May 30, 2003

Photo Friday

Photo Friday's theme is Transportation.

Slug Bug Yellow...No Slug backs!

slugbug
Photo taken with an SiPix Stylecam Blink II Digital Camera.

I really like my new toy camera. I must have taken 100 pictures with it yesterday. It's a whole lot of fun. Sure the pictures are nothing to brag about but I understand the limits of the camera and enjoy it for what it is worth. Now I need to get me some sort of gallery up on the site here so I can post more of these images for people to see.

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Friday 5

Time for some Friday 5. Enjoy.

1. What do you most want to be remembered for? Being a good father.

2. What quotation best fits your outlook on life? Life is all about the little cookies. Cherish them as you get them. Some are so small that they're easily overlooked. But, they're there.

3. What single achievement are you most proud of in the past year? Quitting smoking.

4. What about the past ten years? Becoming a father.

5. If you were asked to give a child a single piece of advice to guide them through life, what would you say? Learn to communicate. Communication skills will take you where ever you want to go.


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May 29, 2003

Citizen Kane

We finished watching Citizen Kane last night. Neither Erin or I had ever seen it or knew anything about the movie. It was enjoyable. I really enjoyed the photography in the film. I wish I could take some B&W shots like they had in the movie. Great shadow detail. Great tonal range. Deep blacks. I found it to be rather impressive. I wonder if the set designers had painted shadows in places. I wonder if the wardrobe was chosen to accentuate the B&W film medium. It would be nice to see more movies in black and white. People don't want to see movies in B&W anymore. And the people that make movies don't want to shoot on film anymore. Film vs. Digital. Color vs. Black & White. The battle rages on.

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May 27, 2003

It's Tuesday. First day back

It's Tuesday. First day back to work after the Memorial Day weekend. It's really nice having the type of job that allows me to have the day off. There are a lot of people out there that have to work on the Holidays. Maybe they get other days off. I'm sure there are tradeoffs. In case any of you missed it here is a top 5 list from the Indy 500.

  1. Gil de Farren
  2. Helio Castroneves
  3. Tony Kanaan
  4. Tomas Scheckter
  5. Tora Takagi

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May 23, 2003

Photo Friday

Photo Friday's theme is Overlooked.

dandelion
Photo taken with an Nikon N80, 28-105, Fuji Velvia.

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Friday 5

It's finally Friday. Memorial Day weekend. If you're from Indiana like me it's Race weekend. Time for the Indy 500. Unless you're one of the people that goes to the race then you're most likely one of the people who fires up the grill and turns on the radio to listen to the action. It really is the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. It's a fun time of year. I know I'm looking forward to a nice long weekend. How about you? Time for the Friday 5. Let's see where it takes us today. A big Thank you goes out to sarah for this weeks questions. Be sure to check out the Friday 5 home page to see some of the other people playing along. Now on to the questions and answer part of the show.

1. What brand of toothpaste do you use? Colgate Sensitive Plus Whitening

2. What brand of toilet paper do you prefer? Northern

3. What brand(s) of shoes do you wear? Sketchers

4. What brand of soda do you drink? Pepsi

5. What brand of gum do you chew? Extra




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May 22, 2003

Themes, Blogplates, Skins, CSS, etc..

Themes, Blogplates, Skins, CSS, etc.. Do you know about these things? I'm trying to learn more about them myself. If you have any links that you think are helpful please feel free to leave a comment. I'd really like to move away from such a plain site layout.

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May 21, 2003

Digital Desires

In case anyone has been following along in my desire for a digital camera, I've decided to post an updated wish list. Looks like I'll be spending more time over at DPreview.com. I need to compile a list of requirements and then list some likes/dislikes for some cameras I suppose. Here is my updated list of a few that I'm looking at:


  • Canon PowerShot S50
  • Canon PowerShot S400
  • Canon PowerShot G3
  • Pentax Optio S


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May 20, 2003

Continue to checkout...

sipixSoon it will be mine. I just placed an order for my very own little SiPix Stylecam Blink II Digital Camera. Not to expensive. I got free shipping and I got to cash in all the nickels I've been winning on Amazon.com. I think it'll be a fun little toy camera. I saw a guys website where he took the infrared filter out of his SiPix. He got some neat shots with it.






