June 25, 2004

The really BIG Picture

I totally dig my digital camera (sony DSC-P32). It has it's flaws... but for the most part it meets my low-budget needs far better than my old-skool 35mm SLR. Note, I didn't say it takes better pictures. I'm just all about convenience these days. My camera is almost small enough to fit in my pocket and takes tons of decent picts per memory stick.

Friends and coworkers taunt me with smaller/more feature-rich/higher resolution/more expensive alternatives. I'm content enough... for now. Others aren't so. Turning to a marriage between film and digital to produce
"some of the highest-resolution landscape photographs ever made."

"Mountain I, a 5-foot-by-10-foot color photograph captured by that camera, is on display at the Sonnabend Gallery in New York through July 30.

Details of the mountain's snowcapped peak -- 7 miles from the camera -- are in sharp focus, as are individual blades of grass only 100 feet away. When sections of the image are magnified nearly four times, other details are clearly visible: the shingles on a barn 4,000 feet from the camera, a red bird in the grass 150 feet away."

Now, if only Ross could make a pocket-size version....

Posted by Lito at 01:03 PM

March 11, 2004

Robots-- Start your engines!

And they're off!

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) ponied up a cool mil for the first unmanned vehicle to navigate a 210 mile race from Barstow, California to Primm, Nevada... in under 10 hours. The actual path won't be announced until a few hours before the race.

CalTech, Carnegie Mellon University, and even a HIGH SCHOOL are in the running for the big bucks.

Posted by Lito at 09:30 PM

March 01, 2004

It's easy being Green

My conservative-liberal ways have gotten the best of me yesterday. I was able to support both the economy and the environment and my own pocket all at the same time! I bought a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid!

Gas prices out here are already hitting $2.50/GAL and projected to reach over $3 by the end of the year. Driving my 1991, straight-six, 4WD Jeep Cherokee in rush-hour traffic through the "worst freeway bottleneck in the nation" at 12 - 15 MPG costs me up to $200 a month in gas.

This Honda will cut that by up to 75%.

This Honda will cut that by up to 75%. That, PLUS the $1,500 tax deduction I'll receive next year, puts me in the green in more ways than one!

- Lito

Posted by Lito at 02:10 PM