Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas 2012

I listed my parents to buy a Nikon D5200 with Exceed 3, yet I got a D7000 with an Exceed 2. Exceed 3 has a 24 Megapixel sensor.  I realize that I could've imported a D5200 from Hong Kong.  I suppose I can trade the D7000 in for a D8000 (with Exceed 3) next Christmas. It's a disaster, nobody sold the D5200 on Amazon this December. It comes out next month.

D5200 is superior to D7000 in mass majority of ways.

Much higher true resolution24 MPvs16.1 MP
Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Has in-camera HDRYesvsNo
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Can create panoramas in-cameraYesvsNo
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Has a flip-out screenYesvsNo
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Significantly lighter555 gvs780 g
Around 30% lighter
Smaller129x98x78 mmvs132x105x77 mm
Around 10% smaller

I am going to take box-art screenshots with this D7000.  I don't have Lightshow 4.0, but I have registered copy of AKVIS Enhancer for Photoshop CS4 which a lot better.  AKVIS Enhancer will make the D7000 appear as D5200 in image quality.

Just take it for granted that this takes amazing pictures under all conditions, including low light, and that it contains all the manual controls that you'd ever want. Instead, here's some things that the camera does that you might not have heard about: * Built-in EyeFi support If you've used EyeFi SD cards before, you probably assumed that it would work with the D7000, since the D7000 now uses SD cards instead of CF. But not only do you not have to mess around with SD-to-CF adapters, the camera is actually EyeFi aware-- you can choose to have it upload or not upload on a slot-by-slot basis (so you might have it automatically upload the RAW files you saved to an EyeFi Pro card in slot 1, but not bother to upload the JPEGs you saved to the EyeFi Explorer card in slot 2), and there is also an icon that appears on the Info display to indicate that there are files waiting to upload, that the upload is in progress or disabled, etc. The Nikon Wifi adapter is going for $400. A 4GB, class 6 EyeFi card goes for $40. If you really want to move RAW files, snag the Pro version for $80. Yes, the Nikon adapter does things that EyeFi can't, but if you just want to get your files onto a PC without pulling the card, why spend 10X the money? You're stuck with the usual limitations of the EyeFi card, but I fully expect to use this feature a LOT with studio portraits-- yeah, it only takes 10 seconds to pull the card and have Windows recognize that you added it, then another 5 seconds to eject the card and stick it back in the camera. But if you just want a quick check that your exposure or focus is where you want it, wouldn't you rather just hit a single key and see your last shot, then get right back into the flow? You may want to drop your JPEG file sizes to speed up the transfer. * In-camera RAW file processing The camera contains a ton of built-in settings-- in addition to the basics like Standard, Normal, Landscape, etc, you also get all the various Scene modes, which are basically variations on those main settings. RAW processing allows you to see how the shot would have looked had you used one of those other modes. In other words, you shoot in Normal, which basically applies no processing to the image, then select the RAW file, and choose how you'd like to adjust it. You can change the white balance settings, exposure, basic picture setting (landscape, portrait, etc), noise reduction, color space, and dynamic lighting. With the exception of the advanced details on the basic picture settings, you see a preview of how your change will affect the picture. If you like it, just hit EXEcute and it writes out a JPEG to your card. Don't like it, just back out and nothing's saved. This means that you don't have to worry that shooting in Vivid is going to result in an oversaturated image, or you can punch something up even more after the fact. The only real drawback here to me is that it is going to kick out a JPEG, so if you're planning on doing further editing in Photoshop, this may not be the best route. But if you're just looking to go right from the camera to the web, or want to get an idea of how playing with custom settings will affect your shots, this is a massive shortcut to taking and then deleting a ton of shots. (And keep in mind that Photoshop will allow you to mess with most of these settings when importing RAW files anyway, and the plugin D7000-compatible RAW plugin had a release candidate posted yesterday, so you can finally open your RAW shots.) And a related feature that's in most other