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July 17, 2009

Some cool–looking Star Wars toys and action figures

As a lowly webmonkey I rarely get to see the actual physical products we sell. I could buy them, but I’m not rich enough for that. So unfortunately I can only really go based on the lovely pictures that get loaded onto the website.

Since we’re supposed to be well-known for selling Star Wars things, and that we rank pretty badly for it, I’ve decided to find what I think are the best-looking upcoming Star Wars toys. This is all part of the experiment.

I’ll start with my personal favourite, this is the one that caught my eye and made me decide to make this post.

Imperial Shock Trooper

Technically this is related to the prequels (or clone wars cartoons) so by rights it should be rubbish. However, it looks bloody cool. The design is somewhere between clonetroopers and stormtroopers so I imagine it’s supposed to be a gradual progressions. But apparently this guy is a Shock Trooper, that sounds pretty impressive so I like to pretend he shoots lightning (rather than going with the boring conventional definition of shock trooper). The red colouring is what makes this figure stand out, and apparently he’s fully articulated. That’s right, not just partially articulated, but fully. Is there some sort of quality assurance board that governs whether an action figure can be considered fully articulated? I ask because I very much doubt he has a completely accurate human skeletal frame with all joints and motions.

He’s not cheap (about £70), but if you’re the kind of person who’s inclined to buy this kind of stuff, he’s worth a look.

Deluxe Imperial Shock Trooper at Forbidden Planet

Next up it’s the….

Sandtrooper

Quite similar to the Shock Trooper, but it’s a true original trilogy style Storm Trooper, who happens to be a bit dirty, this makes him into a Sandtrooper apparently. Since this stuff is all made up anyway, I guess I can accept that a Sandtrooper is different to a Stormtrooper and this isn’t just an attempt to cash in by making numerious variations of exactly the same model.

He’s more expensive than the Shock Trooper (coming in at a hefty £75) and doesn’t look quite as cool, but still worth a look if you have more money than sense.

Deluxe Imperial Sandtrooper at Forbidden Planet

Ultimate Quarter Scale Figure: Mace Windu

Yeah that’s right, it’s Mace “I’m going to crash your party, bitches” Windu. The guy who made purple lightsabers the height of manly fashion is apparently now available as an “Ultimate Quarter Scale Figure”, whatever the hell that means. I can only assume it means he’s quarter the size of ol’ Samuel L himself, which would make this figure pretty big. By the looks of things he’s trying to force persuade you into buying his action figure, I guess he’d have to since it costs £75. Apparently he also has 25 points of articulation…

It looks like he also come with real cloth for clothing, this basically means you’re paying £75 for a Barbie.

Ultimate Quarter Scale Figure: Mace Windu at Forbidden Planet

Challenge time

Find me the highest number of points of articulation that an action figure has ever had, you are not limited to humanoids. I guess some sort of giant worm or dragon action figure might be the winner here.

There’s lots of other things, but frankly these were the ones that looked the best to me. If you’re really interested in seeing everything else, I guess you could always visit this convenient link that lists all of the Star Wars toys that we sell on the interwebs

Not everything costs as much as £70, though some of it a lot more. £50-70 seems to be the sweet spot for things that look good but are also in the realm of affordability.

I was serious about the points of articulation thing, I want to know.


Pondering Ponderousness

I’ve been wondering what to do with this blog for a while, mostly because I have a proper site (that happens to be being rebuilt) as well.

I’m thinking I might start using this blog for general rants, whilst keeping my main site as a more professional gubbins. I’m also thinking I could use it to highlight any cool stuff I spy my company selling. We sell all sorts of cool action figures, statues and comics, some of which look pretty cool – even if I can’t actually afford any of it myself :(

I’ve been trying to push the idea of a more community-oriented section of our site for over 2 years now. The main argument being that by providing valuable content, you are going to encourage a lot more inbound links as well as a positive attitude towards the company. When you compare this with sending our numerous newsletters per week which just list products, and have a site with over 20,000 products but no opinion… the benefits are obvious. In this day and age, transparency and a human face are going to do a lot more for boosting traffic than wearing out your existing customers.

My previous 2 posts here were largely to prove a point (though the results are obviously skewed due to the obscenely high scoring that Google seems to give .ac.uk domains). Permitting for different Google servers (each server has different rankings for pages because changes take a long time to propogate across them all), I’ve managed to boost us from page 4 to 1 of UK searches and from virtually unranked to page 1 of worldwide. Obviously this is only for a very specific set of keywords and I had to write some very targetted content (and links), but I hope it’s proved my point – inbound links are everything, and if you provide content that people want to link to, you’re on to a winner.

