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If you had been following me on a certain image sharing site, you might have noticed over the past three or so years an occasional series of photographs that I was calling #filmcamerabody. This is the collected directors cut version of those posts.

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This camera just arrived from film photography project to be one of our table cameras at event15[1]. The AiBORG looks like Darth Vader and handles like a truck. It is however on of my favorite recent acquisitions thanks to its eccentric qualities. #filmcamerabody

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This Fujifilm GA645Zi is a medium format point and shoot. Thus and odd duck, indeed. It takes 6x4.5cm photos so I get 16 shots on each roll of 120. Because I use it almost exclusively at the widest zoom I sometimes wish I had gotten the GA645Wi which has a fixed lens at a wider angle. #filmcamerabody

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My Nikon F3 with a Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 fisheye that I got with Amazon gift certificates. This lovely manual professional camera was a mainstay well into the autofocus era in part because it was a great camera and in part because pro photographers are conservative and resistant to change. #filmcamerabody

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Here is my Nikon F6 flanked by its digital brothers the D700 and D300s. They are all wearing normal lenses and their vertical grips. You can tell they are the same vintage from the styling, but perhaps surprisingly the only one of these that Nikon still makes and sells is the film camera F6. #filmcamerabody

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My Nikon N75 (F75 in Europe) winds the film all the way out and then winds it back into the roll as you shoot. This means already exposed frames are protected if you accidentally open the back. You also know how many frames you have left instead of how many you've taken. Handy when you can't remember if you fed your camera a roll of 36 or a roll of 24. I've taken advantage of both features. Last night my F6 had a dead battery after Christmas, and this was the back up body that got me through the night. #filmcamerabody

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Elvis likes to take pictures with his Nikon FG, the best of the Nikon entry level cameras from the manual focus era. Along with the Nikon Series E 28mm f/2.8 it is a lightweight wonder and one of the first Nikons with a P (Program) mode. #filmcamerabody

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Today was the first time I really gave my FM3a a workout (five rolls of film). I got it second hand eBay but it looks brand new. I don't think the previous owner ever used it. So I feel bad using it as I am probably devaluing it. On the other hand I also feel bad not using it since it is such a nice camera. In this picture it is sporting my Nikkor 35mm f/1.4. #filmcamerabody

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One of my two N65 bodies with kit lens. It makes a good back up body when shooting AF film Nikon. Today I finished a roll of Pan F+ that had been sitting inside for a few months. #filmcamerabody

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Found my rollei :-) This is a pre-WWII eara Folleiflex TLR that shoots 120 film. It has two fixed lenses. One is the viewing les that lets you frame your shot. The other is the shooting lens that exposes the film. #filmcamerabody

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Probably my favorite plastic camera is this Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim clone. It is a dream to load and economical with the leader so you can frequently get 38 or 39 frames on a 36 roll. Not sure if it is this model or my copy, but the shutter is a little slow so you can get a nice sense of motion by moving the camera during the shot. Claims to be a 22mm lens so it gives you a wider shot than most plastic camera. Small form factor means I can tuck it into my back pocket on the way to the beach. #filmcamerabody

Predictably I picked up Lena's cough. Fortunately it didn't hit me as bad. We are both feeling pretty exhausted from everything. I am glad that the week is almost over and we are getting better.




  1. historical note: This is how I referred to our second or “party” wedding
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it's been a long time

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Saturday while we were marching, Lena made her Russian Praga cake and decorated it with the logo of the march. On Sunday Kathy and her daughter stopped by on their way back to the Hudson Valley for morning tea and cake. We talked for quite a while and “we really should get going” was said several times before it became afternoon tea. Eventually though we had a group picture thanks to the self timer on my Nikon N75, and waved goodbye.

