On this day four years ago Penny and I visited the National Rhododendron gardens at Olinda in the Dandenong ranges east of Melbourne. These two where so distracted by their devices that they failed to notice the magnificence around them
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Recently I have been reading the Foundation series of books by Isaac Asimov and also watching the same story on Apple+. Coincidentally the show on TV is only loosely based on the original story. I have also been watching a Netflix series called "The billion dollar code". This story is about a group of German hackers (Art+Com) that created a program called "TerraVision" in 1994. It is essentially Google Earth but not on any computer. The story is about how they sue Google over who invented Google Earth.
After rereading the Foundation series, I believe that neither Art+Com or Google invented the idea of Google Earth. It seems that in the book "Second Foundation" (on Page 32 of my digital copy) is a description of a device called "The lens".
Excerpt from Book "Second Foundation" by Isaac Asimov
The Lens was perhaps the newest feature of the interstellar cruisers of the day. Actually, it was a complicated calculating machine which could throw on a screen a reproduction of the night sky as seen from any given point of the Galaxy.
Channis adjusted the co-ordinate points and the wall lights of the pilot room were extinguished. In the dim red light at the control board of the Lens, Channis’ face glowed ruddily. Pritcher sat in the pilot seat, long legs crossed, face lost in the gloom.
Slowly, as the induction period passed, the points of light brightened on the screen. And then they were thick and bright with the generously populated star-groupings of the Galaxy’s centre.
The description of the lens is almost word for word the same as how TerraVision is described in the Netflix series. The main difference is the scope. In the case of the "Second Foundation" the scope is an entire Galaxy and TerraVision/Google Earth restrict themselves to the planet earth.
Either way the idea for what we now know as Google Earth can trace a genesis back to Isaac Asimov and potentially any patents may actually belong to him and his descendants?
Isaac Asimov was the person that ignited my love of hard science fiction. His books still to this day stand up to technical scrutiny.
Image #feetupfriday waiting for the show to begin :)
Monday, October 18, 2021
During lockdown here in Melbourne taking photos has been difficult. I like to get out and about and take photos in the city or the country. Most of the time I have been restricted to just a 5k radius of my home. As I couldn’t travel I found myself photographing a specific tree from the balcony here. Apparently Google Photos doesn’t provide a preview so you will need to click through to see the album of images all different days focal lengths, leaves/no leaves, landscape and closeup. Enjoy
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
It seems that the old Nigerian scam is still alive and well. It is a number of years since I received a similar message to the one pictured. Send $135 USD plus full name, address, phone number and profession. The scam will not end with you losing $135 USD. You have been warned
Monday, October 11, 2021
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Last year I posted under the word freedom Here is the original post. The events in the city of Melbourne over the last couple of days included men carrying "The Eureka flag". Pictured is the original hand drawn design for the Eureka flag. The ultimate symbol of democracy here in Australia. What happened in Melbourne is not democratic. They do not carry it in my name.
Monday, September 20, 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
The view across the water from Frankston looking towards the Melbourne CBD and the Macedon ranges on the horizon. Taken on this day in 2015. Hopefully I will be able to take images like this in the near future :)
Sunday, September 12, 2021
On this day in 2012 Penny and I visited Wave rock in Hyden West Australia. It is completely made of granite and the distinctive shape is due to water erosion millions of years ago. It is in what could be described as a barren area of Australia.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Monday, August 23, 2021
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Friday, August 20, 2021
Here I am in Melbourne where COVID case numbers are rising every day and all I can think of is here we go again. Penny and I are quite comfortable, but after 200+ days of lockdown, it would be nice to be out the other side. Right now there doesn't even appear to be light at the end of the tunnel.
However when I look at our neighbours in Sydney I will happily do whatever is required to get this current outbreak behind us. If it means we maintain our daily routine of keeping busy doing not much at all then so be it. I am glad they have closed playgrounds this week.
Last week when I was out for exercise it was horrifying to see the sheer number of parents with kids congregating around the play equipment. At one park I saw around 100 people having picnics, drinking, eating all without masks and not really social distancing. You could almost believe that we didn't have a global pandemic. It was horrendous.
