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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Early Christmas Present

My NY buddy Dave turned me on to the Aiptek A-HD a while ago after purchasing one of his own. I just got my work bonus last week, and we decided to go out and get it. I have been amazed by it, and am truly happy with the purchase. There are a few main features that I love: It records directly to an SD card in MOV format, it's small and lightweight (fits into your pocket), and the 720P HI-DEF quality is wonderful considering the price of the camera! The only complaint is that you can't use an off camera mic while shooting video, and the on camera mic isn't the greatest. I just updated the firmware which addresses this problem, and got a few tips from Dave about post audio fixes. I am confident that with those measures taken, that audio quality will hardly be a noticeable distraction to most of my shooting conditions. With that said, check out the first video shot with the camera:

Friday, December 14, 2007

White Elephants

So today was our annual work pot-luck, which started at 9:30am and lasted all day. This year we actually played a few games, as well as participated in a white elephant gift exchange. I made out pretty well this time, and I saw what I believe were the best white elephant gifts I have ever seen. Here's a list of the top three:

  1. A nut cracker shaped like a squirrel, where cranking the tail up and down operates his mouth.
  2. A hot dog bun steamer circa 1960
  3. "Poolar Bear - A Sub-Zero Poopin' Hero"
Now let me just say: Oh my gosh. How cool is that? I got something that was pretty awesome myself. He called it the band starter kit, and it is quite literally that. It was a pair of drumsticks, two packages of acoustic steel strings, a Newtek beanie, a sure-lock guitar strap, a Jim Dunlop string winder, and (drum roll please) a stage light. I'm not sure what kind of light it is or anything, but it might be very awesome considering I was hoping to invest in some photography lights. I'll keep you posted on what I find. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Santa takes a visit to Wal-Mart

I was in Wal-Mart getting some supplies for our sick kiddo and mama, when a voice came over the intercom announcing that, "Santa is here." I told Noah, and also told him that I might get in trouble for bringing him without mama or nana. I figured I would at least see how long the line was. As we walked over to see the jolly old man, there was not a soul there, we were first! I plopped Frencesca down on his knee first, and then Noah who really felt that the situation was questionable. He really didn't say much until he saw that Santa had a candy cane for him in his hands. "Thank you sata" he said as he joyfully enjoyed the candy cane in the car on the way home. I thought we might take another trip in to see him with when he is in the area again, but I couldn't resist as we were right there in the same building as him! I figured that nana and mama would understand.


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