This page is to allow visitors to make general comments about this site, or to make comments about the contents of a page where there is no provision on the page to do so.

 

Comments

  1. Happy New Year John!

    I do like the new batch of home page photo gallery pics … very stimulating.

    Look forward to listeniong to the latest two additions to mp3 listing (with some caution lest it be another ‘trap’).

    2015 started quietly over here and hopefully gets more ‘exciting’ as the year progresses.

    Cheers, Ralph

    1. Author

      Happy New Year Ralph.

      Congratulations on being the first to write a comment using this page.

      I’m pleased you like the new photos on the home page slider. Some of them were taken on Wednesday, the last day of 2014. But one photo was taken by my father in 1954, using Kodachrome 25 film. I was 16 at the time.

      Best wishes,
      John

    1. Author

      Ralph, “refurbished garden” is a very polite way of describing what Guy and Eli of As Green As did to the back area of my home. One afternoon in March this year I finally bit the bullet and selected a name from leaflets I had saved from my junk mail, and I rang Guy for a quote. I told him my garden was a jungle. About an hour later Guy came down to have a look and when he saw the bedroom side he looked at it and said “I usually tell people who say they’ve got a jungle that I’ve seen worse, but” – and then he turned to me and just smiled.

      Two days later, I couldn’t believe it. The garden was like new again, with not a single weed or even a stray leaf to be seen.

      John

  2. Hey John,

    Congrats on new Theme … now come out from behind the camera so we can all see you!?

    Cheers, Ralph

    1. Author

      That comment is especially appreciated, Ralph, as it means that like a lot of other people, you see the camera, but you don’t pay any attention to it. Now that it the whole intention of the camera. It is plain black and very ordinary looking. It doesn’t even have a logo or camera name on it. I call it my stealth camera. It is really the proper answer to your question below, on 27 October 2015 – “How did you get away with capturing all those innocent shoppers in those excellent sharp Monochrome pics?” They simply don’t notice the camera. I don’t mean they can’t see it or don’t see it. They just don’t notice it. I’ve put that photo and similar in my galleries and on Facebook where keen photographers have seen it, but even they don’t notice it. And that is exactly as I intended. I hope to do more street photography one day.

  3. Simply stunning John,

    All your improvements are eye popping and I am going to have to check all out again tomorrow.

    Well done, Ralph

  4. Hey John,

    Now you’re just messin’ with my head … they all look great!

    Those new full spread shots do take one’s breath away a bit as it put one right in the scene.

    Keep ’em coming, Ralph

    1. Author

      Hi Ralph,

      I’m pleased you like the full spread shots. It reminds me of the movie theatres in the Sixties changing from the old 4:3 screens to Cinemascope, to rival the rise of TV. My WordPress sites now look very different to Facebook pages. 🙂

      Cheers,
      John

  5. Hi John,

    I see you tweaking these pages almost every night now. Great to see my favourite light bright green text back on some (one?) webpage.

    The twin ships at what’s-its-name (Princes?) pier is really something very special … and new down the street shot is really quite enchanting too.

    How did you get away with capturing all those innocent shoppers in those excellent sharp Monochrome pics? I could only see one slightly taken-aback counter staff and one Tesla gal pointing her finger at you (I think). Although I did see a “reflection” suggesting that you might have been unobtrusively shooting some of these shots from the hip.

    Cheers for now, Ralph

    1. Author

      Thanks for your comments, Ralph. I got quite a thrill out of them when I read them this morning. I’ve added your green to the sidebar bar headings. The light green needs to have a black background.

      The twin ships photos photo is at Station Pier, Port Melbourne. This is where the Princess of Tasmania is berthed and where the big cruise ships dock. The Princes Pier you refer to is an old pier disused by ships, but it popular with fishermen and the old pylons at the end of the pier is a good photo spot for sunset and night photos. You can see its reconstruction in the timelapse video on Princes Pier page with Station Pier in the background. I have never been to Princes Pier, but until tonight I didn’t know where the site was where people took the pylon photos at night.

      You did well to notice the reflection of me taking a photo at Chadstone. I simply walked around with the camera strap around my neck and the camera hanging down at waist level, with my right hand appearing to hold the camera steady while I walked along. I pressed the shutter button when I wanted to take a photo. I had set the aperture and relied on auto ISO and auto shutter speed for exposures. I set the lens to f5.6 (I think) and at a distance of 6 feet (I think) to cover focus. I had previously looked up a depth of field (Googled it) table to see what settings to use with the lens focal length to get everything from about 4 feet away in focus. The camera is what I call my “stealth camera” as it has no name or logo on it, and nobody takes any notice of it – which is the whole idea of it.

