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Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Liney
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Spent the last of some cash I got from the work as part of a long service award on a set of Fotodiox bellows. They arrived today and I had a quick play to ensure they were light-tight and would actually work, a quick check around the house failed to find any recently deceased flies so I had to make do with a couple of test shots of some pocket change. Decent magnification at the maximum, but it just goes to show I now need to be very careful with focusing and depth of field.
Forum: General Talk 03-13-2019, 01:15 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Liney
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My wife phoned me at work today, she asked "Have you been experiencing unexplained sharp stabbing pains across your chest, like someone is sticking pins on a Voodoo doll?"

I thought for a second and replied "No I haven't"

It was quite for a second then she asked "What about now....?"
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-07-2019, 02:32 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Liney
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I have to admit I have two or three Sigma lenses, including at lest one I bought second hand. If you are on a budget then they offer good quality for low cost, but sometimes it's a case of whatever you can get.
Forum: General Talk 03-02-2019, 07:25 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Liney
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Where I come from that sub is lumped into the same category of anything that floats on the water - it's a target...!

But nice picture though
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-02-2019, 07:14 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Liney
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A slight tangent, but after reporting a couple of recent purchases that have been from second hand / pawn shops and reading this thread of the rarity of Pentax users, I wonder if anyone here has ever read a post relating to a purchase of used equipment by another member and gone "hey that sounds familiar, that was mine!"
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2019, 09:34 PM  
Super Orion
Posted By Liney
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I was going to apologise for reviving an old thread but it looks like the last response wasn't that long ago!

I just picked up a Super Orion zoom / macro lens for a bargain price. A nice solid piece of kit and decent optics, any idea if there is a website for the brand?
Forum: General Talk 03-01-2019, 09:30 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Liney
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Picked up a Sigma one hundred to three hundred zoom for ten dollars AU (sorry, the "zero" key on the keyboard is playing up, hence having to spell everything]. The zoom collar is a little heavy to rotate but I'm happy to put it on my old body and use as a general traveling camera.

I also picked up a novelty item, a Super Orion eighty five to two hundred and ten zoom, which doubles as a 1:1.3 to 1:1.8 zoom. Its fully manual, but it's unusual insomuch as it has a full integrated and retractable lens hood, and the zoom collar goes one way into zoom and the other way into macro. You can go from macro to zoom without stopping but to go the other way you have to depress a small knob. For thirty dollars AU I was struck by the novelty factor, and the optics are pretty good too.
Forum: General Talk 02-15-2019, 11:09 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Liney
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A bloke goes to the doctor with an ailment that required a suppository, and the doctor started his treatment while he was still in the surgery.

The next day he asked his wife for assistance in inserting the next suppository. He dropped his trousers and best over the kitchen table while his wife donned the rubber gloves and lubricated her finger. As she inserted the suppository he husband yelped and jumped.

"I'm sorry dear, was I too rough?"

"No dear, I just remembered that when the doctor did that he had both hands on my shoulders...."
Forum: General Talk 02-09-2019, 08:13 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Liney
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If we're going for the old ones:

Whats a greek urn?
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about 700 euros a month
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-01-2019, 02:26 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Liney
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I reckon you got it spot on there, why carry an expensive and cumbersome camera when your phone can do it. Certainly amongst the "younger generation" who have grown up with smart phones, the concept of a device that just takes photographs is a little too much to consider.
Forum: General Talk 01-28-2019, 03:10 AM  
I don't know to laugh or cry...
Posted By Liney
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Chris, it is indeed Parkes. In fact we saw the Dish, loved the movie and told ourselves we would visit when we got the chance. It's only open for a couple of days every second year and we had the chance in 2009 which was the 40th anniversary of the landings.

Of course this statement is a fabrication as Parkes is allegedly in New South Wales which is a fictitious state in the fake continent of Australia.
Forum: General Talk 01-26-2019, 09:10 PM  
I don't know to laugh or cry...
Posted By Liney
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"Well so much for that theory, the science doesn't back it up".

"Never mind the science, there is enough data out there we'll just manipulate it until it comes up with what we want it to say..."

Case in point, anti-vaxxers!

Oh and the UK TV program "Have I got News For You" taught me that if you say "allegedly" you can't be sued...
Forum: General Talk 01-23-2019, 03:47 AM  
I don't know to laugh or cry...
Posted By Liney
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Was that "shot in Australia" or "shot on the NASA sound stage that they use to shoot everything that is supposed to be in Australia, because Australia doesn't exist"?
Forum: General Photography 01-16-2019, 04:30 AM  
Do we need to care about "California Proposition 65" ?
Posted By Liney
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Over use of labelling is a real problem, the one thing that really bugs me is the use of "Danger" signs. According to the standard, "Danger" is only supposed to be used for situations where ignoring the signage would put you in a life threatening scenario. For example, dead fronts on electrical distribution panels should have a "Danger" sign as opening the dead front would mean you can touch live wiring.

