Alps Keyswitch Maintenance

In the unlikely event you need to fix/clean an Alps keyswitch, here's a tip (for this model, anyway):

1) Pop off the keycap. This works best with a screwdriver from the left or right, I find
2) Gently prise up the bottom of the metal cap of the keyswitch, which enables you to see the keyswitch's contacts:

Alps Keyswitch maintenance
(Click to embiggen)

3) Clean/fiddle the contacts as needed
4) Done!
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St Giles Fair

DSC_3431Last Monday and Tuesday saw the St Giles' fair come to Oxford. This happens right on our work doorstep, so things get kind of noisy for two days. Apart from this, however, it is both the bringer of Autumn to Oxford, and a fantastic subject for photography. This year I decided to forego digital and took my Bronica medium-format film camera (pictured). This was my first play with film in 5 years and probably only my second in around 9 years. I was using a 12-exposure roll of film, and the first thing I'd forgotten is how important it is to get each shot right before you press the button. No deleting, no reviewing. Second point to remember is that you've no idea if you caught the moment (people walking past, etc) until you get the developed film back a week later. Third point is that I had to get to grips with metering. Fortunately I'd been lent a nifty little light meter that clipped onto the camera's hotshoe.
Despite all this, I managed to take what is probably one of my favourite photos (right).

Self-portrait meme

Courtesy j4, hoiho and lnr, here's my effort. The brief: Take a picture of you in your current state, no changing your clothes or quickly putting on makeup. NO PHOTOSHOP. Show your F-List the real you!

What we have here is me, in a Glastonbury 2008 t-shirt. In the background is the 18thC longcase clock left to me by my granny, and a print of "Swimmers" by Joe Winkelman. I haven't aged a bit compared to my userpic (1999), have I? ;-)

Glastonbury 2010

I have just returned from my best ever Glastonbury. Finally after 6 years it was not only not-muddy, but 4 days of glorious sunshine. Suddenly, the hot commodity changes from "ground you can sit on" to shady spots. I also managed, after regretting missing Radiohead in 2003 when I didn't attend the festival, to catch a secret Radiohead gig (OK, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood) entirely by accident! [my video of 'Karma Police' on Youtube]

There is too much awesomeness to list here, so instead have some photos: both the whole collection and a small selection of my favourites for those short on time. ;-) (Apologies to those who already saw these linked on Facebook or Flickr). It was also great to catch venta and Chris-who-I-am-not-sure-whether-is-on-LJ again, as well as uon and julietk.


Mr Roboto

I have a vague feeling that someone on my f'list wrote an amusing rant about robot supermarket checkout machines - including a phrase similar to 'carefully-crafted shopping sculpture' - was it any of you?