      When walking along I made it a point not to look at anyone when I was taking photos, and generally looked around at shop windows etc so if anyone took any notice of me (and very few did) they would not think I was taking photos of them. The exceptions were the guy at the Aesop counter, as I had been speaking to him; and the person you mentioned in your comment, as I had to get a bit close to the counter and caught his eye, so he looked back. The Tesla lady is actually pointing to the power “bowser”. I had been talking to the Indian guy and he asked me how the Tesla is refuelled with power and I tried to explain that it was much like a petrol bowser. There is a hose with a nozzle at the end and this plugs into the car power point (instead of a fuel cap) See some of the Tesla colour photos on my Pics site). Anyway, while I was talking to the gentleman, the Tesla lady came our way and I asked her to explain it to him.

      I’m pleased you noticed and looked at the photos.

      Cheers,
      John

  6. Hi John,

    Is that a relieved expression I see on your latest pic(s)? Hope you got on very well with your billings project. I found them quite helpful when I had to tackle them a year or two back.

    The Princes Pier link was very interesting as I had forgotten the old pier was there at all. In our day we did used to wander over there for a bit of pelican watching.

    Good idea to move your Site News and I look forward to listening to the new batch of mp3’s … but I will have to re-think my strategy to up-date my mp3 listing to match the order of yours (to make sure I’ve got ’em all) as you do shuffle ’em about a bit!?

    Not very happy with your Power Plant(s) tonight as they shut-down the interlink to SA without warning around 2300 our time when I was in the middle of doing that large BPay due by Wed … forcing our guys to cycle thru suburb by suburb blackouts until Vic turned the interlink back on around 0230. And just when I got back online my bank decided to go down for maintenance … oh well, the funds are finally on their way now and will just have to wait it out to see if it makes it in time.

    Cheers, Ralph

    1. Author

      Hi Ralph,

      I’m not sue what expression I had on my face in the photo – all I was wondering about was trying not to look too pathetic. A lot of my photos are embarrassing. Unfortunately, I don’t have a model to pose for me, so taking myself is the only way I can practice taking people shots. In this case I am scheduled to take about 15 corporate portraits and a few group shots on Tuesday 10th. I’m very nervous about it.

      Regarding the music playlist, have you tried copying the whole list from the webpage and pasting it into Excel? Then click on a track in the spreadsheet. It should play. I found that out by accident when I tried to create a duplicate list, much like you, because my new theme arrangement does not allow me to edit a visual list as seen on the web page. It presents me with a text editor which has a shortcode and Ids – e.g. playlist “6124, 6745, 6398,6103, 6291” etc.

      I can understand you not being happy about the power outages in Adelaide (and other parts of South Australia). I had no idea that Adelaide gets some of its power from Victoria. I tried to find information on this but it seems to be very shortcoming. I’m sure I recall reading a few years ago that Victoria gets some of its power from NSW. But I did find some news about your outage – A spokesman for SA Power Networks told InDaily the outage was caused “upstream” by a loss of power at the Heywood inter-connector, in south-west Victoria, which triggered protection equipment at SA power stations to automatically shutdown.

      Cheers,
      John

  7. Merry Christmas John!

    On behalf of your viewing community, Thank You for the free bonus movies. It’s another something for me to look forward to … on my new PC in 2016.

    I hope you got all you hoped for today and that the weather we are passing your way tomorrow doesn’t make the worldwide cricketing audience think that it rains all the time at the Boxing Day Test .

    Cheers, Ralph

    1. Author

      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, Ralph. Thanks for your good wishes.

      Today is much cooler than yesterday, and I think the bulk of the rain you passed this way from Adelaide thankfully avoided the area where I live in Melbourne. Yet there were floods in suburbs about 15 minutes drive away in Windsor and Prahran. I can remember flash floods in Prahran and South Yarra one day over 20 years ago, where the cars parked in Chapel Street were floating and got washed over onto the footpath by the waves created by large vehicles driving down the street too quickly for flood conditions.

      I have the Boxing Day test cricket on TV as I write. It’s at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as you know. There was no rain during play, but a mix of blue sky and dark clouds, and overall it was very ordinary Melbourne weather, and to me it looked a bit miserable at times. The crowd numbers looked very average too. Apparently a lot came late and left early. Now what you would see at an Ashes test match between Australia and England.

      I won’t be premature and congratulate you yet on your decision to get a new PC in 2016. I kept saying for years it was time to replace my struggling 2007 PC and it only happened in July this year – 2015!

      Cheers, John

  8. Happy New Year John!

    Wishing 2016 gives a brand new start to “life balance” and a peaceful world for all.

    Best wishes, Ralph

  9. Hi John,

    Just a note to say you need to select a new link for the Open Range movie as the “YouTube user account” for the one you currently have has been deleted … apparently.

    I have tried to watch this movie on one of the other YouTube links but my ol’ veedub doesn’t handle the sound anywhere good enough to follow it.