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cloudy, distant, dark

Yesterday as planned I met up with my long term friend Kathy from the Hudson Valley and her nine year old daughter, and Kathy's friend Stacy from uni and her daughter of a similar age. So it was just the five of us off to the March for Science. Yay for science #marchforscience! When we got to the rally site (near the Washington Monument) we easily coasted through security after a few pokes in my bag with some wooden sticks. There was a line of port-a-potty (of course I took a picture) as we walked to the main stage and beyond. We made our way to the teach-in tents, but apparently you had to sign up for them and the were all booked up. The kiddy tent was open though so that gave the kids something fun to do and learn, while we waited for the main event to start. After that diversion we made our way to one of the jumbotrons and watched a bit of the rally. The kids were getting restless and it was starting to rain after not too long, so we zipped out the back entrance to make our way to one of the museums for a respite until the march started. By this time there were very long lines to get into the rally! Oops! All of the museums were like “all signs have to fit in your bag” which wasn't going to happen. So Stacy took the kids in and Kathy and I waited outside and chatted about different things. We mildly gossipped about our mutual friends from the Hudson Valley. We had gearhead discussions about cameras and lenses. We talked about politics. Even though our backgrounds are quite different we agree on a surprising number of issues. She is from deeply red Nebraska, but this shouldn't be surprising. Even in deeply red Nebraska, or deeply blue San Francisco people are not monoliths. It is best to remember this. We talked about where we might live next. The situation at the company formerly known as The Company[1] are not so great. We both agreed that Colorado had its pluses, and that San Jose was expensive place to live and a bit of an armpit. I realize now how much I miss talking to Kathy. There is a shared history and values to some extent, and we have a number of friends in common. We had a bit of time to kill before march started at 2pm, and the line had killed any enthusiasm for getting back into the rally, so we found a dry spot under the overhang of the new African American Museum. I took lots of pictures. There were many good signs. The kids were popular with other protestors. Everyone wanted a picture. I saw someone with a Trumpy mask selling snake oil. I saw Beaker and Bunsen. It was pretty great. At about fifteen to two we made our way to the march starting point. There were hoots and hollers when I got there so I knew someone famous must be coming and sure enough Bill Nye walked by to much excitement. We hitched a ride to the marchers as they passed and marched all the way to 3rd down by the Capitol. At this point we were tired and wet, but had made our point and headed out of the city by train.




  1. The division of The Company where I used to work, and where Kathy still does work got bought out by another company a couple of years ago
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The minutes change like seasons

Circa January.

I mentioned taking some pictures at the Woman's March. And that it was film so it was gonna be a while. I did get around to scanning them and even made some prints but didn't share of them here. I thought I should post a few of them at least before I send off more film from more recent marches :)

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(The port-a-potty's were leftover from the inauguration which seems appropriate)

I already posted some pictures taken by Lena (DW version) along with my impressions of the day.

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tremble on the edge of the bed

Circa 1992.

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In the 90s I broke the camera that I had inherited from my grandfather. I felt so bad about it that I didn't get a new film camera until the early 2000s. So the film that I do have from the period are mostly like this taken by other people. I am significantly less cute in this photo. We are also about to be eaten by the end of the roll. That is my dad with me. I am pretty sure this was taken after he'd moved back to Australia. Probably the first time that I visited after he moved back.

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Lena and I were planning on going to the DC March for Science, but she still isn't feeling well. (She is much better than she was and is getting better). I have friends from the Hudson Valley coming down for the march, and Lena encouraged me to go with them while she recuperates. Yay for science. Boo for ignorance!

I forgot to mention that the other day I got a third post card from Katherine / cactus_rs. Which is always appreciated. Only now I think I will have to send some post cards in the opposite direction. I don't want to telegraph too many details though otherwise it won't be a surprise. Yay for surprises. Boo for spoilers!

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reciting memorized lines

Circa 2017.

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Found this little dinosaur trying to eat a car when I was in the CVS yesterday. Found him, that is, after I posed him that way. I was bored, waiting for them to fill Lena's prescription. They seem to have gotten much better at doing that quickly lately. (Hopefully they really have and it isn't just by chance). The CVS store is really boring though, I'd much rather be wandering around the Rite Aid, which is also closer to our house. For some reason we always get the prescriptions at the CVS though.

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Found this in the “toys” section. Vehicle toy set contains a tank, Humvee some jets and... a petrol pump. (I should say gas pump). The petrol pump seemed out of place somehow. But then so are the construction and road signs I guess.

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cutting through jello with a very sharp knife

Circa 1983. (Again).

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This came from a box labeled “People Mostly Graham 80-85”. (Also: boy does that box of slides deliver on that label). I think it is actually from the same day the picture from this entry was taken (DW version). My dad mixed up all of the slides, which I find slightly infuriating. I just liked this picture because you can see some more detail of what the bridge looked like before it got fenced off. Not much else has happened since I posted. Lena wanted to thank the well wishers from my last post :)

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The carpenter can take you out to lunch

Circa 1985.

