Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I stopped pirating music a while ago. Shortly after finding eMusic.
This is the only online music service I would give ANY money to. Why? It's DRM free. This is something that the majors simply don't understand. If you make something convenient enough, people will pay for it. As opposed to as restrictive as possible. A lot of people complain that eMusic doesn't have a great selection. Well, it does. One of the largest on the net (next to iTunes I believe). However, it's mostly independent. This however is GREAT for me. Simply because I listen to mostly electronic music. Electronic music is mostly distributed through independent labels. With their recent addition of Nettwerk records (an excellent Canadian label!), the even have a few major artists like Delirium.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Well, it looks like Subaru is dumping one of the great (IMHO) features of the Impreza line for whatever replaces it in 2008. The new line is a hatchback (link to spy shot). I love the sedan form.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
... However... I did have lots of camera fun. Not so many pictures. Which is good. Still loving my new FM3a. Had to take one of these "Whats in my bag" photos. Also, if it's not apparent. I have way too much photos gear (or not enough :).
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
This was the latest and greatest mechanical 35mm camera available from anyone. Introduced in Feb. of 2001 it has a production run of almost exactly 5 years. It was discontinued along with a bunch of other film related products by nikon at the beginning of this year.
The discontinuation of this camera points to a significant turn for Nikon. One which I hope they will turn around as more of us photographers complain. Nikon is slowly turning their product range away from "Photographers" and towards eletronics consumers. Maybe they have to do this to stay competitive. But I for one am very dissapointed.
The end of the FM line is just one example. Another is the move towards G lenses and discontinuation of prime lenses in favor of super zooms. Nikon has always stood for compatibilty. The one manufacturer who has maintained their lens/metering mount since 1977 (incidently the year I was born. Note: Nikons F-Mount has actually been around for longer, but not with AI Metering). Now they're making this great backwards and forwards compatibility between their lenses and cameras a scarce thing.
In the meantime I'm really enjoying my trip back to film. This camera is a joy to use. I'm rather happy with the results so far.
Here are some photos from a BBQ party at a friends house.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
My car broke down on Wed. Specifically my radiator hose sprung a leak. In my 2.5 year old Suby. The service tech says he's only ever changed two of these. And the other was in a 90s era Suby. $168 later. Free towing at least from Subaru Care.