3443 – So that’s your proposal? … I Disagree!

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Mar 232016

Remember the Mitakon Speedmaster 25/0.95? Here it is, tried on my cat. Yes, I know, that “third ear” is irritating. In reality it is part of a lamp maybe half a meter behind Gamer’s head.

The rest of the background? It’s busy as it gets and on any other lens it would be distracting as hell. Here it just pleasantly melts away, and that is exactly what I have bought this lens for. On the other hand, what’s in focus, is as sharp as anyone could like it to be.

3191 – Frankengamer

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8  Comments Off on 3191 – Frankengamer
Jul 142015

On Saturday Gamer decided to jump from the terrace on second floor. It was the third time, but this time he was not lucky at all. We’ve searched for two hours and finally found him under a caravan, only two meters from our house. He had a bad fracture of his left upper hind leg. We immediately took him to a veterinarian who hinted at a possible amputation and referred us to a surgeon.

Well, the surgeon was quite optimistic and you see the result in this picture.

To make things a little bit more complicated, Kazuuu! our other cat decided that this was not her playmate any more, recognized his weakness and began to hunt him down. All in all the situation is pretty nerve-wracking. Our home is now divided in two zones, one for each cat. As far as this external brace goes, Gamer won’t get rid of it before October.

This is also the reason why today’s blog is late. I’m pretty exhausted at the moment 🙂

3137 – Brother Sister

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75 mm f/1.8  Comments Off on 3137 – Brother Sister
May 212015

Only a cat picture, but, you know, the Internet is ruled by cats and so is our apartment in Villach 🙂

I took the image through a window and had to crop it heavily. When I tried to take another image from nearer on and from exactly the front, Gamer had already decided to run off the terrace. I’m happy with what I got.

The Song of the Day is “Brother Sister” by Sahara Beck. Hear it on YouTube.

3129 – Dirty Paws

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May 132015

I’m pretty sure these are Gamer’s paws. We always call him our Gecko because of the way he can spred his fingers. “A freshly cleaned window? Let’s see if there’s something to see!” 😀

The Song of the Day is “Dirty Paws” by Of Monsters and Men. Hear it on YouTube.

Feb 022015

This was a nice ASUS monitor with IPS panel and a resolution of 1920×1200. I used it as secondary monitor for my Macbook and as primary for the small computer that acts as my secondary computer for working remotely. The Mac is a great machine, but running a Windows remote desktop on it via Citrix is inconvenient, because the Citrix plugin has all sorts of problems with keys on the Mac. Keys like “@” or “[” or a few more. Keys that programmers need all the time.

Attaching a PC keyboard does not help either. I tried it, but then it’s the PC keyboard that sends the offending keycodes. There may be a solution to that, but I decided to solve it in hardware instead. The computer on my secondary desk is a tiny ZOTAC Z-Box MA320, running on an AMD quad core 1.5 GHz Kabini, utilizing a 60 GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM. It runs Linux, is completely silent, looks like a small WiFi router and sits in a bookshelf. That’s where this monitor was attached.

Gamer didn’t like it.

The Song of the Day is one more time “Mischief” by Beoga. Hear it on YouTube.

3000 – Mischief

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Jan 042015

3000 days, none skipped. It’s still a daily photoblog in the sense that I post daily, although during the last year I have written in advance, often a week’s worth of posts written within four hours on the train. It’s less immediate, but it makes me a happier man. Well, I’m not the only one. 🙂

The cat is Gamer, our second one, Kazuuu!’s young brother, who has surprised me yesterday by jumping from the sofa up to the top of a file cabinet (a real one!), and then across a door to the next one. I have no idea how he’ll do it, but I bet he’ll make it to the roof next year. At reast that seems to be one of his resolutions 🙂

It’s New Year’s Eve here as I write this and my own resolutions are pretty modest as the blog and photography go: to carry on. I won’t be famous and I will certainly not invest big time promoting the blog. As every year I may add one or the other piece of equipment, but there is no need at all.

What I do want to do, is finally starting my next programming project. I have spent half a year learning JavaScript and giving up on it (not static, an endless source of trick programming, based on convention and daily changing fashion, usable for the client if you need to, no fun on the server if you strive for enterprise integration and long-time projects), another half a year learning Scala and also giving up on it (complex as a languge, attractive, but with an uncertain future, plagued by low productivity due to the need to learn new frameworks for everything).

It’s got to be Java. I know a few things about that. It is a less sexy language than Scala, less sexy even than C# (can I have “var” please?), but with Java EE 7 it has the world’s best and most stable ecosystem for enterprise applications. In the end language does not matter. I strive to transcend language anyway. “Azzyzted Development” will be a tool-based approach heavily relying on patterns and code generation.

That’s it. Gamer and I wish you all the best in 2015!

The Song of the Day is “Mischief” by Beoga. See a performance from the BBC Proms 2007 on YouTube.

2980 – Step Up For The Cool Cats

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Dec 152014

Two cats and the new snow 🙂

We had maybe two or three centimeters of snow last weekend, call it an inch if it makes you feel better. Gamer made his first steps in that alien element while Kazuuu displayed the coolness of the experienced.

“Step Up For The Cool Cats” by Palma Violets is the Song of the Day. Hear it on YouTube.

2895 – Forever Gamer

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm f/1.8  Comments Off on 2895 – Forever Gamer
Sep 212014

Kazuuu!, our lovely kitten is a little over a year old now and she frequently seems to find us boring. Even worse, she’s been alone at home for whole working days, thus the idea to find her company.

Introducing Gamer! He’s her little brother, a young boy from the same mother, about ten weeks old, a clumsy but fast runner and a fanatic climber.

I was naive. Kazuuu! looks exactly like their mother and Gamer is such a tiny baby that I expected no problems at all. I thought it would be like “Hey little brother, I’m Kazuuu! Let me first show you the toilet”, but it was actually pretty dramatic. The young guy was very open at first and didn’t understand at all, why someone looking like his mother tried to murder him. At least that is what it must have looked like.

Two times we’d already decided that it would never work and that we would have to give Gamer away. Two times we tried again. Well, research on the Internet shows that this is normal. Everybody has the problem. It may take a week or two, and the more you interfere (by “protecting” one of the two), the longer it takes.

In our case it took less than a week. Kazuuu! managed to get him under control, now they play with each other, eat from the same bowl and sleep on the same rag. They don’t yet wash each other, but I guess that’s not far away 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Forever Gamer” by Nightcore. Hear it on YouTube.