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ongoing July 22 2014, 07:37



Pictures of people are better than pictures of plants, but the plants hold still and don’t worry about how they’re going to come across. Actually I’m trying to figure out how to use depth-of-field, but these are a decent side-effect of that study.

Vegetation Vegetation Vegetation Vegetation Vegetation

The thing is, the X-T1 has the greatest viewfinder ever and it makes me brave about stupid things like pointing a wide-open F1.4 lens at a complex 3-D tangle of stems. Granted, it almost never works; clearly, more practice needed.

graydon July 22 2014, 05:56

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Day 7, rest day in Astoria. Day of wandering around. Eating, getting bike fixed, laundry, drinking. Astoria is cute, touristy, very west coast. Micro breweries and ice cream, place downtown with big room full of free vintage arcade cabinets to play. Giant car carriers coming and going in the river all day, with coast guard escorts? Walked up the big hill for sunset, saw fantastic view of surrounding bay and river inlet. Tomorrow riding again. I want more rest, but we should keep moving.

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graydon July 21 2014, 06:31

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Day 6, Astoria, Oregon. 80km, mostly flat, a few rolling hills. Muscles held out, back didn't act up. I'm absolutely disgusting smelling, and at the end of such a day covered in road grit, salt, and sunscreen. One more flat (my first on this trip), otherwise uneventful. Split an entire box of instant oatmeal for breakfast and a bag of bagels for lunch. Lovely scenery. Tidal mud flats, wildlife sanctuary, light rain in the morning then cool clouds during the rest. Minimal headwind, occasional tailwind. Relatively good morale, a little tired but feeling muscles growing in response to the week. Also Frances took 5lbs of my cargo to help mitigate risk of further back strain today, she's stronger than me.

There's a 6km long bridge across the mouth of the Columbia river, crossing into Oregon and entering Astoria. Last segment of the ride in today. It's more pleasant per meter than the Lewis and Clark bridge up river, but six times longer and has a span that's elevated for cargo ships to pass under.

Motel wifi here is annoyingly spotty. Taking a rest day tomorrow. Might tourist a bit, or just sleep and eat. Astoria is where the Goonies was filmed, thus Google is recommending various Goonies things.

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hub_rss July 20 2014, 20:08

Going to Guadec


For the first time since 2008, when it was in Istanbul, I'm coming to Guadec. This time it is in Strasbourg, France. Thanks to a work week scheduled just before in Paris.

I won't present anything this year, but I hope to be able to catch up a bit more with the Gnome community. I was already at the summit last fall, as it was being held in Montréal, but Guadec participation is usually broader and wider.

eveglass July 20 2014, 18:24

Winds of Vesperia

When everything looks bleak and wintery... it's probably about accurate, really. It doesn't help when our main ally gets captured by the enemy, leaving us to face the hordes of winter alone. Oh, well. That's why we're the heroes. And level 14.

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And that's it for this time! Next time we face the Queen of Winter and our almost certain deaths! Yay!

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