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  • Four cool cameras

    Posted on April 26th, 2006 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    I know this may contradict my previous entry, but I never said anything about not having fun toys to play with. Here are four new cameras that have caught my eye:
    Top-left: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 – An ultra-compact camera with a nice 28mm wide-angle lens. Unfortunately, my camera seems to have some dust on its sensor, so it may be going back for repair.
    Top-right: Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH – I’m really liking this one so far. Think of it as the SD550 with a 4X lens with optical image stabilization and much better battery life. Focusing seems faster, as well.
    Bottom-right: Kodak EasyShare V610 – This was just announced on Tuesday and it was in my hands the next morning! This is Kodak’s second dual lens camera, and this one’s an ultra zoom. Its two lenses cover 38 – 380 mm, though there’s a small gap at around 3X as the camera switches lenses (and CCDs). While this camera is small for an ultra zoom, its unusual shape makes it hard to keep it steady, and there’s no image stabilization to help out. Battery life sucks royally, as well.
    Bottom-left: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 was the smallest ultra zoom camera until the V610 came out. It uses a folding lens design (as does the Kodak), so the 10X zoom never protrudes from the body. So far it’s pretty nice, though the noise levels are awfully high for a 5MP camera.

  • Sales pitch

    Posted on April 25th, 2006 Jeff Keller 7 comments

    The other day I was on the way out of Target with my mom when we bumped into some people that I haven’t seen in 15 – 20 years. The woman asked me what I was doing and I said simply “I write about digital cameras” — and that was about it. My mom added “he runs a website about digital cameras”, which the woman thought was interesting.
    Immediately after we got outside, my mom said “you know, you shouldn’t be reluctant about telling people what you do for a living. You need to sell yourself more.” I said something like “well, I don’t think that my job is very exciting…”
    I do have that feeling, though I don’t know if it’s honest, or just the result of my often lousy self-esteem. When I do tell people what I do (in more detail than above), they usually think it’s pretty neat. Now if I could only make myself believe that…

  • Super cute Zoe pictures

    Posted on April 24th, 2006 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    When I need sample photos, Zoe is always around to help. These came out so nicely that I just had to share.

  • May mini-vacation

    Posted on April 23rd, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Next month my dad and I are going to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks! We were originally going to do a tour of the Southwest, but that wasn’t working out… so… we’re flying to fabulous Bozeman, Montana and will be touring around for a few days. If anyone has any tips on things to see in the Yellowstone area, let me know!

  • Cat fight

    Posted on April 23rd, 2006 Jeff Keller No comments

    I took Zoe over to my parents’ house today to see if she and Pete could co-exist peacefully. The answer is a resounding “no”. After giving Zoe some time to explore the house, Pete was introduced into the room. That resulted in “howling”, hissing, arched backs, and flat ears. Pete always bullied our other cat, Cupcake (RIP), and Zoe supposedly doesn’t like other cats either, so I guess this isn’t too surprising. So, I guess that Zoe won’t be visiting again anytime soon.

  • Hole in the wall

    Posted on April 21st, 2006 Jeff Keller No comments

    Today my dad and I opened up the wall in my living room, which had been damaged by a leaky chimney a week or two ago. After lots of hammering and sawing we got it opened. We then spent half the day trying to get some wood and wallboard fill in the hole — and then there’s the matter of getting it all to fit again. We’ve got the new wallboard in place, though it’s not totally flush with the existing walls, so we have some work ahead of us.

  • Xbox 360: 2005-2006

    Posted on April 21st, 2006 Jeff Keller No comments

    Well, my Xbox 360 officially died today. It started crashing the other day while I was playing Far Cry, and now it just locks up as soon as you turn it on. So, it’s going back to Microsoft to be replaced. This is the first time I’ve had a computer or game console just flat out die on me.

  • Chimney repairs complete

    Posted on April 18th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Well, my chimney is fixed, so hopefully that’s the end of leaks for a while. He replaced the siding on the chimney, nailed everything back into place, and caulked everything shut. I went up on the roof to see what he did (from a safe distance) and I was pretty freaked out — it’s a LONG drop to the ground. The guy noticed that my legs were shaking when I came down the ladder… well, no kidding!!
    On Saturday I’m going to have some siding replaced on the kitchen side of the house. If you like wood rot, my house is the place to be!
    Oh, and the best part of all this: the contractor took away the piles of eucalyptus wood that’ve been sitting in my carport since before I bought the place! Woohoo!