New Camera

Nikon D90

Nikon D90

I have wanted a digital SLR camera since the day the Nikon D40 came out. Today I finally gave in and bought one … the Nikon D90.

Our previous camera only took clear pictures when the flash was on, and almost nothing turned out in low light. Over the years it has gone from a couple of seconds to save to nearly thirty seconds for each picture. The color was distorted and the focus left a bit to be desired.

It was the children’s Christmas program this morning at church and our current camera was just not cutting it. This meant that I missed a lot of good moments waiting for the camera to be ready and almost capturing them and realizing the picture was out of focus. Today was the last straw.

I have been a photography buff for years, and definitely think that it is about time to pick up a hobby that I have to be out and about to enjoy.

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First Snow 2009

The boys really enjoyed the first snowfall of year that lasted longer than a couple of hours, even though it wasn’t that much. They had just as much playing in the slush when it melted.

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My Great Google Reader Purge

I use Google Reader almost on a daily basis. I wake up in the morning, get a cup of coffee and read the news. To me, it is the newspaper of the new millennium. I fluctuate between 100 – 200 subscriptions at any given time. I go through over 400+ articles on  daily basis. I thoroughly read well over half of those. I have my subscriptions tagged with “Must Read”, “Should Read”, “Would Like to Read” and “Will Read if I get Around to it.” (These are not the actual tag names, but hopefully you get the picture.)

I an average day, I will visit Google Reader five or six times, mostly to clear out the articles that I am not terribly interested in reading. What ends up happening most of the time when I am in these moods is I Star the articles I am going to read more thoroughly later.  This leads to a plethora of Starred articles by the end of the week.

Saturday morning is my time to go through those articles in-depth. (These are mostly professional development type articles, so thoroughly reading and comprehending most if not all aspects of them is time-consuming.) At the end of the week, I read most of the articles, but some are left behind. They are left, not because they are unimportant, but simply for lack of time. My goal for the remainder of 2009 is to “clear” my Google Reader Starred Items.

I have spent almost four hours this morning going through my Starred Items, and have cleared over 25% of the backlog. With a wife and kids and Christmas and work and … well, you get the picture. This is my great Google Reader purge, and I am adamant about consuming every piece of information possible.

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Google Wave Invitations

I have Google Wave invitations to hand out. Please post in the comments if you want one.

*crossposted

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Happy Birthday Marines!

On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines (United States Marine Corps) was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thousand men have borne the name Marine. In memory of them, it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

Commandant's GravesThe record of our Corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. During 90 of the 146 years of it’s existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the nations foes. From the battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in was in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our Corps Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term Marine has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the Corps. With it we also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our Corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of the Sea” since the founding of the Corps.

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Happy Birthday, Beth!

My lovely wife is another year older. A lot has changed in the last year. On her birthday last year, she was in the hospital having pretty major surgery. Since then she has become an STNA, and currently works as a Ward Clerk. This is her first full-time job outside the home in several years. She also started back to school to become a nurse.

It is amazing how much can change over the course of one year.

Please feel free to leave birthday wishes in the comments. 🙂

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Google Voice

I have Google voice invites if anyone is interested.

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Numa Numa + Marching Band = WIN

Sports Videos, News, Blogs
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Wake up, America

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Health Care Reform

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