Morning Discussion: Post-It From America

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 10, 2009 7:00am PDT My American adventure is drawing to a close and I must say I'm going to miss you, young man. You're the progeny I shall never understand but you're alright in my book. We should see more of each other.

Having received a dose of the Virginia suburb experience, I would rather like to take similar jaunts to other parts of your mahoosive and diverse land. Downtown Salt Lake City, a tiny apartment in San Francisco, a bungalow in a one-stoplight Minnesota town, out in the New Mexico sticks... not chasing sights and attractions but simply enjoying a snifter of life. Take care, have fun, be good and don't be a stranger.

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    But my biggest issue is my technique and camera. I tried a session with a flash, bouncing it off the ceiling, and the class was extremely dismissive of how washed out and abrasive it made all the photos. However, I have one of the lowest end digitals in the class, my xsi 450D, and there's no way in hell I'd get anything without the flash on a reasonable printable ISO setting in dark kitchens. This is why I posted that "I want to get a better camera, what should I do?" post earlier.

    So I think I'm going to do it. It's either the 40D, 50D, or wait until the end of the month for the 7D. the 5D is pretty iffy since I already own a very nice 17-55mm 2.8 EF-S lens that is reviewed as being as good as L glass optically. I've also wanted to sell my old camera and upgrade because I can't stand the manual controls on the XSi.

    I'll post some photos for ya'll once I get a little further in so the shack can help critique. But I was wondering if anyone knows how much of a noise and ISO jump the xsi->40D would be. Canon claims the 7D will be far better for that as well, but I'm not big on waiting until the end of the month.

  • So I gotta retype my epic love/hate relationship with Civ4+BTS.

    After the speech and internetting with you totally awesome folks, I knew I needed some booze and some video games. BUT WHAT? The halos were getting to be an eyesore in TF2, I dorked around in BF2 and 2142 for a while, smacked myself in the face for not having Batman yet... so in further punishment I went to Civ4.

    I've lost many games by stupidly switching to a different victory condition due to being constantly invaded by multiple people.

    Yet this time, the MIGHTY DUTCH EMPIRE had a sweeping cultural victory, and I got the highest score I've ever thrown down... over 9000!!!! hehe. actually over 10,000 !!!! I won in an epic fashion, finally. So I had to do the "one more turn" stuff with culture still cranked to max... and roughly every 10 turns a city was annexed into my empire. I had probably 5 more totally surrounded and it was only a matter of time. Pretty funny stuff.

    TLDR: video gamez r gud