Friday, 28 February 2014

I have a frog on my windowsill

When an orange frog turns up on your kitchen windowsill, it's probably best not to ask how it got there.

What's that rustling noise amongst the windowsill plants..?

Ah right. A frog.

He's having a hard time opening this door..

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

London media types

Apologies for the lack of photos this month. Partly the weather, and partly being busy.

Anyway, here are the offices of a posh London media company:

Monday, 17 February 2014

Google - how evil can we be?

Sorry. An entirely non-photography related mini-rant.

While trying to navigate the ludicrously byzantine menus of Google trying to disable yet another "helpful" feature (not to mention the forcing of users to activate their helpful Google+ account to even modify any such settings), I found the little group of tick boxes above.

"Show geo location". No thanks. I quite like retaining the last vestiges of personal physical privacy I have left (even though I live in the most surveilled state in history - the good old United Kingdom).

"Auto enhance" photos. Yes, I found this "helpful feature" before, and it was this that made me first lament the fact that I could only disable it by signing up to the data-mining Google+. Auto enhance was awful. Results that nobody would actually want, least of all somebody like me who is pretty sure I know what I want from my photos. I noticed this time that whereas before it was a simple on/off, they have changed it to be high/normal/off, and even though I had switched it off previously, it had reset itself to "normal". No, Google, you control freak idiots, that's not what I wanted, and you know it.

"Find my face in photos and videos". Features like this should send chills down any person's spine. And show just how far sighted George Orwell was. If I could go back in time fifteen years, I would tell myself (a pretty mature and responsible internet user) not to put any real personal information on the web, wherever possible. Companies can never do good things with your data, only evil.

"Auto awesome"? Ah yes. Wrap up the control freakism and totalitarianist tendencies with a bit of cute sounding fuzziness. No, Google. Go fu*k yourself.

This time, all I was looking for was a way for Google to not display my real name on Youtube. That's all I wanted. Surely not difficult. Oh no.. Google, you are greedy, evil, data devouring, NSA-bed-sharers.. Anybody who wears Google Glass is basically signing themselves up to be audio/video gathering drones for Google's benefit.

Put simply, the company scares me.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Up and down and up and down the Surrey hills

The storms that have been washing across the UK since mid-December seem to have finally stopped, and the weather looks like it's looking up (even if they are forecasting rain for tomorrow morning - fantastic..).

So, a quick walk over to Shere and back.

And, to the lady whose phone I helped to find: you really didn't have to give any reward. I hope very much that you now have a wonderful grandchild.

Rise and shine.

Not sure what this bird was, but possible a Buzzard?


Snowdrops in Shere church graveyard.

Shere church.

A kite being chased by a jackdaw. Pretty odd. They were really having a good scrap..

Self portrait.

The moon.

Stars seen from the window.