High tech and low brows

More rain overnight but it's shaping up to be a lovely day in the Duke City.

More rain overnight but it’s shaping up to be a lovely day in the Duke City.

The weather wizards advise us to expect a blend of clouds, sun, wind and rain, which is to say a fine pre-autumnal day in the Duke City.

Despite Apple’s grand announcement yesterday the Visa card remains holstered, with the safety on. My feelings as regards the new iPhone mirror those regarding RVs, fatbikes and second homes on the beach — they’re all swell ideas, and if someone wants to give me one or all of these things I will happily accept same.

The iPhone 7’s improved camera would be nice — at present I take my iPhone 5 plus a Canon 300 HS point-and-shoot along with me on rides. But $649 and a new AT&T contract worth of nice? I ain’t exactly Ansel Friggin’ Adams here. Mostly I take snapshots for a free blog, is what.

Besides, we have other expenses. Mister Boo has his quarterly visit with the eyeball doctor today, and that’s usually good for about half a new iPhone. Then the Forester needs servicing because I’ll be driving the elderly beastie to Sin City directly and would just as soon not be walking most or even part of the trip. And finally, somebody around here keeps buying bicycles against all advice to the contrary from higher authority.

Meanwhile, it’s a good thing we didn’t watch the so-called “national security forum” last night. We’d be buying a new TV this morning. Then again, maybe not.

 

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18 Responses to “High tech and low brows”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    $649 for a friggin phone? Spare me. Plus, it apparently doesn’t take my trusty earphones and microphone. I looked at a used LC-9 the other day and got a cold stare, as if to say “and you need that goddamn thing why?” Had to say for no good reason other than…well…one can never have too many toys.

    Like you, most of my pics are not destined for the Denver Art Gallery or Smithsonian. The 5s works fine and if need be, I have that big cannon digital SLR, which takes better pictures than i do

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yep, you need a whole new dongle collection to make the old gear work with the new gear. Or more new gear! What are you, some sort of commie?

      I have a Canon DLSR too, but almost never use it. My go-to shooter is that beat-up Canon 300 HS. Like me, it looks like hell but still works. I wish I’d bought a couple-three of ’em back in the day, before Canon decided to pull an Apple and release an endless series of meh shooters.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I assume that a decent digital camera takes much better pictures than any smart phone camera. I have a 12 year old Canon Power Shot A620 that still takes great pictures and runs on regular AA batteries. My go to small camera is a Canon PowerShot SD-780 IS Digital Elph. It’s at least 5 years old.

      I don’t know if my assumption is correct, but I think the quality of the lens is more important than the number of pixels.

  2. Larry T Says:

    How old is a Canon IXUS 70 7.1 megapixel picture taker? Mine’s got plenty of dents but for general blogger and web photos it’s good enough for me. My bike measuring video was shot by a friend with a recent I-phone so like you, I think the things are great – especially if someone else is paying for them.
    Meanwhile, a nice day here in Iowa where I did some riding kind of like this http://cycleitalia.blogspot.it/2016/09/ridin-dirty.html

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Shoot, that camera’s old enough to vote, isn’t it? Those Trail Mix tires are good’uns too. I remember having a set on my old Voodoo Loa when we lived outside Weirdcliffe.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Yep, and those tires are probably the same age! But somehow they never rotted away, so on the Khamsin (I figured the aero shape would shed any mud I rode through) wheels they went. A lot of these so-called “gravel-grinding” tires look very similar. Going straight down the road it’s hard to tell you’re on knobbies other than a dull buzzing noise, but every time I bank the thing into a paved corner I’m INSTANTLY reminded! But for late summer/fall this idea’s making riding around western Iowa more interesting – and I need all the motivation I can get!

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    You bought the Hillborne! That one is worth the risk of sharing Boo’s bed for a time. Or pitching a tent on your nice back lawn.
    I also did not watch the forum. The Dumpster continues to crash and burn. The hatred of Billary and the beltway crowd must be really intense for him to get away with that over and over again.

  4. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    I was thinking about the greasy orange turd while cycling today. I’m starting to think he won’t be as bad as we fear if he gets into the White House. Why? If his Presidential ventures are as successful as his business ventures (Tour de Trump, Trump University, USFL, Trump Shuttle, Trump Mortgage…the list goes on and on) we have little to worry about. He couldn’t make those things work – despite no real opposition. As prez, he’ll face a s__t-storm of opposition to his crackpot ideas – they’ll get nowhere. Don’t get me wrong, I still hope like hell he loses, but you know what my wife says.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I think the Repugs think they can do business around him. Maybe even control him. Hasn’t seemed to work too well so far, but who knows? Your wife, that’s who.

      The GOP could be playing the long game here. If Agent Orange gets blown out in a landslide, maybe that torpedoes the Tea Baggers for good. If he wins and gets jack-shit accomplished because the pro politicos in the Congress sit on their flabby, money-grubbing handsies as per usual, well, samey same. Then they get to go back to nominating the usual gaggle of empty Armani suits.

      But I’m thinking conspiracy here when it’s clear that stupidity has the upper hand. Bad blogger! Bad, bad, bad! Now go stand in your corner of the Innertubes and think about what you’ve done.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I live in geezerville. Lot’s of old scared white folks. There are two Trump/Pence signs on my street. I can’t fucking believe it.

        But, I think you are right. All this shit is too orchestrated to be happening by accident. And, we must remember in this presidential PREFERENCE election, the turnout was abysmal. So, less then 10% of eligible voters actual voted for this asshole. I guess the oligarchy wants Clinton. You know, politicians who got into the 1% through politics. I think I would rather have old money in charge.

    • Carl Duellman Says:

      he’s showing up here this evening for a rally. yeah us.

  5. Stephen Newhall Says:

    Patrick, I am driving across also, so if I see you on the side of the road I will Stop and pick you up. Due to exercised induced dementia, I am stopping Saturday night at Acoma and doing there century Sunday morning, then heading for Boulder City, or at least Kingman Az, then up to demo monday AM.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Stephen, LTNS! All well up in the capital? I keep meaning to get up there for a visit and it keeps not happening. Swear to God, I visited Santa Fe more often when we still lived in Bibleburg.

  6. Hurben Says:

    Here you go..

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/84141975/firefighters-climb-the-sky-tower-en-mass-in-commemoration-of-fallen-comrades

  7. Thomas Smolen Says:

    Is this a Duke City Special?

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