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Some of my monopods have a 3/8 thread at the bottom to change the feet for spikes. It cannot be too difficult to modify a pitchfork to screw in there.

(there are 6,555 results for pitchfork on Google Patents)

 

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9 hours ago, spacecadet said:

Well Cal is in Scotland, I think. Most firearms are banned in the UK. Scots can get annoyed, but not that annoyed.

since it was referring to Cal's message which also referred to my encounter, i took it as a solution for mine also. generally Canadians don't carry firearms around town either, but the rally organiser did have to remind protesters that they were not to carry their guns with them- we are getting a bit too much stuff from our neighbour to feel totally 100% nowadays.  

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On 12/12/2020 at 13:49, spacecadet said:

Well Cal is in Scotland, I think. Most firearms are banned in the UK. Scots can get annoyed, but not that annoyed.

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WOW,  While my GITZO mono, it was a GITZO tripod but that is a long story, has traveled around the world with me.  "I DO NOT RECOMMEND VIOLENCE WHILE WORKING AS A PHOTOJOURNALIST."  If you are fighting with someone, you can not make pictures.  I've been attacked a few times, gas, batons, guns and one time with an RPG and all that matters is the pictures you make and the "ACCURATE" captions that you put with the pictures.  If you need to defend yourself, then a monopod can be a good defense.

 

The funny thing to me after covering demonstrations for 40 years is that it is often the people that you agree with, personally, that attack you?  Just in 2020 I've covered a number of "Pro-Trump" demonstrations and the Pro-Trump people, who I disagree with 100% have always been very nice to me?

 

FYI I do not cover demonstrations "For the Money."  I cover demonstrations because they illustrate something or a movement that I feel illustrates something happening in our world.  Been that way since 1978 and I will continue to be that way until I can not pickup a camera.

 

IMPORTANT: In my opinion, journalists do not carry weapons, NEVER.  

 

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John, glad you got the cataract done. I had the first one done wide awake with the shot. Second one three years later they put me out. I shelled out for the pricey lens that was supposed to correct astigmatism which my expensive health insurance didn't cover - an additional $800 10 years ago, thinking I could buy a decent camera lens for that.

 

I was over-sharpening images, and suddenly had difficulty driving at night here in the northern suburbs where streetlights are a rarity. At first they thought I had a problem with my cornea and sent me to a specialist so though I was barely 50, I was relieved when they said I had a cataract. The cataract was behind my lens which is rare. 

 

My eyes were so bad before the surgery that after I had the first one done, I could not get glasses to correct the bad eye and had to wear one contact lens (with it in I could wear reading glasses). At night when I popped it out the bad eye could only see far enough to read, good for a book before bedtime. I have different types of lenses in both eyes - no color issues but if I look in the mirror and the light hits them the weird sparkles are different and very disconcerting - I look like an android. 

 

Swimming was a joy after the first surgery. I didn't need glasses until I was 20 so as my eyes got worse it was a drag but I got used to swimming without seeing much and now it is amazing. Never thought something bad could be good but I'm actually glad I needed the surgery, even though, assuming I live into my late 70's/early 80's I'll need to have the lenses removed & replaced. (My Mom had the surgery in her 40's when inserting lenses was new. They assumed they'd only last 20-30 years and assured her by then they'd know how to remove and replace them. Which they did). 

 

Enjoy your improved sight John! 

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3 hours ago, Avpics said:

2020 in review:

 

Great pic!

 

My final editorial set of the year (save for any news I come across) was all COVID related. If I may...

 

Coronavirus Tier 3 very high alert in Manchester near the Arndale Centre, Christmas shoppers on the streets during coronavirus pandemic, Dec 2020, UK Stock Photo

 

Christmas shoppers on the streets in a Tier 3 Manchester.

 

 

A man applies striped tape to the ground outside a chip shop in Manchester city centre as a social distancing guide. Customers wearing PPE wait Stock Photo

 
A chip shop owner gets serious about social distancing, taping guidelines on the pavement as customers wait outside wearing PPE.
 
 
Motorway matrix sign states Stay Local, Tier 3 on the M62 in West Yorkshire, under local coronavirus tier system restrictions, England UK Stock Photo
 
...And a motorway gets bossy!
 
Merry Christmas everyone 🙋‍♀️
 
 
 
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just went to my AIM . 246 images with "Covid"...  Some are indirect links, like unmaintained parks due to no one using fields, but still....

 

 

 

this is my hardest.  i pass by this tree regularly.. Ribbon gets added every time someone in Ottawa dies from the virus.

 

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4 minutes ago, meanderingemu said:

 

liked that the sign was getting fogged up, just like me glasses...

 

 

 

I'll share the fix for that again.

If washing-up liquid or anti-fog tissues don't work, try putting the nosepiece of your glasses just over the top seam of the mask.

