Friday, June 29, 2007

Slow news day...

The people over at Rupert Murdoch's news empire must be finding it hard to find some real content for their news site News.com.au.

Just look at what the biggest story of the day is:

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The sub story anout Prince WIlliam being snubbed by John Howard to be a future Governor General of Australia is non-news as well.

Can't they find something better?

Thursday, June 28, 2007

This sums it up...

...about the new Apple iPhone that everyone seems to be wetting themselves over:

iPhone: the Paris Hilton of gadgets. Pretty, thin, expensive and missing some key features.

Until the iPhone gets 3G connectivity, it ain't worth buying for the price.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Meat raffle or brothel poker...

A Victorian strip club has hit upon a great idea, the winner of their weekly poker night gets a free half-hour voucher for the local brothel. This is marketing at its best, instead of the standard in advertising of alluding to sex (although some go way further than others), this strip club just gives it away.

But, of course, there are some folks who think this is a bad thing...

A VICTORIAN strip bar has sparked outrage by rewarding the winner of its Saturday night poker tournament with a brothel voucher.

Alley Cat Hotel owner Fred Scharkosi says the prize has made it the busiest Texas hold 'em poker house in Geelong.

 

"Some venues offer a drink card or a chicken parma - ours is a free half-hour session at the local bordello," Mr Scharkosi said.

 

Family groups are disgusted.

 

"We are seriously disappointed that a local business thinks that a brothel voucher is an appropriate prize to hand out in a public venue," Australian Family Association president Angela Conway said.

What the fuck is this family group smoking. It isn't exactly a public venue. It is a strip club for god's sake. The people who frequent these establishments are looking for a specialised form of entertainment and the prize for twinning the poker tournament is the pinnacle of that entertainment.

And anyway, if people don't want to win a half-hour voucher at a brothel, they don't have to enter the tournament. And even if someone that was married and/or had a family, I reckon he would give the voucher to a single mate in exchange for a carton or three. Everyone wins...

Whenever there is a complaint like this, the Australian Family Association are generally the wankers responsible for the ruckus. What happened to the notion that people can choose their own path. With my, albeit limited, experience with strip clubs, I would be guessing that there would be a fairly wide crossover between the patrons of strip clubs and brothels.

I went looking for some more information about the Australian Family Association and found it here http://www.family.org.au/, in all its 90s HTML goodness.

There aims:

The objectives for which the Association is established are as follows:

 

(i) to cultivate within society an appreciation that the integrity and well being of the family is essential to the stability, morale, security and prosperity of the Australian nation;

 

(ii) to analyze laws and policies for their effect on the family and to formulate and promote corrective measures as necessary;

 

(iii) to support initiatives taken by other individuals and organisations in support of the traditional family;

 

(iv) by means of conferences, seminars and the active involvement of individuals and groups, to create public awareness of the fundamental importance of the family unit;

 

(v) to facilitate research and act as a resource centre for the effective pursuit of the Association's objectives;

 

(vi) to facilitate programs in family education;

 

(vii) to promote and encourage the development of services to assist families in difficulties; and

 

(viii) to do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives.

How does complaining about a strip club poker tournament fit into those objectives? I'd really like to know.

They have action plans in the following areas:

  • Stem cell research - They are against all stem cell research on embryos, regardless of whether they have been fertilised or not. Nevermind the non-fertilised embryos would never have been a baby in the first place...
  • Internet pornography - They actually want all internet traffic in Australia to be filtered to stop all porn from being accessed by anyone, that includes adults who apparently aren't mature enough to make their own decisions.
  • Gay marriages - No gays allowed to marry.
  • Abortion - I don't think this will ever be resolved, regardless of religious intervention.

How does banning stem cell research affect most families in Australia? Thinking about it, I would have to say that banning stem cell research would be more detrimental to a family. Embryonic stem cell research seems to offer the most hope for finding the answer to cure many illnesses that rip families apart. The eggs that are used in somatic cell nuclear transfer stem cell research are eggs that are donated and would probably never be fertilised and be discarded after 3-5 years on ice.

