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26 December 2010 @ 11:38 am
Christmas Day  

Christmas Bauble, originally uploaded by plingthepenguin.

New toy, new toy, new toy!

Christmas Day was a good day :) We got up late-ish and opened our presents before breakfast (I did feed the cat first, to keep him out of the way!). Breakfast was croissants and coffee, then dinner was turkey with all the trimmings about halfway through the day (I got distracted from cooking by my new camera, so later than planned), followed by xmas pud & brandy butter after Doctor Who. So much food, tasty tasty food :)

So, new camera - Nikon D3100 and it's gonna take me a while to get the best out of it, I think. I spent a bit of time reading the manual, but now I think I just gotta keep playing with it, see what I can do. The picture above I think I over-exposed a bit, but that was on the computer afterwards while I was playing around with what you could do to raw files. That's another learning curve awaiting me ;) The two pictures I'm most pleased with are these two:

Berries   Anubis

But I put the christmasier one at the top :) There's also a bonus cat pic.

On to other things ... Doctor Who was good, I thought. (SPOILERY) Possibly doesn't bear too close examination (and very much out at the "science fantasy" end of the spectrum) - but a nice Christmas Carol retelling, with hints of Star Trek :) Of course the Doctor would set up a Christmas Carol-esque thing, too - he's canonically a Dickens fan, he'd know the story inside out. Liked the way they used the guest star for what she's (apparently) famous for - her voice. Liked the undertones of darkness, even changing the world by introducing happiness to someone's life has unintended tragedy. J called that long before I did, I thought that was too dark for a Christmas special, but no. Some very good lines, too - like "What do you call it when you've got no legs and you're taking a long run-up?" The trailer for next season looked neat, too. More River, I see. And lots of stuff about trust, iirc, but to be honest I was mostly thinking "ooooh shiny" and not looking at the details ;) (END SPOILERY STUFF)

J spent most of the day playing his new PS3 games - he had a quick look at Red Dead Redemption (which I gave him), but he's saving that till he's done with Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Most of the time he played Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Cops & robbers, with fast cars. Very Burnout-esque too (unsurprisingly, it's made by the same guys), and apparently very intense. So he wound down at the end of the evening with some Battlestar Galactica (I got him The Plan as part of his pressies), while I looked at the cookery book my brother got me (Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals) and the 1001 Videogames book that Phil & Helen got J.

A good day :)

 
 
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