The Revolution has come

Venice   © PJ Croft 2008, 2012
The inscription seems to say Dom Suffraggio Gather to Arch Brotherhood of Suffrage of Deaths in Rome. I don’t speak Italian, this is Google translate.
Revolution? No, not another Commie rant.
  • Camera and lens prices in Australia in many instances are now equal to or cheaper than US prices. 
  • It’s now reached the stage where it would seem cheaper to buy a ready made computer, even if it’s not exactly the fastest or contain exactly what you want, rip the motherboard out and put another in with your choice of processor. Keep and reuse the items such as RAM, DVD drive, power supply, keyboard, mouse, monitor and Windows software (if you get the disc, that is!)
    Datavideo HDR-40 DV/HDV Recorder/Player
    Datavideo HDR-40 video recorder
  • What used to take a room sized VTR  costing $100,000 in 1965 dollars (probably ~ $1m in today’s money) can now be done infinitely better to full broadcast quality by one of these:
Phwoar. I’d like one of those. Nine hours of recording, no tape (tape, yikes!). Available off the shelf for $2,016, ffs.  (STOP PRESS: I just fixed the corrupted photo and it has dropped to US$1920, a reduction of $96 in three days! That’s electronics for you…)

Thirty five years of learning and using audio and videotape and it’s gone, dead, forgotten. Sob.

Speaking of phwoar:
Madame Najat-Vallaud-Belkacem, France’s new Minister for Women’s Affairs or something. Not conventionally beautiful, but she can have an affair with me, any time.
Only problem is, I’d never be able to introduce her to anyone because I could never remember or pronounce her name. “Hi, this is my friend, er, I call her Frenchie.”
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