As a long time user of the internet (>12 years now), I think I have seen a fair proportion of what is out there. There is some pretty sick stuff and I would never let my kid see it. But I don't see why the government should be made to enforce a ban on all internet pornography. Why doesn't the AFA push for more education to help parents know how to protect their own children from porn? Of course they wouldn't do that because they want to control us, not let us make our own informed decision.

It seems like most of their action areas have more to do with controlling how people choose to live their lives, rather than improving the situation of families.

Don't they have anything better to do with their time? It seems not.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Richmond Tigers fans are gay...

Or 70% more likely to be gay.

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Roy Morgan did a survey into sports fans and their habits. Primarily
to help advertisers know how effective or how worthwhile it is to
sponsor a footbal club.

You can find it here.

And going by some of the results, I reckon there would be some big companies that were quite happy with spending their sponsorship dollars. See the following:

  • West Coast Eagles supporters are 35% more likely to have eaten at a Hungry Jack’s outlet in the last four weeks
  • Essendon Bombers supporters are 20% more likely to have 3 Mobile as their mobile phone service provider
  • Sydney Swans supporters are 38% more likely to have Vodafone as their mobile phone service provider

Along with the serious results of the survey, it managed to find a few results that I found amusing:

  • Richmond fans are gay - Richmond Tigers supporters are 70% more likely to agree that "I consider myself a homosexual"
  • Carlton fans are gay too - Carlton Blues supporters are 36% more
    likely to agree that "I consider myself a homosexual"
  • And we now know why the Eagles play harder to beat Carlton and
    Richmond - West Coast Eagles supporters are 17% more likely to agree
    that "I believe homosexuality is immoral"
  • Adelaide fans are dole bludgers - Adelaide Crows supporters are 11%
    more likely to agree that "I think it's the Government's duty to
    support those who can't find work"
  • Brisbane fans are a little slow - Brisbane Lions supporters are 45%
    more likely to agree that "I need a mobile phone to access the
    Internet"
  • Freo fans like BBQ Chicken - Fremantle Dockers supporters are 99% more likely to have eaten at a Red Rooster restaurant in the last four
    weeks
  • Freo fans are a group of handy folk - Fremantle Dockers supporters are
    35% more likely to have made a purchase from Bunnings in the last four
    weeks
  • Saints fans are bogans or ricers - St Kilda Saints supporters are 54%
    more likely to have made a purchase from Autobarn in the last four
    weeks
  • West Coast fans are (surprise, surprise) snobs - West Coast Eagles
    supporters are 50% more likely to agree that "It only feels like a
    holiday if I leave Australia"
  • Footscray fans are tossers - Western Bulldogs supporters are 118% more likely to have made a purchase from Colorado in the last four weeks

Here is the full list of results:

When compared to all AFL supporters:

Adelaide Crows supporters are:
• 77% more likely to have eaten at a Pizza Haven restaurant in the last four weeks;
• 40% more likely to have consumed Sunkist in the last seven days;
• 21% more likely to agree that “If I could afford to eat out every night I would”;
• 18% more likely to agree that “I would have difficulty coping with a demanding job or career”;
• 17% more likely to agree that “I avoid staying at accommodation that does not have genuine environmental policies”;
• 16% more likely to agree that “I believe homosexuality is immoral”;
• 14% more likely to agree that “TV advertising often gives me something to talk about”;
• 14% more likely to agree that “Quite often I find TV advertising more entertaining than the programs”;
• 11% more likely to agree that “I think it’s the Government’s duty to support those who can’t find work”;
• 23% less likely to agree that “I seldom have time for breakfast”;
• 12% less likely to agree that “I often take advantage of the special offers on the back of my supermarket shopping docket”;
• 10% less likely to agree that “I enjoy buying magazines”.