    Oh yeh, I’ve spent some time yesterday listening to your latest list of mp3s with pleasure (except solo piano stuff still) and even played a few mp4s from over recent years with sheer enjoyment … except I must be missing the ‘magnificence’ of that original nations chap, as I spent the whole time waiting for his sidekick puppet to get up and dance or something!? Mind you, the poor ol’ dear with her folding chair act was a bonus attraction.

    Cheers, Ralph

    1. Author

      Hi Ralph,

      Thanks for your advice regarding the Open Range movie user account being closed. However, I have found the movie elsewhere and have put it up again. I’ve also made a comment about the movie on the Movies page.

      It’s time you thought about replacing that old computer, providing you have the all important money to do it.

      I see you still don’t like the solo piano stuff as you call it. I presume you are referring to the playing by Jimmy Webb at live concerts in the UK. Well, he is the composer of these great hit songs of yore – when I was young and to my taste the hits of the day were still musical – but he’s no great shakes as a singer, and he likes to ad lib around with the music he wrote. It’s interesting what a record producer and team has to do to turn the work of a composer into a commercial hit.

      As for the “magnificence” of Alexandro Querevalú, I took that word from one of his admirers on Facebook. He was born in Peru, but states on Facebook that his hometown is ?winouj?cie – which, as I’m sure you’ll find if you Google it and look at the maps, is in Poland on the north coast, below the Scandinavian countries. You mention a puppet. Hmmm. You might be right. I’d assumed it was a statue. Note: This paragraph refers to a comment Ralph made to a YouTube video on my jthonline home page that will only be there for awhile, so I repeat it here:

      Cheers,
      John

  10. Hi John,

    Your new “words of wisdom” addition to your WordPress Title Page have been a been welcomed lights of an evening … but tonight’s “Whenever I have a problem, I just sing. Then I realize my voice is worse than my problem.” certainly brought up a spontaneous chuckle!!

    Are you getting these off a desk calendar or are they personal inspirations?

    Cheers, Ralph

    1. Author

      Hi Ralph,

      I’m pleased you like the “word of wisdom” in my home page header section. I’ve got them from quotations or advice I’ve come across on the internet in the course of reading various articles. The one you mention in your comment is one of those lines some people put after their “signature” when making comment in forums etc. In this case it was from a comment in ReasonTalk.

      Cheers,
      John

  11. Hi John,

    My first internet action on my new PC … still on win7 at present AND my monitor has got stuck on an Orange & Black only colour scheme (one would say busted ‘guns’ if it were a CRT but have no experience in busted LCDs). Fi keeps saying I’m sunburnt!

    Everything going very well especially now I realise I have internet connection as I certainly didn’t consciously configure it!!??

    Well back to ‘play’ and no for win10 upgrade. AND I do luv re-booting from my SSD … takes all of 20 secs instead of 6 mins on old veedub.

    Cheers, Ralph

    1. Author

      Hey Ralph,

      Congratulations on getting your new computer. I feel quite honoured that writing a comment to me was your first internet action on the new PC. I’m quite sure that you’ll soon work out why your monitor was stuck on Black & Decker colours and solve the problem. I’m also pretty sure that the problem will turn out to be something easy to fix. The reason I’m sure, of course, is that you sent me an email telling me.

      I wonder if your YouTube viewing, especially of HD, will be any faster?

      All the best,
      John

  12. Hi John,

    This new PC has certainly been an adventure so far … about half-half, exciting vs I hate PCs even more!

    For example: YES YouTube HD videos are stunningly fluent (haven’t had my headset on yet) BUT for reasons I haven’t worked out yet, ALL the YouTube links in your webpages don’t appear and unlike with pictures there is no outline placement box with option to “download picture”.

    As is my habit, I have been locking as many security doors & windows in the IE11 ‘house’ … looks like I shut one or two too many!

    I’ll fix it sometime soon, as I can play the YouTube link manually copied from “Inspect Element” on your webpages. And everything looks an’ plays perfectly in Edge. Now finally watching an’ listening to “Top 10 Most Extreme …”, I’m up to the opera singing Goth guy.

    Oh well back to my current 50:50 challenge to network the two PCs together so I can move files from old to new … thought I did that last night OK but … the files I transferred are nowhere to be found on new PC !???

    Cheers, Ralph

    1. Author

      Hi Ralph,

      My apologies to you for late reply, but I’ve been rather busy this week, for me.

      I don’t understand your comment at all about YouTube video links or what you mean. Can you email me details of an example please (the blog archives Id number in the URL will help). As you say, you have probably closed off too many features of your new browser.

      Apart from that I’m thrilled you are seeing HD at last. The stereo sound of course is a main feature of the videos.

      Best wishes with the new PC, John

      Note: Ralph has since advised that the problem was with a browser add-on. Add-ons and plug-ins are often the cause of problems, as I have found to my own distress when using WordPress. Some plug-ins simply don’t work with everything else.
      +

  13. Hi John,

    Your Music 2 Post has been perhaps one of your best JTH insight offerings. Full of genuine personal reflections and some tragedy that is hard to respond to with a necessary delicate treatment of the subject matter.

