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Birds at the park

Taken with a Nikon Coolpix P900. According to many "armchair experts" on the interwebs, I should not be able to take pictures like this with a camera of such dubious quality.

Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard's parents should have been allowed to bring him to the US for experimental treatment.

It almost certainly would not have worked, and he would have died anyway.

However, Charlie was not suffering (he does not really have the capacity to suffer with his current neurological status). So, it was not really an issue of weighing the odds of success against the likelihood of causing unnecessary pain.

There was also no taxpayer money involved. The funds were raised privately, and everyone who would have been involved with the treatment would have been so voluntarily.

It would also have provided scientific data about what happens when the treatment is used on a human subject in Charlie's condition.

I do not see how this is anything other than a case of the UK government sticking its nose where it does not belong, just because it can.

A couple from the local garden

I really like the flower garden they have in the park here.

Looks like the people who painted those parking meters actually are painting other things too. Here is a transformer box they painted. I like the Lewis and Clark imagery.

Hot day

With more planning, I probably could have cooked breakfast on the roof of my car.

This is what passes for fine art 'round these parts. Decorated parking meters on a wooden palate/wagon thingy, chained to a tree on a street curb amidst actual parking meters.

This is a close-up of the sign on the wagon in the above image. It clearly describes the exhibit as a "great art project." Apparently, you put money in the artistic meters and the proceeds help to fund more fine works of art like this one. Some dude laughs every Friday morning when he collects his beer money for the weekend.

I'm sure having the real meter expire in the parking space over and returning to their vehicle to find a parking ticket affixed to their windshield just puts everyone in a cheerful, giving mood, eager to donate the quarter that could have saved them the ticket if they had gotten back to their car 2 minutes earlier to a good cause like painting more of these things.

I'm surprised no one has taken a baseball bat to them yet.

Messing around with new camera

Liking what I see so far. Seems capable of producing sharp, clear images. Pretty impressive for such a small sensor.

Sony Cybershot RX100 V

This arrives tomorrow.

Most people would be excited about this. However, it really was a purchase I didn't want to have to make.

The fact is, I am simply too god damned fat to carry my dSLR rig up the side of a mountain.

I'll be playing around with it these next few weeks here, and will post a detailed review when I come back from Glacier.

The consensus seems to be that, for something you can put in your pocket, this is as good as it gets. It should be great for landscapes, street photography, and candids, but telephoto and macro leave much to be desired. You can't get those capabilities in a pocketable format though, and I do need something I can have with me at all times without being intrusive. I won't even know this guy is there until I need it, so there is really no excuse to not have it on me. And that 4K video looks pretty sweet too. Seems like it will be a good vlogging camera.