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Forum: General Talk 01-19-2022, 07:05 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By tranq78
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Well that sucks. Hope you fully recover.
Forum: General Talk 01-18-2022, 03:59 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 3,336
Views: 123,302
Latest science news. Neanderthal gene variant helps against Covid. Non-Africans carry 1-6% percentage of Neanderthal/Denisovan genes, the frequency of occurrence tends to be genes involved in immunology.

Africans do carry a small amount of Neanderthal genes so some of them also carry the right allele sequence for Covid protection.

Fascinating!!


Scientists Identify Specific Gene Variant That Protects Against Severe COVID-19
Forum: General Talk 01-11-2022, 09:28 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 3,336
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Oh geez, that's tough. Hope your mom has many active years to go.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-04-2022, 10:32 AM  
Thematic Guns, Knives, and Ammo
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 96
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Great idea. But I live in Canada and anything vaguely gun shaped is considered the same thing as a real gun. For example, the sight of an eggplant, carrot, banana or Lowepro camera bag, will have my fellow citizens calling down a SWAT team.

In a previous job for a very large company I was accused of bringing a gun to work when I was hired. I was an external hire for a senior position and I was going to get into a ton of trouble for starting a new job. And no I didn't bring a gun to work. It was my lunch and a Lowepro Rover camera bag. I found out much later I was loathed because I got an office with a door and my accuser didn't have one.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-04-2022, 08:46 AM  
Thematic Guns, Knives, and Ammo
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 96
Views: 5,792
Thanks for explanation. That's why when a row of re-enactors fire off their guns you never see any recoil. I should have figured this out myself.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 01-02-2022, 08:22 PM  
Tony Northrup: "Canon declares DSLRs are dead"
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 108
Views: 5,467
Naw DSLR ain't dead. It may be on life support but it's not quite buried. Just wait until the mirrorless camera users turn 40 years old.

Old age is very democratic, it will get everyone in the end. It is the DSLR's best friend.

Old peeps rule!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-02-2022, 08:10 PM  
Thematic Guns, Knives, and Ammo
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 96
Views: 5,792
Really great pics of the Scottish gunners, you should be proud of those images. I never realized the flash pan made such a fireball. Brave Scot, shooting without eye protection.

Question... I'm not an expert on muzzle loaders by any means but are you standing in front of the guns as they are going off? I see lots of smoke so I assume there's pressure in the breech that's caused by a blockage, you know, like from a lead bullet. How safe are you? Are there such things as blank rounds for muzzle loaders?

It would really suck to survive 2+ years of Covid and then get hit in the chest by a ball trying to get the perfect pic.






I had no idea what 460 Rowland was. I had to google it up. Holy cow. That rig would have quite the muzzle flash from the front and sides.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-01-2022, 06:22 PM  
Thematic Guns, Knives, and Ammo
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 96
Views: 5,792
Nice going Kristian! How did you manage to time the strobe to the shot?
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 01-01-2022, 12:53 AM  
Tony Northrup: "Canon declares DSLRs are dead"
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 108
Views: 5,467
I think he means that Youtube "influencers" can make 6 to 7 figure incomes. It's not just a cut of advertising revenue. The influencer can also be paid by companies for product placement, promotions and positive reviews. Sometimes a third party will sponsor a Youtube or podcast which means money is being paid to the influencer and that's why there's a 2 minute digression shilling some product or service. Finally the influencer can be paid by viewers on Patreon or crowdfunding methods. Some big influencers pull in 7 figures but they aren't allowed to talk about it as part of Youtube's terms of service.

That's why there's talk about click-bait, algo's, eyeballs, requests for clicking like, subscribe and comment. You may or may not agree with this but some people are making a darn good living off social media.

But this sort of thing has always been going on in plain sight. For example pre-internet there was (and still is) pay-to-play by musicians. Hand $20 to a DJ and he'll spin your tune, this of course got much more sophisticated as the radio and music industry evolved.

I personally don't like having my chain yanked like this so I don't like, subscribe, comment.
Forum: General Talk 01-01-2022, 12:33 AM  
I am terminally ill...
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 109
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Very sorry to hear this news. Hope you are able to get a transplant.
Forum: General Talk 12-30-2021, 11:41 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By tranq78
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No lazers if you use Pentax gear. Sony forced Pentax to cut a deal when the Sony sensor was used. You get LED xmas lights out of your mouth.

For lazers you need to go Nikon.

Go Canon and you get 30 megawatt blasters.

Switch to Oly and there's a mail in coupon for a slightly used get out of jail free card.
Forum: General Talk 12-26-2021, 05:17 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 3,336
Views: 123,302
Well that sucks. Hope things work out and you can finally make the trip. Stay well!








My mother in law is in her mid 80's and is a retired nurse. She supports vaccination but even she has said how awful the television and radio is. News is about the 5 W's and 1 H -- who, what, where, when, why & how. When the media throws in a side dish of moralizing and finger wagging from some expert, that's bias. When the media doesn't cover the 5 W's or downplays some of them, that's bias. And my MiL wasn't talking about internet trolls and conspiracy theorists, she doesn't have a computer. She is talking about Canadian mainstream media.

