2 December 2013, 19:11
In case you’re unaware, today is my birthday. And I got a 70D (too hard to find a bad link). And a nifty fifty. One of which I will be using on the last excursion that I’m planning (I think I’ve been coerced into going on a holiday on the 28th) before I enter my thesis cave (expected exit: May 1 2014). The excursions will continue over this time, just Melissa will be organising them.
Since this is yet another new toy, I will be doing the obvious thing: Zealandia. And Melissa will have the 1100D to learn/play with. I’ll have to rejig my bag though.
The forecast looks average, which seems to be the best for bird-spotting. 021366055 like normal. We normally aim to got there by 1015, we can give rides, and it’s probably a cut-lunch day (which means going deep into the valley).
Oh, if anyone wants a postcard from Perth, I’m heading there on Sunday. So give me an address. As a bonus, I speak the language this time.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 06:11.
21 November 2013, 19:15
That’s a not-so-little baby Paradise Shelduck from my most recent trip to Zealandia. Apparently it’s “cute”.
Anyway, due to late notice (this is my first night at home in awhile) and some other factors, it’s yet another trip to Zealandia this Saturday.
More importantly, an update on my birthday sleepover.
The main part is still driving up to the in-laws (no longer vacant, which is good) via the Wairarapa. Since Melissa potentially has dancing on the Saturday, the leaving time is ambiguous, but the aim is to leave by 3. That means leaving here, we’ll have to do some pick-ups on the way out. We arrive in Palmy at some un-determined time (probably too late for dinner, but we’ll sort something out), and then do stuff/sleep. There should be enough space at the in-laws to give everyone some rack space, and there is going to be cake and ice cream. After sleep, we get up, maybe have a fry-up, and get back on the road sometime. The arriving home time is flexible, with the current aim being mid-afternoon. Fun times to be had by all, even if you have to endure my music for a day or so.
The idea behind the photography competition-thing is to split into two teams (currently called Vestara and Xanthe, after the hardware employed). I have constructed a list of 500 words/phrases (that’s a real link), and I randomly split it in half, and then randomly ordered each part. So each team gets 250 words (or phrases, but mainly words), which they are to attempt incorporate into photos, with the caveat that each photo must contain at least one identifiable team member. Some are easy, some are hard, some require creative interpretations (so bring props). The winning team will be the team that gets the most words crossed off. This competition will run for the entire trip, not just the north leg, with photos being put on the Internet at some point.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 06:15.
11 November 2013, 21:13
It’s a heart from the fireworks. With a few filters applied (RAW is great). The ISO value was too high, so it’s rather noisy (can’t you see all those different coloured black dots?), but I’m getting better at this photography thing. Which leads nicely into the main topic of this blog post: I’m getting old soon. And I want to do something for a change.
Basic idea: Leaving Wellington at ~1500 on Saturday 30 November, drive to Palmy (selected due to free accommodation), probably via Waiarapa and the gorge, taking lots of photos (maybe teams with some sort of competition) and various other hijinks on the way, crashing at the vacant in-laws (maybe take a projector and watch a terrible movie), returning to Wellington (more hijinks, photos etc) by 1600 Sunday 1 December, in time for the Phoenix.
RSVP to me in any way you know how. By the 24th of November (I need numbers in order to finalise vehicles, because this isn’t a convoy).
Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:13.
4 November 2013, 18:45
Melissa is leaving me again this weekend. So I’m planning on doing stuff without her. She leaves on Friday afternoon, and gets back on Sunday afternoon, so I have a little time to fill.
The plan at the moment is to go to Zealandia on Saturday (I can get one female (pretending to be Melissa) in for free, and anyone else in for \$8.75) daytime (maybe lunch in the cafe there, maybe cut lunch in the bush someplace), and then muck around until dinner, which I shall partake of in town (anyone for a date?), then it’s off to the fireworks down at the waterfront, and then I walk home to spend a night crying into my pillow. Sunday I sit at home and be bored. There’s also Friday night, which has potential for a date, or people could come here and make me cook for them (this option is also on the table for Saturday).
However, if anyone is doing anything remotely interesting sometime over the weekend, I might be keen. Just ask. I’m not scary.
Oh, my number is (021) 366-055. My apologies for the lack of links. I’m feeling too lazy at the moment.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 05:45.
25 October 2013, 17:40
It’s that time again. My birthday is coming up (as well as Christmas), and I’m actually looking forward to them, which is weird. Maybe I’m finally in a good headspace or something.
Note: All links go to sensible places. Normal service will return later.
And here’s the list.
- Psych Bobblehead.
- Huawei stripey.
- A new YF shirt.
- Canon EOS 70D (body only, but with a lens if you’re feeling nice).
- Any Canon EF or EF-S lens or compatible accessory (such as a tripod or a flash gun, and some way to cart them round) I don’t currently have. For reference, I have a Canon EOS 1100D with two lenses, as well as an extra lens.
- Books. Both for reading and graduate-level mathematics textbooks. Pester me if you want subject matter.
- Work clothes – I wear a 39 up top and 87 down low.
- 27’ iLugger.
- A Zealandia Membership.
- Das Keyboard.
- A handheld GPS device.
- A black t-shirt with “I found one” printed on it.
- A large (32GB+) USB 3 Flash drive.
- A large (32GB+) SD card.
- A camera backpack.
- iPod speakers with a lightning plug-in.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 04:40.