Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Digital cameras are fun!

In November last year I was lucky enough to get a work related trip to Kenya. Unfortunately my old 35mm camera let me down a wee bit. I shouldn't compalin too much, the problem was that it was just so bright there during the day, that most of the pictures that I took while I was over there came out over exposed for example:


Whereas at one point I borrowed a digital camera and there was just no comparison
scavenging hyena

I can't complain too much since my old camera can take good pictures when the conditions aren't as bright:
Boulder Beach 3

So I suppose in part it was the result of what was a NZ$400 camera vs what is probably several thousand dollars (Canon EOS 20D). This was a little bit out of my price range but I did get a good digital camera and it does seem to take some nice shots...
Sarah P Duke Gardens 3
And yes in part I did just want to show off some of my pictures

American drivers are Insane

Well at least some of the ones in North Carolina are.

Normally I'm carless, which can be a pain in Durham, the city that spread. A few weeks back my house mate went on holiday and left me with her car while she was gone. I was already well aware of the common disability that affects drivers here, that is the inability to use their indicators. While this can be mildly annoying, it's worse at 75mph, when someone swings into the lane just ahead of you.

I have to admit to having a heavy foot when it comes to driving (although not to the same degree as some individuals within the OUTC), but the clowns in their muscle cars, swinging in and out of traffic and just begging to get a speeding ticket, or a citation for dangerous driving, are a little worrying, especially I'm on eof the people currently on the road at the time. The worst I saw was when I went to pick my housemate up from the airport when she returned. Their were a couple of yahoos who appeared to be racing each other along the freeway. Their driving wouldn't have been too bad if there wasn't as much traffic on the road as it was, oh and if they weren't tailgating each other and other drivers. Fortuantely, the last I saw of them was as they were playing chicken to see who would be forced to pull back as they took the off ramp onto I40.

I'm back

Not that I really went anywhere, but I've never been good at multi-tasking.

I've added some new (and a couple of old) pictures to my Flickr account.

Sarah P Duke Gardens 2

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Chopping Block

I was forwarded some cartoons from this site recently. Some of it's a little bad taste, but it appeals to my sense of humour somewhat.