SFF Music Video of the Week #1

I've been collecting SFF themed music videos for a while. Some heavily so, some only slightly. And a few that are, well, special. Now, I'm going to share them, sometimes with some commentary, often not.
First off the rank is the Sliding Doors inspired 'Have We Met Before', by the now disbanded group 'Chairlift'.

25th Anniversary Photography Scavenger Hunt - My entries

Here's my thirteen entries in this round of the hunt. The list of twenty-six words is the same list as the first hunt's list. The difference was this time we had about two and a half months - the last time it was less than a month!

You can view the album here: My Entries and there's a preview below.

Thanks go to my friend E for the loan of the BBC Acorn Electron, and to Leece for modelling for me in several shots, not to mention putting up with me suddenly vanishing to take photos or saying things like "Can you stab the table with this knife?"!

Acorn Yellow Green  Chocolate  Button  Remote  Pencil  Tire  Hamburger  Moon  Knife  Earring  Ice

25th Anniversary Photography Scavenger Hunt - Final Reveals

Final batch of reveals! Results will be next!Donuts!! *Remote! *And last of all - Yellow! *As before, I have an iron in the fire for the ones with an asterisk.What will happen now? Historically there have been a chance for The People (that's everyone, not just the participants) to vote on a Peoples' Choice, and then an announcement of the judging. I'm not sure how it is going to work this time. Stay tuned!

25th Photography Scavenger Hunt Reveals - Green, Quarter, Knife, and Button

OK, the next batch of amazing images has been announced!

I am rather envious of some of these...  *

And I do look forward to having a fraction of the skills shown here

Some real cutting edge work *

And then there are so many buttons! *

As before, ones I have a shot in are marked with a "*".

25th Photography Scavenger Hunt Reveals - A catch-up!

I've been remiss in posting reveals for several days now, so here's a catch up post...

Starting with

Underwear -

Followed by

Newspaper -


Tire - *


Leaf -

Next up is

Olive -

That lead to

Vase -

Which somehow brings us to

Earring  - *

And as we're burning though them

Fire -

On to the sky and

Moon - *

Back down to earth for some

Chocolate - *

And for the sweet tooth, follow…

Improved mottos

After playing with for a while, I have concluded that *any* motto is automatically made better(1) by adding "and wind" to it.
(1)For humourous values of 'better'.

25th Photography Scavenger Hunt Reveals - Whistle, Sponge, and Hamburger

Reveals 4-6 are now up! We've got the words Whistle, Sponge, and Hamburger. I've got a shot in one of these :)
There continue to be stunning and inspiring works to be seen in all of these.

Eurovision or Anime? (Greece 2019)

Leece and I saw this in the semi-finals this morning. Live action Utena, anyone?

25th Photography Scavenger Hunt Reveals - Z and Xylophone

I have nothing in either of these - but I'm going to share all 26 over the next couple of weeks, as they get revealed. There are some awesome photographers taking part!

25th Photography Scavenger Hunt Reveals - Acorn

The first reveals for the 25th Photography Scavenger Hunt are up! Today we have 'Acorn'.

Australian Federal Election 2019 - The Biggest Question

I was looking at the ABC's summary of the various Senate parties ( ) and I was struck by how balanced the field is.
There are the big parties, the minor parties, and the micro parties.
There centrist, far left, far right, and plain fruitcake parties.
There is something for everyone.
With all this choice, every Australian voting will have one incredibly difficult decision to make (assuming they don't go for single above-the-line voting). One that is much more difficult than choosing who to vote for.
Who to put last?
If you are of a right wing bent, do you put the Greens below the Hemp Party? Or Labor? And what about the Pirates?
Those of a more leftwards leaning have work out if One Nation is worse or better than Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party, or if the Liberal Party is worse than both. Social progressive folks have it just as hard.  IMOP or Shooters and …

Hellboy 2019

We finally got around to seeing the 2019 Hellboy movie. The one without del Toro and Perlman. Instead we get Neil Marshall and David Harbour. As an added bonus, we also get Lovejoy - I mean Ian McShane - as Prof Broom, and Thomas Haden Church as Lobster Johnson.This is not like the earlier movies - it is much, *much* closer to Mike Mignola's graphic novels in feel, and this is reflected in the R-18 rating. Mike's novels have a very distinctive flow to them, and are meticulously researched. This movie reflects that research and the somewhat odd pacing, which some people may find a little off-putting. The research takes you across a dozen mythologies and legends, and binds  them together to make a magical tapestry of horror and wonder. The pacing leaves you breathless when you are expecting respite, and still gives you a few moments to catch your breath - but  by the time you've realised it, it is too late. Laws of physics are routinely ignored - and the  characters are awar…

Playing with a Theta and a cheap pano head

I have one of those cheap powered Pano heads. I also have a Ricoh Theta S (I have a V as well, but that's not what this is about).

The Theta S has a composite interval shooting mode, so I set it for 10 second exposures, for several minutes.

Then I mounted it on a tripod on top of the Pano head. The head I set for 15° an hour - which approximates the Earth's rotation, and pointed it roughly at the South Celestial Pole. I say roughly, because it is a tricky thing to do right, and this was really just a PoC.

The end result has a little streaking, but much less than I would otherwise expect, and much more detail than would otherwise be available.

Overall, I'd call it a successful experiment, and I look forward to trying again with better alignment.

The Show's Not Over Yet (on G+)