    I do remember well you talking of “The Puppet People” performances and when you mentioned his suicide to me. Never had I heard of the ‘artistic’ nature of his surrounds of choice and after my first run thru of those song selections, my depressed state of mind was somewhat lowered even further.

    However, like you mentioned of a favourable change in attitude over the years, I too warmed to some of them during a second cycle thru the playlist. Mind you there are a couple of fan favourites in their that were both familiar and enjoyable as always.

    Cheers, Ralph

    1. Author

      Hi Ralph,

      Thank you for your very kind comments about this page, and the music. I’m sorry to read that some of the songs depressed you even further, The music doesn’t affect me in that way because I rarely sit down and listen carefully to the words, and mostly have the music playing pleasantly in the background and it lifts my spirits. By contrast, I listen to Shostakovich’s symphonies with my full attention and I find that they suit my mood and I like them more if I’m feeling down. Perhaps they cause me to think that I don’t have as much as that to feel bad about.

      Cheers, John

  14. Hi John,

    I have succumbed to those Leonard Cohen songs … took a few play thru’s and as with most music styles, it takes a matching personal mood and state of mind often for them to blend in appropriately. Must say that when one really listens … many of the lyrics are a bit sorta risqué (per google: slightly indecent and liable to shock, especially by being sexually suggestive – yes, that’s the best descriptive word).

    Thanks for another playlist to (eventually) enjoy.

    Cheers, Ralph

    1. Author

      Hi Ralph,

      It might seem strange but I rarely listen to the lyrics of most songs these days, possibly because I like opera and there’s no point trying to listen to the words unless I follow the libretto in print, with English translations. So I’ve never really listened to the words of the Leonard Cohen songs. All I know is that when I bought my first Leonard Cohen album, in the record shop that was opposite the Jam Factory, I mentioned that a friend has taken his life while listening to Leonard Cohen, the sales guy smiled and said “Yes, it is suicide music.” As for what total strangers to me might write on the web, I always bear in mind that a lot of people, including me, thought that Donald Trump would never make President. And even more than that, I have heard that there are some people who don’t like a good red wine. So it takes all types, but as Mel B said with a big grin on The X Factor on Sunday night, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, it’s just that I’m always right.”

      That said, I’m pleased you’re getting to like Leonard.

      Cheers,
      John

      1. Hi John,

        Sorry, my “per google” comment was by way of a definition of my chosen descriptive word “risqué” … not some internet commentary on LC music or lyrics.

        Yes, I too in a general background listening mode pay little specific attention to lyrics but am finding that using headphones all the time with my new PC makes paying attention to lyrics difficult to avoid … must be something to do with stereo audio source being much closer to the brain!?

        Thanks for “libretto” … another word to add to my dictionary sub-routine. Another “natural sign of aging” has led me to favour watching TV shows with CC onscreen text but it is most frustration when on the very rare occasion I do watch an opera broadcast that has libretto BUT only in the foreign language of the opera.

        Cheers, Ralph

        1. Author

          Hi Ralph,

          I can understand your frustration when they broadcast a foreign language opera here, with the sub-titles in the foreign language. It’s not helpful at all. Mind you, with English language operas it’s still helpful to have English language sub-titles, because it’s often still difficult to understand thee words.

          You might note that I have revised part of reply to you previous comment, in of the election results today.

          Cheers,
          John

  15. Very nice picture of your evening gathering John … sorry I wasn’t number six at the table.

    Everyone was looking fit an’ well.

    Cheers, Ralph

    1. Author

      Thanks, Ralph.

      I didn’t want any fess at all. So it just worked out that Colin drove over from Adelaide to catch up, Andrew rang to have a lunch, as did Christian, and Colin wanted to present a Port Adelaide Camera Club award to Karen (ex typing services and first Admin lady on the Wang) so that’s how it came to be dinner at night. Wives/partners were invited but were not available. So it made it a quiet affair where we could talk to everyone else and hear what was being said. It would have been if you had been there too. All ex-company people.

      Next week I’m having lunch with Ken Richards and Nick Philp; and the week after a lunch with Peter Bobeff and Louise MacKenzie (nee Grills) and maybe Annie Bobeff.

      Cheers,
      John

      1. Hi John,

        Colin rang me before he left to drive over and when he mentioned he planned to see Karen, I tried to explain our “BK” + “BR” Wang disasters … but as Karen is now in Melb, I couldn’t be sure if BK was in ADL or MLB. So now you’ve reminded me!

        Very glad to hear that you still connect with many friends from the ol’ days. Say “Hi” to those that might still remember me.

        Cheers, Ralph

Leave a Comment