2017 Week 46: Melbourne Queen Victoria Market

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The fun fact is that the Queen Victoria Market ranks as one of our top destinations in Melbourne. First, it’s about shopping, and that makes the missus happy. Second, it’s physically un-demanding and easily accessible in Melbourne’s inner city, so that makes the missus happy too. Third, happy missus means my life becomes easier and generates even more happiness. 😛

All right, it is actually a genuinely interesting place. That’s important too. Continue reading

2017 Week 44: Snippets From NGV and NGVI

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There are two NGV museums. The much larger National Gallery of Victoria International (NGVI) and the smaller National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Both are art museums, with the NGV more focused on local art while the NGVI has a Victorian-era collection and hosts more foreign art exhibitions. Both museums are a tram stop away from each other. Both are worth dropping by if you enjoy art. But even if I put them together, I don’t consider them to be as interesting as Melbourne’s rival Sydney’s Gallery of New South Wales. Whoops. Honest travel opinion though. 😛 Continue reading

On Adobe’s Lightroom Classic, Practical Thoughts And Alternatives

It has been a week since Adobe’s announcement regarding Lightroom Classic. If you do not already know, you can perform an internet search and learn about all the details and ramifications for users of the standalone version of Lightroom. Initial announcements indicated that the standalone version of Lightroom, now renamed “Lightroom Classic”, will receive no more updates in the future after a last-hurrah update in October. After this, updates will only be for Lightroom CC only. This caused an uproar of displeasure from the photography community. Adobe then changed their stance slightly and announced that they will continue to support Lightroom Classic, though they made no specific statements about exactly what type of updates should users expect. One thing is certain. As Adobe is no longer selling and making money from new versions of standalone LR beyond the current version 6 (Which will be re-branded LR Classic), users should not expect any new features that get introduced in LR CC in the future to find their way into LR Classic. It makes zero sense to continue improving software from which you are not receiving any new revenue. In fact, CC subscription currently (at this time of writing) already has obvious exclusivity in the form of the “dehaze” tool. Indeed, we will be fortunate if LR Classic just continues to be updated to support new cameras, but we really did not receive explicit guarantee of this from Adobe either.

The latest events cause users to ask one pertinent question. How long will it be before Adobe eventually pull the plug on standalone LR? And what are the steps we can take? This article offers some recommendations and alternatives. Continue reading

2017 Week 41: State Library of Victoria (2)

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Welcome to the La Trobe Reading Room with its impressive Dome elevation and ceiling. This is the star attraction of the State Library of Victoria, and totally qualifies as a major visitor attraction in Melbourne’s inner city.
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2017 Week 41: State Library Of Victoria (1)

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To my surprise, one of the places that was most interesting to me in my visit to Melbourne is a library. The State Library of Victoria (abbreviated SLV) boosts large, impressive styled architecture, large reading rooms, exhibitions, and some of the best Victorian-era paintings that can be found in Melbourne. Visitors and tourists are welcome, as long as you keep quiet of course. Continue reading

2017 Week 40: Scenes From Melbourne’s City Centre

Melbourne 2017: Little Alley In The Inner CityMelbourne 2017: An Alley In The Inner City

I finally got to visit what the Economist magazine ranks as “The most livable city” for multiple years consecutively. After spending seven days here I came to the unbiased conclusion that one magazine’s opinion does not qualify as any form of Cosmic Truth. 😛 Melbourne is certainly a fine place, but “livability” is definitely subjective to different people. So all you folks from Sydney shouldn’t be too miffed that your rival city kept topping the chart ahead of yours every year in the same chart. I just might prefer Sydney over Melbourne. 😉 Continue reading