Glad I missed it

November 17, 2007

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The Bama game wasn't broadcast this week. Having just checked the score to see that The Crimson Tide was defeated by Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, I'm glad of that now. I might have thrown something through the TV. I mean Louisiana Monroe, come on….


The future return of film?

November 09, 2007

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I've been doing more and more looking around at photography web sites and it seems like there is increasing tendency for them to be more like photoshop gallery web sites than photography gallery web sites. It's nice when you find people that have both parts of the art, but I often find myself looking more at the post processing that was done to the image than the image itself. It makes me wonder when (I think it's fairly inevitable) the pendulum swings back and the in thing becomes to have "unmanipulated" images. Even perhaps to the point of stuff shot on film again and printed. Probably be relegated to pure artists, but that's okay. And don't get me wrong, I like a lot of the stuff I see. But I really love images that stand on their own without a ton of post manipulation. Okay, maybe a little dodging and burning here and there and a slight bump in contrast…… he says with a grin.


New (to me) Music: World Leader Pretend

November 09, 2007

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Like the sound of "Lovey Dovey" by World Leader Pretend. Would be right at home on the Garden State soundtrack. As an aside, what the hell is up with the imdb listing for the movie? Natalie Portman isn't listed on the main page's cast list. That's stupid for a bunch or reasons.


Hacking ringlight

November 09, 2007

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Found this via Strobist. Dropping it here so I can find it again later. Great hack to setup a ringlight without having to actually have a ringlight. diagram here


Etymology of the drinking world

November 09, 2007

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Fun link. Haven't had a chance to go thru it all yet, but what I have is interesting. I don't know if the first statement, "There are more slang words for inebriation than there are for any other word in the English language.", holds true, but it's probably not too far form the mark. I would guess there are more slang words for sex, but either way. Still a fun page to go thru.


6400

November 08, 2007

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Was just looking around a little at Nikon's new D3. If you are a photographer and you haven't seen the sample images on this page, you really should look. The images shot at 6400 ISO are amazing. If you are looking for an example of where digital beats film, those images are it. Boggles the mind a little to think what sensors will be like in five year increments from this point forward. My Canon 5D does what used to be great with higher ISO shots, but the bar has definitely been moved up a few notches.


Virtual Credit Cards and the Time it Takes to Purchase

November 08, 2007

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I think I've written before about the fact that I use a "virtual" credit card number for my purchases on the internet. The way that this works is that I log into my credit cards web site and launch a tool from there (that I also have to log into) that creates a new number for me any time I want. The charge goes to my regular credit card, it's just a one time use number that's tied into my account. The tool has a way that you can download and install it directly on your computer so that it ties directly into your browser. With this, it'll pop up and just require you to log in once then automatically fill out standard purchase forms for you. I actually prefer the web version one. It take a few minutes to go all the way through the process, but I think this is a good thing. It's a little bit of a pain to do, which means that it's much harder to buy things on a whim. I really got to thinking about this the other day when I saw one of the Visa Check Card commercials. The ad is really saying, you should consume as fast as possible. Literally, the tagline at the end is "Life takes faster money". Consume, consume, comsume. Faster, faster, faster. And for heaven's sake, don't stop to think about it. No wonder our national debt has grown to $9 TRILLION. Speaking of buying with cards, here's one more Dave Ramsey plug. Apparently, if you use a credit card for your purchases instead of cash, the average person will spend more money overall. Ramsey says 12-18% more. I don't know where he gets that number specifically, but I've heard similar things before. He's got a page on The Truth about Credit Cards that's a good read. On the flip site, Citigroup stock is close to a 4 year low right now. Probably worth looking into buying a little if you have some money to invest. Even though they are getting hammered right now, over the long term, I'm betting they will make it back up.


New Car Lust

November 08, 2007

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I'm not that much of a car guy. I love the one I have which is about 12 years old now and close to turning 200,000 miles. One car that I would love to have though is the one that was put out a little while ago is the Tesla Roadster. Sure, it's an electric car, but it's a bad ass electric car. Kick around the site if you haven't heard about it before.


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