Last April, after months of researching and stressing over whether or not I should (or could), I finally bit the bullet and spent $1300 on a nice 24Mpx Pentax K-3 DSLR. This is a super camera that I really have been enjoying and getting some high quality photos with. Most of all I like the standard ability you get with any DSLR of a fully manual photograph, something you just don’t get with a snapshot like my old Fujifilm A820. Sure the good snapshot cameras come with that little pseudo-manual exposure mode where you set one or two preferred manual settings and the rest remain automatic, but a nice DSLR will give you the ability to adjust everything about both exposure AND focus.
Wowee!! So I get comments from people I don’t know at all. Now THAT’S something. And I also had a request to turn on ‘Blogger Follow,’ which I think is crazy. I like simplicity. Little mandatory pictures all over the place make for clutter. But in light of popular demand, fine. I’ll do that.
On a similar note, I’m going to remove the Daily Dilbert, even though it’s cool. It takes way too long to load and it’s again a big blob of mess at the top of every page. So goodbye, even though it’s cool.
Okay, so we’re back from Mississippi (actually almost a month now). We got back on August 7, and I haven’t gotten back to this thing until now. It was REALLY FUN!!
On another note, I’ve started two websites. Google Webmaster Tools says that linking between sites increases publicity and ranking, so here we go: http://ppsstudios.brinkster.net and http://www33.websamba.com/ppsstudios/. Brinkster will be the main one for now, although I just discovered that they’re sticking invisible ad tags on the bottom of all my pages, so I can’t use sitemap and things like that. Oh well. Anyway, the most in-depth thing on there is probably going to be the Elephant Joke Fan Club. Only members can see the real pages, and it isn’t too in-depth yet. The idea is that if you like elephant jokes in the right way, we’ll consider letting you in, but if you just plain don’t get them at all (they don’t make sense), you can’t belong. Whatever.
Heading down to Mississippi in a day (actually, more like 18 hours) to visit friends. Everyone thinks we’re crazy, going at a time like this, when it’s all hot and stuff, but we felt we needed to get it in before school started. Actually, it’s so close to that deadline that they were planning to start school right in the middle of our trip, before we had planned it of course. Well, they’ve probably rethought, so we’ll have a great time seeing them anyway.
On another note, ever heard of Pivot Stickfigure Animator? Me neither, until last week when I saw a couple Youtube videos showing stickmen running around. Apparently, it’s a program entirely dedicated to animating stick-men!! Pretty neat-o. I sure like it. It’s a bit tough to get good at though. I’ve gotten a couple decent videos out of it, as they show silouettes of the previous frame. Anyway, here’s the link: http://www.geocities.com/peter_bone_uk/pivot.html. Personally, I’d go for the 1.3 Beta version, as samples you find on the web are not always compatible with the regular one. However, the beta has a stupid warning every time you open the program which is a text file warning you of how this program might not work because it’s a beta. Well, I think that right there is a beta bug that can use some fixing. Put a “Don’t show this again” checkbox or something.