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Visiting Royalty

There is something insanely cool about the Bald Eagle. It evokes images of a great America, the ever-watchful predator...er protector.

It would seem that we have a bald-eagle couple in my hometown. Wildlife experts say they must be young (otherwise they would have known better than to build their nest here--we can't even pass a school levy, what the heck do we have to offer a couple of national symbols of freedom?).

Nonetheless they are here. And the nest is not too far from where my wife works. There are signs up warning that it's a federal offense to get too close and all that. I have never been so close to eagles (other than in zoos) and this is just pretty freakin' cool.

I will probably try to get some video footage of them, if my telephoto lens affords me some good shots.

These pictures were taken by one of my wife's co-workers.









That nest, by the way, is huge. You can't get a sense of it from the picture, but you can see it fairly plainly from 100yds away. Eagles…

Whole Lotta Big Lots Goin' On

I know I said I was going to the thrift store Wednesday...but I didn't make it. By the time the workday ended, I was done. Stick a fork in me kinda done. So I went home. But not to disappoint, I did get some choice images at our local Big Lots store this evening.


Q: How do you know when your music career is on the decline?
A: Your 'signature' spice is at Big Lots. And on sale for $1.

I can't even begin to imagine what the marketing tie-in for this product could possibly be.
"Hey Kids-get your totally synthetic fruit globs here! It's what all the wanna be poplettes are eating when they're not busy scowling at Simon!!"

I didn't think about taking any pictures in Big Lots until our trip was half done, but I did stumble across the cereal aisle where I was confronted by the Cap'n.
In all of his stupid- re-mix-rehash-same-three-pieces-and-two-flavors-in-a-new box glory.Now it could just be the Day Quil talking here, but there used to only be 3 varieties…

Wisdom from Southern Rock

I like the Warren Brothers. They are everything that's right about country music right now to me. Meaning basically that they don't take themselves too seriously (and they sure as heck don't take the industry too seriously-evidenced by the refrain from one of their hit singles, "we don't make a lot of money, but we sure sell a lot of beer.")

They have a show on one of the country channels that's just fun to watch called "Barely Famous." On one episode they were showing a meeting with Van Zant (they'd written a song for the upcoming, Van Zant album-"Get Right With the Man"). It was this involvement that led me to check out the album. I really like the song they wrote for the album ("I Can't Help Myself"). It's a different departure from other stuff I've heard, but perfect in the context of the rest of the album.

There's a cut on the album ("Help Somebody") that contains two nuggets of wisdom that yo…

First Things First

(cross-posted in my other blog, too, so you only need read one)

It's been 2 years since my first movie. And I haven't really looked back. But something that my mom said to me the other day made me take pause and look back at my first movie, "Air Check." She said "I really liked your first movie" (seems simple enough, huh?). When I countered that the new camera was so much better than the camera I used on that one, she said "Yes, but the view (perspective) in that was so unique that the camera didn't matter."

Now, I am fully aware that she's my mom. So praise flows forth a little easier from her, but as I dug out the MPEG file for "Air Check" I realized what a pivotal piece (or would it be pioneering?) this was for me.

I shot the film using a Fuji Finepix A205. It's a 2 MP camera that took digital video in 20 second clips. When all was said and done, I had 30 minutes of unedited 'footage' to use. This was over 90 individ…

Dinosaur Sighting

Looks like the RIAA is up to their old tricks again (by which I mean that they are violently trying to oppose something that has already become an established protocol with music)..

Maybe someone can talk the Vice President into taking the RIAA hunting with him.....

Still think the RIAA is really just concerned with illegal downloading?? Nope. Guess again. Now they're about to tell you what you can do with your CD after you buy it.

Via a link from Boingboing....read about it here.

My disgust for the RIAA is well documented by now. My whole problem with them is that (a)They are making enemies of their consumers and (b)their model of delivery is enrtirely outdated.

At first they wanted to tell people what to do with music that was downloaded (legally or illegally, remember it wasn't "illegal" until a judge ruled on it, it was just unprecedented). Now they want to tell people what they can and cannot do with music that they've payed for!!

That deserves a big ole WTF??

It&#…

Weekend Update with Feena Tay

The weekend was actually pretty calm.
Picked up Jen on Friday and her and Tommy and I went to the Pizza Buffet to get our grub on. I have to admit that I really wasn't feeling it too much, but that didn't stop me from dropping a couple plates of pizza and some cinnamon rolls. The place was packed.

After that it was off to Iggle to get some video games. We wound up staying up til 11 or 12. (I stayed up another hour after the kids crashed).

Tommy's game was Saturday. I filmed parts of it for the team video I'm doing. Saturday afternoon Jen and I chilled while Tommy and Nancy swam at the rec center. She (Jen, not Nancy) actually spent a good part of the afternoon in her room editing her first movie (yes...I am insanely proud, thankyouverymuch).

