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VLC transcodes and mediawiki

Finally got around to uploading a short (few seconds) video I shoot last month. Its of a rhinoceros iguana and uploaded in part in support of my view that we should try and have a video of every animal (okey … Continue reading

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Brion Vibber on video

Brion Vibber Lead Software Architect of the WMF has given a talk on video. The slides can be found at: https://brionv.com/misc/video-wikiconusa-2015.pdf Its a pretty interesting look at what is going on and what is planned. It is though slightly disappointing … Continue reading

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Photographing Midland Air Museum for wikipedia

Midland Air Museum is as the name suggests an air museum near Coventry. While it isn’t Duxford it does have a really rather impressive collection. Not so much in terms of individual stand-out pieces (although the range of early jet … Continue reading

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Another wikipedia redesign

Like most of them its a reader rather than an editor. It goes by the name Das Referenz. The designers explain their ideas here. I haven’t tired it out directly because I don’t own a tablet (2015 and still using … Continue reading

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Taxonomy is annoying

Most of us are aware that all known species have a scientific name. Homo sapiens for man Bufo bufo for the common toad. We may recall from school the various levels of classification. Usually from various mnemonics involving King Phillip. … Continue reading

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Samyang 8mm for Wikipedians

There are various cheap manual 8mm fisheye lenses out there. Samyang’s offering appears to be the best of the field and has the advantage that it can be purchased in the UK without going through the Ebay store. The thing’s … Continue reading

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Musing on a Let’s Play videos and wikipedia

The wikipedia article on Let’s Play videos lacks an example. This is understandable. Wikipedia isn’t video heavy and the vast majority of games are locked down under extensive copyright. There are some free ones though. The one I’m most familiar … Continue reading

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The Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro for wikipedians

This is the cheapest of canon’s macro lenses. While not up to L glass standards I have no particular complaints about its build quality or optical quality. Since I don’t spend my time taking pictures of test charts I can’t … Continue reading

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Update on Military radio station of Pierre-sur-Haute situation

So some questions have been answered in the French parliament about wikipedia’s clash with the DCRI over the content of the Military radio station of Pierre-sur-Haute article. Original (in french of course) can be found at: http://questions.assemblee-nationale.fr/q14/14-26305QE.htm ¬†http://questions.assemblee-nationale.fr/q14/14-23897QE.htm http://questions.assemblee-nationale.fr/q14/14-23896QE.htm Hat … Continue reading

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Museum photography for wikipedia with the Canon 16-35mm lens

Back when I wrote about the canon 14mm lens I suggested that the Canon 16-35mm would be better for museum photography. Well I have now purchased on and after some use I have found that in short it is. 16mm … Continue reading

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