Archive for March, 2009
I seem to be on the world’s slowest moving diet plan, but I finally cracked through the 20 pound barrier this week… I’m down a total of 20.5 lbs in about six months!
I feel like celebrating with a big slice of chocolate cake and a glass of milk, but if I did that, I’d be eating broth for the rest of the week.
I’d like to take this moment to thank Canon USA for completely ignoring me in this latest product announcement. Yes, I’ve come to expect that you’ll get DP Review at least press materials in advance, and maybe the camera. But this time I got an extra surprise! You gave Imaging Resource, Rob Galbraith, DigitalCameraInfo (!), Gizmodo, and CNET (who them promptly leaked the information) a camera to preview, while giving me nothing except an e-mailed press release when the embargo ended — classy!
Lest anyone forget, my site was the first digital camera site, started 11.5 years ago… and that since then, I haven’t broken a single embargo. I’ve reviewed more Canon cameras than any other brand — 91 reviews at last count. I have spent many, many hours covering their products, often working until the early morning. But apparently that doesn’t matter.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m really pissed off. I don’t even know what to do about it. Just “deal with it” and continue feeling used and disrespected? Try complaining to them for the umpteenth time? I just don’t know.
Not long ago, I took a lengthy health survey for Kaiser’s Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH). The other day, I got a letter, followed by a packet of legal forms. You see, after you take the survey, they’d really like it if you could give them saliva and possibly blood, so they can have your DNA.
Your genetic code follows your health history as you get older, and they plan on building a huge databank of information over time. Kaiser says that they hope it can lead to cures for diseases — which I’m all for.
What I’m not so excited about is handing over my DNA and having it in a database forever. Even our super-secret government agencies can’t keep data safe, and we’re supposed to expect Kaiser to do so? I dunno about that. Needless to say, my application for “the next step” is still here, awaiting my decision.