Archive for January, 2009

Lesson learned, the hard way

Note to self: try not to go walking around the backyard in the dark when things are wet. Tonight I managed to slip and fall, landing on my butt and back. Those two parts hurt quite a bit, along with other areas of my body that never hit anything. I’m lucky I didn’t break anything or hit my head!

Happy birthday Savannah!

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It seems like just yesterday that my niece Savannah was born. Amazingly enough, it’s been almost a year! Today we celebrated her birthday with 50 some-odd guests, and while I don’t think she had a clue about what was going on, Savannah still had a good time. She had her first taste of cake, and I think she liked it!
For some reason, I was selected for BBQ duties, and I cooked around 35 hamburgers and 25 hot dogs. And I only ruined two or three of them, which may be a personal best.
She is just too cute now… great personality, well behaved, and very precocious!

Cool pic of the week

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I was going for a walk through Crissy Field on Monday night when I noticed this great reflection of the Golden Gate Bridge in a puddle. Thank goodness I had the Coolpix P6000 with me!

Great moments in Casio history

Today’s Casio camera announcements have motivated me to come up with a list of the (mostly) very dumb gimmicks that they’ve come up with over the years. Their cameras continually lag behind the competition in photo quality, but if you want to have a heart or butterfly appear on the screen when the camera locks focus, they’ve got you covered!
In their defense, Casio has come up with a lot of innovative features, and their cameras are snappy performers and have long battery life. With that out of the way, here are their greatest misses:
2004: EX Finder heads-up display on LCD (pictured) + image roulette, which flips through all your photos, before slowing down and stopping on one. You know, like a slot machine.
2006: eBay mode, which simply cuts the resolution to 1600 x 1200 for you
2007: YouTube mode, which didn’t really get your videos online any faster than doing it the old-fashioned way
2008: High speed shooting modes at low resolutions, plus ridiculous frame rates in movie mode at postage stamp-sized resolutions
2008-2009: Now you can display a heart or butterfly on the screen when the camera locks focus!
2009: Ability to superimpose your subject over another background, with the ability to create really choppy animations!
I’m sure I missed some from the earlier days, too…