So I’m tempted to keep using this blog to push certain parts of the site, but only to the stuff I genuinely think is cool. I have no intention of turning this into a marketing portal and I would kind of like to return to the entertaining kind of posts that used to be so common across Warwick Blogs.

BYE THEN.


July 08, 2009

Uh oh, I did it again :( (more Urban Vinyl and Art Toys)

Follow-up to Designer Toys / Urban Vinyl / Art Toys are expensive and look cool from Andy's Dumb Ramblings

...I bought 3 more Monskeys

Monskey Army

Apparently the red one loves nature and hates waste. The diver one loves diving and hates sharks. Personally I think he picked the wrong sport if he hates sharks.

I’ll try not to buy any more, 4 is enough methinks…

I also have a secret agenda here, I’m testing the effect a blog post has on google rankings. Trying to encourage my employer to interact with the internets a little more proactively. Though to be honest, I think it would be worthwhile even if it didn’t affect our rankings in any meaningful way.

I’m curious as to whether Warwick Blogs are still as powerful in Google as they used to be, I remember when I was the number one search result for Threats to Global Peace.

So here’s the rest of our Urban Vinyl


July 06, 2009

Designer Toys / Urban Vinyl / Art Toys are expensive and look cool

Hello, it’s me again.

Why am I posting here and not on my real site? Because I’m redeveloping it. And when it’s finally launched, you too will be able to see that it should never have taken as long as it has.

Anywho, in the last couple of years I’ve been slowly exposed to the scary world of Designer Toys / Urban Vinyl / Art Toys (whatever the hell you want to call them). No, I’m not talking about edgy urban music ‘records’. I’m talking about the odd craze where artists take a prefabricated vinyl (plastic) figure and art the shit out of them (yes, that is a technical term). Sometimes they’ll even design their own vinyl figure first, and sometimes they won’t even use vinyl, they’ll make plush toys. What a crazy world.

Anyway, I finally took the plunge and bought one of the cheapest vinyl figures I could find. It’s a “Monskey” and his name is “Teakia”. According the packaging he likes fire and hates noise. He also believes we all have psychic powers. In many ways he’s a lot like me.

Here’s a picture of him:

Unfortunately there’s also a boatload of almost identical monskeys with different designs, this is why I’m going to be very poor. Even more poor than I am thanks to living in London and earning a non-London wage.

Here’s a link to a whole bunch of other urban vinyl monskeys

There’s an unbelievable amount of urban vinyl, so it’s lucky I’m not one of those guys who gets hooked on collecting stuff. No wait, you’re the one who doesn’t get hooked, I’m the one who does… Unfortunately most of it costs a fortune. You can even get a 18 inch tall white monkey thing that you can doodle all over designer toys, art toys, and urban vinyl 18 inch Mega Munny at Forbidden Planet) ... seriously, who comes up with these ideas?

Also, it’s my birthday soon so buy me lots of nice things. Yes Mannion and Widge, I mean you.


April 24, 2009

Star Trek is a good reboot, if slightly inconsistent

Title:
Star Trek
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Woo, first entry in over 2 years!

This Wednesday I saw the new Star Trek film, having seen the trailers and casting choices I had high hopes, thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.

The film does its best to be a logical reboot, basically it is designed to transition from the time period (and events) of the TNG/DS9/Voyager era to the date of Kirk’s birth. It’s not a huge spoiler (since it happens in the first 5 minutes), but basically the circumstances surrounding Kirk’s birth change significantly creating a whole new Trek universe without the heavy-handed erasure that happens with most reboots.

There are a few inconsistencies that can’t be explained by the reboot, like why the standard starfleet insignia is the enterprise one before the events of TOS, or why Spock is now the creator of the Kobayashi Maru test when Wrath of Kahn implies he didn’t (debatable though). The way Kirk wins it is changed too, he still cheats but the approach taken demonstrates the difference in his upbringing, and the consequences are very different.

The casting is for the most part excellent, Spock and Kirk in particular. Characters like Uhura, Checkov and Sulu are fleshed out in such a way to demonstrate that they really are the best at what they do – something that never really featured heavily in TOS or the old movies. Leonard Nimoy’s appearance as Old Spock isn’t just fan service, he is fairly integral to the plot. Scotty is very much just Simon Pegg playing a stereotype. Despite being entertaining, he’s character who’s played furthest from the original.

