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    Southern California
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    Cruising, cruising, wildlife...oh, photography too!
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    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity
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    Alaska
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  1. KEH is another decent place to deal with. All my flippy-mirror stuff went there. Dave
  2. Last May, one of the Picture-A-Week photos was of the green golf ball-sized blood oranges that appeared on our tree after several years of nada. The tree made up for its years of laziness and produced well over a hundred oranges. We even lost a branch with about thirty oranges when it broke from the weight of the massed fruit. We are now picking the first of the batch and they really are worth the wait. they are a bit more tart than a navel orange but have a distinctive flavor and of course, the color. They don’t peel easily so our plan is to juice them and freeze it to be used in tasty summer beverages including mixed with vodka in what we have dubbed the Bloody Screwdriver. Sounds more like a piece of evidence than a drink, but it sure is good! Bloody Delicious Dave
  3. Pictures taken between Monday, February 17 and Sunday, February 23. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  4. The R5 could be well over $5k with all the specs listed so far. Other than lacking a tank-like build, it is specced closer to the top of their line than the current mirrorless bodies. Dave
  5. Wow. That's about $1000/lb! Dave
  6. The new updates dropped today and both Camera RAW and Lightroom 11.4 now support the Canon 90D CR3 files . Dave
  7. Our week on the Liberty of the Seas was a good one. It started with two sea days that did wonders for the erasure of accumulated day-to-day stress. The third day found us on the island of Roatan, Honduras. While not as developed as most Caribbean ports, it has a nice portside shopping center and at least one shiny spot on the excursion list. Roatan Island Brewing Co. is a young venture that is bringing a fizzy-yellow-beer culture into the 21st century with some excellent craft beer brewed in the middle of a Central American island jungle from ingredients like hops imported from exotic Washington State in far off America. Located at the end of a newly paved road and the electrical grid, it was a real winner in the game of excursion roulette. Jungle Beer Dave
  8. When our friends came over for dinner last week, they brought a small gift for each of us. Kim got some perfume and I got a bar of Beer Soap. Being naturally suspicious of everyone's motives, I suspected they were trying to tell us something. Anyway, the bar of beer soap landed in the luggage for our sailing on the Liberty of the Seas and ended up actually being used. It turned out to be an excellent alternative to the super generic body wash/shampoo milked from the dispenser on the shower wall or even the upgraded amenities we get from the loyalty program. I had no idea what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by both the smell and general quality of the bar. To top it all off, Kim told me it smelled manly. I like the sound of that. Next to Godliness Dave
  9. Pictures taken between Monday, February 10 and Sunday, February 16. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  10. ...and kitten whiskers are ok. But, these are a few of my actual favorite things. What are yours? Dave
  11. Adobe is pretty timely with the updates. A significant change in a RAW format will take a bit longer than a minor tweak but the update to Camera Raw will arrive shortly. Rumor has it that the 90d does a pretty good JPEG in the meantime. 😉 Dave
  12. Pictures taken between Monday, February 3 and Sunday, February 9. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  13. Th...th...th...That's all, folks! The new machine is officially on duty. The old machine has been set up to be accessible via remote desktop for a few weeks in case I find some little thing not included in the backups and so I can do some image and filter rendering comparison tests. Still a little cable management to do, but everything is connected and working. The monitor and PC are on the 1500VA UPS and the peripherals and hub on their own smaller unit. The Xbox has it's own. In its cupboard, the inbound network stuff is on one as well, so if I blow a circuit here or have a localized power outage, I will still have internet...and something to look at it with. I'll be adding a new external drive for backups, pretty up the shelf area and reconfigure my desk accessible USB ports but there's no rush (another year? 😶). Almost a year since I started and so far, I feel the process was worth it. I learned a lot about the new tech, even if I ended up not adopting all of it. The machine ended up costing me about $2250 plus the forever copy of Windows 10. I haven't found any online customize-it-yourself site where I can get a representation of the same package for less and often more. Also, many features I want, such as the drive combination and overdone cooling needed for where it is mounted in a non-ventilated space simply aren't available as options. I realize that most people won't want or need a high performance desktop and fewer will want to build their own, but hopefully this little "blog" had provided some information that will help folks understand the basic what and why of computer components and provide some insight when they shop for an off-the-shelf PC/laptop or configure one online. I'll keep track of this thread in case anybody has more questions or comments. Happy processing! Dave
  14. Pictures taken between Monday, January 27 and Sunday, February 2. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  15. Last Sunday was very rough, emotionally. To take my mind off things, I put in some longer than normal hours at work and into the home improvement projects. What you see here is the result of grinding out the latest phase in modernizing our home. We had a big, noisy wall unit that struggled every year to cool our house during the worst of late summer. Lately, the struggle and the electric bill seemed worse than ever, so we decided to replace it with a two-circuit mini split system with the second unit cooling the entertainment room directly (retiring the box fan). They are nearly silent and heat in the winter is a nice bonus. We even made the wall shiny where we had to heal the gaping wound Frankencooler's departure of left in it. Busy Week Dave
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