Looks like the iPhone made a big splash yesterday. I don’t have one yet, but I think I’ll take the plunge in a month or so to replace my aging Motorola v551. It was pretty funny to see a local pseudo-celebrity make a complete ass of himself for the 11PM newscast; when I knew him seven years ago, he was Johnny shit-on-Apple.
Yesterday we spent a good bit of time selecting, refining, and printing some photos so that we could finally hang something on our living room wall. A few days ago we spent a pile of money at IKEA for some black frames in assorted sizes and came up with an arrangement that would make a design professor proud. Guests who’ve visited must think we’re strange because our house has featured virtually nothing on the walls in the main living areas—no pictures of us, no posters, wall hangings, tapestries, or animal pelts. I admit, that is pretty weird. After all the hard work we’ve put into this dump, it’s great to finally put our personal mark on the walls and see familiar faces looking back at us.
Finally, in preparation for the Fourth of July celebration (and to take advantage of the relatively balmy weather), we did some cleaning in the yard around the woodpile, which was threatening to swallow the southwest corner of the yard. Two trips and eight boxes of dead wood later, we reclaimed a good portion of our lawn from the creeping english ivy and dead brush. This makes absolutely no difference in the condition of the lawn back there, which looks like a patch of the Kalahari desert—my attempt at tilling and reseeding failed miserably. I’ve recently come to the sad realization that the only thing that will help our back lawn is about five cubic tons of fill dirt and a truckload of sod. And I’ll hire someone else to handle that project, for sure.
Shopping carts tucked neatly away under the stairs at the College Park IKEA this afternoon.
OK, the D70 dark image issue mentioned elsewhere is fixed; at some point I set the exposure compensation to -2.0 and never returned it to 0.0.
Apparently exposure compensation is a global setting, meaning when I used it in Program mode and switched over to Aperture Priority, for example, the EC setting was still -2.0 and didn’t reset itself like my Canon does. While annoying (all the photos I shot in Curacao suffered from this oversight) it’s another thing I’ve learned and won’t forget again.
Our grape arbor is covered with bunches of fruit, a far cry from last year, when whatever it produced was devoured by birds in one afternoon. The lack of water and steady heat has been perfect for growing grapes, along with Jen’s judicious pruning earlier this year; now we just have to figure out how to protect them from varmints (a large bird net has been purchased already) and when to harvest them properly.
I rented a 40′ ladder to finish painting the siding on the house this weekend. I painted the house blue three years ago, and the west peak (the highest point on the house, at nearly four stories) was still grayish-white because my 28′ ladder won’t reach. It’s nice to not have that hanging over my head anymore—literally.
The photos are shit because the light meter in my D70 is messed up somehow…more on that later.