Thursday, January 31, 2008

Another Firmware Update For The Sony A700


This utility updates the DSLR-A700 Camera Firmware to version 3 and provides the following benefits:

Benefits over firmware version 2:

  • Resolves an issue where the Access Lamp remains lit and the camera stops responding when several pictures are taken in rapid succession.
  • Resolves an issue where powering the camera off while in "MR" mode may cause some registered settings to carry over to other shooting modes.

Additional benefits over other firmware versions:

  • Sharper images for pictures taken under low contrast conditions
  • Reduced noise for pictures taken at ISO 3200
  • Improved flash control for objects closer than 1 meter with non ADI controlled lenses

Add A Caption 42

So, who has a caption for this photo?
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Excessive Force

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

New Sony Zooms

Sony has just announced two new alpha-mount zoom lenses.

One is the Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA. which should be perfect for landscape and portrait photography. It is said that this lens exhibits excellent contrast and center-to-edge resolution. Really appealing is the fact that it's f/2.8 aperture will remain constant throughout it's focal length. Also, this lens is the only compatible large aperture standard zoom with the benefit of image stabilization available in the industry.

The other lens is a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 which should be ideal for ideal for sports and portrait photography. The lens offers superb contrast and sharpness across its focal length range. It is said to maintain excellent optical characteristics from center to it's periphery.

Both lenses feature Sony's Super Sonic wave motor (SSM). Both lenses will be available this spring. The the SAL2470Z Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA lens will be available for about $1,750 and the SAL70300G len f/4.5-5.6 lens will be available for about $800.
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Dr. Bills Don't Help

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tequila



sent to me by Anderson Nation

Don't Forget To Pay Your taxes......

Important tax reminder: Don't forget to pay your taxes......

¡Muchas Gracias !
21 million illegal aliens are depending on you!

sent to me by a great friend and guardsman Highpower

Monday, January 28, 2008

Surprise Visitor


I had a surprise visitor drop by my yard yesterday. It was on the hunt for food. I've never seen a turkey in town before, let alone my yard. She completely circled my house before she disappeared.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Depressed - Call Lifeline

I was depressed last night so I called Lifeline.

Got a call center in Pakistan .


I told them I was suicidal.

They got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck.

sent to me by Anderson Nation

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Senior Dance

At the senior center-- Friday night dance

A very elderly gentleman (nineties), very well dressed, hair well-groomed, great-looking suit, flower in his lapel, smelling slightly of a good after-shave, presenting a well looked after image, walks into the "cocktail lounge" section at the senior center.

Seated at the bar is an attractive elderly looking lady (mid-eighties).

The gentleman walks over, sits alongside her, orders a drink, takes a sip, turns to her and says, "So tell me, do I come here often?"

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mean Mothers

Mean Moms & Grandmas
Someday when my children are old enough

to understand

the logic that motivates a parent,

I will tell them, as my Mean ole Mom told me:

I loved you enough . . .

to ask where you were going,

with whom,
and what time you would be home.

I loved you enough

to be silent

and let you discover that your

new best friend was a creep.

I loved you enough

to stand over you for two hours

while you cleaned your room,

a job that should have taken 15 minutes.

I loved you enough

to let you see anger,
disappointment, and tears in my eyes.

Children must learn that their parents

aren't perfect.

I loved you enough

to let you assume the responsibility

for your actions even when the
penalties were so harsh

they almost broke my heart.

But most of all,

I loved you enough . . . to say
NO when I knew you would hate me for it.

Those were the most difficult battles of all.

I'm glad I won them,

because in the end

you won, too.

And someday when your children

are old enough to understand

the logic that motivates parents,

you will tell them.

Was your Mom mean?

I know mine was.

We had the meanest mother in the whole world!

While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we

had to have cereal, eggs, and toast.

When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch,

we had to eat sandwiches.

And you can guess our mother

fixed us a dinner that was
different from what other kids had, too.

Mother insisted on knowing

where we were at all times.

You'd think we were convicts in a prison.

She had to know who our friends were,

and what we were doing with them.

