New Toy

[Update: Addendum below the post]

Wife got me a new camera for my birthday, a Canon Rebel T5. Here’s what it looks like:

Yeah, big lenses. When I press the shutter button halfway, the lenses rotate back and forth accompanied by a robotic whirring noise. Sometimes they elongate without being instructed. I am neither deserving of it nor competent to use it. I don’t know how much it cost and she won’t tell me. (I know, I could google it, but would that please her? A woman’s mind is unknowable.) In addition to pictures like the one below, it shoots 1920×1080 high definition movies. It’s not the most expensive camera out there (I saw one for 28,000 dollars online somewhere), but I’ll never need another. I’ve gotten far enough to take the following picture (of a flower in my yard). Click to enlarge. And that’s still two sizes smaller than I could have linked to. But computer screens are only so big. Anyway, my old Canon Power Shot could not do this. Not even close.

Someone who can really do flowers is Don at Take a look at these. Todd McKimmey, facilitator of two web presences, The Christendom Review and What’s Wrong with the World, ain’t bad neither. I think these guys spent more money on their stuff than my wife did.

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Image Enlarge with CSS

Here’s an effect I like. There are two thumbnails below. The viewer is approaching Chicago on North Lake Shore drive. If you hover over the images, they should enlarge in the space of about 2 seconds. On mouseout, the images should shrink to their original size. Both do essentially the same thing, though with slightly different CSS coding (and no javascript). The second example proved difficult at first. The enlarging picture kept disappearing behind the post-area container until I figured out how to make it stay on top. I’m thinking of applying this to my art gallery thumbnails, but there is a problem: the effect may not work in older browsers, i.e., IE 9 and earlier. I welcome feedback from any for whom the effect does not materialize.


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I love javascript…

Here’s a better way. Click through until you return to the original image.



…but wish it weren’t so hard to learn. There’s a more efficient way of coding the js for the following image gallery, which would require only that the viewer click on the image to change it, but I haven’t been able to make it work yet. Meanwhile, clicking the buttons will change the image.

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Review of Rieff book…

…by R.R. Reno, to be found here at ISI’s First Principles. The link was sent along by a friend who dropped it in comments here.

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If your browser does not support html5, then this:

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Apocalypse now, I mean soon, well, eventually

In comments to a post below, a friend mentions the impending apocalypse, without getting too specific about dates. Fred Reed agrees. I hope they’re both wrong. In the ancient Greek, the word meant “a disclosure of knowledge, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden, ‘a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities.’” This is according to Wikipedia, so there. It allows me to hope that the unveiling need not end in a bloodbath, but in a return to God. This seems impossible right now, considering where the lines are drawn, but…nothing’s impossible with God. So there.

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Or is it dump-a-Trump?

That’s what the Republican establishment and a number of prominent voices in the conservative media are up to. There is even talk of a brokered convention. It almost sounds as though the Party powers are trying to think of a way to deny Trump the nomination even if he wins it. In support of the trend, liberal loser Mitt Romney took to the TV to sternly admonish his fellow citizens about the perils of voting for such an arrogant, boorish, mendacious, misogynistic, racist, ignorant excuse for a human being. It was clear by the end that Donald Trump is a no good very bad man. The problem is that millions of people are voting for him. The implication of Romney’s remarks was that those millions are stupid. That’s how you win people over to your cause: call them stupid.

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Trump Converts, Runs for Pope

Thanks to Paul Cella for sending me this.

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There’s a new painting…

…at the top left of the Landscapes and Animals page, entitled “Before Sunrise, Behind Trinity Prep.”

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Get Thee Behind Me, Conscience

An editorial at National Review asks: “Why would Bush, Rubio, and Christie seem to so eagerly surrender to the prevailing winds of political correctness?” They ask consequent to the revelation during the New Hampshire debate that “Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio each embraced the idea that women should register with the selective service, making it possible for America to draft women into ground combat.” The editors consider the idea “barbaric.” They are right, but seem surprised at the candidates’ behavior.

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