As March winds down

It seems everywhere I look on WordPress these days there is a resurgence of complaints about what they are doing. Some people have apparently lost the Classic Editor entirely, while others are struggling with some bastardized version which is nearly as bad as the Blockhead Editor abomination. I guess they really don’t want us around anymore. Someone should mention to them that killing your customers is not a good business plan.

They aren’t alone at this: several places I do business with have been changing their rules in an effort to … what? Cope with easing COVID restrictions? Or just drive people crazy? The recycle center has now twice sent little notes of disapproval for using “the wrong bag” on returnables. The first time it was for the same type of bag I’d been using for nearly a year. The second it was for using exactly the type of bag they said I now have to use. If you want people to recycle, you make it easy for them to do so. Not more difficult than filling out the tax forms (and boy has that been a nightmare this year for everyone).

So while there is still no chance of even getting on the waiting list for the vaccine we don’t have enough of and I’m still waiting on test results that will tell me what direction my health goes in next (odds are it will be ‘downhill’), I present a few images made now that I can get about a bit again. Providing I don’t slip on the ice or WP doesn’t shut down the only usable editor they’ve got on me, I’ll keep snapping away in the hopes it will brighten someone’s day.

Three friends. (G11, cropped from full image taken at maximum telephoto.)
Rare photo of Marley not being a silly goofball dog. (Pentax K100DS.)
Bark unlike a dog. (Pentax K100DS.)
Glowing cloud. (Pentax K100DS.)
Duncan in a noble pose. (Pentax K100DS.)
A sliver of moon. (Pentax K100DS.)

Incidentally, I’ve discover the Pentax’s kit lens does not focus properly at distance. It is pretty small change between 7′ (2m) and infinity, and with age it has become too sloppy to be correct. The only way around this shortcoming is to either focus manually (which is difficult for me) or use a small aperture to compensate with depth-of-field (which is less than ideal too).

Anyway, having sorted out that camera as much as possible I have switched back to the Olympus E410 for my walk-a-rounds. It has the longer zoom on it (150mm max – equal to 300mm) in case I spot a bird. I find much of my photography is done telephoto so why fight it? Still wish I could get the longer zoom for this camera, but that is not yet to be.

7 thoughts on “As March winds down

  1. WordPress sees itself now not as a blogging platform, but as a Web site building platform with a major content management component. More and more Web sites around the world are being built using WordPress.

    In the next year or so I will rebuild my main site from the ground up. It’s currently hand coded. I will 100% use WordPress in the rebuild. It will be more powerful than anything I could build myself.

    I’ve adapted to the new block editor. I am considering writing a series of how-to posts to help old-school bloggers use it successfully. Not to harness its full power – just do basic blogging with it.

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    1. The new editor loads so slowly I can’t even be bothered to try it. Not everyone has unlimited high-speed Internet and the most modern equipment to use it on. Thus, we are left behind. It simply is not worth the hassle.

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  2. Hi Marc…. nice post… and nice pics of Duncan and Marley….. its so tough within the bloggin scene, as things alter and the readers 9 out of 10 times dont see any of the ups and down that bloggers go through…. the thing that always gets me with these companies… is that they just let you get familiar with something “they” have given you… and then decide to take it away… calling it progress… its always been that way… and I suppose it will carry on…but to keep saying its progress… its not progress… its a way of ensuring that you either keep up with “their” program or you fall by the wayside…. oh and dont get me started on this recycling idea… just to give you an idea… ask anyone who buys from Amazon regularly what their thoughts are on the amount of packaging they recieve… BR… Lynd..

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    1. Oh yes indeed! I just got one of those packages last week; contents would have fit in a standard small padded envelope, got sent in one large enough to hold a change of clothes!
      WP, like so many others, is abandoning their base. They’ve decided to be a website constructor, and simple blogs are the casualty.

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  3. I gather that you don’t own one of the interchangeable lens versions of the Olympus? I’m not sure what’s going to happen with Olympus because they either have or have not — depending on what you read and where you read it — sold their camera division to someone else in Japan. Except that they are still selling all their mirrorless cameras. Supposedly this sale is more like a sort of merger. An infusion of money. Meanwhile, I got the next to the latest version of the OMD EM-1 Mark II (the Mark III is out, but WAY out of my price range). Normally, even this slightly very lightly used Mark. I also have a new Pen F. I got a real “birding” lens for the EM 1 Mark II. It’s a 100-300mm telephoto (not made by Olympus — it’s a Panasonic 4/3). Great lens for distance and stupendous for birds.

    For the Pen F, having gotten tired switching lenses on a flat rock along the river, I bought a 12-200mm Olympus lens that is as close to a “do everything” lens as I’ve used. It’s also (at f3.5) pretty fast even in relatively low light. If I need something faster, I can use my f1.8 25mm (prime). I had even faster lenses, but I have a photographically-talented granddaughter who needed a camera, so she collected a very good OMD (the EM-5 Mark II) and all the lenses I bought but rarely used. Which turned out to be a lot more lenses than I thought I owned.

    The 12-200mm is for a 4/3 mirrorless cameras (Olympus OR Panasonic). It’s reasonably fast, very sharp, auto-focus (my eyes aren’t what they used to be) and has taken the place of at least five other prime lenses. I have to admit, I don’t like changing lenses. A lot of the mirrorless 4/3 cameras are reasonably priced, so you might want to check them out. ALL the 4/3 cameras — both Panasonic and Olympus — use the same lenses so you have a big selection.

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    1. I have an Olympus E410 in my arsenal – four thirds format, not micro 4/3! It’s quite a nice little camera actually, but the longest zoom (70-300mm) is very expensive because the format has not been supported for some time.
      I don’t like changine lenses either, so I put up with the lower quality of zooms most of the time. It’s good enough for what I do. In some ways it is more practical to carry two cameras with two different lens ranges than to swap out lenses when you’re out and about. Mirrorless cameras especially have a high factor for getting dirt inside when changing a lens. Best to keep them closed up.

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