Chatter #52: December 3, 2001

12/14/2001 — I started the Chatter section on July 27, 2000 when I noticed that the rest of my site was sometimes getting cluttered with lots of text. I'm a talkative guy, after all! So now I talk about my life here, instead of all over the place. Originally this was one huge section, but in December of 2001 it simply became too large to remain as one page, and I broke it into dated sections, as you can see. —>PM


Fun With Technology

Teri and I were at Wal-Mart on Saturday, and I couldn't resist taking a peek at the digital cameras. To my amazement the cheapest one was only $79! I had no idea that prices had gone so low. Of course it was a discontinued model (an older Polaroid), and the pictures it takes are only about 1/2 megapixel (I think), but even so I couldn't resist it.

I opened it up as soon as we got home, and almost immediately discovered something odd: there were a bunch of pictures already stored on it, and they were obviously NOT sample images that had been provided by Polaroid. Not that there was anything shocking, mind you, just pictures of somebody's house and such; but it was obvious that someone had returned the camera.

Still, I fired it up and started taking pictures. It worked great. Images were displayed on a screen on the camera, and 44 high-resolution images could be stored on the removable 8MB smartmedia card.


I'm out of time. I was going to write a lot more, but instead here's a picture I took of our cat, Sam. I call it "Jealousy". When I get a chance, remind me to write about a heavy-duty road rage incident I had on my Monday morning commute, and the mind-f--k I used to ruin a jerk's day!


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