Jun. 15th, 2017

Shopping

Jun. 15th, 2017 12:11 pm
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This PC hasn't locked up in a while, except that it did a couple of days ago and lost a big post here.* This is what I can remember...

Charity shop finds - a few years ago, my (now late and now) step-mother was looking for presents for some of her grandchildren, and decided that some good binoculars would last and be used. I got tasked with doing the research and, for the price, found some Pentax 10x50s. I liked them so much, I later got a pair myself.

They are certainly bright (the 50mm size of the lenses means lots of light gets in) and effective (the 10x magnification) but using [personal profile] purplerabbits's very nice pair (8x42 Eschenbach?) showed me that they are not great. Unlike her pair, there's noticeable colour fringing when there's significant contrast in what you're looking at.

I also usually only barely glance at ones in charity shops. They tend to be rubbish for a start. So it was a very nice surprise to see an 8x42 pair recently that wasn't. They're cold war (or not long after) Russian, built like a tank, and a quick look through them suggested that they were good. A look online showed that some other people thought so too... how much? A tenner? (Less than a poor pair with a brand name they had heard of.) Sold.


* I was using Drivel** to write it, and that doesn't autosave.

** Speaking of Drivel, does anyone know why the number of clients is so low in number and quality? Is it just that LJ and its codebase using sites are no longer where all the hip people like, erm, me and you hang out? I had to get Drivel from an old repository, because even Debian dropped it ages ago.
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One of the reasons why I suspect that the recent Grenfell Tower disaster was down to the refurbishment was my late father.

He was a fireman through the 60s, 70s and a big chunk of the 80s. He stayed at the sub-officer level because, unlike the officers, they went out on the shouts. So he'd been to a lot of incidents before health problems meant he shifted to fire safety.

One memory from my childhood is going to the AmDram theatre my mother had been part of when she was younger. We were in the balcony and he was VERY uncomfortable, to the point that we left at the interval.

The place burnt down a few years later. Fortunately no-one was in it, because anyone in the balcony would have been in trouble: the pre-war small theatre had a narrow wooden staircase up to it. It got rebuilt with a wider concrete one. He'd go back then.

For some years, he was at a station responsible for a stretch of the M1. There were types of car he wouldn't go in. (If he could have afforded one, he'd have had a Saab.)

There was one shop in the town centre he wouldn't go in.

Once during a fire alarm, my sister's teacher kept them back until they'd been given their homework. Let's just say they never did that again.

When I lived on the third floor of a house, he checked that there was a ladder escape.

But he never had a problem with going into a tower block. He'd been to fires in them, but he trusted the designs would contain any incident not involving a gas explosion until people could be rescued.

And that's what didn't happen this week.

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