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nginx-mode for emacs

Thu, 14 Oct 2010 22:07:10 +1000

I have a new job, and I'm spending a lot of time with puppet, which is a lot of fun. They're big nginx users and I couldn't find a useful emacs mode for editing its config files, so I wrote one. Here it is: nginx-mode.

puppet-mode turned out to have a nice indentation function I could borrow and modify. How about that?




current obsessions: olympus xa3 with neopan 1600

Sat, 22 May 2010 21:13:17 +1000

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1600-speed (and such) film season is marching toward us. I've been having a great time with my Olympus XA2 since the middle of last year, especially when I went to Nanjing. It's everything I need in a pocketable camera (half-frames like the various Olympus Pens are lovely too, but geez it takes an age to finish a roll!), but I had this nagging itch about ISO 800 not quite being enough. What to do?

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You go and find an XA3 going cheap, of course. Mine cost me all of $40 (before postage, sadly). It adds ISO 1600, and DX (auto film detection - I could do without it, really). Fuji Neopan 1600's coming out a winner in it, so much so that it may well be the only type of film I'll use in this camera. I can always use the XA2 for, y'know, colour film - I'm expecting grand things from a single roll I have of Fuji Provia 400X, in fact.

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There's more to see from my Olympus XA3 over on flickr.




communiqué

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 18:17:25 +1000

I'm still alive, just trying to work out what to say.

Mostly I've been taking lots of photos, lately. I even made a book of black and white photos from Nanjing (I'll do another one of some of the colour shots soon).

I hope you're well.




from the sixteenth floor

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 16:03:54 +1000

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I started a new group on flickr in case anybody else has photos of Housing Commission Flats around Melbourne or, indeed, other parts of the world.

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Feel free to join in. Please.




tomorrow night

Thu, 06 Aug 2009 12:41:47 +1000

The aforementioned exhibition - UNSENSORED09 - opens tomorrow night. Please come along!

(yes, this means I can't go and see The Bats at the NSC.)




hexhibition

Mon, 13 Jul 2009 08:56:06 +1000

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I'm in an exhibition next month. Please come along!




release the bats!

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 21:11:02 +1000

I noticed in Polyester today that The Bats' new album The Guilty Office is getting a local release in the next couple of weeks - I'd already ordered one from smokecds.com a month or two back, since I hadn't seen any sight of it here (it came out last year in NZ). Oh well. It's a lovely album, so listen out for it. There's a free track up on last.fm - The Orchard - and they're playing at the Northcote Social Club on August 7th.




olympus pen news

Mon, 25 May 2009 08:56:35 +1000

Via The Online Photographer comes this teaser for something vaguely related to the "half-frame" Olympus Pen series that I hold rather dear to my heart - I currently have three, an EE-2, a D2 and an old EE somebody gave me recently (I'm still trying to finish a roll in this last one to find out if it works). The presumption is that this new model is related to the proof-of-concept Micro 4/3 camera that appeared at trade shows last year - as Matt points out, though, the thrill of being able to get an M-mount adapter for Micro 4/3 cameras in order to use our Leica or Voigtländer lenses is tempered somewhat(!) by the realization that the focal length gets multiplied by 2, so a lovely ultra-wide 15mm lens ends up as a rather pedestrian 30mm equivalent.

In any case, we'll find out tomorrow!




melbourne silver mine blog work

Mon, 25 May 2009 08:44:11 +1000

I had an idea or two to generate (and encourage further generation of) some content for the Melbourne Silver Mine blog, which had been a little too quiet so far for a group that's doing great things in Melbourne. We're starting off by interviewing various members of the group - our first is with Jacqueline van Zetten - and we have an article by Barbara Fischer coming up next.




(n)ektar

Sat, 16 May 2009 22:17:48 +1000

I joined the Ektar craze and bought myself a pack of five rolls in 120 format to try out in the beloved Kiev 60. I went for a wander with Ross, who got a particularly nice shot. Mine weren't quite as impressive but even so, here's two I was happy with:

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ICCD 2009

Sun, 03 May 2009 19:05:57 +1000

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International Commie Camera Day 2009 seems to have been extended into the weekend, though I didn't manage to capitalize on the extra time - I did manage to shoot a whole roll on the main day (Friday), though.

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[ see all my photos from ICCD 2009. ]




no film today

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 17:14:56 +1000

I tried developing my first roll of 120 film from the Kiev 60, but accidentally opened the whole lid of the developing tank instead of the smaller one where you pour in the developer. As might be expected, this made the film a bit unhappy. It's still drying off, but I don't think there's a whole salvageable photo like there was with last week's roll.

Instead, here's two photos I took last Wednesday with the Zeiss folder on Ilford XP2 Super, which is chromogenic film - black and white that's developed using the C41 process, normally used for colour film - hence I didn't (try to) develop it myself.

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Coming next? I just picked up a bunch of expired B&W 35mm film to home-develop, so I suspect I oughta go and shoot some.




homework

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 21:55:30 +1000

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So, I've finally developed a roll of film at home.

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I need, um, a lot more more practice with spooling it onto the metal reel, as you might notice - there are plenty of blotches of undeveloped areas on the roll, so it must've been touching in places. But there were a few salvageable (for some values of "salvageable") photos amongst the messed up and/or "let's just finish the damn roll" test shots.

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backend changes

Tue, 21 Apr 2009 08:23:50 +1000

Hopefully you won't notice (much), but I've refreshed the RSS and ATOM templates to match what's current in Movable Type land, mostly so categories/tags show up in the feeds. I've done this so things work better for Brian's hyperlocal news aggregation(s) that he's invited me to participate in. Also, I've removed feedburner from both here and the journal.




a pretty good friday

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 20:21:04 +1000

Easter's a good time for introspective walks on the quietest mornings you'll get all year - there are very few people around. I went out on friday morning while my wife slept in, starting by hopping off at Victoria Park station:

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Before long, I found myself down by the river, heading toward and through the (closed) Collingwood Children's Farm:

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...and towards Victoria Street, where I figured I'd be able to find somewhere open for breakfast (even on Good Friday).

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[ see all photos from my Good Friday morning walk. ]