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This came from a box of slides labeled “People - Work”. I spent some time in Dad's lab from those days, but I don't recognize the guy in this photograph. I am posting it because of the old school terminal that he is working at. I do remember those things. I remember escaping into the terminal configuration and making subtle changes to the display, like the frequency with which the cursor blinked. I remember 80 columns. I remember my dad teaching me how to program in FORTRAN 77 on VMS. In those days programming languages were always spelled in UPPER CASE. Just for grins and giggles I looked up “PC-8201A”, the label on the box on the fridge, and found this NEC PC 8201A. More old stuff basically.

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Here is another one from the same box. This is me playing with one of dad's models. When my parents started their careers scientists still used these sort of physical models. Today all of this stuff would have been modeled in a computer instead. I get sentimental about old computer hardware, but this is the sort of thing that my dad gets sentimental about.

Lena is not feeling well. She was starting to not feel that well on Friday. Today we went to urgent care. It is all a bit tense with kiddo, but we are keeping her warm, well fed and lots of liquid so hopefully nothing terrible will happen. It is also a pity it happened this weekend because it is lovely outside. Spring has sprung.

Everything at work this week sort of unraveled in the most unexpected way. The urgency for various bug fixes subsided to the point that getting them fixed next week is fine. (This is good because I'm not getting them to operations until next week). Also, the security folks finally responded to my email about the RSA Token, so my anticipated episode with government bureaucracy and the telephone also evaporated nicely. This is good because I hate (!) talking on the phone at the best of times, and the stupidity of government bureaucracy just makes it worse.

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John Clarke

Just a short note today. I am sad to hear that John Clarke passed away this weekend. He is best known by Australian audiences for Clarke and Dawe the regular mock interview with Bryan Dawe in which the pair satirize politicians and public figures.

“The front fell off”

The thing that I loved best about Clarke and Dawe is that Clarke makes no attempt to replicate the speaking habits of the targets of his satire. He instead focuses on the foibles of a politician's reasoning and policy.

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The stone mason does all the work

Circa 1983.

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Now I am going through some of my dad's slides. He gave them to me when we were in Australia on this last trip. This is Edgerton Park in New Haven, CT. Dad used to take me for walks here when I was little. We used to call it “The Walled Park”. In my memory it was a huge place, miles and miles across. When I went back for the first time as an adult in 2000, it turned out to be much smaller.

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...here is a crop to help you see me on the bridge...

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...and this is the same bridge when dad, Lena and I visited back in 2015. It's falling apart and is fenced off now. I feel kind of sad about how parts of the park seem to be in a state of active decay now.

Lena's parents were visiting for the weekend. They helped us prepare the house for the anticipated October arrival. We mostly cleared out the Library (really just a small room with a couple of overstuffed bookshelves). It is going to be the baby's room. For the first time possibly ever I threw out or donated a number of books that I am not likely to ever read. I still hanging on to a lot of books that I don't need, so I am no hero!

Lena got into an argument with her father about of all things the Vietnam War. It is funny after all these years we are still relitigating that one as we contemplate starting yet another war. Assuming this thing with Syria isn't just an impulse or a distraction, which I am still leading toward.

Emotions are high over in LJ land. I am tempting to write some (more) of my thoughts on the matter, but I suspect everyone has staked out their positions and are growing tired of the LJ-drama. On a more technical note, an interesting thing that I discovered is that the LJ API and user interface limits the number of “posts” that you can make in a certain time period, and that deleting an entry counts as a “post”. This is a problem when you are trying to bulk delete old entries.

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I just want to play on my pan-pipes

circa 2005.

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This is my kitchen from when I lived in Beacon, NY. I really loved this kitchen because of the way the light came in through this half of it. The windows are facing North and East. From the card table and the paper plates and cups I can tell that I was preparing for one of my famous Enchilada Parties. There is a box full of ginger ale cans that are ready for recycle. Perl magnetic poetry kit is stuck to the freezer door. I was probably gonna make Posole in the pot. On the window sil is, yes, a framed picture of Brad's foot.

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(Here it is in slightly bigger form). (I now what you are going to say). (“uh... Graham... it's just a foot”). (But believe me when I say, the scan does not do it justice). (You should see the print).

(I am weird). (But still).

