This image was captured during a photography get together last month with a fellow DPCer visiting from the US and several local DPCers, with the “Stranger in a Strange Land” challenge on DPChallenge… in which it came a respectable 5th place.
Over six years ago, I posted a design history of the evolutions/changes that had taken place over the previous five-and-a-half years. Time to post an update.
Unlike the last design history post, I’ve stuck with the WordPress for the past six years, and stuck with the one domain… the information below shows what has changes though.
First Post: 31st of May, 2006
Last Post: 4th of July, 2007
Comment: This design was a tiny tweak of Fredrik Fahlstad’s fSpring theme. It was not a major deviation from the tweaked Kubrik theme that came before it… a little more polished and less common definitely, but had too much in common with its predecessor, so lasted little over a year before I abandoned it for something fresher and more customised.
First Post: 25th of September, 2007
Last Post: 29th of February, 2012
Comment: This design was a heavily modified version of the 4u by utombox, which was itself based on the much used and modified Hemingway theme.
This theme underwent some minor tweaks here and there on it’s time on this site, but is to-date the most long lasting of all the themes that I’ve used here… four-and-a-half years.
That brings us to the current design ((First Post: 24th of March 2012)), YAMINTH which is a wonderful, fresh and minimalist design that is well suited to what this site has become of late, i.e. basically a photoblog with the occasional traditional-type blog… only time will tell how long it lasts here, but I expect it will be a stayer.
Eight years ago, following some debate at the time, I did some analysis of the medal tally from the Athens Olympics to determine the greatest sporting nation of the 2004 Olympics. Well, I’ve had some time on my hands during these Olympics (due to my recent knee surgery) and I’ve done the same calculations for the London 2012 Olympics.
Doing some online research, I was able to discover weight ((400g source: http://www.coinweek.com/bullion-report/olympic-medals-are-still-made-of-precious-metal-but-contain-less-gold/)) and composition ((Available at http://www.coinweek.com/bullion-report/olympic-medals-are-still-made-of-precious-metal-but-contain-less-gold/)) of each of the medals at the 2012 Olympics. The breakdown:
- Gold Medal – 5.36g of Au, 370g of Ag, 24.64g of Cu
- Silver Medal – 370g of Ag, 30g of Cu
- Bronze Medal – 388g of Cu, 10g of Zi, 2g of Sn
Then, applying these breakdowns to the market values ((Source http://www.wolframalpha.com/ Date: 5th of August 2012)) of metals on the international market at the time of the Olympics, we’re able to calculate the value of each of the medal. Giving:
- Gold – US$605.89
- Silver – US$329.52
- Bronze – US$2.88
As was the case 8 years ago, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) appears to be the best indicator to a nations success at the Olympics. The correlation between the nations medal haul value and GDP ((0.8196 using Excel’s correlation function)) is much higher than the correlation between medal haul value and population ((0.4678 using Excel’s correlation function)), evident by just looking at the Top 10 of the Official Medal Tally:
|Rank||Nation||Rank (GDP)||Rank (Pop)|
Now it would be possible to manipulate the statistics in numerous ways to get whatever result we desire, as The Age proved already… but we’re really interested in finding out which country was the greatest at the London 2012 Olympics… so as we did in 2004, we look at Value of the medal haul as a percentage of the nation’s GDP, and then we normalise it to that of the USA (USA selected again b/c they once again topped the traditional tally) to come up with the “Better Than USA Factor” (BTUSAF) Tally.
So, here it is, the 2012 Olympic BTUSAF standings:
|BTUSAF Rank||Official Rank||Nation||BTUSAF|
|21||47||Trinidad and Tobago||11.60|
So… once again, the title of best sporting nation at an Olympics (factoring for medal value on the International Metal Exchange and GDP) goes to a Caribbean nation, this time Grenada, thanks to it’s first ever Olympic medal and it’s tiny GDP. Jamaica up to 2nd from 3rd in 2004. Cuba, 1st eight years ago is now down in 10th.
Australia’s showing is a dismal 40th, a far cry from it’s 15th in 2004. This could be put down to the fewer golds this time round, but also a factor is the stronger economy. Guess we can’t have everything.
