Skip to main content

it's a year later and yet another trip to japan

ikebukuro station train yards
Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan train station

A little over a year ago I thought I had closed this particular blog down. Look at the posting history and you'll see I've written nothing here since December 22nd of 2013. I called that post "endgame" because I considered this blog truly at an end. But life never quite works out the way you plan.

I moved over and created a new blog with Wordpress. I called it the Arcane Science Lab. I expected to do Great Things on that blog, and I expected the world to beat a path to my new blog. After a year it's debatable what great things were done on that blog, and I can assure you that while I got a lot of followers, I saw no beaten paths leading to that new blog. If anything, while the traffic to this blog dropped considerably, it's still about an order of magnitude greater than to the newer blog on Wordpress. Considering the high hopes I had the and the hype surrounding Wordpress-based blogs I expected a lot more. While it's easy enough to blame Wordpress, I have to shoulder most, if not all, of the blame for its lackluster performance.

I don't advertise, so it's not like I'm loosing money due to lack of advertising. I've never advertised, and if anything, because I'm using the free version of Wordpress, it's Wordpress itself that's inserting ads into my posts. I know, I've seen them.

And so I'm thinking of moving back here, and opening up, this original blog again. And to get rid of some of the egoism involved, I'm renaming it (although the original link will have to stay, unfortunately). I'm also opening up commenting again, since I'll be keeping a more active "eye" on this blog. As for the Wordpress blog, I'm not sure what I'll do with that one.

I could, if I wanted to, try to merge the Wordpress content back into this blog. That's would be a bit of a task, considering I wrote some 120+ entries on that blog, including images. I'd have to transfer everything over and then somehow decommission (delete) that blog. It doesn't make a lot of sense to keep both going, although it might be a good idea to have both to keep from putting all my blogging eggs into one platform basket. Sorry for stretching that particular metaphor...

And so, in a way, I'm back, and the place is open for business. I'll be experimenting with layouts and what have you, as well as doing a bit of writing. Perhaps this will become the alternative to the ASL. I'm not sure what that means. Perhaps my  photography and trips should go here, while my "science-y" stuff goes on the ASL. Lots to think about going into 2015 and beyond.

Comments and thoughts welcome.

Happy New Year.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

cat-in-a-box channels greta garbo

So I'm sitting at my computer, when I start to notice a racket in back. I ignore it for a while until I hear a load "thump!", as if something had been dropped on the floor, followed by a lot of loud rattling. I turn around and see Lucy in the box just having a grand old time, rolling around and rattling that box a good one. I grab the GX1 and snap a few shots before she notices me and the camera, then leaps out and back into her chair (which used to be my chair before she decided it was her chair).

Just like caring for Katie my black Lab taught me about dogs, caring for Lucy is teaching me about cats. She finds me fascinating, as I do her. And she expresses great affection and love toward me without coaxing. I try to return the affection and love, but she is a cat, and she takes a bat at me on occasion, although I think that's just her being playful. She always has her claws in when she does that.

She sits next to me during the evening in her chair while I sit in mi…

vm networking problem fixed

Over the weekend I upgraded to Windows 8.1, then discovered that networking for the virtual machines wouldn't work. Then I tried something incredibly simple and fixed the problem.

Checking the system I noticed that three VMware Windows services weren't running; VMnetDHCP, VMUSBArbService, and VMwareNatService. VMware Player allows you to install, remove, or fix an existing installation. I chose to try fixing the installation, and that fixed the problem. The services were re-installed/restarted, and the virtual machines had networking again.

Once network connectivity was established there was exactly one updated file for Ubuntu 13.10, a data file. This underscores how solid and finished the release was this time. Every other version of every other Linux installation I've ever dealt with has always been succeeded by boatloads of updates after the initial installation. But not this time.

Everything is working properly on my notebook. All's right with the world.

sony's pivotal mirrorless move

I'm a died-in-the-wool technologist, even when it comes to photography. I have always been fascinated with the technology that goes into manufacturing any camera, from the lenses (optics) through the mechanical construction, the electronics involved, and especially the chemistry of the film and the sophistication of the digital sensor. It's amazing that the camera can do all it's asked of it, regardless of manufacturer.

Of all the types of cameras that I've really taken an interest in, contemporary mirrorless (again, regardless of manufacturer) are the most interesting because of the challenging problems the scientists and engineers have had to solve in order to build a compact but highly functional camera. In particular I've followed the sensor advances over the years and watched image quality climb (especially with μ4:3rds) to exceed film and rival one another such that there's very little difference any more as you move from the smaller sensors such as 4:3r…