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New Camera – Thanks Panasonic

// February 17th, 2010 // 12 Comments » // Hobbies, Toys

In December we bought a new Panasonic plasma TV, and of course, as happens these days, we got something free with it. That free thing arrived today after much form filling and waiting – a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1. These rugged little beauties cost $600 in the shops so I was very happy to get one for “free”. Also I am sick of lugging my giant Canon EOS around with me on family outings!

I particularly like that it is shockproof to 1.5m – perhaps even Janproof? She has dropped 2 of our digital cameras and destroyed them in the past. Also it is waterproof to 3m, so if Archie tries to flush it down the toilet, it may survive, unlike Jan’s iPod. And it shoots HD video as well, not sure what the quality’s like, but hey! HD in your pocket’s gotta be good. And did I mention that it is ORANGE? How cool is that?

Here’s some quick test shots I did:


An iPhone Wanker Is Born

// July 23rd, 2009 // 29 Comments » // Toys

I finally saw the light and got myself an iPhone. Credit to my good buddy Axo, who pointed out I was spending so much energy to find something as good as the iPhone without considering the beast itself! Now that I hold my 32GB 3GS in my sweaty palms, I couldn’t be happier. What an amazing piece of technology. Even Harry is not immune to its charms, he made me promise I would leave it to him in my will! I am actually posting this from my phone and it is awesome. Expect more iPhone wankery in the future! You have been warned.

Groovy New Thingy

// October 26th, 2007 // No Comments » // Geekery, Toys

Check out this cool new technology that allows your mobile phone to connect to a supercomputer so that it can identify all sorts of things through its camera and stuff… well it’s hard to explain, watch the video!

It is surely only a small step from here to futuristic sunglasses that overlay all sorts of information over reality… bring it on I say!

New Type of Computer

// June 1st, 2007 // 12 Comments » // Geekery, Toys

Takes me back to those good old days of table-top Pacman… Looks like great fun though!

Burn TV Burn

// April 16th, 2007 // 8 Comments » // Toys

Looks like our lovely German Loewe TV is the subject of a recall because it may burst into flames at any moment. Apparently we are not supposed to use it until it’s been serviced… but how is that HUMANLY POSSIBLE! I think we’ll just keep a lookout for smoke and flames while watching the latest downloaded episodes of Lost.

The Printed Word

// July 28th, 2006 // 15 Comments » // Geekery, Toys

Received in the post from Amazon today, two books for work and two books for nerdy obsessiveness:

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity By: David Allen

The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play
By: Neil Fiore

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology By: Ray Kurzweil

Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever By: Ray Kurzweil, Terry Grossman

I’ve discovered that books in New Zealand are so expensive that it is CHEAPER to buy from Amazon despite huge international postage costs.

For Want Of A Sticker…

// October 14th, 2005 // 60 Comments » // Life, Toys

I’ve been selling a few DVDs on TradeMe recently and been getting good prices for them. But just now I received a notification that one of my listings has been withdrawn because it doesn’t have a NZ Classification sticker on it. So I rang up the Labelling Body to enquire. Turns out I can’t sell any of my Australian DVDs secondhand unless I physically send them to the Labelling Body to have all their special features checked etc and a label applied. Of course this costs $25 – $35 per DVD!

Looks like I’m stuck with my collection forever… either that or I could sell them on Australian eBay I guess… Bummer!

Those bloody labels are so ugly too.

Whole Again

// August 30th, 2005 // 20 Comments » // Toys

I was very surprised when my new camera arrived by courier at 8:30am this morning, when I only deposited the money into E-top’s bank at 3pm yesterday. So E-top get a big thumbs up from me for service and speed.

I’ve been merrily snapping away all morning, as you can imagine. One disadvantage of the 8 megapixels is that now my largest CF card only holds 32 images! I can’t afford to get myself a 1GB card at the moment, so I will just take images at medium quality where I can at least take 55 pics at a time. Hopefully I won’t need to print any out at A1 size…

The camera itself is great though. Very responsive instant shutter speed, you can hold down the button and just take one photo after the other, it fits my two existing EOS lenses, and it has great auto spot focusing… I love it! Pics coming to Flickr very soon. The Harry and Archie fix you’ve been craving for a month!!

New Toy

// August 29th, 2005 // 26 Comments » // Internets, Toys

I’ve just ordered my brand new Canon 350D digital SLR and I am filled with antici-pation. I can’t wait to get back on Flickr with some actual photos – much as I know Rosie has been enjoying the scans.

In other news check out this great post about piracy on Asymptomatic.

To people like the RIAA and MPA I, along with many other people, say this to you: your failed business model is not my problem. Work with us, not against us, and we will be your friends. Work against us, and you can only lose. Because we are the ones that built you, power you, run you, we are you. You just don’t know it yet.


// August 16th, 2005 // 8 Comments » // Life, Toys

Is there anything more tragic than two sick toddlers and a crappy DVD player from the Warehouse that is BROKEN and cannot play a single second of ELMO? This morning I went to Noel Leeming and bought a Sony. Now Elmo is blaring, the toddlers are happy – well, as happy as can be under the circumstances – and life is peaceful again.

PS When I get old, I want to be like this grandma.