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Two Weeks to Christmas?

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Bloody hell, where did that come from. Better do some shopping!

Posted: Monday, Dec 10, 2007 at 04:45 PM by jochta


The Beach

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I got asked today why I have such a tall header graphic and that it adds nothing to the site and is pointless. It’s just a picture of pebbles. Well I refer readers back to why I chose Buttons of my Mind as my blog title. As you will know this comes from a song by The Scaffold, but why haven’t I a picture of a load of buttons then? Well, the lyrics of this song are…

You’re not mine anymore as we take our last walk together,
Along the midnight shore,
Before we say goodbye forever.

The picture is of course a picture of the midnight shore. Simple really!

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 12, 2007 at 09:41 AM by jochta


Here Comes the Sun

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At last some warm sunshine. Even the paddling pool has managed its first outing of the year. Shame it’s not going to last.

Posted: Sunday, Aug 05, 2007 at 11:43 AM by jochta


What’s New?

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So what’s been happening? Speedway is running again in the Conference League (the lower league), the Elite team has disbanded. At least we survived this crisis for now. I have a Flickr account, I’m just working out how to join it with EE. I have a Facebook account (don’t ask) and I did the wedding photography for my sister-in-law last week, more about that later.

Time to post regularly here again…

Posted: Sunday, Jul 22, 2007 at 07:31 PM by jochta



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What the hell is benchmarking I hear you cry! It’s one of my sad little hobbies I reply. What is a bench mark I hear you cry! I’ll let Wikipedia explain…

“In surveying a bench mark is specifically any permanent marker placed by a surveyor with a precisely known vertical elevation (but not necessarily a precisely known horizontal location). These reference points may be chiselled into a wall, or more typically, marked by small brass or aluminium disks, iron pins or bolts that are permanently attached to a stable foundation, such as concrete posts, bridge abutments, buildings, or a specifically constructed concrete block. These markers are then used as starting (control) points by subsequent surveyors and other users to establish the elevation of nearby points.”

Where is this leading? Well, it leads to my latest little toy, the Google Maps API. As a useful exercise in learning the API I have created a Google Map of my benchmark images, you can find it at the URL below.

It’s a bit basic at the moment style-wise as it was really the API I was interested in, I will embellish as I learn and add some more information.

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 03:51 PM by jochta


Oxford Speedway RIP?

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The news all Oxford Speedway fans have been dreading broke this afternoon, the immediate closure of the club mid-season. When it came it was a bolt out of the blue as the promotion had held a fan’s forum on Friday and painted a rosy picture of the future. It was all lies. A whole part of my life from when I was a boy appears to be over, another outlet for the local children taken away.

I shed a few tears this afternoon for all the memories, good and bad, Oxford Speedway has given me over the past 30-odd years. But the loyal supporters will fight hard to keep speedway in my once fabulous city and we shall see what transpires over the coming days and weeks. I truly hope that this isn’t the final bitter end.

Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 10:19 PM by jochta



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Oxford 1-2 Exeter (Agg: 2-2)
Exeter win 4-3 on penalties

So disappointed not to get a trip to Wembley. Not so much for myself but for my son who had been so looking forward to it. How many other chances will he get to see Oxford United play at Wembley? But to be honest Oxford played awful tonight and we missed three penalties when we had the advantage.

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 11:48 PM by jochta


What a Picture

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Well I’ve eventually taken the plunge and bought myself a Digital SLR camera. I plumped for the Nikon D40 which has a 6.1 megapixel sensor as it produces sharp images at a very reasonable price. The kit lens supplied is very good, an 18-55mm zoom. I also bought a 55-200mm zoom to go with it plus a few filters. It takes fantastically sharp images, puts all the compact digital cameras I’ve owned to shame. The nice thing is its portraits, no sign of any red-eye and super crisp images.

I’ve also been trying out some astrophotography with it, hit a snag trying to do prime focus photography on my driven telescope as I cannot achieve focus, but I have a plan. Had some success with afocal projection and you can see some results in the photo section here.

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 24, 2007 at 12:15 PM by jochta


Next Day Delivery

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If I order something on Monday morning for next day delivery I understand that to mean I will receive the order on Tuesday. Not the day after you decide to dispatch it. Let me get this straight, I order on Monday morning for next day delivery but you won’t dispatch it until Wednesday for next day delivery on Thursday? Eh? How does that work then?

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 04, 2007 at 03:18 PM by jochta


Winner: Animated Feature

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Just watched Happy Feet on HD-DVD winner of this year’s animated feature Oscar. Hmm, don’t get me wrong this looks absolutely amazing, especially in HiDef, totally gorgeous. Did they forget to put a story in here though? It’s a bit like Finding Nemo without the charm. A bit like Cars without the emotion. I couldn’t empathise with the main character called Mumble (eh?) especially as he refused to lose his baby plumage for the entire film, yet he till gets the girl and mates (eh?). And let’s crowbar an environmental message in there in the last ten minutes of the film (eh?). I’m just surprised they didn’t utter the dreaded GW words, gah.

Oscar? What? Eh?

Posted: Saturday, Mar 24, 2007 at 10:47 PM by jochta

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