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Leica TL2

I recently rented a TL2 with a 60mm f/2.8 and another 23mm f/2. This is my very first time using a Leica, so it took a while getting used to some of the very basics – like putting the lenses on and taking them off.
The TL2 is also completely controlled from the display and it doesn’t even have a view finder, that also made things a bit challenging.

Once I was able to get used to the “uniqueness”, it was quite fun to shoot. The 60mm was quite “slow”, but quality was V-E-R-Y good.

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– manzoor

Our Environment

I would like to think that I am trying to do a little, at least, of what I have the ability / control over in reducing harming our environment. But really it is my daughters, and their generation in general, who are really settling an example for me.

We were sitting at the dining table having finished our dinner and my girls remembered the Cinnamon Rolls they got the other day and decided to make / bake them. While reading the baking instructions and prepping the oven one of them reads the ingredients, just because I guess, and notices the palm oil and they both make a grave face.

– manzoor

Apple M1

It’s been in the rumor mill for some time but finally in November 2020 Apple made the official announcement – Apple Introduced the M1 processor and the very first batch of hardware based on it.

Not exactly sure what all the advantages of the new chip is, but I do feel it is here to stay. And with that I went ahead and got myself a laptop running the new M1 processor. It’s a MacBook Air with 16 Gb of memory and 500 Gb of flash storage. My initial plan is to avoid the Rosetta Translation Environment – as long as I can. I am running into a few issues and am trying to find workarounds. We’ll see how far I get.

– manzoor

Winter Storm Warning

We dipped below freezing sometime Thursday the 11th and have been hovering around mid 20s since. This morning, Sunday the 14th, it went down to 21F. We are anticipating going into the single digit later today / tonite. Looks like we might stay there, in the single digit, till tomorrow morning.

I guess the good news is that we are no longer looking at going all the way down to low single digit. 9F might be as low as we get. That would break all kinds of record for the last 30 years but maybe not all time.

– manzoor

Welcome 2021

I was going to write this on the 1st but kinda intentionally put it off till today. We are about a week into the new year, the Georgia run-off election is now behind us (though the final results are not yet in) and later this morning the house will count the Electoral College votes.

– manzoor