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(From the same roll as the kitchen photograph). This is brad (center) with his foot covered. JoJo (left) is, I think but cannot prove, the indistinct blob from the previous photograph. MegO (right) is spying at something off camera. The four of us are getting ready for a hike.

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candle's fickle flame

I had a leg injury in February before we went to Australia. It had been getting better but stuff was still bothering me, and so I got a referral to Physical Therapy (PT). That was yesterday. I was of course embarrassed to be there, because my complaint felt very minor (if persistent), but lady who helped me was very good. I apparently had a pulled hamstring which is apparently very easy to fix. She showed me some stretches to do. She also said that it was good to come in and do something about it now so that I can chase after the little one. (I may have mentioned that my wife is pregnant to her).

Got two post cards from cactus_rs in the mail this week! (cactus (is it okay if I call you cactus? :P) is someone I met on LJ). It is lovely to get mail from somewhere far away. I sent her a disposable camera earlier in the year and am looking forward to seeing what it creates.

Been going through some of my old slides. I was joking with Lena last night by saying that I had thousands of slides that I need (want) to scan, and that hopefully I would finish the task before tech got better and I got a better quality scanner and had to scan them all again.

The current batch is from when I took a lighting class at Dutchess Community College. That was at least 12 years ago. I have lots of portraits, mostly of my fellow students, but the ones that I have been scanning this time are the behind the scenes shots. What was lovely about the class, and different from the black and white course that I had taken prior, is that we all worked together to set up the shoots and then took turn taking pictures. (mostly of each other). It was fun to be around people who were passionate about photography. The class had a diverse cross section of ages. There were people working on an associate degrees and there were retirees just doing it for the fun of it.

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On the left is my teacher, Lowell Handler. His brother is Evan Handler who apparently played a recurring character in Sex and the City. My friend JoJo told me that was a very good thing and was impressed, though I never watched the show save for a few incidental moments as I channel surfing. The gentleman on the right is one of the older students. He was a proponent of digital, and didn't understand why Lowell didn't utilize digital more in the class. Students could shoot whatever they wanted so whatever. I am thankful that shot mostly slide because slide looks amazing, and now I can scan them in much higher quality 12 years later than what the DSLRs could produce at the time.

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Gordon was a fabulous model. He wasn't a student in the class, just a passer by we managed to snag for a shoot or two. He didn't mind at all being silly, which was fun.

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These were my friends in the class. Sarah on the left has since moved to Oregon and works at a photo lab which I send my film to get processed. (the last batch I sent her she managed to get me a nice discount)! I feel terrible, but I can't remember the name of the young man on the right. We haven't kept in touch so I don't know where he is now.

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This was another passer by that we managed to snag for a photoshoot. She was very uncomfortable, and I did a terrible job of breaking the ice. Someone else also took her portrait and did a much better job of making her feel comfortable, and now I am terrified of taking formal portraits of strangers. The technical stuff is important, but definitely not the only thing.

The camera in the picture is a Hasselblad V system camera (probably a 500C or 500CM, I can't remember which). Lowell got is second hand specifically for the class. This was how I feel in love with the old school Hasselblad hardware.

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Another student waiting with her camera. I invited her and some of my other fellow students to one of my famous enchilada parties at the end of the class. The idea was to make some friends with non company folk. She wasn't able to make it because she got sick.

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Somebody taking a meter reading, and the red seamless background. The red seamless was my favorite.

Work was pretty much the unmitigated disaster I imagined that it would be last week. Everything that happened was 100% avoidable. We are starting to recover.

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as real as my tears

There is a degree of schadenfreude that I feel at watching the #TrumpCare GOP meltdown this week, but in fairness, I am also relieved that they didn't pass their terrible bill, because the consequences were stark. So I was in good spirits after work on Friday (work btw- has been a complete train-wreck this week, but that is a story for another time), Lena took me out to our favorite local Mexican place and I had a Margarita and one of the specials which I could barely pronounce. The waitperson was new. But great. We know most of the regulars(well, the Friday regulars anyway). Lena wanted me to leave a nice tip, but I always leave a generous tip regardless of performance. My policy is if you are going to live in a country which can't be bothered with a minimum wage (leave alone a living wage), you should at least tip the difference. Anyway, I didn't tell Lena, but I was swayed a little at the last moment and gave a too generous tip.

