The Pencil Guy: Hourann's illogical blog

And now for a message about puppy-poo

Sunday 8 November 2009 at 7:05 pm

Attention Dog Owners: Pick up after your dogs. Thank you. Attention Dogs: Grrrrr, bark, woof. Good dog.

Continuing with the dog theme: this cute little sign is in a park in Boston that was created by the Big Dig (an über-expensive project to put the city centre’s main freeway underground).

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Beagle on the bus!

Tuesday 3 November 2009 at 8:31 pm

So, @thesixthbaron was in SF, on his way back from a conference. We met up, wandered the Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park, and it was cool.

Then I went to catch the bus back to my train station. At first I was entertained by staring out the window and listening in on the two Aussie tourists sitting opposite me who couldn’t quite figure out how to convert time zones. But then we stopped in North Beach, they got off, and a hipster girl came on and took their spot.

And then she motioned to her dog, which jumped up on the seat next to me.

A beagle sleeping on Muni bus 30!

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Happy new year!

Monday 1 January 2007 at 1:23 pm

Gloucester Park NYE fireworks over the Swan River

With other plans having failed to materialise, I almost thought last night would be quiet and boring, until Bernard was kind enough to suddenly call me. We hit the South Perth foreshore and watched the fireworks at Gloucester Park, while trying to avoid the slighty-drunk mob milling around the Oyster Bar.

I didn’t realise that spending New Year’s Eve with a group of random people I mostly don’t know, assembled at the last minute, could be so much fun :-)

More NYE fireworks over the Swan River


Christmas decorations in HDR!

Monday 25 December 2006 at 8:28 pm

Just when I was trying to focus more and reduce the number of distractions in my life, I think I may be becoming addicted to playing with 32-bit HDR images in Photoshop :-)

Lit-up neon angel figure in Forrest Place, Perth

There is, of course, more to be seen in my Flickr account. That said, the other photos have a fair amount of not-quite-right-ness about them, because my kit is woefully inadequate to do this HDR stuff properly. So if I continue down this path, I may run out of money as well as time. Oh dear oh dear …

So anyway, Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, a pleasant Eid ul-Adha, and a prosperous New Year to y’all ;-)

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An experiment with a cat, a tripod, and HDR

Saturday 16 December 2006 at 5:21 pm

My cat, sleeping on a chair, in my first attempt at HDR

I’ve discovered High Dynamic Range photography in the last few days, primarily from seeing things on Flickr, so when I saw the cat being obligingly sleepy (and thus shootable at several exposures) I thought I’d give it a whirl.

Thus I present this slightly-higher-than-usual-DR photo as evidence of my first foray into this crazy world …

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Another short photo expedition

Friday 20 October 2006 at 12:29 pm

I always feel horribly deceitful when I visit other universities to steal resources, like I’m rudely intruding on someone else’s turf. Oh wait, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Anyway, yesterday’s destination was the library at ECU Joondalup.

[Building 18, the library, at ECU Joondalup]

Wandering through the CBD on the way there, I got caught up in lunch hour, and was mildly surprised by the number of Ernst & Young employees watching the construction work at Esplanade station.

[Random folks watching the railway construction workers]

I also saw window cleaners! And which crazy hack at the City of Perth thought it’d be a good idea to have the Christmas decorations up at the start of October?

[Chaps cleaning windows on the Quadrant]   [Elderly lady walks past the already-decorated post office in Perth]