Nikons, but that you might not know about-- you can define your own basic picture settings. Want something that's super-saturated and super-contrasty? Just hit a few buttons, choose a name, and you're done. On the older Nikons, you had to edit the basic profile itself, now, you can use one as a starting point and adjust from there. Much cleaner. * User-defined settings on the control knob Not as hidden as the first two, but I can't emphasize how cool this feature is. Here's the situation I was in last night-- I was shooting a singing contest in a dimly-lit venue. I was allowed to use a flash, but I didn't want to constantly be blasting the singers while they were performing. I defined one setting as shutter priority, 1/60th, ISO Hi 2, center-weighted metering & focus, no flash. The second setting was automatic, ISO auto, full metering and autofocus, flash enabled. I'd take a couple shots in U2 with the flash, close the flash down and switch to U1 and shoot a half a dozen shots, then switch back to U2 and use the flash for a couple more shots. There was no fumbling for controls, no worrying that I changed the shutter speed without realizing it when changing between Auto and S-- every time I went from U2 to U1, all my settings were reset to where I put them before the event started. I don't think I ever felt as confident about my camera settings in a rapidly changing situation as I did last night-- with just a simple twist of a knob, I was able to change to a completely different shooting configuration with absolute confidence that it was what I wanted. To me, the utility of this is almost endless-- I'll probably set up one setting for studio portraits, and the other for landscape stuff. If I was still shooting news, I'd probably be swapping between flash and no-flash configurations. For sports, I'd change between action modes and post-game portraits. The only thing that would make this even better would be if I could import and export settings for later use-- even if you use the "Save/Load" settings option to back up your current configuration to a memory card, it doesn't appear that this information is stored. However, it may be a bug in the Load settings feature, as a number of my settings were incorrectly reset when I tried to load in settings. Either way, it would work better if I could treat these like custom basic picture settings, saving them by name and loading them at will. * Built-in interval timer shooting Want to take time-lapse pictures? Just set up your camera on the tripod, specify when you want it to start, how many pictures to take overall, and how many pictures to take each interval and walk away. When it's time to start taking pictures, the camera will automatically focus and shoot, then go back to waiting for the next shot. No messing around with tethering, 3rd party software, whatever-- it's all in the camera, and it's all super-easy to set up. You'll find yourself taking pictures of your living room just to see what your cat actually does all day while you're at work. * Zoom in live view This might just be "new to me," but I found it to be very cool for manually adjusting focus when on a tripod-- frame your basic shot, then change to live view. From there, zoom in with the magnifying glass key, and move around the image with the navigation pad until you find the point you want to focus on, then manually focus. Since you can zoom into a tiny portion of the overall image, you can see that you're getting exactly the focus point you want before you take the shot. One gotcha that I always forget, though-- don't forget to pick your aperture BEFORE going into live view, as you can't change it once live view has started. * Adjustable shooting rate Again, might be "new to me," but in addition to blasting away at 6fps, you can manually adjust that from 1 to 5 FPS in order to get a different effect. You obviously need to be using a fast enough shutter speed to support your choice-- if you're at 1/2 a second, you're not going to shoot faster than 2FPS. As I mentioned in one of my other reviews, I used to be a semi-pro photographer-- I was the photo editor for both a weekly and a daily paper, I've shot tons of sports and news photos, and landscape photography is my hobby. I've recently gotten back into portrait photography as well. While I never owned as many cameras as a true pro would have (that semi- means that I never made enough money at it to be able to really spring for equipment), I have shot with a lot of other people's equipment, and I can honestly say that this is the best camera I've ever used.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Shining Force III, Shining the Holy Ark, and Twinkle Tale

