“Americans used to roar like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security.”
by Norman Vincent Peale




"walls of the city" logo conceptualized by Oleg Volk and executed by Linoge. Logo is © "walls of the city".

in light of recent events

In case you have not heard, 12 people were murdered today by a couple of undereducated, over-indoctrinated, violent radicals who got their lace panties in a twist over a couple of cartoons depicting their chosen messiah in less-than-flattering ways. 

And even without me specifying the religion of the attackers in that sentence, I bet you can figure out which one the murderous assholes adhered to without clicking through the link.  Which is […]

i am sure i stole this idea from somewhere

… but damned if I cannot remember where at the moment. 

It had to go through some modifications in the process – notably, rotating the cap 90 degrees, due to those pushy-thingies not being terribly well attached to the cap – but it still turned out better than my magazine carrier attempt did…


you would think they would figure it out by now

Not-very-hypothetically speaking, if one were to be taking a trip in the near future to a location that will involve a lot of swimming, under- and on-water activities, and the occasional downpour, what would be everyone’s recommendations regarding an affordable waterproof image-capturing device?

From what research I have been doing, options still seems strangely limited, despite camera manufacturers producing arguably weather- and water-proof cameras for almost as long as they have been […]

new project

The previous owner indicated that it was originally used by the Army to move around aerial surveillance cameras when they were not actually in their aircraft. I have no idea – tried researching the serial numbers on it, and did not come up with much.

In any case, the entire top lifts off (no hinges) courtesy of those cool tension latches on the front and […]

good for my ego

I can now officially say that a picture I took with my very own two hands has been featured on Oleg Volk’s site

Granted, I was using his hardware, but that is almost a challenge in and of itself – the number of buttons on a camera is directly proportional to the price of said device, and, as you can imagine, he does not exactly use cheap (in either sense […]

i am a bad, bad man


I cannot stop giggling at this:

And, yes, there is a story:

Surveillance video of the incident was released on Monday by the Sheriff’s Office. It shows two masked men entering the Palms Internet Cafe, 8444 SW State Road 200, just before 10 p.m. Friday. One of the men had a gun.

Williams was seated toward the back of the cafe dressed in a white shirt, shorts and […]

tripadvisor gives us another win

To provide a bit of a humorous counterpoint to the previous post, do the failures known as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Ownership or the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Ownership have anything that TripAdvisor could actually rate?

Because the National Rifle Association does:

The Certificate of Excellence honors business that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.

With a rating of 4.5, […]

what he said

Make it a phone and I’ll buy one.

No, really:

Smartphones are constantly getting better at imitating compact cameras, but so far we haven’t seen many cameras that attempt to mimic smartphones. That changes today with the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera, a 16-megapixel compact camera unveiled at CES. It’s a point-and-shoot camera that’s pretty much a smartphone without the phone. Powered by Android, the camera features a 3x (36-108mmm) optical zoom […]

come to the light (field) side

Speaking of changing how you see the world… I had heard of this technology a little while ago, but I am surprised at how quickly it made it to the market (though "quickly" is a relative term – apparently it has been in the works for 15 years).

I will not even try to behave like I understand the science of that thing’s inner workings, but here is what it […]

going to start charging rent

I got home today and scampered downstairs to the basement to pick up my camera and go see how our baby cardinal was doing.  Incidentally, he had fledged and apparently moved on, but I did not know that at the time, and I only thought briefly about the funny looking leaf on the floor of the basement as I headed into my office.  Having grabbed my camera and started to head upstairs, I … ZOMGTHELEAFISRUNNINGACROSSTHEFLOOR!!!  […]

presented without comment

(Courtesy of Miguel.)

where were the cell phones?

Ok, I was mistaken – I have one last thing to say about the Tucson shooting today.

We are rapidly becoming a fully-connected society, in that one will find smart phones, cameras, and video recorders almost everywhere, at almost any time; and, predictably enough, when major events transpire, it is not long at all until a horde of various people’s own recordings of the event are broadcast, posted, or otherwise disseminated on the Internet. […]