Just passing time

I almost have the writing bug again. Almost, but not right now. I do have two ideas that are rattling around my brain, but they need to jell a bit more. Interesting side story . . . both ideas came to me while I was half asleep (drifting, as I call it) pretty much in the middle of the night and after my deep sleep. I usually lose those . . . but, Note 8 to the rescue. If you pull the stylus, you can just start writing on the screen. Conveniently, it’s black, so it doesn’t blind your darkness-adjusted eyes. Anyway, I jotted down my ideas and I had them for when I was fully awake. Soon, you’ll be able to read the result . . . I hope. 

By the way, that’s what three eggs, some milk, Half & Half, and a pinch of salt looks like before it’s whisked into French Toast batter. 

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Not the One Ring

I felt like posting some quick stuff so I took some of the Note 8 flower photos from a few post ago and played with them using a mix of the tools I have at my disposal. 

The full-size photos can be seen in THIS SmugMug Gallery, but since they are overly modified, the pixel-level view may be of limited use. Readers can also click on a photo to have a larger version open in a new tab or window.

I also decided to share some of the movies Google Photos assembles all on its own from photos from a given day. It’s not like it does it every day, so I don’t know how they decide to do it at all. They are occasionally not bad as far as these things go. For instance, here’s one:

Those are from the same day that I took the photos I’m using in this post and it also used snippets of the videos I took that day. It also used a couple of photos I deleted. You see, my photos automatically upload to the cloud, and not just in one place, but two. 

There are two more videos but they are too short to load on YouTube, so I’ll load them directly here.

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Movie Review: Thor: Ragnarok – never again

 ===>>> SPOILERS AHEAD <<<===

As much as I often sound like a snobbish movie reviewer, I yearn — yearn, I tell you — for good entertainment. Every year, the film industry takes a wack at making me happy . . . and fails miserably. Well, OK, Wonder Woman was entertaining and less objectionable than most movies.

“What credentials do you have to review movies?”

A fair question . . . well, Bob — if that is indeed your name — all you have to do is click on any of the links at the bottom of this post and you can read my previously witty and insightful reviews of popular and not-so-popular movies — likely, wittier and more insightful than this review as I’m older and hence less driven to perfection.

You should at least read the Thor and Thor: The Dark World reviews before reading this review.

As a rule, sequels are a bit like the chili joke. What do you mean, “What chili joke?” Look, I don’t have time right now. Got me a review to write, but I’ll add the joke after all the links, OK? OK. 

Anyway, Thor: Ragnarok . . . I’ll save you the suspense; we both hated it. I mean, there was one, and only one, bright moment — we find out that Thor and Jane Foster have split up. I actually got up and did a little dance of joy. It’s OK, we were in the last row. 

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Nikon P900 vs. Samsung Note 8 – slow motion shootout

So, here’s the thing . . . I knew the P900 had slow motion. I mean, I’d read it had slow motion capabilities. But, I’m old. I’m old, and I have a lot on my mind. Stuff like where’s the next malasada coming from, why does the hair in my ears grow so fast, and what’s up with my eyebrows? It’s like they’re on some sort of acid trip. Honest, it’s all I can do to keep them from looking like mini-antlers above my eyes. 

The point is, it slipped my mind, see? And, I can tell you why. 

640 x 480 (120p mode)

For them who don’t know what that means, 60p is regular motion; real world; what we experience when we look around and say “What was that? Did you see that?” 

120p shoots twice as fast so that when you play it back it’s at half speed. Now, that sounds pretty good, right? Except for the 640 x 480 part. Those numbers are the width and height of the frame in pixels, and for them who were born after 1980, that’s what’s known as VGA

VGA is fine when viewed as no larger than the above. So, if you click on the YouTube logo, the video opens up in another tab and will play with a couple of large black bars on either side of the picture. Try to view it as a full screen, and it will look like crap.

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Nikon P900 vs. Samsung Note 8 – the flowers edition

I know, I know . . . everyone is tired of these kinds of posts. Sure, there’s my witty writing, and sure, there are amazing photos, but, honestly, can’t we just forego all of this and get on with life?

No; no, we can’t.

All these photos were snapped at the Old Kona Airport Park showcased in many previous posts. I would link them — the posts — but it’s just as easy to use the search box on the sidebar and find them all. 

I debated how to do this and what I decided is to show the P900 photos first, and then show the Note 8 photos. The gallery at the bottom will have the photos in a random order, and the SmugMug Gallery HERE will have them in order that they were shot. 

All of the photos here are a maximum of 1280 pixels at their longest side. If you want to see the original size, you need to go to SmugMug. The P900 outputs 16 MP photos while the Note 8 sports a 12MP camera (actually, twin 12 MP cameras). 

All of the P900 photos have a border similar to the first photo above. All of the Note 8 photos are as they came out of the phone and have no border, like the second photo. That, by the way, are the two plants I used to water every day. They are doing fine without me. For new readers, read about them HERE

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Rendering of a dog

So, the Note 8 — like previous Notes before it — comes with a stylus. I like to doodle, so that’s a big plus for me.

I have a couple of drawing apps that I purchased years ago and I found a couple of more powerful apps that should let me get into drawing stuff. 

I like the idea of having a variety of tools and colors available without actually having the tools and colors physically available. It’a lot less messy that way. 

I watched a couple of videos of artists using the Note 8 to draw famous people. One video was labeled “speed drawing” and it was about twelve minutes long. The guy drew the dragon queen (the queen who has dragons) from Game of Thrones. I don’t remember the actress’s name and I’m too lazy to look it up. 

Anyway, at the end, he holds up the drawing and says “In a little over three hours, I was able to draw this.”

Three hours!? I want to sketch stuff faster than it takes me to do a blog post or write a short story!

But, I get it. Like everything else, it takes learning and practice. Last year we bought a drawing class (it was on sale) that we wanted to take online. I think I might do that soon just so I can start practicing. 

Neat dog, no?


No, I didn’t draw that. Whatever gave you that idea? 

Nope. That the mark that a ripe Papaya left at the bottom of a bowl we were using to hold the fruits as they ripened. Here, see?

Anyway, I figure that if a Papaya can do that kind of work by just lying around and rotting, why, I should be able to do amazing stuff! I mean, I’m not rotting yet, but I’m getting there. 

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Anchorage to Whittier – Alaska Cruise 2017

It’s been a while since I got back from the September Alaska cruise — 4,441,924 seconds, give or take the few it takes WordPress to put this up once I hit “publish” — and it’s time I continue with the documentation of the experience. The cruise leg of our trip began with our travel from the Anchorage Airport to the town of Whittier. I covered a bit of that in THIS post, but that was using the photos from the phone (the now-deceased Samsung Note II). This post has a mix of a few phone photos and photos from the P900 and the Nikon D7000.  

There is a gallery at the end of the post and a SmugMug gallery HERE. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. You can click on these photos to see a larger version but less than full-size. 

We begin with the dogs at the airport. I had a fuzzy photo in previous posts, but here are a couple taken with the D7000.

Beautiful dogs but — according to the owner — prone to biting. I did not test the claim. 

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