Archive for August, 2007

I Love It!: Apple iLife ’08
August 29, 2007

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I got iLife ’08 last week and I almost forgot to tell you all about it. It’s brilliant! Well, aside from that new iMovie thing, but no worries because you still get to keep iMovie HD. I don’t really use Garage Band or iWeb but from what I see, they look to be major improvements.

So that leaves us with the new iPhoto! It’s just about the best thing ever now. I love the new Event feature because that’s how I normally organize my photos anyways. But converting from Albums to Events can get tedious especially when you have over three hundred albums to convert. It goes for $79 in stores but you can always squeeze a deal if you look online.

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Must See!: Millenium Actress
August 28, 2007

I literally just finished watching this film and I just can’t get over how awesome it was. The story involves an old actress who tells her life story in the most fascinating way. Director Satoshi Kon does wonderfully in blending reality with fantasy. A beautifully told film that I highly recommend.

Don’t Bother: War
August 27, 2007

Gunfights. Sword fights. Exotic cars. Car chase. Godly assassin. Equally-talented cop. Triads. Yakuza. I think that’s just about everything they managed to glaze over in the movie while killing off god knows how many people. The movie was not so much entertainment as it was a theatrical slaughter involving the gratuitous use of violence and gore.

I usually post on here about things I like but I just thought I’d save you the ten bucks by telling not to watch this garbage.

Nikonians Rejoice!: D300 and D3
August 23, 2007

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It’s a big day for Nikonians! Nikon has just announced two new models: the D300 and the D3 (which replaces the D2Xs). Each are brilliant in their own rights.

The D300, which succeeds the D200, features a three-inch live viewfinder, not unlike those on digital snapshot cameras. This is a first for Nikon. The camera also features a 12.3 megapixel self-cleaning sensor (the one Sony has just announced), 6 frames per second burst (8 with the optional battery pack), 51-point autofocusing,HDMI support with 1080i playback and a 200-3200 ISO range. ($1799 body only)

The new flagship model, the D3 shoots at a blazing 11 frames per second (in DX, 9 in FX). It sports 12.1-megapixel FX/DX format sensor, a 3-inch 920,000-pixel live viewfinder with a 170-degree viewing angle, a 51-point autofocusing and a 200-6400 ISO range. Hi 2 Mode ups the ISO to an equivalent of 25,600. Not sure how it’s going to look but I’m hoping for the best. It also allows for dual Compact Flash card use. And it’s all wrapped in magnesium casing. ($4999 body only)

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Fine-Tuning Perfection: Aston Martin Vantage RS
August 20, 2007

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The Aston Martin V8 Vantage sits on the top of my list of desirable cars. It’s been there for years. And I’ve known that there could only be one car that could unseat its place on top and that car is a factory-tuned variation of the Vantage. It looks like it may finally happen too. This spy shot of a Vantage shows some minor changes of which most notably are the amber corner reflectors, more aggressive rocker panels and clear lenses in the rear.

Speculation says that this car is the long-rumored RS version which is supposed to cut three hundred pounds of fat and up eighty horsepower of muscle.

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Without A Doubt, One Of The Coolest Girls Alive
August 17, 2007

Sabine Schmidt. She set the record at the infamous Nurburgring track at the age of nineteen! She now caters to those who rather ride the ‘Ring instead of driving it. She drives a BMW M5 as her ‘Ring taxi and you can hire her to take you around the thirteen mile track with over 147 bends.

Killer Bunnies And The Quest For The Magic Carrot
August 14, 2007

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I spent three hours today learning and playing this card game and it was surprisingly fun. Well, that is until I unintentionally plotted my own demise and lost everything. The title of the game gives sense to the humorous aura that surrounds the game. The game requires, at the least, a starter pack ($25). You can build you collection of cards through booster packs. Unlike most card games, you know what you’ll get in the booster packs because they’re identical. So it’s not like Magic: The Gathering or Pokemon. But just a means to expand on the possibilities of the game.

It is an easy game to understand but elements of chance, alliances and rivalries make the game very exciting. For more information on the game and where to buy it, visit the website.

Porsche Design Edition One
August 14, 2007

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Porsche’s newest model is a variation on the Cayman S and it’s named the Porsche Design Edition One. In regards to the exterior: it’s been dropped ten millimeters, fitted with nineteen-inch rims from a Porsche 911 Turbo, and given matte black stripes down the length of the car as well as the doors. On the inside, the seats are wrapped in grippy black Alcantara and given a small plaque designating which one of the seven hundred seventy-seven cars that will be built. The car is packaged with a number of trinkets of which include a chronograph, a pen, sunglasses, a knife, and a keyring.

The car will be available in Germany this immediate November and coming to our shores at the turn of the year. It will be priced at €69,942 in Germany. US pricing has not been revealed at this moment.

Just another tease to those whom have no means to finance such a vehicle. Sigh….

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Filoli Gardens
August 12, 2007

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My family and I went to visit the Filoli Gardens earlier this week. It’s located about thirty miles south of San Francisco in Woodside, California.

“The name of the estate is an acronym formed by combining the first two letters from the key words of William Bourn’s credo: “Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.” – Wikipedia

The property was once home to one William Bourn II and his family. The deed was then sold to William Roth. When Roth had passed away his wife donated the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The beautiful gardens surrounds their ridiculous mansion which is open to view as well. The visit proved to be a wonderful photo opportunity and a lovely Sunday getaway.

Smile!
August 8, 2007

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Today, I went down to San Jose Camera and I finally got the 18-200 VR DX that I’ve wanted for two years. It’s my fourth Nikkor lens and to be honest, it just makes the other three obsolete. I love that I now have one lens that does all the jobs so there’s little need (or desire, for that matter) to tote all of them with me.  The VR (or Vibration Reduction) is really nice because it compensates for my inability to be perfectly statue-like.

I need to go out and take some pictures with it. Yay! I’m so excited!