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I thought about my mother this morning while downloading e-mail. Mom never did e-mail; my parents didn't own a computer though they certainly could have done so. No, it is something similar/different that raises this thought periodically.

Mom loved to receive mail. Every day that the time arrived for the postal carrier to deposit mail in our box, that time was important. Bills were good, because they were mail and we'd be able to pay them which would help other people. She became ecstatic if the mail came from someone we knew. But even junk mail was good. She would open it all and read it, then drop it into the trash bin.

I think she would have loved e-mail. After all, e-bills are still bills, and when paid they help someone out even if by providing a little bit for a paycheck. E-mail from someone known is still a joyous communication; well, except when it brings the sad news of life, and it is still a vital connection when it does that.

And I can picture her opening each and every spam notice before sending it to ethereal non-existence. I can hear her say, "Oh look, here's this unfortunate person in Nigeria that needs help remaining solvent, and moving their money into the U.S." Then the note would dissapeer.

Yes, I did receive mostly spam this morning. Why do you ask?

On another parental front, my father once taught me the difference between "want" and "like." Christmastime approached, and he commented about how I sounded asking for presents. "If someone asks," he said, "tell them you would like something. When you say you want something you sound greedy, and you are setting yourself up for disappointment if you don't receive it."

Over time, I've meditated on that topic, because sometimes it is more appropriate to say "I want" rather than "I would like to have." I want food and shelter for myself and family, I would like it to be a comfortable, spacious place. Want implies there is something one is willing to sacrifice to accomplish the satisfaction. I am willing to sacrifice some free time, selling it to hospital, to provide food and shelter for my family.

So, things I would like, things I want:

  • I would like a professional digital SLR camera; I want it to be a Nikon because I may capitalize on the lenses already owned.
  • I would like a dedicated film scanner (as opposed to a flat-bed scanner with a transparency adapter) because that will provide better scans of my film (negative, color negative, and color transparency); I want one which handles 120 mm film, because I use that format a lot.

But what is it I need to sacrifice when I say, I want the patience and perseverance to work through making those likes come to pass?


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May. 21st, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
It just kills me that I know what the SLR Camera and film scanner are, and that I could never afford to byu them for anyone. ARGH! I hate being poor.
May. 21st, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
But I'm not asking anyone to buy them for me. *G*

Define poor. Seems to me you are rather wealthy in friends and talent.

Remember, bills expand to meet available income. It's like on the periodic table or something.
May. 21st, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
I need to yap with you about getting a digital before singingnettle arrives.
Debating a Nikon or a Fuji. Both about midrange both around $300.
May. 22nd, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
OK, we yap. I love yapping about photography.

I've got a Nikon CoolPix 4600 which is mid-range (about $200), flash memory card for it extra, card reader extra, total expense just under $300.

The camera is a 4 megapixel, will make nice prints and with care while taking picture could make prints up to 8x10 or slightly bigger. Screen-size stuff for viewing on computer, no problem. Has like a 3 X zoom, then Nikon spins on some "digital zoom" after that. Haven't ever used the digital zoom because that's like enlarging your pic in a darkroom, looses some quality. Haven't needed too, either, and you have a pretty good idea how I shoot photos.

It comes with like 14 Mb on-board RAM, get the card because that won't be a lot of pics. I got a 256 Mb card, lots of pics. Got the card reader because then I pop the card out of the camera into the reader, uses wall juice rather than camera battery juice, saves camera batteries for pics. Card reader uses USB.

Takes AA batteries; can use rechargeable which I've not started doing yet. Will add a bit to expense, but so does throwing batteries away when done. Not to mention disposing heavy metals in batteries. Also means, if/when on trip and your rechargables go flat, can get AA most anywhere to keep going until can recharge.

Like I said, entire kit came in at the price you mentioned.

Not as familiar with the Fuji, but I am willing to bet the quality will be similar as far as pics are concerned. Check the optical and digital zoom factors, pay most attention to the optical. Check the kind of batteries. If the camera requires a dedicated battery (not AA's), buy at least a second battery, so when your battery goes flat you can keep shooting. Check about on-board RAM or does it use flash memory, for reasons above.

The little LCD screens eat battery juice. I keep mine turned down to "low" as much as possible, and even turn it off at times if I'm not shooting real close-up. I can do this because the Nikon has an optical viewfinder. Flash eats up battery juice too, so figure on less battery time shooting indoors with flash.

Got more questions, you know how to reach me!
May. 22nd, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
If you get one that uses AAs, rechargables last much longer than regular batteries.
May. 22nd, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
I heart my Nikon Coolpix. It's a simpler-minded model than madshutterbug's, but it takes great pictures for the price. It's not terrific at indoor shots and distance shots, but it takes amazing macros.

Yes, get a battery charger and a high-quality memory card if you get one. Makes a world of difference in the experience.

Only quibble I have with the Coolpix line is that the LCD screen is smaller than that of a lot of other cameras. I liked the Fuju form factor and UI when I played with someone else's.
May. 22nd, 2005 08:10 am (UTC)
... I liked the Fuju form factor ...

Fuju, the camera that needs to be handled carefully by well-trained professionals so as to avoid the neurotoxin...

sorry, just reminded me of fugo... I'll step quietly into the corner now.
May. 22nd, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
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