Saturday, December 22, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Email humor 12/17/2007

Maxine's Christmas



A little boy wanted $100.00 very badly and prayed for weeks, but nothing happened.

Then he decided to write God a letter requesting the $100.00.

When The postal authorities received the letter to God, USA, they decided to send it to the President.

The president was so amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy a $5.00 bill.


The president thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy.


The little boy was delighted with the $5.00 bill and sat down to write a thank-you note to God, which read:

Dear God: Thank you very much for sending the money. However, I noticed that for some reason you sent it through Washington, DC., and those assholes deducted $95.00 in taxes.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Canon SD1000 digital camera review

I have had this for about 3 months now and have taken somewhere around a thousand photos or so and twenty videos or more.

I shopped around for days looking to get a good point-and-shoot at a very good price. The variation in pricing on this camera, or any cameras, is ridiculous. Some shops wanted two or three times more than others. Some shops had cameras priced as much or above the newest models. I guess it depends on the popularity and quality but it's still kind of ridiculous.

I ended up getting the Canon SD1000 from Walmart.com for about $100 off the going price at the time. It took about a week from ordering to arriving with standard shipping.

I'll try to keep some order to the review.
  • The small form factor of this camera is a huge plus! I can stick it in my front jean pocket without really feeling much of a difference in weight. Some may find the small form troublesome to operate. I don't have big hands, definitely not small but I have no issues with the buttons to operate or navigate the camera.
  • The screen is awesome and vibrant. It's so bright and shows the pics very nicely. Sometimes too nicely but I think this is just a common issue with all LCD screens on all digicams. Because it's smaller than what you will see on a computer, blurry photos look good on the LCD. Once you port them to the PC, you can see that the pic is blurry for one reason or another BUT NOT because the camera has issues. It's probably more (in my case) from focusing on the wrong object or focusing on an object and then moving closer/further away from it or moving. Understand what I mean? Just know, it's not the camera. One cool thing is that you can turn the camera from horizontal to vertical and the picture will adjust (like the iPod Touch or iPhone) to always show correctly instead of you having to turn your head to the side.
  • The video is quite good. It takes just as good of quality as my Canon MiniDV video camera I bought some years ago. The upside for the SD1000 is that I can transfer the video to my PC without having to go through some importing software like Pinnacle, Nero or even Windows Movie Maker. The sound on the videos I have taken is quite good. It doesn't have a "focused" sound but most of the time I've videoed people weren't talking near or around me. I put it on my dash while driving from the grocery store to home in the dark around 9pm and it shot pretty good video for moving and low light.
  • The battery life has been quite adequate for me. I've charged it and used the camera sporadically over a few days to a week without issue of running out of battery. I just saw a "camera kit" at another store (didn't check at Walmart.com) for the SD1000 which has a leather case, a strap, and a battery for like $62. I would recommend the extra battery for sure as if you are like me, you tend to not recharge the battery like you should so it's nice to pull one off the charger and then keep shooting or whatever.
  • The flash is average at best. I expected as much from such a tiny flash but don't expect to catch photo moments with the flash with the subject more than 12ft or more away. It will light everything close and leave everything else "shadowed." I've found using the night/low light shot to be an occasional fix to this although not always.
  • The zoom is good for me as what's the point of a higher zoom if the flash can't light up the subject you zoomed on. It is very nice that you can zoom in and out while shooting video. Not a lot of compact digicams will do this.
  • My SD1000 came with a 32MB SD memory card. That holds about 8-10 seconds of video. I didn't count the pics as I just ran the video straight out of the box. I currently have a 1GB card and I've taken around 150 pics without issue. I haven't filled the card with taking photo or video yet as I usually port to PC shortly (30 mins to 1 day) after shooting. I recently ordered an 8GB SDHC card so hopefully I won't ever have to worry about filling the card.
  • The screen is beautiful and because of this I would get a protector for the screen or a case for the camera. I use a felt-type back that actually is the case for my Zune but fits the SD1000 nicely. Fingerprints are going to happen but scratches and such are completely avoidable.
  • The menu is easily navigated although you may not know what everything does without reading the manual. Menu is fully on-screen-display driven. Some options like auto flash, no flash, delete (during 3-sec review after snapshot) and a few other things can be done with a touch of a button but most functions are in a menu somewhere.
  • The digital macro is awesome. I don't use it often but I tested it just to see how it worked/looked and I was not disappointed. You can see the fibers in a bath towel!
I guess I could go on but I think that sums it up pretty well. It's not my Rebel XT but if I could have fit my XT in my front jean pocket without issues, I would not have purchased the SD1000 in the first place. In my honest opinion (and I read A LOT of reviews at various web sites), the SD1000 is one of the best very compact point-and-shoots you can get. If you can find it like I did for a third of the cost like I did, you will most certainly not be disappointed.

What did I say?

So, I know you people are checking what the weather is like in Dallas, Texas. Just to put my two cents in...it F-ing sucks. If I miss another Saturday of tennis, I'm gonna be pissed.

So pissed that I just called the wife to say,

"Mother nature needs a good anal raping to get her ass straight and stop messing up my weekends!"

The wife says, "That was just wrong."

I say, "What? I was just saying..."