Shining Force III - I had Panzer Dragoon Saga for 18 months now and I love it dearly. Panzer Dragoon saga is the greatest game nobody has played. Shining Force III takes 10 years after Shining the Darkness and is supposed to end the old school series. Sega published sequels like Shining Tears for PS2 that "Genesis era gameplay" in late in the PS2 era. The Sega Saturn controller didn't have a joystick so it was heavily Genesis 6 button controller based. Sega Saturn had a Nights 3D controller, but a handfull of games supported the "Nights 3D controller". I own three Saturn 3D controllers. Shining Force III would play a lot like Golden Sun and Golden Sun 2 for GBA.

Shining The Holy Ark - I just bought this a day ago. Direct prequel to Shining Force III. For Sega Saturn, Shining Wisdom was the direct storyline sequel to Genesis Shining Force II. Shiing The Holy Ark was direct sequel to Shining Wisdom. It's 3D and plays a lot like Shining of the Darkness for Sega Genesis. My theory even more bizzare. My theory is Camelot Game Planning noticed Elder Scrolls II - Daggerfall in development for PC and was eager to develop a Sega Saturn equivelant. Elder Scrolls must've been as hyped as it is now.

Twinkle Tale - Now you should know how Gleylancer was medicore and Americans didn't import it? Like Elminate Down, a SHMUP with a highest possible score of 10/10, Twinkle Tale is another SHMUP that could get 9.0+ review score. Twinkle Tale is a lot like Contra Shattered Soldier for PS2 (the hardest USA PS2 title). It had to be a reproduction cart to fit inside my Sega Genesis. I played the cart, it is as hard as Eliminate Down. Twinkle Tale can be summed up as Contra Shattered Soldier without the blood and gore.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Now owns a JXD S5110

I own a $80 Android 4.0.4 PSP clone. I got Angry Birds and Angry Birds Rio for it. There are a lot of people with Andoid phones and I cannot afford 3G ISP service for Android phone (like Droid) so I am instead using this PSP clone.My favorite game for this device is Plants vs. Zombies. Best of all JXD does firmware updates for their systems

games I like for Android 2.3
Frozen Bubble
Solitare Deluxe
Real Blackjack
Classic Simon 1.6
Spider Solitare
Texas Hold em up
Plants vs. Zombies
Angry Birds
Angry Birds Rio
Angry Birds Space
Cut the Rope
NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, MAME, AnDosbox Emulators
I use a cell phone from 2005. It's too old to get viruses or getting hacked into. I cannot afford 3G from Verizon.
My favorite game for this device is Plants vs. Zombies.
Size and Weight Length:7.68inches(195.0mm) Width:3.41inches(86.6mm) Depth:0.67inch(17.0mm) Weight:0.55pound(249g) Storage 4GB Chip Amlogic M3ARM Cortex A9 CPU, ARM Mali400 3D graphics acceleration hardware GPU, 512MB DDR3 Operate System Support Android 4.0(also support Android 2.3) Touch System 3-point all function touch screen Screen 5.0-inch(diagonal) Touch Screen Resolution: 800-by-480-pixel Extras Gravity Wireless Wi-Fi(802.11 b/g/n) ; Support MSN, Email, Facebook and Skype etc. Game Center Support Android Gravity and Touch games, Arcade games, GBA games, Nintendo N64 3D games, Nintendo FC and SEGA MD games etc. Applications Support 10,000 applications free download, such as office software and study tools etc. Cameras, Photos and Video Recording 0.3M Back Camera; Support Video Recording; Support JPG, BMP and PNG etc., browsing and slide show Video Support RMVB, AVI, MPEG-4, ASP, DIVX, WMV, F4V and FLV etc. TV-OUT Support HDMI 1080P out Audio Support MP3, WMA, FLAC and OGG etc. E-book Support PDF, TXT, CHM, UMD and HTML etc. Battery Built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery; Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system Connector
USB2.0 High Speed 3.5-mm stereo headphone mini jack TF Card Slot,Max 32GB OTG(External connect to Air HID and USB flash disk)

Monday, December 17, 2012

I ignored the truth Aspartame causes me brain damage

Diet Mountain Dew Kills! I never knew my favorite diet Mountain Dew that I used daily will greatly increase Stroke, nerve damage and Alzheimer's Disease. That means i can drink the regular Mountain Dew... I wonder how much of my brain degenerated after 15 years of citrus goodness?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

JXD S601

I come to show you that I am cool and have Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space as well as Genesis, NES, SNES, N64, GBA and MAME roms. This Android device also has have blackjack, Black Gammon, Plants vs. Zombies, Tetris, Texas Hold Em Up Poker, Klondike and Spider Solitaire. Handheld came with the root user available. It has microSD screenshot ability with 'Screen It'.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Installed Linux Mint 14.1

This is Linux Mint 14.1 Mate with Mate 1.4.  Mate 1.4 fixes ancient Gnome 2.32.2 glitches.  I got 1.0. of Mint Display Manager and openDNS.  Linux Mint 14 Mate is as always more stable than Cinnamon.  Bluetooth is functional. MintStick replaces USB-ImageWriter, for a better UI and better progress reporting. Gedit 2.30 replaced Gedit 3. It's a more mature/stable alternative, which provides more features and a much better search functionality than the latter version. MATE now includes its own character map, fast alt-tabbing with Marco compositing, a selection of notification styles (although this was included in Linux Mint 13, it wasn't part of MATE 1.2), and Caja improvements such as a toggle button to show and edit the path and a new button to compare files in the file conflict dialog. Ext4 can now add CRC32 checksums to many parts of its metadata and use them to reveal corruptions. The Brcmfmac Broadcom WLAN driver now works with the Bcm43235/6/8 USB chips, while the rt2x00 Ralink driver, starting with 3.4, supports the RT5372 WLAN chipset.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


