Bay of Skaill
I’ve been playing with a digital extraction of Skaill on Reaper. Have a listen. Guess what’s been done….
A video is to follow (slow encoding to get the quality I need) which is highly appropriate given my partly Orcadian roots and the track title. Skaill is the final track from “C” – “The Big C”, by Crawling Chaos. It is Jeff Crowe and myself jamming with some post recording tape twiddling. Skara Brae which we both fascinated by is nearby and is why we chose the track title after getting the Ordnance Survey map out! Thanks to Jeff Lynne on TV the other night for some inspiration to get this project started.
Panasonic DMC-TZ30EB-R: Is this not a work of art?
I’m afraid my old TZ7 (which replaced my earlier TZ5 due to my clumsiness) has now had to be replaced with the new TZ30. The reason? At some unknown moment, my usual dollard-ish clumsiness put a scratch on the lens….. the whole recent trip to Australia is marred (to my eyes at least) by a fuzzy mark off-centre at 2 o’clock.
I wanted the red one as it’s a beautiful thing indeed. In fact, I hunted to get one at a good price within a reasonable time-scale, but have settled for the black one for cost and because I can get it now!.. (The Panasonic DMC-TZ30EB-K).
Gratuitous photo of Iggy Pop from October 25, 1977 at the State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s now on the way so watch this space for my opinions and results later!!. I’m extremely hopeful due to the reviews I’ve read.
I’ve waited and have passed over the TZ20 and other incarnations due to unfavourable comments and lack of substantial change in their features. Now, the TZ30 has tipped the balance for me. The GPS feature introduced with the TZ10 hasn’t had much interest to me, but maybe this’ll change all that!
Specification Highlights for me are:
The 20x optical zoom (naturally) in a body that’s less obtrusive than my current TZ7.
Better ISO performance – reputed to be very good at low light down to ISO800.
Better burst mode shooting. It’s supposed to be 10 fps whereas my TZ7 only does about three…. I have some stop-action movie ideas that I started with my old Fuji FinePix F30 that I’d like to continue and expand upon. The F30 did reasonable frames per second whereas the TZ7 is just too slow for the effects I want.
Semi-automatic panorama shooting. Much better than the old manual stitch mode….
Rapid autofocus (AF) – reputed to be 1/10 second. Combine this with burst mode and nature and sport shots should be great with at least one being on the button.
The only one I’ve spotted that directly affects my expectations is that in burst mode, the auto-focus is fixed once the burst starts, at 10fps. However, to counter this the feature is more variable than I’m used to in that with burst mode set to 5fps autofocus and zoom work concurrently! This definitely needs playing with!
My Standard Expectations:
Minimal blue/purple casts or fringing at high contrast edges.
Wonderful summer shots with vibrant colour.
Much better focus changing in video zooming.
My Quantum Leap Hopes:
The same or better sound quality that the F30 and TZ7 delivered. Both produced full non-clipped audio sound at rock concerts! The TZ7 does it in stereo. (see my Iggy Pop video below, discussed in this post, Iggy at Hammersmith).
Much, much faster autofocus and burst shooting than I’m used to. This includes the continuous autofocus & zoom at 5fps mentioned earlier.
Much better auto-focus on video zoom especially and pictures generally. I’m hoping the intelligence of the thing has been re-jigged…… To explain…….
The tendency on my TZ7 is to focus on the near-field whether it’s bright or dark. Yet I want it to focus on what the human eye drifts to, i.e., bright objects. On the TZ7 I’ve had to use human intervention to override the camera expectations….
The video below shows this.
For me the prime purpose of a compact camera is to get the best shot possible as fast as possible.
At the Stooges concert at Hammersmith below, I’d waited for ages and then suddenly the band came on and kicked off immediately! There was no time to prime the focus because I knew I’d miss some performance, so I had to make allowances for the camera deficiencies by pulling back zoom and trying to get autofocus on the bright areas by field drifting.
Ideally, I should have asked Mr Pop to restart his concert so that I could stop the video, auto-focussing on maximum zoom to distance and then restarting the video before he kicked off again. ;-) Obviously that wasn’t going to happen so I did the best I could without missing any of the performance of my historic bête noire idol.
As it was, my guess was right, even to continuing filming without a break, because against all rumours and knowledge that the Raw Power album was to be played in order, it wasn’t! Search & Destroy immediately followed Raw Power.
Many of you will have heard of me. As you know, by running a nice steady stream of dodgy internet websites I’ve amassed a lot of money which I have to give away as I’m now a filanthropistpfhilanthwopistphilandpissedfillypistfullypissed philantropist.
And while I’m doing it, I’d charitably like to tell you about the most amazing things I’ve found on the internet (or web as it may be known to you newbies). These things are absolutely amazing and you really need one now!
