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shep

Member Since 19 Feb 2004
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In Topic: Nikon d90 slr does video

03 September 2008 - 05:13 PM

All this cross over between DSLR and video is interesting, but not as interesting to me as the talk of HDR sensors in the future. I'm not sure how well it would work in video, but for still shots it will be a different world when mfgs start coming out with cameras that can capture 10 or 12 EV's with one shot. The print side of HDR will lag behind (or maybe never get there) with these new technologies, but for output to screen or projection, it should be amazing and fun too!

In Topic: The sliding $US and the price of Oil

12 July 2008 - 11:15 PM

Funny how we, as intelligent beings, are all trying to figure out how to meet the energy needs of 6.5 billion now and 9 billion by 2050!

Help me here, am I the only one out here who thinks this is completely nutty thinking?

What ever happened to the idea that famine, war, and disease would be the best solution to all of this energy, pollution mess? There wouldn't be a shortage of "anything" if there were, say 1.5 billion people in the world again. (Here's hoping)

With any luck, "the Universe" will, as it has done so in the far, distant past, take care of "problem" of balance in the grand scheme of things. Just ask the dinosaurs or the millions of other species that have come and gone on this planet alone.

Few things stuck with me from my university years, except this one statement from a biology prof., "species go away because they are unable to adapt to the changes in their environment".

We're watching it happen now with say Polar Bears and most other mammals on the planet (insert hint here- it's the mammals that are disappearing the fastest).

No, it's not gruesome, fatalist thinking, it's just the way things REALLY work. Every time we, as humans, think we can get a handle on mother nature and reign in it's power, something blows up in our face. We are not masters of our domain- and yet here we go running around like ants on a stirred up ant hill, following our scientists who think they know what's going on.

The joke, is on us, once again.

In Topic: Critter Cam

27 June 2008 - 07:58 PM

I hope you got a model release from the WS. :D

In Topic: The sliding $US and the price of Oil

09 June 2008 - 03:54 PM

This is an interesting read and argument on the current oil market...


http://money.cnn.com...sion=2008060610

In Topic: The sliding $US and the price of Oil

06 June 2008 - 02:31 PM

I actually think it works out to be a bit more than that Roger ..

1 litre = 0.26 US Gallons
so thats £4.35 Which today is $8.48

But why oh why is Diesel a by product of gasoline more expensive ?
not that i like diesel in any way shape or form .. its just confusing.

We also have to remember that the US has a whole bunch of oil underneath their land that for the most part is nor allowed to be drilled for mostly due to conservation, like a Snowy Owl lives near by.
But I bet .. when prices get to a certain point someone in the USA will say screw it .. lets drill .. and then make a WAD load of money from selling oil they had all along.

As for tourism, I am not concerned, there are still plenty of americans with money to spend regardless of the economy, and plenty of other people around the world too .. it's just a case of getting them to where you are !


Here in Australia this morning, if you need to buy diesel at the Rabbit Flat Roadhouse in the Northern Territory you'll pay $3.00 a liter.....that's US $10.50 a gallon!!

I think the bigger worry is airlines cutting flights and parking planes. Qantas just announced cutting routes to the US and Japan to Cairns that amounts to around 1,500 people a day- and that spells potential disaster for dive operators already dealing with fuel costs, and a slowing world economy.

The same thing is happening elsewhere and it will become tougher to get "there from here" in the future- adding to the cost of holiday travel. Hold on to your shorts- we're in for a long ride.

In the past when a slow- down happened in the US things around the world slowed down too- that's not the case now with China and India keeping up the demand for fuel and other resources.

We may be looking back on these days in the next 5 years as "the good old days."