“Why we need to politicise the bushfires”

“Why we need to politicise the bushfires”

Whoever decided to launch The Guardian in Australia: thank you.

Love the last two paragraphs of this piece:

Nobody is saying we should stop talking about the fires and talk about global warming instead. With the Greens working harder than anyone else to get more resources for emergency services, certainly nobody is saying we should stop battling the bushfires and tackle global warming instead.

Only when we’re smart enough to do both at the same time will we truly be fighting fires.

Click through for all of the reasoning.

The final Fujifilm frontier: tilt-shift

With the help of a Kipon Nikon F-mount to Fujifilm X-mount tilt-shift adaptor and a Nikon 35mm f/2 lens, I’m pleased to report that I now have a tilt-shift rig roughly equivalent to the Canon 45mm TS-E I used to own and love.

Losing the ability to tilt and shift was a given when I traded Canon for Fujifilm, and I’d made peace with it. But I’m glad it’s an option again, even if it’s a bit clunky looking.

Here’s the first (only!) frame I’ve captured with it so far, straight out of camera (full tilt, lens wide open). Nothing earth shattering, but the effect is more than strong enough to do some interesting work with, methinks.


Life before birth, according to the Bible

Life before birth, according to the Bible

Click through for what is presumably a typical defence of abortion from Christians on the “left” of this issue.

I don’t endorse it, but I’m not in a position to post a rebuttal, either. (That’s code for “I’m still figuring out what to think about this.”) Feel free to help enlighten me if this is something you’ve studied with an open mind.

For now, I remain opposed to abortion, but unconvinced that making it illegal is an effective/useful response to the various forces that make it a reality in our society.

x100.365 #132: A load of bunk

Mr 4 was so excited about his “big bed” that he took to it with a hammer [thinking it would speed up the assembly].

Once assembled, he was too scared to climb up to the top bunk, so he and Miss 2 are sharing the bottom bunk for now.

Here they are, discussing the situation, just after the bed was made for the first time.