Stuff to soothe the curious soul


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

An Article for all Seasons from The Guardian

on reexamining what we routinely do:
When we stop and really think about our daily routine and habits of consumption, we get to realize that some of it is shit, or some degree of shit. Coors Light, Bud, Tim's doughnuts and tim's original coffee (not the Dark Roast…. i like that one), all shit. Good old milk and "fresh Florida" orange juice? all shit, meaning bad for you. Hot dog? Epitome of shit. Voting Liberal? shit but not as bad shit as voting Conservative. 
We buy the next iPhone, because that's what we've always done… we buy Nikon/Canon, because that's what we have always done... we're just like sheep on the way to the slaughterhouse, as far as politicians and marketeers are concerned.
Lots more shit in our lives on closer examination. Yet we keep on doing shit because it's what we do: Do Shit.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sony Diaries #768: Legacy lenses: oldies but still goodies!

One of the attractions for going mirrorless is the opportunity to use almost any legacy lenses: lenses made for film bodies, of various mounts. It is now possible to use any one of the millions of lenses made over the last century, using an adapter that costs as low as $15 and as high as $500+ (the Metabones and Speedboosters). It is an amazing adventure trying out Nikkon Nikkors, Minolta Rokkors, Konica Hexanons, Pentax Takumars, and Olympus Zuikos.
Below are two samples taken with 2 different lenses using a $20 Fotosy adapter, on a Sony A7II. The beauty of using the a7II lies in 3 features: the magnificent Live-View display, focus speaking, and In-Body Stabilization (works with any lens, regardless of make and vintage).
 Konica 57f1.4, 1/80@f1.4, ISO400. AWB, handheld
($50-$100, Kijiji, eBay, Craigslist)
Vivitar (Konica mount) 28f2.5, 1/100s@f2.5, ISO 2500. AWB, handheld. ($20-$50, Kijiji, eBay, Craigslist) 
May 24th.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sony Diaries #764: Councilor Cesar Palacio @ FIDEL GASTRO's

Councilor Cesar Palacio, serving the public from Fidel Gastro's Food Truck on Food Truck Freedom Day, Nathan Phillips Square. May 13th.

Sony Diaries #763: Mayor John Tory

Toronto Mayor John Tory, serving the public from Caplansky's Food Truck on Food Truck Freedom Day, Nathan Phillips Square. May 13th.

Sony Diaries #762: Food Truck at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

a quickie video from Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto.

Mayor John Tory and councillors to celebrate Food Truck Freedom Day
The City of Toronto will celebrate Food Truck Freedom Day with an event at Nathan Phillips Square on Wednesday. Mayor Tory and councillors will get behind the counter to take orders and serve some of Toronto’s finest food on wheels. The event comes on the heels of new street food vending bylaw changes that allow for more choice and convenience.

Date: Wednesday, May 13 
Time: Food truck service, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Mayor and councillors serving food, 12:30 p.m.; Mayor's remarks, 12:45 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. 

Mayor Tory will be joined by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport), Chair of Licensing and Standards Committee, Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York), Councillor Josh Colle (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence), Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22 St. Paul's) and Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre).

Food trucks and carts participating in the event includeCaplansky's, Curbalicious, Fidel Gastro's, Marianne's Food Cart, ME.NU, Rome'n Chariotand Randy's Roti.

More information on the City's new street food regulations is available at