Seconds after I stopped recording i spilled the whole beer on the camera. I turned it off, upside down and ran it under the hand drier for a few minutes.

Still works. :)

Tags: canon legria beer

Canon Legria Mini X test shot.

First shot from the Legria Mini X. Camera was set to 24mbs mp4. Audio set to focus on speech. 

I guess that’s a big fat No! From Sky Broadband then.

Dear Christian

Thank you for your email. We are aware of the ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union. However, the Government has confirmed that it continues to consider that the UK Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009 remain in force within the UK. We will therefore continue to meet any obligations as set out in those Regulations under UK law, and retain data in accordance with our data privacy notice, which is attached for your convenience.

http://help.sky.com/security/privacy/privacy-and-cookies-notice

Sky does not comment on the specific operational arrangements for the retention of data

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BSkyB – Customer Operations

Toasting the Documentally.info Tumblr, 6 years old today. Half the age of the toasting tipple.

Toasting the Documentally.info Tumblr, 6 years old today. Half the age of the toasting tipple.

Brewing coffee in the woods.

My lightest cookset consists of the Vargo Titanium Hexagon Wood Stove, the MSR Titan Titanium kettle and the GSI Ultralight Java Drip. 

The Kuksa (carved cup) is my luxury item ;)

Brewing coffee in the woods.

My lightest cookset consists of the Vargo Titanium Hexagon Wood Stove, the MSR Titan Titanium kettle and the GSI Ultralight Java Drip.

The Kuksa (carved cup) is my luxury item ;)

I wonder if the CCTV camera in the lift could see I was equipped with my own. #autographer

I wonder if the CCTV camera in the lift could see I was equipped with my own. #autographer

Tags: autographer

Making safe some sizzling NiMH batteries. I ran outside with them after finding them smoking and crackling on the kitchen table.

Microadventures - A book review.

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I didn’t want to like Alastair’s book ‘Microadventures’. Purely for selfish reasons. The moment I saw it I was jealous and wished I’d written it. I’m a huge fan of adventure in all shapes and sizes and spent many years throwing myself into them. 

Now-a-days it’s all about grabbing those micro-moments. Making the most of a couple of days precious free time and feeling alive, invigorated and refreshed by nature or just getting some use out of equipment you bought online after a bottle of wine and a reminiscing conversation.

The last few years has seen the Micro-Adventure movement really take off. From camping in the garden to hitchhiking a coastal route. The online conversations I have seen have been championed and curated by Alastair Humphreys. His passion, enthusiasm and attention to detail has been the rallying cry as he has curated and connected, documented and shared.

This collected knowledge, this antidote to modern life has been wonderfully refined and condensed into an amazing book packed with great stories and stunning images. A catalyst for simply getting out and discovering yourself. Heading out in a new direction with a small bag containing all you need to explore, eat and sleep under the stars. 

Microadventures is about nurturing imagination and attitude over saving for a plane ticket to a far off land. Buy this book and you will never be able to make the excuse of not having time for adventure.

A wonderful book, so well produced, well laid out and utterly inspiring from cover to cover.

I gave it an easy five stars.

2097 days ago I blogged about my new radio.  It’s been used every day since. On better days than this it’s powered by the sun.

At £70 for about 10,000 hours so far, the device has cost me less than a penny/hour. Not sure how much of that has been solar powered but that figure is dropping daily.

So.. Built to last?

So far so good.

Original blog post here: http://documentally.com/2008/08/31/roberts-solardab-radio-review/

2097 days ago I blogged about my new radio. It’s been used every day since. On better days than this it’s powered by the sun.

At £70 for about 10,000 hours so far, the device has cost me less than a penny/hour. Not sure how much of that has been solar powered but that figure is dropping daily.

So.. Built to last?

So far so good.

Original blog post here: http://documentally.com/2008/08/31/roberts-solardab-radio-review/

Reunited.
I first bought this Leica M6 13 years ago. It took 6 months of saving my tiny wage as a brand new press photographer.

A new one was way over my budget. But after a series of fortuitous accidents, I found myself stood before a guy who really wanted to sell his. It was a well looked after M6 with a 35mm Summicron. I offered a small envelope of cash, my travelling money, and some contacts he needed in India.

I had been on my way to Paris. To party beside Morrison’s grave 30 years after his death.

I canceled the trip at London and headed for home, Leica in hand.

I worked with digital and played with film. Remember that? Yet I learned more about taking photos with this camera than any other.

A couple of years ago I had a clear out and sold it. I was in one of those remorseless moods, not wanting to see incredible tools sit unused.

Then the remorse kicked in and last week it got too much to ignore.

Good job I sold the camera to a friend.

Carlo, @175viatribunali did not seem unfazed by my request to buy it back. He knows how much these beautiful things can can get under our skin.

And so now I stand smiling in the blazing London sunshine. Wondering where I can buy some decent film.

Tags: leica m6

I should be shot out of Pachelbel’s very own canon for this..

And here’s how it should sound.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trNolL4i6hw

"We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas."

Alan Watts

Quick test of the Røde Smart Lav.

Taking the back roads to @StationX

Taking the back roads to @StationX

I am not a fan of @Garminuk’s ridiculously expensive api but I’m still keen to test and review their #Vívofit. 
Especially now fitbit may be planning evil stuff with users health data.

The sooner these device manufacturers realise we need full access to the data we are aggregating the sooner we can curate it how and where we want.

Networked devices need to connect and share freely.  I will always favour a non siloed approach to our data over the greedy shortsightedness of corporations who have stepped one business model too far. 

More on this soon.

P.S.
If anyone from Fitbit or Garmin are reading this please let me know how wrong I am about you guys and that ultimately you want people to freely export and sync their data to other platforms.

You make great hardware. But the experience is shallow unless you let those who make better software link to it.

I am not a fan of @Garminuk’s ridiculously expensive api but I’m still keen to test and review their #Vívofit.
Especially now fitbit may be planning evil stuff with users health data.

The sooner these device manufacturers realise we need full access to the data we are aggregating the sooner we can curate it how and where we want.

Networked devices need to connect and share freely. I will always favour a non siloed approach to our data over the greedy shortsightedness of corporations who have stepped one business model too far.

More on this soon.

P.S.
If anyone from Fitbit or Garmin are reading this please let me know how wrong I am about you guys and that ultimately you want people to freely export and sync their data to other platforms.

You make great hardware. But the experience is shallow unless you let those who make better software link to it.