Brisbane Lions supporters are:
• 45% more likely to agree that “I need a mobile phone to access the Internet”;
• 39% more likely to have eaten at a Red Rooster restaurant in the last four weeks;
• 26% more likely to agree that “I often take advantage of the special offers on the back of my supermarket shopping docket”;
• 23% more likely to agree that “If I didn’t have to carry a mobile phone for work, I wouldn’t have one at all”;
• 15% more likely to agree that “I buy the same food every week”;
• 14% (of respondents aged 18+) more likely to agree that “I like promotions that offer free gifts with a purchase of alcohol”;
• 13% (of respondents aged 18+) more likely to agree that “I drink alcohol mostly at home”;
• 13% more likely to agree that “I use coupons I find in magazines or on packets”;
• 13% more likely to agree that “My job often takes me outside of mobile phone network range”;
• 11% more likely to have Vodafone as their mobile phone service provider;
• 11% more likely to agree that “I often notice the advertisements on the tops and backs of taxis”;
• 11% less likely to agree that “I choose a car mainly on its looks”.

Carlton Blues supporters are:
• 41% more likely to have consumed Pepsi Light in the last seven days;
• 39% more like to have eaten at a Nando’s restaurant in the last four weeks;
• 36% more likely to agree that “I consider myself a homosexual”;
• 31% more likely to agree that “I usually notice the advertisements on shopping trolleys when I go grocery shopping”;
• 30% more likely to agree that “I sometimes use force to get things done”;
• 20% more likely to agree that “Quite often I find TV advertising more entertaining than the programs”;
• 17% more likely to agree that “There’s too much change going on these days”;
• 17% more likely to agree that “I choose a car mainly on its looks”;
• 15% more likely to agree that “I’m worried about interest rates at the moment”;
• 13% more likely to agree that “I always read the business section of the newspaper”;
• 12% more likely to agree that “I often enter competitions run by newspapers, magazines or radio stations”;
• 24% less likely to agree that “Computers and technology give me more control over my life”;
• 12% less likely to agree that “I’m a bit of an intellectual”.

Collingwood Magpies supporters are:
• 104% more likely to have made a purchase from Dimmeys/Forges in the last four weeks;
• 67% more likely to have made a purchase from The Athlete’s Foot in the last four weeks;
• 22% more likely to agree that “I avoid dairy foods whenever possible”;
• 21% more likely to have consumed V (energy drink) in the last seven days;
• 20% more likely to agree that “The food I eat is all, or almost all, vegetarian”;
• 19% (of respondents aged 18+) more likely to agree that “Australian beer is the only beer worth drinking”;
• 16% (of respondents aged 18+) more likely to agree that “Imported beer is a waste of money”;
• 13% more likely to agree that “I choose a car mainly on its looks”;
• 12% more likely to agree that “None of this stuff about the information super-highway makes sense to me”;
• 12% more likely to agree that “I’m constantly watching my weight”;
• 21% less likely to agree that “I regularly go to church or my place of worship”;
• 11% less likely to agree that “I always read the business section of the newspaper”;
• 11% less likely to agree that “I like things to stay the same”.

Essendon Bombers supporters are:
• 92% more likely to have consumed Red Bull in the last seven days;
• 35% more likely to agree that “I prefer the bright lights and big cities when I travel”;
• 34% more likely to agree that “I was born to shop”;
• 23% more likely to agree that “I need a mobile phone to give me more control over my life”;
• 20% more likely to have 3 Mobile as their mobile phone service provider;
• 20% more likely to agree that “I wear clothes that will get me noticed”;
• 18% more likely to agree that “It’s important to look fashionable”;
• 16% more likely to have eaten at a KFC restaurant in the last four weeks;
• 15% more likely to agree that “I buy more of a store’s own products than well known brands”;
• 15% more likely to agree that “I would seriously consider buying a 3G phone”;
• 13% more likely to agree that “I find TV advertising interesting”;
• 13% more likely to agree that “I often enter competitions which are on packets or labels on products”;
• 18% less likely to agree that “I often notice the advertisements on the tops and backs of taxis”.

