Monthly Archives: October 2014

52 Cameras: Camera 55 part 1 – Polaroid SX-4

It’s not actually a Polaroid except for the film back and the rollers but I don’t know how else to categorize it. I loaded film before I realized just how little information is out there for this camera. When I finish the pack, I’ll open it up and see if there are any markings on the inside. I can measure to get the aperture but the shutter will be difficult — it only fires with film loaded.

52 Cameras: Camera 54 part 2 – Canon A520

I like not being under the camera-a-week time pressure. The button battery had gone dead so I missed a lot of shots fiddling with the date every time I turned it on. I had the luxury of getting a battery and taking the camera with me for another week.

An early macro shot.  I blew it out with the flash but some tweaks on the levels and it looks like I did it on purpose.

An early macro shot. I blew it out with the flash but some tweaks on the levels and it looks like I did it on purpose.

Me and Zoe the wonder cat in the new digs.  Photo by M.

Me and Zoe the wonder cat in the new digs. Photo by M.

Purrfect focus on this shot of Jem bathing.

Purrfect focus on this shot of Jem bathing.

100% crop of a macro shot of a burr.

100% crop of a macro shot of a burr.

Mountain of recycables at the Santa Fe transfer station (100% crop).

Mountain of recycables at the Santa Fe transfer station (100% crop).

And a mountain of tires.

And a mountain of tires.

I messed up and used "postcard" mode.  1600X1200 and date/time stamp.  I was trying to get the shot and protect the 60D from the rain.

I messed up and used “postcard” mode. 1600X1200 and date/time stamp. I was trying to get the shot and protect the 60D from the rain.

I don’t know that I’d seek this camera out as a keeper but for small prints and digital work, it’s nice. Native resolution is 2272X1704. The effects, sepia, B&W, etc. are just OK. Manual controls, including focus, are great.

Apple has officially lost their $#@!

I was showing a coworker how to bring up his iTunes purchase history (he got an email about buying a book he didn’t buy). Looking at my history, everything is correct. When I click on “Music” and then “Purchased” there’s a brand new U2 album in my work account.

I freak a little and email iTunes support.

I freak a little and email iTunes support.

When I log out of the iTunes account, the album rotator display just happens to go past the new U2 album.

When I log out of the iTunes account, the album rotator display just happens to go past the new U2 album.

I go back in to bring up the case number, follow up, and rip them for f__king with my account without asking.

I go back in to bring up the case number, follow up, and rip them for f__king with my account without asking.

Good thing I was saving PDFs as I went.

Good thing I was saving PDFs as I went.

I guess threatening to use a competitor's phone causes this.

I guess threatening to use a competitor’s phone causes this.

I pasted the stuff back in, added a PS rant about the error that cleared the form data, changed the subject to match the first email, and “Continue” worked.

Not being Microsoft isn’t good enough any more.