Nikon Lens Porn

One of the great advantages of using a DX-format Nikon DSLR is that you’re still able to use older 35mm manual focus Nikon lenses. How true is this and what do the resulting pictures look like? Here are the results of my totally un-scientific tests.

Spot the unusual lens on a Nikon D5100

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Sri Lanka War Crimes Test Series – Will Sri Lanka win The Third Test in Geneva?

Can Sri Lanka win the Third Test Match (scheduled to end around 15th March) of the thrilling five game series of the Sri Lanka War Crimes Test Series being played at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the inter-governmental body within the United Nations System?

The US has sponsored a resolution aimed at pushing Sri Lanka into implementing its own LLRC (“Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee”) report, whilst unsubtly telling it that unless it does so, Sri Lanka will face unforeseen, negative consequences.

Keeping a straight bat in Geneva?

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In the Dark Places

“Our young men hid with guns,

in the dirt and in the dark places”

An unforgettably affecting and haunting song from PJ Harvey’s masterpiece “Let England Shake”, Mercury Prize Winner, 2011.

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Mr Poop Goes for a Walk

Amnesty International’s attacks on Sri Lanka’s poor war-time human rights record were rebutted with a kneejerk response from nationalistic Sinhalese politicians: “Amnesty is attacking Sri Lanka because it’s in the pay of the LTTE”. Most people (myself included) scoffed at such paranoid and ridiculous attacks on Amnesty. After all, this was Amnesty International, a neutral organisation dedicated to exposing wrongdoing across on the planet, not beholden to any government and funded solely by its member’s donations.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. The paranoids have finally been proven correct. In a bizarre move, Amnesty proudly proclaimed receiving over $50,0000 from an LTTE front organisation, the Canadian Tamil Congress, which recently held fundraising ‘walk-a-thon’ in Toronto for Amnesty International.

 

Alex Neve, Amnesty International accepting $50,000 from the Canadian Tamil Congress, 21st January, 2012

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“If you are sure you convict him; if you are not you acquit him. That is all there is to it.”

The English jury is a remarkable political institution. It selects twelve ordinary people chosen at random from the widest population; it convenes them for a particular trial; it entrusts them with the ultimate power of decision; it permits them to carry on deliberations in secret and to report their final judgment without giving reasons for it; and after their brief and unpaid service to the state has been completed, it orders them to disband and return to private life.

Until I was called up for jury service recently, this was an abstract thought experiment. After having served and decided on three criminal trials, I consider it a privilege to have been allowed to take part in an all-too-rare exercise in genuine democracy and believe that a jury trial remains a fundamental barrier against tyranny and an over-mighty state.

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I’m With You To The Bitter End

What do you call someone who incites violence and forments insurrection from afar, yet resolutely refuses to place himself in the same danger he advocates for others? A fool, clueless moron or a Grade A hypocrite?

Graham Williamson, director of the laughably misnamed ‘human rights campaign group’ Act Now (in reality a European-fronted pro-LTTE pressure group) is that Grade A hypocrite. Antony Lowenstein has already taken the space reserved for ‘clueless moron’.

Wiilamson (left) waiting for the Bitter End

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Bill Hicks Was Wrong

“By the way, if anyone here is in marketing or advertising…kill yourself. Thank you. Just planting seeds, planting seeds is all I’m doing. No joke here, really. Seriously, kill yourself, you have no rationalisation for what you do, you are Satan’s little helpers. Kill yourself, kill yourself, kill yourself now…. Seriously, I know the marketing people: ‘There’s gonna be a joke comin’ up.’ There’s no fuckin’ joke. Suck a tail pipe, hang yourself…borrow a pistol from an NRA buddy, do something…rid the world of your evil fuckin’ presence.”

Hicks (1961-1994), one of the greatest comedians of the 20th Century was right about so many things, but on this he may have been ever so slightly wrong. Case for the defence, this 2003 advert for AmEx featuring Martin Scorsese collecting his nephew’s birthday party pictures from an instant photo developers.

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