It works with a tailored cloth mask, I don''t know how it would work with a disposable.

Like this. It works for a while, be careful on steps as it reduces your field of view a bit.

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8 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

I'll share the fix for that again.

If washing-up liquid or anti-fog tissues don't work, try putting the nosepiece of your glasses just over the top seam of the mask.

It works with a tailored cloth mask, I don''t know how it would work with a disposable.

Like this.

2E031JB.jpg

 

 

thanks i do it with certain models, problem is it then gets hard to maintain the level of my glasses which creates issues with the astigmatism angle of the prescription. actually disposable being thinner give better results
I have found what work best, are masks with strong nose pinch part, slightly uncomfortable but best results when i'm doing photo. so i rotate masks

 

 

and at -10C not much works to be honest, and they get soaked really fast, which reduces effectiveness according to reports....

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It was always recommended that one should rub the inside of your motorcycle goggles with half a potato to stop them misting up in Winter. Before you reach for the vegetable rack I never found that it worked, also it was deeply uncool and didn't do a lot for the overall clarity, never mind the misting.

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5 minutes ago, meanderingemu said:

 

 

thanks i do it with certain models, problem is it then gets hard to maintain the level of my glasses which creates issues with the astigmatism angle of the prescription. actually disposable being thinner give better results
I have found what work best, are masks with strong nose pinch part, slightly uncomfortable but best results when i'm doing photo. so i rotate masks

 

 

and at -10C not much works to be honest, and they get soaked really fast, which reduces effectiveness according to reports....

Yes, mine was made by the Beautiful Daughter and has a wire nosepiece, and the way you position that is the most important factor. My problem with earloops is that I pulled my glasses right off a couple of times- I use neck straps now, so it's independent of glasses.

I don't envy you at -10C but in the cold (it's been -1C in the daytime but anything below about 3C) not much helps when you go indoors because the steam isn't from your breath- it's condensation on the cold lens.

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@Harry Harrisonand @spacecadetthanks for the input and laugh.  Not ignoring the comments, but it seems i have run out of "likes" and "laugh" for the day, which feels odd since i just woke up (i assume it uses a UK time clock, and i did like a few comments last night  )

 

still never understood the need for limits...

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1 hour ago, meanderingemu said:

@Harry Harrisonand @spacecadetthanks for the input and laugh.  Not ignoring the comments, but it seems i have run out of "likes" and "laugh" for the day, which feels odd since i just woke up (i assume it uses a UK time clock, and i did like a few comments last night  )

 

still never understood the need for limits...

 

Here, have some of mine: :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

 

Never knew there was a limit.

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I think it is a new policy meant to curb the people who just sit back and throw arrows. I think it should only be for the red ones. 

 

Paulette

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6 hours ago, NYCat said:

I think it is a new policy meant to curb the people who just sit back and throw arrows. I think it should only be for the red ones. 

 

Paulette

 

I'm not really sure I see the point in any of it. It perhaps has marginal good use in the fact that clicking the up arrow or the heart saves on a small percentage of "me too" or "thanks" posts, but in any of its various implementations across numerous forums in the past I have only ever seen it end in bitter feuds, division between members and fuelling paranoia as to who the secret repper is. Never once seen it do any actual good. In more than one case I recall the feature being disabled and the board collectively ended up happier.

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22 hours ago, NYCat said:

I think it is a new policy meant to curb the people who just sit back and throw arrows. I think it should only be for the red ones. 

 

Paulette

 

 

it always surprise me when you when you limit positive acknowledgement, which would lead to force someone to do a separate post like "+1", or "thanks" (which i did just to highlight the whole thing)

 

I still think an icon of disapprobation as value because if not all we do is promote the echo chambers that we are creating.  I have learned a lot from the couple of red arrows i have gotten here. 

 

though i prefer the "angry" one to the "down arrow" which seems highly aggressive....    

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16 hours ago, Cal said:

 

I'm not really sure I see the point in any of it. It perhaps has marginal good use in the fact that clicking the up arrow or the heart saves on a small percentage of "me too" or "thanks" posts, but in any of its various implementations across numerous forums in the past I have only ever seen it end in bitter feuds, division between members and fuelling paranoia as to who the secret repper is. Never once seen it do any actual good. In more than one case I recall the feature being disabled and the board collectively ended up happier.

 

 

should have read all post before starting to reply, and i don't see how to had a quote in the edit function.

 

 

 

as i stated above, i do think there is value in showing disagreement, but red arrows may be too aggressive a way.  Sadly, or gladly, the "Sad face" icon is perceived more as an acknowledgement that reader agrees with the negative content of the original so it may not convey the proper message.    I think use of icons to disagree sill is better than start another message, as we can see how that has lead to some tedious threads. 

 

 

 

i still don't get the difference between "up arrow" and "like" in most context 😕

 

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