This is not a photo blog, because of all the words. The words are what makes it something other than a photo blog. If it weren't for the words, it might be a photo blog. Fortunately there are words, because I would not want it to be a photo blog. Photo blogs are not what I do.
The thing is, I can get away with posting a photo like this, because I am soooooooo damn good, but you shouldn't try it yourself. No, not at all. I think you should stick to flowers and landscapes, and stuff. Oh, Ice, if you look really really closely you will see some pink in this image. Click to view full size image, naturally.
(1/10th Sec at 266mm focal length - 35mm equivalent - in case you were wondering. Aperture setting not recorded)
Once upon a time I worked as a sales droid, peddling photographic equipment to the unwashed masses. Now I am sure it will come as no surprise when I tell you that working in retail kinda sucks. Nevertheless, here is a list of the good things about that position.
I was in charge of valuation, buying and selling secondhand equipment, which meant I got first go at the really good stuff. Of course the pay was so lousy I had no choice but to buy secondhand...
I had the opportunity to use professional gear - Nikon F4, F90x, Canon EOS1, and some brilliant lenses, including the Canon 20MM full-frame fisheye, and a Canon 24MM Tilt/Shift lens. Of course the pay was so lousy I could never afford to purchase any of the gear I used.
Cheap Developing and Processing. Of course the pay was so lousy it had to be cheap.
Meet interesting people. Be abused by them. Get revenge by selling them a Canon Prima Twin S, possibly the worst camera ever made.
Five is a nice round number for a list such as this. Sadly there were only four good things about the position.
Anyway, here is a completely unrelated photo - some UFOs I say flying in formation the other night. Honest. PS: Ice, Sorry it's not pink.
Back in the bad old days computer monitors used to be prone to a phenomenon known as "burn-in". Newer CRT monitors seem less susceptible to burn-in, such that I have not seen a case in five years or more.
Until recently that is.
Over that last year or two I have replaced all of the monitors in the house with LCDs. Imagine my surprise to discover that LCDs appear to be showing burn-in; some after only a few months!
Anyway, a quick google reveals a method of removing burn-in (Actually, known as Persistence on LCDs), which involves displaying an all-white image for a while. Twenty minutes works for me.
So, if you have this problem, click on the image below to view the full sized version (1280x1024). Save it to your computer. At this point you can either set it as your wallpaper for a while and minimize all windows (Desktop icons would remain though), or use it as a screensaver.
But read the article linked above - especially about lamp lifetime and blanking the screen. I don't recommend using the image as a background or screensaver all the time. Just when required.