Archive for November, 2006



16
Nov
06

Sordid Sentinels

I got an email today from eMusic about some albums they just added to their catalog. One of the new titles is Pavement‘s Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition. The appearance of this CD was news to me. I’m not surprised by it, since Matador released anniversary editions of Slanted and Enchanted (:Luxe and Redux) and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (:L.A.’s Desert Origins), but I hadn’t been aware that one was in the works.

Basically, these anniversary editions consist of the original album plus a bunch of extra material from the period during which the CD was written and recorded. This can involve B-sides from singles, Peel sessions, songs from obscure compilations, and, of course, some live tracks. On average, these anniversary editions contain about 35 songs in addition to the original album, which is generally in the vicinity of 15 songs. Finally, in addition to offering many previously unreleased or rare tracks, these CDs are priced for the miserly among us – the new album can be had from Amazon for a mere $13, though if you head to your local Borders, you might end up having to pay the $19 list price.

If you’re still not sure and feel you need a little further motivation to buy this CD, you might be interested to know that the pastor of my church used the phrase “Wowee Zowee” from the pulpit in last Sunday’s sermon. You may interpret this as you see fit.

10
Nov
06

Three reasons I wish I owned an XBox

These are the new Burger King games coming out on Nov. 19th, for $3.99 apiece at Burger King restaurants.*

*With the purchase of any value meal.  Limited time only.  While supplies last.  Price and participation may vary.

04
Nov
06

The Mother Lode (part 2)

As promised, I got my 6 rolls of film processed. It worked out to be 167 images. Unfortunately, one of the pictures I was most excited to get back didn’t make it. I guess I was trying to squeeze in too many pictures at the end of the roll or something. Anyway, in spite of not getting that shot, I did get a number of pictures that I like a lot. There are a lot of pictures of my daughter, which may not be interesting to people other than my family. However, I do also have a lot pictures that should be interesting to everyone.

I’ve learned some things from these pictures. First off, the color I get indoors using artificial lighting is not good. Second, I need to adhere better to the 1/3:2/3 rule for composing images. I have a few images where the subject is right in the middle and it doesn’t look good. Anyway, if you’re interested in sharing your impressions of my pictures, I would be interested in hearing your opinion.

Today, in addition to getting my pictures developed, I also picked up a 36-exposure roll of Velvia 100. It is apparently, the “new” Velvia, which doesn’t have as highly saturated colors as the “old” Velvia. I’m not really in a position to make a judgment either way.

The six newly developed rolls of film can be viewed here: 1 2 3 4 5 6
The whole collection of pictures I’ve taken with my Pentax K1000 can be found here.

04
Nov
06

The Mother Lode

As I mentioned in previous posts, I got a fully manual SLR camera around the end of the summer. The purpose of getting this camera was to use it to learn how to take good pictures manually, so if I got a digital SLR I wouldn’t just use it as a large, glorified point and shoot camera. Anyway, I’ve really been enjoying taking pictures, although I suspect this has been a source of frustration to my wife because I’m always stopping to take pictures when we’re out on walks, etc. I guess the hope is that the enjoyment of looking at the pictures once they’re developed outweighs the annoyance of having to wait around for me to take the pictures. Well, this weekend, the payoff will come. I have 6 rolls of film that I have to get developed and I think I’m going to get them developed this weekend. I have 3 Fuji ISO400 24-exposure rolls, 1 Kodak ISO400 36-exposure roll, 1 Kodak ISO200 24-exposure roll and 1 Kodak ISO400 C41 B&W roll to get developed.

Getting the pictures back should be interesting – I’m especially looking forward to getting back the black and white roll. Anyway, I’ll be getting back over 150 prints. I’ll try to get them on CD so I can post them to my SLR photography gallery. I’ll post again once I’ve posted the pictures.

Now that I’ve exhausted my reserve of film, I have to buy some new film.  I’m thinking about getting some Velvia 100 slide film because Adrian can’t stop himself from raving about it any time the conversation turns to types of film.  A friend of mine just shot a roll of Kodak Ektachrome 64.  He got some beautiful pictures, but that stuff is like $12/roll, so I think I’ll give the Velvia a try this time around (or maybe I’ll get a couple more rolls of B&W).  My friend also recently managed to track down a publicly available (well, to MIT students, anyway) Nikon film/slide scanner, so I should have no trouble posting the pictures I take on slide film in the future.

01
Nov
06

Act Now! Before it’s too late!

I have posted before about how eMusic is a great place to get music from non-major labels. They have music from many popular indie labels like Matador and Merge and they have a lot of other music on more obscure jazz and folk labels. They’re also always adding new stuff – recently they added some of the enormous Smithsonian Folkways Recordings catalog. Not only can you find tons of great stuff on eMusic, it’s cheap. However, I got an email recently informing me that they are changing their pricing structure on November 21st. Before Nov. 21st, their prices are as follow:

eMusic Basic: 40 songs/month for $10.00 ($0.25 per song)
eMusic Plus: 65 songs/month for $15.00 ($0.23 per song)
eMusic Premium: 90 songs/month for $20.00 ($0.22 per song)

However, after Nov. 1st, the pricing structure will be as follows:

eMusic Basic: 30 songs/month for $10.00 ($0.33 per song)
eMusic Plus: 50 songs/month for $15.00 ($0.30 per song)
eMusic Premium: 75 songs/month for $20.00 ($0.267 per song)

Even after the new pricing structure kicks in, eMusic will still be MUCH cheaper than all the other online music stores, not to mention the fact that their music comes in the form of high bit-rate MP3s with no DRM. However, if you subscribe before Nov. 21st, you can lock in the cheaper, old pricing structure. So, if any of you were contemplating subscribing, this might give you the motivation you were lacking.

If you do decide to join up, send me an email or leave me your email address in a comment and I’ll send you an invitation email. If you sign up using the link in the email I send you, I’ll get a bunch of free downloads, which would be oh-so-sweet.




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