Monthly Archives: October 2009

At the Mushroom Aisle

At the Mushroom Aisle
Photo by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95.

Last week while standing in front of the mushrooms in the local Whole Foods produce section trying to determine if I should buy standard white button mushrooms or the brown crimini mushrooms for the pasta I was planning on making, a 60s something gentleman standing next to me said, “Where are the psilocybins?”

The Nokia N86 Camera in Close Up Mode, An Experiment and Comparison

The Nokia N86 in close up mode, Objects at 4 in / 10 cm away The Nokia N86 in close up mode, Objects at 3 in / 7.6 cm away The Nokia N95 in close up mode, Objects at 3 in / 7.6 cm away The Nokia N86 in close up mode, Objects at 2.5 in / 6.3 cm away The Nokia N95 in close up mode, Objects at 2.5 in / 6.3 cm away The Nokia N95 in close up mode, Objects at 2 in / 5 cm away The Nokia N86 in close up mode, top of Flower at 3 in / 7.6 cm away The Nokia N95 in close up mode, top of Flower at 3 in / 7.6 cm away
These photos were taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N86 and her Nokia N95.

Tues 10.13.09 – This afternoon I decided to conduct a test with the trial Nokia N86 camera phone that is about to go back to the folks at WOM World and my trusty & slightly rusty Nokia N95 camera phone. Originally, I had hoped to conduct the experiment using the Nokia N86 versus itself, by conducting the experiment with the Nokia N86 with the version 11 firmware with the upcoming version 20 firmware, which is rumored to have camera improvements, but alas and alack, the new firmware has not been released yet. Thus, the N86 v. the N95 in close up mode.
I wanted to test the close up / macro mode of the camera as I have noticed that the N86 for all of its 8 megapixel wonder and Carl Zeiss wide angle lens does not get very close or very sharp close ups. It may be in part to the wide angle lens and it may be in part due to the image processing software/algorithms. One of the problems that I have experienced is due to the wide angle lens, if I want to fill the photo with the subject I have to get closer and then the image goes out of focus or you keep the image in focus and it does not fill the frame (see the difference between the non-wide angle lens N95 hibiscus flower photo above and the N86 flower photo).

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The Rain, She is Here

Southern California’s first good rainstorm of the year* has arrived. Normally, even in a good rain year, we don’t get our first rain until mid-November. On the exceptional year we will get the first real rain at the end of October, but at the start of the month?
Crossing fingers that this means we will have a good rain year, as after several years of drought, we need it.
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* SoCal receives rain from Oct to April (usually Nov – April) and our weather year is usually counted from July 1 to June 30th.

Send a Child to School

Mirabilis.ca linked to an article at the BBC entitled, The ‘youngest headmaster in the world’ , in which they feature the heroic efforts of a 16 year old young man to educate the rural poor in his village in West Bengal.
A mainstay of any democratic country is education for all. The idea of a free public education is a recent one, started by reformers in the US and UK in the late 1700s and enacted on a large scale in the mid-1800s to early 1900s. Many would argue that the success of Western industrial democracies in the last 150 years is built on the availability of free public education that a large majority of folks receive up to the 12th grade (6th form in the UK) who are then empowered regardless of class to participate in the economy and growth of their societies.

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Conversation with Al, Jeb, & Ms. Jen #2 – On the Nokia N86 & N900 amongst other bits

Fri. 10.09.09 – Here is the second in what appears to be an ongoing series of conversations with Al Pavangkanan and Jeb Brilliant, while we are at the Tuttle Club LA (really Long Beach) because I get curious and feel the need to ask Al and Jeb lots of questions with the video capture running. Lucky for me they are gracious, opinionated, and funny.
Wherein we discuss:
1. The Nokia N86
2. Why white mobile devices are Sexy.
3. The Nokia N900 and the Nokia Booklet
4. Laughter
5. Software licenses: should they be attached to one phone IMEI, one sim chip, or one email?
6. Joikuspot & Mifi
7. Back to the Nokia N900: mobile devices that are stand alone and don’t need a PC, particularly a PC, to sync. Plus rant from Jeb and Ms. Jen about PCs. Then a rant by Ms. Jen about bad marketing & copywriting.