The main issue with the plot is that it basically exists as a method of justifying the reboot, if the events of the film didn’t happen there would be no reboot universe to speak of. What unfolds during the film significantly changes the balance of the Federation to the degree that future films (and even televion series) can be made without the feeling that you’re just rewatching the story you’ve already seen on TV years ago.

Despite the dark events of the film, it’s very lighthearted in tone. It’s very much an entertaining (and humorous) action-adventure that doesn’t really touch on the heavy political issues and serious plotlines of the later shows.

Summary: Watch it, even if you’ve never seen or don’t like previous Star Treks.


August 18, 2007

Open for business

After over a year of inactivity, I am reopening this blog.

I know that maybe no one will read this. Undoubtedly blogs are little ‘uncool’ but what the hey. It makes me happy.

If no one is reading, then I can say things like, ‘You all smell’.

But if someone is reading….....

I am open for business.


July 12, 2007

Sam Stockley

Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Filter: UV
Date: 11th July 2007
Location: Holmer Green, Bucks, UK
Focal Length: 70mm (equivalent focal length: 114mm)
Shutter: 1/1600s
Aperture: F/5
ISO: 400
White Balance: auto
Comments: Shot from the sidelines at a pre-season run out for Wycombe Wanderers against a local team – Holmer Green FC.
Post–processing: Shot in RAW, cropped and converted


June 02, 2007

Goal!


Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Sony DSC-S80
Date: 1st June 2007
Location: Wembley Stadium
Focal Length: 6mm (apparently, not sure I believe it)
Shutter: 1/200s
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 80
White Balance: auto
Comments: A young england fan taunts the brazilians
Post–processing:


May 23, 2007

Quack


Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Sigma 18–200mm f3.5–6.3 DC
Filter: UV + Circular Polariser
Date: 22nd May 2007
Location: Leamington Spa
Focal Length: 200mm (equivalent focal length: 325mm)
Shutter: 1/60s
Aperture: F/7.1
ISO: 100
White Balance: auto
Comments:
Post–processing: Cropped slightly


May 16, 2007

Baby Duckling


Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8 II
Filter: none
Date: 16th May 2007
Location: Leamington Spa
Focal Length: 50mm (equivalent focal length: 83mm)
Shutter: 1/320s
Aperture: F/2
ISO: 100
White Balance: auto
Comments:
Post–processing: Cropped slightly


Daddy Duck


Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8 II
Filter: none
Date: 16th May 2007
Location: Leamington Spa
Focal Length: 50mm (equivalent focal length: 83mm)
Shutter: 1/320s
Aperture: F/2
ISO: 100
White Balance: auto
Comments:
Post–processing: Cropped slightly


Ugly Duckling


Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8 II
Filter: none
Date: 16th May 2007
Location: Leamington Spa
Focal Length: 50mm (equivalent focal length: 83mm)
Shutter: 1/500s
Aperture: F/2
ISO: 100
White Balance: auto
Comments: He was pretty ugly, not much colour on him, so went for b/w. Will do a colour one later.
Post–processing: Cropped slightly and increased highlights.


May 15, 2007

Gateway to field


Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Sigma 18–200mm f3.5–6.3 DC
Filter: UV
Date: 12th May 2007
Location: Leamington Spa
Focal Length: 18mm (equivalent focal length: 30mm)
Shutter: 1/2000s
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 200
White Balance: auto
Comments:
Post–processing: b/w and cropped slightly


May 14, 2007

Pink Face


Photo Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell (Unknown Graffiti Artist)

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Sigma 18–200mm f3.5–6.3 DC
Filter: UV
Date: 12th May 2007
Location: Leamington Spa
Focal Length: 18mm (equivalent focal length: 30mm)
Shutter: 1/800s
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 200
White Balance: auto
Comments:
Post–processing: Cropped slightly on sides


May 13, 2007

Leam Graff


Photo Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell (Unknown Graffiti Artist)

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Sigma 18–200mm f3.5–6.3 DC
Filter: UV
Date: 12th May 2007
Location: Leamington Spa
Focal Length: 18mm (equivalent focal length: 30mm)
Shutter: 1/400s
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 200
White Balance: auto
Comments: I really like impressive and clever (clever such as banksy, I don’t class this as clever!) graffiti and am trying to capture lots of it around Warwickshire.
Post–processing: Cropped slightly top and bottom


May 11, 2007

Americans and Galicians

This was originally sent to me from a Spanish friend, hopefully the humour is not lost in translation.

(FYI Galicia is a coastal region of Spain)

An ALLEGED conversation between Americans and Galicians recorded off the coast of Finisterre, Galicia.

<Transmission begins> 

Galician:
"This is A-853, please change your course fifteen degrees South to avoid colliding with us. You are coming straight towards us, distance 25 nautical miles."

American:
"We recommend that you change your course fifteen degrees North to avoid a collision."

Galician:
"Negative. We repeat, change your course fifteen degrees south to avoid a collision."

American:
"You are talking to the captain of a ship of the United States of America. We insist you turn your course fifteen degrees North to avoid a collision."

Galician:
"We do not consider that feasible or advisable, we suggest that you change your course fifteen degrees South to avoid colliding with us."

American (very angry):
"You are talking to Captain Richard James Howard, at the bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln of the USA Navy, the second biggest warship of the North American fleet. We are escorted by two battleships, three destroyers, five cruisers, four submarines and numerous amphibious support vessels. We are on our way to the Persian Gulf to prepare military manoeuvres before a possible attack on Iraq.
I am not suggesting, I am ordering you to change your course fifteen degrees North! Otherwise we will be forced to take any measures necessary to guarantee both the safety of this ship and the force of this coalition. You belong to an allied country and a member of NATO, so obey immediately and get out of our way!"

Galician:
"You are speaking to Jose Manuel Otero-Rivas. We are two people. We are escorted by our dog, our food, two beers and a canary that is currently asleep.  We have the support of Radio Coruňa FM and Channel 16 for marine emergencies. We are not intending to move anywhere as we are speaking to you from the mainland, from lighthouse A-853 of Finisterre on the coast of Galicia, and we don’t have a f*cking clue what our ranking is of Spanish lighthouses.
You may take whatever measures you consider opportune and bloody well feel like to guarantee the safety of your goddamn ship, which is about to shred itself on the rocks, but what we continue to insist and suggest as the best, most sane and more recommendable course of action, is to turn fifteen degrees South to avoid colliding with us."

American:
"OK. Received. Thank you."

<End of transmission>

I like :D 

Mx 


May 06, 2007

Funny cause it's true

Writing about web page http://www.insane.com/jokes-1973-vs-2007/

Check out this parody on events that happen in 1973 compared to if they happened in 2007. Very funny. Some of the comments after are even more funny, like:

Comment by Scott: this is really not funny

Comment by Andrew: not funny if you are a moron or a democrat.

It’s funny anyway, have a read!


May 02, 2007

Things To Do After You Die

I don't know about everybody else, but some lists of "Things to do before you die" drive me mad. I am never going to make it to the moon ok?! Nor am I any more likely to see the Titanic in person or climb mount everest. And those are the better suggestions. Some are plain insane. Surely anyone with two braincells to rub together can tell that "lighting a match with a rifle" is probably going to be the last thing they do before they die! It just makes me want to poke the authors in the face with a blunt spoon until they get a nasty looking red patch on their cheek and tell me to stop.

It is rather biased. After all, I'm going to be dead for a hell of a lot longer than I'll be alive; infinitely so in fact. A little preparation wouldn't hurt... Oh well, revision insanity last year helped to compile this list and I've only just rediscovered it, so here it is. If you're sure the exams are going to kill you this year then get reading...

