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@s So, yesterday I was using my Nikon 50mm F1.8D - a nice prime lens which doesn't have an AutoFocus motor.
Its fine, because my D7100 SLR has an AutoFocus motor in the body.

But shooting in a fairly dark venue yesterday and the focus was doing a lot of hunting, and often failing to get a good focus on poorly lit subjects.

My much more modern 35mm lens was totally fine, as was my 85mm, and those have AutoFocus though.

I might finally try and get a 50mm f1.8G and retire the old one. πŸ“·

Yesterday I did some paid photography work for the first time in a while.
It was exhausting, mostly because the location is a single large room containing children and lots and lots of videogames. Thus, a bombardment to the ears for 6 hours. πŸ™‰

It was good though, but I'd certainly appreciate a faster focusing 50mm lens πŸ™„ More in thread on that.

In the evening we went to the Hackspace's Hackoween event. That was super chill. Good chats and company 😊

I'm internally giggling on a train because after setting up OpenVPN on my home network, I am administering my home server, on my phone, over ssh, on train wifi.

Next steps for this I think is having the OpenVPN server run on my network's router, rather than my server box. But seems to work well so far!

Today I finally got around to setting up OpenVPN on my home-network πŸŽ‰

Mostly to be able to access my home server, without exposing it to the Internet - but with the secondary bonus of having a less snoopy experience on Coffeeshop and hotel WiFi networks.

I used the Digital Ocean guide for Ubuntu 16.04 (but on Debian 9) and it was _fairly_ easy.

@s Hockley Hustle was pretty good too! Saw several different genres of amateur music.
Enjoyed the jazz most.

@s The talk went really well, and I really enjoyed it.
It was well populated and plenty of people said it was good, and it received 7 Green, 9 Amber and 2 Red votes on the feedback system.

Its probably my best talk yet, maybe πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

The rest of the conference was of general high quality and a good day out with @iguana 😊

This weekend was a busy one!

On Saturday I gave my first 60 min conference talk at DDD East Midlands entitled "This is a Talk about Nothing" about representing nothingness in Programming languages. It ended up being more like 50 mins due to 2 consecutive fire alarms earlier in the day.
Later, went to PubConf Nottingham.

Sunday started with the dismantling of a hair dryer, and ended with an afternoon at the very Nottingham event, Hockley Hustle. A music festival in the city center.

HRT Update 

Writing my talk for DDD East Midlands on Saturday has been fantastic - I've learnt a lot about how different languages represent references to nothing.

This is precisely why I wanted to do this talk - to encourage me to learn more about a topic.

I think thats a 100% valid way to write a talk!

I've been stacking up a long list of guitar pedals I want to try and make: Reverb/delay, Op-amp overdrive, low/high pass filters, tremolo, ring-mod. 🎸

Its quite a list!

None of them are hugely complex, electronically. At least, making something that works isnt hard, I'm not saying that it'll sound great though.

I need to do a big components order to get hold of some ICs, transistors and stomp-switches.

There are probably ways to do this - I believe Dreamwidth has functionality to show posts to a specific sub-group.
Mastodon& Facebook also has this to some extent.
But they miss the 'Show me only updates from _these_ people' part.

I generally dislike the idea of a 'Group chat ' for life updates. Seeing as its super easy for things to get lost in there.

And, as mentioned, existing platforms lump posts from all the people you 'Follow' into one feed, rather than specific, separate feeds.

It'd be nice to, every week or so, check my family feed and see what everyone has been up too. Optionally interact there, but also not feel any pressure to 'answer'.

In the book I'm reading at the moment, Abbadon's Gate - James S.A Corey, there is the concept of a "Family Feed".
An asynchronous platform where family members post life updates and questions for consumption by other family members at their leisure.

We have feeds like this now ( Facebook, Twitter, Mastodon... )- but they normally include vast numbers of friends, family and people we barely know. I like the idea of multiple specific, closed feeds for different social groups one is a member of.

@s The ICs used to be kept fairly out of the way (so no one used them) and now they're just... In cardboard boxes on the floor.

But, equally useless since you can't really know what's available.

If anyone needs a whole bunch of Z80 PIO chips, apparently Nottinghack is the place to find them πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Today was good!
I was at the hackspace all afternoon working on pendents, spending time with @iguana and doing a bunch of sorting and tidying with another fellow hacker.

I made a blue pendent for a friend that turned out really well.

We discovered that Nottinghack has an obscene amount of (mostly sorted and labeled) integrated circuits in some cardboard boxes. Various kinds.

@s Really enjoyed tidying up the electronics area with a fellow hacker.
Its been super nice to get that social time with someone, and also to feel like I'm contributing more to the space.

I think Electronics is the most well stocked area of the Nottinghack.
Which is great, but that also means we have a LOT of electronics stuff to store and manage. Until I started a couple weeks ago, no one was really taking charge of it.

@s Pendents MK2 are looking good, with the transparent epoxy.

Some work to go on getting the epoxy to just surround the LEDs rather than pool under the piece.
I tried putting less on the front, and then also putting epoxy on the back to surround the LEDs.

Future plans include new shapes, and potentially fitting some SMD resistors in the pendent to reduce the painful brightness levels of the LEDs.

I've been sick with a cold for the past 2 days πŸ€’
Still, managed to get some good tidying up done at the hackspace in Tuesday along with some makin' of my LED pendents.

Also been playing a bunch of Tomb Raider Chronicles on my PlayStation. Videogame haven't managed to be that higher priority in a long time.

Worked on my upcoming talk too! It's going to be a good one.

So this week a hasn't been a total loss.

@s I explained how I feel about Halloween to my partner as "Imagine if you'd never done Christmas until your early 20s, but everyone else has been doing it since they were born".

Id probably be similarly baffled by the whole Christmas thing, and similarly have no idea what the right and wrong things to do are.

@s I probably won't be doing that much again this year, because I haven't got time or energy to make a good costume. And... I really don't understand how it's worth my time to do so?

Theres a thing on at the local Hackspace, so I'll go to that. It'll be a good combination of people who made some effort, and people who made zero effort, but like the idea of being in a space with other people. (I am the latter).

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