She insisted that if we said

we would be gone for an hour,

we would be gone for an hour or less.

We were ashamed to admit it,

but she had the nerve
to break the Child Labor Laws

by making us work.

We had to wash the dishes, make the beds,

learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry,

empty the trash
and all sorts of cruel jobs.

I think she would lie awake at night

thinking of more things for us to do.

She always insisted on us telling the truth,

the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

By the time we were teenagers,

she could read our minds

and had eyes in the back of her head.

Then, life was really tough!

Mother wouldn't let our friends

just honk the horn when they drove up.

They had to come up to the door
so she could meet them.

While everyon else could
date when they were 12 or 13,

we had to wait until we were 16 .

Because of our mother

we missed out

on lots of things other kids experienced.

None of us have ever
been caught shoplifting,

vandalizing other's property

or ever arrested for any crime.

It was all her fault.

Now that we have left home,

we are all educated,
honest adults.

We are doing our best to be mean
parents just like Mom was.

I think that is what's wrong with the world today.
It just doesn't have enough mean moms!


emailed to me by my daughter

well actually it was probably meant for my wife


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Gossip Is Uncontained


In a small village long ago there was a man who was a terrible gossip. He realized the error of his ways and met with the Rabbi.

"Rabbi, I need to change, I need to make things better."

The Rabbi sat and stroked his beard for a while then said, "tomorrow please come and bring your feather pillow."

The man showed up early the next morning with his feather pillow and the Rabbi said to him, "take a feather and lay it on the doorstep of every person you've spoken ill of. When you are done return to me."

The man was confused but he went about town laying feathers at the doorsteps of all those he had wronged. He returned to the Rabbi's house tired and with an empty sack that had once been a pillow.

The Rabbi said to him. "Very good. When you have collected those feathers you can be forgiven."

The man stammered, "But the wind... they have traveled... I couldn't control where they went."

Exactly.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Good For You Andy Rooney

Didn't look this one up on truthorfiction.com, but if he didn't say it SOMEONE sure should!!!!!!!!!!

RIGHT ON, ANDY!!

Good for him!!!
Surprised CBS let him get away with this even though he's right.


Right on, Andy Rooney !

Andy Rooney once said on "60 Minutes":

I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers.. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America. Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens...Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.

Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer.

You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.

I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, which is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts! ARE YOU LISTENING MARTHA BURKE ?

I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.

I have the right "NOT" to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.

When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling; it is the Law of Probability.

I believe that if you are selling me a milkshake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!

My father and grandfather didn't die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.

I think the police should have every right to shoot you if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't underst and the word "freeze" or "stop" in English, see the above lines.

I don't think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business.

We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.

I don't hate the rich I don't pity the poor.

I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That doesn't stop you from watching them.

I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that's better, and put your name on the building.

It doesn't take a whole village to raise a child ri ght, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say "NO!"

I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don't want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me French fries!

I am sick of "Political Correctness." I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa ; so how can they be "African-Americans"? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don't go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe. I am proud to be from America and nowhere else.

And if you don't like my point of view, tough...

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!


It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a problem in having "In God We Trust" on our money and having "God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why don't we just tell the 14% to BE QUIET!!!

sent to me by Anderson Nation

Friday, January 11, 2008

Dems Speak No Evil Of Islamic Jihad

If the New Hampshire debates settled anything, it's which party has the stomach to take on radical Islam. The Democrats couldn't even identify the enemy. Not once.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Silent Majority


The silent majority has been silent too long.

It's time we tell that one or two who scream loud enough to be heard that the vast majority doesn't care what they want. It is time that the majority Rules! It's time we tell them, You don't have to pray; you don't have to say the Pledge of Allegiance; you don't have to believe in God or attend services that honor Him. That is your right, and we will honor your right; but by golly, you are no longer going to take our rights away. We are fighting back, and we WILL WIN!

God bless us one and all...especially those who denounce Him.
God bless America, despite all her faults. She is still the greatest nation of all. God bless our service men who are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God.

Let's make 2008 the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as the foundation of our families and institutions .. And our military forces come home from all the wars.

Keep looking up.