The Slow Manifesto:
There are those who urge us to speed. We resist!
We shall not flag or fail. We shall slow down in the office, and on the roads. We shall slow down with growing confidence when all those around us are in a shrill state of hyperactivity (signifying nothing). We shall defend our state of calm, whatever the cost may be. We shall slow down in the fields and in the streets, we shall slow down in the hills, we shall never surrender!
If you can slow down when all around you are speeding up, then you’re one of us. Be proud that you are one of us and not one of them. For they are fast, and we are slow. If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly. Some are born to slowness—others have it thrust upon them. And still others know that lying in bed with a morning cup of tea is the supreme state for mankind.
Merry (blah) Christmas and Happy (pfft) Holidays from the Grinchess xx
Hello stranger, it’s been long. I’ve subscribed to the serious affliction of procrastination yet again (yes, at 3am), and this post happens to be one of its by-products. Fear not for my future, for they say, procrastinators are the leaders of tomorrow.
Vanuatu was my winter break 2010, and I’ll let a few pictures do the talking…
P.S. Does the slideshow function work for you?
- Hardware: A white 13-inch MacBook with specs bumped, running Leopard OS and bootcamps into a hacked Win 7. (Oops.) Also have an Acer laptop somewhere. Wish I had an iMac too ;)
- External storage: 320GB (with firewire) + 160GB + 80GB external hard drives. Running out of space, need more.
- Phone: iPhone 3G and a Nokia 6500 classic
- E-mail: Gmail web browser. I favour it over any desktop client at the moment.
- Mobile device: None.
- Mobile media: iPod Classic, 80GB
- eBook Reader: None, iPhone serves as one if necessary.
- Browser: Firefox and Google Chrome
- Calendar: iCal
- RSS: Google Reader
- FTP: FileZilla
- Text editor: TextEdit – standard Mac OS app
- Graphics: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Also have Pixelmator, Lightroom, and Aperture.
- Screen capture: Grab
- Accounting: Uhh.. my wallet. :p
- Office suite: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 and iWork. (OK, yes, they were hacked as well.. ;))
- Writing: MS Word or Pages.
- CD ripping: iTunes?
- Music player: VLC
- Audio editing: Audacity.
- Blog: WordPress (obviously) and Tumblr. In web browsers.
- Car audio: Still mourning for my car.
- Other tech stuff: Panasonic G1 and Panasonic FT1 (the new addition :)). The PS3 is gone, and with it, my blu-ray player… :(
Yet another semester of dismal concentration and endless procrastination has ended, which means that we’re now in the middle of winter. By “we”, I actually mean “I”, as everyone not in close geographical proximity is either experiencing freezing summers or stifling heat and humidity.
… And I dodge the thousand knives headed for my back.
[I digress to share with you the highlight of my day… which involved an old man at the corner store informing me of how well I’d been trained (unlike those from the mainland, he said) after I joined the queue at the counter. I can’t stop feeling like a chimp.]
Each new winter brings about a reason an excuse to indulge in one’s self. Birthdays, I believe, is what most people call it ;)
This winter I received a very early birthday present – despite my protests that I’d be very contented with a simple card – from someone that knows my tastes (*cough*) very well indeed ;)
Say hello to my newest baby, the striking orange Panasonic Lumix FT1!
Waterproof and shockproof with a 4.6x zoom and dedicated HD video recording, it is an absolute delight to own, especially for the clumsy amongst us ;)
The FT1 feels extremely solid and comes with a sleek leather case. It’s taking a little adjusting to get used to the various settings, functions, and dials, as the camera is designed to be a minimalist. With class 4 and 6 SD cards at hand, watch out for HD quality videos in the near future! One major adjustment needed is having to familiarise myself with the auto modes and hidden settings, as that is present in place of the usual aperture/shutter mode.
Here are some test shots of the FT1, including the customary camera-in-mirror shot with my fingers cropped out to prevent smirks at unmanageable nails :p
There’s a fair bit of noise in the pictures, although I am guilty of not using a lower ISO in good lighting, but I was more perturbed by the rather noticeable bluish tint in the white balance, even under natural warm light. After further reading of a few reviews on the camera, I have established that it’s “not just me”, therefore extra but necessary calibrations will have to be done to prevent heavy usage of Photoshop.
The FT1 is in no way replacing my faithful micro 4/3rds system, but is the perfect daily companion for all occasions. A huge thank you to my overly and unreasonably generous friend, who has ensured that I am yet again (!) unable to outdo him in birthday indulgences :)
Enough waffling, enjoy the photos, but not as much as I enjoyed consuming the food… all in the name of camera testing, of course ;)
…But nothing’s changing, darling..
Always, unconditionally, all ways.
Stranded in this spooky town
Stoplights are swaying and the phone lines are down
This floor is crackling cold
She took my heart, I think she took my soul
With the moon I run
Far from the carnage of the fiery sun
Driven by the strangle of vein
Showing no mercy, I’d do it again
Open up your eyes
You keep on crying, baby, I’ll bleed you dry
Skies they blink at me
I see a storm bubbling up from the sea
You shimmy shook my bone
Leaving me stranded all in love on my own
Do you think of me?
Where am I now baby where do I sleep?
Feel so good but I’m old
Two thousand years of chasing’s taking its toll
And it’s coming closer…
1) Balancing your cup and plate (cutlery included) on your laptop and holding it up with one hand – leaving the other free to to open the bedroom door.
2) Flipping light switches with your toes.