Fremantle Dockers supporters are:
• 99% more likely to have eaten at a Red Rooster restaurant in the last four weeks;
• 35% more likely to have made a purchase from Bunnings in the last four weeks;
• 27% more likely to have Telstra as their mobile phone service provider;
• 23% more likely to agree that “I always think of the number of calories in the food I’m eating”;
• 22% more likely to agree that “I often enter competitions run by newspapers, magazines or radio stations”;
• 21% more likely to agree that “Crime is a growing problem in my community”;
• 14% more likely to agree that “I’m concerned about my cholesterol level”;
• 14% more likely to agree that “I feel less safe than I used to”;
• 26% less likely to agree that “I often take advantage of the special offers on the back of my supermarket shopping docket”;
• 26% less likely to agree that “I often notice the advertisements on the tops and backs of taxis”;
• 25% less likely to agree that “I love to do as many sports as possible”;
• 11% less likely to agree that “I can’t miss seeing those big billboard signs”;
• 11% less likely to agree that “I find TV advertising interesting”.

Geelong Cats supporters are:
• 40% more likely to have made a purchase from Harris Scarfe in the last four weeks;
• 34% more likely to have made a purchase from the ABC Shop in the last four weeks;
• 21% more likely to agree that “I try to buy organic food whenever I can”;
• 20% more likely to agree that “I avoid staying at accommodation that does not have genuine environmental policies”;
• 33% less likely to agree that “I need a mobile phone to access the Internet”;
• 21% (of respondents aged 18+) less likely to agree that “Beer is often a good way to start the night”;
• 19% less likely to agree that “I often enter competitions run by newspapers, magazines or radio stations”;
• 17% less likely to agree that “I usually notice the advertisements on shopping trolleys when I go grocery shopping”;
• 14% less likely to agree that “I find TV advertising interesting”;
• 12% less likely to agree that “I always read the business section of the newspaper”.

Hawthorn Hawks supporters are:
• 16% more likely to agree that “I often buy take away food to eat at home”;
• 15% more likely to agree that “Terrorists deserve the same rights as other criminals”;
• 13% more likely to agree that “I’m a bit of an intellectual”;
• 29% less likely to agree that “I always think of the number of calories in the food I’m eating”;
• 28% less likely to agree “I often enter competitions which are on packets or labels on products”;
• 28% less likely to agree that “I often enter competitions run by newspapers, magazines or radio stations”;
• 24% less likely to agree that “TV advertising often gives me something to talk about”;
• 22% less likely to agree that “I would have difficulty coping with a demanding job or career”;
• 15% less likely to agree that “I find TV advertising interesting”.

Kangaroos supporters are:
• 83% more likely to have consumed Red Bull in the last seven days;
• 38% more likely to have 3 Mobile as their mobile phone service provider;
• 27% more likely to agree that “I wear clothes that will get me noticed”;
• 24% more likely to have eaten at a Subway restaurant in the last four weeks;
• 19% more likely to agree that “Freedom is more important than the law”;
• 18% more likely to agree that “I enjoy buying magazines”;
• 18% more likely to agree that “I’m shy in social situations”;
• 18% more likely to agree that “I think it’s the Government’s duty to support those who can’t find work”;
• 18% more likely to agree that “I usually notice the advertisements on shopping trolleys when I go grocery shopping”;
• 17% more likely to agree that “I’m a bit of an intellectual”;
• 17% more likely to agree that “I often enter competitions which are on packets or labels on products”, but
• 21% less likely to agree that “I often take advantage of the special offers on the back of my supermarket shopping docket” and
• 17% less likely to agree that “I often redeem coupons to get discounts or special offers”.