My youngest had his booster shot 2 days ago, his 3rd Pfizer shot. He says his arm is sore and can't lift it above his head. At least he's fully magnetic and the nanobots are ready to accept instructions from Billion$ the Gate$ on the LTS/5G waves. Oops... inside voice. I swear the 'bots made me do it.

---------- Post added 12-26-2021 at 05:18 PM ----------



Egads, I need to watch Fox News and Saturday Night Live to end up with a balanced view of the world.
Forum: General Talk 12-24-2021, 05:42 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 3,336
Views: 123,302
The bias is very real. It's very hard to stay neutral about something that personally affects the reporters' friends and family. That's why journalism is called a profession. A professional will keep bias out of the news. I don't need the media to tell me what my opinion should be, I am capable of forming my own opinion. If this is too old school for modern media then I am content to be called old fashioned.

There is too much smugness about Covid reporting. It starts with reports of ICU numbers of unvaccinated and then on to interviews from experts who basically repeat the same messages. This is partly a pack mentality, a reporter or news outlet won't get into trouble if it does what the other news outlets do, so may as well all adopt the same rhetoric. This behavior just doesn't happen with Covid -- have you ever heard an economist, especially one that works for a bank, go off consensus?





Sadly you are correct. The management in the corner office care very deeply about the number of eyeballs. Better ratings lead to more advertising revenue. And who doesn't like more money?

Humans are smart, we'll manage our way out of Covid.

Since I'm already being politically incorrect, Merry Christmas and a happy new year everyone!
Forum: General Talk 12-24-2021, 03:42 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 3,336
Views: 123,302
In the province of Alberta, Canada the provincial authorities just allowed anyone age 18 and up to get a 3rd booster shot as long as it has been 5 months since their last shot. All 4 of us in the family now have our 3rd shot.

So far the virus is behaving like a virus. It's mutating to become much less lethal and way more contagious. Our provincial premier said point blank everyone will get the current strain, which is likely correct. Alberta's response has been to loosen restrictions and allowing a 3rd shot of vaccine. Other provinces react by shutting down even further -- BC, Ontario, Quebec for example.

The mainstream media is becoming part of the problem. They report number of cases and number of hospitalizations, but zero reporting on per capital data. Number of unvaccinated people in hospital are reported too gleefully while quietly downplaying the number of vaccinated in hospital. I even heard a so-called reporter talking about the DNA of the COVID virus -- a healthcare reporter who didn't take grade 11 biology? Anyway, the sky is falling! and Merry Christmas everyone!
Forum: General Talk 09-19-2021, 04:18 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By tranq78
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My wife performed in this new composition this summer, all done online due to pandemic lockdown. It's an collaboration of 5 Canadian choirs from Edmonton, Halifax x2, Kitchener, Saint-Lambert.

Cat photo warning.

















You Tube



Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-13-2021, 06:00 PM  
A very nice review of K-3 iii from Japan Kitamura website
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 34
Views: 2,039
Those are really nice compositions.
Forum: General Photography 08-10-2021, 11:34 AM  
Photographers that perish while photographing
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 35
Views: 1,849
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-01-2021, 05:19 PM  
The Labyrinth and the Ladybird
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 20
Views: 319
I would like to nominate this photo

Nice image!
Forum: General Photography 07-30-2021, 03:46 PM  
Photographers that perish while photographing
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 35
Views: 1,849
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-28-2021, 12:22 PM  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By tranq78
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Views: 66,137
entered
Forum: General Talk 07-28-2021, 12:22 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By tranq78
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Views: 1,939,665
A 4 section carbon fiber tripod for my 18 year old son. It's a brand called Sirui and it came with a ballhead, but I'm interested in the legs. I've purchased a Markins ballhead to go with it for him. Part of his grade 12 graduation present.

My 21 year old made off with my original Feisol 4 section triopod + first Markins M10 ballhead.


https://www.mcbaincamera.com/productdetail.php?mcbain_id=1219610.03
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-28-2021, 12:17 PM  
Your favourite accessories
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 92
Views: 5,492
Favorite accessory is 4 section Feisol carbon fiber tripod + Markins ballhead.
Forum: General Talk 07-28-2021, 12:01 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 3,336
Views: 123,302
We laugh at the conspiracy theorists now.

But just you wait. This has already been predicted in the movies. So therefore it must be true.

This logic is infallible. A proof is a proof is a proof, just check out the movie clip about what will happen.

















You Tube



Forum: General Talk 07-28-2021, 11:54 AM  
Just Got Progressive Lenses
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 14
Views: 1,277
This is why I laugh when I see "SLRs are dead and the future is mirrorless" posts.

The universe has a wicked sense of humour.

One day you wake up and realize you've become your parents/grandparents.
Forum: General Talk 07-28-2021, 08:44 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 3,336
Views: 123,302
There were cell phone towers being burned down last summer in Canada's province of Quebec. The arsonists were stopping 5G from delivering instructions to your injected nanobots.

Seriously.

You can't make this stuff up.
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