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.


Credit Card Alerts

November 07, 2007

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The one credit card I have has a feature where you can turn on various email and/or phone text alerts. The options include the ability to get your daily, weekly or monthly balance. My question is why don't they set one up that will shoot a text message to your phone every time there is a charge to the card. It would be a great way to help fight fraud. If your sitting at work and some random charge comes thru, you would know to call the credit card company immediately and let them know that it wasn't you. Depending on the speed of the charge, it would be really easy to immediately call the store where the charge was made and see if the person is still in the store. While this is unlikely, it would happen from time to time. It would make it really easy to pull security tapes from just a few min before and find the person as well. Of course, they don't offer this service, just a daily account balance.


2009?

November 06, 2007

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Was looking at the Toyota web site and noticed on their front page that they are promoting their 2009 Corolla. Now, I understand if you launch a car in October or November that car companies would want to use the following year for the model's name since most of the time it would be sold in that year. But come on…. We haven't even passed the calendar start of 2008 yet and they are promoting their 2009 models? I call Marketing Bull Shit.


Day Tripping

October 30, 2007

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This has been a long ass day. Went to bed about two this morning (because I'm a night owl). Then, got up at a little after 4am, left the house at 4:45am and drove to the airport to catch a 6:20am flight to Atlanta. Spent all day at our partners offices up there (mostly in meetings) and then flew back to Jax. Made it to my house about 11:45pm. While it's nice to not have to pack an overnight bag, I think I would prefer that to this type of run. As for now, going to read for a few min to wind down then drop off to sleep pretty darn quickly.


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