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July 31, 2023

Saw somwthing interesting on a German cooking show today

The chef(in) was makign a dish with turkey breast. She took half a turkey breast, enough for about 4 people, turkeys tend to be much smaller here. She took the skin off, laid it flat on a cutting board pricked it all over then seasoned it, salt, pepper and I don't knwo what else. Then she took a sheet of parchment paper and cut it in half. Put one part into a skillet, laid the skin on it, then covered it wtih teh other part of the paper. Both trimmed in size so they would fit. Then she put a heavy pot on top of that and turned on the heat. Cooked until skin was nice and crisp. Drained it on paper towels then chopped it up for garnish on the prepared dish.

That is something I think I will try.

July 31, 2023

Digital Nikon users

I have a Nikon D5200. It seems to me that the standard exposure settings in Auto or no flash mode, with the fine jpeg setting, seem to be a little flat, low contrast. Being an old transparency guy, I am wondering if that can be changed in the camera settings. I found nothing in the manual. Is there a posibility that making an ajustment to 1/3 - 1/2 under exposure would do the trick?

As an old transparnecy guy, I never did a lot of post camera work and don't like to do a lot of post camera work on images. I would rather spend more time taking the pictures than processing images later.

Any ideas would be welcomed.

July 28, 2023

2,000th post

might as well try to make it a pretty one.
Pictures from the Sierra Nevada, about 20 years ago.

July 28, 2023

Mountain stream

Late spring melt in the Wasatch State Park, Utah.
Some years ago. Couldn't read the year on the transparency frame.

July 26, 2023

Flowers and CA beach

Two flowers I took a while back. Followed by 4 from a NorCal beach. THe rusted pipe and cement blocks were part of a drainage line installed to keep the road above and cliff from collapse. Fail? Or did it do its job until under cut by wave action?

July 26, 2023

The last, for a while, from Toulous

As I continue in my journey through the past adventures around my history in transparencies.
These are from Toulous.

July 24, 2023

two plus four

Two from Rabestens and four from Cordes sur Ciel. CsC is a mideville fort town. It has 3 walls. Walking into it it is hard to imagine having to attack the place on foot. A steep main road with 3 doors. Hot oil could be poured over the cobbles from over the doors so footing would be treacherous. If you happen to be near it, see it.


Cordes sur Ciel

July 22, 2023

2 Rolls scanned, 6.02 X 10'23 rolls left to scan

It will take awhile to wade through the collection. But it is nice to see some of the pictures again.
these are from France near Toulous. We got to bike along some fairly unused roads to get to old towns.

July 21, 2023

East to west

Rhodes, Athens, Paris, and NorCal coast.
While there was still Kodachrome 25

July 18, 2023

Something I read in the Economist

Back in May State Farm decided to pull out of the California market for new house insurance policies.
How long they will stay with existing policies remains to be seen.

Private insurance exists to back stop risks of all types. House insurance is very important and it is fugured that it's cost has raised an average of 50% in the last year. Largely becasue of floods in some states and fires in CA. We can argue that the companies are being predatory, and probably are to some degree, but you can't argue wtih the fact that they have increased payouts to cover. Companies are folding in the FLorida insurance market.

Here is the tidbit from The Economist.

"Policy can also prevent a proper accounting of risk. Californian regulations forbid insurers from using the latest climate models to set prices, since protection would become more costly. Premiums must be based on the average payout over the past 20 years, rather than the latest science. Shying away from ambiguity is understandable. Sticking your head in the sand is plain foolish."

In a situation of rapidly changing risk you can't go too far back historically to fix rates.

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About Old Crank

Currently living in Germany, enjoying the culture, enjoying the food, enjoying the travel. Not enjoying the winters, or the Deutsches lernen... Born in Canada. Parents moved to Arizona in 1965. Spent 5 years in the USAF and 2 of those on Crete. Lived in Fresno, Las vegas, Sunnyvale, CA.

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