I’m attending a 3-day virtual conference because I need training credits to keep my cyber-security certifications current. And of course, the global pandemic is the topic of almost every security presentation. It’s impossible to escape from this.

I’m learning some new coping skills. Some will be destructive.


It’s only Monday.

I often forget to stop Runkeeper after my walks.

Bhavna and I wanted some exercise. The Billie Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve is not far from home. #mbnov 📷

Sunday 15 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/13 | ISO 12800

Woot! 7! He’s done it. 🏎

Briton Lewis Hamilton clinched a record-tying seventh Formula One title Sunday — matching Michael Schumacher’s victories — by winning the Turkish Grand Prix and declaring, “I’m only getting started!” ~ New York Post

I was hoping to create that spooky “watching out the window” look. Fail. #mbnov 📷

Thursday 12 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

I guess the “good” weather has passed. 📷 #mbnov

Wednesday 11 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 MC Telephoto M42

When I bought my vintage Minolta X-700 camera and MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2 and MD Rokkor-X 50mm f/1.7 lenses, I was careful to look for signs of excessive wear and tear.

film camera and lens
Thursday 12 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

📷 #mbnov

First Brew - Kenya Kiambu Handege

Hasami Porcelain Mug | FujiFilm X-T2 | Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 MC Telephoto M42
  • Coffee Name: Kenya Kiambu Handege
  • Region: Kiambu
  • Country: Kenya
  • Producer: Kiambu Handege
  • Processing: Fully Washed
  • Cultivar: SL 28, SL 34
  • Elevation: 1600-1800 meters
  • Roaster: Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Brew Method: Chemex With Chemex Paper Filter
  • Roast Date: Oct 23, 2020
  • Brew Date: Nov 1, 2020

About This Coffee

Coffee descriptions can seem vague. But one taste of this, and you’ll get what we mean by florality. Such delicate aromas are uncommon in Kenyan single origins. Usually, we’re gushing over juicy acidity or tropical fruitiness. But for a few years now, when we’ve had the luck to carry Handege Factory’s coffees, its perfume grabs our attention first. “We tasted dozens of coffees blind while in Nairobi this year,” our green coffee buyer recounts. “But Handege’s was the only one I could identify every time it was on the cupping table.”

The coffee mug was a Hasami Natural Mug, gritty-textured porcelain mug created by Hasami Porcelain. Hasami Porcelain was founded by Los Angeles–based designer Takuhiro Shinomoto.

The studio is named in honour of the town of Hasami in the Nagasaki Prefecture of Japan, where traditional ceramics had been crafted since the Edo period four hundred years ago.

Submitted for the 100DaysToOffload project.

Alphie keeps an eye on the bird feeder. 📷

Alphie | Wednesday 11 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 53.3 mm | f/8.0 | ISO 12800

Despite the change to colder weather and the option of indoor dining, most diners at the Brick Farm Tavern farm to table restaurant say they prefer to dine outside.

Outdoor Dining | Tuesday 10 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

📷 #mbnov

Maine and New Hampshire have been added to the New Jersey travel advisory list, bringing the total number of states and territories on the list to 45 states and territories.

Experiments in B&W with an “elderly” 35mm film lens.

Backlit | Tuesday 10 November 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 MC Telephoto M42

📷 #mbnov

Patience. Patience.

Informative flash back to the 2010 F1 🏎 Turkish Grand Prix with the falling out between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

“When I saw on the TV the hugs Sebastian got on the pit wall from the team, I began having serious doubts as to who was really pulling the strings at Red Bull Racing,” Webber wrote.

Each day requires effort to get started. I force myself out of bed.

ginko bilobaleaf
ginko biloba | Sunday 8 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/4.0 | ISO 200

📷 #mbnov

I was in a bind. My sister-in-law wanted portraits of her son. I didn’t have a Fuji lens with a focal length for social distancing. But I had a FotodioX lens adapter and a 135mm legacy M42 prime lens.

Rohan | FujiFilm X-T2 | Vivitar MC Telephoto 135mm f/2.8 M42

📷 #mbnov

Bhavna 📷 | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back dual camera 6mm f/2

We had some unseasonably warm weather today: clear skies and 23°C. I enjoyed a pint of Mango Slow Churn IPA.

Recommended. Because … photography.

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When we bought our home in 2001 the demand for new home caused prices to inflate.

Tree in the backyard
Saturday 7 November 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/13

📷 #mbnov

I find it puzzling that at some gas stations, the price of gasoline depends on the form of payment: cash or credit.

gas pump
Friday 6 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 MC Telephoto M42 | f/8.0 | ISO 10000

📷 #mbnov

“We stoop so low, to reach so high” ~ Red Hill Mining Town, Joshua Tree, U2.

Thursday 5 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8

📷 #mbnov

The end is near.

Wednesday 4 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8

📷 #mbnov

The passage of Prop. 22 is a setback in the yearslong effort to regulate tech giants like Uber, but comes as federal lawmakers and officials are increasingly eager to take on big tech.

I cranked the film advance lever, but nothing happened. I was astonished that I had shot the 36 exposure roll of film in just two days..

Minolta X-700 35mm film camera
Tuesday 3 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/10 | Agfa Scala Film Simulation

📷 #mbnov