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Camera phone, finally working. [20060112|18:04]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Seven months after getting my phone (a Sony Ericsson F500i), I've finally set it up so I can download the pictures I've taken with it. Things I've learned:

  1. As a shutterbug, I should know better than to allow myself to accumulate photos on any storage media for that amount of time.
  2. I take more pictures of people with my camera phone than I do with any of my "real" cameras.
  3. I love the London Underground. No really. I do. I may need professional help.




These are the lovely friends who stayed with us off and on for two months last summer. They were also our travel coordinators for our recent trip to Puerto Rico and arranged a variety of temporarily vacant (and gorgeous) accommodations for us to stay in while we were there. They'll be back in London this summer.



Marco with one of the friends. I think this picture demonstrates why people often mistake Marco for his biological son instead of an adoptive one.


A couple of shady-looking characters who visited me this summer. The one on the left is supiluliumas and the one on the right is tdj. They're drinking mojitos at a painfully hip Soho bar called The Lab. Yes, I realize this picture isn't particularly clear, but I suspect the former of being allergic to having his picture taken. Or posted on the internets.


A Handbags at Dawn gig. On the stage are culturedgoat, holding the microphone, shniggit (looking down) and capitalflash (in profile).


sparklepbass watching the teevee. Doesn't she look so comfy and relaxed?


Camden Town station. I'm particularly enthralled with this photo because it captured an event I'd never seen before: a cargo train stopping at a station. It's loaded with track. I like the woman standing in front of it as if she's about to board.
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[User Picture]From: sparklepbass
2006-01-12 18:28 (UTC)

i wish i had something more interesting to say than this, but -

wow, my hair is boring.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 18:37 (UTC)
What kind of crazy talk is that? Your hair is silky and lustrous and the color is magnificent. It's gorgeous. YOU'RE gorgeous. If you start forgetting again, I may just have to come round and tattoo it backwards on your forehead so you remember when you look in the mirror.
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[User Picture]From: impix
2006-01-12 18:58 (UTC)
i love the underground too, i love the hot wind you get going down the tunnel before the train arrives. its exciting

:)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-13 11:24 (UTC)
Yes. It makes me want to wave my arms around and yell, "Here comes the traaaaain!"
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[User Picture]From: communistgnome
2006-01-12 19:15 (UTC)
Your pictures are awesome. I really need to start using the camera in my phone more in hopes of me finding something awesome. It just never occurs to me to take it out and snap a pic.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-13 11:34 (UTC)
Beware. It becomes a sickness. Soon you will find yourself with many pictures of friends and relatives - all wearing the same exasperated expression.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-13 12:11 (UTC)
Heh, I bet he went "Oh" at that. One of my favorite things about the Underground is the churchy hush of around 8 AM. Everybody with their newspapers and their iPods, studiously not looking at one another or speaking.

I find that sometimes the Brits don't understand what a novelty it is to Americans (the ones who don't live in NYC, that is) to have a public transport system. Never mind the "reliable" part. Not having to own a car is brilliant.

Hey, how did Husband like the whisky?
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From: 24db
2006-01-12 20:29 (UTC)
I think they still use fishplated 60fts :D...lol...excuse me I work on the mainline ;)
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2006-01-12 23:13 (UTC)
there is indeed still a fairly large amount of jointed track [including plenty of bullhead] on the Underground - i believe they were late converts to continuous welded, flat bottom rail, which is certainly used on at least some of the system [e.g. the Metropolitan line between Harrow and Moor Park].

strange though how, on Network Rail, Pacers seem to abound where there's still lots of jointed track...
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From: libra_verde5
2006-01-12 21:15 (UTC)
I love the train station pic. It does appear that the woman is contemplating stepping on if it would stop for her! Ha!

