I was looking at the ABC's summary of the various Senate parties ( https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-10/federal-election-your-guide-to-the-wa-senate-ballot/11080108 ) 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 …
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…
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.
Google has partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to launch The Crown Jewels Caper, the first in a series of Carmen Sandiego games in Google Earth. It plays just like the old Carmen Sandiego PC games you remember: visit different landmarks, talk to the locals, and figure out Sandiego’s next destination from their clues.
Though the game is made for promoting the animated Netflix show, it’s still a great collaboration, combining the fun, adventurous aspect of Carmen Sandiego with the immense 3D map resources of Google Earth. The pixel art is charming, though it’s too bad the game is missing sound. I miss the “Fly by night” theme songs from the PC games that played when you’re traveling.
Part fever-dream, part vaudeville, part escape room, part mystery, and all Poe, this is never what you expect.
Presented by Fringeworld and Broad Productions, directed by Danielle Harvey, produced by Kirsten Siddle, and featuring a baker's dozen (including the building) of extraordinary performers, this is a one-of-a-kind event.
Upon entry, you are given a brief history and the Rules - the most important of which are No Talking and No Touching the Performers Unless They Ask - and divided into random groups. You are then set loose in different parts of the School to search, encounter, and learn. Expect to get a good work-out.
None of this is jump-scare horror - the horrors are much more subtle and intimate. Some parts are one-on-one, others engage all in the room. All are disturbing.
On to the cast:
Stee Andrews as The King is tragic and disturbing, while Megan Drury as The Actress plays a cast of tho…
Leece and I participated in last night’s performance of Wet Sounds in the dive pool at HBF Stadium.
I say participated because it is not an event you merely watch or listen to. You take part. A lot.
There are two distinct parts to the soundtrack, with above and below water tracks interweaving throughout the event. Because of the different densities of the air and water, the above water track only penetrates a few cm below the surface, and the below water track changes quality depending on depth. As a result you spend a lot of time diving and surfacing, and generally experimenting with the way the sound changes. Immersing one ear and keeping the other out of the water creates a remarkable effect.
The soundtrack is paired with a slow-sync lightshow, constantly changing the view of the other swimmers around you, who create a slow ballet (with you) that furthers the surreality of the experience.
The soundtrack itself inspires comparisons with Jarre’s “Concerts in China”, Visage, and Artemis, …