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DJ Myford

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  1. Given the global situation, retreating into a world of fantasy sounds quite attractive. As for favourite TV, there's one word: Farscape. If you haven't visited the Uncharted Territories, Scorpius wants to know where the hezmana you've been.
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  3. The price calculator has been effectively redundant for some years now, as Alamy give most customers substantial discounts. Its only real use is for impulse buyers paying by card, and to trick new contributors into thinking they can make money from stock.
  4. Make sure you have completed all the mandatory fields, including IIRC an absolute minimum of five tags. The image will not go on sale if you supply less information. Check the images that are not showing: Alamy's Image Manager makes it easy to accidentally have more than one image selected at a time, and you may have inadvertently failed to supply all the required info.
  5. Haven't had those problems myself, but if the battery is in good condition and can be ruled out, it might be worth reinstalling the firmware if it is still available as a download (I haven't looked). It may not help, but you shouldn't lose anything by trying.
  6. I had a bout of secondary Raynaud's a few years ago. People do give you some odd looks when you start swinging your arm around in a circle to force blood into the fingers. Luckily I haven't had a recurrence for some time, but I have been avoiding low temperatures.
  7. My first was a textbook use in January 2004, for $144. I'm not going to fire-up the other computer just to post an image, but it was A04D47.
  8. Equal best year by volume, but only 6th best by gross revenue.
  9. Traditionally the shops would be closed today unless they were holding a Boxing Day sale. They were things to avoid unless you had sharp elbows or a small tank: with the boom in online shopping, the sales may now be safer places, but I'm not going to risk it. Change your list to tea, cider, wine and tap water and we'd be in agreement.
  10. Given everything that's been happening in the world during the last few years, a zombie apocalypse would almost be a welcome return to normality.
  11. I had a sale for promotional brochures back in 2007 (low $$$). All others have been specifically editorial, except for the most recent, which had a somewhat contradictory description: "Ad and Marketing Package ... Excludes advertising" (high $$).
  12. Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda) would be my guess also, especially if they were in woodland. Lepista sordida is similar but smaller, forms clusters, and is usually in more open areas such as roadsides. Cortinarius camphoratus is a possibility, but the cap and cap/stem proportions don't look right. It also has an unpleasant smell, while the Lepista smell sweet. I'd rule out the Russulas as they usually have white stems: the closest would be Russula sardonia, but again it doesn't look right and isn't really dark enough. That's all I can come up with.
  13. If it was in England I would have gone for one of the Shirley poppy cultivars (Papaver rhoeas). There are many varieties, all derived from the European field poppy but without any dark markings at the base of the petals. Others may have better suggestions though.
  14. I'm similar: while I do dabble in tech for tech's sake, most of it is retro. I used CADD a lot when I was working in electronics, but now that it is more of a hobby I sketch out circuits with pencil and paper. My network drive has a large collection of datasheets in PDF format, but key parameters get jotted down on paper for quick reference. I'd say I have more than the average amount of computing power around me (not all active at the same time), but much of it is out-dated or almost vintage (a Dragon32 for example) and not used for modern apps. For casual reading I still prefer books or magazines, although being a low-order nerd/geek I do follow a couple of web comics.
  15. Yes, I went with haematopus rather than sanguinolenta because of the context. They tend to lose the purple tint with age, so I was guessing that these were a little past their best, but again I could be wrong.
  16. Identification can be tricky without close examination, but I'd have a tentative guess at Mycena haematopus, the Bleeding Mycena. But definitely get a second opinion: I may be way off.
  17. One is a distributor sale, the other is an affiliate sale: two different schemes. A distributor is a subcontractor, selling on behalf of Alamy and taking a cut for making the sale. As I understand the affiliate scheme, an affiliate promotes Alamy: if a customer clicks through to Alamy from an affiliate site and then buys an image, the affiliate gets a (smaller) cut for sending the customer to Alamy.
  18. It is not down to a customer to give you a 'bad review' or mark you down: it is done automatically by Alamy's algorithm. It doesn't care what customers think or want, it just looks at how many times your images appear in searches and are ignored. People with long experience of Alamy are giving you advice: of course, it is your choice whether you listen or not.
  19. I concur. Don't know about the first one though.
  20. I wouldn't recommend trying any of these without further research, but they may give you some ideas. Liquid Nikwax is used for waterproofing walking boots, but used to be marketed as a leather conditioner for equestrian equipment also. The latest blurb says that it is designed to avoid over-softening, so it may not be as easy to absorb as before. PEG (polyethylene glycol) has many forms and uses, but one is to preserve archaeological finds. It penetrates and replaces water content with a form of wax. This may not be appropriate in this case, treatment may be difficult, or it may only be suitable for static items. Possibly a complete red herring, but someone else may know more. The last suggestion is a bit out there, but I'll mention it anyway. I used to work for a company that made industrial process control equipment, including draught gauges for chimneys. They used soft leather diaphragms that were brushed with synthetic whale oil to keep them supple and impermeable. There are several problems with this stuff: apply too much and it will be very messy; it may make the leather too soft and floppy; oil may ooze out when the bellows are compressed; and it may be hard to source in small quantities (although some American gunsmiths seem to use it). But probably best avoided.
  21. Another electronics enthusiast here. I have an old Pentium PC loaded up with legacy ports, and it is surrounded by a growing collection of ice cream tubs containing circuitry to interface with motors, switches, LED clusters etc.
  22. The terms of Alamy Blue are detailed in the contract. It is the only commission model now available: the Red and Green models were withdrawn years ago. You would not want to be on either of the old models, as they imposed monthly storage fees on every image you submit. The two stars reflect your QC record. Submit a certain number of images without any failures, and it will increase to three stars. Your QC rank may affect how quickly your images pass through QC, and the duration of any sanction imposed for a QC failure.
  23. No sales, but $30 DACS. An image that sold earlier in the year was zoomed again, so potentially something to come before the end of the year, but statistically I've already made my expected quota (by volume).
  24. For the rolling year my V/S = 252. The figure for 2019 will probably be about the same unless I get a sale or refund in the last two months.
  25. Zombie sign: My guess would be that it's part of an art installation. Another possibility would be some form of advertising or prop for a horror experience venue like the London Dungeon, but it seems a bit subtle for that. Edit: Another possibility, which I now think I remember hearing about but could be imagining, is to warn people of 'zombie walkers' looking at their mobiles rather than where they are going.
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