Melbourne Demons supporters are:
• 37% more likely to agree that “I always read the business section of the newspaper”;
• 27% more likely to agree that “I like to drink wine with my meals”;
• 24% more likely to have 3 Mobile as their mobile phone service provider;
• 18% more likely to have made a purchase from David Jones in the last four weeks;
• 15% more likely to agree that “A low fat diet is a way of life for me”;
• 14% more likely to agree that “The Government is doing a good job running the country”;
• 14% more likely to agree that “The Australian economy appears to be improving”;
• 12% more likely to agree that “I believe a percentage of everyone’s income should go to charities”;
• 36% less likely to agree that “I often take advantage of the special offers on the back of my supermarket shopping docket”;
• 33% less likely to agree that “I often enter competitions run by newspapers, magazines or radio stations”;
• 19% less likely to agree that “I use coupons I find in magazines or on packets”.

Port Adelaide Power supporters are:
• 197% more likely to have made a purchase from Harris Scarfe in the last four weeks;
• 37% more likely to agree that “I usually notice the advertisements on shopping trolleys when I go grocery shopping”;
• 34% more likely to agree that “I don’t like to know too much about what’s going on in the world these days”;
• 30% more likely to agree that “Freedom is more important than the law”;
• 23% more likely to agree that “My pet is a fussy eater”;
• 21% more likely to agree that “For my next holiday, I’d really like a total ecotourism experience”;
• 20% more likely to agree that “I avoid staying at accommodation that does not have genuine environmental policies”;
• 19% more likely to have Vodafone as their mobile phone service provider;
• 16% more likely to agree that “I sometimes use force to get things done”;
• 15% more likely to agree that “I don’t read the ads in newspapers and magazines”;
• 12% more likely to agree that “I believe in taking risks”;
• 11% more likely to agree that “It is important to have a full social life”;
• 19% less likely to agree that “I often enter competitions which are on packets or labels on products”.

Richmond Tigers supporters are:
• 70% more likely to agree that “I consider myself a homosexual”;
• 38% more likely to have consumed Pepsi in the last seven days;
• 38% more likely to agree that “My job often takes me outside of mobile phone network range”;
• 36% more likely to agree that “I need a mobile phone to access the Internet”;
• 31% more likely to agree that “I usually notice the advertisements on shopping trolleys when I go grocery shopping”;
• 24% more likely to have Vodafone as their mobile phone service provider;
• 18% more likely to agree that “I look for new experiences every day”;
• 18% more likely to agree that “Quite often I find TV advertising more entertaining than the programs”;
• 17% more likely to agree that “I like to be with a crowd of people”;
• 17% more likely to agree that “Threats to the environment are exaggerated”;
• 15% less likely to agree that “I often redeem coupons to get discounts or special offers”;
• 12% less likely to agree that “I use coupons I find in magazines or on packets”.

St Kilda Saints supporters are:
• 54% more likely to have made a purchase from Autobarn in the last four weeks;
• 52% more likely to agree that “The food I eat is all, or almost all, vegetarian”;
• 50% more likely to have made a purchase from Clint’s Crazy Bargains in the last four weeks;
• 31% more likely to agree that “I usually notice the advertisements on shopping trolleys when I go grocery shopping”;
• 16% more likely to agree that “People often compliment me on my cooking”;
• 14% more likely to agree that “I always think of the number of calories in the food I’m eating”;
• 12% more likely to agree that “I find TV advertising interesting”;
• 30% less likely to agree that “I’d consider doing some of my grocery shopping on the Internet in the next 12 months”;
• 25% less likely to agree that “Imported beer is a waste of money”;
• 21% less likely to agree that “I often enter competitions which are on packets or labels on products”;
• 17% less likely to agree that “I often enter competitions run by newspapers, magazines or radio stations”;

