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Analog and Digital

August 16, 2009

There are days when someone will comment how they never expected me to like or do something because they always considered me a modern techie. Perfect example is shaving. I use an old straight razor that I sharpen and strop regularly. There is something about the old way of doing certain things that I like. I also have a thing for pocket watches. Neither of these things are the point of this post however. What I am gong to talk about is cameras. Specifically about 2 cameras I own. Both Canon. I have only owned 2 brands of cameras my whole life. Canon and Pentax. No reason and not a conscious reason why I always bought from those brands. Its just the way it is. As I said I own 2 cameras both Canon. The first is my current camera and is what I carry around (mounted to a monpod) when I carry a camera a Rebel XTI. Nothing special but meets most of my needs.¬† The second camera is also the second slr that I owned (the first being a Pentax K1000) a Canon AE-1. One of my neighbors gave me the camera complete with a 50mm prime and a JC Penny branded 80-200mm lens with a 2x focal converter. The JC Penny bit threw me for a loop. As I was playing with the camera, cycling the film advance, releasing the shutter and seeing the film number advance I could help but think back to how I used to take pictures. Man back in the day I can recall giving thought about taking a shot because I was low on film. I can vividly recall waiting for the film to come back from the lab. I never used 1hr developing because it was cheaper to just wait. I can recall waiting nervously to see how they came out, did I have it in frame? Was it in focus (sometimes I would lift my glasses for some reason or other and the focus would be off), did I set the exposure correctly… While there are many things I won’t miss from those days there are some I remember fondly. Here are some quick and cheesey¬† comparison shots I took with an iPhone for no reason other than I wanted to. Wow they came out bad… Oh well…

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Leatherman Service

July 14, 2009

Like many people I own a leatherman multi-tool. My particular tool is the leatherman wave which is discontinued but still easily available through various sources. Well I had broken the main knife blade on it and with some trepidation mailed it back to leatherman as they have a 25 year warranty on their multi-tools. I just got it back after just under 3 weeks. Wow these people are awesome. Not only do they make an incredible tool, they also provide awesome service. Along with my tool sent a description of the problem and my contact info. My tool came back in like new condition. Not only did they replace the blade, but they also sharpened the other blades and replaced all of the worn driver bits. They polished it, which removed 95% of all the scratches it had. Like I said, it returned in like new conditions. By far the best customer service I have ever gotten. Mad props to Leatherman. I am a customer for life.

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Unemployment Insurance

May 28, 2009

I really think that unemployment insurance needs to be renamed. Seriously. I have been working since I was 14 years old. I will be 40 in a few months. I have only collected benefits twice in that time. (The first time was only one check and once even though I ‘qualified’ for benefits I received none because my employer was a catholic school and wasnt required to pay into the fund) The one time I did receive full benefits I asked my employer to fire me to ensure I would receive my benefit.
The way I overtand it, UI is for people out of work. You pay for it and so does your employer, yet you have no guarantee of ever seeing a single penny. If you quit no matter why (with the exception from what I have been able to tell of sexual harrassment) you get nothing. You get fired and you might or might not get anything. There are so many rules you can never be sure. Lets say the company you work for goes out of business, but you’ve only been there a month. You get nothing. Doesnt matter that you have never collected before that.
Look my medical insurance doesnt deny my claim because I fucked that whore bare back and got the clap. My car insurance doesnt deny my claim because I was eating shit and not paying attention when I rear ended that school bus full of parapalegic kids. (Both just examples btw) Yet unemployment will deny your claim for anything they can. Plus you have no choice you have to pay them. They are worse than the mob.
What truely puzzles me is how illegal immigrants are able to collect but I can’t.

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Top reasons

October 22, 2008

What is it with all the top x lists all over the place? Are you so starved for story ideas that you have to rehash yet another inane list of things that most likely have been posted elsewhere several times? If you haven’t caught on by now, I fucking hate top x or worst x lists. To me it just talks about a total lack of imagination.
Seriously, if you have a website and you publish a list as an article, there should be a group of people that show up to your house and beat some sense into you. At least then you’d have something interesting to write about.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the person that posts something that’s been floating around the net for years. Not everyone might have seen it, nor does everyone have the same amount of time on the net. I overstand that you just came across that pic of the cats or whatever and your excited. I’m the last person to piss on your wheaties and dampen your spirit of exploration and discovery. But you unimaginative ass clowns just posting list to have something to post need to be beaten about the head and shoulders repeatedly. Seriously. Worse are those that stretch it over several pages. Like cracked. I refuse to post a link to the site on principle. I mean really, do you need the clicks that bad?

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Feds trying to take bikers intellectual property

October 21, 2008

According to Reuters the feds have raided the Mongols MC. The raids spanned seven states and have netted 60 or so bikers and about 10 others. The feds are also trying to go after the clubs intellectual property. Namely the clubs colors. Now, obviously I’m not a lawyer, but from my rough overstanding of how trademark works, they can’t do this. Some how I can’t see a cop trying to take the colors off a Mongol. Hell It would take several to try and take my colors. Fuck that shit.
Mongols, fuck the cops, no code 55, rock your colors.
Also in the article there is mention of undercover agants passing polygraphs administered by the club. In such a stressful situation, if they can pass a polygraph, how can such a test be admissible in any court trial?

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Gear

October 17, 2008

What do you carry on a daily basis? What will you not leave home without? Are there gadgets that you just have to keep with you at all times?
I had never given this much thought, but after gearing down after having gone out late last night. For me the usual load includes keys, wallet, blackberry, zippo, leatherman, colors, jacket (cold weather), helmet, gloves, pads, n810 and camera. These I always carry. Depending on what i am doing or where I’m going the list might grow, but day-to-day this is the norm. What do you carry daily?

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The future is here… Or is it?

September 13, 2008

I am having a hard time overstanding what these people are thinking about. Now don’t get me wrong, I like to drool over tech that I can’t afford. Thing is, it has to be something that I could use, or at least begin to use if I could afford it. My issue is with these news guys that put together a segment on future tech that has nothing futuristic about it. I mean really, a microwave oven that reads the temp of the food that is cooking and runs $3k is not futuristic. Now a microwave that cooks from pellets ala The Fith Element, now that is something I can get worked up about. I am tired of the “news” doing stories about future products based on PR materials. If your going to take up time on the show, make sure it is news. I mean seriously, if you are having a hard time filling time and need filler segments, just have someone do simple search on Engadget or Gizmodo or something. At least there is a better chance of actually seeing some new tech. Stop wasting our time.