click photo to enlargeAnyone visiting a Blogger-hosted blog in the past couple of weeks may have noticed a difference in the web address of their destination. Google has rolled out a change that, once again, doesn't seem to have been formally announced, or if it has, was so low-profile that I missed it.
It works like this. If you live in Australia and visit PhotoReflect (for example) the address you saw in your browser before this change was http://photoreflect.blogspot.com. Now, however, it will show http://photoreflect.blogspot.com.au. If you live in the UK you'll now see http://photoreflect.blogspot.co.uk, and so on for each country. You can still use the old address and you'll go to the blog, but your browser will now show your country's identifying letters. So, to all intents and purposes, for both the blogger and the blog visitor, there is no need to change anything or do anything different.
Given that last statement I imagine some of you may be wondering why there has been this change. Apparently it's to do with giving Google greater facility to control blogs based on country of access. The change makes it possible for Google to more easily block or censor a blog in one country, where this is required by that country's laws, without the blocking or censoring applying to every country right across the world. On the face of it this seems a reasonable compromise on Google's part. However, the ramifications of censorship are not always immediately evident and it will probably take a while longer before all the implications of this change surface.
All of which has nothing to do with photographs of quail eggs. These were a gift from some friends who keep domestic quails and I thought I'd photograph them in all their mottled, muted delicacy before we ate them boiled for lunch. If you've ever eaten boiled quail eggs you'll know that their small size and thin shells can make preparing them a very fiddly and frustrating experience. However, we received this tip that makes the task easier and I pass it on so that if you are ever faced with the diminutive darlings you'll know what to do. First tap the egg to break the shell, then roll it on the plate or table under light pressure from your hand and - voilà - the shell will now peel off much more easily in larger pieces.
photograph and text (c) T. Boughen
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 100mm macro
F No: f11
Shutter Speed: 1/4 sec
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Image Stabilisation: On