Crafty One

July 8, 2009

The Best Digital Camera Bargains Today

Filed under: Digital Cameras — craftyone @ 7:43 pm

The issue of the 450D is fundamentally an upgraded type of the Canon EOS 400D, which was of course an improvement from the Canon EOS 300D.

Or, if it’s the creative individual in you that drives your camera buy, then then identical direct applies. It’s the last images and images that actually matter. There’s more than one way (or camera) that can consign on that promise.

Last but not smallest is price. The proposed register cost is actually $799 for the body and $899 with the lens kit (also improved). Looking to strike the roads round April 2008. If your reading this after the anticipated road designated day, then hey fortuitous you. The EOS 450D is an astonishing camera for certain, but there’s not ever a camera better then the one in your hands right now. See ya, I’m off to take some pictures.

For the sake of contention, permits suppose your a usual Digital Rebel proprietor, and fire a broad kind of subjects. Family portraits, sports, countryside, environment, family trips, and holiday pics.

What are the three most significant characteristics to gaze at when matching digital cameras? They may not be as conspicuous as you think. Believe it or not, the number of megapixels is not one of them.

If your one of those fortuitous couple of with unlimited capital, proceed ahead and purchase one of each. You can’t proceed incorrect that way. Of course if you have somewhat more very shrewd allowance restraints and are on the lookout for some truly unbelievable camera agreements, hold on looking. The more cameras you glimpse and the more you discover, and the contented you’ll be with your last decision.This digital camera help and this top digital camera brand should help.

Don’t just address the primary buy cost with your camera either. Buying a bargain Canon camera is one thing, but there’s an procedure cost to be advised with any digital camera. Lots of megapixels may make for sharper tenacity images, but they furthermore take up more space on your recollection cards and your computer.

In the $500 to $1000 your looking at a cornucopia of application digital grade digital SLR cameras. Models like the Canon XTi Digital Rebel, and the Nikon D40 are good examples.


May 7, 2009

Are You Taking Care Of Your Fitness Equipment?

Getting the most out of your workout and fitness gear does not inevitably habitually mention to how often one works out or to what power one attains while doing a workout. Rather, numerous times, the value of a workout is exactly associated to the value of the workout and fitness gear, and while this can mention to the cost and costs component, it can furthermore mention to the genuine status that the gear is in.

When workout and fitness gear have been neglected and improperly retained or managed, then the gear will start to display numerous little flaws and imperfections. If these secondary flaws in the gear extend to climb on on peak of each other, then the value of the workout and the advantages were one time drawn from from the parts of gear will then rather than proceed into a hefty decline.

For demonstration, if one is utilising jump laden workout gear and the jumps have not been kept away from dampness, the steel jumps will then start to display rust. The occurrence of rust will then of course impede the proficiency for the steel jump to answer the way it is presumed to, therefore initating difficulties with the whole appliance itself.

The proficiency for the jump to coil and recoil may even end up dwindling solely, and the appliance could break. Needless to state, this does not precisely make for all that large of a workout. The degradation of the steel jump coil on used treadmills could have completely been bypassed although, by easily supplying this specific piece of workout and fitness gear with decent care.

You should not ever be too uneven with workout and fitness equipment. One of the most widespread means of being brutal to workout and fitness gear is just flat out lowering heaviness and letting it crash. Not only is this conspicuously exceedingly impairing to the gear, but it can furthermore be possibly hurtful to the individual who is engaged in the situation.

Also, you should be certain to habitually correctly shop workout and used treadmills when it is not in use. For demonstration, if you are employed out at dwelling, try to put gear into the wardrobe after you are completed with it.  If the gear is equitably bulky and should stay in a stationary location, be certain to hold the gear away from things that can do it damage, for example unwarranted exposure to sunlight or dampness. Not only will these procedures help to sustain the value of your workout and fitness gear, but it will furthermore outcome in a cleaner dwelling, as the bulky workout gear will be put away.

April 27, 2009

Looking For Some Used Wii Games?

If your in the market for some good used Wii games on the cheap, then you’ve come to the right place.  Considering the price you have to pay for console games these days, it makes you wonder, if the business model for Nintendo, has been lifted from the corporate offices of the Shick company from a few years ago.  The shaver companies, a long time ago figured out, that they could make a lot more money on the blades then they could for their razors themselves.  The razors were a one time sale, but blades wear out, and need to be replaced.

