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 On Wednesday my latest eBay purchase finally arrived from the Ukraine – A LOMO Sputnik stereo TLR. It’s basically two Lubitels fused together – a Bakelite monstrosity with all the light leaks, shiny internal surfaces and dodgy engineering familiar to owners of Soviet cameras. At the very least some internal flocking will be required to make it serviceable.

It is, however, enormous fun and shoots stereo images that are considerably less blurry than my stereo Holga, although that, to be honest, isn’t saying very much.

Univers d’Artistes

I’ve just had the pleasure of being interviewed for Univers d’Artistes, the blog of Carrie Leigh’s NUDE magazine.

Univers d’Artistes interview

A big hello to everyone who has found my site from there.


I’m going to be working in Nottingham for the next couple of weeks if I can get there through the snow tomorrow. So I’ll be spending my evenings in a hotel room with no internet access, which should at least give me plenty of time to catch up on some image editing…

ZZ Top

 One of the greatest disappointments of my musical life was the day I bought the ZZ Top album Tres Hombres on CD. What I heard on that disc wasn’t really the same album that was released on vinyl; it had been remixed and re-effected to make it sound more like their current post-Eliminator sound.

In its new form the whole album is bathed in a thick reverb that hides a lot of the detail. The original sounds like the band are in the room with you; the new version sounds like they’re playing in the tiled bathroom next door. Possibly inside a locked filing cabinet. Hopefully with a sign on the door saying “Beware of the leopard.” I took that CD straight back with a horrified look on my face.

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I seem to have fixed my rendering problems with IE6, but for some reason I can’t get my embedded Animoto video to show in that browser. Grumble.

One interesting statistic from Google Analytics is that Firefox is by far the most common browser used to visit my site. This is A Very Good Thing.

  • 58.41% – Firefox
  • 24.09% – Internet Explorer
  • 10.34% – Safari

Internet Explorer Woes

I just discovered that my home page doesn’t render properly in Internet Explorer 6. I don’t use Internet Explorer at all and the only Windows system I use regularly runs IE7, so I hadn’t noticed. So I guess it’s time to fire up Parallels and test things in as many browser configurations as possible. Oh joy…