Thursday, December 31, 2009

First test of Bibble Pro 5

First test of Bibble Pro 5, originally uploaded by indigoid.

DPReview announced yesterday that Bibble Pro 5 had finally been released. It was promised quite some time ago, and just as I was starting to wonder if it was ever going to be released at all, they announced the beta. It didn't support my Canon Powershot G10, so I didn't bother with it. Happily, the release version of Bibble Pro 5 does support the G10.

It is quite different to Bibble Pro 4, but I'm quickly becoming accustomed to it. The ability to automate (and customise!) things like importing and exporting craps all over iPhoto, which I'd been using as an interim solution until Bibble supported the G10. I'm sure I'll like it even more on the gorgeous 24" screen of Anna's iMac.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sydney Harbour Bridge crossing

I'd wanted a video of crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge by motorcycle for some time now. I recorded this one, but the camera was mounted with RAM hardware on the handlebars and so was subject to a lot of shock from the bumpy surface of the Bradfield Highway that crosses the bridge. I think the only way to smooth out the video might be to use a helmet-mounted camera instead and rely on the cushioned seat and human body to absorb the vibration and shocks.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tabasco + vodka = interesting

Add vodka, originally uploaded by indigoid.

Years ago I was persuaded to try a drink composed of vodka and Tabasco sauce in equal quantities. It is quite an experience. Tonight I made one each for Anna and I, as she'd never tried it before. She didn't react very well to drinking it. We both like things with reasonable quantities of chilli in them, but for some reason she can't handle Tabasco sauce very well. She had the small glass, too.

Oh well, at least one of us enjoyed it :-(

Friday, December 4, 2009

business idea

Recently I was locked out of the apartment I share with a friend. While I waited for said friend to arrive with keys it occurred to me that there might be a kernel of a business idea there. Would people pay a small fee to have someone store a copy of their keys and deliver them in person whenever required, incurring a per-incident fee? Billing should be automatic and require a credit card. After all, it is possible that in such a situation the key-owner may not have any form of payment capability with them. In my case I was stuck outside with just shorts, t-shirt and one of my mobile phones -- not even a shoe! To identify the rightful owner of the keys one might use fingerprints, a photo and perhaps some kind of password. The key delivery service should never know the address associated with the keys, to protect against rogue employees. Perhaps encourage customers to use a PO Box. Comments?