I am all for people having freedom to do what they want. In this case the greater good says to stay home. I do not want to live in a place where, neighbours, friends and family members are in a position where their health and wellbeing are compromised, simply because a small minority of selfish people think that they are more important than anyone else.
The rules we have are quite onerous but to make things really simple. If you do not need to go out don't. Stay home if we all do this the chances of this current lockdown ending sooner rather than later are greatly enhanced.
If you have to go out, do not go out as a household group, wear a mask and check in as appropriate. If you aren't vaccinated, do not waste time. Go and get vaccinated. The chances of dying from COVID, are significantly higher than any potential for side effects from the vaccine. I have had my first Astrazenica shot with the second booked in for next week. I personally had no side effects. YMMV.
Never forget that COVID will kill around 1% of those that get it but the bigger problem is the long term effects on those that do not die. Long COVID is a thing and by all reports you do not want it.
Stay safe everyone... See you on the other side
Today is WORLD Photography Day 2021, @heikomahr asked us to show our best photos from this year.
This is Penny's choice as favourite out of the images that I have taken this year. It has not been posted up till today. The scene is of a country road near Rochester in Victoria
Today is WORLD Photography Day 2021, @heikomahr asked us to show our best photos from this year.
Rather than the best photo I am going with the most fun photo shoot. As part of a scavenger hunt earlier this year, we were given the word ink. I went with ink art. Using ink, oil and water. This gave me other worldly images like the one presented here.
Friday, August 13, 2021
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Taken on this day in 2017. This was on the set of the movie 'A Beautiful Request' by Alex Broun directed by Robert Chuter. I note that it is still unreleased. Here is a link to the movie on IMDB... I get a 'still photography' credit :)
Pictured are Phoebe Jakober (Salome) and Guillym Davenport (William) deep in conversation on the St Kilda foreshore. Not long after this a storm swept in across the bay and filming was shutdown for the day.
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
On this day in 2018, I took this shot as I left Parliament station in Melbourne. It was part of my cinematic series. The cinematic series was where I attempted to create an image that looked like it was a frame from a movie. Image ratio is 1 x 2.35 with cinematic toning applied.
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Saturday, June 12, 2021
I recently had to work on a VMWare guest and no matter what I did I could not get the mouse to work. It turns out that the VMWare Remote Console is not Windows 10 scaling aware. The fix is to set the Windows 10 scaling to 100% (The default is 125%). Once you do this the issue completely disappears. I guess that is what happens when you don't upgrade your infrastructure. It works perfectly fine on ESXi 7
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Last week Penny and I attended our first wedding post pandemic (without restrictions) and we stayed at the magnificent Chateau Yering country house hotel here in Victoria's Yarra valley. Of course I see a major fluffy moment as soon as I walked in the room. Sitting on the bed was this... They call them privacy cats. If you want to be left alone you simply place the cat at your door. I think this was Decastella, named after the room.
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
Back in 2013 Penny and I went to watch the Seekers for their 50th anniversary concert. This was the concert that Judith Durham had a medical incident after it finished. It looked like it may have been their last concert at the time. As you can see from this image we were second row in the middle.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
This is the waterwall at the National Gallery of Victoria. It is a favourite haunt for local photographers here in Melbourne. When it was opened in the early 70's the glass used was the longest continuous piece of glass anywhere. The blur is from the flow of water over the glass
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Saturday, May 8, 2021
The idea for this image came from Penny. This is the breadcrumb trail through the forest from Hansel and Gretel. The ant in the left hand corner was a happy accident and actually fits another theme still to be revealed. Image was taken early one morning at sunrise in the Dandenong ranges national park. All other entries can be found here https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-31/round31-reveals/round-31-reveals-fairytale
Friday, May 7, 2021
It is again time for reveals in the latest scavenger hunt. The word for today is 'ink'. Here is my interpretation of the word. this image was created using oil, water and coloured inks. Lighting was from beneath the image using a Lume cube and a diffuser. Other images can be found here https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-31/round-31-reveals-ink/