The evening was capped off by a very disappointing trip to Olive Garden. To go into detail here would be to give that event much more credibility than it deserves. So, pffffth.

Sunday Nancy had rehearsal and Jen finished up her movie. W…

Happy Smappy Update

Things are going really well. I kind of fell off the excercise boat a bit, but got back on last night with a 15minute bike ride (I was actually missing not riding...weird). Been doing pretty well sticking to the Lean Cuisines for lunch. I haven't eaten any food from McDonald's for 30 days. And I have to say, I'm past the point of missing it now. The first week I could have easily eaten a double quarter pounder with cheese. But now as I write this, the thought of that just kind of makes my stomach turn, just a little. I'm not trying to take anything away from fast food places and it's not meant as an attack. I just know at this point in my life, it's not in my best interest to eat that kind of over-processed food right now. I'm starting to shy away from anything that's over-produced (food, music or movie-wise).

Speaking of movies. Yes, the new camera rocks. No, I don't really have any final products done with it yet. I took some footage of Tommy's…

Camera 4 Sale

I'm totally ga-ga over the new Panasonic. I don't really see myself shooting anything on the Canon at this point. Plus with the 4 year warranty, actually needing to keep it as a backup is not really a necessity. So...I think I'm going to put it up for sale. Here's what I'd include: Canon ZR65 MC (with all the original accessories, software, manuals)ProMaser Hard Aluminum CaseSima Zoom Microphone(2)Canon BP-522 5 Hr. Batteries (in addition to the regular 2hour battery that comes with the camera)Lens HoodUV Filter*ND Filter*Extra AC AdapterVelbon CX-300 TripodSima 3 Watt Video LightSamsonite Soft Case **32MB SD card (in addition to the 8MB card included in original kit) * *Link might not be exact brand but can be used as a reference point. **Not exact model, but pretty darn close I'm thinking of asking $300 for the whole kit and caboodle (+Shipping, if it's not someone local). I don't think that's too ou…

Word...Anyone Lookin' to Buy a Plane?

So, we met with Jean and Mike Friday night at Michael's Pizza (in Uptown Westerville....GREAT pizza)!  Mike mentioned that he was getting ready to sell his plane. They had a flier and they were going to also put something in some trade magazine. At first they had wanted to know if I knew anything about putting up a website, and could I help? Turns out, I know I little something about it. I'm not a pro by any means but I'm proud of how it turned out. If you or anyone you know is in the market for a plane, be sure to check it out. http://www.plane4sale.twistedzen.com/ The rest of the weekend was pretty on par. Filmed some of Tommy's game on Saturday and then came in to work for a few hours while Nancy worked out at the Rec Center which afforded me time to get some additional footage of a lava lamp and bonzai tree (not sure what I'll use THAT for, but I've got it). Before you ask...No. I did not watch the Super Bowl. I did not see any of the commercials.…

Who Says No Keyboards in Metal?? Poppycock.

I walked around today with pretty much perpetual wood. My box of goodies came today from B.H. Photo (in NYC). New camera, bag, tripod, tripod bag and extra battery. I had them shipped to work (a) because I'm impatient and (b)I didn't want it sitting on the porch all day (a good move considering this afternoon's raining/flurrying) and (c)because I'm impatient.

But...(and I really meant to remind myself of this), I forgot to take a tape in to work today (and I didn't order one). Yeah, stupid.

Work went well today. We got taken out to lunch as a department because we hit our January goals. And at the risk of regurgitation, I won $10 in a bet (the details of which don't need to be reiterated here, suffice to say I've hung up my "eats the most of anyone" title at work). This also ensured that I was fairly useless this afternoon.

A quick stop to the Amvets drop box on the way home and a less quick stop to the toilet after getting home and I started in wit…

I'm a Geek

Yes. I'm a geek.

I got the Xbox 360 yesterday (after winning the contest), and brought it home. It was after 8PM when we finally hooked it up and played it.

I was up til just a little past midnight last night.

But not playing the game system (as everyone at work expected)....no.

I was up playing with the reel to reel tape deck from Bob.
Yup. That's right. That's the kind of geek I am.

And tonight, yes, we played the Xbox. We switched off, taking turns playing Kong and then smashing stuff up and running from the cops in NFS:MW. All told, we probably played for about 2 hours.

And where am I now? Now that the system is finally mine and I don't have to share (since it's way past the boy's bedtime)?

Downstairs.

Listening to Jackson Browne and Bob Dylan on the reel to reel (not together...more JB then BD....oooh...can't wait for The Load Out).

And in all sincere honesty....that jazzes me so much more than the Xbox in ways I can't even begin to describe.

I doubt I'll…