Of course, in between charitable giving I like to talk about gadgets and girls, my two favourite topics apart from me and my charitable works – so first off:
The Gadgets you really must have!
(I’ll get around to Britney Spears later, f-nar, f-nar)
First off, check out the new Ferrari Broom? This FANTASTIC piece of kit is the dream piece for at least three of my mates and is a complete bargain at any price! It’s a clean sweep at any set of traffic lights!
Also comes in red!! Amazing!!!
Don’t get left behind in the high-tech stakes!
The latest cards from nVidia are a must have for anyone wanting to stick at the top of the tech game.! And the new Broom GTX has more b-b–r-r-r-ooom than anything else on the market, you can trust me on that one!
The latest mobile phones from Broomsung are just the thing to have at a celebratory party following a charitable jog….
..err that’s enough broom for now (Ed)
…(article discontinued due to boring gibberish)..
[By the way, I'm not the Jesse Willms
that's famous for ripping people off.
No way! No sirree!
I'm the other Jesse Willms.]
Don’t believe everything you read in the papers (Point 1)
Another, (which is derived from the mantra of the old UK stock market) goes like,
An Englishman’s word is his bond (Point 2)
Make what you want of them, but many people still go by this, replacing “An Englishman’s” with the word “MY”.
The Need for New Rules of Trust
The internet has made the job of snake oil salesmen, gangsters and other assorted conmen so much easier that the adages need to be re-thought and rules written. It’s a bit like Isaac Asimov’s Rules of Robotics. Here are mine, but please note the notes just below….
Note 1:All on-line businesses are required to reveal their correct identity through the WHOIS process. The only exclusions are for private non-trading individuals in certain countries. (Some people have a bit of a debate about this, but when you sign up for a domain, you’ll see!)
Note 2:The internet, (or world wide web), by its very nature is like the newspaper business – see Point 1 above!
Note 3: There is a consensus among decent people and a certain legality regarding tax etc., that most legitimate businesses would like to be known and contactable, or else they appear like spiv barrow boys on the make.
Note 4: There is no note 4… yet.
The New Rules of Trust
Do not believe anything on-line without double or treble checking as a minimum.
For any business that hides its WHOIS entry, do not believe anything that they say!!
Rule 2 and a half:
For any business that previously hid their WHOIS entry and later chooses to reveal it – same as Rule 2!
Example: Jesse Willms and his “businesses”
n.b. This is one example. This whole web area is currently ballooning and Willms is not alone!
A business that is anonymous, is on the edge of trust. (Willms’ businesses have previously been cloaked in the main. Only recently have they had publicly exposed WHOIS records.)
A business that uses false or misleading advertising, is on the edge of trust. (This very website is plagued by dodgy adverts, for which I apologise – it takes some time for the Google adwords filters to kick into play.)
The infamous Jesse Willms got his internet start by selling counterfeit software from Microsoft and Symantech (at least), and for which he had to pay oodles of dollars in damages.
Note: Willms translates this information on his website fluffs like so:
Before becoming a philanthropist, Willms was known for starting his first business – buying and selling computers and software when he was 16 – and launching several Internet companies by the time he was 22. see http://jessewillms.com/ & link & link (two links WHOIS hidden)
His current activities are in the business of skirting the lotteries and gambling laws with On-line “Bid” “Auctions”. These (and Willms is only one of many) are so far removed from the normal concept of an auction that they are more like Bingo.
In tandem with this he’s promoting himself as an internet good guy while still hypocritically continuing along the same vein of his previous activities. Like so…
His previous businesses included flogging green tea and acai fruits to either clean your bowels or make you thin with rippling muscles, and nicking the idea of and ruining the rotten business of a teeth whitening company, for which there have been sues and counter-sues which were resolved “with prejudice” as the wigs say (see link courtesy of @Justin Asking).
Like many fly-by-night websites, these were all promoted and run:
via fake websites in the form of informational blogs or news websites designed to appear as such, although minutely disclaimered as otherwise – good link with screenshots here and another here. These first two are run under the concept of “affiliate marketing” which harbours a whole realm of fly-by-night operations with virtually no scruples or accountability. Someone once remarked that managing affiliates was like herding cats….
via a plethora of drop-point contact addresses, widely dispersed around the globe having no relevance to site visitors’ locations.
via a plethora of dubious phone number contacts of highly variable functionality.
with an early predilection for multiple un-called for monetary withdrawals from customer credit accounts
with a penchant for rapidly changing website names that came and went faster than the seasons although much of the modus operandi and contact points would remain unaltered – a good test for these is that the registration period is generally only a year.
SwipeBids.com which kicked off at the end of 2009 soon morphed into SwipeAuctions.com (see final point above!) How long this lasts is anyone’s guess… (p.s. swipebids domain expires soon).
