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My Christmas List

Posted by David Leslie on November 16, 2006

After a moment of self-realization, I noticed that whenever I get down (which is always around late Oct / early Nov) I tend to develop a fixation on really high priced items. High priced that is for my budget.

For example:

Last Year: My computer from XI Computer

2 years ago: My MP3 player – Creative Muvo Micro N200

This year has been a waffling between a camera and a new set of headphones. So rather than spend the coin that I don’t have on what I want or spend the coin that I do have on something so-so, I here by post my wish list for Christmas if for anything else, just to say it’s out here.


Big ticket item (over $200 US): A new digital camera.

OK, I’ll admit it, I’m jealous of my Uncle. He got a new Canon Digital Rebel that is sitting in a box until he finds time to take a class. He already has the film version of the Rebel that he’s taken snap shots with for about 10 years now. I don’t know if it’s ever been out of point and shoot mode.

While I would love a Rebel, it’s a lot of camera and money. Almost triple my budget.

Me, I’d like a new digital camera that will have a faster start time as well as being faster between shots. Given my current HP 318, just about any digital in the $100 and up price range will will beat it in these two categories.

I’ve been learning how to shot better shots by using Flickr and just snapping away with the HP. One thing I’ve found out is that it’s important not only to have good auto focus modes but also some manual control. So I want something where I can do some manual adjustments and maybe a flitter.

Budget for this is around $300 at tops. Of course this means no Vista a launch should Santa drop something off.


Medium ticket item (Just under $100 US):  Sennheiser PC155 Traditional Binaural PC Headset with USB and Noise canceling.

I wear headsets for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. While I’ve been using Atec Lansing, I’ve killed two sets of mic cords on my AHS515 in the past 15 months. The problem is the wires; they get yanked by my chair and munged by the jacks. The PC155 fixes this with a cord wrap and the option to use USB which both my computers have front USB ports.

Plus, since these things are on my head for so long, I might as well get something that sounds great and not just good. Also since I’m betting on not getting the camera, I can use the mic to take advantage of the voice control in Vista.


Small items (under $30 US):

Matt Helm Lounge (The Silencers/ Murderers Row/The Ambushers/The Wrecking Crew): The four Dean Martin spy spoofs that I can watch over and over again. Even today I still have the hots for Daliah Lavi in The Silencers

Mike Doughty Skittish/Rockity Roll Double CD

A subscription to Netflix

A subscription to Sports Illustrated

A subscription to ESPN


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Things of note

Posted by David Leslie on November 9, 2006

Few random ideas floating around tonight:

1. Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake pizza is excellent. We have some family in town so we ordered 2 family size pies and oh were they tasty. The dough is made fresh on site and after the sause and cheese is put on, the pie heads down a line much like you’d see at Subway where the toppings are placed.

6 people and we still had half a pie left. Never would have thought that ham and pineapple would work for me on a pizza but it did. The other nice thing was the pie was fresh and not at all oily. Jean, a non-pizza person, said that she would gladly get pizza from their again. Nice guys and since you bake the pie in your oven, their prices are much cheaper and the pizza much better

2. Big night Tuesday for the DNC. Still, I didn’t feel like whooping it up. For starters, Harold Ford Jr. got punked by a RNC ad that a pure smear. But you want to see a man deal with getting punked, watch how Mr. Ford handled it.

Tammy Duckworth got robo-called which played a part in her loss and Pat Tiberi when so negative to secure his win that I got the same attack mailing 3 times..twice in one day.

3. As for the President getting the message from the people with Tuesday’s result, that lasted about 24 hours. No sooner than he was done cutting off Rummy, W was pushing the lame duck congress to give him John Bolton at the UN and his wiretapping measures before the 110 Congress is seated. So much for bipartisanship.

4. Watched Nova on the work of aviation inventor Alberto Santos-Dumont. What was interesting to me was that he never used the same design twice. Unlike the Wrights who’s flyers had the same shape as their first, Santos’ work never had a defining theame. Makes me think about developers and their tenancy to favor one development method or language and never look past that frame work. Also he gave his plans to the world and never built an aircraft company. He saw flight as a means to world peace. He would kill himself shortly after watching an air to air dogfight for the first time in person.

5. I’ve been thinking more and more about web services and client frameworks as a better way to go than using a web browser. I’m starting to agree with the idea that rather than take the risk of dealing with a browser who’s code based is ever shifting and that you don’t control, you could use .Net to build a thin client to trade data back and forth with the servers using web services.

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John Kerry: GOP plant

Posted by David Leslie on November 1, 2006

For the love of God, would someone duck tape John Kerry’s mouth shut. He makes Bush look like a genius which is why I’m now convinced that the man is a GOP plant.

As one Democratic strategist said Tuesday to CNN “He has already cost us one election. The guy just needs to keep his mouth shut until after the election,”

Again per CNN, the barb was to go  “I can’t overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don’t study, if you aren’t smart, if you’re intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.”

Like what the frack does that mean. Just say W got us stuck in Iraq and it’s going to take our best and brightest to even have a hope of making that thing not turn into Vietnam.

As for “Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country.” Why didn’t you say that in 2004 when they ramed your swift boat down your throat? It’s too late now.

So please John, please shut up. Please. Your nation needs you to just shut up.

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