Something I like: Micro.blog + Facebook | Manton Reece

I love that Manton has enabled Facebook syndication (cross posting) from Micro.blog.

I have yet to turn it on, and the availability of the feature is giving me pause to consider what posts go where.

My current thinking is that I would probably want longer form posts to go to the Facey, but most of my Micro Thoughts are probably best left for Micro.blog and Twitter.

This is kind of ironic, because the Facey is, for me, the place where people post their most mundane thoughts and there is decreasingly little quality writing there.

A Sydney sunrise. I love getting out for sunrise photos and would probably do it more often if it weren't for two other things that demand early morning time:

  1. Work
    2. Sleeping in

The New Star Trek: Discovery trailer

We’ve watched the trailer for the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series today. It looks awesome and I am really looking forward to 25 September…

Like the upcoming Dr Who series, it will be interesting to see a sci-fi show that showcases diversity. Star Trek has always done thing, but there are several strong female characters in the series, and the series incorporates the first openly gay characters.

I also like that non-American actors are retaining their native accents (such as Michelle Yeoh who proudly speaks with her native Malaysian English accent).

The story line looks intriguing with early interaction between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.

Effects look good. Great actually.

So, strong characters, great effects and a promising story line.

All the elements for a good series.

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Nikon’s Future Mirrorless Line

Having been a Nikon SLR user from the film days through a couple of generations and into the dSLR era, I had a substantial investment in Nikon cameras and the awesome Nikkor “f-mount” glass.[1] So the shift into mirrorless for me was not a decision made lightly.

When I heard recently about Nikon pre-announcing a future mirrorless camera range I thought for a moment that maybe I should have kept some of those great lenses, especially when I heard that the Nikon President said that the company aims to “put out a very Nikon-ish mirrorless camera which is superior to rivals in quality

My decision to shift to mirrorless was made not on simply losing the mirror, but instead was about losing bulk and weight for my camera kit. As an underwater, landscape and travel photographer who travels a bit with my gear, any chance to reduce bulk was welcome.[2][3]

In episode 193 of the Peta Pixel Photography Podcast, host Sharky James (once again) expressed the view that Nikon should put out a mirrorless camera that takes f-mount glass.

I get where Sharky is coming from, but I’m not sure that the absence of a mirror will solve many problems. The f-mount lenses are built with a particular ratio of distance from the rear of the lens to the sensor. Keeping the same awesome but bulky lenses won’t have a huge effect on reducing the size of the camera body. And of course, the (large) lens size remains as is.

Since moving to mirrorless (I use the micro four-thirds, or m43, system) I have been impressed with the power of the cameras and the quality range of lenses from Olympus and Panasonic, as well as a host of other makers. And the cameras and lenses are much smaller.

I do hope that Nikon does something, soon, to deliver a quality camera in the mirrorless space. But simply moving to an f-mount mirrorless body may not really be solving any problems for many photographers.

Real mirrorless innovation is more than just removing a mirror.


  1. I really loved a couple lenses in particular — the 12–24 wide angle zoom and the 60mm macro were amazing lenses from which I got a lot of pleasure.  ↩
  2. Particularly in an era when airlines are cracking down on cabin luggage carried.  ↩
  3. The name BalancedLight for this blog is in part based on my preference for light-weight camera gear.  ↩
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Something I like: The Doctor debate

A really thoughtful post by @colinwalker on the actor to play the next generation lead in the Doctor Who series.

I think that there is a real possibility that the new lead will bring a whole new dimension to a character that is defined as one that re-generates from time-to-time. The ability to bring feminine attributes to this character should present interesting opportunities for the character’s ongoing development.

I hope that the actor is judged by the performance and ability to bring life to the character, and not by gender.

Testing on Blot

Testing Out Blogging on Blot.im

I set up a test blog on Blot, which is effectively a Markdown based blogging platform with which you save your posts to a Dropbox folder, and the system does the rest from there.

Its kind of cool for Micro.blog type usage, and the cool thing is it is a true IndieWeb environment as the files sit in your own Dropbox account.

I had previously played around with a similar service (Scriptogr.am), although when that went away[1] I focused on just my WordPress blog. I have however moved across all the files from the old Scriptogr.am blog, and that content is live on my site.

Today I set up a combination of a Workflow workflow and a Draft action to simultaneously post new micro-posts created in Drafts to both sites.

I will also take a look and see whether I will push all my Markdown files for longform posts to both sites. For this post, for example, I will publish to the WordPress blog from Byword, then move the file to the Blot Dropbox folder.

Whats the advantage of doing this?

  1. Playing around with a new platform is kinda fun.
  2. Backing up my posts in a reusable format.
  3. Somewhere to redirect people if my WordPress site goes down.

Interesting times.


  1. Looking at the Scriptogr.am website it appears that some new social media app/tool is coming soon to that domain, with a very similar logo.  ↩
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Happy for @wearemacphun on launch of Luminar beta for Windows.

Would be far happier to see catalogue and meta data functions, and a version for iPad Pro