Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Pacing myself


Blogger g said...

ok this is going to be slightly off-topic. bouncing around too.

nice sequence on the snail. i liked the concept and the execution.

could you possibly, in some post, explain the offsides, in soccer? i just don't get it. and as you mentioned at mary's place, the history of the rule - that would be intriguing.

and finally, your recent images do NOT look like they were taken with your cell phone camera. i was impressed by those earlier images, and i meant to ask, what, pray tell, is the brand of that cell phone? my digital camera has just died and it would be nice to get a good camera/phone.

12 July, 2006 00:56  
Blogger Brenda said...

This really made me smile. I'd like to be faster about everything, get more done. And yet that's the way it goes, slowly, at a snail's pace. What a wonderful set of images!

12 July, 2006 06:24  
Blogger Stray said...

Thanks g, the snail is flattered. Strangely it was drawn to my flash, pursuing me as I blinked and blinked and blinked at it's ... er ... eyes? do snails have eyes?

In a nut shell, the offside rule used to be that there had to be two members of the defending team between the attacker and the goal, at the moment that the ball was played to be passed to the attacker. The rule only applies in the attacking half (to each team). Today, the player is not offside if they are level with the second defender (or both). The goalkeeper can count as one of the defenders. Here's the wikipedia entry with historical detail too.

On the camera front ... I have access to 3 cameras. My cell phone, the nokia 6230i has a 1.3 mega pixel camera which works really nicely in good light. My house mate lends me her old Nikon 2.2 mega pixel compact, which is good as long as you don't mind waiting a second between pressing the button and taking the photo. The really great quality images are from her other camera - a Canon 350D.

I would recommend my Nokia - but mostly just because I have dropped it (like previous nokias) about 50 times and it's still fine. My previous one lasted four years and went through the wash twice :)

Brenda - thanks! Yes ... I'm a bit prone to wanting to rush myself. If I want to do something, I want to do it Now. Quickly. It was a nice reminder that sometimes things have their own momentum.

12 July, 2006 07:56  
Blogger Mary said...

Well observed, well thought out photos. I need to take note at the moment ....

Oh goody, someone else apart from me has problems with offsides. You've made my day, G! *smile"

Stray, thanks for the link .. I didn't think to look at Wikipedia ...

12 July, 2006 19:28  
Blogger g said...

thanks stray for the interpretation of off-sides. i was confused by the distinction between offside position and offside offense, and didn't realize that it did not apply in a goal kick situation. thanks for the link too. like Mary, i didn't think to look at wikipedia. and strangely, i kept believing that the defensive team members could manipulate the "foul" by abandoning their positions and running forward arbitrarily, just as the ball was about to be kicked. now, i see that this would not be so easy to do.

also thanks for the link to the nokia. i shall have to look into this.

13 July, 2006 03:07  
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