wynfrith hat auf deine Bilderserie geantwortet“You may remember that I made a quick review of Caran d’Ache Alchemix…”

I thought you liked and used the 849 as your carry pen? Also over the long term a fountain pen with a converter and bottled ink will cost less. It is not disposable, bottled ink versus ballpoint refills ounce to ounce is no question of which is cheaper, plenty of inexpensive fountain pens that work well, and can customize to what ink and nib you prefer. Just a thought.

I like my old 849 like I like an old Mercedes 200 (123) – it’s a workhorse. But recent ones are not as well made, and honestly I’ve been dissapointed by a lot of recent Caran d’Ache products (the worse was the Alchemix…). But the Goliath ink cartridge is not up to date compared to the competition. What was still state of the art at the beginning of the naughties is feeling like a gritty Bic Cristal now, when you have so many inkgel, rollerball, pressured cartridges, etc. available. I really like both my Kaküno and Pluminix from Pilot, but they are not efficient writing tool when I’m outside, and certainly not GMP-approved.

wynfrith hat auf dein Foto geantwortet“@wynfrith I’m stuck with Windows 7 at work, and i have a brief…”

Mac Mini is what I want! How is it?

You’ll have to wait about a week to have a serious answer. I have it only for three days, and I only found the correct screen adaptator yesterday, and I’m working almost non stop till monday, when I’ll have the time to really play with it. I have three goals for it : scanning my old negatives, make another dropbox point and video editing (my current computer is driving me crazy). But the first impression is very good, it’s quite fast and it’s not as frustrating as iOS to use. (Note à mes lecteurs francophones : un point bonus pour vous si vous être capable de me dire pourquoi j’ai choisi Cayenne de Parabellum pour illustrer  cet article).




I’m stuck with Windows 7 at work, and i have a brief encounter with the later iterations and I can say I 8 them very much.
Honestly, Ubuntu is not the perfection nor an all-around solution (still some quirks to fix before considering taking over the consumer market) but it’s honestly not that bad.
I’m rediscovering OS X since @descampsdavid gave me a Mac Mini.
Anyway, for 95 % of applications, all computers are good enough, including these cheap ChromeOS übernetbooks that cost the price of a meal in a good restaurant.


I was going for a joke comparing the fact I am shooting targets with my 9mm P220, and shooting landscapes and buildings with my 20mm lens (and not that good at both), but I’m too afraid that would provoke a shouting contest.
Anyway, this is my Panasonic Lumix GF-1, the main provider of pictures for this humble blog. It’s an excellent workhorse with huge battery life and an excellent lens (its luminosity is incredible) ; given that I’m not using 10% of its potential, Jeff is still able to make great pictures.
The only problem I see is I didn’t think to buy extra batteries when I got it, and now they aren’t available anymore, so I would have to put it down when the one I’m using will get tired. This is seriously one of the stupidest obsolescence situation I ever seen, since mechanically it’s still pristine and technical performance are sufficient enough for the kind of photography I practice. If anybody from Panasonic is reading this : please, go on making great tools, but for the sake of everything that is holy on this lowly Earth, please, please, please, stick to standards.

EDIT : the excellent @lvnbrg informed me in a comment about Patona brand (, maker of batteries clones that will save my beloved camera (but I’m quite sure the day I’ll have six extra batteries in my closet, I will clumsily drop Jeff on the ground and kill it for good).


Play the game of Bug or Feature with tumblr

1. Videos : no legend available with YT videos (and I suppose all kind of videos, but I post mostly YT videos to reply to someone, generally with a bad pun or a trying-to-be-witty-comment). That’s great. Because sometimes I post great songs because I love them, and sometimes, people think I’m just a Village People fan. Yeah !

2. Links :  I don’t really understand what is going on there. Links just disappear in the code of my tag page, in both case of edition from richtext or html. Funnier, in the app, links just don’t work, and when clicked on, instead of going to wanted tag, just return to my home page. On a related topic, “more” function seems to disappear in the app. The post is working correctly in my browser, either on the page or on dashboard ; but in the app, I’m messing with your life and your feed with that awful 200 items list that is only useful for people wanting to explore my tumblr. Yeah !

3. Search : apparently, only the five main tags of a post are registered and appear in the search bar. Which is not really a bad thing to explore a new blog, but I’d really like to have access to the alternative tags. I.e., “Jean Cocteau” is unknown to the app, while in the browser the search function provides most of the posts available about the Poet. Sad.

4. copy-paste of anything in the app is a game of Tetris, since everything I paste just go on top of the post. So when I need to copy a very long/randomized URL, I have to accomplish a very tedious mental gymnastic to build my post. That kind of gymnastic is said to be very good to present Alzheimer. Yeah !

5. one of my favourite beature, is when I’m browsing a blog in the app (because I’m always looking for new things to add to my dashboard), and whoops-a-daisy ! I’m back at the most recent post, on top of the page. Which is great since it’s a good way to stop wasting time on Tumblr. Yeah !


The direct ancester of the phablet : it works very well if you have 8 inches long fingers.

I also don’t know if it is a totally non-binary writing machine, or if you’re supposed to use capital I and O for one and zero.


And this, kids, is why you backup your data automatically on external servers and hard drives.