Sydney Swans supporters are:
• 42% more likely to have made a purchase from Gloria Jean’s in the last four weeks;
• 38% more likely to have Vodafone as their mobile phone service provider;
• 23% more likely to agree that “It only feels like a holiday if I leave Australia”;
• 19% more likely to agree that “I often notice the advertisements on the tops and backs of taxis”;
• 19% more likely to agree that “I believe a percentage of everyone’s income should go to charities”;
• 18% more likely to agree that “I regularly go to church or my place of worship”;
• 15% (of respondents aged 18+) more likely to agree that “I drink more premium beer now than I used to”;
• 15% more likely to agree that “I love to do as many sports as possible”;
• 13% more likely to agree that “I often take advantage of the special offers on the back of my supermarket shopping docket”;
• 11% more likely to agree that “TV advertising often gives me something to talk about”;

West Coast Eagles supporters are:
• 59% more likely to have made a purchase from Dymocks book store in the last four weeks;
• 50% more likely to agree that “It only feels like a holiday if I leave Australia”;
• 37% more likely to agree that “I often enter competitions run by newspapers, magazines or radio stations”;
• 35% more likely to have eaten at a Hungry Jack’s outlet in the last four weeks;
• 24% more likely to agree that “I always think of the number of calories in the food I’m eating”;
• 22% more likely to agree that “I usually notice the advertisements on shopping trolleys when I go grocery shopping”;
• 22% more likely to agree that “I buy the same food every week”;
• 17% more likely to agree that “I believe homosexuality is immoral”;
• 17% more likely to agree that “The Australian economy appears to be improving”;
• 16% more likely to agree that “I don’t like to know too much about what’s going on in the world these days”;
• 13% more likely to agree that “I often notice the advertisements on the tops and backs of taxis”;
• 14% less likely to agree that “I always read the business section of the newspaper”;
• 12% less likely to agree that “Homosexual couples should be allowed to adopt children”.

Western Bulldogs supporters are:
• 118% more likely to have made a purchase from Colorado in the last four weeks;
• 81% more likely to agree that “I usually notice the advertisements on shopping trolleys when I go grocery shopping”;
• 40% more likely to have consumed Sprite in the last seven days;
• 38% more likely to agree that “Quite often I find TV advertising more entertaining than the programs”;
• 37% more likely to agree that “I often enter competitions which are on packets or labels on products”;
• 35% more likely to agree that “I find TV advertising interesting”;
• 27% more likely to agree that “I always read the business section of the newspaper”;
• 22% more likely to agree that “TV advertising often gives me something to talk about”;
• 19% more likely to agree that “I enjoy buying magazines”;
• 17% more likely to agree that “I often enter competitions run by newspapers, magazines or radio stations”;
• 12% more likely to agree that “I use coupons I find in magazines or on packets”;
• 22% less likely to agree that “Nearly all TV advertising annoys me”;

Friday, June 08, 2007

Assume the position...

Ide Sisters Family Reunion in Metamora, MI - 2007

I sure hope that Telstra does not get the opportunity to build the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network in Australia after reading this article on News.com.au:

TELSTRA chief executive Sol Trujillo has warned the Government that Telstra will cancel any plans to build a $4.5 billion high-speed fibre broadband network if there is no decision on who should build it by the end of next month.

Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo has given the government a month to settle the Broadband stalemate

The private threat came as Telstra also attempted to ratchet up the public pressure on the Government by revealing the cheapest price for its proposed broadband network.

In a briefing to journalists yesterday, Telstra executives said the company would charge $59 a month to its rivals for access to a basic service.

But this would give users relatively slow speeds of 512kbps -- only double the current basic model and just 1 per cent ofthe maximum speeds of 50Mbps possible with Telstra's proposed new fibre network. Customers wanting higher speeds would have to pay much more and Telstra is understood to have plans to withdraw its $59-a-month price after two years.

$59 wholsale for a pissy little 512 kbps connection. You may as well sign up to Optus or Vodafone's wireless internet and get 1-1.5 Mbps for the same money. Optus labelled the announcement as an "insult to all Australian businesses and consumers". Which is pretty much standard Telstra practice.