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May 16, 2003

Friday 5

Thank you all for tuning in. Todays Friday 5 questions are brought to us by kacey. Now on to the questions and answer part of the show.

1. What drinking water do you prefer -- tap, bottle, purifier, etc.? cold, bottled

2. What are your favourite flavor of chips? Regular Lay's. Frito's. BBQ Crunchers. Pringles. Oh, hell, let's just get our snack on.

3. Of all the things you can cook, what dish do you like the most? Salmon. Tuna Casserole. Chili. Crawfish Etouffe.

4. How do you have your eggs? Scrambled or over easy, but always next to some sausage and potatoes. Don't forget the toast.

5. Who was the last person who cooked you a meal? How did it turn out? Erin. It's always great when she cooks for me.



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Photo Friday

Photo Friday's theme is Candy.
candy
Photo taken with an HP Photosmart 715.

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May 14, 2003

Velvia 100

I saw over on Photographyblog.com that they're coming out with some 100 speed Velvia. I'm sure this is going to start some flame wars on the message boards. I'll be heading over to Photo.net to see what the elitists are saying. Here's the link to an announcement about the new film.

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May 13, 2003

Sell Your Stuff

sell your stuffHave you seen this button? It's at the top of the web page over at Amazon.com. Maybe you've seen this button and maybe you haven't. The fact of the matter is I've seen it and I'm here to tell you how it's changed my life. Well, maybe it's not changed my life but it does make for an interesting tale.

You see, I clicked that shiny button during one of my visits to Amazon.com. I thought it would be interesting to see what it was all about. I had a recently finished a book that I thought might be a good candidate for this experiment. I was presented with a few screens to fill out. I entered the ISBN number for the book I was wanting to sell. I was given some suggested pricing information. I was allowed to offer various shipping methods. I was impressed with how easy it was. I was high on adrenalin anticipating my first Internet sell. I finished all the forms and went off to some other websites. I wondered how long I would have to wait for the email from Amazon.com notifying me that my book had been sold.

On Saturday I logged in to check some email. There was a message from Amazon.com congratulating me on the sell of my item. The clock was ticking. I had 2 days to ship the product to the buyer. This was awesome. I guess I never imagined that it would happen. Someone actually bought the book I had listed on their web page. I printed out the email that I had received and some instructions on how to package the book. I headed out the door and drove over to the local UPS store. I knew I could purchase the proper packaging and ship all in one place. Every thing was working out so well.

It said at the bottom of my email from Amazon to be sure and mail my package using the USPS Media Mail to get the best rate. I should be able to ship 2 pounds for under $2.00. Not at the UPS store! Sure they'll let you send your package via the USPS but they don't offer the media mail option. They wanted to charge me nearly $8.00 to ship the package via USPS. It was only $7.75 to ship via UPS ground and I'd get a tracking number on the package. Then the wheels started turning. If I don't send it with a tracking number then the person receiving the package could say they never received the book. I was thinking that I was going to get screwed. So I chose to send the package via UPS. It was too late to go to the post office. I didn't want to wait until Monday and have to try and get to the post office during lunch. I ended up paying the $7.75, the $2.00 for the padded envelope. Amazon took their commission from the sell.

The bottom line. I bought a book for $30. I sold the book on Amazon.com for $16.79. Amazon gave me a $2.26 credit for shipping costs. Amazon kept $3.51. The UPS store got in my pocket for $9.75. The total back to me...$5.79. Most impressive. I'm sure there are some lessons to be learned in there and hopefully I'll find them. What do you think?