Okay, that's it. Go back to whatever you were doing.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What the human mind, body and spirit can do

I often am amazed at what the human mind, body and spirit can do in the face of adversity....amazed by the positive reactions as well as the negative.

This just happens to be one of the VERY positive...and yes, I got a little teary-eyed like the woman in the audience.


Monday, December 10, 2007

Email humor 12/10/2007

Best hospital sign...


Finals

One more day and I will be done with the Fall 2008 semester. Accounting 2312 - Managerial Accounting will be in the books and checked off as "DONE!"

I think I'll pull a B- or B but not the A that the business school was looking for. No worries. I think I'm going to be in no matter what - well, as long as I make in the B- range or above.

My final is from 3-6 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday the 11th. So, I have tonight to study and a few sporadic moments tomorrow morning. I need to study as I am pretty blank on what we covered in class at this time. That damn Thanksgiving holiday break screwed me up. It gave me even more time to forget stuff!

Oh well, back to work...or looking like I'm working at work but not doing anything at all.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Natalie Portman

I picked the two best picks (IMHO) from the blog, Egotastic to post here. I made one of them my desktop background on my laptop.

Other than the fact that I saw Natalie Portman's name, it also caught my eye with the funny heading of "Natalie Portman Keeps Getting Perfecter".

I couldn't agree more with that statement! So, without further adieu...


   

Email humor 12/04/2007

WINTER DRIVING

It happens to all of us, one time or another...........



So I was driving this morning, and this dick in a truck pulls out in front of me.........




Monday, December 03, 2007

LCD HDTV

Well, I broke down last Friday and purchased an LCD HDTV. Best Buy had a pretty good deal that ended after 12/1/07.

They had no interest until January 2011 on TV purchases of $999 and up.

I researched and researched for months and months and did a little bit more when I decided on the brand and size I was going to buy. I just didn't know how much of a necessity it is. It's kind of like me buying an LCD monitor (19" or higher) for my computer. It's a really nice purchase but it's not a necessity as I have a 17" or a fully working 19" CRT.

Anyway, I purchased one Friday afternoon. It is a Philips 42" 1080p LCD HDTV...check the info here on the Best Buy web site. Out of 31 reviews and a 5 star scale, it rated 4.9. I think that's pretty darn good.

The price was $1,699 but I got it for $1,399 which is $40 cheaper than the current price right at this moment. Anyway, with a 4-year protection plan and 3-year interest-free financing...I think I'm golden!

I had to run my satellite feed from the back of the house over to the side of the house, drill a hole in the wall from outside to inside to get the feeds into the house and do all this other shit just to get the television installed. I installed the mount by myself and put the TV on it with the assistance of the wife and I'm still golden!

It's nice to watch. I don't have an HD feed from DirecTV yet but it still looks pretty rockin' with a regular satellite signal and the DVDs are pretty sweet. I'm even more golden.

So, here's a couple of shots of the TV...









Heroes season finale

I must say that TV shows and movies tend to end up disappointing me in some form or fashion...usually for bullshit happenings.

After watching the season finale of Heroes this evening, I must say it has once again fallen into the disappointment category.

Now granted, I am not some dumb ass that believes all shit that happens in shows/movies is real BUT there is a certain continuity that you must keep with the "fantasy."

Take for instance tonight with Heroes. Near the end, Kristen Bell's character (I forget her name) comes in just in time to save Suresh and gang from Sylar. He starts to dart out of Suresh's lab when Kristen's character shoots him with a bolt of energy. Sylar is thrown through the glass door but is able to...not a run or a walk but maybe...scamper away. Bullshit!

Let's flash back a few episodes to when Peter is walking down a hospital corridor after saving Nathan from falling from the sky after he (Peter) "blew up." He is struck by Kristen's character which renders him unconscious.

Flash back to the season finale....why didn't this same thing happen to Sylar? I mean Sylar is a little wimpier looking than Peter plus Peter can heal himself so the effects of the energy bolt should have been less than Sylars.

Also, I don't know how many Mexicans you have ever run into but how many do you know that are as trust worthy as the ones in the show...especially real Mexicans that were on the run in Mexico and run into this gringo and all of a sudden the sister is in "love"???

WTF ever!

But just like every other shit stick out there, I will return to see next season because I guess, yes, I really am a dumb ass!

Gently blow between balls

A museum experiment or a man's secret way to get her to practice?


Email humor 12/03/2007

COWBOYS

Brett Favre, after living a full life, died. When he got to heaven, God was showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a faded Packers' flag in the window.

"This house is yours for eternity, Brett," said God. "This is very special, not everyone gets a house up here."

Brett felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house.

On his way up the porch, he noticed another house just around the corner. It was a 3-story mansion with a blue and silver sidewalk, a 50 foot tall flagpole with an enormous Dallas Cowboys' flag, and in every window a Cowboys silver star.

Brett looked at God and said, "God, I'm not trying to be ungrateful, but I have a question. I was an all-pro QB, I won 2 Super Bowls, and I even went to the Hall of Fame."

God said, "So what do you want to know, Brett?"

"Well, why does Tony Romo get a better house than me?"

God chuckled and said, "Brett, that's not Tony Romo's house; it's mine."

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Email humor 12/01/2007

It took me all weekend, but I finally got my tree up!

Sure felt good to sit back and enjoy the start of the Christmas season!