Willms' Latest Fib
Currently, you’ll find that SwipeBids.com now redirects back to SwipeAuctions.com at a “prelogin” page. There, sit a heap of hysterically hypocritical statements right on this front page – see screenshot on the left and dissection below!
This website is Jesse Willms’ latest saucy effort at world domination! Tied in with this has been a massive internet hype of “Jesse Willms, the caring philantropist”.
The plethora of websites for which he’s been loathed continues in the myriad of hype sites and linkage referrals containing the vomit inducing self-promotional bilge, plus a continuing swathe of fake news websites.
Uncharacteristically, he sticks with only one “bid auction” website…? Hmm? (p.s. since this was written, the site has been pulled although rumours are rife about a new startup…!)
Meanwhile, like snake oil, the Swipe-Bid-Auction scam has proved very enticing to all the scum of the earth and has turned into a veritable plague… (p.s. since this was written, the plague of copycat sites is now a deluge)
Bid Auction Scum Fight it Out – it’s Getting Dirty
Yep! There’s a veritable bidding war going on to get to the top of the Google search results and the Facebook sidebar. As noted elsewhere, BidSauce.com has joined the affray and Willms’ lawyers have been issuing writs a-plenty.
Amongst others….. How so?
A. Well do a Google search for BidSauce.com, SwipeAuctions.com & SwipeBids.com (click links to see results – my results today are below), and you’ll see what I mean.
Bid Auction Scum New Kids on the Block
My results show the following paid for ads on Google and their WHOIS hidden status.
Bidhere.com – Hidden
Biddi.com – disclosed UK company, KSB Trading Ltd
SwipeAuctions-Register.com – Hidden! It also redirects to SwipeAuctions.com which is registered in California. Check out this info from @Not Kevin for an earlier version of the listings.
MadBid.com – disclosed as Marcandi Ltd in the UK
Bidhere.com – Hidden (again!)
No paid for ads at the top but some of the above appear in the right-side advert box of paid for ads. Interestingly, swipeauctions.com is top!
What Does it Mean and What Should I Do?
Mean? It means that many people have seen this “bid-auction” as a good bandwagon to join, while it lasts!
If it’s Facebook where I see the ad, I also click on it so that it fires up in a new window so the geezers have to pay again, then I click the cross next to the advert and report the adverts as “Misleading” – because, from all my research as seen on this website and others, plus the example searches shown above, they are all misleading.
Penny/Bid Auctions Mislead?
They mislead as it’s gambling, not an auction.
They mislead as you pay to enter the auction at each step, it’s not a bid.
They take money in advance – no auction does this, even one for a Van Gogh or an old wardrobe, because anyone can bid!
Swipe Auctions Duff Photo Evidence
Willms' Latest Fib (at the bottom)
Yep! At the bottom of his new landing page of swipeauctions.com, under “picture testimonials” Jesse states, today:
Each and every testimonial on the site should have a picture of the customer who sent it in. You can only use someone’s picture with his or her permission, so if there is a photo you can be sure the testimonial is legitimate. If there is no photo, the site’s management could have written a false testimonial.
And compare Jesse’s fine words with the fantastic investigative ScamRaiders revelation that the picture of an “auctioned” Honda as used on his website was taken and then Photo-shopped even before the website was set up!!!
Don’t you just love it when the creeps are so blatantly bad? !!
I’ve omitted most of the “foreign” domains. Make of that what you will but it is noticable that many snake oil websites are to be found grouped under a single IP address.
SWIPEAUCTIONS.COM: has just the canonical and www domains.
Many things are said above that rope all “bid” “auctions” into the same boat. While some may have differing operational procedures with perfectly legal transactional and customer services, and may differ in their Terms & Conditions to Jesse Willms’ offerings, I accept those facts.
However, I consider all web-operations in this field of “bid” “auction” to be nothing more than gambling, and they should all be governed by those gambling laws applicable to their country of viewing and business location.
…and following on from the previous post, here’s a recently provided scan from Holly of a (now defunct) Sounds magazine (four star!) review of the vinyl LP, Waqqaz, by Crawling Chaos, back in June 1986, when I was in France.
Quoting Dave Henderson;
THE CRAWLING CHAOS ‘Waqqaz’ (Foetus Products F4) ****
AND CHAOS came back again. Former Factory workers ex-eccentrics from the wild North East, The Crawling Chaos are still alive, being driven barmy by the ineptitude of their drum machine and turning in classic songs.
It’s a bumpy unpredictable road between the simple worlds of Der Plan, Throbbing Gristle, the Dr Who theme and the primal Factory sound, but all and sundry were fed into the Chaos cut price computer. The result coughs and splutters with a truly odd musical catarrh.
Of course, in this case, the worst possible thing for me, is being on the same page as a Genesis review…
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