I suppose I shouldn’t pick on Nintendo too much, as they’re not the first ones to sell their products this way, and they’re no where close to the worst offenders using this marketing approach.  I refer of course to the computer printer companies.  Sure, we’ll sell you a top of the line multi function printer for only $59.99.  But wait, oh you want more ink for that printer.  Well, that will be $69.99.  YIKES!  Well, if every there was a market looking for a black market, that was it.

Buy, woah, how I digress.

Let’s get back.  Cheap Wii games are what were really talking about here.  The good news, is that they’re really not that hard to find.  As a matter of fact given the multitude of websites hawking cheap games, I’m amazed you managed to find this one.  Irregardless, the point is, there is more than one way to get your self a new Wii game (at least new to you) without forking out $69.99, or whatever the game distributors are gouging consumers for these days.

My number one favorite, is just to cool my heals, and take a few patience pills.  In other words, I don’t need to be the first computer geek at the the gadget store to buy the newest whiz bang computer game on the market.  If you insist on being on the bleeding edge of games releases, then your going to pay for the privilege.  If your willing to play things cool, and wait at least a month (maybe 2 or 3 or more), then you should be able to get the same game for about half price.  Not every game does this, but they all drop in price eventually, and that’s the time to swoop in.  While there may be other ways to get good used Wii games on the cheap, this is the best by far.  You can deal with reputable retailers, and get a complete warranty and shrink wrap and everything 😉

April 20, 2009

Fun Bowling Games For Free?

Yep it’s true, you can have fun for free.  OK, well maybe not totally free.  You will need a computer, you will need an internet connection, and you will need to be open minded enough to enjoy an ancient old game played primarily by old guys with thinning hair and beer bellies from the sixties in really bad team shirts.   Well, that’s not entirely true.  Bowling was played quite a long time before the sixties.  Actually, as far back as recorded history almost.  Apparently, even the early Egyptians played the fine game of bowling.  Not sure if they had team shirts, but I bet they had beer.  Beer has been around for quite a long time as well.  Most good things have been around for a long time.  Except for my favorite eletronical gadgets, but hey I digress.

Bowling is a lot of fun, and you can play it just about anywhere these days it seems.  At least anywhere you can take a computer.  The internet option is not necessary to play the game, if you get one of the downloaded games.  That way your favorite fun bowling game can follow you just about anywhere.  On the plane, in the train, over in Spain, and waiting in line to get your drivers license renewed at the DMV.  Isn’t technology grand?  Do you think those ancient Pharaohs had any idea how popular their little game invention would be?  Actually, I should say that I’m not sure if they invented the game, or just played it way, way, way back in the day.

You can of course try bowling in a browser, but I would recommend getting a real bowling game for your PC.  While the Nintento Wii version of the game, has got to be the best option for virtual bowling, there are some rather enjoyable and fun bowling games you can download.  They cost nothing to try out, and there’s five or more of them listed at that website.  Five hours of free bowling on your PC, is hard to beat.  Especially if you don’t have a bowling alley close by, or the prospect of wearing those horrible bowling shoes designed by a malicious clown are more than you can stand.

I haven’t tried bowling on the PS3, or the Xbox, mainly because I don’t have one, but I’m sure they’re quite fun.  Although bowling for elves, or cats, or turtles, or sailboats  sounds like a fun way to while away the afternoon.

March 19, 2009

A Vintage Guitar God I’d Never Heard Of

I was just surfing around YouTube, looking at different music videos of guitar players, and came upon one guy name Tommy Emmanuel.  He’s simply amazing.  My daughter has taken to teaching herself guitar these days, and I told her she should learn to play Classical Gas, just because it’s one of the amazing vintage guitar songs I remember from my youth.  In my search, I see that the most viewed version of the song is by this Tommy Emmanuel guy.  So, I give it a listen, and damn but is this guy good.  Energetic, and fast as well.  I’m now listening to a playlist of his songs on YouTube while I write this post.  It’s currently playing a duet he does with J.Shimabukuro on mandolin of the George Harrison classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.  It’s a really beautiful rendition of a great tune.  My favorite so far, has to be an improv he does, where he tells the audience in concert that he is going to playing Classical Gas, but keeps breaking into other favorite tunes every few bars or so.  It’s in incredible ad lib by a true genius of the guitar.  The internet never ceases to amaze be by showing me how much I don’t know.  This guys has been playing since 1962, and I never heard of him till like 30 minutes ago.  Wow!

A Bulldozer Tank?

