Saturday, June 30, 2007

Wedding Snaps

I took some candid snaps after a friend's wedding last weekend. It's a lot tougher than the real photographers make it look. If you'd like to see some of the pictures, here you go.

It will be quite a while before I'm ready to do a wedding of my own. I'd like to get started with them, at some point. It would be a lot of fun, and a good way to put my camera to use.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Going on a trip

I'm headed to Michigan for a vacation. Hopefully I'll be able to get some good pictures. I'm taking the whole kit.

Hopefully i can finally grasp the capabilities of my equipment. I plan to take a lot of photos, just to be safe.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thank God for Lortab

Got these suckers* out yesterday.

*X-ray for demonstrative purposes only. Not my actual teeth. Void where prohibited. Your results may vary.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Next week is a big one

Check out this demonstration, if you get a chance.

I'm pretty excited about the iPhone. It's going to be released June 29th. Even though I've never been more excited about a gadget in my life, I'm going to hold off on buying one.


First, I'm stuck in the middle of a contract with Sprint. I've had Sprint for over 6 years, but I'm becoming increasingly frustrated with the dropped calls, and my phone is about due for an upgrade anyway. It's taken some abuse. I'm pretty hard on phones.

I'd pay the early termination fee if that was the only issue, but another huge issue is that neither I, nor anyone else has any idea how much it will cost to have an iPhone. No one knows what the plans will run.

This could be a deal maker/breaker for a ton of people. AT&T could pick up a huge number of subscribers from other networks if it comes out with a reasonable plan. If the AT&T suits try to capitalize on the iPhone's popularity, and force the early adopters to pay out the nose for a plan, they'll be making more money off of fewer people. I'd think getting customer's to switch to their network (via 2 year contract) would be more important than profit margins on a small subset of subscribers. Maybe they do too. I suppose we'll find out next week.

Finally, I'm going to let the initial batch of users determine how well it works. I'd like to see one in action, and even use one myself before paying an early termination fee of $175, $600 for a phone, and a signing a 2 year contract on an (undoubtedly expensive) rate plan. Can I replace my Blackberry with it? I know it doesn't support PUSH email, but hopefully I can just forward my work email to the built in Gmail on the phone. It doesn't have to BE a Blackberry, so long as it does the job fairly well.

How well does eBay work on the iPhone? That will be huge for me. That's the main reason I NEED the phone, as opposed to want it. Also, Google's big idea of being able to punch a UPC into your cell phone, and get instant price comparisons and reviews will be closer to reality. I realize you can surf the web on other phones, but my Treo is a great example of how this simply doesn't work very well in its current state. Apple promises the "real internet" on its phone. Hopefully it delivers.

Cool applications will be announced in the next couple of weeks. If I can get Google Reader (or better yet, Newsgator) to run on the iPhone, with decent email, that alone will probably be enough to get me. If they can come out with an instant messaging client (even web-based), that will help a ton too.

Basically, I'm almost sure I'll get the iPhone. I just want to make sure that I know what I'm getting before I do so.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I'll take one...

This is a pretty sweet deal, assuming it works out as advertised. Portable internet/email/word processing in a 2 pound package for $200 is a no-brainer by my estimation.

I hope the keyboard is usable, and the battery life is a full 3 hours as advertised. If so, I might pick one up just out of principle.

Monday, June 04, 2007


This makes me wish Norm McDonald was still on SNL.

In case you missed it, the lady that ran over 40 people in D.C. last week after smoking crack all day works for Marion Barry. He’s complaining that the temp company through which she was hired didn’t find out about her crack habit before giving her a job. I wonder if he has the same complaint about the D.C. voters, especially considering his crack habit was widely played on national news.

At least he was responsible enough not to drive after his crack binge. He did the prudent thing, and hired a prostitute.