Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Free PR for online Music Service eMusic

I don't normally do this, but after reading this recent article in wired about the subject, I thought I'd post about it.

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

B&W all over again.

Decided to start using HIGH ISO B&W film in my FM3a. Very wonderfull results.
From Neopan Summer...

Mad driving skills

Any wonder why I think Rally Racing is the best motorsport in the world?

New Ride

For those who don't know, I drive a Subaru Impreza WRX.

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

What I carried around this weekend.

... 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 :).

The last weekend of summer.

Ernesto, originally uploaded by tracer.ca.

The last official weekend of summer is long and gone.
This picture sums up what it was like.

I had so much to do.
Pressures of school coming up, work, a wedding to get ready for and a birthday to celebrate.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Back to Film Again with the Nikon FM3a

I got a Nikon FM3a film camera.

Nikon FM3a

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.

Shars Summer BBQ 2006
Aug 26, 2006 - 24 Photos

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Not the way I like to get around

Not the way I like to get around, originally uploaded by Tracer99.

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.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Funniest thing I've seen in a long time:
What kind of crap world are we living in, where the President of one of the most powerfull countries in the world can, in one week, say that stem cell research is imoral but spying on your own people without any judicial checks is just fine.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Nintendo DS Lite

Nintendo DS Lite, originally uploaded by Tracer99.

It's finally here. It's fun, it's lite, it's great.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Crumble, originally uploaded by Tracer99.

What do you get with equal parts sugar, oats, butter and apples? Yummy!

Parry Sound Sun

Parry Sound Sun, originally uploaded by Tracer99.

I'm falling in love with Film Again. Fuji Velvia 100.