Friday, May 29, 2009

Everio HD camera looks great!

Every so often an opportunity to checkout something I would actually like to use/have. Today, from a recommendation at Potamus Prefers I learned about a contest JVC is having for the Everio. I chose the GZ-HD 300R camcorder. It is amazingly light and shoots and plays in high definition. That is outstanding. I have just found another site with a similar sweepstakes which is called Lizzy Dear's Life Reviews. This camera looks like a real "sweet thang."


* KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS (F1.9, Filter diameter: 30.5mm)
* 60GB Internal Hard Disk Drive
* 25 hours recording at the highest quality (Ultra-DVD Movie)
* Full HD1920 x 1080P Recording
* 1/4.1" 3.05Megapixel CMOS
* 24Mbps Ultra High Quality AVCHD Recording
* Up to 1920 x 1080 Digital Stills
* Up to 9999 digital stills at the highest quality

Easy Operation & Convenience

* New Laser Touch Operation
* Face Detection
* HDMI V.1.3 with x.v.Color
* 2.7" 123K-pixel Color LCDData Battery
* Power-Linked operation with Quick Restart
* Convenient 2-way Strap
* Auto Power ON/OFF & Auto Lens Cover
* Remote Control

Easy Archiving & Sharing

* One Touch Export (Windows)
* One-touch Upload to YouTube (Windows)
* One-Touch Backup to PC (Direct Backup)
* One-Touch DVD Creation (Direct DVD)
* Pixela Everio MediaBrowser (Windows)

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

From Internet to Mobile

Yesterday I was involved in a discussion about the future of what we now call "the internet."

Twenty years ago, the World Wide Web was new. People joined CompuServe and AOL with a unique name* that became their email address even though very few emailed in the early 1990's. Spam was non-existent and internet commerce had not yet begun. Those online at the time visited "meeting rooms" and spoke via chat-rooms. The rooms were organized by interests and ages. That seems a very long time ago. Over the years email became an accepted way to communicate. Now, we use spam filters to ward off pornography and unwanted solicitations. I seem to get a great deal of garbage (90%) and very little value.

We are now transitioning into a mobile society. No longer is it a luxury to own a cell phone, it is an accepted way of life. In fact, many Millennials do not have land (wired) phones where they live. They work off of their cell which brings up yesterday's discussion. What services are a flash in the pan and which will be around years from now? For the short term while everyone does not have mobile internet computing ability (or if they have it the browser speed may be questionable), texting appears to be the answer.

Today's websites and blogs are a bit heavy for our cell phones. One possible direction is the conversion to mobile sites. The only company I happened to have looked at was called Wirenode. I will be playing with my own blog to see if I like it or not. All of those years of inefficient programming are coming back to bite us in the side where the sun doesn't shine. I wonder if new markup will address this?

So, what are the options via texting? Yes, you can text your friends and family easily enough and now keep in touch with their every move via Twitter. There are SMS services available to the public, free or low cost, to answer questions. One that I found is ChaCha (text 242242). You can ask virtually any question and their 60,000+ guides will find the answer for you. Better than that are their "Thumbsavers". For Weather text W, for a phone number text 411, M for Movies, and so on. I'll do a comparison soon.

*Some of the names people ended up with are hilarious. We still have not conquered the name game. I believe on CompuServe I was Mabyn985. I cannot imagine there being that many Mabyn's worldwide!

Written by a Baby Boomer.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Letter Cursing

Letter Cursing - let-ter curs'ing : The act of almost uttering obscenities or profanities by mere use of a letter and imagination. (For example, "F that!" or "What the S?" or "She is a real "B") Origin - The home of Pat and Mabyn Shingleton.

When I grew up, my daddy used to say "Hotdammit" or "Son of a Gun!" on occasion when he was very upset. I had no idea he was substituting words back then. Boy oh boy have things changed. Words we used to not be able to say "in polite company" are now repeatedly spoken on Prime Time on television. We used to yell to our kids to cover their ears fifteen years ago when "bad words" were being spoken on the occasional movies we watched. I wonder what parents do these days!

Then, couple of years ago, my husband started letter cursing. At first he was wide open with the use but that got to be almost as bad as saying the real thing. Cursing is a terrible habit. It puts those around you in a foul mood. There is no real lesson from this is just a little chit chat.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bunkie Byes

You know why I'm going to bed?
Because the bed won't come to me.
Mary Emma Mathews, Yazoo City, MS

Mary Emma Vandavere Mathews was my mother's mother. She was a teacher and lived a couple of miles "as the crow flies" from Yazoo City in the hills. Memories of homemade breakfasts, lunches and dinners sitting in the hot kitchen or around the large round dining room table are seared in my brain. She was a strict disciplinarian and a devout Christian with a loud singing voice. When I think of her singing at Tranquil Methodist Church I think of "Faith of our Fathers." "Gran" was the best and I think about her whenever the above phrase pops into my head.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Check your Rings

I am named for my paternal grandmother, Mabyn Gordon Kean. She died when I was a youngster so I only remember her through photographs now. My father loved her so much and I loved my daddy. Yes, I was a daddy's girl. When I was a young adult, my parents gave me Mimi's diamond wedding ring, which I loved. It was one of those pieces of jewelry that you never take off. It was simply beautiful with the emphasis on simply. My mother wore it for years before me and I always expected to give it to my daughter when she got older. That dream vanished into thin air at our church fair ten years ago when my thumb made its normal pass over the top of the stone on the ring and all I could feel were the prongs. I can still feel it in my mind. Horrified, my entire family along with many friends searched the football field to see if anyone could find the diamond. Searching the ground for a diamond is quite a task. We searched our car and our home. We went back to the grounds and combed the sidewalks and grass. It was gone. These many years since I still long for that ring. It was so wearable and meant so much to me. I've always felt guilty that it occurred. It didn't feel like it was mine to lose. It was a family heirloom.

The morale of my story is to have your local jeweler check the prongs on your rings (no matter what stones) at least twice a year. If your ring snags things like hairs or threads, go immediately. I thought I was having it checked often but obviously I did a very poor job of it. I'd love to get a replacement for this ring one day. I would make it Mimi's replacement ring and the story would follow.

There is a contest going on at for a diamond ring. It will be an 18 carat white gold ring with a gorgeous diamond in it. You can also enter the contest by following my link. I hope one of us wins. :)