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There may be problems with the Photoshop CS2 updater.
Congress is getting bullish on China; batten your wallets. “Over the weekend, the head of China’s central bank also gave a speech indicating that the yuan could be revalued in the near future (though he blamed international pressure, rather than internal imbalances). Once this happens, the People’s Bank of China can stop stockpiling dollar reserves—meaning its demand for American government securities will also dry up. Critics wonder if Congress, which has made little effort to curb America’s soaring budget deficits, has quite thought things through.” My italics. You’ve heard many of these arguments here before.
There’s something wonderfully ironic
about Mr Bush applying ‘DeLay’ to Social Security reform.
A new federal move to limit teen abortions. Girls less than 15 years of age, from my reading of the latest stats (2000), were less than 1 percent of all abortions.
In the interest of being able to reach wide angles, there aren’t many options for those using 1.6x factor sensors. My Canon EOS 20D has just a few options, for zooms. Planning ahead for a larger sensor, I thought I’d be smart and order a Sigma 12-24mm EX HSM, which will function on a full-frame. This one’s going back today, after testing (and really wanting to like the lens) for the following reasons:
1. Unsharp at any speed. Less sharp than the cheap $100 EF-S 18-55, which is only average in itself. A significant letdown from my recent Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 purchase. That lens is a gem.
2. F/8 was the best and only ‘nearly acceptable’ sharpness.
3. Autofocus was useless. Manual focus on infinity, let depth of field handle the rest. Don’t even think about close focus.
4. Right side, esp. bottom, had prismatic breakup of detail. Smear.
5. Unpredictability. You could use the same settings on two different shots, and get out-of-focus *infinity* detail in one.
6. Random “ERR-99” communication problems with the 20D.
The only benefits?
1. Sturdy construction, heavy (I count that as a plus), excellent fit and finish.
2. Beautiful rectilinearity [less time-intensive workflow].
So many others have had problems with this lens [scroll down; this is the unsharpness I was seeing]. I was hoping that I had stored up some sort of “Sigma Karma”, because all my previous Sigmas had been sharper than my Nikon equivalents. I love most Sigmas, but I count this one as not recommended. I just don’t have time to do the return-and-exchange stuff to end up with a random sharp model (which may not be sharp enough for my tastes anyway).
I’ll be putting the “dead-end” Canon EF-S 10-22mm on order. I’ll live with PTLens for defishing.
End of blogging break;
back to work.
Fairy tales linked to violent relationships. Depends on what fairy tales you’re reading. There are many more than the two they mention, with dark and mysterious conclusions. It is more a situation of limited exposure; certainly mythical archetypes would help youngsters make *better* choices.
Priceless pipe organs are suffering from ‘leprosy.’ The culprit may be the combo of central heating and oak. Speaking of pipe organs, a tip for when you purchase your next stereo: bring Bach’s Toccatta and Fugue in D minor along with you. Highs, lows ... if the speakers don’t do well with this, you’ll be unsatisfied. Most sound guys I worked with in NYC might like metal or pop, but to test speakers, Bach.
Ancient treasures for sale. Corollary from the BBC: Where are Iraq’s artifacts? Remember the total count controversy? 15,000 are still missing. And a positive sign from Discovery: Italy returns stele to Ethiopia.
NY Times Op-Ed:
Kristof, North Korea and Mr Bush. I said this during the Chinese spy plane fiasco, I’ll say it again. The foreign policy education of Mr Bush will, ultimately, be so costly I don’t know if we can pay it.
NY Times Editorial:
SF New Mexican:
Ute Mountain protected under private-public effort. With this Administration, one must celebrate every inch of land preserved.
SF New Mexican:
Bid for LANL contract delayed again. “The seven-year contract is potentially worth $2.2 billion per year. Extensions of the contract could raise the total value to $44 billion over 20 years.”
SF New Mexican:
Butterflies swarm the area after wet winter. Oh, Vanessa ...
I’m going to be
very busy all this week, so lay your browsing plans accordingly.
A Boldface Name Invites Others to Blog With Her. I think she’d be more successful highlighting lesser-known webloggers. Putting up the ‘big names’ just gives us more of the same, in a different format. Whee.
SF New Mexican:
Changes in WIPP operations suggested by DOE. For New Mexico, the nuclear waste version of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Who knows what kind of waste will be driving within a mile of my house, with *no* disaster escape route if there’s an accident. Happy happy, joy joy.
a slew of hits from “stumbleupon.com/refer”. What’s up with that?
A Whole Lotta Nothing:
pix. I’m still running in my lenses, so the framing isn’t the best. But for 800 and 1600 ISO, and distant bleachers hand-held, not bad really.
I feel I should
remind all that liberty is preserved by the infrastructural separation of powers, including the independence of the judiciary. To weaken that, is to weaken the freedom of each man, woman and child in America.
Nikon responds to those who rose ‘encryption’ red flags: Get the SDK, and stop crying.