Cool URL

April 14, 2006

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I don't know what you would do with it, but a great way to take advantage of the old saw "When pigs fly" would be to get the domain "airbornepigs.com" which is currently available.


Wal-Mart

April 14, 2006

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Just watched "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices". I haven't really shopped at Wal-Mart in a long time. Generally speaking I wasn't a fan of the way they do business. After seeing the documentary, I'll do my best never to shop there again and encourage others to boycott it as well. The film obviously has an agenda, but it doesn't go off into a raving rant. It does throw a lot of info at you. Some of which I had an idea about, but to see raw numbers really puts it in perspective. The movie itself could have been put together a lot better, but it's well worth seeing. I'm a good capitalist and have no problem with a company that looks for new and improved ways to make money, but not when the price of innovation is suppression of workers and destruction of communities. I don't know if I would classify Wal-Mart as "Evil", but after seeing the film, you would be hard pressed to convince me that they aren't really shitty and a disgusting example of greed.


Hearts and Minds

April 05, 2006

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I'm watching "All the Presidents Men" about the Watergate break-in. There is a quote in the movie about Nixon's chief council that talks about a cartoon on his wall that reads: "When you got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow" Makes me wonder if this was an unspoken part of the military's "Hearts and Minds" campaign in Iraq.


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


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