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Digitalism

Digitalism

So, Santa — in the form of the girlfriend — was good to me this year, and gifted me a shiny new Kindle 3. Yeah, I threw ‘gifted’ in there because, well, you don’t really see it used as a verb very often.

Anyway: it’s a good present for me. Reading and gadgetry in one slim package? Yep, don’t mind if I do.

Aside from my personal tastes — she reckons I have a fetish for electronics; sometimes I’m not sure I disagree — this also promises to come in useful for college work. The Thesis is starting to loom ever closer and I’ve a nasty feeling that I’ll be doing a lot of reading in the months to come. Being able to throw a load of PDF journal articles onto this device and thus read them without either A) blinding myself through staring at a screen, or B) bankrupting myself through the printing of small rainforests-worth of paper can only be a Good Thing.

As a gadget, it’s very satisfying on a purely aesthetic level. It’s slimmer than my phone, the size of a paperback, and fits quite nicely into the hand. The interface is pretty straightforward (at the end of the day, you’re mostly going to be opening books and pressing Forward or Backward), though it’s hard in this day and age not to paw clumsily at the screen and wonder why it doesn’t respond.

A Clue: not everything is touchscreen in this world.

In terms of its functionality (and how I despise that word): it’s seemingly quite good indeed. The screen refreshes quickly, you can customise the font size, line spacing, and portrait/landscape display.

While a big problem the last time I looked at e-readers was the format war between ePub, Mobi, Amazon, and whatever else is out there, it’s all been made irrelevant by a lovely wee open-source programme called Calibre. Calibre sorts all that mess out for you by quietly converting any format into any other format. This is a big relief, as you don’t have to worry about whether your favourite author is in the Waterstones or Amazon camp.

To start with, however, I’m going to work my way through the classics available for free from the likes of Project Gutenberg: copyright-free works that ought to keep me going for 2011 at least.

And of course, this being the Internet: number one most-downloaded book on Project Gutenberg? This one.

Ah, Internet.

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Goldbär

Goldbear

Wow, I’ve been busy as hell lately, and haven’t had the time nor the inclination to go taking photographs. Actually, that’s not true — the days are getting brighter, and I’m delighted to be able to go out and take some shots in the evening. However, work has kept me so exhausted that I just haven’t bothered. This has got to change.

It’s not been a total loss, though. A couple of weeks ago, myself and my friend Kev travelled to Bonn to visit our friend Toby. Toby’s a mate from years ago, when we were all foreign exchange students studying in Scotland. We got along great, and spent most of our three months over there drinking cheap, awful beer (8 cans of Carlsberg for £5 in the off license! Bottles of XXXX for £1 in the club!) and lusting after Scottish indie girls with their amazing accents.

Since leaving Scotland, I’d only seen Toby once — he visited Ireland while I was on J1 in Chicago, when I didn’t get a chance to see him, and he visited again last summer, when I did. That made two visits from him, while we’d never returned the favour. We considered the situation, and deemed it time to go to Germany.

The fact that Bonn is only half an hour or so away from Köln, and that it was Karneval, was a mere detail…

After a day in which we spent 14 hours drinking across various bars, restaurants, two apartments, and a street, we recovered by visiting the Haribo flagship store in Bonn. The thing is the size of Lidl, and full to the brim with sweets. I was actually paralysed by choice, and couldn’t decide what to get for a good half hour.

They have gummi Arnold Schwarzeneggers.

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Self-portrait

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Christ, I did not realise it’d been an entire month (give or take) since I last posted. The mortification…

Anyway, going through a bit of a drought lately. There’s been no sunshine worth taking the camera out in, and even if there had I’ve no idea what to go and shoot. Not good excuses, but there you go.

In the lack of anything else to point the camera at, I had a go at playing with shallow DOF and shooting a self-portrait. The photo isn’t very interesting but I played around with the post-processing to see what I could do.

More to follow, in less than a month (hopefully).

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Hiding

Katie hiding behind Benny

I was down home in Waterford at the weekend for the Spraoi Festival, with grand intentions of getting some good photos. Unfortunately, that plan didn’t really work out — with the crowds of kids and families at most of the acts, I felt pretty bad about pushing to the front to take clear pictures. Never mind, I thought, I’ll just get cans. Everybody was happy.

My brother and his girlfriend were just home from 2 weeks in Majorca, and were delighted to be able to palm my wench of a godchild off on Granny and Granddad for a night or two. While she was playing, I tried to get a few candid shots of her, but as soon as the camera came out it was like a little model was in the room, posing away. I didn’t manage to get any half-decent shots that didn’t contain a fake-as-shite grin, but — as she was only too happy to act up for the camera — I did manage to get this shot of her hiding behind her teddy bear, Benny.

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Ganesh and Ipod



Ganesh and Ipod, originally uploaded by Landigan.

So right, how to explain this one? The photography group in work has a challenge on photographs of reflections this month, and I was looking around the apartment today for something that would reflect. One of the objects I ended up using was my iPod Touch.

This particular photo doesn’t have the reflection in it (in fact, the iPod in general didn’t reflect very well) but I liked it enough to give it a quick processing and upload it.

Voila, Lord Ganesha, Lord of Beginnings and patron saint of arts and sciences, in a black and white photograph (art!) sitting on one of the most modern forms of consumer electronics (science!).

This is actually a very meaningful and deep photo, you see?

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Marriage at Cana



Marriage at Cana , originally uploaded by Landigan.

Taken on a Canon G9 .

I took this a few months back as a challenge for the photography group in work. The theme was ‘water’, and I decided to play around with dropping food colouring into a glass of water and shooting the mix.

It turned into a bit of a headache, but I got some nice results out of it eventually. Over the weekend, I finally got around to tidying up a few small problems in photoshop, and am happy enough with the final result.

For the title, if you’re not aware: the Wedding at Cana.

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Old Homes



Old Homes, originally uploaded by Landigan.

So, I haven’t posted in ages. Bit of bad form there… I have excuses, but they’re not particularly good so I won’t make them.

What’s happened since my last post?

The Volvo Ocean Races have left Galway and all’s back to normal, the summer has come (and, most likely, gone), and I’ve moved into a new apartment (currently without internet access… okay, there’s my excuse).

I’ve still been taking photos, not as many as I’d like, but a few. I guess I have to stick to my plan of posting them, even if I’m not particularly happy with them. Expect more posts, more regularly, from now on.

This photo was taken in the burnt-out garage of an abandoned house in Galway city. It’s nothing spectacular, but it does represent my first experiments with the dodge/burn tools in Photoshop. I’ve a lot to learn, but I can see how useful they could be.

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