Lock of the I Wish


Notice the “Vinus Bridge” on the sign. This happens in Japan all the time. The maker of the sign transliterates because they don’t know the English word is “Venus”.
Venus Bridge is a lover’s lookout. Couples go their and some put a lock there.

Here is a closer look.

Let’s look at one. They often have writing.

“I love you. Always be near me. In the future I will also support you.”

Time to see the “bridge”.


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Semi Loud

The word for cicadas in Japanese is semi.  They have been chirping or is it singing lately. I will put up a picture of the bug behind a spoiler so some people won’t get creeped out. For others who just want to hear the semi symphony here is a video.

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Knowledge Base: Posting Videos Anybody Can View

Square peg, round holeIf you’ve recorded a video and wish to include it in a post or comment on the site, if you proceed in the most straightforward way, it’s essentially certain only some people will be able to view it.  This is due to the Balkanisation of video formats, which  more than two decades after video on the Web became commonplace, remain a swamp of proprietary formats, patent lock-ins and -outs, royalty claims, and attempts by browser vendors to lock in users to their associated mobile devices.

It is possible to navigate this minefield and post videos (almost) everybody can view, but it’s neither easy nor straightforward.  This note is written as much as anything as a memo to file so I don’t have to summon the information every time I need to fix a posted video, but if you’re willing to install the required tools and carefully follow the instructions, you can make it work.... [Read More]

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Life Hack from My Subconscious

Last night, I dreamed that I hit someone’s old truck—but then I took a second look, and wasn’t so sure it happened. So my solution was to get the owner, show him his truck, and say, “Do you notice anything different about your bumper?” Remember this next time you run into someone’s vehicle in the parking lot and are not sure what to do.

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A Non-Narnian Monopod Arrives Soon

I am “buying” a monopod by paying shipment and a future lunch. (How long can I milk the pandemic to get out of treating? I am not asking for a friend.)
I put up this post to place your orders for things you want me to photograph. What in Japan do you want to see?

I will try the moon shot again. And maybe the “house on the hill”.... [Read More]

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for the moon watchers…

A few days ago or was it weeks, 10 Cents did some moon images with, I presume, his new camera. Finally I had a clear night and attempted to do the same. But not really ever getting into my camera to understand settings, I just let it fly. So here you are 10 Cents;

The first is no zoom…... [Read More]

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Tripod, Monopod, or ?

I thought I would ask the Ratz about the easiest way to stabilize an image. There are three ways that I know of. They are a monopod, tripod, or a gimbal steadycam. Each one has its merits and demerits. I am leaning toward getting a light monopod since it is light and quickly sets up. Have you had experience with these methods or with something else? If so please share.  I bet Trin has a quadropod because he usually does one better.

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