sensor cleaning

Wow, cleaning a digital SLR's sensor is a pain in the ass! My pictures had been getting spottier and spottier, but the last straw was actually a hair: somehow a hair got under the shutter and onto the sensor. First I thought it was an eyelash, but when I finally got it out, it was almost an inch long!

So I bought one of these kits, and it's really hard to use. Basically you're trying to squeegie a piece of glass to get the little particles off of it that are literally microscopic. So it goes: take the lens off; squeegie out the camera guts; put the lens back on; take a picture; download that to the computer; note that you've made the specs worse; repeat until you reach something that seems like a local maximum. BLEH! Maybe it'd be easier if I had a really huge magnifying glass.

This process has also made me realize that there's a whole different set of spots on the path that goes lens→mirror→viewfinder than the path that goes lens→sensor.

Getting someone else to do it is a hassle too, as the local shops seem to just send it off to the manufacturer for cleaning, with a 2-3 week turnaround time.

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The wonders of BitTorrent

This is so not what living in the future was supposed to be like. Not even twenty minutes into the future.

Every time I've ever tried to use BitTorrent for anything, this is how it goes. Based on past experience, I expect that each of these will get to 98.2% and stop there forever.

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Network 23

So, on the way home the other night, baconmonkey got some good footage of the freeway melting on his fancy new HD video camera. His friends were all, "OMG sell it to the networks". He explains why that trick doesn't actually work: Adventures in Citizen Journalism.
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dnalounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein topics include the under-21 permits, band photos, youtube, and the death of internet radio.