Saturday, November 7, 1998

Nov 07 1998

Don’t tell anyone, but I bought a digital camera yesterday from Neutronet.com. It’s one of the new generation of low-cost digital cameras; it’s an Epson PhotoPC 550, with a list price of $300 (though I got it for $180). I’m curious to see what it’ll be like, and if it’ll actually be more convenient than a regular camera. There’s no film to worry about, though you do have to download the pictures you take to your PC after you’ve hit the maximum storable (in this case, 6 in high-res mode, 12 in medium-res, or 24 in low-res). You can buy an extra storage unit which’ll extend the number of pictures up to 147 in low-res, though I’m willing to live with that few pictures for the time being, as I don’t snap photos constantly.

This little (!) purchase was made primarily because I’ve gotten in the photography mood lately. I guess it’s because I’ve been seeing some stunning sunsets on the way back from work at Frederick for IBA. Anyvay, I’ll post my opinion of the camera here.

Incidentally, I’ve been keeping an eye on Stargate SG-1 lately. It originally aired on Showtime, but is being shown on Fox, Saturdays at 4:00 in most areas. What I’ve seen so far has been pretty impressive, on the level of The X-Files — dramatic, exciting, a visual feast, and ultimately quite entertaining, if somewhat uneven from episode to episode.

Two snaps sewn onto the keyglove. Whoopee. Oooh, and if you ever get a chance to see Dead Again (1991), a stylish little thriller, do so. I caught it last night on The Sci-Fi ChannelEmma Thompson has amnesia and is discovered by Kenneth Brannagh. He takes her to Derek Jacobi, who tries regression past-life therapy on her. Brannagh doesn’t like the result, so he talks with Robin Williams, a therapist friend, while partially pushing out his best friend, Wayne Knight (the mailman on Seinfeld, Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park). It’s definitely worth seeing if you can find it.

Meeeeeeanwhile, I’m embarking upon a quest to train Molly (our Golden Retriever) to catch a flying disc (a.k.a. Frisbee (TM)). Right now I’m in the very early stages of training her, so we’ll see what happens. Sounds like the perfect sport for the both of us.

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