Normally, when we eat out past walking distance we take turns in the consumption of alcohol. (If we drink at all, which frequently we do not). I am perhaps overly cautious, and I appreciate, but do not demand, that Lena is supportive of this. Only now we can no longer take turns because Lena is pregnant, and has very generously allowed me to continue to not only take my turns, but hers as well! At least until the little guy or gal makes his or her way into the world.

(I bring this up in a very circuitous way because: we had a funny conversation with my mum in Australia where in my mum complained about people announcing their pregnancies on the Facebook, and how it should be private etc. To be honest, announcing such things on the Facebook never even occurred to me (though I announce other stuff, and post pictures of rusty old bolts all the time). I am not sure about Lena. Anyway, later when it was just the two of us we discussed and agreed that we wouldn't be “announcing” the pregnancy, but we would be letting family and close friends know in person before it became obvious, but if I happened to post a photograph to the Facebook that spilled the beans that would be okay. So while my blogity blog is not the Facebook, it is on the internet and the same policy applies. But. I am not announcing it to you dear reader, I am just mentioning it in passing. I mean I write about stuff that happens in my life here in a casual way, so this is like me taking and posting a picture that just happens to contain a baby bump. Now the awkward part is that after writing all of this in in such a detailed, if parenthetical, way both my mum and my wife read my blogity blog... so. Anyway.)

I requested from work that they send me to the National Perl Nerds meeting in June. I made the application based on me being a speaker, though technically my talk hasn't been accepted yet. I am pretty confident that it will be accepted. One of the peculiarities of government work is they make you put the request in months in advance, but won't tell you until 30 days before if you can go. I guess they are optimizing for making the flights as expensive as possible? Anyway, this time it is in Northern Virginia, so there are no flights to book or pay for. The important thing is to be able to do it without having to take time off from work.

Then in July we are going to Colorado for a six day weekend. It is the only four corners state that I haven't taken Lena to. I am looking forward to seeing the mountains, and getting out of Maryland for a few days. Then in October if everything goes well, it won't be just the two of us anymore, but the three of us. Plus the grandparents, and great grandparents as they come to visit. Even dad is threatening to come out in November. Should be an interesting year.

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doesn't care whether or not he's an island

Obamacare is the law of the land and it will remain the law until it is replaced.

— Paul Ryan
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she'll take her mattress with her

Decided to catch up on all the movies that we had been meaning to see this weekend. Which was only Lego Batman and Logan. But still! We both agreed that Lego Batman had a good message and probably the best Batman movie since the Christopher Nolen trilogy. (Honestly, I think DC should stop making Batman films, people are tired of it, the reason this one worked is because it is poking fun at it). (I liked this chart from The Economist which compares the physical height and weight of various Batmen, including Lego Batman at 4cm/4g). Logan was a tad too gory, but I like Sir Patrick Stewart and it was great to see him and Hugh Jackman play those roles one last time. Also I thought “North Dakota” looked a lot like northern New Mexico, and when I saw in the credits that they filmed in the latter I guess I turned out to be right. We've gotten into the habit of going to this expensive theatre in Rockville with nice recliner seats.

Started scanning in the film that I sent away for processing before our trip to Australia. Much of these pickys are at least two months old. It includes the four rolls that I took at the Woman's March. While I was making contact sheets, I made some prints of three pictures that I took down under.

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From the ferry to Bundeena.

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Ruin at Port Jackson.

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Homeless protest in Martin Place.

Lena and I were walking through Martin Place on our trip and I remarked to her that one of the things that I remember about living in Sydney is that everything seemed to be happening there. It is a small country, and there are only two big cities. So a lot of stuff is filmed, or happens in places that you know. We then walked by the Lindt Café, which is where the 2014 hostage crisis happened. Not a nice thing, but yet another thing that happened here.

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perhaps, perhaps, per. haps.

Woke up this morning to see that in the West Australian state election Labor beat the conservative Liberals decisively. That in itself is not unexpected, but what is good news is that Pauline Hanson's (white) nationalist party One Nation did poorly, and it seems the craven preference deal that the Liberals did with One Nation only hurt them. Hopefully that means the national Liberals will now think twice before doing any deals with One Nation going forward. It is a small state (population wise), and fairly remote from me, but it is nice to see Pauline Hanson and her ilk put in their place.

