Monday was a bit of a bummer, I dropped out of SWELL.
This was a while coming, but effectively, once we saw the resonant wobble in the work after repairing it, it became clear that it was going to need some fairly significant engineering under the ground to dampen the movement, and without knowing anything about the geology of the site, that wasn’t going to be doable in a remote location, for a temporary installation.
To contrast with the sadness of that, Swell’s response was sympathetic, friendly and supportive, and I was made to feel welcome to return next year.
The rest of the week was spent researching stuff, and watching my Time Machine drive continue its duplication, running 24/7 for a week and a half now.
Yet another week spent on messing around with backups – 3 days of 24/7 running time on my workstation to get to 1/3 of a duplication of a Time Machine drive. Things were going so slowly, I bought another backup drive, this time 6TB, to back up my entire system onto.
Days later, it’s still running.
Not really a great week for achievement.
One bright note, new IKEA lightning to USB cables arrived – they’re half the price & 50% longer than Apple’s cables. Plus, they have a braided nylon sheath, instead of the garbage rubberised plastic, which disintegrates around the plug end, that Apple uses.
A clusterf*ck of a week, almost entirely spent on computer upgrades, and futzing around with trying to relink backups to upsized drives.
I bought a few interesting things that I’ve been thinking of for a while – IKEA finally have their USB to lightning cables in again, longer than Apple’s, just over half the price, and made of braided nylon, rather than Apple’s garbage splits-for-sure rubber. They say this trash fire rubber is environmentally more responsible, because it breaks down more easily, but you know what’s better? Never having to replace the cable at all.
Another thing I picked up, a mounting bracket for my Mac Pro’s second optical bay, which allows 2 SSDs to be mounted (steals the power / data from the optical drive, but no one uses one of those anyway.
The final purchase, more ram for the Mac Pro – in 2014, I bought 3x16gb sticks, at US$175 each. Nowadays, they’re US$35 each. This is the joy of “obsolete” tech.
This week was spent in preparation to repair my Swell entry. Renting the trailer, buying the patch steel, and towing the work over to the place it was being repaired all went well enough, but once the repair was complete, we discovered a problem that may raise some real issues with the work being outdoors, and exposed to the elements – a resonant wobble that’s going to cause metal fatigue on the welds that hold the whole thing together.
This week was largely spent checking specifications for a new camera, in the hope of lightening my carry load.
So with the end of the financial year, there were big discounts on a lot of gear, and I decided to check out Nikon’s Z7 mirrorless camera. Short version, I didn’t find it all that great. The electronic viewfinder has a fractional lag, as a result of it displaying the sensor’s output. You don’t have that with a traditional optical viewfinder, which looks through the camera’s lens.
A consequence of this, is that because the viewfinder is a small LCD screen, it produces heat, which gets projected into your eye. Probably not noticeable to most people, but with the lag, it added up to an unpleasant use experience.
So, I didn’t get it. Instead I did some shooting around Brisbane, enjoying the low-angle afternoon sun.
Making progress on a bunch of things – Thursday night was the Immerse High prize ceremony so I was demoing VR on behalf of Noosa Library Service. It was a good night overall – lots of great work created by the kids
A lot of this week was spent messing around with waiting on a delivery that was coming from America, for a new camera harness. Unfortunately it’s not going to work out, so I’m going to have to return it.
Aside from that, I went for a hike out through the national park… oh yeah, and shaved my head.
I keep having these admin weeks, but so many things right now are in a transitional phase. I spent one afternoon at the library makerspace, overseeing some high school students who were working on their entries for this year’s Immerse High VR filmmaking contest.
I had to regretfully decide not to be a judge this year – there were too many entries, on too tight a schedule for me to judge it effectively to a standard that I would be happy to put my name behind. That the thing about having been a teacher, you get that need to assessments to be rigorous and falsifiable as a part of your core beliefs.
The final phase of dissolving & distributing my father’s estate is over, we still haven’t received a correct death certificate, but the solicitors handling his estate have closed the file, and washed their hands of us / thrown us under the bus.
But, it’s more or less over.
I’m going to look for a new dropship printing provider for photo prints – the last company with whom I was enquiring, seeme to have stopped responding to emails.
Went for a bike ride Sunday afternoon, and had a wildlife encounter: