Thursday, February 28, 2008

Odds and Ends

It seems that with yesterday being 1 week since my last post, quite a few people were expecting a new post from me. My hit counter showed a 300% increase in hits yesterday as compared to the average number of hits over the past 4 days. I don't have my thoughts as organized as I'd like, so I'll just toss a handful of ideas into one quick post.

When I logged into Blogger today I saw a new feature. I figured I'd give it a try. You'll find the "Call Me" button on the right. You can click on it and the free service will call your phone and connect you to me (or my voicemail if I don't answer your call). Since it's free I figured I'd give it a try.

I figured that 2 months past Christmas the number of Nintendo Wii game consoles in stores would reach a reasonable level. I decided my birthday would be a good time to get one. It seems I was wrong. Over the past week I've called 82 different stores trying to find one, with no luck. If you know me well enough to know my phone number, and you are aware of anywhere within 90 miles of my house that has Wii game consoles in stock, call me right away and let me know where. If you don't know my phone number, but you know of anywhere in the Greater Chicagoland area with Wii game consoles in stock, try clicking the "Call Me" button on this web page, and leave me a voicemail. Thanks!

I took some pictures of the Lunar Eclipse last week. It was a perfectly clear night, and it was bitter cold. So cold that my camera battery kept freezing, and I could only get about 20 pictures (or 20 minutes) or so before it indicated it was discharged and I had to bring it into the house to warm up. Fortunately I have two batteries for the camera, so I was able to swap them between the house and the camera to allow continuous use of the camera. I was disappointed that during the "partial" portion of the eclipse the camera couldn't capture the red glow of the eclipsed part of the moon without overexposing the uneclipsed portion. Then when the moon was fully eclipsed I found I needed to use about a 2 second exposure to get a proper exposure of the red eclipsed moon. Because the moon is slowly moving across the sky, and I was using a 600mm telephoto lens, the 2 second exposure left me with a horribly blurred image. I tried faster shutter speeds and managed to get an exceptibly clear underexposed image that Ill post below. Depending on the brightness and contrast settings of your monitor you may or may not be able to see it very well. It looks much better printed out at Jewel/Osco's photo department. The partial eclipse that includes the red eclipsed portion below is actually two separate images that I've pasted together using free photo editing software called "Gimp".