Archive for August 27th, 2006


Digital SLR?

I think I mentioned a couple of entries back that my trip to Pittsburgh got me thinking about getting into photography again. I have a couple of friends who have nice SLR cameras and I like the idea of being able to take really nice pictures. For most applications, my point and shoot camera is fine. It takes reasonably good pictures and is small enough to stick in my pocket when I’m heading out to some kind of social event. However, I have been frustrated by its limitations when it comes to shooting landscapes and other more specialized types of pictures. I’d like to learn how to take good pictures with an SLR and it seems like the easiest (though not necessarily cheapest) way to do this is with a digital SLR.

I’ve been looking around online at the various entry-level offerings by the big camera manufacturers, like Nikon and Canon. At the moment, I don’t know enough about SLR photography to really understand the differences and evaluate which company has the better offering. For those of you who have a digital SLR or experience with SLR photography in general, I would appreciate hearing your comments. I don’t have the money right now to go out and buy one of these cameras, but I’m keeping an eye on them for the future. Plus, my birthday and Christmas aren’t all that far away.


Recent Acquisitions

Yesterday, we took a family trip to the local mall (the Cambridgeside Galleria). We each had an objective for the trip:

    • Heather wanted to get new sunglasses
    • I wanted to trade some of my N64 games for others
    • Elizabeth wanted to get some donut holes from Dunkin’ Donuts
      I’m sorry to say that Elizabeth is the only one who achieved her objective. I went to Electronics Boutique to see if I could pick up any N64 games but they didn’t have a single one in stock. I had brought 11 games with me to use for trading purposes, to no avail. The manager there was very helpful and called other stores in the area, but it turns out that no local store has a good selection of N64 games. In particular, I was looking for the following games:

        • The New Tetris
        • Mario Kart 64
        • Super Smash Bros.
        • Excite Bike 64
        • Mario Tennis
        • F-Zero X
          If anybody reading this has any of these games and would like to either sell or trade them, let me know. I have the following games that I can trade:

            • FIFA 98
            • Ogre Battle 64
            • Perfect Dark
            • Wrestlemania 2000
            • Space Station Silicon Valley
            • Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside
            • NHL Breakaway 98
            • NBA Hangtime
            • WCW vs. NWO World Tour
            • NBA Jam 99
            • WCW/NWO Revenge
            • Vigilante 8
              I could also maybe be persuaded to trade the following games under the right circumstances:

                • Wave Race
                • Star Wars – Rogue Squadron
                • Spiderman
                • 1080 Snowboarding
                • All-Star Baseball 2000
                • Super Mario 64
                  In the meantime, I’m working on completing the professionel-level championship in Beetle Adventure Racing. I’m getting a lot better and tracks that I used to find impossible I can now win or place 2nd.


August 2006

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