February 25th, 2012

marcus 2013

Hello Fisheye

I saw one of these for £17 in a charity shop today, in its original packaging but probably used a bit since there was a film in it.


Anyone know if it's actually any good?

Also, Maplin are currently offering a slide/negative scanner for £19.99


Looks a bit basic, e.g. you wind the film manually, and I think it's actually a camera rather than a true scanner. I'm probably going to resist the urge to get one, since I've long since digitised the pictures that were interesting from my 35mm days. Unless I succumb to the delights of Hello Kitty. But a fisheye adapter for one of my digital cameras would be a LOT more useful.

later The reviews say the scanner is rubbish. Avoid!
marcus 2013

Crossrail photos

As mentioned yesterday, I went out today and took a couple more pictures of the Crossrail portal from a footbridge a couple of hundred yards west of my house. There's a steel mesh fence there and the only good way to get a picture is to hold the camera on top of the fence, about six inches above my head height, and hope it'll be OK. These aren't too bad, but I've had to crop both a little - the first because part of the bottom of the picture was blocked by the fence, the second because it showed some people standing relatively near the camera (to the right) and I didn't have their permission. I'll be uploading to Wikimedia shortly. The cameras was my little Fuji - I really don't want to carry a large SLR around Portobello market etc.

The first shows the portal (not the actual tunnel entrances, unfortunately, the angle is wrong), and the steel structure that's now been built above it. I now think that this is a cable support - they presumably have to make the high voltage cables follow the slope of the track.

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The second is looking towards the bus terminal at Great West Road (the red building in the distance behind the two red cranes) and shows some of the assembled engineering stuff. The circular thing to the left of the cranes is part of the giant tunnelling machine of doom, I assume.

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marcus 2013

Fandom meme

Meme from misachan who has seen it "everywhere!"

First TV show I had self-insertion fantasies about: Thunderbirds, I think

First fandom in which I interacted (online and in person) with other fans: Literary SF fandom generally - there wasn't really much else in the UK in the seventies.

Pairing in the first (m/m) slash fanfiction I read: Kirk / Spock, in the fanfic (and later play) Spock in Manacles which I saw at an SF con then bought. It's a fun musical with a lot of parody songs.

First RPS/RPF I read: Never into it - the first I can remember is something which used the "Kevin Sorbo is actually Hercules" shtick from Hercules / Xena.

First fanfiction I read that made me think, YES, this is exactly the kind of fanfiction I'd like to write... Something in the Buffy fandom by rozk, I think, but not sure which.

Pairing in the first fanfiction I wrote: I think it was a Buffy / Authority crossover, Jenny the Vampire Slayer which mentioned (in passing) Jenny / Willow and Jenny / Angel as part of her 100-year career. I seem to have published 3 stories the same day, which makes me suspect that there was some sort of reset on the dates, but the other two didn't have pairings anyway.

First OTP: Something I don't really do - I don't write shipper fiction, so pairings tend to be canon or whatever best suits the needs of the plot. The first that was fairly integral to the story was in Family Issues which resolves around Willow / Tara.

First RPS/F OTP: Don't do them

First fannish friend I met in person: rozk (but long before I knew of her interest in fanfic)

First character I formally roleplayed: Assuming this means a canon fictional character, the only one I've ever roleplayed was Horace Slughorn in a livejournal story game - I had to drop out, mostly because most of the players were writing steamy sex scenes, and (a) Horace really doesn't work for them and (b) most of them were deadly dull.

Apart from that I've done a ton of more normal roleplaying games - I can't begin to remember who my first character was, I think he was killed within about five minutes.