Belt

April 05, 2006

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Apparently I need to keep an extra belt in the trunk of my car for those time when I forget to put one on. Like today.


RAW Images

April 03, 2006

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Took the new camera out last night to do some shooting of a friend's band for him. Well into the night, after not a few 7&7s I also shot a photo of the bartenders. (Always a good thing to get to know your bartenders well, and giving them prints every once in a while pays off very nicely.) I noticed there was a mirror behind them so turned to where I though I would be okay. I was a little off, and it didn't help that there were actually two mirrored surfaces. You can see my strobe both times in and how it effected the exposure in this image: RAW Example 1 If I was shooting JPEG, this would have broken apart badly if I lightened it to a decent level. Since I shot it in RAW I figured I'd see how far I could push it to save the image as much as possible. I'm pretty pleased with the result. RAW Example 2 This is the first time I've really pushed an image like this and I must say I'm pretty impressed. More importantly, I've salvaged an image that I can drop off for the bar crew.


Door Handles

April 01, 2006

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A little while back, the interior door handle for my driver side door broke off. I used super glue a couple of times and it held for longer than I though, but I ended up getting a new handle and replacing it. Last week, the exterior handle cracked so that the part you pull up on is no longer attached to the rest of the mechanism. I can still get in, but it takes two hands and a little time. Seems ~165,000 miles of opening doors is about all they could take. I've got the part now and am about to dig into my door panel yet again. Between the times I've replaced the speakers (once with CJ and a couple times without) and the door handles I'm getting pretty good at removing the panel. Of course, it doesn't quite sit the way it used to, and is missing a couple of the lower screws, but that's to be expected. Here's hoping that I can do another successful operation without seriously screwing anything up.


Answer Fun

March 30, 2006

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Go to Google. Put the number "42" in the search box and click "I'm Feeling Lucky".


Cool Looking Tree

March 30, 2006

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Had the camera on the golf course yesterday, and took this shot of a neat looking tree. Neat Tree


Golf Hazard

March 30, 2006

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In golf, red stakes mark a water hazard. On the Valley Course at Sawgrass yesterday, the hazard on hole 15 took on an additional meaning.

Gator Hazard


Compound Interest

March 29, 2006

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I like looking at what compound interest can do for me (or anyone else). So, I made a little page with some javascript on it to create a simple compound interest display. As I've mentioned recently, I just read The Richest Man in Babalyon again and one of the main points is to keep 10% of what you earn for yourself. So, plug in %10 of your pre-tax earnings and play around with the years and the interest rate to see how the 10% position works well with the simple but potent power of compounding interest. http://www.alanwsmith.com/compound-interest/ NOTE: I've tested this on my Windows machine with FireFox and IE and it works for both of them, but I haven't run this thru a full QA so if it bugs out on you, let me know. Also, this is just an estimate and I make no guarantees as to the accuracy of my math, but it should be at least close.


Your Tax Dollars at Work

March 29, 2006

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This graphic is an eye-opening display of where our tax dollars end up getting spent. Very well done and worth a look. Most of the time when I hear numbers about spending they are so big that they are hard to comprehend and rarely are they presented in a way I can do a comparison. This graphic makes it easy.


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