Category Archives: Fun

What was done last year. 2023 Edition.

This year’s non-work accomplishments in statistics. FWIW:

Pirates

Organized one, two, ? surveillance camera mapping events.

Attended the Boston Anarchist Bookfair and organized the Pirate Party table. Worked the table for both days with Steve, Micky and Alex.

Organized the pirate contingent of and marched in the Trans Resistance March. Marched in the XR Boston contingent at Honk! Took too many photos/videos. Still haven’t finished editing or posting them.

28 Pirate News recordings. That count was fewer than the forty we recorded in 2022. Ran 24 meetings and four quarterly conferences. Didn’t send enough email updates. Probably sent too many social media posts.

Photography

Created 4016+ photos. Shared 106 on my two Flickr accounts and more in text messages to family and friends. Particularly happy with this one:

Northern Mockingbird

Took my son’s high school yearbook photograph. He was pleased. Photographed 20+ co-workers for id photos. Learned a bit about NX Tether.

Attended Victoria Sambunaris‘ talk at the Photographic Resource Center‘s Speaker Series. Attended PHSNE‘s Photographica for the second year.

Attended at least two school drama performances. Photographed one of them. Haven’t posted the photographs. Really should.

Attended two art exhibits (Hokusai and Sargent). Wanted to attend two more, but didn’t. Took too many photographs. Haven’t posted a single one. 🙁

I reviewed the Ulanzi foldable half cage.

Reading

Bought or received twenty nine “books”. Read six “books” fully, but didn’t keep to my 1/month. I use books in quotations since I am padding my numbers by including two Framelines Magazines, which I did read cover to cover, but that isn’t a big accomplishment.

Games

Played in one miniature game (at Havoc), which is the same number I played in 2022.

Finished painting 64 1/285th scale microarmor miniatures. They have been in a state of not yet done for years. Still need to Dullcoat them. Haven’t taken photos of them and posted them. Got part way through another 56. May finish those this month. They are wheeled vehicles, so may is the operative word.

Must have cleaned, glued and primed 500+ microarmor/nauts. Also, cleaned, based and primed 54 modern soviet airborne infantry stands. The basing was frustrating, but yielded the most satisfaction. Maybe I will write up my process.

The degree I increased my “pile of potential” when I should be finishing figures is depressing, so I will ignore it.

Office

Most of my office was done last year (?), but one wall remained that needed patching and painting as I have previous mounted electronics to it. I patched and primed it.

Realizing I was in over my head (decade old color matching, paint that finally dried in the cans, ugh), hired someone to paint it (and another room I patched and primed). They did a great job and dealt with my primer color misadventure. During the break, my friend David and I put up the wall shelves I have sat on for … 6 months?

Considering that the walls are not at aligned to gravity, I am pleased how it came out.

Now I just need to move books on to the shelves.

I’ll leave it at that and post about 2024 goals hopefully in January.

Nikon Zfc and Ulanzi Falcam Foldable Half Cage

I have been using a SmallRig cage with my Nikon Z 50 when recording handheld videos. Unfortunately, the Nikon Z 50 doesn’t use external power via a USB cable unless the camera is off. The Nikon Z fc does, but no one made a cage for it.

The Ulanzi Falcam F22 & F38 & F50 Quick Release Foldable Half Cage For Camera said it works with it and try it I did.

Pico review: it works

Short review:

I only played with it for an hour, but the Ulanzi foldable half cage worked effectively with the Nikon Zfc. It was pretty sturdy, though not nearly as sturdy as a full cage.

It does not come with a NATO rail attachment point anywhere, so I needed to attach a SmallRig Low-Profile NATO Rail, 50mm to the top of the half cage so I could add my top handle. I was able to move the camera around effectively that way. Ulanzi has their own Falcam enabled top handle so if you don’t have one, you can get theirs and attach it the top Falcam rail point.

There are three Falcam rail points: the top, side and bottom. The top and bottom are side to side. The side rail point is up and down. There are three 1/4 inch screw holes on the top and side and two on the bottom.

Folding and unfolding the cage was easy, and there are points every 45 degrees where you need to use a bit of pressure to rotate the arms. This feature helps since if the arms are not locked, your camera won’t suddenly rotate unexpectedly. The locks were secure, but you can get a little wobble if you don’t turn them completely to the lock position.

The Falcam quick release mount had locked and unlocked position. Only if you pressed it in the unlocked position, would it actually unlock and slide so you could take the camera off the cage. The mount is square and you can rotate it on each side and it will slide in and lock. However, with the FTZ adapter on, I found it more difficult to slide the quick release mount on in one direction, but not another. It should work, so I will play around with it and see what I did wrong.

I recommend it.

I posted this review at dpreview.com.

Rockport 2023

Should have posted these photos from Rockport months ago, but better late than never.

Two Alone on the Lanes Cove Wall Nighttime Houses on the Water Harvey Reservation Path

This photo is a panorama that would have been improved if I had taken a picture or two of the left of the wall and the ocean. Lesson learned.

Lanes Cove Harbor M

I took the daytime photos with my Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8. The nighttime photos I took with my manual focus Nikon Nikkor-S.C. 55mm f/1.8.

Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)

The full album is:

2023 Rockport Vacation

Elf Land

The photos of Elf Land, a neighborhood space in a to-be developed lot in Somerville, I have seen tended to be at human level and not elf level. As such they didn’t do Elf Land justice. Before the big storm in January I set out to change that. Here is the result:

Elfland - Dino Farm Elfland - Citgo Sign Elfland - Gas Tank and Mobile Home Elfland Historical Society Defend Elfland Flag

You can find all of the photos at this album:

Elf Land