Things To Do After You Die 

  1. Be buried
  2. Be cremated
  3. Be made into a glass paperweight
  4. Be buried at sea
  5. Be fed to wild animals
  6. Have a wax deathmask made
  7. Get stuffed
  8. Be shot into outer space
  9. Be mummified
  10. Be used to stuff a plush toy
  11. Have yourself scattered somewhere
  12. Be served as lunch
  13. Donate your organs for transplantation
  14. Donate your body to science
  15. Have yourself pumped full of resin then dissolved in acid so that only your cardiovascular system is preserved
  16. Leave everything to a cat
  17. Put conditions in your will a la “the Bachelor”
  18. Be recreated as a waxwork statue
  19. Have a monument built in your memory
  20. Poison your wake and bring them all with you
  21. Be set on fire
  22. Be twung from between two trees in a sling
  23. Leave behind a long list of secrets you said you’d take to your grave
  24. Haunt someone
  25. Possess someone
  26. Misplace the family’s TV/VCR remotes
  27. Curse someone
  28. Come back to life three days later
  29. Ask to be carted away like in the middle ages
  30. Be entombed beneath a pyramid
  31. Get shipped off to somewhere tropical
  32. Become a zombie
  33. Be cryogenically frozen
  34. Have your head put in a jar
  35. Be eaten by piranhas
  36. Be turned into a firework
  37. Have you ashes compressed into a diamond
  38. Pre-order a grave statue that gestures obscenely at passers-by
  39. Hire professional mourners to out-mourn your family
  40. Be stuffed with sweets and strung up like a piňata
  41. Be reincarnated
  42. Request a circus themed funeral
  43. Be buried in drag
  44. Undergo saponification
  45. Pre-order a novelty cock-shaped wreath for the funeral
  46. Imply it was murder on your deathbed
  47. Leave a note for someone saying “You’re next”
  48. Hire a swedish deathmetal group to perform at the wake
  49. Have an entire subsection of your will dedicated to the distribution of your porn collection
  50. Invent somebody in your will
  51. Line your coffin with money and take it all with you
  52. Request to be buried with a packed lunch “for the trip”
  53. Have a traditional tibetan burial and be ground up and fed to vultures
  54. Be preserved seated in the lotus position and covered in gold
  55. Have your bones made into a chandelier
  56. Play UNO with Jesus (and win)

Mx



May 01, 2007

The Something Random Guide to: Making Vodka Jellies

Follow-up to The Something Random Guide to: Making A Vodka Infusion. from Something Random

I figure it's about time i did a follow-up, especially with post-exam-celebration season looming!

Vodka Jellies

In the interest of thorough scientific practice I’m expanding my collection of alcohol related recipes by adding the immortal creation that is “Something Random’s Perfect Jelly Shot”. This recipe is still largely unknown among my friends, one reason for this being that those who encounter the fabled shots do tend to experience a certain amount of amnesia the following morning. But regardless of the memory-loss everyone agrees that they taste amazing; even if they still can’t understand how they managed to fall asleep on the floor curled up around a small potted plant and with their hand taped to a spatula.

As always read through completely before you start and make sure there is plenty of kitchen roll to hand just in case. It may not be the definitive recipe but it 's fast and simple and hasn't let me down yet.

Ingredients:

8 packets of jelly (where each packet is to make 1 pint)
1 x 70cl bottle of vodka (again cheap wodka is fine, you won’t notice)
2 x 225g bags haribo tangfastics
1 clean empty bottle with lid
Water
About 40 shot glasses (the usual size for jellies is 6.5cl = 2.3 fl.oz.)

Method:

    1. Open the tangfastics and separate out the cherries. Put these to one side and feed the others to your minions/housemates/dog. At this stage in the proceedings there are usually a lot of minions loitering around – they sense the haribo.
    2. Cut up the cherries, separating the green and red parts. Again, feed the green leftovers to your minions. Further cut up the red bits and put them in a bowl on one side.
    3. Now turn to the vodka. Pour about a third of it into the other bottle to be stored temporarily.
    4. Transfer the chopped up cherries into the original vodka bottle. This is easiest done slowly and by hand because the pieces are so sticky. Any attempts to use a funnel will just result in a mess as it will get blocked and you’ll have to free it with a chopstick.
    5. Run a sink/bucket full of hot water and place this bottle in it. Ensure the lid is on tightly enough to prevent any leakage.
    6. At intervals invert the bottle and shake gently to facilitate the dissolving of the cherries. Vodka is a solvent so this shouldn’t take too long. If at this point the cherries are still not dissolving try putting a bit of the excess vodka back in the bottle.
    7. Once completely dissolved remove from the water and place to one side to cool
    8. Next make the jelly. There are various methods of doing this, using a microwave or a large pan on a low heat. Either are valid but it’s important to use as little water as feasibly possible. This will help to speed up the cooling down when you come to add the rest of the water.
    9. When the jelly is all liquid take it off the heat and add cold water (and ice cubes if you have them) to cool it down. By now the mixture should have a volume of no more than 2 pints. If there are more than two pints of jelly at this point there is a risk that the jelly will not set.
    10. Add the cherry vodka and the spare stored vodka then top up the volume to a total of 4 pints. The best way of doing this is by measuring the mixture&vodka out a pint at a time with a measuring jug (or pint-sized container eg a glass milk bottle) then topping up at the end with the appropriate amount of water.
    11. Set out the glasses in a grid on a baking tray and fill them with about 50 ml each. This should allow for about 35-40 jellies and will also make each of them as strong as a standard 25ml shot of vodka. Let people know this because its hard to judge the strength of the shots from taste alone the sweetness makes it very misleading!
    12. Put the trays of jellies on a level surface in the fridge to set, then take them out and enjoy!

    Points to remember:

    • Most jellies contain pork extract, however there are varieties available that dont. This is something to bear in mind if you are catering for vegetarians.
    • I have also seen sugarfree brands and jelly powders in sachets. These should work fine but unless youve done a test run first consider making them a little in advance in case something goes wrong.
    • If worst comes to worst and the jellies refuse to set it is possible to cheat by chilling them in the freezer until they solidify some more. Be careful, too much time in the freezer and they are liable to freeze round the edges. This ruins the texture of the jelly.
    • If youve really messed up and its staying liquid, it is possible to stage a last ditch attempt at rescue by pouring the jellies back together again and adding a couple more packets of jelly before returning them to their individual glasses. However this is something that would be better off avoided as not only does it make an awful mess of both the glasses and your kitchen but it also wastes a lot of the mix.

    Prices:Jelly

    Two rounds of this recipe will use:

    2x70cl cheap vodka £13.00
    4bags haribo £4
    16 packets jelly £3.50
    80
    glasses (100 incP&P) £10.00

    Which should come to about £30.50 in total.

    Or £0.38 per jelly which, I think youll agree, is pretty good going for party fodder - especially considering they're the equivalent of a shot each.

    Ive not yet had the opportunity to work out the calories or weight watchers points per jelly shot but will do so at the next available opportunity.

    Mx 



    April 29, 2007

    Back to the fold

    Well it's only taken me three months to get my username back. And although it would have been a lot faster if I'd bothered to email when I discovered the problem, It would have been even simpler if the WGA hadn't deleted me. Call me fussy but some kind of notice would have been nice. Maybe a letter or a post-it, or a note with some flowers or even a thorntons egg carefully iced with the message "kiss your blog byebye". At least then I could have eaten the bad news as a festive snack. :/ Ah well. I'm back. Like the unwanted dandylion in the middle of your pristine lawn. Ahahaha... :)

    Mx 


    April 26, 2007

    Why Ultimate players make the best lovers

    Writing about web page http://www.nerve.com/dispatches/zagoria/catchandrelease/

    I suggest you read this it’s very true ;)


    April 05, 2007

    White Daffodil


    Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

    Camera: Canon EOS 350D
    Lens: Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
    Filter: UV
    Date: 1st April 2007
    Location: Amersham, UK
    Focal Length: 180mm (equivalent focal length: 292mm)
    Shutter: 1/400s
    Aperture: F/5.6
    ISO: 200
    White Balance: auto
    Comments:
    Post–processing:


    Pump Rooms


    Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

    Camera: Canon EOS 350D
    Lens: Sigma 18–200mm f3.5–6.3 DC
    Filter: UV
    Date: 18th Feb 2007
    Location: Royal Spa Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa
    Focal Length: 18mm (equivalent focal length: 30mm)
    Shutter: 1/250s
    Aperture: F/13
    ISO: 400
    White Balance: auto
    Comments: Being resized to fit on here doesn’t do it justice. Bigger here
    Post–processing: Cropped.


    March 14, 2007

    Mechano


    Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

    Camera: Canon EOS 350D
    Lens: Sigma 18–200mm f3.5–6.3 DC
    Filter: UV
    Date: 18th Feb 2007
    Location: Jefferson Gardens, Leamington Spa
    Focal Length: 18mm (equivalent focal length: 30mm)
    Shutter: 1/250s
    Aperture: F/10
    ISO: 400
    White Balance: auto
    Comments: I have no idea why the apperture was set at 10, but hey!
    Post–processing: Cropped and b/w.


    Top 5 things people should learn in school

    Writing about web page http://briankim.net/blog/2007/03/top-5-things-that-should-be-taught-in-every-school/

    I think that this website has it all right. Education is compulsory, but why is that if today’s children are not taught anything worthwhile?! Surely there should be a radical reform to make sure that we give our children the right start in life.