Archive for November, 2011

The mind is a miraculous thing indeed

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 | Misc, Tech-savvy | No Comments

Sometimes you wake up from a dream and wonder where the mind is getting all these crazy ideas from. A few days ago I experienced something even more freaky – subconscious ideas surfacing! What? Well, just imagine telling yourself a joke and still laughing at the punch line. Doesn’t make sense, because if you tell the joke you should know the outcome, right? Okay, here is the story:

A colleague of mine brought some Google Android give-away stickers from W-JAX. I took the black one with the woman, man, and Android:

As if dreaming about that sticker is not freaky enough I dreamt that I wanted to present this sticker as a present to a friend of mine, let’s call him Moe:

“Here Moe, I got a sticker for you”
“Oh, that’s nice, but unfortunately the LEDs on my keyboard don’t work”

And I was like “What?” and then I realized, that if applied to a keyboard the LEDs of Num, Caps and Scroll lock are supposed to illuminate the eyes of these little buggers. What a neat idea. Only problem: these stickers are not supposed to work as keyboard LED attire in the real world. My mind made it up without telling my consciousness. This still sounds paradox to me. Anybody reading this experienced in fixing minds?! 😉

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Dark Souls: strange ingame x-rays located

Saturday, November 5th, 2011 | Games, Tech-savvy | No Comments

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Würzburg at night: 911 long shutter shots

Saturday, November 5th, 2011 | Activities, Photography, Tech-savvy | No Comments

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Photography, new tricks up my sleeve: filters

Friday, November 4th, 2011 | Activities, Photography, Tech-savvy | 5 Comments

Recently I tried to take pictures of objects in bright sunlight with a long shutter. Even with the aperture closed as far as it went and an exposure compensation of -5 (whatever that is, it’s the max 🙂 ) I only managed to shoot for half a second without over-exposing. I went to one of Würzburg’s local photo retailers but they did not sell what I needed, namely a pretty dark gray filter (or technically correct, neutral density filter). Instead I got introduced to polarizers – as it also has a slight gray filter (ND2) I gave it a go. Lucky me. Less reflections, crisp colours and the sky becomes blue again. After playing around with this entry level filter I bought a better one and a gray filter (ND8) on Amazon the other day. (No, not B+W, Hoya. I guess that’s somewhere in the mid-range regarding quality.)

Anyway, today I went to test drive the filters. The polarizer really kicks ass – if you shoot in a narrow angle. A sky shot using a wide angle approx 90° to the sun reveals that the filter only works in certain areas, naturally 😉 Still, the results are pretty darn kewl. Here are a few examples of what I shot today. The first picture got auto-leveled with Gimp – I thought it looked quite nice, so I kept it that way. The rest comes directly out of the camera. Sometimes these images almost have a HDR touch. See for yourself:

Ah, btw, the gray filter works as well, I just did not find a proper object yet. The Wupper is just running too slow :mrgreen: – only for the record: I can now shoot up to 4 seconds in bright daylight w/o over-exposure. Just what I needed.

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