Flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict.

These past three maybe four years my dishwasher cutlery basket has holes in the bottom of some of the segments. And while this isn’t earth shattering. It is very annoying having to watch which place to put what,  since only the dessert spoons won’t drop down and act like a stop on the jet-arm. Of course I could have replaced the basket with another from the manufacturer but who want’s to pay half the price of the machine for a bit of plastic that will explode again. Anyhows, this last weekend I found a stainless steel container that has worked a dream.

Now, what’s the betting I get another six month out of the machine, tops. 🙂


The weather has made my progress with the DSLR Nikon D3000 somewhat fits and starts. My lenses simply won’t open wide enough for the landscape photos that are my goal in the light conditions we’ve had. I need something in the f2 range like this bad boy. Certainly less than the f3.5-5.6 that I’ve got in one and the f4-5.6 in the other.

To give a true notion of exactly how icky it’s been. Well, mid-June I bought a IR-shutter release so I don’t have to touch the camera or tripod. I had notions of delightful shots of the Milky Way where the stars had trails. Or centering on Polaris having a glorious ring of dashed light trails. But it was not to be, since the days and nights have been so overcast it’s just not funny any longer.

If I was in any way fatalistic I’d be blaming myself for cutting the legs from jeans in May. That really was a triumph of hope over experience.


I was foostering with Windows Media Player last evening. And LO!!, didn’t I recover all my photos of the WWI wargraves for Ypres, Belgium and about 2000 others. These vanished in a re-booting exercise about mid-2009 when I suspected my machine was being used as a B&B for some truly nasty stuff. Now, my only problem will be to get them out of the WMP and onto my hard disk. Where they should darn well have been in the first place.


While I’ve not been ill exactly these last two weeks, neither have I been firing on all cylinders. I spent most of a weekend in bed and I gave up coffee for one of my regular stoppages. In these allergy enforced slowdowns, the dog thinks I’ve lost it, since she can get up on the bed and stay there without anyone shushing her from her bestist favoriteist spot. These periods of exhaustion have seen me start and finish two of Donna Leon’s books. One of which took about 100 pages to get going, ‘The girl of his dreams’.  While the other ended with the phrase ‘poor boy’. This one, ‘Uniform Justice’, may or may not have pages missing. I’m not certain.

What can I say about Donna Leon’s books.  Well, I would read the rest of them. And I don’t think I would feel like I had been had, like I feel when I read John Grisham or Brown. Her style is clean and she doesn’t clutter the pages with atomic level detail. She presents it -once she gets there- and gets on with it.  And if she has actually ended with that phrase ‘Poor Boy’ then I actually believe I like her even more, for not all crimes are solved in a way that had true closure. And this ending reflects that, for while I think there are pages missing they are missing at a natural terminus.

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9 Responses to Flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict.

  1. Kimberly says:

    I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling your best recently. Those little bugs that aren’t really bugs almost seem tougher to kick sometimes. Would the lack of sun have anything to do with feeling low? However, we are in fact living ON the sun right now as it’s been over 105 this entire week. Other than some 10PM walks it’s too hot to go outside or even open a window for that matter. Wanna trade? 😉
    Wonderful news about finding those photos. In my experience once they’re gone they’re gone, so how nice that yours were not lost forever.
    I had to look up Donna Leon. That was a nice review…even with missing pages! It looks like all her books take place in Venice? I’m just about finished with the Michael Connelly detective books I’ve been listening to when I walk the dog and am going to need a new series. I’ll have to check hers out.

    • Vince says:

      Trade, hahaha. At this moment you don’t have sun glasses dark enough to block the blaze of white coming off my body. Think Polar Bear white. I’d say this winter will be a bad one if people don’t fortify with vitamins.

      Yeah I’m glad I found them. I’ll post a few now I’ve the bandwidth to upload them.

      • Kimberly says:

        How will you even know the difference between winter and summer the way you are going? Are the overcast skies unusual for this time of year?

        • Vince says:

          More than you’d think. But this year is unusual. Normally though we’ve better sun in winter, less daylight, more sunlight.

  2. Ed says:

    I never got one of those IR remotes but I do distinctly remember trying to take star movement photographs at night using a wood clamp to hold the trigger button down. Since I can’t remember them turning out, I’m sure they didn’t.

  3. sage says:

    I hope you get to feeling better, Vince. A nice rambling post that catches us up on many things! Like Ed, I’ve never been very good at getting star shots. Good luck.

  4. Vince says:

    Sage & Ed;
    Yeah I’m better. I get this about this time each year. Makes me think it’s a pollen being released from something. Could even be that carrot http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daucus_carota you were on about. That’s out big time.
    I found with night shots that pressing the shutter would get me little correction ticks with the lights. So I went for the delay release. But that’s an awful lot of fumbling and foostering about in menus. And even using the command button on the neck, sometimes the shake wouldn’t have gone. Ergo, the IR. This I can set and forget. But more I’ve got unlimited opening of the shutter. With the controls on the camera I’m restricted. But as I said, my only real problem is one of enough cash for a wide open tele with an extension ring or three. But I’ll need to get vastly better to justify spending that amount.

  5. Rebecca S. says:

    Oh, my poor eldest daughter has hit the allergy induced doldrums. Drinking lots of water seems to help a bit to flush things out, but also Benadryl. It’s all the haying going on around here.

    Glad you sorted out your ‘first world problem’ there (as the kids like to call them) of the dishwasher basket. We have one like that too. I just put the spoons upside down and that solves that. And you’ve made up for the lack of light in your recent photos, so there.

    Donna Leon? Never heard of her…I’m reading P.D. James after visiting my mom who was giving away books.

    • Vince says:

      Yeah, no. I don’t think it’s the grasses. Myself, I’d say it cumulative. Get her off dairy, or at the very least cow for the most part. I’m certainly the better for little or no milk or milk product.

      Yeah, first world issues are correct.

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