I was at Target the other day, and though I didn’t get anything, I noticed two interesting things.
The first was the new Dirt Devil Kone Cordless Hand Vac (which comes in other colors, by the way). Very stylish, but I have no use or space for it. Also, how good is it? Handvacs always seem underpowered. The timing means that Target thinks it’s a nice stocking stuffer, no doubt. And the look is quintessential Target (that’s pronounced, “tar-JEY”).
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When I migrated from my Powerbook to a Core 2 Duo Mac Book Pro and Firefox to Firefox 2, flash stopped working for me in Firefox 2.
The solution is rather simple: Quit Firefox and delete ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/pluginsreg.dat and then restart.
When I get tired of taking the same photos over and over, I put a Lensbaby on the front of my camera. It’s the ultimate “fun” lens:
The Baby has arrived!
Mountain View, California
Nikon D70, Lensbaby 2.0, Tokina .45x macro
1/50 sec @ f/2.0, iso 800, 50mm (75mm)
A lot of people stop and ask me what that funky thing is on my camera. Now that I have a Nikon D200, I let them have a go at it. They “get it” pretty quickly on the D200, though I wouldn’t risk it with a Nikon D70.
I love my baby!
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A friend asked me about getting PNG alpha transparency to work in Internet Explorer.
“You tell nice stories, and sorry to hear about your mom.”
It’s been almost seven years now, so that didn’t really bother me until a couple hours later, as I was driving home, I realized how much I missed sharing stories with her. I fell into a funk.
It is said that Irma Rombauer wrote The Joy of Cooking to recover from her husband’s suicide. One sure way to crawl out of a funk is to cook something.
I pulled up MacGourmet, wrote down a few ingredients and stopped by Safeway:
Chicken Breast Dijon on a bed of Basmati Rice
Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G VR
1/10sec @ f/2.8, iso 100, 70mm (105mm)
Seen while getting some brandy for my apples…
A body is meant to be seen…
Safeway, Sunnyvale, California
1/13 sec @ f/2.8, iso 200, 6.3mm (28mm)
“Like the starlet, a bottle of good Merlot is generally soft, sensuous, and uncomplicated—offering the ripe, jammy fullness of a fine Cabernet Sauvingnon without its complexity or tannic backbite. It is the wine equivalent of Monroe’s sultry, dulcet voice signing “Happy birthday, Mr. President.”—not intellectually engaging but a delight nonetheless.”
—Mark Oldman, “Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine”
Hmm, sounds a lot like my conference talks. Which, coincidentally, are about the only time I get to drink merlot.
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