Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Pacemaker Wrecks a Family's Life -
This article subtitled "What Broke My Father’s Heart" is worth reading if you've ever thought about how life should end for yourself of a loved one... a compelling story that everyone should digest before agreeing to heroic or even routine life-extension medical procedures.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

YouTube -

Three Young Men Did This Graffiti. The graffiti "artists" posted this video of themselves defacing the rocks at Morro Rock - it is/was at YouTube - Hope the cops can catch them.
A better quality original version is/was posted to YouTube by kuloncit0 and saved here for law enforcement is cd altamiranokuloncit0's Channel

The original caption said "creando arte en el norte de california . morrobay ... el demo reprensentando al mkb (mas ke bencedor) saludos desde califa" or, per Google Translate...
creating art in Northern California. morrobay ... reprensentando demo to MKB (more ke bencedor) greetings from Calif

More related still photos of graffiti (including this piece) in the area:

Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS Lens
I've been looking at the Canon 800mm lens.'
Canon says "This is the longest telephoto lens among Canon's lineup, and a terrific choice for any long-distance application-outdoor sports, wildlife, news photojournalism, and so on. It's actually lighter than Canon's EF 600mm f/4L IS lens, weighing just under 10 lbs. It uses a refined optical design, with two fluorite lens elements, one UD element, and one Super-UD-glass element, for outstanding correction of color fringing and superb contrast and sharpness. This super-telephoto lens uses magnesium-alloy barrel construction to enhance its light weight, and has weather-resistant gaskets throughout for use in harsh conditions. It's compatible with both the EF 1.4x II and 2x II tele extenders for even more reach: EOS cameras with 45 AF points will continue to provide autofocus at the center AF point when the lens is used with the 1.4x extender. Finally, it's image stabilized, providing up to 4 stops of correction for camera shake. This makes it even more practical in many situations."

Art Morris of "Birds as Art" seems to have adopted this lens as his main tool for bird photography. I'm surprised not to have ever seen one of these lenses in Morro Bay, CA, where 500mm and 600mm Canon lenses are frequent.