Archive for October, 2005

Pumpkin Carvin’

Tonight was the annual Smith family pumpkin carving evening. Here are the results.

Pumpkins

Daddy, Syd, Mommy

slopeflyer podcast #5 posted at slopeflyer.com

This is a podcast about radio control slope soaring. Second one from the home studio but also with a slope side report. Got some feedback that recorded at the slope sounds would be interesting.

I’m still looking for a microphone that is compatible with the new 60gig iPod. It will attach to the docking port on the bottom. Let me know if you hear of one. Looking for better sound quality from the live slope reports.

There is a direct link at: http://www.slopeflyer.com/podcast/ as well as feed subscription information there.

Direct from Shanghai to Me, My iPod Video!

Apple shipped FedEx from China on Oct 17, I got the 60 Gig, black beauty in Wisconsin on Oct 18th. Wow, ain’t modern transportation cool!

Here it is next to my 40 Gig iPod Photo. The larger screen is clearly noticeable and it seems brighter and sharper in person. you can also see the smaller click wheel. I think the smaller size actually works better for me.

Video iPod Black

I think the video capability is pretty neat and I have some plans for a few iPod formatted video podcasts that show slope soaring tips or new slopes but the main thing I got it for is the now high quality audio recording capability. I was always surprised that the past iPods were hobbled in this department. I assume this was a concession to the music industry but with a ton of other devices out there capable of high quality recordings it just did not make sense any more. Now we just need a compatible microphone! The manual that comes with the new pod says the microphone will connect through the dock connector. Sounds good. I want one!

I am also looking forward to the larger drive since the 40 Gig Photo has about 1.2 Gigs left. It was almost time to start pruning!

This picture shows how much thinner the new iPod is compared to the old Photo. It is more comfortable in the pocket and just feels “right” in the hand.

Video iPod Compare to Photo

I’ll give more impressions after I use it a bit. Now, how about that microphone!

Slopeflyer Podcast #4 Posted

This is a podcast about radio control slope soaring. First one from the home studio using the good gear. I worked on an intro and am starting to get a format down. Improvement will come!

There is a direct link at: http://www.slopeflyer.com/podcast/ as well as feed subscription information there.

Happy Meal Me!

It has been quite a while since I saw Super Size Me but I began a McDonald’s strategy after I caught a point in the movie that I knew but had put in the back of my mind. Essentially the Happy Meal hamburger and fries are the same size as the original hamburger and fries that I got at Mickey D’s 25 years ago. The burger, fries and drinks have just been getting bigger and bigger. So, because I actually like McDonald’s now and again I have adopted the Happy Meal Strategy. I just order a hamburger Happy Meal instead of the old Number 3. Saves money, calories and I get a toy for Sydney plus I still get all that great McDonald’s flavor!

Note that this doesn’t apply on those rare days I get breakfast at the Golden Arches but I figure the Bagel Meals are not terrible and I don’t get them that often so no harm, no foul!