The other night, I awoke with the feeling that I had something under my chest. I look beside me and noticed that our youngest was in bed with us, and figured that she must be sleeping horizontally, as she’s been known to do, and I must have her leg under me.
So I went to move this limb from underneath me and reposition her, only to feel an excess of hair… this really confused me, a real “WTF moment”, as my 2-and-a-half year-old daughter does not have hairy legs… but it soon dawned on me that what was actually under me was my other arm, which had gone completely numb from me lying on it.
I was relieved that me daughter had not turned into a “goonigoogoo” bigfoot overnight, and that I had not crushed her leg in my sleep, but somewhat concerned that I did not realise sooner what had happened.
Yes, it was dark, and I was in a sleep-induced stupor, but I blame the pain killers I was on at the time (following my knee surgery). I’ve since ceased use of those drugs… unsurprisingly.
Was out with the clan a few weeks back, and went into a store to buy much needed replacements for my torn, tattered, patched jeans… I had no problem with them but someone was sick of patching them and said they could no longer vouch for the integrity of the repairs given the state of the original material to which it was being adhered.
Anyway, I succumb to the persistent suggestions and we went to take advantage of a 2-for-$109 offer, only to find that they were reduced to 2-for-$89… but that’s not important.
Having selected my two pairs of jeans, we were paying for them and the kids saw something on the counter promoting a photography competition being run by the clothing chain, and they suggested I enter.
I’m not a big fan of such competitions, but had an image in mind that I thought would meet the criteria. However, upon inspection of the “terms & conditions” I decided NOT to enter. The particular item I object to, and that is quite common in such photography “competitions” was this:
All entries become the property of the Promoter. The Promoter collects personal information about you to enable you to participate in this promotion but no further use of this information will be made without prior consent
That’s right… even if a photo does NOT win, the “Promoter” own the photo. I can understand (though, don’t necessarily agree with) the winner handing over ownership of the rights in exchange for the prize… there’s been an exchange of items of value… but to claim ownership of photos merely for entering a competition is a bit unfair. However, clearly the multitudes of people that entered either
- don’t mind giving away their photos to a corporation that may use it advertising without a single cent of compensation to the person that took the photo
- don’t read the terms and conditions
I’m betting most people would tick BOTH those categories… that is, until they DON’T win and then see their photo being used, and they’ve got NOTHING to show for it.
Me, however, would rather retain ownership of my photos unless I’m properly compensated for it, or give them as a gift to someone deserving i.e. not a multination clothing retailer that tricks people out of ownership of their own images.
About this image: This was taken 2 and a half years ago, out at Port Melbourne beach. Five of my six kids playing on the beach on a hot January evening.
A weekend family excursion to the Polly Woodside saw us in the city at “golden hour”. A quick detour into the Melbourne Convention Centre for a few photos and I managed to capture a helicopter coming in to land on the helipad on the Yarra.
This was my submission in the Art of 2011 best of challenge on DPChallenge. At the conclusion of voting, I was happy to see it finish 31st, with a respectable score of 6.3561. I was more impressed by the number of “favourites” and comments it received during voting, and in the post-challenge discussion.
Then, this morning, I woke and checked to see if the Jury results had been posted… and to my total surprise, it appears that this photo of backyard activity following Christmas Day lunch had taken out the top honours in the juried award. Yes… Jury’s Pick – First Place… WOW!
Never, would I have imagined that I’d win such an award. First Place in a competition where some great photographers, many of whom are exceptionally artistic, are challenged to dip into their 2011 archives and revel in their artistic side.
I have to say, I’m very grateful that many of these great photographers were on the jury, and therefore, not eligible for the award themselves…
Anyway… big thank you to the jury, the DPCers that liked my photo, and to my kids, niece, nephew, sister-in-law and father-in-law who created this moment in time.
For those of you wondering, this was not a setup shot. I lay on the grass in the backyard of my in-laws, following Christmas lunch. Kids running around, playing with their new toys, parents and grandparents joining in on the fun… I just lay there with my camera looking for the right moments to capture. Does this make it a “candid snapshot“? I guess so, given it was “Not posed or rehearsed“, though, such a term is coloured with such negativity. I’m glad some people can see art in the candid snapshots.