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Song of the Day - DragonForce - Through the Fire and Flames

Song of the Day - DragonForce - Through the Fire and Flames

I love rock and video games.You probably already noticed. And this band came to my attention for both reasons because it's one of the crazy hard tracks in one of the Rock Band games. You know, the ones where you play along to the music with a plastic guitar. I LOVE those games partly because of the music which is usually something I like but also because there is a deep joy in nailing a guitar solo even if you're just doing the video game version. Any of you that have progressed in skill up to using all 5 colour buttons will know just what I mean. So when the game hit me with this track I felt awestruck and betrayed. And then I bought the album.

For those of you that find this kind of 'trying too hard', long hair metal noise a little too much, just fast forward to the 3:20 mark in the video to see what it is these guys live for. I don't think it's us they're doing that for. It really looks to me more like they're pleasuring themselves.

John Arnold

Song of the Day - South Park - Kyle's Mom's a Bitch

I was never really a South Park fan but South Park The Movie was about the funniest thing I ever saw. I literally fell off my chair laughing. I think this song came before the movie but its just as awesome.

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Song of the Week - Lipps Inc. - Funkytown

Week of Funk

The week of funk would never be complete without the classic.

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Song of the Day - Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars

Week of Funk

This one is great. It's like a pure distillation of funk. Bags of 70s style. I've been listening to this one with the kids who love it too. ;-)

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Song of the Day - Thunder - Play That Funky Music

Week of Funk

I love Thunder. A classic British rock band that, like yesterday's pick, Extreme, have more than a little brash attitude, especially in the first album. So Thunder with a funk track - too good to miss. It's a cover of course but a damn good one.

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Song of the Day - Extreme - Get The Funk Out

Week of Funk

I love Extreme. I think I've discovered something about my taste. I like anything that is in your face and challenging. And I think back in the day Extreme tried to be exactly that. 

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BB8 - DOF blend using E-M1 focus bracketing

BB8 - DOF blend using E-M1 focus bracketing

This is David's BB8 toy which is basically a Sphero with a head on. It's super neat and about 3 inches across. The head is about 1.5 inches.

The reason I took this is that I've just installed the new firmware on my E-M1 which has added focus blending and focus stacking. That means the camera will automatically vary the focal point and take multiple pictures. This is really useful for macro pictures where the depth of focus is often very small. You can shoot lots of pictures with different focal points and then blend them to make a picture which is sharp from front to back - as you see here.

I tried this with the in-camera focus stacking which uses only 8 shots. And then I tried it again using focus bracketing and took 30 shots which I blended in Photoshop. As you might expect the bracketing method gave better results, though the in-camera stacking was still *very* good.

John Arnold

Song of the Day - Mindy Smith - Santa Will Find You

I meant to post this on Christmas Eve but it's still a gorgeous Christmas song. I hope you're still enough in the festive mood to enjoy it.

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Song of the Day - Guns N' Roses - Live And Let Die

In the vein of covers that were better than the original this Guns 'n Roses cover of the Wings original really captured improved on the thing I loved about the original - that chaos and fury of the chorus. I picked this today because Catherine and I were listening to some music and we both enjoyed this one turned up LOUD.