This first week back in the states has been a roller coaster. We are migrating to a new platform at work. The operating system that we are using should have been retired many years ago, and the vendor is finally pulling support. My boss revealed at the meeting that he was the one that had been putting the upgrade off until the last minute. So I am thinking wait what now? I have been lobbying to get some piecemeal upgrades that could have gotten us more safely to the same point gradually over time, my boss gave me the impression that the system administrators (SAs) intransigent, but no. It turns out it was him. I spent a whole day reconfiguring the software I use to connect to our big iron because the SAs have changed the firewalls. They are saying they are going to do it all again later in the year. This all totally makes some kind of sense I am sure.

Nintendo Switch seems to be impossible to find. I didn't even think to get a preorder, I was fairly easily able to pick up a Wii and Wii U when they came out despite the high demand, so I figured this would be the same. No such luck! Oh you can find it, if you pay minimum 50% markup from a scalper. I even saw one listing on eBay for $33k. Pretty sure that was a joke. I am starting to think my friend who has been playing New Zelda on Old Console had the right idea.

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will survive

The thing about Americans is: they genuinely think that America is a good idea and that it will and forever will be. I am pretty sure this is what the Romans also though. Although about Rome, not about America which wasn't a thing yet. I think this could really be the decline of the American Empire, for good and ill. Could is a key word. We could somehow limp through the next four years and reset things. Or this could be the start of the inevitable gradual decline. All good things, must, after all, come to an end. Something worse and/or better will be certain to replace it. If you look at the ways that Rome still succeeds, take a look at the Russian word: Tsar. Borrowed from the Roman title of Caesar. Even though the Roman Empire had been long since evaporated into the dark ages, there was still a lot of cachet in claiming some murky legitimacy from being in line from an Emperor. It is mostly rubbish and even if it wasn't how does that even legitimize you as a leader? In a sense Trump wants to claim legitimacy for the same reason, but legitimacy for what? To have gamed a system designed to give slave states a check over the North? Good job there. I know I know, we lost that one it is too late, sore looser, snowflake, libtard, whatever it is you wish to call me. I am just contemplating the historical context for which I am living. This is an impossible or at least improbable task.

Got back from Aussie on Saturday. Still in a weird sleep cycle so I am writing my thoughts in the hope that they will stop racing through my head. Time to go back to sleep. Again. But first, pictures from our last seven days:

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Captain Lena driving the boat on the Arthur River day #15


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Chair lift to The Nut in Stanley Tasmania day #16


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The Big Marino in Goulburn NSW day #17


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Gum bark Canberra day #18


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Newtown graffiti day #19


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Sunset day #20 (bookended from the first day)


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Airport day #21 (saying good bye to downunder ... for now)
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The land where you can't change lanes

Been back from Tassie for a few days, but I still haven't caught up. No time to catch your breath.

Australia sometimes seems like it is about ten years behind the times. In both good and bad ways. I have heard that Tassie is another ten years behind the mainland, which would put them sometime in the early second Clinton term now. I think the observation is somewhat apt. Mostly in a good way. Alost everywhere we ate the food was locally sources, which was bonus. Not due to any intention on our part, just how it worked out. Or maybe it is the convention there.

The day after we got back we drove down to see my dad in Canberra. Canberra is supposed to be the capitol of the country, but it is more like a big[1] small town. On the way we stopped at the bakery in Goulburn and I had a lovely custard tart/apple pie. Custard tart is one of my favorite things to eat, but they are becomming ore and more rare here in the future.

We are now back in Sydney!

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Nice view from our bungalow (Freycinet)


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Din dins on the grill (Freycinet)


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Olde time (Deloraine)


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Dustk (Freycinet)


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House in Stanley


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Delicious at Goulburn (The Trappers Bakery Goulburn)



  1. big in the sense of redistributed over a large area
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serene translucent lake

Just a short note since I am on vacation and the internet be slow in Tasmania.

Last night we went to see the Tasmanian Devil feed. The keeper was explaining that the devils are solitary selfish animals it made me think of the day before taking the boat out to Wine Glass Bay where the passengers stayed affixed to their possie on the front of the boat to make sure that nobody else got a turn.

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Mr Wong's in Sydney day #8


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Port Arthur ruins day #9


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Watching sunset on the coast at Freycinet day #10


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Coles Bay day #11


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Wine Glass Bay day #12


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Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain day #13


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Cradle Mountain from Snake Hill trail day #14


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