Day Trip : London - Battersea Power Station

It’s been a while since we last went to London as a family. Our last attempt scuppered by the industrial action hitting the railways in the UK.

Battersea is a Grade II listed beautiful industrial building that was a coal-fired power station until it was decommissioned in the 70’s.

A cityscape featuring the iconic brick facade and tall chimneys of Battersea Power Station with people walking on the paved area in front and contemporary buildings to the side. Clouds adorn the sky above.

You might be aware of it if you’re a Pink Floyd Fan 🐖

A large, cylindrical white chimney stack rises above a brick building with modern glass extensions, against a blue sky with light clouds.

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A day in Lyme Regis

Half Term is done with and the kids are back at school today, but I’d taken a long weekend off from work and myself and my wife went to Lyme Regis to do some fossil digging, roaming and eating. We didn’t find anything breathtaking, just some small partial ammonite’s and sea glass, but it was fun to roam around the beach. there’s a beautiful desolation to this beach with its slowly crumbling Jurassic rock, rusted remains of random machinery and sea water.

A rocky beach with algae-covered stones, a tall dark cliff on the left, and several people in the distance under an overcast sky.

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The build begins! 🧱

🔗 Three million malware-infected smart toothbrushes used in Swiss DDoS attacks

This is some Cyberpunk or Ghost In The Shell style stuff 😂

As items become more connected, with these things running on cheaply produced insecure solutions, this is going to become more and more of a thing.

Like a Dragon Gaiden The Man Who Erased His Name ★★★★★

Played on Xbox

A promotional graphic for video game titled “Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name,” featuring a stylized male character in a suit and a cityscape silhouette in the background.

Gaiden is used in Japanese media to indicate a product is a side story or spin off from a main series, and this game follows Ryu Ga Gotoku/Yakuza 1 protagonist Kazuma Kiryu filling in some gaps between the 6th and 7th title in the series which also moved the gameplay style from being a fighting/action game into a full blown turn based RPG.

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Robocop Rogue City - Xbox Series X ★★★★☆

You can’t help but root for Teyon after their terrible Rambo game and middling but surprisingly fun Terminator game, they’ve swung for the fences with the Robocop licence and made a really fun game. They hit the vibes of the source material well and I had a blast playing this.

A promotional poster for “RoboCop: Rogue City” featuring the titular character RoboCop in futuristic armor holding a gun, with a neon-lit cityscape in the background.

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Stuff This week #11

Construction workers in high visibility clothing assembling scaffolding beside a historic building.

February already! 2024 is in full swing!

📸 Photo is from the Half Mile Challenge I did alongside my Son last Sunday. A good reminder to focus on the more creative things as well as the essential things. ⚖️

Read on for more of the week that was!

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My pre order from October has arrived! 🧱😂

I may have been slightly inebriated when the order was placed 🤫🍻

Me holding a LEGO set box featuring the Atreides Royal Ornithopter from the Dune series.

After months of trying I still don’t think I “get” Mastodon.

If I spend a huge amount of time finding people to follow I get a little bit of content that I like… but people are difficult to find…

If I follow a hashtag for say… photography, or games then I get a ridiculous firehose I don’t want…

Just seen @Mtt has launched Tiny Theme 2.0! 🤯

Love the idea of the Microhooks. Looking forwards to having a play with that!

If I wasn’t just a toddler in ‘84 I absolutely would have been handing over my 99c to get this bad boy and a Big Mac meal. 🍔 🍟 🧢

A McDonalds advert for a Big Mac hat 99c with a meal. The hat displays an image of the burgers

First Vison Pro review I’ve seen posted. Let’s gooooooo! 👀 🥽

Photography - Half Mile Challenge

My son is doing one of his A-Levels in photography, and his teacher gave him a “Half Mile” or “neighbourhood” challenge where you photograph what’s around where you live. I thought it sounded fun, so I went out with him and did my own version of the challenge alongside him on my iPhone! 🙂🤳

I decided to use this as an opportunity to push myself a bit out of my comfort zone and edit some of these outside of the usual style I’d put on my photos, and apply some techniques I don’t use so often, such as black and white, white vignettes, grain and so on. Also shooting things I typically wouldn’t focus on such as photos of animals, street photography that includes people as a focus and so on. I’m quite pleased how these came out and we had a really lovely morning adventuring around. 😊

Black and white photo of an indoor market setting with covered stalls, a few individuals visible, and a sign reading “ENSORS MARKET OFFICE” with a telephone number.

A black and white photograph of a heavily damaged car parked on a street with broken and missing parts, including doors and windows, with people walking by in the background.

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People using the new single-page feature on Micro.Blog? I’d love to see some real world uses for it. I was considering replacing my about page with it and categorising the sections but I’m not convinced…

When I finally make all my Japan Diaries I might make a custom page to link to those… 🤔

The new Unity Bloom wallpaper for iOS is one of the most beautiful wallpapers they’ve ever made.

Love how it’s a dynamic random assortment every time the screen comes on. On OLED it’s incredible looking.

Smartphone lock screen with a floral wallpaper on a dark background

I had hopes once. Dreams, plans! Then I had a cat sit on my lap… and it turns out that’s all I really need to do today 🥰😸

A sleeping cat on a yellow knitted blanket with a blurred background of a room with a fireplace and colorful decor.

Happy 40th anniversary to the Macintosh! I grew up with Mac’s as my father was a Mac aficionado, From the OG through the quadras and beyond.

My first Mac was a heavily discounted “Pismo” G3 PowerBook. I loved that machine. I’ve had G4’s, G5’s, intels and M/Arm since! 🍻

Was great to have a bit of a hike with my wife yesterday day and get some mud under our feet. 🥾

The 🍔 for lunch afterwards was a justified reward as well! 😜

A rural landscape with a narrow dirt path between hedge rows, green fields under a cloudy sky.

Myself and my wife in hiking gear posing under the morning sun with a partially cloudy sky

A group of sheep grazing on a vibrant green field with a cloudy sky in the background.

One advantage of the 5 minutes of pouring rain on our hike this morning was that it created a beautiful rainbow for a while.

A landscape featuring a green field with two electricity poles and wires, with a partially visible rainbow in a dark cloudy sky.

The more I play with Photomator’s HDR editing the more I’m disappointed with it. You basically need two workflows with one image. One for HDR and one for SDR unless your endpoint supports HDR. The tone mapping from HDR>SDR just looks terrible.

HDR images > SDR Exports are fine from photos.app