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December 30, 2007

Bargain of the year: Canon 1200mm f/5.6

Filed under: General — stephane @ 11:06 pm

B&H is selling a used Canon lens. 1200mm f5/6. This baby weights a whopping 16.5kg and measure 228x836mm.

There are apparently only about a dozen lenses like this in the wild, so hurry to add this to your shopping cart.

Too bad, I have a Nikon.

To get an idea of what it looks like, it’s actually close to an anti-tank missile. See some shots of the monster here and here

December 11, 2007

Kilimanjaro

Filed under: Kenya,Tanzania — stephane @ 6:19 pm

This came up recently as another thing to do for 2008 and probably a good way to start the first quarter.

Five years ago while on my round-the-world trip, I went to Mount Kenya (4,895m). For many reasons, this was one of the most dangerous thing I have done, partly due to a swedish guy screaming of pain from sickness the night before the final climb, his girlfriend that tried to get to a nearby hill to catch some mobile signal to call for rescue and was caught by the night without a lamp, my guide that realized he forgot his head lamp and both of us doing the final climb in the middle of the night pitch dark with just my head lamp to show us the way, escaping some small falling rocks and climbing just before sunrise the last couple meters of a ice and rock from a totally wrong route and….finally enjoying the massive ball of fire at sunrise.

I cannot believe it has been five years already.

I’m aiming to hopefully get to the summit of Kilimanjaro (5,895m) this year, and this while being totally out of shape and living under sea level.

I did not take a single day of vacation since last year and had some remaining from the previous year so I have a severe backlog to exhaust… By the time I leave this should probably account for more than 7 weeks.

Which would translate to more than I wanted to go to Namibia last year but I somehow decided to cancel it for work reasons (I should have stayed committed in the first place, staying for work reasons did not really serve any decent purpose).

So dream plan would be to spend 3 weeks in kenya/tanzania and 4 weeks in namibia/botswana and later take the scuba diving gear to dive somewhere to be determined.

Ah and some day I will need to train seriously for a marathon. If I manage to train somewhat half seriously this year I would definitely like to spice the year with a couple of running events. (which would really be a good motivation to lose some weight…).

Back to drawing board and see how I can get that happening.

My blueberry nights

Filed under: General — stephane @ 2:04 am

I have been vilipended for not writing here for quite some time, so here’s a chance to catch up. I went -very quickly- to Paris this week end as I had a few things to do, I managed between a lot of walking to lose myself in a theater in a late evening while escaping the rain and went to see ‘My Blueberry nights‘ a movie from Wong Kar Wai starring Jude Law, Norah Jones and Natalie Portman.

Despite some false notes, it manages to do well to communicate a certain melancholy and tormented emotions going through the main characters, the music from Norah Jones and Cate Power (The Greatest – you can listen to the song here) sure play an important role in it.

Well recommended but that might not be for everybody as well, I recognized it may completely pass by if you’re not in the right mood.

The movie will only be available in the US on February 13 2008.

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