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    • CommentAuthorDrew_badly
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2011 edited
    New q

    I need new glasses. Any tips for avoiding the usual high street opticians?
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    Some second-hand stores have used glasses. You can hit it lucky going through checking which ones suit your prescription.
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2011

    Zenni Optical
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2011

    I can't think of anything free off the top of my head, but Quicktime Pro (7) is the easiest for that kind of thing. You just open up the image sequence and it automatically converts it into a video which you can export however you like. You might be able to do it in GIMP, which looks like it has some animation tools. I'll let you know if I think of anything else...
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2011

    I needed a new pair a few months ago, and I was more than a little reluctant to go to a high street opticians, seeing as my last pair had cost me some £300. My current pair I got from the same opticians (Specsavers), for a little under £100. Still not cheap, but I'm glad I went to an actual flesh and blood person in the end, rather than buying online.

    The place I went to checked that my frames fit properly, and measured where the focal point was in my new lenses compared with my old ones. They also checked that my lenses would work properly in my frame of choice, made some recommendations on the shape of frame I should go for, and made sure I got my NHS complex lense discount. I'm not confident I would have gotten that same level of service from an online store.
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    #Wii help

    I'm having trouble with my Wii unit. Turned it off one night, and keep seeing a blinking blue light, then one day its completely off, dead to the world. Took out the power plug and reinserted, nothing. Anyone have any advice?
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2011
    #glasses - I got mine off The ones I specifically purchased were a designer brand, but they're sexy as hell and really only came down to ~$100 for some gorgeous cat eye glasses. I tried to go through all the $6 Zenni ones, but these expensive ones were the prettiest of my seriously 2+ hour hunt.
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    If you're planning on going the D40 route (one of the routes I'd go with), I'd go for better lenses. I personally swear by having one prime (fixed focal point, but better apeture etc) lens and one telephoto lens (my current setup). Also, avoid getting a kit lens if ever possible. Poor quality glass means more chromatic abberation, less tack sharp, and just... not so great. Also, digital means flaws are more obvious. Also, with Nikon, any Nikon lens from any era should fit in the lens mount, meaning, if you want, you can get an older non-digital lens. Again, digital lenses are usually higher quality because the glass needs to be a better quality to be good enough for digital. Also, you will want to find out what the crop factor on the D40 is. I have a D80 and the crop factor makes it that a 35mm lens works like a 50mm (not wide angle, not telephoto, nice average perspective lens). You can also get an import lens, which is cheaper. Also, check out Not the cheapest prices, but usually good deals, great service, and they just about always ship the day of or day after the order.
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    New ASK WHITECHAPEL thread starting shortly. Let's wind-up ongoing questions and answers in this current one today.

    (Or, I guess, re-ask 'em in the new thread if you think there's more Wisdomjuice to extract.)
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2011
    @trini_naenae Thanks for the hotel recommendation for Fresno. We stayed at Picadilly, and it was nice.


    I grew up in New Orleans, but haven't lived there in many years. Check with the hotel that you stay in to make sure that you're going to safe places.

    Go to Audubon Zoo - it's a great zoo. Check on the docks near Decatur Street if you can still take a riverboat to the zoo. There used to be one that took you from the French Quarter to the back entrance.

    Take the Streetcar along St. Charles Ave from Canal Street to Hana Sushi or Camellia Grill. They're both near where St. Charles turns into Carrollton, and it's a nice trip along the avenue.

    Check out Capdeville for me. An old friend of mine is a chef there.

    Catch some music at Tipitina's. F and M Patio Bar used to be a great bar - I hear that it still is.

    See Napoleon's death mask at The Cabildo.

    Magazine Street has some little cafes, odd antiques, and galleries and is nice to walk around.

    Mardi Gras is great. Mostly if you stay out of the Quarter. Get a spot Uptown for the parades the weekend leading up to Fat Tuesday. That's where the natives go (although some will head to the Quarter, too). You are going to run into higher than normal hotel prices and lots of places will be busy. It's the high season. If you want to see a parade though - go for St. Patrick's Day. There's usually a parade in the Irish Channel that Saturday near the day. It's not Mardi Gras, but still good.

    Other places in Louisiana: Lake Charles is really nice. Great seafood. Oberlin is a very, very small Cajun town with gas station crawfish. My dad was from there. Amite has an Oyster Festival. Covington has a lot of craft art stuff. Abita Springs is where Abita Beer is created, and they have a tasting room.

    Hope this helps and isn't too out of date.
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    @CamyLuna: Sweet! Glad to hear it worked out well.
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2011
    Found that vintage frames can be much cheaper than designer frames; ordered mine online, got a prescription and ordered the lenses from a good optician. They'll usually want to package the whole thing - frames, lenses, prescription - into one package; unless they're giving you a good discount with cheap frames in the package, there's no reason not to split the three elements up to save money.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2011
    @CamyLuna : Thanks for all the tips!
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2011
    #English Talking

    Please let's bring "Broad" and "Dame" back.
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
    #English Talking

    Let's not forget "Doll" as well.
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011

    Just for completeness, here's a link to my #video answer in a following thread....
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011 edited
    #video @RadioGuy: Cheers for yr post on VirtualDub, and thanks for linking back to it - would have missed it otherwise (I was the original #questioneer). Will definitely check that out.

    #camera @trini - I don't think a shitty kit lens zoom (what's the usual Nikon, 18-55mm?) is that bad of a way to start out when you're learning, especially if it's basically free with the body. But primes, especially old ones, are definitely something I've fallen in love with.

    That said, I believe that while all Nikon lenses will mount to current Nikon DSLRs, the rear element of some lenses will interfere with the mirror, which is something to watch out for. Have never quite worked out which is which, tho.
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    #English Talking I still hear "Bird" rather a lot, and use it myself on occasion.
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    Hmm, I wouldn't mind being called a Bird. Never hear it around here, though. It sounds rather flattering; is it?
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011 edited
    Well, as I understand it, bird could be either just another word for a man or woman, or someone of disreputable past, i.e. jailbird. Kinda depends on the subject and the speaker, though.

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