I haven’t posted the 1/2400 modern warship miniatures pictures I have accumulated in a while. Since it has been over half a year and the number of pictures is so large, I plan to post the best pictures from a manufacturer each week.
Usually when I am going to/from work, I don’t take my camera, but rely on my mobile phone to capture things I run into in my travels. I cannot say any of them are good, but the more times I get to play with composing photos, the better I’ll get hopefully. Enjoy!
Inspiring hope and fear
My aim was to capture the graffiti on the ground with the wall art. The people in the top left were a bonus. It would be a more compelling composition if I had captured the backs of the people closer to the graffiti on the ground.
With Spring upon us, someone discarded their gloves in an office stairwell. I decided to play with the perspective.
Shadow within a shadow
The harsh morning light, seen in the top right, reflected off of the glass building behind me to cast me in shadow within the shadow of the building in front of me.
Reflections in Glass and Wood
Another photograph playing with reflected light. I liked the way the light reflected off the glass window as well as off the wooden counter and then off the glass window.
All rolled up with nowhere to go
A job left undone.
On 4/25/2019 I briefly attended the Boston Free Chelsea Manning protest of the incarceration of Chelsea Manning co-organized by BU Students Against Imperialism and MIT Students Against War.
Speakers advocated for pardons for Reality Winner and American Indian Movement Leader Leonard Peltier, as well as stopping the extradition proceedings against Julian Assange and US support for the war in Yemen.
You can find some of the photographs I took of it:
Earlier that day I came across the Protected Bike Lanes Save Lives stand out in Porter Square, Cambridge and took this photograph that I hope communicates the need for separating bike lanes from lanes for automobiles:
I gave an application privacy workshop at Code for Boston on Tuesday. They recorded my talk on Facebook:
and on YouTube:
I posted the slide deck as a PDF. Feel free to offer suggestions in the comments.
- highlight privacy and security testing;
- having development/test servers and how to sanitize the data in the development/test database;
- more about SQL/XSS Injection attacks;
- review the video for other topics to add.
Last May, my son and I traveled to Portsmouth New Hampshire to photograph the USS Manchester (LCS-14) which was being commissioned.
It was tied up at the New Hampshire State Port Authority on the Piscataqua River. Since it was a weekend, we were able to setup across the river on Badger Island.
Later we moved to Kittery and found an open site off of Rice Ave. that allowed me to change perspective.
Also got a few close ups:
Afterwards, we visited the USS Albacore (AGSS-569), but I’ll post those pictures another day.
I took my son to Arisia 2019 for one day. In between talking with friends, purchasing art and walking around, I took some photos of cosplayers. Light was poor so most are photographed at f/1.8.
My son and I photographed the blood moon on the 21st in the freezing cold. This was the best one. Used a 1 second exposure that also captured some of the stars in the sky, though it shows up better in the actual Flickr image.
Expect I will try creating more sky photographs from the backyard when the weather gets warmer.
2018 was a marginally better year for painting miniatures. Many of them were ones I bought from av8rmongo. I completed:
- 6 GHQ M1A2
- 6 GHQ M2A2
- 6 GHQ M60A3
- 6 GHQ M106
- 10 PFC C-in-C Leopard 2A5
- 4 PFC C-in-C Lynx C&R
- 1 M1A2 with Mine Plow
- 1 M9 ACE
- 4 M105 Deuce
- 3 PFC C-in-C UH-60s
- 3 Heroics and Ross UH-60s
- 2 Heroics and Ross CH-47s
- 9 Merkava 4
- 6 Magach 7C
Vehicles in NATO tri-color camouflage were done with Floquil’s NATO Green as the base, overlayed with NATO Brown and NATO Black. Tracks and windows were then dry brushed with Floquil railway dark gray. I painted the tracks in Floquil Mud and splashed the sides, front and back with the same.
The helicopters’ base was Floquil NATO Green. Windows and wheels were done with Floquil railway dark gray with exhausts in NATO Black.
The Israeli vehicles are done in an unknown Floquil color.
I got out my new macro lens and with a light box, photographed some of the miniatures. I photographed in aperture priority mode at f/16 so I could get most of each miniature in focus. I tried different exposure values to get them bright enough. With the camera settings I used and the light box, I didn’t feel the need to edit them.
You can see a slide show of all microarmor photographs I have posted:
Scott Helme is a Information Security Consultant. He has a Patreon account on which he posts about computer security issues and which he uses to take in donations for each blog post. Recently he found out that Patreon suspended his account:
So @Patreon suspended my account.
They did this in secret. They have not notified me.
I simply noticed that they stopped sending me money.
— Scott Helme (@Scott_Helme) December 24, 2018
He could still post and people could still signup to support him, but, taking a page from Paypal, Patreon prevented him from withdrawing any of the money people donated. Eventually, Patreon completed their investigation and emailed him that he was good to go. He eventually discovered that:
* a few emails further up I got this. Apparently someone suspicious pledged to me so they suspended my account to make sure it hadn’t been hacked. Can anyone explain that to me? ? pic.twitter.com/o9V1dQfUpP
— Scott Helme (@Scott_Helme) December 25, 2018
He estimates that account withdrawals were suspended for between 18 and 47 days.
Account takeovers are a real problem. Had his account been taken over, it would be good if someone couldn’t take his money out and notifying the account that they think it might be hacked could tip the hacker. In that light, it could make sense to act as they did.
Having multiple other methods of contacting the user would have helped in this case…. well unless email, phone number and Signal were compromised. Patreon would need to prove they are who they say they are, of course. Phishing is a problem as well.
That all said, going from one fraudulent pledge to account takeover seems a stretch.
But this incident reminded me of Violet Blue‘s reporting in Engadget about a troll campaign against women AMSR video creators:
Capitalizing on entrenched and easily exploitable anti-sex policies by internet giant payment processors and a new internet sex panic ushered in by FOSTA, 8chan trolls have started a campaign to mass-report attractive women who make ASMR videos. Listing names of women making these sound-effect videos in a forum thread called “PayPal lowering the hammer on ASMRtits” they’ve declared war by posting links to report pages for PayPal, and called upon fellow haters to get the women kicked off YouTube and Patreon as well.
… and that Patreon just added another method for trolls to harass Patreon’s users. If all it takes is for one fraudulent looking donation to pass into someone’s account to flip the Account Hacked bit, trolls will use Patreon’s process to suspend a user’s ability to withdraw their money for two to six weeks. That would screw up the life of anyone who makes a living via Patreon.
Patreon has more than a customer service problem.