Fun Stuff: April 2005 Archives


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I saw this on G'Day Mate the other week and have been meaning to steal it and post it...

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is “UP.”

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special. And this UP is confusing:

A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets UP the earth.

When it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so………….

Time to shut UP…..!

Oh… one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night? U P

Google Maps

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I have spent entirely too much time using Google Maps today. I've been ranging all over the country (er, USA that is, Australia isn't very well covered) looking for recognisable landmarks. The resolution in some of the images is fantastic - you can see individual cars. The city resolution is often better than the country, but I identified rocks and the tunnels in Colorado National Monument, bridges in Oregon, the Boeing factory in Everett, buildings in Vancouver and Seattle, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz in San Francisco, several airports, the Hollywood sign in LA, Old Faithful and the Midway Geyser basin in Yellowstone, Devil's Tower and the surrounding prairie dog mounds in Wyoming, Mt Rushmore under a light layer of clouds, and get this, a *toilet* that I remember going to in Badlands National Park, South Dakota!! I could relive my entire trip from last year from space!

In two and a half weeks it'll have been a year since I left. And I *still* don't have my pictures online :( It's so close to being done though, I should just *do it*.

Devil's Tower from space

Moon Take 3

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I'd left Starry Night running, and noticed that the eclipse would be visible here too! So took another bunch of photos. It wasn't a complete eclipse, and if you didn't know it, you probably wouldn't have realised it was happening. All that was visible was a slight shadowing on the lower right side of the moon. It's more obvious in the photos when comparing "before", "during", and "sorta after". Again, all 1/400th, f/2.8, 64 ISO, 200mm zoom.

Eclipse beforeEclipse duringEclipse nearing the end

Moon take 2

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Full Moon

With the moon being almost full (and if you're in America, you can see a partial lunar eclipse tomorrow morning), I thought I'd have another go at some moon shots, this time at 8 megapix instead of 5 which is my default.

I didn't bother taking my tripod down, it's a piece of crap anyway (someone wanna get me a decent one for my birthday?), and with high shutter speeds it wasn't even necessary.

This one is 1/400th, f/2.8, 64 ISO, same as yesterday actually, just at 8 megapix, full zoom (200mm equivalent), and a fuller moon.

Oh as I was going to bed this morning I noticed the light was out in the neighbour's flat next door. Which could mean one of several things..
1) The dude is back home and using the flat as per normal
2) The light bulb finally burnt out
3) The police came by, and whatever the outcome, the light was turned off. I'm guessing that since there isn't any sign of an industrial cleanup, there wasn't anyone in there. Will call them next week and see if they found out anything.


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When I got home from the video night at Campbell's tonight, I noticed that the moon was very full and that it was right next to Jupiter. I thought that'd make a great photo. Except the tripod was upstairs and I knew once I got upstairs I wouldn't be bothered coming back down. So I whipped out the camera and took a couple of hand-held shots. Funnily enough the first one I took turned out the best.

It was taken at 1/400th second, f/2.8 (or f/2.04, I'm not sure from the exif info), 43.3mm (multiplied by whatever the multiplier is for my camera, nearing 180mm I'd guess?). I took a few others but either the camera moved too much, or was too over exposed, or just not focussed (when I tried it on manual focus at ∞ )

The first image below is what Starry Night says should be visible, then there's my photo.

Starry Night Sony F828

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