By the way, I added you on the reccomendation of danaid_luv.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-13 12:17 (UTC)
It did stop! We were monkeying around, pretending like we were going to board, and then we looked over and saw another guy doing it and there was much grinning, and then an employee ambled over to frown sternly at all of us so we calmed down.
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From: tdj
2006-01-12 21:48 (UTC)
I will always remember that bar as a sort of SI unit standard for Painful Hipness.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-13 11:21 (UTC)
It breaks the glass on the Pretentiometer. But the drinks are good and the staff is cool. Plus: giant air filtering units to suck all the cigarette smoke out of the air.
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[User Picture]From: behsharam
2006-01-12 22:42 (UTC)
Your phone takes good photographs. I get mostly blurry crap from mine. My favorite is the Camden Town station. From the looks of it, when I finally get to London, I may develop a bit of an obsession with the underground myself. If you need professional help, I may too. I love the El around here.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-13 11:19 (UTC)
Did you ever ride the Jubilee line while you visited here? It's very sleek and futuristic, and the stations (like Westminster and Canary Wharf) are phenomenal triumphs of design. I think those might trump Camden Town for you when you get here.
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2006-01-12 23:22 (UTC)
yes - permanent way trains moving around the Underground during service hours when there isn't an engineering possession is unusual - thank you for sharing! what time of day/day of week was it?

fairly random Underground fact [apologies if you know this already]: the only physical connection between the Northern line and the rest of the Underground system [with the exception of the Waterloo and City line, which is self contained] is one with the Piccadilly line somewhere in the King's Cross/Euston area. therefore all movements between the Engineers' Depot [which i think is still at Lillie Bridge, on the District line near Earl's Court] and the Northern line have to go that way.

i also love the Underground, by the way. can you tell?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-13 11:16 (UTC)
It was Saturday, December 17, 2005. We were on our way to Borough Market so it was probably around 9 AM. I think I remember an announcement about part of the line being closed for engineering works at the time - maybe around Mill Hill East? Not sure.

I didn't know that already. I should like to see the Engineers' Depot but I don't imagine it's accessible to non-employees?

Yes, I can tell. It's all part of your overarching love for public transport, isn't it? :-)
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[User Picture]From: tharine
2006-01-13 05:50 (UTC)
uhm i just watched eight episodes of spaced.
like, in one sitting. ive been saving it, see.
and oh my god im in love. best show ever! ahhhhh!
i owe you something brilliant, thank you so much for loaning these dvds to me!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-13 11:13 (UTC)
You don't owe me anything. Er, except maybe the disks back, in due course. But other than that I'm just extremely glad you watched them.
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From: capitalflash
2006-01-13 10:02 (UTC)
naughty naughty taking pictures on the underground!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-13 11:11 (UTC)
I know, I know. I can't help it. It has so much charisma.
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From: shniggit
2006-01-13 11:57 (UTC)
Since becoming a mobile phone salesman I have decided that camera phones are pretty much one of the best inventions of the 21st century so far. Who cares about quality when you own a small device that can capture moments of life that you wouldn't ordinarily bother lugging a proper camera around to capture.

I mean you can now get 2mp camera phones with flash that take better photos than my kodak digital camera! There are 3mp camera phones coming out in a few weeks! I'm so getting one.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-17 09:21 (UTC)
I agree with you. Also, it's much better than a disposable film camera. Like all digital cameras, you don't have to process film so there's instant gratification. If you screw up, you can immediately check the photos and re-shoot. But the great bit about a camera phone is that if you run out of space and you're anyplace where you've got signal, you can just send some of the photos to an e-mail address and delete them.

Yeah, this phone's camera has crap resolution. Marco's 2MP was way awesome until there was a salsa/blender explosion in the kitchen and we had to clean the phone and then the camera stopped working. Ah well. Please be sure to show off your new phone when you get it. :-D
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2006-01-13 16:08 (UTC)
"I take more pictures of people with my camera phone than I do with any of my "real" cameras."

I don't have a cameraphone, but they are brilliant. You can look like you are calling someone and sneak in a photo. Totally bypasses the shyness thing.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-17 09:23 (UTC)
With some phones you can. The phone I have doesn't allow you to turn off the shutter noise it makes when it snaps a photo. Someone told me, I think it was either impix or shniggit, that all the Sony Ericsson phones don't allow you to disable the sound. But other types of phones do, so you can spycam. :-)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-17 09:34 (UTC)
I like it when the trains inexplicably stop in the tunnels before the stations. I mean, it's a little scary when you sit there for more than a couple of minutes, and everyone gets restless and starts fidgeting, looking at one another and raising eyebrows. But at the same time, you get to peer out the windows and if you're lucky and you stop near a light you can see all the strange arcane scribblings near the wiring on the walls.

I have one of those maps! I'll bring it next writing/creative meeting thingy we have.
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