What’s the difference between a bulldozer, and a tank?  Well, to some people not too much.  While a bulldozer is generally considered a tool to be used for constructing and building things, that’s not to suggest that they can’t be used for destructive purposes.  There’s the much documented case of a few years ago, feature the “killdozer”.  In small town USA, there was a rather disgruntled business man, that was basically pissed at just about everyone in his home town.  From certain bussiness partners to the local city council, he had a axe to grind.  So, he took an old Caterpillar bulldozer, and totally armored the vehicle and went on a rampage destroy property including entire buildings that were owned by anyone who had crossed him in the past.  While that may be a inappropriate use of a bulldozer / tank, there have been some more legitimate uses in history.  The Israeli have used armored bulldozers to locate and disarm land mines, and tear down buildings that were of military strategic advantage to its’ adversary’s.  The bulldozers were impervious to all kinds of weapons including machine guns.

Trimble GPS Is Coming To Your Cellphone

Everyone knows what GPS is, but how many average consumers know the brand name Trimble?  Chances are not that many, but that could change soon.  As location based technology invades the personal cell phone market, more and more people will know Trimble, and use it.  Location based technology, means you can do things like know where are you friends are within a few meters, because their cell phone tells you so.   Those among the privacy paranoid brigade will be freaked out by this, but those who aren’t can see all the good uses for this kind of stuff.  A few years ago back in 2006, Nokia signed an agreement with Trimble to incorporate their GPS tech into Nokia cell phones.  Last year, Blackberry did the same thing incorporating Trimble GPS innovation into the Blackberry 8830 and 8130.  Apart from the personal location type stuff, you can also use your phone as a GPS for navigating, travelling, hiking, geocaching, or whatever other outdoor activity, you happen to participate in.  It’s pretty cool stuff.  Trimble is a great company to partner with for this sort of stuff, as they’ve been doing industrial strength GPS hardware, software, infrastructure, and networks for years now.  It’s pretty exciting to see where this goes.  If the location type tech sounds a little murky, just check out one of the last scenes in the new Batman movie, where Batman get’s to see where all the bad guys are, no matter where they go, by using a network of hacked into cell phones.

March 18, 2009

Chainsaw Carving Is Dangerous

I’m sure, that everyone has seen those old tree stumps carved into all kinds of outdoorsy sort of scenes and creatures.  Bears, raccoons, eagles, mermaids, or even dolphins.  I even had an old stump on my front lawn, I was thinking of getting carved into a light post.  I figured it would be pretty easy to hook it up to a solar power light that would give something a little unique to the neighbourhood.  It never happened, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.  It’s quite a tricky skill, to carve something so amazing using a tool like a chainsaw.  I suppose the trick, is to use a sharp chainsaw.  Even former rock stars, have been know to do chainsaw carvings.  Who knew it was such a popular activity amongst so many folks.

Don’t Build ‘Em Like They Used To

How often have we heard this phrase.  Generally speaking, it’s an unwarranted knock on the quality of current assembly line products, with too much plastic, and not enough craftmanship put into them.  I tend to bristle at comments like those, as I think they’re mostly just made by people longing for the good old days.  I do believe, that there is just a larger variety of products available these days, at all different levels of quality.  If people choose to buy the cheapest product, built in some country with less skilled craftsman, then they’ve got no business complaining in my books.  I’m also a big believer in technological advancement applied to the production of anything.  Cub cadet tractors seem to fall into this category, of being built better in long past years.  It’s a bit unwarranted I think.  Although, I would have a hard time convincing owners of older Cub Cadet tractors blades, built by the original manufacturer International Harvester.  Originally, they were built for the blossoming number of larger home owners, that were still farmers at hear.  You can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy.  Just that fact, that Cub Cadets are still manufactured today, says something for their longevity.

The Melding Of Metals

If your looking for a good welder, be sure not to jump at the first one you find, or the cheapest one you find.  There’s generally a good reason why it’s so cheap.  Unless, it’s because the seller doesn’t know the value of the welder he has, you may want to look around a little longer.  If it is a case of the seller not knowing the value of his product, that jump on that deal right away.  The first thing to consider, is how much amperage your welding unit will need to supply.  Generally, the more amperage, the thicker the steel you can weld.  A 180 amp welder can weld as think as 7.5mm of steel, whereas a 90 amp welder will likely only do a thickness of 2 mm.  This number of course depend on whether your doing, for instance a butt weld requires more amps per thickness than a V weld of the same thickness.  Check out the reputation of different welder manufacturers.  Lincoln welders have been manufactured for close to a hundred years in the US, and are considered on of the better makes.  Miller and Hobart and ESAB, are a few other manufactures with solid reputations.  It’s hard to get a bad welder from any of those manufacturers.

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