Thursday, November 28, 2013

What are you thankful for?

As I sit here drinking a freshly brewed Green Mountain Coffee - Island Coconut and wearing my Nick & Nora Sock Monkey Slippers (with long pants and a long sleeved shirt so stop perving. It got to 40 degrees last night in Florida), I have a slight ear to the oven. Starting to cook early today, preparing for the ever mighty American Feast (aka Thanksgiving). I am reminded of holidays past and wish to know holidays future.

Frost and condensation on the window!

Sock Monkeys: Yay!





















I've spent many years making routines (like watching Absolutely Fabulous and Carnivale), making plans (driving by myself to someone's house in another state), and all get blown away by some form of happy accidents... surprise visits from friends, drunken family sing a longs around a piano, NFL games on a small screen... the list goes on. The older I get, the less quality time people are giving each other. Every one has their own families now, branching out to make their own memories. Less time is spent around a television (even thought it's as big as a wall) and there is more time sitting around wondering where to stop first as stores open early tonight. Those stores will stay open for the next 24 hours and continue to be maintained and lit until there are no more products.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Of all the times in the world, today!

Of all the times in the world, I get an email this morning from half.com. They were telling me I sold Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace. Maybe the person just wants the post date, as today marks 50 years since JFK was shot down at 411 Elm Street (aka Dealey Plaza), Dallas, Texas. At the time I write this, "it hasn't happened yet" - it's only 7:10 in the morning in Texas. Can't go big or go home yet, Mr. Oswald. But wake up anyway - you are late for work. Five hours and 20 minutes from now, Dallas is expected to have a moment of silence in the area, as the (American, most likely) world will be at a theoretical standstill.

It's funny, in the sense that a book I read and subsequently sold, has transpired on a day where some people don't want to remember. It's a moment in people's lives that you just want to forget. Although it's an important part of the American zeitgeist,  the people must remember how the communities and cultures for formed - for better or worse.

No matter who you are, where you were, what you do, this event in history has affected the general population. Conspiracy theorists alike think one thing, scientists claim another, and history won't lie.

Cheers;




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Friday, November 15, 2013

If the price is right...

Lately, I've been on a transfer kick. I've been transferring all my old home movies on VHS to DVD. It's one of those moments in history, where I'm going through all the old recordings I did for the clubs I belonged to in college, all the family tapes from eons ago, and I just don't have room for them anymore. The clunky video tapes are just too cumbersome in a tiny entertainment center.

Therefore, I had invested in the Sony RDR-GX257 Recordable DVD Player with HDMI Upscaling. ()

Sunday, November 3, 2013

One more review

In the "rush" to write the numerous camera swag reviews from last week, I failed to mention one of the most used pieces in my arsenal: My telephoto zoom lens.

Cruising around the city, sometimes on a bicycle, most times in the car, you find certain things you typically aren't used to.