Around here the authority responsible for the distribution of electricity has a weird idea of what is appropriate. Around sub stations you will see Danger signs warning you of the presence of barbed wire, and big yellow warning signs informing you of the "Danger of Death" from electrocution.

I worked with a guy who had just come off a Naval ship building project. The rule there was that you had to put a warning sign on the entrance hatch to a compartment for every hazard you had in that compartment. He chuckled when he mentioned that in some cases they ran out of space on teh hatch to put all the signs....




I can't recall if I mentioned it previously, but one of the big US research hospitals wrote a paper a couple of years ago that basically said that with the exception of a couple of cancers that were genetically linked, the chance of you contracting cancer was pure chance. You could life in an area with naturally occuring asbestos all your life and be cancer free, but the bloke next to you smokes a few cigarettes and gets lung cancer.
Forum: General Talk 01-12-2019, 10:35 PM  
I don't know to laugh or cry...
Posted By Liney
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Oh gee thanks, another howling mob with pitchforks and torches after me:rolleyes:.

Thanks mate, I must nip over to this DPR thread of which you speak and see what's going on.
Forum: General Talk 01-11-2019, 09:49 PM  
" Joe, say it ain't so, Joe . . . "
Posted By Liney
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Being of Northern British origins, Cricket North of the wall was seen as a somewhat posh or elitist sport and was only played at the schools which you had to pay to go to. Up there we played football (soccer and rugby), and a bit of shinty where it was usually too muddy for the other two. Golf was seen as a game anyone could play, and with so many council run courses it was truly classless.

But to go back to cricket, I have never fully understood the rules but have enough nous to know what is going on. However what sort of sport takes five days to play a game and on day four if you ask someone who is winning they tell you "it's too early to tell...."
Forum: General Talk 01-11-2019, 09:29 PM  
I don't know to laugh or cry...
Posted By Liney
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At times like this I take solace in the Dunning-Kruger effect:

"...the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people of low ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is. The cognitive bias of illusory superiority comes from the inability of low-ability people to recognize their lack of ability. Without the self-awareness of metacognition, low-ability people cannot objectively evaluate their competence or incompetence."

In short, the lower my ability the more confident I am that I am right. At the other end, people with high ability are constantly questioning their understanding.
Forum: General Talk 01-11-2019, 09:12 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Liney
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Just picked it up this morning brand spanking new. For AU$230 it's a good price while there is still stock available. Had a quick try to make sure everything works, O npw need to conduct a more in-depth analysis to work out the difference in focus distance and magnification between "Normal" mode and "Macro" mode.

And I apologise for no SMU, my stock of Tunnocks caramel wafers has been depleted and no re-stock is currently scheduled. And seeing as I've now exhausted my lens budget for a while this will be my last latest purchase for a while.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-08-2019, 09:27 PM  
Macro A resting
Posted By Liney
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Nice colours and a clear and detailed image, you did well! Catching one of these things at rest is hard enough, but catching one in a position which shows off the natural colours shows either a lot of patience or a lot of luck. Either way a really great shot
Forum: General Talk 01-08-2019, 09:21 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Liney
Replies: 1,324
Views: 107,269
Don't get it (not being that familiar with Barbara Walters), however I do now that next year I'll finally get 2020 vision.....
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-05-2019, 04:04 AM  
Macro Just having a wash
Posted By Liney
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This little critter was enjoying the sun and having a bit of a wash and brush up just in the doorway to the garage, I had to get really low down to get the view I wanted
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-04-2019, 05:40 PM  
Nature Just a few
Posted By Liney
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Great colours and I love the way you managed to still retain the detail on the leaves. Well done
Forum: General Talk 12-31-2018, 03:27 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Liney
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Why is there no "evil grin" smiiey?
Forum: General Talk 12-31-2018, 03:22 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Liney
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Could we not at least consider it as the metric equivalent of the imperial measurement? Just as there are three and a bit feet in a metre, could there not be an adjudication that there are a set number of girl scout cookies in a caramel wafer?

What, consume a precious caramel wafer just to satisfy you that they actually get eaten? I'm sorry, they are a scarce resource in this house and are only consumed on high days and holidays.

Should we put it to the vote of the people (remembering of course that's how Brexit started......)
Forum: General Talk 12-31-2018, 02:32 AM  
What book on your table now
Posted By Liney
Replies: 189
Views: 10,672
Jordan Peterson "12 Rules for Life, an antidote for chaos". You need to sit down and read the chapter fully, not just read a couple of pages or you will get confused. However a great read
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