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Devastation in Japan

Like most of the world, I spent a lot of time on the weekend just shocked at the amount of damage done and the number of lives lost in Japan.    My thoughts and prayers are with all affected.

I seriously can’t fathom how they will rebuild the many towns lost.   It just seems like too large a challenge.   Surely there must be a number of small communities or small towns that no-one has accounted for yet?  *sigh* 

And then my heart sank even further when I heard that after the earthquake, then the tsunami, that there are problems with their nuclear reactors too!  What else can go wrong at once!   Why did they build nuclear reactors on land where there would be a high percentage of earthquakes?

And why is 2011 starting so badly?  The cyclones in Australia, bushfires in Perth, flooding and cyclones in Queensland, earthquake in Christchurch and now this.  

And to add to the bad timing or coincidence – last night, Wifey and I just watched the West Wing Season 7 episode last night where the San Andreo nuclear plant nearly had a meltdown.

Today I stumbled across this blog post by Dr J Oehman, a research scientist at MIT, describing the nuclear reactor situation in the most clear way I have read yet.    It’s definitely worth a read.

Donations can be made here:

Save The Children: http://www.savethechildren.org.au/what-we-do/emergencies/japan-earthquake

Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org.au/Donations/onlineDonations.asp

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Tim Minchin vs WASO at Kings Park

Ahhh..  this is one of the great things about Perth life.

A beautiful Summer (no wait, warm Autumn) evening, picnic, great food and drink, great company (my Wifey!) and watching a concert in the outdoors!  

Last weekend, Perth people had the pick of either Michael Buble at the Sandalford or Tim Minchin with WASO in Kings Park.  We opted for the Tim Minchin and weren’t disappointed! 

The lyrics were sometimes bitter and offensive but overall great story telling and social commentary on what our lives and culture has become.  Some of his songs are really clever and combined with his piano playing remind me of Ben Folds (ahh..  someone else I need to see live).  As the sole main man on stage all night, Tim definitely held his own with a confident stage presence. 

And it was awesome to see Shaun Tan’s “The Lost Thing” being shown on the screen during interval.  At first I didn’t know why, but Wifey informs me it’s because Tim did the narration for it – unfortunately, something that couldn’t be heard at interval – will definitely have to seek this out later.

But the whole concert going experience just reminded me of what a nanny state WA, or Australia has become.

Check out this sign on the way in – warning you of foul language ahead!!!  I wonder if any of those older richer VIPs or people who were there as WASO only fans got offended at all 🙂  I didn’t see anyone walk out though, which is a good sign!

And this sign made me LOL – do we really need to be told how to arrange our picnic rug?


More here:  http://www.timminchin.com/

D800 Rumour Roundup

OK.  I’ve got my mind set on full frame.   After a really long think over the last few weeks, I’ve chosen the D700. 

But then I had a look at the product timeline and saw how “old” the D700 is, saw that the actual price of D700’s have dropped in Australia and realised the D700 is due for an update.

But when?  How much?

It’s ALL rumours at the moment, but it’s entertaining googling this topic and seeing all the predictions (and how wrong many of them have been!).

Here’s a smattering for your enjoyment!

PhotoRadar – predicting a February or March 2011 release – http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/nikon-d800-release-date-news-specs#ad-image0

NikonRumors – predicting a March or April 2011 release – http://nikonrumors.com/2011/01/20/what-others-are-saying-nikon-d800-and-pro-mirrorless-in-marchapril-of-2011.aspx

DigitalRev – predicting 16 megapixels, HD video, early 2011 release – http://www.digitalrev.com/en/nikon-d800—the-best-goes-to-those-who-wait-6474-article.html

Nikon-D800.net – predicting 20MP, HD video, August/September 2011 release – http://www.nikon-d800.net/2011/02/nikon-taking-pre-orders-for-nikon-d800.html

Nikon-D800.net – a commentor says second week of August 2011 release – http://www.nikon-d800.net/2011/01/update-so-when-will-book-on-nikon-d800.html

Ken Rockwell – predicted 24MP, release in summer 2009, ship end of 2009 – http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d800.htm

Thom Hogan – predicting 18-24MP, HD video, announced end March 2011 – http://www.bythom.com/2011predictions.htm

TruPhotos – predicting a March 2011 release – http://www.truphotos.com/2010/12/30/d700-replacement-d800-in-3-months-time/

Rumours on DPReview.com – someone predicting 16-18MP, a March or April 2011 release, at $2,000 – http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=37438737

And there were a whole lot of rumours about a D700x or D700s in the past few years that were obviously not right.  (For example, Ken Rockwell predicted a Feb 2010 announcement of the D700x here:  http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d700x.htm and see another prediction for Fall 2009 here – http://nikonrumors.com/2009/06/26/nikon-d700x.aspx)

But then I thought. 

Do I need a Nikon D800?  I mean, I’m upgrading from a Nikon D80 with only 10.2MP.  The D700 will have 12MP and fantastic high ISO performance.  More megapixels will likely mean worse low light performance since each pixel site is smaller.

Do I need 16 or 24MP?   I’ve rarely blown up an image past 20×24 and that already looked superb at 10.2MP.

Do I need video?  I’ve already got a Sony High Definition handycam that works for me and my interest is currently in photography, not videography.