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Nikon Z DX 24mm f/1.7 lens

My next lens?

I was going to purchase the Nikon Z 26mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens the next time it went on sale (mostly for use at concerts and hiking on my Z50). However, Nikon just announced the Nikkor Z DX 24mm f/1.7 Lens for a bit over the half the price of the 26mm. Just 10 grams heavier, I think I will pick the 24mm lens up instead.

Favorite albums of 2021

@EasyRiderRecord #blackwaterholylight @CarcassBand @COPENHELL #copenhell #carcass @ExodusAttack

In no particular order:

Converge and Chelsea Wolfe – Bloodmoon: I

Wolves In The Throne Room – Primordial Arcana

Exodus – Persona Non Grata

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Steve “Zetro” Souza of Exodus @ 2018 Copenhell

Carcass – Torn Arteries

Cradle Of Filth – Existence Is Futile

Dordeduh – Har

Mastodon – Hushed and Grim

1914 – Where Fear And Weapons Meet

Crocell – Baptized in Bullets / Funeral Bliss

Vreid – Wild North West

Zmarłym – Druga Fala

Tribulation – Where the Gloom Becomes Sound

Tribulation @ 2016 Copenhell

Bohemyst – Čerň a smrt

Blackwater Holylight – Silence/Motion

Funeral Mist – Deiform

And a couple from 2020 that I wasn’t familiar enough with to make the 2020 list…

Shaam Larein – Sculpture

Sunken – Livslede

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Sunken’s Simon Skotte Krogh @ 2019 Metal Magic Festival

shroombro.co is a scam

You don’t want to order from shroombro.co as they will take your money and provide nothing in return. After ordering you will get something like this from them:

“sales@shroombro.co wrote:
Here’s the Zelle info for payment.

Email: poole566@yahoo.com
Name: Joshua Poole”

Possibly this guy.

Their website looks somewhat legit, but that’s only because they have copied a bunch of information from similar, legit sites like shroombros.co and shroomdudes.ca in Canada. The weird stuff is that there is an Oregon address, as well as a UK one, and a phone number from North Carolina.

The fact that you can only pay with bitcoin or Zelle is a big red flag as you won’t be able to get your money back (unlike a credit card).

Mario’s Microdose Magic Mushroom Capsules and all of the other product they are pretending to sell is Canadian product that isn’t shipped to the USA or anywhere else outside of Canada. So beware of shroombro.co as they are a scam. The website coding was stolen and modified from the Canadian site. You can see many traces of the Canada stuff still if you look at the source of the HTML. The Florida, Oregon, New Jersey, and Texas stuff was added to make https://shroombro.co a bit different, and to increase the ranking in the search engines. Shrooms aren’t legally sold in those states yet though. The 2672 Skinner Hollow Road, Chiloquin Oregon address is the same as it is for this scam from 2019.

SIM card for traveling in Europe

Orange Holiday SIM

I’m in the process of securing a SIM card for my phone for my European travels this summer. In prior years I went with Lycamobile, a decent card when I was in Denmark. However, it didn’t work outside of Denmark. Last time I went with Travelsim. Travelsim was far more expensive, and it didn’t work in a country or two that it was supposed to work in.

This year I’m going to try Orange. The price is less than half of Travelsim, and it is supposed to work in all of the places (except Slovenia) that I plan to visit (Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Faroe Islands, Poland, Austria, and Czech Republic). A friend of mine used this a few years ago and had no complaints. I’ll let you know how I like it in a few months.

Has anyone used this card before? Any feedback or reviews? Anyone tried using it in Slovenia? I don’t understand why that would be the one EU country not on the list.

Six months later P.S. Worked fine in Denmark and Poland. Did not work, as advertised, in the Faroe Islands or UK (Scotland specifically) at all. Barely worked, sometimes and at super slow speeds, in the Czech Republic.

Topaz DeNoise AI for under $50

Topaz DeNoise AI is available through this link for under $50 until 12/31/20. Use the code holiday2020 when you check out for an additional discount. I’ve been using this product for about a year now and love the results. In fact, I’ve gone back and reprocessed many images with Topaz recently that I realized didn’t look so good (having originally used Photoshop’s sharpen and noise removal tools which just aren’t that great).

I’ll post an example below. You’ll see the difference more if you are on a big screen or were to make prints. On a phone or laptop with a smallish screen, you may not notice much.

Without using Topaz

after Topaz Denoise AI

Using Topaz Denoise AI

If you are on a phone, zoom in on the corners and uniforms to see the difference.

Topaz Labs

I’m trying Topaz Gigapixel AI now to see if I can rescue some of my pre-DSLR photos. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Last day to get Topaz Denoise AI and Clear AI for $50

Topaz Labs

In addition to the $20 off, enter BATCH15 at checkout for another 15% off bringing the price down to $50.