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May 10, 2003

It's May 10. Time for

It's May 10. Time for the May day project. I've missed the bus on this one. It has rained like crazy here. I've not been taking my hourly photos like the project wanted. Sorry to those who might have been looking forward to my photos. I'll try to do it again sometime.

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May 9, 2003

Photo Friday

Photo Friday's theme is Urban.
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Photo taken with an HP Photosmart 715.

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Friday 5

Here's this weeks Friday 5 for those playing along at home. I'm sure Erin is going to love today's questions. It is a shame that we can't motivate Harry to play along with us. I guess he's just too busy.

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not? Yes and No. I try to be organized. I'm list oriented so I think that takes some orginization in and of itself. Some people may differ with my opinion though.

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly? No.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now? No.

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter? No way.

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize? Myself. It's a daily task.



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May 6, 2003

Here's a tiny purple flower.

Here's a tiny purple flower. I don't know what it's called. I took this using my Nikon 28-105 lens in macro mode. Enjoy.

a purple flower
Photo taken with a Nikon N80, 28-105, Fuji Reala.

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May 5, 2003

Cinco De Mayo

It was a busy but fun weekend. I got out the camera and had a good time taking some pictures. It still stings when I think of the costs involved with getting only a couple pictures worth keeping. Between the cost of film and processing I spent around $40. I guess it's not that bad but I'd like to have taken a lot more pictures but didn't want to spend the money. Probably me just trying to justify the cost of a digital camera.

I shot a couple rolls of KODAK High Definition 400 Film and took them to Wallgreens to be processed. I think that if you are going to use a place like that to process your film then you probably don't need to spend the money on professional film. Their equipment is setup to handle KODAK consumer film. It might be able to handle KODAK Pro films but there's really no reason to spend the extra money. As for this NEW film? It's not bad. I doubt it's anything other than re-branded Max 400 film.

a yellow flower
Photo taken with a Nikon N80, 28-105, Fuji Reala.

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May 2, 2003

Friday 5

Here's this weeks Friday 5. I'm not a big music fan and the music I do like I don't pay a lot of attention too. Sure, I can rattle off the names of a lot of performers when I hear them on the radio but when it comes to questions like this I tend to draw a blank. So, this week will have to be a work in progress.

1. Name one song you hate to admit you like. B-52's Love Shack

2. Name two songs that always make you cry. Maybe that one Irish song, Oh Danny Boy that they play at funerals. I can't think of any others right now.

3. Name three songs that turn you on. ???

4. Name four songs that always make you feel good. ????

5. Name five songs you couldn't ever do without. ?????



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May 1, 2003

Twenty Questions

1. What's the toiletry product you wouldn't be without? TP
2. Do you take vitamins? If so which ones? Multivitamin. Generic
3. What do you do if you can't sleep? Lay still. Keep my eyes shut until morning.
4. If you're ill, is there a 'comfort food' you like to have? Grilled Cheese
5. Which childhood illnesses did you have ( e.g. measles )? None
6. Have you ever taken a sick day from work when you weren't ill? Um, Yea.
7. Have you ever broken a bone? No
8. Do you trust 'alternative' remedies? Who told you to use a balm?
9. What career did you want to have when you were a child? The one I have now
10. What religion are you? Catholic
11. Is there a luxury item you'd like for your house? Many
12. What's the latest computer program you bought? Some lame website stuff
13. What's the last book you bought? Blogging by Biz Stone
14. What would be your ideal day out? Taking a stroll though the French Quarter with Erin
15. Do you vote? If so, which party? Yes, Republican
16. How many meals do you eat a day? 3
17. Which drink do you drink most often? Beer
18. What sort of cola do you prefer ( e.g. Pepsi )? Diet
19. When were you last ill? What with? Probably a couple months ago with a cold
20. Do you take any medication regularly? If so what? Nope

Thanks to Twenty Questions

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