Jan 162015

I was watching a video with my 3 year old yesterday. It was the raw footage of our vacation to Disneyland last fall. I realized a few things while watching this. First I really need to edit the thing, I seem to have a lens cap problem and recording the inside of said lens cap. Second, although these are “precious memories”, are they really necessary? The video that is not the memories. Those are what is important.

I have always liked the idea of video cameras and the wonders of home movies. But many times I watch them and wonder if a slide show of still pics would be better. There is something that I like about looking at the split second captured in a picture. I like to remember what it felt like and what I was thinking when it was taken.

I know that you can still get all of that with video, but video is laced with noise and stupid comments that take some of the “remembering” out of the equation. It is kind of like reading the book vs. watching the movie, not as much imagination needed. Maybe they had it right before with 8mm movies. Sure they were people waving like mad at the camera but there was no sound and much more “remembering”.

Video isn’t bad. The kids especially love to see themselves having fun and sometimes it is great to sit back and be shown your memories. I just happen to like my still pictures. I like to be able to take some pictures with me and show them off. I can’t do that with video and don’t start emailing me with how ipods and iphones can have video on them as well as pictures, I don’t care about that. I don’t have the right setup to get the video off of my camera to the computer. Sometimes paper pictures are the best thing to have with you.

Not that digital photos are not the best thing that has happened since kodachrome film, I love digital pics.  I don’t want to get along without them.  I just get prints made at Costco.

Plan a weekend to go capture some memories, on video or in still pictures.


Jul 092014
Geocache Pfalz Werla in Deutschland.

Image via Wikipedia

Hello folks.  So it is tax time again and many of you will be cursing the IRS very soon, if you have not done so already.  For myself, we did fairly well with a decent sized refund.  A good chunk of that we spent redoing our kitchen, but some we spent on one of those fancy GPS units.  I wanted one that would be good for hunting and the outdoors, and then we got into a new hobby.  Geocaching.  It is a kick in the pants frankly.  You use your fancy GPS and the Geocaching.com website to go and find small plastic things to write your name on.

It is a great treasure hunt and sometimes there are prizes to trade for in the cache.  It is a great family friendly way for us to get out into the outdoors and running around.  My kids love it and so do I.
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May 272014

I was on Twitter the other day and was having some great conversations with a few people.  It struck me how this type of communication has actually been around for 20+ years.  This will date me and label me a huge geek, but who remembers a time before the internet?

A time when monitors were 1 color (amber or green).  A time when learning BASIC in school was the gifted and talented program.  On Atari 2600’s with the membrane keyboard.   A time with 5 1/4″ floppy disks.  How cool it was when a 3.5″ disk could hold 1.44 MB of info on it.  A time when “online” meant “modeming”.  Calling into some local guys server and chatting with 20 or so people until you got bumped off by a timeout at 1 hour.

This was the BBS system.  A BBS was a bulletin board system.  It was a place to upload and download stuff, leave messages, and chat with people.  And it was DOS based!  Gold star if you can remember the command to move up and down in the directory.  I loved DOS mainly because it bugged my dad that I knew how to mess with his computer.

I am specifically focusing on the chat rooms in this discussion.  The chat rooms were set up so I could type something, hit enter and it would go out to anyone who was looking in that same forum.  Then I could read their stuff and go back and forth all night.  Now we have Twitter.  The only real difference despite the worldwide internet, cable modems, windows upgrades (Remember win 3.1 that you had to start every time???) is the 140 character limit.  Most of the time when we were chatting, responses were not that long.

I was really drawn back to those fun old days when I was tweeting the other night.  Sad though the demise of the humble BBS, it was a great way to interact with people.  Hell, I met my wife in one of those chat rooms.  We started going out and didn’t modem much after that.  That was 17 years ago.  Bah!

They were also good to piss off my dad because he was convinced I was going to download a virus.  I never did get one, but one leveled his system just 2 weeks ago…Norton be damned.

Does anyone else remember the BBS glory days?  Leave a comment and lets chat about it!

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May 272014

Hello Folks.  Today I bring you another review of not only a site, but some social media as well!  I was contracted to take a look at Infinity DISH.  They are the largest retailer of DISH Network service in North America.  They are always seeking subscribers to their services and now they are expanding into the social media realm.

Infinity DISH is now online at http://www.infinitydish.com as well as on Twitter at Infinity DISH Facebook and on Facebook at DISH TV Twitter.

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