Jan
12
2006

Nikon and film parting ways in the U.K.

Nikon lensNikon UK has issued a press release stating that they’re discontinuing all their large format and enlarger lenses, and most of their camera bodies and manual focus lenses. Nikon anticipates the existing product stock will be gone by mid-summer 2006. Although the press release is UK specific, it certainly implies that this will be a worldwide shift.

So what’s left? The F6 body in the UK, the FM10 worldwide, and a moderate assortment of manual prime lenses to fit. If Nikon’s abandoning film to the competition, we can expect the rest of the top camera makers following suit over the next year or so. Film is officially a boutique hobbyist niche now kids, and those zany Soviet cameras that are all over Ebay are going to start looking pretty good.

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Jan
11
2006

Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone From Yahoo! News

Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone From Yahoo! News: “”

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“In November 2004, Sites became a flashpoint of controversy for one of the biggest stories of the current Iraqi war, when as an NBC News correspondent he videotaped a U.S. Marine shooting a wounded Iraqi insurgent in a Fallujah mosque. After the video’s airing, Sites was both praised as a journalist willing to reveal the harsh realities of war – and vilified as a traitor to both the Marine unit in which he was embedded and to his country.

Sites’ controversial and award-winning war blog, www.kevinsites.net, was one of the first to combine text, digital images, and audio to provide readers with an intimate, behind-the-lines look at the war in Iraq and how it was being covered.”

CNN finally gave him the boot for this above story and he disappeared from the airwaves.

Kevin is Yahoo’s first dedicated journalist and they’ve given him an incredible website. Kev supplies the incredible stories and pictures.
Keep an eye on this one.

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Jan
11
2006

1-10-The Secret Presidential IMs: Clinton Disappoints His Pupil

The Blog | Danielle Crittenden: The Secret Presidential IMs: Clinton Disappoints His Pupil | The Huffington Post: “”

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Bush and Bill have a li’l chat.

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Jan
09
2006

It ain’t your kindergarden macaroni art!

carolchanning.jpgJason Mecier describes himself as a mosaic artist, but that title hardly does justice to his amazing celebrity portraits. He crafts images of all the greats out of common household items. Definitely a step above garage sale macaroni art, and there’s something for everyone. Whether you prefer Farrah by herself or all three Charlie’s Angels, Showgirls or The Golden Girls, Mecier’s bean, yarn, and candy portraiture will leave you speechless.

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Jan
08
2006

Optimus keyboard

Optimus keyboardI’ve been hearing about the Optimus keyboard for a few months now, and the inventor has just announced a February 1st release date. The keyboard has an OLED display embedded in each keycap. Although there’s some utility to this, I think the wow factor is the main appeal. No definite price yet, but most predictions are in the $100-300 range.

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Jan
08
2006

Carneceria Art

Don JuanIf you’ve never visited the American southwest, you’ve probably never seen a carneceria. They’re just butcher shops that cater to the Latino market, but what makes them remarkable is the art decorating their storefronts. La Virgin de Guadalupe shares wall space with goats and cows, or perhaps a fish in a sombrero, all lovingly rendered in semi-dayglow murals. So Bad It’s Good collects photos of these objects d’art y commerce, mostly featuring locations around Los Angeles.

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Jan
04
2006

The Blog | Danielle Crittenden | The Huffington Post

Presidential Instant Messaging | Danielle Crittenden | The Huffington Post: “”

The Presidential IM archive. These are hilarious and so authentically delivered.

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A new one every Tuesday on HuffPo.

(Bush)Kickass43: so wats ur resolushun 4 this yr?
(Blair)Sxybritguy10: just 2 get thru it frankly
Kickass43: me 2
Kickass43: sumtimes when im wrestlin cedar I think of wat its gonna be like when this is all ovr
Kickass43: didnt like 2 think of it b4
Kickass43: now I can’t wait 4 08
Sxybritguy10: wot u gonna do?
Kickass43: gonna kick back on the ranch
Kickass43: aint gonna b no world travellin xprez
Kickass43: tryin to drum up sum peace prize
Kickass43: reagan got it rite
Sxybritguy10: coz he retired 2 CA?
Kickass43: nope
Kickass43: cuz he forgot everything
Sxybritguy10: sounds good 2 me
Kickass43: Happy New Year bud
Sxybritguy10: u2

The President of the United States is offline.
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Jan
03
2006

Egotar: Pedal Steel and Bass taste great together!

The Egotar!The Egotar is an interesting instrument, if you don’t mind the Frankenstein nature of a 4×4 bolted onto a cheap 4-string. It ain’t pretty, but the one-handed slide setup is ingenious, and looks like it might be more fun than a standard pedal steel. Great for amputees, or anyone who wants a hand free to smoke and drink while they play. Might have to build one myself…

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Jan
02
2006

Happy January 2, 2006

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The Rose Parade has a “never on a Sunday” policy so this New Year’s Weekend will be dragged out for your enjoyment. And are you enjoying it?

The weekend rabble seemed in less than cheery moods when I had to venture out.
I hope the lot of you have this Monday off and get some hap happy going.

It’s the New Year, give it a whirl.

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Jan
02
2006

Ricky Gervais podcasts

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (creators of The Office and Extras) are doing a weekly podcast. The show is a mixture of comedy, chat,and monkey news. You should probably be listening.

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