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3776 – Blue Mars

A lot of people hate science fiction or are at least completely unmoved by it. I keep hearing complaints about sci-fi’s speculative nature and that it does not relate to anything “real”.

That’s true in a way, but when the same people read crime stories and historic novels with gusto, I begin to feel doubt 🙂

Anyway. The Image of the Day strongly reminds me of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. This is what his mars looks like after terraforming 🙂

The Mars trilogy is also a good example for the not-so speculative nature of “Hard Sci-Fi”. It was written in the first half of the 1990s and it is basically the blueprint of all current efforts to reach out for Mars. I’m afraid it’s also a blueprint of what awaits us on our way there politically, and I am not sure that KSR’s resolutions are more than desperate hope. It may turn out much worse.

If you haven’t read the Mars trilogy, and if you do enjoy science-based fiction, and if you are interested in where we go as a society, I can hardly recommend anything better. A mostly optimistic and non-dystopic look into a not so unlikely future.

3761 – Evening Call

I stood a while and took images of this guy. A few seconds later another bird came, they had a short fight and the other bird won. I only have one image of the fight and it’s been taken a second too early. The next already shows the other bird in a triumphant position with spread wings, but unfortunately the tip of one wing reaches out of the frame. I’ve tried it, but there’s no way to save that image.

Now that I think of it, the fight of the two birds is a situation where the E-M1 MkII’s “Pro Capture Mode” would have been helpful. It wouldn’t have saved the image with the cut-off wing, but it would have given me at least one good image of the fight. The only problem is, I wouldn’t have been able to set it up in a hurry.

It seems like I should set up a “Custom Mode” (that’s what the old “MySets” are called today). Switching between custom modes is easy as well. They finally have dedicated positions on the mode dial.

3751 – 83RV At Your Command!

Every once in a while something important happens. One of those things was the introduction of USB 3.0. It happened shortly after we bought our last PC in Carinthia. In all that time since, I have endured a PC with painfully slow connections. It was OK for work, it was OK for image processing, but backing up Terabytes of data was beyond annoying. Still, you don’t throw away a new computer, and so I used and used it, until it had well grown old. Now, with that PC slowly dying, two disks already gone, I’ve decided to buy a new one.

Yes, of course, I have backups of everything important on a four disk RAID NAS, and the failed disks didn’t contain anything important, but anyway, it was about time.

My first impulse was to buy a custom PC with a super-fast 1 TB PCIe SSD (a Samsung 960 Pro or something like that), but in the end the convenience of buying a stock Lenovo PC won. Core i7 6700, 16 GB of memory, a 512 GB SSD (SATA only) and, just because it feels good, a super-expensive server hard drive, a 4 TB Western Digital Gold for my image data. What could possibly be wrong with that?