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January 18, 2018

Aircon is busted in the hotel, at least the sunset didn’t disappoint.

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January 14, 2018

One Month In, Tesla’s SA Battery Is Surpassing Expectations

“Following the early success of the SA model, Victoria has also secured an agreement to get its own Tesla battery built near the town of Stawell. Victoria’s government will be tracking the Hornsdale battery’s early performance with interest.”

Imagine an intelligent Australian Government where they put together an energy budget that would fund building one of these in each state, along with a great big solar farm.

Imagine the effect that would have on other Government’s around the world.

Imagine the impact that would have on the planet, the environment.

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January 14, 2018

Social Media, and Me

“I have no concrete plan for how to approach the shitshow of social media in 2018 and beyond, but I know it starts with not giving a fuck about it.”

I think that’s a healthy way to deal with social media across the board.

Generally speaking, it’s a very brief and curated glimpse into someone’s life, it barely shows us what the person is really like and what they’re going through. Then when someone does post absolutely everything that is happening, in an honest way, we accuse them of over sharing.

It’s a lose lose situation.

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January 14, 2018

Marvel is finally giving Black Widow her own movie

“One of the longest-running fan complaints in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the studio’s reluctance to give Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow her own standalone film, but now it looks like the studio is finally serious about making the project happen.”

About damn time!

We’ve seen glimpses of her background across a couple of the Marvel movies, but nothing that really gives us a better understanding of who the character really is.

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January 10, 2018

Started this today, need to knock off about 20kg or so to lighten the load on my back.

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January 7, 2018

After using Windows 10 for the last 12 months or so, I think I’m going to switch back to Mac OS for a while, specifically High Sierra.

I’ll also switch back to iOS for a while too, as opposed to Android, and see how that goes.

Why am I doing this? I’m bored and need a change, that’s about the only reason I can come up with…

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December 20, 2017

Working on a new editing workflow that works well on Android / Windows, but less well on iOS, need to find a way around the file restrictions on iOS. I’d hoped that iCloud Photos app on Windows 10 might make it easier, but it doesn’t seem to actually upload new photos I export from Lightroom to it.

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December 11, 2017

“I finally have a great use for IFTTT’s Do Note app. I’ve wired it up to my WordPress blog so that I can quickly publish microblog posts there.”

WordPress microblog posting from Do Note | Manton Reece
http://ift.tt/1dIRjWn

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December 11, 2017

Since injuring my back earlier this year I’ve found it a pain in the ass to drive for more than a couple of hours at a time…which sucks, because I used to be able to drive for 10 hours without a hassle. Anyway, on the way back from seeing clients in Sydney I decided to stop at the rest area near Mooney Mooney Bridge so I could stretch my legs for a few minutes, and then I remembered I had my drone in the car with me!

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December 5, 2017

Are you kidding @manton? So I could ditch WP and move to micro.blog, or do I bring micro.blog into my WP?

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December 3, 2017

Going to try something new on the blog for the next month or so.

Lightroom CC

I thought I had my photo workflow sorted, then Adobe goes and releases Lightroom CC.

From my cursory look at it, seems Lightroom CC is pretty much the workflow I wanted, the power of editing in Lightroom, with the full cloud sync capabilities of say Google Photos. Throw in VSCO X to give the image a final look, and happy days!

I’ll post some more thoughts about Lightroom CC once I’ve had a week or two to play with it.

I think I’ve finally worked out a nice workflow to manage my photos properly from shoot, to edit, to upload. . .

This is a very “no frills” description of what I think will work well for me going forward.

I have all my photos loaded into Apple’s Photos app, this is usually done on my iPad Pro, they’re also synced to Google Photos as a secondary backup, and yes I have paid for storage on both services so that I can upload and keep the original size the photo was taken in.

Once I have all the photos in Photos, I then delete the shit ones and favourite the ones I definitely want to edit. I do some basic edits in Photos, i.e. exposure, white balance, highlights, shadows, black point, etc.

After the basic edits, I’ll often import the photo into VSCO for the final treatment.

Last but not least, the photo gets posted on Instagram, my blog, and wherever else I want to post it.

So far it seems to work well enough.