10-22-2 - Say what? Cheese! Click - Wait - Ready. What? No 'Click Whir'? Not with this one. I prefer Ďclick whirí to Ďclick wait.í For one thing I have a bag full of lenses for my Nikon. For this one youíre stuck with what they give you. Also the resolution is better with real film. I used to think Tri-X was grainy!
As you have no doubt figured out by now, I finally replaced the junky digital camera that I used to shoot the pictures of Galileo that appear on his pix page. (Click the CARtoon at the top of his page.) Eventually Iíll get around to replacing all of those lousy photos.
So what is this new camera you ask? Itís an Argus DC3200, a digital camera of modest specifications by todayís standards. It boasts 1.3 mega pixel resolution, 2x digital zoom, and a compact flash slot that Iíve filled with a 64 meg card. Rather pedestrian, but the price was right. After shopping around to see what else was out there at the same price I bought this one at the Ames going out of business sale. And Wal*Mart has one less competitor. Grrr! I donít recall exactly what I paid for it, but the camera was around a hundred bucks. I had to buy the Compact Flash card separately, at a different store even, since the Ames I went to was out of them.
I also picked up a copy of The Abyss video game at Ames while I was at it. Itís based on one of my all time favorite movies. I havenít played it yet. Iíll let you know how it is when I do. But I digress...
Over the past weekend I finally broke down and bought a card reader to go with it. Itís a Dazzle USB 2.0 Compact Flash card reader. I bought it at the local Radio Shack. $19.95 + the Acting-Governorís share. I was having trouble getting the software to link to the camera in order to transfer the pictures to my computer so I could actually do something with them. The card reader did the trick. Iím running Windows ME at home. Thatís supposed to recognize the reader as a Plug and Pray device. No drivers needed. ME views it as a removable drive, like a floppy or Zip drive. The initial install seemed to go OK, but then it got a bit hoakey. The computer insisted that the drive needed to be formatted. If you have pictures on your card and the computer says to format the drive DONíT DO IT! That will erase all of your pictures! In the end I had to manually remove the reader from the system in the control panel and reinstall it using the Ďfind new hardwareí function, also in the control panel. It seemed to find two things plugged in as USB devices, one calling itself a card reader. Naturally I picked the other one. Just kidding... Hey! Does your Mother know you use that kind of language? Yes I picked the one marked ĎUSB card readerí and followed the prompts in the install wizard. It has been working fine ever since.
Now I can get some half way decent pictures to put up on my web site.
ĎBut I thought you were saving up to buy a houseí you ask. I am. That was actually one of my justifications for buying this camera. As we look at houses I can shoot tuns of pictures of them to review later while deciding if this particular house is the right one for us. And I donít have to worry about spending more money on film and processing. The fact that I can also use it for my web site is a bonus. OK, so I donít buy it either. My business partner did, and thatís what counts! ;-) Oh, Hi Mom...
(I knew but decided to ignore it.) - Mom
Note: The links mentioned below will be added shortly. Iím writing this at work, and the image files are at home.
Later: Some of the links are now in place. More will be added later.
(Cap'n, I need morrre time!)
So far Iíve taken some pictures around the house with it. Such as this tree that has grown through a chain-link fence across the street from the house. I also have a picture of a Ďhelicopter bugí sunning himself in our front yard. We took the camera with us when we went to Maine a few weeks ago. Here Galileo checks out the sights at Nubble Light in York. Here are several more pix of Nubble Light. Now I understand why you always see it from this angle in all of those calendars! Imagine the look on the pizza delivery guyís face when he sees the cable car that you have to take to get to the island! Unfortunately, like almost all of the lighthouses on the US Nubble has been automated. Gone are the days when the Lighthouse Keeper and his family would ride that basket home with the groceries. Iíll bet they made a point to stock up, because if the weather was bad you could be stranded on the island for as long as it takes for the storm to blow over.
On Tuesday the week after our trip to Maine I had to go back. This time to Kennebunk for a meeting. About two miles down the road from the plant is this quaint New England church. I stopped to shoot some pix on my way. 'Why would I stop at this particular church?' you ask. Well, my cousin is the Pastor and I had never seen her church before. Since Mom wasnít with me I figured Iíd shoot some pix to show her, too.
On Fritzís page I mention going to the doctor for a test the day Fritz ''Got Stuck.'' Here is the procedure room at Deaconess Nashoba Hospital where I had to walk on the treadmill. To the right of the treadmill is the EKG they had me hooked up to to check out my ticker while I took my walk. In the center is the treadmill. Out the window you may barely be able to make out the back end of the trailer that the MRI unit is in. Been there - done that... To the left of the treadmill is the crash cart with the paddles on top, just in case. In front of that is a portable sphygmomanometer. (Blood pressure cuff.) I was sitting in the chair where you wait while they record your resting BP and EKG when I shot the pix of the room.
While I was waiting I was playing a little game to kill some time. I could see my pulse rate on the monitor, so I thought Iíd see if I could control it to the point of reducing it to the high sixties. I was running in the low to mid seventies and got it down to an even seventy for a moment but I never did see a sixty-nine. Oh well...
Then I did the test. First you walk - then you walk faster - then faster still. I had to change to my extended fast walk gait. Really stretching out each step. I got too winded way before Iíd have had to start jogging. Iíve never had the best wind, even when I was in shape. As a kid I suffered from asthma and that has made it difficult to do a lot of things. Now they tell me I have heart disease. Oh well... If one thing doesnít get ya something else will.
My Cardiologist took a look at the test results and said that he didnít like what he saw. Just some Ďchangesí to my EKG. What ever that means... Iím not going to worry about it. He has me scheduled for yet another Myoview in November. Weíll see if that shows anything. Iíll try to get some pix of the procedure room for that test also. This is a good one to sleep through. They strap you to the bed so you canít move, with your left arm strapped across your forhead and they tell you to remain absolutely still. It takes about twenty minutes. Snore!
Last weekend was the town-wide yard sale. I didnít get much. I did find a pair of ski boot thingies of the variety that put a miniature plastic sled on the bottom of your regular boots. Perfect for use with my Skibob. I also have a pair of kids size really short skis with full release bindings and all along with a pair of real ski boots. With this combination on the skibob you can really fly. Too fast for me! With the new gizmos I can wear regular boots and take off the over-boots when Iím hiking back up the sledding hill. That should be much more comfortable.
Mom just this minute called. A couple of weeks ago we went out to Athol Massachusetts to look at a couple of houses. The agent didnít take us to see the ones we wanted to look at. She brought us to ones she wanted to show. I was rather displeased with that. Now thereís an understatement if ever I saw one! Anyway, the second house we went to we couldnít get in to see. Apparently the arrangements were not made as planned. Just as well that they werenít, as it turns out. There was a fire there and the house has been damaged. How heavily I have no idea. I wonder if because they couldnít sell it maybe a little Jewish Lightning struck off a piece of The Rock.
Itís just an expression guys. Iím a Scott and I frequently comment on my own frugality. For example I spent a week comparison-shopping before I bought that camera. OK, so Iím not just frugal, Iím cheap. What Iíll never be is politically correct. A Scott calling himself Herr B. Gone? Drat! Iíve blown my cover!
Oh, by the way: I heard from my web hosting service last night that they are shutting down operations in the very near future. I will be moving to a new hosting service as soon as I can make arrangements. Although it may spell the end of Beetlemania.org.uk, this shouldnít affect your ability to view Beetlehaus.com, if all goes according to plan.
I was going to put a scene from the set of Star Wars here - but I decided against.