The insult continues:

Despite the $59 entry-level pricing announced yesterday, Telstra wants its average wholesale price to be about $85 a month and its top price is understood to be well over $100 a month.

Averaging $85 a month for what I presume to be a 1-4 Mbps connection is outrageous. Is Telstra trying to find a way of not spending $4.5 billion on a new network, when they can rip off people on an old existing network?

Thursday, June 07, 2007

What a fucking joke...

"I saw the ad for electric scissors during an episode of The Simple Life, which is a show that glorifies these two rich, giggling cunts who have no respect for anybody -- just vile people, awful human beings who get away with everything because they're rich...and then the blonde one'll blow you, apparently. But here's the thing: I saw that ad for electric scissors during one of the highest-rated shows in America, about these two rich fuckin' mean pieces of shit, and I vowed that I'm gonna retain that image every time I hear President Bush say 'The terrorists hate our freedom.' You know what? I hate our freedom. Me. Little old me, I'm an American (and) I fuckin' hate it. We are assholes, man." - David Cross, It's Not Funny

I thought that when Paris Hilton was sentenced to jail, the world might be coming to their senses and start treating that rich giggling cunt the same way the rest of us are. But it seems that some people are more equal than others:

Hotel heiress Paris Hilton was released from prison on Thursday for medical reasons after serving just over three days of a 23-day sentence but she will be confined to her home for 40 days, officials said.

Steve Whitmore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office said Hilton had been "reassigned" though he declined to give specific information on her medical condition for privacy reasons.

So due to some mystery medical issue after just 3 days of her 23 day sentence, she gets to go home and stay there for 40 more days. I'm sure being confined to home at Paris' place is a bit different to the rest of us.

What medical condition can show up in just 3 days of being in prison. 23 hours of her day are spent in her cell. Ummm... at what point does detox side-effects kick in after stopping drug use? Am I just starting a vicious rumour, maybe so, but it does seem a little fishy to me...

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Holy shit!!!

I just found this at Engadget:

You won't be seeing one of these sensors in your fashioncam any time soon. Canon has built a 50 megapixel CMOS monstrosity, which is reportedly almost twice the resolution of its nearest competition, and is prepping it as a sort of large format surveillance camera for monitoring large, busy areas such as parking lots and theme parks, along with detailed work like factory part inspections. Despite the sensor's clear industrial-end aims, Canon has managed to build its prototype at 19 x 28mm in size, the same dimensions of the sensors in its DSLR cameras, so who knows where this tech could end up in the long run. So far Canon hasn't even announced release plans for this current incarnation, so we aren't going to go hawking our existing shooter just yet.

Wow!!!

50 megapixels would be amazing. Although it introduces so many issues like processing the data in real-time and storing all those bits. Imagine the size of the RAW files that come out of this thing. If my camera (a Canon D60, 6.3 megapixel) produces a RAW file anywhere between 5 MB and 9 MB, multiply that resolution by 8 and using the lossless compression you would have to estimate (depending on the algorithm) the RAW files would be 40 MB or more...

Monday, June 04, 2007

A chilly morn...

Yesterday, I dragged myself out of bed to go up to East Perth to get some shots around sunrise. After a small issue of having a flat battery in my car (thanks Calvin) I got up there and got some great shots. Here are some of the good ones...

East Perth 2007-06-03 II
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East Perth 2007-06-03 IIII
CRW_2909   CRW_2915   CRW_3122

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Damn...

Cop 

Stupid me. I got done for speeding this morning. 74 in a 60 zone measured, rounded down to 72 in a 60... My fault, I was watching the road (2 or 3 cars in the vicinity) and forgot to constantly look at my speedo to make sure I never went 1 km/h over the speed limit.

And thanks to double demerit weekend, it ended up being $150 and 4 points. Oh well, it was my first speeding ticket in 4 years. Grrr...