There is nothing of DLC that I really need. DLC is a waste of money. PC Expansion packs are more worth it like RPGs Nightwinter Nights, Neverwinter Nights 2, Diablo 2, Elder Scrolls III, Elder Scrolls IV and first person shooters like Half-life 2, These expansion packs offered more for the money and they came in a box!
Now expansion packs are changed to DLC and are on consoles. I am not buying an DLC for consoles, because I don't rebuy games with DLC conent nor do I own expansion packs for console. I dont know if PC is nichi like Sega Saturn or Dreamcast.
This DLC is moron. I do not buy the same game across two console platforms. That's moron. Who has that kind of money? I normally buy one version for PC and then one version for console without PC expansion packs.
I think i have enough pc games. Guild Wars 2 might be my last pc game for at least 24 months. I have no idea what is happening for PC. I know Nvidia and Radeon release new GPUs like clockwork and then new PC games use 5 year old game engines. I don't know if PC is dead or why there aren't many DirectX 11 games? Maybe next gen will solve the DirectX 11 void on PC???
They didn't wipe PC games off Wal-Mart or Target or Best Buy so PC is not yet Commodore Amiga.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lutheran churches stood against Nazis and Stalinists

Lutheran churches in Germany were among the only institutions to stand against Nazis in the 1940s. For this reason they were left intact when the Stalinists took over. And forty years later, the Lutheran churches of East Germany were prominent in the crumbling of Stalinism. The revolutions of 1989 throughout the East Bloc were Lutheran revolutions -- from the epicenter in Bach's church in East Germany to the uprising in Timisoara -- all of these began in Lutheran churches. How accurate is Rorty's notion of Nazis and Christians being identical?

Saturday, December 08, 2012

B3 Spirit

Beyond the B2
The youngest active stealth bomber in the U.S. turns 15 this year, and the other 19 B-2s in the Air Force fleet are nearly five years older. Meanwhile, the integrated defense systems they face have become much more sophisticated. Multi-static radar, which is now relatively common, is so sensitive that it can detect certain stealth craft. To stay ahead of such defense systems, the Air Force has budgeted $3.7 billion over the next five years to develop a successor to the B-2 that could be active by 2020. Actual designs of the new bomber are classified, but some secrets are already out.
Patents and bid proposals from Northrop Grumman, maker of the B-2, suggest that the new bomber will be narrower than the B-2 but maintain the familiar flying wing design, which reduces radar reflection by minimizing hard edges. Engineers are also testing new types of radar-absorbing coatings that could be customized to individual defense systems. And so a picture of the next generation of stealth bombers is beginning to emerge.


Most stealth coatings consist of a radar-absorbing material, typically a form of iron, suspended in paint. But they are heavy (which lowers fuel efficiency), need to be reapplied frequently, and don’t absorb all radar frequencies. Ceno Technologies, a particles-science company in Sanborn, New York, has developed a lighter, more durable coating that uses hollow ceramic spheres, called cenospheres. Because the spheres can be covered in carbon, silver or other metals that absorb slightly different wavelengths of radar, the coating can be customized to deceive specific radar systems.


The B-2 has two semi-flush air-intake vents, the hard edges of which can reflect radar. In one design seen in a patent from Northrop Grumman, the new bomber has four small vents rather than two large ones. The smaller vents can be buried more deeply in the wing, reducing the possibility of radar returns.


To confuse radar defense systems, the new bomber will probably carry something like the Miniature Air Launched Decoy made by Raytheon. The modified drones use radar reflectors to create bomber-like signatures that divert attention from the actual bomber. The decoys fly on a preprogrammed course for up to 575 miles and may carry radar jammers to further confuse air defenses.


In one design from Northrop Grumman, engineers included a canard wing on the plane’s nose, which would provide extra lift during takeoff and flight, allowing a smaller bomber to carry a heavier weapons payload. Because its straight lines and hard angles would reflect radar, the canard wing will most likely be designed to fold flush with the bomber’s body as the craft comes within range of defense systems.


The new bomber will most likely have a single weapons bay, as opposed to the twin bays on the B-2. It will still be able to carry conventional GPS-guided JDAM missiles, nuclear warheads and even the new 30,000-pound, bunker-busting Massive Ordnance Penetrator, but a single bay would reduce the cost of manufacturing—a major concern for designers on a relatively tight budget.