-box of a camera shop = I haven’t cut-open them yet.   😀

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Sound of the Earth

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In the past year or so, the BBC Radio-3 is sounding the birds song in the morning.  Birds song from the countryside and from all over the world.  

Being ex-climber myself, those kinds of sounds are rather familiar.  Not mention in the mountain, when I was traveling on the Eurail-Pass, I often used long distance overnight train.  Train will reach the destination early morning (5:00 ~6:00 kind), before the town get up.  I waited the shops to open, sitting in a park where the air was filled with the birds song. (in fact, mostly the Black Bird) 

So, that was my start of the day.  (What’s my day then was = first, buy a bread and the fruits drink etc, then go to the tourist’s information to get the map of the town — and start the tour of the town visiting / listen the church pipe organ, and so on.  Often go up the back hill of the town to have an over all view of the place. ( = We can have a great view from the hills of the Rhine River.)

—– Anyway, and what so ever the life you have.  Just enjoy those sounds.  (Listen the Radio is straight forward but if you are in the office etc, the other choice is on the Net — “sound of the earth, BBC, radio-3” though, you may asked to register / DL the Flash player etc a bit cumbersome.) 

Have a good morning listen. 

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