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VDNKh

I've hinted a couple of times in previous blog entries about "surprises" in Moscow, and the biggest of these was without question VDNKh, which has to rank near the top of the list of the most bizarre things I've ever seen. Unfortunately, all of my photos of it were lost, and never recovered, so the photos on this page are shared photos from Flickr. ...

Read | 2008-02-03 13:42 | 1 comment(s)

New camera

On Tuesday I went to the local camera store and came out with a Canon EOS 400D, sold in the US under the idiotic name of Canon Digital Rebel XTi. I'd done quite a bit of reading at dpreview.com beforehand, focusing especially on the lowest-cost DSLR cameras from Canon (the one I bought), Nikon (the D40x), and Olympus (the E-410). From what I was able to gather, they produce images of much the same quality, although the Olympus was perhaps slightly behind and needed its settings tweaked a bit. The Canon came with a poor lens by default. Other than that, they seemed pretty much equal. ...

Read | 2008-01-25 20:36 | 4 comment(s)

To DSLR or not DSLR

I started my digital photograpy career with a crappy Olympus camera I got for Christmas from my father. The camera may have been crappy, but I took lots of photos with it, and hugely enjoyed it. The trouble was that a lot of the photos came out really poorly, there was no zoom, and so on. So eventually I bought myself a higher-level compact digital from Canon, which I was really happy with. ...

Read | 2008-01-20 00:31 | 7 comment(s)

TMRAP support in the blog

I've been thinking for a while that it's a pity that many of the stories in the blog which are about the same things as the photos in the tmphoto application don't show up in that application. I could of course solve that by allowing myself to add occurrences to some topic types, and then adding references to the relevant blog entries from the photo topic map. ...

Read | 2008-01-10 18:09 | 5 comment(s)

Young Stalin, a review

Having already reviewed two Stalin biographies here and discussed this new book on Svein's blog I decided I wanted to write up a review of Simon Sebag Montefiore's latest book. ...

Read | 2008-01-06 14:02 | 5 comment(s)

Ukraine: some travel advice

Parvez Khan posted a long list of questions in the comments, and I thought I'd take a separate blog entry to reply to them, since he had quite a few questions. So, here goes. ...

Read | 2008-01-01 22:39 | 1 comment(s)

Travels in 2007

Yet another year has passed, and so it's time for the annual travel map. This time I haven't lost any laptops, so I was able to reuse last year's script, and even improved it slightly to add links into the tmphoto application. ...

Read | 2008-01-01 21:34 | 0 comment(s)

From Lviv to Krakow

We travelled back from Lviv to Krakow by a different method from how we got there, because the train schedules were a bit awkward for us. So instead we decided to take a bus to Przemysl, just across the border in Poland, and then the train from there. We took a taxi out to the bus station, which like most Ukrainian bus stations was located well outside the city itself. This was a huge, crowded, run-down building surrounded by dusty broken pavements and packs of stray dogs. Inside there were some shops, a hotel, and toilets, but not much else, it seemed. ...

Read | 2007-10-07 23:50 | 11 comment(s)

Beer-hunting in Lviv

First there was Prague, but it was overrun by tourists. Then there was Krakow, but it suffered the same fate. Lviv, however, does not have this problem, and if you read the posting on how we got there you know why. ...

Read | 2007-09-30 21:03 | 10 comment(s)

Heating beer with Python

I think I found a completely new use for the Python programing language while tasting beer with Geir Ove at Cardinal last week. Cardinal is a nearly perfect pub, but they serve their beers too cold. I typically solve this by ordering the beers a bit early, and using my hands. If desperate, I may put the beer on top of my laptop, which usually is quite warm. ...

Read | 2007-09-24 22:24 | 10 comment(s)

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